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By Bob Gourley The agenda for the 3rd Annual Cloudera Federal Forum (6 Feb 2014, Hanover MD) has firmed up and will no doubt lead to an incredible event. This will be a great venue for thought leaders from the federal government, great tech firms and very talented integrator firms. The speakers are a world-class-best mix of data and analysis practitioners, and from what I can tell the attendees will be the real action-oriented professionals from government really making things happen in Big Data analysis. This will be the perfect place to share lessons learned, exchange use-cases, meet others working similar challenges, and help advance the state of analytics in the government space. If you have not registered yet please do so now. Sign up at: Here is more: Agenda: Registration Open 7:00 AM Registration, Networking and BreakfastGeneral S... (more)

Announcing @DasherTech to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #AI #DX #Serverless #DataCenter

SYS-CON Events announced today that Dasher Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Dasher Technologies, Inc. ® is a premier IT solution provider that delivers expert technical resources along with trusted account executives to architect and deliver complete IT solutions and services to help our clients execute their goals, plans and objectives. Since 1999, we've helped public, private and nonprofit organizations implement technology solutions that speed and simplify their operations. As one of the fastest growing IT solution providers in the country, we have gained a reputation for effortless implementations with relentless follow-through and enduring support. Our strong technical expertise and vendor independence allow us to integra... (more)

Case study: How HCI-powered private clouds accelerate efficient digital transformation

The next BriefingsDirect cloud efficiency case study examines how a world-class private cloud project evolved in the financial sector.   We’ll now learn how public cloud-like experiences, agility, and cost structures are being delivered via a strictly on-premises model built on hyper-converged infrastructure for a risk-sensitive financial services company.   Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or download a copy.   Jim McKittrick joins to help explore the potential for cloud benefits when retaining control over the data center is a critical requirement. He is Senior Account Manager at Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) in Huntington Beach, California. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.   Here are some excerpts:   Gardner: Many enterprises want a private cloud fo... (more)

HP Offers Flexible Infrastructure Solutions By @Dana_Gardner | @CloudExpo @HP #Cloud

HP today announced the new HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250), a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) based on HP's new ProLiant Apollo 2000 server and HP StoreVirtual software-defined storage (SDS) technology. Built on up-to-date HP, Intel, and VMware technologies, the CS 250 combines a virtual server and storage infrastructure that HP says is configurable in minutes for nearly half the price of competitive systems. It is designed for virtual desktops and remote office productivity, as well as  to provide a flexible path to hybrid cloud. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect.] Designed to attract customers on a tight budget, the HP CS 250 includes a new three-node configuration that is up to 49 percent more cost effective than comparable configurations from Nutanix, SimpliVity and other competitors, says HP. Because HP's StoreVir... (more)

Federal Big Data Community Convenes 6 Feb at Apache Hadoop Forum

By Bob Gourley If you are an analyst or executive or architect engaged in the analysis of big data, this is a “must attend” event. We will be there engaging with the community and hope to see you there. Registration is now open for the third annual Federal Big Data Apache Hadoop Forum! Register here. Join us on Thurs., Feb. 6, as leaders from government and industry convene to share Big Data best practices. This is a must attend event for any organization or agency looking to be information-driven and give access to more data to more resources and applications. During this informative event you will learn: > Key trends in government today and the role Big Data plays in driving transformation; > How leading agencies are putting data to good use to uncover new insight, streamline costs, and manage threats; > The role of an Enterprise Data Hub, and how it is a game... (more)

Public and Private Cloud by @MartenMickos at @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps / @HP]

The industry is heated with debates on whether adopting private or public cloud is the smartest, best, cheapest, you name it choice. But this debate is missing the mark. Businesses shouldn't be discussing public vs. private, but rather how can they make the two work together to their greatest advantage. The ideal is to merge on-premise and off-premise into a seamless environment that can be managed as a single entity - a forward-looking stance that will eventually see major adoption. But as of late 2013, hybrid cloud was still "rare," noted Gartner analyst Tom Bittman. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems (now part of HP), will discuss how public clouds need on-premise satellites to win and, conversely, how on-premise environments cannot be really powerful unless they are connected to the public cloud. It's not two competing wor... (more)

NSF Underwrites Cloud Research

 Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego have gotten a two-year $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore new ways for academic researchers to provision and manage extremely large data sets on clouds using the Google-IBM CluE Cluster Exploratory Cluster and the open source Apache Hadoop programming environment. Seems the ever-increasing volume of scientific data is beginning to overwhelm current approaches to data management. IBM and Google are picking up the tab for running CluE. ... (more)

What Does Larry Want from HP?

Seeking an explanation for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's recent colorful outbursts dissing the HP board BusinessWeek went to industry analyst Rob Enderle who believes Larry had once hoped HP would sell him some of the pieces he's missing to give IBM a run for its money. "HP is the only property out there that would allow him to take on IBM in what remains of his working lifetime," Enderle told the book. "The only thing that makes sense is that he is now trying to drive the value of HP down or force HP's board into a more collaborative position." ... (more)

HP Betas OpenStack

HP has started making good on its month-old undertaking to support OpenStack. Last week it began trolling for a limited number of testers for a private beta of what it calls HP Cloud Services, which so far consists of OpenStack-inspired HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage IaaS services apparently accessible through a web-based UI and open RESTful APIs. HP says beta testers can expect a mock invoice to test its billing systems which means they need a valid credit card to start. See ... (more)

An Introduction to Abbot

Graphical user interface (GUI) testing is a potentially problematic area because constructing effective test cases is more difficult than the corresponding application logic. The roadblocks to effective functional GUI testing are: Traditional test coverage criteria like "80% coverage of the lines of code" may not be sufficient to trap all the user interaction scenarios. End users often use a different user task interaction model than the one conceived by the development team. Functional GUI testing needs to deal with GUI events as well as the effects of the underlying application logic that results in changes to the data and presentation. The common methods for functional GUI testing are the "record and execute" script technique and writing test programs for different scenarios. In the "record and execute," the test designer interacts with the GUI and all the eve... (more)

HP Wants To Be a Cloud Builder

HP’s latest answer to scale-out, which it interprets as clouds, grids, compute farms, Web 2.0 and HPC, is the BL2x220c G5, which it says is the world’s first two-in-one server, offering the highest compute density in the industry or more than three times the density of traditional 1U rack-mounts. HP doesn’t want to rent out its cloud; it wants to be the equipment under other people’s clouds. The gismo puts two independent servers in a single blade enclosure to double performance and reduce real estate requirements. That means 32 server nodes per enclosure, each capable of supporting two quad-core Xeons (or alternately dual-cores) and up to 16 GB of DDR2 RAM. Altogether that works out to 1,024 cores, 128 servers and two terabytes of RAM in a 42U rack or 12.3 teraflops per rack. The widgetry comes standard with two gigabit Ethernet ports per nod... (more)