Dell adds Pluribus, bringing its Linux-based OS to Dell’s data center switches

Dell has added Pluribus Networks to its lineup of disaggregation partners.

Dell will now offer Pluribus’ Open Netvisor Linux operating system on its S6000-ON and S-4048-ON 10G/40G switches. This is an addition to the Cumulus Networks, Big Switch Networks, Midokura and VMware packages Dell already supports on those switches.

Dell’s strategy is to make its merchant silicon-based hardware appealing to cloud providers who usually opt for bare metal switches running a variety of operating systems that they can easily replace or expand for scale or other requirements.

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8 ways to make the most out of your customer data

Everyone talks about the importance of big data. But many organizations, although they collect and store customer data, do not put that data to good use – or they don’t know how to.

“For example, by correlating data between digital and non-digital advertisements (e.g., purchasing history, profile information, behavior of customers on social media sites) companies can find patterns of behavior for high-value customers,” she says. “With these insights, they can adjust their marketing strategy to target people of certain profiles with specific advertisements” and make their marketing dollars go farther. For example, by analyzing its customer data, “one company was able to decrease its customer acquisition costs by $3.5 million per year and at the same time increase conversion by 20 percent.”

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Philae lander phones home from comet hurtling through space

After seven months of silence, a robot riding a comet hurtling through space has woken up and phoned home.

The European Space Agency announced Sunday that Rosetta’s lander Philae, which landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November, is operating and sending data back to Earth.

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 The European Space Agency’s Philae lander touches down on Comet 67P. After months of hibernation, the lander has communicated with Earth again.

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Will banks allow four emojis to replace PIN numbers?

Smiling sun, flames, guitar, penguin… that is just one combination of emojis that a person might use to log into their bank account instead of using a PIN number. UK technology firm Intelligent Environments announced the launch of “the world’s first emoji-only passcode,” because emojis are “mathematically more secure” than four-character PIN numbers as well as easier to remember. The company claims, emojis as a PIN “will prevent hackers from identifying common and easily obtainable numerical passcodes, like a date of birth or a wedding anniversary.”

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8 ways to get the most from customer data

Everyone talks about the importance of big data. But many organizations, although they collect and store customer data, do not put that data to good use – or they don’t know how to.

“For example, by correlating data between digital and non-digital advertisements (e.g., purchasing history, profile information, behavior of customers on social media sites) companies can find patterns of behavior for high-value customers,” she says. “With these insights, they can adjust their marketing strategy to target people of certain profiles with specific advertisements” and make their marketing dollars go farther. For example, by analyzing its customer data, “one company was able to decrease its customer acquisition costs by $3.5 million per year and at the same time increase conversion by 20 percent.”

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IDG Contributor Network: What is behind retail’s $1.1 trillion inventory losses?

When retail research house IHL published its report in June on retail inventory losses — which is simply a combination of overstocks and out-of-stocks — it estimated an industrywide loss of $1.1 trillion. The problem is that IHL is not limiting itself to traditional metrics.

For example, IHL President Greg Buzek described a recent incident in which he went to a consumer electronics chain store, prepared to purchase more than $1,000 worth of products. The store inventory showed that the item and the desired accessories were all in stock at that store, but associates spent almost a half-hour searching and couldn’t find them. Sale lost by that chain, sale won by Amazon.

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Best tools for single sign-on

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Since we last looked at single sign-on products in 2012, the field has gotten more crowded and more capable. For this round of evaluations, we looked at seven SSO services: Centrify’s Identity Service, Microsoft’s Azure AD Premium, Okta’s Identity and Mobility Management, OneLogin, Ping Identity’s Ping One, Secure Auth’s IdP and SmartSignin. Our Clear Choice test winner is Centrify, which slightly outperformed Okta and OneLogin. (Read the full review.)

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IBM prepares Spark for machine learning

IBM is putting considerable resources behind Apache Software Foundation’s Spark to ready the platform for machine learning duties such as pattern recognition and object classification.

The company plans to offer Spark as a service, and has devoted 3,500 researchers and developers to help in its upkeep and further development.

It is also contributing some of its own software to the Apache project, namely SystemML, a programming language for machine learning tasks, and will work with Databricks, the company that has largely shepherded the development of Spark to date. In machine learning, computer systems can refine their performance on given tasks as they acquire new information.

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