Cisco CEO John Chambers made a point on Wednesday to downplay the threat of an up-and-coming technology called software-defined networking (SDN). SDN changes the way networks are designed, moving fancy features out of expensive network hardware and into software. Companies can then buy cheaper hardware and less of it.
Instead of scanning Twitter or playing Candy Crush in your spare time, a start-up has a way for people to make small bits of money by helping out in labor-intensive projects — one free moment at a time.
Failure is exalted in Silicon Valley as a learning experience, just so long as it's not happening right now. "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley," Bravo's much-criticized reality TV series, was a failure with viewers but that might not be the end of the story.
Sameer Bhalotra, President Obama's former senior director of cybersecurity, is joining Impermium, a security start-up that wants to remove malware and spam from the social Web using "big data" analytical techniques.
Splunk is among a crop of enterprise software start-up companies that analyze big data and are establishing themselves in territory long controlled by giant business-technology vendors like Oracle and I.B.M., reports Malia Wollan in Monday's New York Times.