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LinkedIn strongly beats market forecasts with solid revenue growth in Q2

LinkedIn strongly beats market forecasts with solid revenue growth in Q2

LinkedIn, Inc. surprised the market Thursday with its second quarter results strongly beating market forcecasts for the business-oriented social network site. The company booked $712 million in revenue for the second quarter, an increase of 33 percent compared to the same quarter last year and equating to 55 cents a share; the market had been predicting revenue of $680 million and 30 cents a share. The figures weren't all positive with LinkedIn reporting a GAAP net loss $68 million however Non-GAAP net income came in at $71 million. Corresponding to the overall increase in income, the company's various division all reported solid growth,... more »
Ethereum officially launches smart-contracts for the world

Ethereum officially launches smart-contracts for the world

Ethereum (Ethereum Switzerland GmbH) is a long awaited blockchain technology that supports smart contracts, which are user-generated programs designed to execute a predetermined set of commands (agreed to by all parties) using a Turing-complete programming language. Smart contracts are a concept that can be used to securely execute a variety of services including domain name registries, financial exchange, crowdfunding, intellectual property agreements, and so on. Today the Etherum team announced the public launch of the first version of the platform. “The Dev team joins me in thanking each and everyone of you for your support during the past year and half,” wrote... more »
A new angle on data center disruption | #NEXTConf

A new angle on data center disruption | #NEXTConf

Why should all the Cloud and virtualization innovation be limited to primary compute? Bipul Sinha, cofounder and CEO of Rubrik, Inc., seeks to bring that level of change into the backup and recovery space. He spoke with theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media production team at the Nutanix .NEXT Conference 2015 to share his vision. “One thing I’ve seen is that Nutanix is not a company; it’s a movement," he said. "It’s a movement in changing the data infrastructure, changing the data center infrastructure, and really building a new way of bringing new technology to a part of the market that has not seen... more »
Facebook's massive 'Aquila' drone can fly for 90 days without landing

Facebook's massive 'Aquila' drone can fly for 90 days without landing

Facebook's Connectivity Lab has been hard at work developing ambitious solutions to the challenge of providing internet connectivity to the roughly two-thirds of the world living without it. Today, the social network giant revealed that its aircraft and laser programs have reached major milestones that could soon put internet access in the hands of over 4 billion people. "Our goal is to accelerate the development of a new set of technologies that can drastically change the economics of deploying internet infrastructure," said Facebook's Jay Parikh, VP of Global Engineering and Infrastructure, in a statement. "We are exploring a number of different approaches to this... more »
Enterprise still falls behind in security measures | #NEXTConf

Enterprise still falls behind in security measures | #NEXTConf

Global economics and security were key topics during Nutanix .NEXT 2015, as evidenced by guests such as former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. According to Alan Cohen, CCO of Illumio, Inc., these are not new issues. “The IP war that has been going on for some time has a national security implication,” he told theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media production team. “If you look at the next generation of national security, information technology is probably going to be the core technology platform that runs our military institutions. We will likely see more conversation and participation between the government and private industry. Every... more »
PlayStation 4 could become the best-selling console ever

PlayStation 4 could become the best-selling console ever

As successful as Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii gaming console was, its impressive sales still pale in comparison to the reigning champion of console gaming, Sony Corp's PlayStation 2. In a little over 12 years, the PlayStation 2 sold more than 150 million units worldwide, and now there is a chance that Sony could break its own record if the current PlayStation 4 sales trends hold. Sony's recent earnings report boasts that the PlayStation 4 console has sold 25.3 million units worldwide since its release less than two years ago, and it sold over 3 million units in the last quarter alone. According to Gamesindustry.biz, it took... more »
CoreOS wants to bring hyperscale to the masses | #NEXTConf

CoreOS wants to bring hyperscale to the masses | #NEXTConf

CoreOS, Inc., which creates and maintains open-source projects for Linux, showed its support for Nutanix, Inc. with an appearance at Nutanix .NEXT 2015. Nutanix supports Tectonic, CoreOS’ container platform, as a commercial partner, and the conference gave CoreOS a chance to show off its latest tools. CoreOS aims to improve the security and reliability of the Internet, as well as bring hyperscale methodologies to enterprise and smaller companies. Advancing modern server infrastructure “We’re making the best parts of hyperscale models applicable to companies that previously didn’t have the resources to invest in that type of sophisticated infrastructure,” CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi told theCUBE,... more »
An updated list of the best Android developer tools for your amazing mobile game

An updated list of the best Android developer tools for your amazing mobile game

Developers seeking to develop games for Android are presented with a constellation of tools, SDKs, and APIs to assist them along the way. Below is not a definitive list, but should work as a starting point for anyone looking for what is currently available. In early 2015, SiliconANGLE published a similar list, and we’re now updating it because of recent news including rumors that the Nintendo NX would be Android-based (a rumor dispelled) and more recently that Android console set-top-box maker Ouya, Inc.’s assets were bought by peripherals company Razer Inc. GAME ENGINES A game engine provides the foundation to build a game... more »
Report: Top providers joining forces to combat hackers in the public cloud

Report: Top providers joining forces to combat hackers in the public cloud

Threat sharing networks are nothing new, but one forthcoming addition to the bunch could hold tremendous significance for the millions of organizations storing data beyond the firewall. Rackspace Inc. is reportedly in the process of recruiting its fellow providers for a consortium that will attempt to set deep-seated rivalries set aside to help make the public cloud a safer place. The Texas-based hosting provider would find itself far from the top of the participant list in such a group, which will necessarily have to include bigger rivals such as Amazon Inc. to achieve the reach needed to accomplish its goals, but nonetheless... more »
Yahoo's new Livetext app lets you video chat in silence

Yahoo's new Livetext app lets you video chat in silence

Today, Yahoo Inc unveiled a new video chat app called Livetext that is a little unusual: It has no sound. Instead of talking, the app instead lets you communicate via text while still being able to stream a live video feed. "From courier mail, to the telephone, to text messaging - as humans, we have always searched for new, more convenient and more inventive ways to connect with others," Livetext's Google Play page says. "These interactions form the foundation of our identity and sense of the world. "The advent of smartphones led a shift towards convenience and speed. We've gone from communicating... more »
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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.