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More momentum for vertical cloud computing as ClearDATA scores $25 million

More momentum for vertical cloud computing as ClearDATA scores $25 million

The trend of top infrastructure-as-a-service giants pushing smaller players into niche markets has caught many traditional providers off guard, but you wouldn't know that from ClearDATA Inc.'s new $25 million funding round. The capital will help fuel the development of its namesake public cloud, which has gained a tremendous amount of momentum on the back of that competitive shift. The Phoenix-based outfit's platform offers a specialized environment for organizations in the healthcare sector to remotely store backup copies of their data, which can often include patient details subject to stricter regulation than regular workloads. ClearDATA provides numerous features to help meet... more »
Enterprise news you gotta know for May 28 - GigaOm resurrected - sorta

Enterprise news you gotta know for May 28 - GigaOm resurrected - sorta

A daily summary of stories in the areas of Big Data, cloud computing and software-led infrastructure from some of the top news sources on the Web. Business News CA buys Rally Software for DevOps and cloud-based agile development in $480m deal - Computing Company says its customers need to develop software faster. Rally claims users in more than 135 countries and almost every industry. Its sales were $88 million in fiscal 2015, following a $70 million IPO in 2013. Computerworld says more than two-thirds of 560 companies surveyed by Forrester have implemented or plan to implement agile methodologies. Workday stock plunges most since 2012... more »
Amazon launches same day delivery for the ultra lazy and impatient

Amazon launches same day delivery for the ultra lazy and impatient

Need to buy a new toothbrush but just can't muster up the energy to make the two minute drive to the store? Well Amazon.com Inc can now be your codependent enabler. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant, which will be having its twentieth birthday in July, has announced that its new Prime Free Same-Day Delivery program is rolling out to Amazon Prime members in 14 metropolitan areas across the country, including: Seattle/Tacoma San Francisco Bay Area Los Angeles San Diego Phoenix Dallas-Fort Worth Indianapolis Atlanta Tampa Bay Area Boston New York City Philadelphia Baltimore Washington D.C. Amazon already offered premium one-hour and two-hour shipping for certain items in a few of these same areas, but the new same-day delivery option... more »
Google Play gets a family-friendly section with content ratings and age filters

Google Play gets a family-friendly section with content ratings and age filters

Recently, Google Inc has been working toward making its services more family-friendly, such as the YouTube Kids app it released earlier this year. Back in March, Google also implemented content rating systems for apps and games similar to those used for non-mobile games, and now the company has revamped the Play Store to include family-friendly sections that make it easier for parents to gauge what apps and games are safe for their children. "Whether you’re trying to entertain a toddler on a crowded plane, encourage your child’s newfound love of reading or simply find a movie for the whole family to... more »
Zombie Awareness Tips: 5 video games to prepare you for the zombie pandemic

Zombie Awareness Tips: 5 video games to prepare you for the zombie pandemic

According to the Zombie Research Society, May is “Zombie Awareness Month,” so SiliconAngle’s gamer staff started looking into zombie-related video games that could help you up your game when the zombies come for your brains. After some colorful language, shouts, stomped feet--and a few DVDs featuring George Romero films thrown--we came to a consensus of five video games that can do exactly that. The list comes out to: Deep Silver’s Dead Island, Valve Corporation’s Left 4 Dead, Telltale Games’s The Walking Dead, Capcom’s Dead Rising, and The Indie Stone’s Project Zomboid. Keep reading for a treatment of each of these games, the... more »
WildStar becomes the latest MMO to shift to free-to-play

WildStar becomes the latest MMO to shift to free-to-play

Subscription models just aren't what they used to be. These days, unless your name is Blizzard Entertainment, requiring players to shell out $10-$15 every month is a laughably misguided way to monetize your game. NCSoft's WildStar has finally learned this lesson, and the struggling MMO has announced an end to its subscription model and a shift to free-to-play that will occur later this Fall. As with some other free-to-play games like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Planetside 2, WildStar will still offer a monthly subscription option with will offer a few perks over non-paying players. This includes increased XP and items drops, as well as bonuses to crafting. Unlike The... more »
Facebook rolls out Messenger payments to NYC and adds new features

Facebook rolls out Messenger payments to NYC and adds new features

Facebook Inc entered the complicated and highly regulated market of electronic payments earlier this year when it announced that Messenger would allow users to directly transfer money to one another through the app. The payment options have now expanded to New York City, and a few new features have been added to make the tool easier to use. The idea behind Messenger payments, at least according to Facebook, is to make it easier for friends and family to transfer money as easily as handing someone some cash. The social network notes examples like paying someone back for dinner or having a friend buy... more »
IBM’s Vision message: democratized data analysis #IBMvision

IBM’s Vision message: democratized data analysis #IBMvision

The message that IBM brought to theCUBE from its Vision 2015 conference in Orlando last week was democratized data analysis. With its Watson Cognitive Computing platform in particular, and with other analysis tools like Cognos and SPSS in its arsenal, IBM says it is making deep analysis of huge volumes of data of different types and from different sources directly available to non-technical business and professional users. Watson can even anticipate a user’s specific needs, IBM stressed, automatically analyzing data as it comes in to provide the most significant relevant conclusions for that user without the need for a query. This does... more »
Is Ubisoft learning? Why Assassin's Creed Syndicate might actually be good

Is Ubisoft learning? Why Assassin's Creed Syndicate might actually be good

Despite its continued sales successes, Ubisoft Entertainment does not have the best reputation with gamers these days. After draconian DRM schemes, botched releases, and uninspired sequels, even diehard fans of the studio's major franchises like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry are getting fatigued. But a recent promise from Ubisoft shows that there may be hope for the French Canadian studio after all. According to a Ubisoft spokesperson, the new Victorian London-themed Assassin's Creed Syndicate will not feature a companion app, something Assassin's Creed Unity had been criticized for (among many, many other things). "There will not be a companion app," the spokesperson told Eurogamer. "For Assassin's Creed... more »
Unprecedented IRS breach sees hackers make off with 100,000 Americans' personal info

Unprecedented IRS breach sees hackers make off with 100,000 Americans' personal info

After a long string of attacks against private companies, it became the Internal Revenue Service's turn to step into the sights of the black hat community this week after a massive attack that claimed the most sensitive private information of over 100,000 tax-paying citizens. The breach saw the agency's own fraud prevention system turned against it. Much like banks and other institutions that deal in financial data, the IRS requires users to identify themselves with an elaborate combination of credentials on its online services to minimize the risk of unauthorized access. Except instead of usernames and passwords, its “Get Transcript” application... more »
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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.