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Windows 10: It’s not really free

Windows 10: It’s not really free

Microsoft’s new OS, Windows 10, has so far gained widespread popularity. While we reported that there had been 14 million downloads a day after its release, Windows Central claims that a Microsoft employee secretly told them that Windows 10 was running on a massive 67 million PCs as of three days ago. This number has not been verified, but all the same it doesn’t sound much considering Microsoft’s pledge to have Windows 10 running on one billion devices within the next three years. Being Free It can’t have hurt Microsoft to have received such glorifying feedback from the press. The last OS,... more »
Virtual Instruments expands VM support in performance management platform

Virtual Instruments expands VM support in performance management platform

Virtual Instruments Corp. is further boosting its infrastructure performance management and application-tuning platform with the addition of support for Microsoft Hyper-V and IBM PowerVM virtual machines. Previously, the software had only supported VMware, Inc.’s vSphere. The firm also enhanced its analytics capabilities and said it will soon introduce a cloud option.  The company also said it soon plans to add wire-data performance probes for network-attached storage (NAS) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) storage protocols. The San Jose, CA-based company, whose CEO is former Symantec Corp. chief John W. Thompson, aims its VirtualWisdom platform at application developers and storage operations teams that... more »
Publisher announcement kills 'Red Ash' Kickstarter enthusiasm

Publisher announcement kills 'Red Ash' Kickstarter enthusiasm

Finally proving that nostalgia-pandering Kickstarter campaigns do not always succeed, Mega Man Legends spiritual successor Red Ash is currently almost $300,000 short of its funding goal with only six hours left in its campaign, but this does not mean an end for the game. Last week, Chinese game publisher Fuze Entertainment Co Ltd promised that it would fund development for the Red Ash, and the game's creators promised backers that the money they donate to the Kickstarter campaign "will go purely towards extra content." "We said it before: we have been working very hard behind-the-scenes for RED ASH," an update to the Red Ash... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Go big or go home

What you missed in Cloud: Go big or go home

As if more proof was required of how high the stakes have become in the public cloud, Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. pledged to make a ten-figure investment in its infrastructure-as-a-service arm last week to take the fight to competition and build new data centers in three additional continents. The first stop is the U.S. East Coast, followed by Japan, Europe and the Middle East. The primary target of that aggressive expansion is Amazon Inc., which has been dominating the public cloud ever since bringing the term into the enterprise lexicon a decade ago. Alibaba is not the first to take its... more »
Audi, BMW and Daimler snap up Nokia's HERE Maps for $3B

Audi, BMW and Daimler snap up Nokia's HERE Maps for $3B

Nokia Corp. has put an end to weeks of rumors surrounding the fate of its HERE Maps, announcing that it's sold the service to a consortium of German car makers for $3 billion (€2.8 billion). The auto makers in question are Audi AG, BMW AG and Mercedes' parent company Daimler AG, who all take an equal share in the mapping service. The deal was predicted two weeks ago by The Wall Street Journal, which also said the trio will look for other interested parties to invest in the business. The consortium hasn't said anything about what it intends to do with HERE,... more »
Beware: Stealth ransomware posing as Windows 10 installer

Beware: Stealth ransomware posing as Windows 10 installer

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the Windows 10 rollout to try and trick unsuspecting netizens into downloading a particularly nasty variant of ransomware, according to reports. First reports of the malware came from Cisco Systems Ltd.,'s security team, which noticed a gang of cybercriminals was stepping up its efforts to spread the CTB-Locker ransomware using fake emails that claim to be sent from Microsoft. The emails tell people their Windows 10 download is ready to install, but that's actually far from the case. The emails are fairly realistic, as they mimic the kinds of messages Microsoft has been sending out about its... more »
Azul launches "health check" for Apache Cassandra deployments

Azul launches "health check" for Apache Cassandra deployments

Azul Systems, Inc., has just released a new tool to help enterprises optimize their Apache Cassandra deployments on the fly. Azul is a developer of runtime platforms for executing Java-based applications, and Cassandra HealthCheck (Cassandra HC) has been designed to help eliminate Java-related barriers and improve Cassandra's runtime consistency, reliability and up-time. Apache Cassandra is a highly performant, scalable open-source distributed database management system written in Java. It's designed to handle large amounts of data across multiple commodity servers, can support clusters spanning multiple data centers, and provides high availability with no single point of failure. But even so, Cassandra's performance is... more »
Latest iPhone 6s rumors: Leaked images and supply chain tittle-tattle

Latest iPhone 6s rumors: Leaked images and supply chain tittle-tattle

With the expected launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus now less than two months away, separate sets of images have leaked over the weekend purporting to show off a prototype of the new iPhone and its display assembly. This first leak came via GeekBar, a Chinese phone repair company and comprised three images of what is said to be the iPhone 6s’ display assembly. The images are of low quality and any differences will be lost on all but the technically astute among us. The team at AppleInsider pointed out an “off-center rectangular cutout” near the top of the screen and speculates... more »
Apple Watch supplier falls short of break-even point in Q2, sales volume remains a mystery

Apple Watch supplier falls short of break-even point in Q2, sales volume remains a mystery

Speculation continues as to how many Apple Watches were sold during the wearable’s first three months of availability. Apple has shared a few metrics by which we can guess, analysts have a wide range of estimates and others warn of slowing demand. Now a new report from The Wall Street Journal further muddies the water with an Apple supplier contributing to the debate by reporting on its own performance in relation to the Apple Watch. It appears a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) has failed to break even on Apple Watch components during the second quarter. ASE is contracted... more »
New leaks reveal Galaxy Note 5 tech specs, Galaxy S6 edge+ image

New leaks reveal Galaxy Note 5 tech specs, Galaxy S6 edge+ image

With less than two weeks to go until the August 13 unveiling of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s new range of Galaxy smartphones and phablets, two new leaks surfaced over the weekend to give us a glimpse at what we can expect from the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. On Saturday, known tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) shared technical specifications for the Galaxy Note 5 and an image showing off the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. According to Blass, the Galaxy Note 5 will feature a 5.66-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and Samsung’s own octa-core... 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.