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Fallout 4 stole the show at QuakeCon | #QuakeCon2015

Fallout 4 stole the show at QuakeCon | #QuakeCon2015

What started as a small fan event at a La Quinta Inn event hall in Garland, Texas, has grown into one of the world's largest gaming events, and this year's 20th anniversary of QuakeCon was bigger than ever thanks to the excited buzz surrounding two upcoming games: Bethesda Softworks LLC's Fallout 4 and Id Software's Doom. Id surprised fans by announcing at the start of the event that QuakeCon attendees would get to be the first people to try out the multiplayer for its upcoming reboot of the Doom franchise. Hundreds of gamers lined up for the chance to explode people with rockets and snap some... more »
Big Data: Same song, faster tempo | #HadoopSummit

Big Data: Same song, faster tempo | #HadoopSummit

Let’s face it: Big Data solutions aren’t always enterprise-ready. Joe Goldberg, a member of the Solutions Marketing team at BMC Software, Inc., talked with theCUBE at Hadoop Summit 2015 about how his team is leveraging decades of experience in IT to offer better Big Data options. “BMC is coming at Hadoop or the Big Data market from the enterprise perspective,” Goldberg told theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team. "We’re kind of a traditional IT management company. The solutions that we’re talking about here, we’ve had them out in the field with thousands of customers for over 30 years." Accelerating the delivery of Big Data... more »
CD Projekt's final gift to The Witcher 3 fans is a free New Game Plus DLC

CD Projekt's final gift to The Witcher 3 fans is a free New Game Plus DLC

Over the last two months since the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Warsaw-based CD Projekt RED has released over a dozen free DLC for players that have included new quests, weapons, armors, character customizations, and more. Now the Polish game maker has revealed that the final free DLC it will be releasing will be one of fans' most requested features: a new game plus mode. In video games, new game plus refers to a game type that allows players to start a new game with all of the upgrades and gear they gained in a previous playthrough. While most players... more »
Analyst sees positive future for innovative security companies | #Infa15

Analyst sees positive future for innovative security companies | #Infa15

Informatica Corp. continues to find new ways to move technology forward. And according to John Myers, managing research director for Enterprise Management Associates, Inc., Informatica’s decision to go private — as evidenced by its decision to accept a $5.3 billion offer to be acquired by private equity firm Permira and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — builds on its commitment of fostering innovation. “Going private allows a public company like Informatica more freedom without having to meet quarterly revenue targets,” he said. “It might enable them to do some things that they couldn’t have as a quarterly reporting company.” Eliminating the... more »
Growing pains: Open source ubiquity raises ownership, governance issues

Growing pains: Open source ubiquity raises ownership, governance issues

CIOs and business leaders long have treated open source as an esoteric source of code that is used deep in the IT infrastructure and that has no real impact on business. With the possible exception of Linux, which is supported by Red Hat, Inc., Canonical, Ltd. and IBM, open source tools have not raised alarm over issues like support and interoperability. However, as open source solutions such as Android, Docker, Hadoop and OpenStack are rapidly being adopted into business production environments, that attitude is rapidly changing, writes Wikibon Senior Analyst Stuart Miniman. In his latest Professional Alert, “Open Source Ubiquity Leads... more »
Security gets a do-over | #Infa15

Security gets a do-over | #Infa15

The security side of IT faces challenges in both function and manpower. Security hustles to keep up with the growth of information, while its leaders hustle to find qualified talent. “We have to figure out new ways to build products and secure products both for customers and enterprises,” said Bill Burns, VP and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Informatica Corp., who spoke with SiliconANGLE's Media team theCUBE during Informatica World 2015. The changing role of the CISO The role of the CISO is certainly changing with the rise of mobile, IaaS and technology that essentially makes firewalls obsolete. For a project last... more »
Razer acquires Ouya's software assets for its own set-top box, Forge TV

Razer acquires Ouya's software assets for its own set-top box, Forge TV

After the news broke earlier this year that micro console maker Ouya Inc was desperately looking for buyers to pay off its creditors, the future of the Kickstarter darling looked uncertain. There had been rumors that gaming peripheral company Razer Inc was in talks to buy Ouya, and now it looks like those rumors were true...partially. According to Razer, the company has acquired the rights to Ouya's software assets, meaning that it can use the system's game library and operating system in its own devices. "Razer has a long-term vision for Android TV and Android-based TV consoles, such as the Xiaomi Mi Box and... more »
How to use the new Evernote: Distraction-free bookmarking

How to use the new Evernote: Distraction-free bookmarking

Tired of the old Evernote? You now have a chance to try out the beta version of the redesigned service and the best part is, if you're not happy with the new look, you can revert back to the original interface with the click of a button. Curious about the redesign? We're here to give you the 411 on the Evernote redesign beta. New design First off, the new Evernote looks more white, much more spacious and everything is bigger. This makes viewing bookmarked content a great deal easier. On the left side, below the Evernote icon, you will see a strip of icons that stand for the... more »
Everything goes back to storage | #Infa15

Everything goes back to storage | #Infa15

“Our loyalty ratings are through the roof,” said Debbie O’Brien, Informatica Corp’s VP of Global Communications. “There’s a huge need for our products and that really emulates through the conference.” O’Brien spoke to theCUBE cohosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick as Informatica World 2015 wrapped up. The following are some of the highlighted topics discussed during theCUBE's wrap-up segment with O'Brien at the event. A unifying structure Frick noted that the excitement at the event was palpable. He also enjoyed exposing the personality of Informatica’s senior executives on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team. Frick supported Informatica’s philosophy toward data. “At Wikibon [market research firm], we say... more »
What you missed in the Smart World: Futuristic palm trees in Dubai, and more

What you missed in the Smart World: Futuristic palm trees in Dubai, and more

This week’s Smart World Series features a crop of new smart trees growing in Dubai, smart beds for teens, a device-charging briefcase, new developer tools for the Internet of Things (IoT) and more. For those who missed last week’s Smart World Series, here’s a chance to catch up on the exciting developments in the connected world.  Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the top news trends regarding smart homes and cars, smart data centers and IT, smart infrastructure and all things related to the Internet of Things. New for IoT builders: Cloud-based dev kit, wireless building blocks Developers now have an abundance of choices... more »
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- 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.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.