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When Numerous meets IFTTT, you rule the world

When Numerous meets IFTTT, you rule the world

Numerous Inc. founder Charlie Wood expects his personal data dashboard to be the most powerful integrator of IFTTT Inc. (If This Than That) channels after today. Evolving beyond just a dashboard for tracking MisFit data, Nest temperatures and days left to the SpaceX launch, Numerous is actionizing its numbers-happy dashboard to trigger a series of automated occurrences. What’s interesting about Numerous’ integration with IFTTT is the way in which it’s utilizing user data as a two-way trigger, making it the “If” and the “That” of IFTTT’s programmable platform for connected devices and services. In doing so, Numerous is creating IFTTT inputs that... more »
DataTorrent debuts free data integration service to complement its ultra-fast Spark alternative

DataTorrent debuts free data integration service to complement its ultra-fast Spark alternative

DataTorrent Inc. is wasting no time adjusting to its new status as an open-source company. Merely two months after releasing its homegrown data crunching engine for Hadoop under an Apache 2.0 license, the analytics provider is launching a free companion tool designed to help users move their information into the analytics framework more easily. There are already plenty of options in the open-source ecosystem and beyond for transferring large amounts of information among applications, which constitutes the crux of the problem. The large enterprises and other tech-savvy organizations where Hadoop is finding use nowadays draw data from a wide range of sources that handle... more »
How many "cloud giants" are there anyway?

How many "cloud giants" are there anyway?

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google are blazing a trail as the “Big Four” leaders in cloud infrastructure services, seizing control of over half the market, according to a new report from Synergy Research Group. The research outfit compiled second quarter earnings data that suggests the big four have boosted their dominance of an overall Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and private cloud market that's worth some $6 billion per quarter. The companies counted aggregated revenues of more than $3 billion between them, Synergy Research said. "The rest of the market is being left behind. No other company has been able... more »
Sri Lanka to get blanket Web access via Google's Project Loon

Sri Lanka to get blanket Web access via Google's Project Loon

Sri Lanka is all set to receive blanket Internet coverage throughout the country after it penned a deal with Google to deploy its Project Loon across its territory. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka said it would become the first country in the world to provide a universal Internet service for its citizens through the deal with Google, which will do so using Loom air balloons. Project Loon is certainly one of Google's crazier ideas, but it looks like it could be about to pay off. Loon was originally part of Project X, and was launched in 2013 after two years in development. According... more »
Amazon signs former Top Gear hosts for new motoring show

Amazon signs former Top Gear hosts for new motoring show

Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be returning to screens via Amazon.com, Inc. with the eCommerce giant signing all three for a new motoring show. The new, as yet unnamed motoring show, will be made available to subscribers of Amazon's Prime streaming service, although it isn't clear from initial reports whether the show will be syndicated to television in those countries that don't have access to Prime. Top Gear prior to the departure of its three hosts was being syndicated to 214 territories globally with an estimated global audience of 315 million per episode. The show... more »
Battle of the flagships continues: OnePlus 2 vs. Galaxy S6 edge+

Battle of the flagships continues: OnePlus 2 vs. Galaxy S6 edge+

OnePlus launched its “flagship killer”, the OnePlus 2 on Monday and we’ve already compared it to the iPhone 6 Plus. Since the OnePlus is an Android phone and aimed at the premium market, it will also compete with offerings from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the other smartphone heavyweight. Samsung has seen unexpected success with its Galaxy S6 edge and are hoping to capitalize on that momentum by launching a larger-screen version, the Galaxy S6 edge+, next month. Below we compare the two new entrants into the “flagship” and “phablet” space. OnePlus 2 vs. Galaxy S6 edge+: Design OnePlus 2:  Sporting an aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and... more »
Apple, Samsung lose tablet market share in Q2 as LG, Huawei capitalize despite shrinking market

Apple, Samsung lose tablet market share in Q2 as LG, Huawei capitalize despite shrinking market

Despite iPad sales falling to a four-year low in the quarter ended June 30 with just 10.9 million units shipped, Apple managed to hold on to the top spot as the worldwide tablet market leader. According the latest data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), Apple claimed a 24.5 percent share of worldwide tablet shipments during the second quarter (Q2) of 2015, down from 27.7 percent a year ago. (via 9to5Mac) Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. claimed the number two spot with 7.7 million units shipped – 1 million fewer than the same period last year – for a 17 percent share... more »
Samsung Q2 mobile profits tumble 37.6% amid weak demand for Galaxy S6

Samsung Q2 mobile profits tumble 37.6% amid weak demand for Galaxy S6

In its second quarter (Q2) earnings announcement Thursday, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said net profit for the quarter declined 8 percent over the same period last year. The decline in net profit is largely due to lower than expected demand for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone combined with continuing competition in China. The latest profit decline marks the fifth consecutive year-over-year slide as Samsung continues to cede market share and profit margins from mid-range smartphones to manufacturers from China and India. Samsung reported net income for the quarter ended June 30 of 5.75 trillion Korean won ($4.9 billion), down from 6.25 trillion... more »
Git repository hosting service GitHub raises $250m Series B on $2b Unicorn valuation

Git repository hosting service GitHub raises $250m Series B on $2b Unicorn valuation

Git repository hosting service GitHub, Inc. has raised $250 million Series B in a round led by Sequoia Capital that included Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital and Institutional Venture Partners. New of the round first emerged in June when it was rumored GitHub was looking to raise $200 million, but as is becoming par for the course in venture capital funding of late, it ended up significantly higher. The valuation on round is said to be $2 billion, confirming GitHub's place in the Unicorn club. Founded in 2008 and said to have more than 33 million unique monthly visitors, GitHub has become the most... more »
Cloud comms company Twilio confirms Series E round of $130m

Cloud comms company Twilio confirms Series E round of $130m

Cloud communications company Twilio Inc. has raised $130 million Series E in a round led by Fidelity and T. Rowe Price, that included Altimeter Capital Management, Arrowpoint Partners, Amazon.com, and Salesforce Ventures. News of the round first surfaced based on filings back in May at a figure of $100 million, but as it turns out apparently reports of the round saw both Amazon and Salesforce wanting a slice of the action, hence the appearance of the additional $30 million in the official confirmation. Founded in 2007 Twilio offers a cloud-based API that that allows third-party developers to deploy voice, VoIP and SMS... more »
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- 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.

- 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.