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Nikkei report paints a disturbing picture of Konami

Nikkei report paints a disturbing picture of Konami

Konami Corp has created some of the most memorable games of the last 30 years, including Frogger, Contra, Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid, but the Japanese game studio's reputation has suffered over the last year due to continued rumors about its falling out with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. Now, a new report by Japanese newspaper Nikkei (translation via Kotaku) details just how rough things are at Konami, and it looks like it might be a good thing that Kojima left. According to Nikkei, the Metal Gear Solid V team, which was formerly known as Kojima Productions, does not have access to the internet from their workstations and... more »
What you missed in Big Data; A new era for marketing automation

What you missed in Big Data; A new era for marketing automation

Marketing made a comeback into the analytics discussion last week after Radius Intelligence Inc. raised a hefty $50 million from investors to support the development of its business-to-business targeting service. The funding caps off a record year that saw its revenue quadruple thanks to an influx of new clients drawn to the prospect of being able to better identify future opportunities. Radius facilitates that with a segmentation engine that not only provides insight into different subsets of an organization’s existing customer base but also outside groups that might be interested in its offerings. The company claims that its automated approach has enabled... more »
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 »
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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.