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CliQR revamp its hybrid cloud portability platform for a containerized world

CliQR revamp its hybrid cloud portability platform for a containerized world

The shift towards containerized applications is causing major strategic changes even for vendors that have been early to recognize the demand for portability and fast release cycles that is driving the trend. The latest example is CliQr Technologies Inc., which debuted a new iteration of its flagship hybrid cloud management platform this morning that aims to address some of the main challenges standing in the way of the movement. CloudCenter 4.0 extends the capabilities of the built-in topology designer used for putting together applications to heterogeneous environments that combine several different kinds of services and containers. Such deployments often have upwards of... more »
Yozio raises $7 million to help companies supercharge their mobile presence

Yozio raises $7 million to help companies supercharge their mobile presence

Even though consumers now spend considerably more time on their smartphones and tablets than PCs, organizations often struggle to drive adoption for their mobile apps due to the lack of many of the marketing capabilities available on more traditional platforms. That’s according to a startup called Yozio Inc., which raised $7 million in funding this morning to try and fill the gap. The capital will be used to fuel the continued development of its namesake marketing service, which acts as a central hub for managing user acquisition campaigns across so-called organic channels such as email, text messages and social media. Yozio helps find... more »
Do companies really take Big Data seriously? | #HadoopSummit

Do companies really take Big Data seriously? | #HadoopSummit

Businesses are finally getting serious about Big Data, according to Rishi Yadav, CEO of InfoObjects, Inc., who spoke to the theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team, at Hadoop Summit 2015. InfoObjects is optimizing systems so that all data sources can work in concert to achieve business goals. “A year or two back, the case was that somebody would build a Hadoop Cluster ... and the only thing they would do was use Hadoop as a silo in that cluster, and nothing to do with what the rest of the enterprise is doing," Yadav said. "Now, all the cases I see is the clients... more »
Microsoft scrambles to fix Windows 10 bugs ahead of launch

Microsoft scrambles to fix Windows 10 bugs ahead of launch

With less than two days to go before Windows 10 is launched, it looks like Microsoft is scrambling to iron out numerous bugs in its eagerly anticipated operating system. Although Build 10240, released two weeks ago, was widely believed to "release to manufacturing" (RTM) build of Windows 10, Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports that Microsoft has pushed out no less than four patches in the last seven days in an effort to fix a number of bugs reported by testers who've signed up for the Windows Insider program. Somewhat curiously, three of the four patches seem to be identical – pushed out on... more »
Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins announces two executive hires on day 1

Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins announces two executive hires on day 1

Cisco Systems Inc. announced two new executive hires on Monday as John Chambers finally stepped down from his role as company CEO, to be replaced by Chuck Robbins. The company has pulled off something of a coup with the hiring of venture capital specialist Zorawar Biri Singh as its new CTO for platforms and solutions, Bloomberg reported. Singh is an instant replacement for CTO and chief strategy officer Padmasaree Warrior, who bowed out of the company along with a host of other staff, including chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink, Edzard Overbeek, the senior vice president of services, and presidents Rob Lloyd... more »
Brain-powered gadget sales to top $200M in 2020

Brain-powered gadget sales to top $200M in 2020

The Brain-to-Machine (BMI) product niche has been a little obscured by more well known concepts like the Internet of Things and software-defined this and that, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a second glance. For according to new findings from ABI Research (Allied Business Intelligence, Inc.), the market could be worth $200 million a year by 2020. Things are expected to pick up in earnest later this year, with a flood of new products likely to be released in time for the Christmas shopping season, ABI Research predicts. According to them, “tapping into brain activity as a means of understanding... more »
Valve closes major security hole in Steam that enabled account takeover

Valve closes major security hole in Steam that enabled account takeover

Steam had a massive security hole that allowed hackers to steal any user blind and the thief only needed a username to do it. That hole is now filled in, according to Valve Corporation. The hijack exploit took advantage of the lost password function. As with most websites, this feature sends an e-mail to the account holder to assist in resetting the password. In this case the e-mail contains a code that must be entered into Steam to reset the password. However, with the bug in place, an attacker needed not enter the code: leaving the “enter the code” field blank... more »
Premium food delivery service Deliveroo raises $70m Series C

Premium food delivery service Deliveroo raises $70m Series C

UK based premium food delivery service Deliveroo (Roofoods Ltd.) has raised $70 million Series C in a round led Greenoaks Capital and Index Ventures that included previous investors Accel Partners and Hoxton Ventures. Founded in 2012, Deliveroo pitches itself as a technology company that is focused on marketing, selling and delivering restaurant meals to the household or office. The company says that their technology platform optimizes food ordering and delivery by integrating web and mobile consumers with restaurant tablet-based point-of-sale order management terminals and their logistics optimization algorithm via their delivery driver smartphone software. The short, and far more understandable version is like... more »
Counterfeit operation responsible for 41k fake iPhones valued at $19M shut down in China

Counterfeit operation responsible for 41k fake iPhones valued at $19M shut down in China

Beijing police have raided and shut down a factory responsible for producing in excess of 41,000 fake iPhones worth around 120 million yuan ($19.4 million) over a five-month period, reports Reuters. Among the nine people arrested by police were a husband and wife who were the alleged ringleaders of the counterfeiting operation. The factory – which police raided on May 14 but only shared details on now – was operating under the guise of a gadget maintenance business. The authorities seized 1,400 fake iPhones as well as accessories during the raid. It appears the couple at the head of the operation bought... more »
Google to disentangle forced Google+ account use with products, starting with YouTube

Google to disentangle forced Google+ account use with products, starting with YouTube

Google, Inc.'s winding down of its mostly unused and unloved social networking platform Google+ took a new step Monday with the company announcing it would stop forcing users to use a Google+ account with Google products, with the first disentanglement being delivered to YouTube. The choice of YouTube being the first Google owned service to be removed from the clutches of Google+ isn't a coincidence as it was YouTube users who protested the loudest when forced Google+ integration was thrust upon them back in 2013, a move that removed the ability for users to participate in the site in an anonymous... 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.