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Prepare yourselves: Facebook now supports animated gifs

Prepare yourselves: Facebook now supports animated gifs

Sharing pictures and videos is great and all, but everyone knows the real media supergiant of the internet is the humble gif. Short for "Graphics Interchange Format," gifs are simple moving images with no sound that typically run for a few seconds and then loop indefinitely. In its neverending quest to absorb all forms of media, social media giant Facebook Inc has finally gotten around to enabling native gif support on its social network, and it will be both the best and the worst thing that has ever happened to it. The best—because gifs are bite-sized chunks of content that even... more »
Konami promises its 'mobile first' plan is not the end of its console games

Konami promises its 'mobile first' plan is not the end of its console games

The embattled Japanese game studio and gambling device maker Konami Digital Entertainment recently announced that it would be placing a heavy focus on mobile games going forward, leading many fans to speculate that this could spell the end for Konami's long history of making console games. But now, the studio has come out saying that even though it will place a greater importance on mobile gaming, it will still make console games. "Konami will continue to embrace the challenge of creating entertainment content via different platforms; across not only mobile platforms, but for home consoles, arcade units, and cards, to meet... more »
Watch LIVE keynotes from HP Discover 2015: See Meg Whitman and more

Watch LIVE keynotes from HP Discover 2015: See Meg Whitman and more

Can't make it to Las Vegas for this year's HP Discover conference? Watch the HP Discover keynotes live here, from the comfort of your home office. Kkicking off June 2, 2015, the world watches as CEO Meg Whitman shares the next steps for a company currently undergoing mass restructure. SiliconANGLE's theCUBE will be broadcasting live from the event to "“Extract The Signal From The Noise” while talking with industry professionals about the latest in enterprise technology and innovation. Don't miss a thing. Follow the event's every detail at HP Discover Social, and join in the conversation.... more »
Ask a Wikibon Analyst: How flash storage will revolutionize business

Ask a Wikibon Analyst: How flash storage will revolutionize business

Storage experts often say that NAND flash is a disruptive technology. Certainly flash is much faster than disk, but to be disruptive, it needs to be more than a faster disk drive. So I asked Wikibon co-founder and CTO David Floyer how flash will disrupt the data center. “My vision of the flash architecture is complex,” he said. First, the order-of magnitude speed increase in flash mandates a total rearchitecting of the way data is processed. As processing power has increased and networking bandwidth has grown, spinning disk has become the gating factor of system performance. Applications were written around the... more »
O.M.G: Snapchat takes a staggering $650m Series F on a $16b valuation

O.M.G: Snapchat takes a staggering $650m Series F on a $16b valuation

In a case of a Unicron gone wild, Snapchat, Inc. has raised a new round of a staggering $650 million Series F on a valuation of $16 billion. Never shy of a pile of money, Snapchat's last round closed in March and came in at $200 million Series E on a $15 billion valuation. According to reports, Snapchat is looking to invest in social commerce. Snapchat, which provides a private chat messaging service, has been doing extremely well since launching in September 2011, and numbers have been going well: as of August 2014 they had 100 million active monthly users with 700 million snaps being sent each... more »
Gearbox dropped from the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit

Gearbox dropped from the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit

Saying that Aliens: Colonial Marines was received poorly by gamers is a bit of an understatement. The game was so reviled after its release in 2013 that a class action lawsuit was launched against its creators, claiming that Colonial Marines had been falsely advertised at trade shows like E3. "Each of the 'actual gameplay' demonstrations purported to show consumers exactly what they would be buying: a cutting edge video game with very specific features and qualities," the original claim stated. "Unfortunately for their fans, Defendants never told anyone — consumers, industry critics, reviewers, or reporters — that their 'actual gameplay' demonstration advertising campaign bore little... more »
Enterprise news you gotta know for May 29 - IBM goes vertical with analytics

Enterprise news you gotta know for May 29 - IBM goes vertical with analytics

A daily summary of stories in the areas of Big Data, cloud computing and software-led infrastructure from some of the top news sources on the Web. Product News IBM pitches analysis software for select industry verticals - Computerworld There’s a strong vertical focus to this new line of applications, which are heavy on predictive analytics. The first 20 products were launched yesterday, and IBM says many more are in the pipeline. Microsoft Launches New Project to Help Enterprises Improve Their DevOps Practices - TechCrunch “The company launched both a self-assessment tool that gives companies recommendations for how to improve their development practices, as well as... more »
Wikibon: Future looks bright for OpenStack #OpenStackSummit

Wikibon: Future looks bright for OpenStack #OpenStackSummit

Last week’s OpenStack Summit showcased a vibrant developer organization and a healthy, growing user community that includes big names like Wal-mart Stores, Inc., Comcast Corp. and eBay, Inc. So despite some press reports that OpenStack is floundering, it actually is striding toward a bright future, writes Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman. The OpenStack Foundation used the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver last week to clarify its vision for the technology, which has been billed variously as an attempt to compete with Amazon Web Services or a way for companies to avoid the VMware “vTax”. The new vision is of OpenStack as an Integration... more »
GameStop's earnings climb, beating earlier predictions

GameStop's earnings climb, beating earlier predictions

Somehow GameStop Corp managed to pull through its weak final quarter from last year and beat expectations for its Q1 earnings of its fiscal 2016. Apparently someone out there still buys games in a store. According to the Dallas-based game seller's most recent financial reports, GameStop brought in $2.06 billion in revenue for its first quarter, earning 3.5 percent higher year over year and beating out its guidance of $2.01 billion. Thanks to its strong numbers, GameStop's stock jumped roughly 5 percent in after hours trading yesterday. Although GameStop's earnings for this quarter are promising, the days of brick and mortar game sellers seem numbered, with digital... more »
Server market rebounds with strongest growth since 2010, Gartner says

Server market rebounds with strongest growth since 2010, Gartner says

Things are suddenly looking up for server makers, with sales in the category growing faster in the last quarter than at any time since 2010. Gartner Inc.'s preliminary estimates show the worldwide server market expanded by 18 percent in the first quarter to $13.39 billion, while unit shipments rose by 13 percent to 2.66 million. Gartner's research director Adrian O’Connell attributed the sudden growth to hyper-scale build outs among North America firms, and said it amounts to the “second-largest-volume quarter ever” for the industry, in an interview with The Register. Breaking things down a bit, Gartner said shipments of Intel-based servers grew... more »
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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.