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Avaya deal with Steel ORCA delivers "next-generation software-defined data center"

Avaya deal with Steel ORCA delivers "next-generation software-defined data center"

Avaya, Inc. and Steel ORCA, Inc. have announced a strategic relationship that will see them both build what they describe as a "next-generation software-defined data center." Under the partnership, Steel ORCA will standardize its data center architecture on Avaya Fabric Connect, setting the stage for rolling out the complete Avaya SDN Fx architecture later in the year. Steel ORCA’s soon to be opened Digital Utility Center is claimed to be one of the newest and most technologically advanced data centers in the United States, with the company providing colocation, managed services and cloud solutions globally with an emphasis on responsiveness, reliability and... more »
Rumor: Apple imposes co-designed packaging on third-party accessories sold in Apple Stores

Rumor: Apple imposes co-designed packaging on third-party accessories sold in Apple Stores

Apple is known to be obsessive and passionate over its product packaging and now it appears the Cupertino giant is extending that attitude to the packaging of third-party accessories sold in its retail stores. In a report Monday, 9to5Mac shared leaked images showing third-party accessory packaging co-designed by Apple. The aim of the exercise appears to be to bring third-party accessory packaging in line with Apple’s own packaging. As a result, the new packaging has the same white, minimalist look and feel as Apple’s Mac, iPhone and Apple Watch packaging, and has less text on the front than traditional third-party packaging. According... more »
Microsoft to INCREASE Azure prices, blames currency movements

Microsoft to INCREASE Azure prices, blames currency movements

Microsoft is planning to buck the trend of incessant price cut after price cut in the public cloud with a sudden increase in the costs of using its Azure cloud. The mildly surprising announcement came by way of The Register, which was told by Microsoft that it “... continues to evaluate the market conditions in the countries in which we operate. As a result, we will be adjusting the prices for the company’s enterprise cloud services in Australia, starting 1 August, 2015.” Australian media first picked up on the story over a week ago, when Microsoft sent out an official email to... more »
Malaysian based online glasses retailer GlassesGroupGlobal raises $3m Series A

Malaysian based online glasses retailer GlassesGroupGlobal raises $3m Series A

Online glasses retailer GlassesGroupGlobal has raised $3 million Series A in a round that included Caixa Capital, Nova Founders Capital, along with Skype co-founder Toivo Annus, Uwe Kolb, Siegfried Drueker and others. Based in Malaysia but selling to a diverse number of countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philipines, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and of course their own native Malaysia, the company offers a comprehensive range of branded prescription glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses, naturally at an affordable price. GlassesGroupGlobal was founded and remains led by Christopher Strauch, the former Managing Director of Zalora and... more »
How NōD takes the philosophy of coworking beyond the walls of its office

How NōD takes the philosophy of coworking beyond the walls of its office

The coworking movement is all about collaborating with like-minded people, and in the city of Dallas, Texas, that collaborative spirit extends beyond the walls of the individual coworking spaces. A recurring theme when I talk to people involved in the Dallas coworking scene is the openness of the community, and collaboration occurs between the various offices that in the traditional business world would be considered direct competitors. The openness of the coworking scene in the Dallas area reflects the openness of the Dallas startup community itself, and NōD Coworking is one of the key players in keeping people connected, regardless of which space their... more »
Spyware vendor Hacking Team hacked, 400GB of nefarious data leaked

Spyware vendor Hacking Team hacked, 400GB of nefarious data leaked

Hacking Team is an Italian company specializing in surveillance software who have just learned the hard way what it’s like when the tables are turned. Sunday, the company became the victims of a hack from unknown attackers who have released 400GB of data via a Torrent claimed to be from Hacking Team’s dark, private vaults. As a vendor of spyware and intrusion services, Hacking Team became infamous for their privacy disrupting means when Reporters Without Borders added the company to their index of “The Enemies of the Internet.” The services Hacking Team sells are described as lawful interception products and “offensive... more »
Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao issues an apology to the community: "We screwed up"

Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao issues an apology to the community: "We screwed up"

Reddit Inc has been having a rough year in dealing with its very vocal community, and now interim CEO Ellen Pao has issued a public apology to redditors for the company's lack of communication with users. Pao's apology follows the company's sudden removal of "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) organizer Victoria Taylor on July 2, which left the moderators of several subreddits unable to contact some of the high-profile people who were scheduled to conduct an AMA in the near future. In response, the moderators of r/IAmA, r/Books, and others temporarily shut down their subreddits until a solution could be worked out. Other... more »
Confused over Big Data tools and databases? Wikibon’s George Gilbert provides answers

Confused over Big Data tools and databases? Wikibon’s George Gilbert provides answers

Not long ago the database technology question was simple – the answer was RDBMS, and the only question was Oracle or an alternative. Then Big Data happened. Suddenly CIOs and CTOs are being bombarded with new data types – social media, GPS, Internet-of-Things – and a tsunami of technology choices that promise to handle them but demand new, often scarce, skill sets. With Hadoop, NoSQL, high-performance streaming-media systems, graph data and a huge number of startups presenting new alternatives, it's difficult for CIOs and CTOs to know where to start. And all the time they are hearing that Big Data... more »
The innovations and pitfalls of medical 3D printing

The innovations and pitfalls of medical 3D printing

Imagine creating an arm for an amputee at a third-world medical facility, printing wet models for surgical training or even growing organs made of real living tissue. These healthcare innovations are, or soon will be, possible using 3D printing. This innovative field has the potential to completely change how physicians around the world approach treatment of their patients. With 3D printing, if you need an organ or other body part, it’s just a matter of pushing a few buttons and the 3D printing machine creates what you need — on the spot. This makes for exciting times, but one potential pitfall... more »
Mega Man Legends creator launches spiritual successor 'Red Ash' on Kickstarter

Mega Man Legends creator launches spiritual successor 'Red Ash' on Kickstarter

Kickstarter has become the go to platform for breathing new life into old ideas, and the overwhelming success of crowdfunding campaigns for games like Yooka-Laylee, Star Citizen, Pillars of Eternity and others proves that there are plenty of nostalgic gamers out there ready and willing to hand over cash for a chance to play new versions of games they played in their youth. Several veteran Japanese game developers have also come to Kickstarter over the last year, including former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki. Now, Mega Man co-designer Keiji Inafune has joined that list with Red Ash: The Indelible Legend, an anime-inspired open world game that... more »
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- 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

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- 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.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- 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

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.