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Data center spending stays flat despite cloud shift

Data center spending stays flat despite cloud shift

Data center operators maintained a steady spending level on infrastructure during quarter two of 2015, though many are trending towards colocation services or cloud service providers, instead of building new data centers, according to a new report from 451 Research. The market tracker said that 87 percent of data center operators it surveyed in Europe and North America either held the line or increased spending during quarter two. We could see an upsurge in spending soon however, as 25 percent of data center operators told 451 Research they're planning to step up retrofits in the next 90 days. Of those who did... more »
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on the advantages of being a founder CEO: "Everything is easier with social capital"

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on the advantages of being a founder CEO: "Everything is easier with social capital"

There is no question that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most recognizable company heads alive today, and not just because he was the subject of the Academy Award winning film The Social Network. Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 a few months shy of his twentieth birthday, and within a decade it became one of the world's most successful companies with an active user base that is over four times larger than the population of the United States. Gigaom founder Om Malik recently posted an open question on Facebook asking if Zuckerberg believed that his clout as a founder had given him an edge that... more »
Mend reimagines house calls for the smartphone age

Mend reimagines house calls for the smartphone age

Sometime between the 1960s and the 1980s the house call all but disappeared in the U.S., and these days the idea of a doctor coming to your home might seem as quaint and outdated as beehive hair-dos and rotary telephones. But in an age of convenience services like Uber or any of the dozens of food delivery apps out there, it might not be so crazy to revisit the idea, and Dallas-based startup Mend says that it has created "a modern day house call" for today's connected society. I recently spoke with Mend's Christiana Yebra about where the idea for the "on-demand urgent healthcare" service... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2015 July 1: Kraken opens in Canada, Coinbase looks to Australia, itBit and Call Levels, BitTorrent loves BTC

Bitcoin Weekly 2015 July 1: Kraken opens in Canada, Coinbase looks to Australia, itBit and Call Levels, BitTorrent loves BTC

This week brings a lot of fintech news to the Bitcoin space with exchanges expanding, getting venture capital, and linking up with financial services. Kraken is growing and has officially launched in Canada; Coinbase announced an investment from Reventure, a major Australian VC firm; and itBit partnered with Call Levels, a market monitoring and alerting app service. On the ecommerce side, Bitnet teamed up with Computop to bring bitcoin processing to an even larger audience of merchants and retailers. And on the crowdfunding angle: Bitcoin crowdfunding equity site BnkToTheFuture announced exceeding $10 million in total invested funds. The BitTorrent protocol is getting a... more »
Salesforce brings Desk.com into the embedded productivity era

Salesforce brings Desk.com into the embedded productivity era

Only days after introducing the ability for enterprises to embed its popular support delivery service into their mobile applications, Saleforce.com Inc. hopes to extend the same benefits to customers of the slimmed-down edition for small- and medium-sized businesses. Except, that is, the other way around. The update to Desk.com brings the option to  embed partner-developed functions from the complementary store that was inaguarated at the end of last year directly into the dashboard through which care representives interact with end-users. That can come handy in all kinds of scenarios. A retailer could integrate a package tracking service into the main view to... more »
PubNub nets $20 million for its cloud-based data distribution service

PubNub nets $20 million for its cloud-based data distribution service

In addition to filtering, analyzing, visualizing and sharing it, organizations nowadays also require - perhaps above all else - the ability to move their data to where it needs to be in a timely manner, a challenge that PubNub Inc. has made a respectable business out of addressing. And that business is now set to grow even bigger thanks to $20 million in fresh funding from investors. The cash will go towards helping to expand the adoption of its namesake data distribution service, which does exactly what the description suggests. Pushing out updates may not seem like a task for a... more »
An oven that sees, thinks and teaches you to cook

An oven that sees, thinks and teaches you to cook

This week’s Smart Living roundup features a smart oven that thinks like a chef, an Oreo cookie-sized security system and a device that monitors your propane tank. June Intelligent Oven The June Intelligent Oven is a countertop appliance that deals with all your baking, roasting, broiling, toasting and slow cooking needs ... but with a twist. It has a camera that is able to analyze what you’ve put inside, allowing it to determine the proper cooking time; the feet of the oven doubles as a scale, which allows you to know how much what you are cooking weighs; it has a touchscreen panel... more »
Elastic puts its open-source Big Data search engine in the cloud

Elastic puts its open-source Big Data search engine in the cloud

The Netherlands’ Elastic BV is ticking another item off the fairly narrow list of ways to monetize open-source software with the launch of new hosted implementations of its hugely popular free search engine for unstructured data that offer a simpler alternative to manual deployment. The launch couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Demand for Elasticsearch more than doubled over the last 9 months to the tune of an extra 11 million downloads, which produced a similarly sharp increase in the amount of money spent on hosting. The startup pegs the number of organizations paying various providers to run the... more »
Facebook users in the U.S. can now send money through Messenger

Facebook users in the U.S. can now send money through Messenger

Facebook is finally rolling out its Messenger payment features to all users across the U.S., now making the old "I'll pay you back later" excuse obsolete. Facebook first began testing Messenger payments in March in a few select locations, and it later expanded them in May to New York City and the surrounding areas. Now everyone in the U.S. can use Messenger payments, which Facebook said "gives people a more convenient and secure way to send or receive money between friends." How it works The first time you attempt to send money through Facebook Messenger, the app will ask you to set up a debit... more »
Microsoft gives Edge an update, shows off new default desktop image in two new Windows 10 Builds

Microsoft gives Edge an update, shows off new default desktop image in two new Windows 10 Builds

At the end of this month Microsoft will officially release Windows 10, but before that happens, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring can see a few more updates to the new OS as of now. At first, Build 10158 was released, which contained a bunch of new features, and then just a day after, Microsoft also released Build 10159. Why two builds in such quick succession? Microsoft explained in a blog post that all builds first have to be validated after engineers have been perfecting them in the internal ring. It turns out that Redmond had been working on both builds more... more »
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.