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World of Warcraft subscriptions plummet to the lowest in 10 years

World of Warcraft subscriptions plummet to the lowest in 10 years

For a very short period, it seemed like Blizzard Entertainment Inc's World of Warcraft was on the rebound after its latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, saw a huge spike in subscribers last November. Subscription numbers rose to over 10 million accounts after the release of Warlords, the highest the game had seen in more than two years, but now those number have dropped by nearly half to only 5.6 million, the lowest since 2005. According to Blizzard head Mike Morhaime, the studio's account management system Battle.net saw its highest ever active user base by the end of the quarter, and taken as a... more »
Doom: An artist's rendition

Doom: An artist's rendition

The Doom franchise, heralded as the pioneer of First-Person Shooter (FPS) games, is returning to its roots in many ways with an upcoming release. SiliconANGLE takes a hands-on approach to experiencing the latest from Doom, including what can be loosely interpreted as an artist's rendition of the game, as photography of the unreleased game is currently banned. The last Doom release was in 2012; it was for the Doom 3 BFG Edition, which is an enhanced version of Doom 3 released in 2004. Doom 3 BFG Edition featured enhanced graphics, better sound with more horror effects, a checkpoint save system, and support for... more »
City of Paradigm: A game of drones and autonomous machines

City of Paradigm: A game of drones and autonomous machines

Steven Wolfe glared at the man across his desk through his data glasses. Adding a giant red ‘X’ across the man’s face had done well for his mood, but it didn’t help his professional duty to his office—so Wolfe idly waved the holographic “NO” (that only he could see) away with a gesture he hoped looked as dismissive as it felt. “The mayor has been adamant that I need your go-ahead before we test any sort of project with military applications in the city, Mr. Wolfe,” the man said—his name was North Campbell, which sounded to Wolfe more like the name... more »
Fighting fire with fire: Anonymous security net targets enterprises

Fighting fire with fire: Anonymous security net targets enterprises

Paul Kurtz believes US enterprises have a fundamental disadvantage in fighting cyber attacks: The bad guys are cooperating with each other while the good guys work alone. Concerns about government regulation, bad publicity and intellectual property theft prevent organizations from telling anyone outside their four walls about security threats they face, said Kurtz (right), former cybersecurity advisor to the White House under Presidents Clinton and Bush and director of counterterrorism for the National Security Council. The result: victims fight attackers with one hand tied behind their backs. “The paradigm of each of us trying to defend ourselves must change,” he said. Kurtz... more »
SDN becomes part of a bigger picture | #ODsummit

SDN becomes part of a bigger picture | #ODsummit

SDN is becoming part of a larger framework, according to Bala Thekkedath, SDN/NFV product marketing lead for Ericsson. In his keynote during the recent Open Daylight Summit in Santa Clara, California, Thekkedath discussed how Ericsson and Intel have come together to meet the needs of the service provider network. “We want to make sure we’re creating products that are applicable to a broad range of solutions,” he said. “SDN is a big part of operator transformation, but also part of a larger journey. We need to think about all the other pieces of the infrastructure that need to fall into place.... more »
No, Satoshi did not move any bitcoins today; Blockchain.info was spoofed

No, Satoshi did not move any bitcoins today; Blockchain.info was spoofed

Today an excited user on Reddit rushed to talk about a series of five transactions totaling around 250 BTC (approx. $71 thousand) moving from extremely early Bitcoin blocks thought to belong to Satoshi Nakamoto, the enigmatic inventor (or inventors) of Bitcoin. The transactions have quickly been revealed to be spoofed, affecting only Bitcoin wallet and block explorer Blockchain.info (Blockchain Ltd.) Shortly after the initial Reddit post, users went to work attempting to determine where they went and who moved them. After all, Satoshi has not been seen or heard from since mysteriously exiting the Bitcoin scene in 2011. This is also of... more »
New smart home hub for Windows 10 arrives

New smart home hub for Windows 10 arrives

This week’s Smart Living roundup features the first Windows 10 smart home hub, why Quirky, Inc. CEO Ben Kaufman stepped down, and how an app update allows your Apple Watch to control your smart lock. CastleOS announces first Windows 10 home automation hub CastleOS Software, LLC announced that its upcoming smart home hub, called the CastleHUB, will be among the first Windows 10 smart home hubs (see all of Microsoft's compatible home automation products here). It will feature voice control with Microsoft's voice-control assistant Cortana and far-field control with Microsoft's motion-detecting Kinect. The CastleHUB calls itself the most flexible smart hub on the market, as... more »
SUSE continues platform push with support for IBM's Power-based HANA machines

SUSE continues platform push with support for IBM's Power-based HANA machines

IBM Corp.’s line of in-memory data processing appliances landed a key supporter from the operating system world this morning in the form of SUSE LLC, which announced that its namesake Linux distribution is now officially certified to run on the machines. It’s the latest pit-stop along the latter’s journey beyond the x86 servers powering most of the enterprise. That battleground has long been decided in favor of arch-nemesis Red Hat Inc. and Microsoft Corp. with its Windows Server, driving the company to turn its attention towards the emerging platforms that may replace Intel’s dominant processing architecture in the future. The Power... more »
Cities: Skylines dev on why rewards beat punishments | #GDCEurope

Cities: Skylines dev on why rewards beat punishments | #GDCEurope

Privately owned Finnish game studio Colossal Order Ltd. made a big splash earlier this year with the release of Cities: Skylines, a city builder game that sold 250,000 copies in its first 24 hours and one million in its first month. At this week's GDC Europe, lead designer Karolina Korppoo attributed some of the game's popularity to the studio's desire to reward players for doing something right rather than punishing them for doing something wrong. "Learning and helping them out, guiding them towards finding new features and learning more, that’s how a game should reward the players," Korppoo said. "It seems to be working quite... more »
Twitch eyes overseas gamers with more international events in Australia, Mexico and Japan

Twitch eyes overseas gamers with more international events in Australia, Mexico and Japan

Popular Amazon-owned game streaming platform Twitch announced this week that it will be expanding its worldwide presence with booths at more international gaming events. The game streaming site already attends major events in Europe like Gamescom, but Twitch will also be moving into Australia, Mexico and Japan. "In addition to our continued presence at gamescom 2015 from Cologne, Germany, this year we’ll be dropping booths for the first time at PAX Australia, Electronic Game Show in Mexico, and Tokyo Game Show in Japan," Twitch wrote on its blog. "All of these events will feature a stage for publishers and developers to showcase... 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.