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Microsoft investment helps push Uber valuation up to $50 billion

Microsoft investment helps push Uber valuation up to $50 billion

Despite all of its regulatory headaches and almost being involved in a new French Revolution, ride sharing company Uber Technologies Inc has continued its meteoric rise as one of the most disruptive services in recent history, and now sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal claim that the company's valuation now exceeds $50 billion, matching Facebook's record valuation as a venture backed startup in just six short years. Sources told WSJ that Uber has just closed its latest funding round for $1 billion, bringing its total funding up to $5 billion. Companies said to be included in the investment round include Microsoft Corp and Indian... more »
Telcos challenged by transition to Cloud | #HPDiscover

Telcos challenged by transition to Cloud | #HPDiscover

With the "ITification" of telcos an ever-present hot topic in the industry, Hewlett-Packard Co. continues to address the needs of the communications and media industry. "We’re putting a bunch of assets together to go after this business," Saar Gillai, SVP and GM for HP's Communications Solutions Business, told theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media production team, at HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas. "It’s a big business for HP, a big opportunity." Telcos challenged by decreasing ROI According to Gillai, telcos have built good solutions and good networks over the past two decades but are now challenged by decreasing ROI. Outsiders, such as WhatsApp and Apple,... more »
IONU says it has a better idea about data encryption

IONU says it has a better idea about data encryption

IONU Security, Inc. (pronounced “eye on you”) thinks it has a better way to make data encryption viable in the enterprise while plugging one of the persistent holes in the ways in which most organizations implement encryption. The flaw in most current schemes is that data is typically decrypted once it arrives on a host machine or cloud server for use by local programs. That forces organizations to use firewalls, proxies and gateways to block intruders. However, many security experts now believe that intrusion prevention is all but impossible. The only effective approach to security is to make the data unreadable... more »
Storage, social media expert sees positives in HP split | #HPDiscover

Storage, social media expert sees positives in HP split | #HPDiscover

The HP split into two companies — HP Inc., for personal systems and printing, and HP Enterprise, for technology infrastructure — continues to create buzz in the industry. But according to Calvin Zito, noted blogger and storage and social media expert for HP, the breakup will have a positive outcome. “The spit lets HP Enterprise focus on what we do, and focus is a good thing,” said Zito. “It’s going to allow us to do things with profits that align to the gross margin of that business instead of having to look at a lower gross margin business, potentially holding back... more »
Nvidia forced to recall 88,000 Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard

Nvidia forced to recall 88,000 Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard

Nvidia Corp is instituting a recall tens of thousands of its Android-based Shield Tablets due to concerns that the device's batteries could pose a serious fire hazard. According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nvidia has received reports of at least four cases where the batteries in the Shield Tablet overheated, damaging the device and, in two of the reports, the floor below it. Both the CPSC and Nvidia warn consumers to stop using the tablets immediately until a replacement can be obtained. The recall affects 88,000 devices that were sold in the U.S. and Canada between July 2014 and July... more »
First Total War: Warhammer gameplay footage reveals sprawling battles and Human on Orc action

First Total War: Warhammer gameplay footage reveals sprawling battles and Human on Orc action

From the 2000 release of Shogun: Total War through this year's release of Total War: Attila, Creative Assembly's Total War franchise has stuck to real-world historical scenarios for nine mainline games and a hand full of spin-offs, but the upcoming tenth game in the series, Total War: Warhammer, will see a drastic departure from the realism of previous titles. Total War: Warhammer, which is due to release in 2016, is set in the grim Warhammer fantasy universe created for Games Workshop Group PLC's popular tabletop wargame series. Yesterday, Creative Assembly released a video of "The Battle of Blackfire Pass" campaign from the game, which showcases over 10 minutes of the fantasy action... more »
Digital transformation happening fast | #HPDiscover

Digital transformation happening fast | #HPDiscover

The theme for HP Discover 2015, “the idea economy,” faced criticism from some industry leaders during the popular IT conference. Ideas form the basis of the digital economy. Also, as theCUBE cohost Dave Vellante, noted, “HP is still a product company. They’ve got to put their products in front of people.” Cohost Jeff Frick agreed, but added another perspective. “Some of the customers we had on theCUBE today really demonstrate what the idea economy looks like even in a legacy situation,” he said. “A 20th Century Fox guest talked about their entire business moving from visible assets to digital assets. A... more »
Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day! Thank your SysAdmin for everything they do

Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day! Thank your SysAdmin for everything they do

Today marks the 16th annual Systems Administrator Appreciation Day, which according to the event's creators is "the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year." The holiday occurs the last Friday of July, and it is meant to celebrate the head techies that work behind the scenes in one of the most vital areas of a company's infrastructure. Have you thanked your company SysAdmin lately? After all, they are responsible for keeping all of those server lights blinking and making sure your employees are still able to browse Facebook and play solitaire when they think no... more »
The good news (and the bad) about doing public relations on your own

The good news (and the bad) about doing public relations on your own

Alright! Are you excited? You should be! We’re going to start talking about getting press this week. OR doing “PR”. Whatever you want to say to refer to the often soul crushing work that is trying to get attention for yourself, or your product, by using modern media. I hope you’re excited, (or at least, ready to feign enthusiasm) because PR is one of those things that’s a lot of fun in the concept stage, but once you start actually having to do it, you immediately wish you had made different career choices. You see, public relations is this bizarre combination of... more »
New IoT recipes for developers, from IBM hub

New IoT recipes for developers, from IBM hub

This week’s Smart DevOps features a new developer community for the Internet of Things (IoT), a Software Developer Kit (SDK) that turns any wearable into a fitness tracker, and a location and zone management solution for developers. IBM launches new IoT developer community Big Blue announced the launch of the IBM developerWorks Recipes, a community designed to help developers — from novice to experienced — quickly and easily connect IoT devices to the Cloud. Developers will also learn how to use data coming from the connected devices. Developers who join the community will be able to tap into IBM’s Bluemix, allowing them to... more »
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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- 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.