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The perfect storm for a data breach

The perfect storm for a data breach

When a severe storm hits, the destruction is palpable -homes flattened, trees on cars blocking yards and streets, and families displaced oftentimes losing all of their belongings. It’s a horrific scene most of us have seen, either firsthand or on the news. Thanks to forecasts, we typically know how storms should affect us, and to some degree we can prepare. Data breaches are also destructive, potentially fatal to some businesses. However, many businesses can’t see them coming; they don’t have decades of cybercrime research and expertise to turn to, and the criminals are constantly shifting their tactics. There are some standard ingredients... more »
Doom producer promises the new game will be "a skill-based experience"

Doom producer promises the new game will be "a skill-based experience"

While Doom may not have been the first first-person shooter, it certainly helped both define and popularize the genre, and the next title in the series – also called Doom – promises to be a return to the shooter's roots. "It's quintessential Doom," executive producer Marty Stratton told reporters on this year's E3 showfloor. "I don't know if that means it's a reboot. You look out there and see how active the community is - there are still people playing it and making mods. Doom has this kind of timeless quality - the action works really well in the modern space," Stratton said. The original Doom... more »
Final edition of Windows 10 will be with PC makers by the end of the week

Final edition of Windows 10 will be with PC makers by the end of the week

Microsoft is making history with Windows 10, the operating system that we’ve been told is the last in a long line due to the fact this OS will receive ongoing constant updates. Windows chief Terry Myerson talking about Windows as a service reiterated this last week, saying “we will never be done” concerning upgrades. But for now Microsoft is at least almost ready to release finished versions of Windows to RTM customers (release to manufacturing). Prior to the RTM release a few builds will be released at the same time, which are what Microsoft calls RTM candidates. These go to the... more »
Big Data to accelerate Tour de France coverage

Big Data to accelerate Tour de France coverage

South African IT firm Dimension Data Plc., a subsidiary of NTT Group, has achieved something of a coup by being selected as the Official Technology Partner of the Tour de France. The company is being tasked with powering the real-time data behind the world's biggest cycling event, providing TV broadcasters and spectators with up to the second information on all the individual riders competing in the race. Doing so is a pretty big undertaking, as the company says its data will be processed by its cloud platform across five continents, consuming over 350 million CPU cycles a second. The firm has... more »
Samsung to post Q2 profit decline on back of incorrect Galaxy S6 sales expectations

Samsung to post Q2 profit decline on back of incorrect Galaxy S6 sales expectations

Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday forecast a second-quarter profit decline following a combination of lower than expected demand for its Galaxy S6 smartphone and shortages of its Galaxy S6 Edge model. The South Korean technology giant estimated its second-quarter profit at 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion), a decline of four percent over the year-ago quarter. Although the estimation is a 15 percent increase over the first quarter profits, it misses the 7.2 trillion won ($6.38 billion) average of 33 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Estimated second quarter sales fell eight percent from the year-ago quarter to 48 trillion won ($42.5 billion), falling... more »
Google dips its toes into the ridesharing space with test of new service in Israel

Google dips its toes into the ridesharing space with test of new service in Israel

Google, Inc. has decided it wants a piece of the ridesharing app pie by adding the feature via its Waze app, and a new app called "RideWith" in Israel for the first time. If you've never used Waze before, it was acquired by Google in 2013 for $1 billion, and is similar to Google Maps except that it allows users to input details on road hazards, including the much hated by law enforcement feature of speed traps and fixed speed camera locations. According to reports, the new service pairs commuters looking for a ride to work or back home from work on... more »
Material Design Lite brings Google’s design language to websites

Material Design Lite brings Google’s design language to websites

It has been a little over a year since Google introduced Material Design and in that time the design language has permeated the Android operating system, Android and iOS apps, and web apps. On Monday, Google announced Material Design Lite (MDL), a front-end web framework, aimed at bringing Material Design to websites at large. (via 9to5Google) Google says MDL components are created with CSS, JavaScript, and HTML and can be used in conjunction with any front-end solution web designers and developers may choose to work with. Web pages created with MDL will follow the latest web design standards like browser portability, device... more »
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 »
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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.

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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.