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Strong finish for #UncarrierAmped as T-Mobile adds Apple Music to Music Freedom, offers free upgrades to next iPhone

Strong finish for #UncarrierAmped as T-Mobile adds Apple Music to Music Freedom, offers free upgrades to next iPhone

T-Mobile has been riding the wave of summer with its Un-carrier Amped promotion and on Tuesday announced a strong finish to the campaign. In what the company says is its “last move” for Un-carrier Amped, T-Mobile CEO John Legere revealed that, starting immediately, Apple Music will be available to subscribers of the company’s Music Freedom music streaming plan and anyone buying an iPhone 6 before the end of summer will automatically qualify to get the new iPhone 6 due out later this year. (via 9to5Mac) Free Apple Music streaming According to T-Mobile, Music Freedom sees the company’s customers streaming 131 million songs... more »
Slashdot, SourceForge for sale as owner DHI's plans for both don't pan out

Slashdot, SourceForge for sale as owner DHI's plans for both don't pan out

DHI Group, Inc. announced as part of its quarterly earnings report Tuesday that it intends to sell off old-school tech forum Slashdot, and open source applications and software directory SourceForge. The company acquired both properties from Geeknet, Inc. (the company previously known as both VALinux, Inc. and SourceForge, Inc.) for $20 million in 2012, in an effort by DHI (then known as Dice.com) to give their digital recruitment business a broader reach by tapping into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the business outside North America "by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community." Given both are now on the... more »
Vacation home rentals site Tripping.com raises $16m Series B

Vacation home rentals site Tripping.com raises $16m Series B

Vacation home rentals site Tripping.com has raised $16 million Series B in a round led by Steadfast Venture Capital that also included a diverse range of institutional and individual investors including 7 Seas Venture Partners, Enspire Capital, Azure Capital, former Expedia Chief Executive Officer Erik Blachford, Fritz Demopoulos, Monte Koch, Drew Goldman, Brendan Wallace and former NFL player for the 49ers and Raiders Shawntae Spencer. Founded in 2010, Tripping.com claims to be the world's largest vacation home rental site. and boasts of having over five million listings spanning 100,000 destinations worldwide. Best described as a meta-search engine, the site pulls in listings... more »
Disruption: Amazon Launchpad offers startups launch, market and distribution support

Disruption: Amazon Launchpad offers startups launch, market and distribution support

Amazon.com, Inc. launched a new service Tuesday that offers a disruptive service for hardware startups that provides those companies support to launch, market, and distribute their products, all wrapped with a neat bow of marketing support. Called Amazon Launchpad, the new program delivers a streamlined onboarding experience, complete with custom product pages, a marketing package, and (perhaps most importantly) access to Amazon’s global fulfillment network. The product is said to be geared toward helping startups successfully launch their products while communicating the message they want to spread to a wider audience. "With Amazon Launchpad, startups can overcome many of the challenges associated... more »
Tape is not dead! | #HPDiscover

Tape is not dead! | #HPDiscover

"LTFS [Linear Tape File System] is a real game changer for active archives," according to Simon Watkins, Worldwide Tape Product Marketing Manager, HP Storage at Hewlett-Packard Co. Watkins joined theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team, to discuss the future of tape storage during HP Discover Las Vegas 2015. Watkins sees modern tape data storage as a less expensive, higher performance medium than disk drives. Addressing the idea that tape is an outdated medium, he noted: "Just because a technology is mature doesn’t mean that there aren’t any opportunities, and it certainly doesn’t mean that there isn’t any innovation." Centralized storage that provides accessibility Joining Watkins on theCUBE was... more »
Ouya reportedly not paying 'Free the Games' developers, Razer denies responsibility

Ouya reportedly not paying 'Free the Games' developers, Razer denies responsibility

Yesterday, gaming peripheral maker Razer Inc announced that it would be buying the software assets to the Ouya microconsole, but despite that deal it looks like Ouya Inc will be unable to fulfill some of its financial obligations. In particular, Ouya is apparently not paying the debt owed to independent game developers as part of the company's "Free the Games" fund, which promised to match contributions on games for Ouya that were successfully funded through Kickstarter. "[Ouya] paid the first installment when we submitted our beta," one developer told Motherboard. "I've been working on bringing the game to release expecting to attain the... more »
Federation is key to Big SQL on Hadoop | #HadoopSummit

Federation is key to Big SQL on Hadoop | #HadoopSummit

"I don’t think that warehouses are going to go anywhere anytime soon," Adriana Zubiri, program director of BigData Development at IBM, told theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team, at Hadoop Summit 2015. "Having the opinion that all the data will move into one place is naïve." According to Zubiri, having federation for Big SQL (which makes Big Data SQL accessible) on Hadoop is the big differentiator for business customers, allowing them to access data from multiple data warehouses. "When you’re querying you don’t want to move the data around; you just want to do the query and let the data live where it is,"... more »
Considering DevOps? This new Puppet Labs report is for you

Considering DevOps? This new Puppet Labs report is for you

The manufacturing world embraced lean principles decades ago, so why has the concept struggled to find a foothold in software development? The latest State of DevOps Report from Puppet Labs, Inc. provides compelling evidence that traditional throw-it-over-the-wall approaches to programming make less and less since in the face of DevOps, a lean-like discipline that emphasizes rapid deployment, continuous testing, collaboration and platform integration. Understand that Puppet Labs has a vested interest in promoting DevOps, since it provides automation tools for software development. However, its four annual surveys on this topic have demonstrated rigor that is rare in vendor research. The research merits... more »
Facebook opens its Internet.org platform to all mobile operators

Facebook opens its Internet.org platform to all mobile operators

It has been one year since Facebook Inc.'s Internet.org initiative began operating in its first country, Zambia. The program was founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a way to bring affordable mobile internet connectivity to developing countries. For the last year, Internet.org has worked closely with mobile provider partners in countries like Colombia and India, and now the organization will be allowing all other mobile operators to apply to becoming an Internet.org partner to bring the program to their country. "As we approach year two, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned from working closely with our partners and are now ready to scale... more »
How a printer company evolved into IoT dashboard for enterprise

How a printer company evolved into IoT dashboard for enterprise

We often hear of smart home trends automating security and programming lights in the living room. But businesses are fast looking to the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate much of their processes, particularly in logistics for tracking shipped and warehoused retail products, improving efficiencies with already-automated systems like factory robotics, and extending patient data accessibility across buildings and systems within the healthcare industry. There's a crossroad for enterprise and the Internet of Things, as software continues to gain traction in the business world. Software will be integrated into more and more physical items in our world, spewing off data that... more »
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

- 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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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.