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IT: The new utility | #RHSummit

IT: The new utility | #RHSummit

Red Hat Summit partner 6fusion wants to “create a way to meter consumption for IT.” As Delano Seymour, chief technical officer at 6fusion, explained the concept to theCUBE's Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, his company “meters IT like you would electricity.” Toward that goal, 6fusion “created a standard unit of measure for consumption,” which can be used to “bill customers based on usage.” 6fusion created a patented algorithm that combines six metrics to generate the “workload allocation cube” (kiloWAC for short). While the name may “create a little grin when people hear” it, the unit of measurement could change the way... more »
HP Enterprise split edges closer with SEC filing

HP Enterprise split edges closer with SEC filing

Hewlett-Packard Company has filed Form 10 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of the process of registering HP Enterprise Inc. as a seperate, independent firm. It's an important step as the company prepares to split itself into two entities. The 311 page document gives us a good look at the finances of the various businesses that will eventually form HP Enterprise. The new business made profits of $1.6 billion in the last year on revenues of $55.1 billion, down from a $2.1 billion profit on $57.4 billion revenues in 2013. HP Enterprise is required to make the filing... more »
Microsoft and Kyocera make up, agree to cross-licensing deal

Microsoft and Kyocera make up, agree to cross-licensing deal

Back in March Microsoft and Japanese electronics company Kyocera Corporation came head to head when Microsoft sued the latter for violating seven patents on three of its products: Duraforce, Hydro, and Brigadier Android smartphones. At the time Microsoft asked a Seattle court for a sales injunction of the said phones, stating that Kyocera had infringed on its patents. Documents from the court reveal the patents related to such things as communications and display sensor technologies, power-saving, battery life, as well as network management. Redmond, however, sounded like it was ready to make a deal, with Microsoft deputy general counsel David... more »
Your favorite Android apps and games now on Mac with BlueStacks App Player for Mac

Your favorite Android apps and games now on Mac with BlueStacks App Player for Mac

BlueStack Systems Inc., makers of the free desktop Android emulator that allows users to enjoy mobile games and apps on their Windows desktop or laptop, announced earlier this week that its BlueStacks App Player now supports OS X. Mac users can now join the 85 million users the company says already uses BlueStacks on Windows. A report from 9to5Mac pointed out that the company tested an OS X version of its software in 2012 already, but has only now officially released a publically available version that allows Mac users to use Android apps and play Android mobile games on Mac. Although the... more »
Microsoft to roll-out Windows 10 in "waves" starting July 29

Microsoft to roll-out Windows 10 in "waves" starting July 29

Microsoft has at last revealed how it intends to roll-out Windows 10 to the masses when it launches at the end of the month. The company already said it plans to ship the complete OS to Windows Insider program testers on July 29. But yesterday, Microsoft OS boss Terry Myerson penned a blog post saying that not everyone will be able to get their hands on Windows 10 on that date. “We want to make sure all of you have a great upgrade experience, so we’ll roll out Windows 10 in phases to help manage the demand,” Myerson explained. He also reminded... more »
New Apple rumors: flexible glare-resistant screen for next Apple Watch, upgraded cameras for iPhone 6s

New Apple rumors: flexible glare-resistant screen for next Apple Watch, upgraded cameras for iPhone 6s

Leaks from sources within technology companies’ supply chains are a major source of information and rumors surrounding updated or new products. Apple, in particular, falls victim to these leaks on a regular basis. On Thursday, two rumors reported to come via employees of Apple suppliers surfaced: the first pertains to the rumored Apple Watch 2, and the second focuses of the rumored iPhone 6s. Apple Watch 2 may feature flexible OLED screen Korean publication Naver/Digital Daily [Google Translate Link] (via 9to5Mac), claims Apple is in the process of sourcing flexible OLED screens from both Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. and LG Electronics Inc. for... more »
SoundCloud for iOS gains new features, latest streaming service to react to Apple Music

SoundCloud for iOS gains new features, latest streaming service to react to Apple Music

This week’s news headlines may be dominated by the arrival of Apple Music, but that has not stopped SoundCloud, a popular music streaming and sharing application, from rolling out an update to its iOS app. (via 9to5Mac) The update brings new features to help users discover new music and share their discoveries with others and includes related tracks, shuffle, direct playlist editing, and simpler sharing options. By tapping “Play Related Tracks” in any track, the app – using an “improved algorithm” – creates a stream of similar music from a library of 100 million tracks on SoundCloud. Users of the updated iOS app... more »
Red Hat builds rock-solid platforms for enterprise customers | #RHSummit

Red Hat builds rock-solid platforms for enterprise customers | #RHSummit

Paul Cormier, president of Product and Technologies for Red Hat, Inc., told theCUBE during Red Hat Summit 2015 that everything the company creates goes back to the open-source community. A newly acquired company may present the one exception. “If we acquire a company that doesn’t have open-source technology, it may take us 60 to 90 days to get through the process, but our promise is to [send everything to open source],” Cormier said. He also discussed how the company supports three Hypervisors: VMware, Microsoft, and Red Hat. “That’s an economic decision,” he said. “But in the case of OpenStack, with its close... more »
Purple prick: Prince withdraws music from streaming services offering a free tier

Purple prick: Prince withdraws music from streaming services offering a free tier

The artist known as Prince, but previously known as a symbol, before that Prince, but born Prince Roger Nelson, has withdrawn his music from the majority of streaming music sites, ostensibly in a "I'm a greedy rich musician" Taylor Swift style play. According to reports, Prince's music has been withdrawn from services from Spotify AG, and Rdio, Inc., but remain on both Tidal and Google's Play Music service; the difference between the two groupings being that the latter do not provide a free streaming service. News first came via Prince's artist page on Spotify, which now reads that the musician's "publisher has... more »
Famed digital watch maker Casio to enter the smartwatch market

Famed digital watch maker Casio to enter the smartwatch market

Famed digital watch maker Casio Computer Co. is set enter the smartwatch market, taking the good fight to the likes of Apple, Inc., and a range of Android-powered devices. According to The Wall Street Journal, Casio is betting that its expertise as a watchmaker will help it outmaneuver Apple Watch while keeping an eye on the mass market’s need for comfort and durability. Casio is reported to have said that its product will be a watch that tries to be smart, rather than a smart device that is also a watch. Casio Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Kashio told the paper that they were... 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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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.

- 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.

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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.