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Tinder gets verified profiles so you know the celebrity you're hooking up with is the real deal

Tinder gets verified profiles so you know the celebrity you're hooking up with is the real deal

Dating app provider Tinder, Inc. is joining the social media craze of "verified profiles," so users will know that the celebrity they're hooking up with is the real deal. The company, a part of IAC/InterActiveCorp, Inc. announced the move in a post to their official blog, because apparently people were pretending to be celebrities, when they actually weren't. "Each day, 26 million matches are made on Tinder, and we do our best to keep those matches real —  that’s why we’re rolling out Verified Profiles" the post reads, before adding "Starting today, you may see a verified symbol on some profiles." "Now when... more »
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ZeroTurnaround lands $5 million in Series B funding to ease development and testing woes

Developer productivity tool vendor ZeroTurnaround USA, Inc. announced today that it has raised $5 million in Series B funding led by Bain Capital Ventures alongside Western Technology Investment. This brings the total amount of funding since the company’s founding in 2007 to $15 million. “We are passionate about taking away the frustrations and time draining activities that impede developer productivity and performance each and every day,” said Jevgeni Kabanov, Founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround. As a DevOps tool developer, ZeroTurnaround claims to give developers the edge by aiding in the development of quality software by making creation up to 20 per cent... more »
Indian music streaming service Saavn raises $100m Series C

Indian music streaming service Saavn raises $100m Series C

Indian music streaming service Saavn, LLC. has raised $100 million Series C in a round led by Tiger Global Management. Founded in 2007, Saavn is said to be India's leading digital music service, that further "transforms how people around the world access and experience music on a daily basis," or in less floury language, it's basically India's version of Spotify. The company offers a combination of both Internet radio and on-demand music, as well social features including music tagging and music chat. Although many people potentially reading this post will never have heard of the company, the numbers they boast of are impressive:... more »
Facebook is opening a $1B wind powered data center in Texas

Facebook is opening a $1B wind powered data center in Texas

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that the social network would be opening a new $1 billion data center in Fort Worth, Texas, that will be completely powered by renewable energy. "Our data centers power Facebook and will help connect billions of people around the world in the coming years," said Zuckerberg in a post to Facebook. "Fort Worth will be one of the most advanced and energy efficient data centers in the world. It will use 100% renewable energy and it will actually add 200 megawatts of new wind energy to the Texas power grid. It will be built using... more »
Former HP exec Veghte signs on as head SurveyMonkey

Former HP exec Veghte signs on as head SurveyMonkey

Having spearheaded much of the strategy behind cleaving Hewlett-Packard Co. in two, Bill Veght will face a very different challenge in his new role: Pulling together a company that's coping with grief. SurveyMonkey, Inc., a fast-growing provider of online research tools, today announced that Veghte would become its new CEO, filling the void left when former CEO David Goldberg died in an accident in May. The move has particular poignancy for Veghte and the SurveyMonkey staff, since Veghte and Goldberg were longtime friends dating back to their time at Harvard, according to a New York Times account. SurveyMonkey employees have reportedly been struggling with the loss... more »
Docker reveals its secret to success | #DockerCon

Docker reveals its secret to success | #DockerCon

The architectural change in Cloud computing sparked by Docker is a rare occurrence. And a few key practices made Docker, Inc. successful enough to bring about this critical change. First, Docker realized the importance of agility in infrastructure and capitalized on this. Businesses like Amazon proved that using an agile application is critical to business survival.  "If you're not trying to learn how to take advantage of agile infrastructure, of agile applications, you're going to be left behind," Scott Johnston, SVP of Product at Docker, told theCube at DockerCon 2015. Everything starts with developers, and Docker has considered this. They made it... more »
How the Cloud disrupted Oracle's ideas on storage | #datacenter

How the Cloud disrupted Oracle's ideas on storage | #datacenter

The Oracle Cloud Platform Launch Event was the place to be to hear new announcements about Oracle's work on integrating the three layers of the stack: hardware, software and applications. To help shed some light on these announcements, Prashant Ketkar, VP of product management - Infrastructure Group for Oracle Cloud, joined John Furrier and Dave Vellante of theCUBE. The conversation started with a look at what Oracle has in store for infrastructure and application levels. "We've been on the journey for several years making sure our applications are available in the Cloud as Software as a Service offerings," Ketkar said. He explained this... more »
How Sprint is making customer service social

How Sprint is making customer service social

Ever since @ComcastCares kicked off the social media customer service revolution seven years ago, companies have been evolving and refining their approach to handling customer service issues in a proliferating number of channels in ever-tighter timeframes. Telecommunications service provider Sprint Corp. is adopting a new approach to customer service that empowers agents to move incoming concerns to resolution across Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. The company has adopted  Conversocial, Inc.’s monitoring and customer service dashboard to enable quicker and more personalized interactions. John R. Glenn (right), vice president of care strategy, operations and transformation at Sprint, told of the results... more »
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 »
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.