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Smart lightstrip from Philips Hue for custom accent lighting

Smart lightstrip from Philips Hue for custom accent lighting

Always looking to raise the bar on connected lighting, Royal Philips unveiled yet another new product this week. Called the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, the product can be shaped, bent, but and extended to up to 20 meters long so you can add smart lighting to any space in any configuration. The new lightstrip is able to produce various shades of white light, from cool blue white to warm yellow white, and even atmospheric colored light. “With Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus we’re encouraging people to get creative with light and really interact with it,” explains Leonardo Avezzano, Product Marketing Director of Philips Hue.... more »
Report: HP looking to sell off network security business ahead of split-up

Report: HP looking to sell off network security business ahead of split-up

Hewlett-Packard Co. has reportedly begun purging non-core assets ahead of its planned split-up later this year, with anonymous insiders claiming that the first casualty could be its little-known TippingPoint firewall business. The rumored divestment would mark the latest milestone in what has been a long and twisting journey for the division. The company of the same name on whose technology HP’s traffic filtering offering is based started its life at the height of the dot-com bubble as a maker of specialty low-cost computers that were offered at a major discount as part of Internet packages in an effort to drive consumer interest. As that... more »
AOL acquires mobile ad firm Millennial Media for $238m

AOL acquires mobile ad firm Millennial Media for $238m

AOL, Inc. has acquired mobile advertising and data company Millennial Media, Inc. for $238 million. The all-cash deal sees AOL offering Millennial stockholders $1.75 per share of common stock. Founded in 2006, Millennial bills itself as "the leading independent mobile marketplace" and offers advertising solutions that are claimed to make mobile simple for the world’s top brands, app developers, and mobile web publishers. The company combines a traditional advertising platform with data and technology assets that are said to enable its advertising clients to connect with their target audiences at scale while also driving monetization for its publisher and developer partners. The acquisition by... more »
Brocade skips complexity to unify enterprise apps for mobile users

Brocade skips complexity to unify enterprise apps for mobile users

Many organizations are facing a crushing backlog of development request for mobile applications, driven by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement and the competitive pressure to make field sales and service people more efficient. The problem is that many vendors’ mobile apps aren’t all that good. And even the ones that are don’t integrate seamlessly with apps from other vendors. That’s important for field workers who don’t want to be bothered thumbing through pages and sub menus in order to get at the information they need. Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. faced that problem when trying to equip its 4,300 field workers with the necessary... more »
Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana now translates words and phrases into 40 languages

Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana now translates words and phrases into 40 languages

Microsoft’s answer to Apple Inc’s Siri, Cortana, just became a little more impressive after integrating Microsoft Translator. The personal digital assistant is now something of a polyglot being able to instantly translate words, phrases and entire sentences into 40 languages – for Chinese and U.S. editions of Windows 10 at least. Real-time translation has already been integrated with Skype, as well as available as an app for smartwatches, phones, tablets, and PCs. While it’s not perfect, as a travelling companion instant translations could prove to be indispensable. Our advice when using such a tool is: speak clearly and go easy on the... more »
The FAA is beta-testing B4UFLY, a mobile app for drone pilots

The FAA is beta-testing B4UFLY, a mobile app for drone pilots

There's been an explosion in the number of drones entering U.S. airspace over the last couple of years, leading to unsavory incidents such as in California, when firefighters were prevented from using helicopters to tackle a wildfire blaze. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is trying to create legislation governing their use, and as part of that initiative, it's now beta-testing an iPhone app called B4UFLY, that will warn drone pilots about restricted airspace. The FAA says around 1,000 drone users are currently testing the app, which provides up to the minute information about restrictions and hazards in the area... more »
2-in-1 Windows tablets duke it out: Lenovo MIIX 700 vs. upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Specs, features, release date, pricing

2-in-1 Windows tablets duke it out: Lenovo MIIX 700 vs. upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Specs, features, release date, pricing

Lenovo Group Ltd. on Wednesday announced an addition to its ideapad range of tablets. The Lenovo MIIX 700 is a 12-inch 2-in-1 Windows tablet which the company touts as being “recognizably different” – a clear dig at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet. Microsoft has seen some success with its Surface Pro and has even managed to win some enterprise market share from rivals. With the arrival of the Lenovo MIIX 700, Microsoft now faces competition from one of its vendors. While the Lenovo MIIX 700 is the same 12-inch size and looks very similar to the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has a... more »
Flagship battle rages on: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5/S6 edge+ vs. LG G4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Flagship battle rages on: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5/S6 edge+ vs. LG G4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Sony Mobile Communications Inc. on Wednesday unveiled its next-generation Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, alongside “the world’s first 4K smartphone,” the Xperia Z5 Premium. Along with the 4K display, the Xperia Z5 features Sony’s new 1/2.3 Exmor RS for mobile 23-megapixel sensor and F2.0 G Lens. Sony said this is its first “completely re-imagined” smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1. Being a flagship offering, the Xperia Z5 Premium has to compete with other flagship offerings available right now. Below we compare the Xperia Z5 Premium to four rivals. Note: On September 9, Apple is expected to unveil its next-gen iPhones, the iPhone... more »
Round-faced smartwatches fight it out: Huawei Watch vs. 2015 Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2

Round-faced smartwatches fight it out: Huawei Watch vs. 2015 Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2

Taking place this week in Berlin, IFA 2015 has seen the launch of a range of new smartwatches yesterday. Two of those, the Huawei Watch and second generation Moto 360, are round-faced Android Wear devices. Below we compare the three latest round-faced smartwatches to hit the market to see how they stack up against one another. Huawei Watch vs. Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2: Design and dimensions Huawei Watch: The case measures 42mm in diameter and features a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass with the crown at the two o’clock position. Case color options include gold, silver and black, all customizable with over 40... more »
Bitcoin exchange Paymium raises €1m seed round, founder bitches about it not being enough

Bitcoin exchange Paymium raises €1m seed round, founder bitches about it not being enough

Bitcoin exchange and payments service provider Paymium has raised a seed round of €1 million ($1.12 million) that included Newfund, Kima Ventures, Galitt and a number of unnamed individuals. Founded in 2011, Paymium offers a Bitcoin exchange which they claim offers a secure, reliable, high-performance trading platform that is in compliance with European regulations. On top of the traditional buying and selling of Bitcoin, the company also offers payment services that allow merchants to accept payments in Bitcoin with instant conversion to Euros; some of its clients include popular European online retailer Showroomprive and point-of-sale solution provider Ingenico. "We intend to increase our... more »
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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.