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Wikibon: Future looks bright for OpenStack #OpenStackSummit

Wikibon: Future looks bright for OpenStack #OpenStackSummit

Last week’s OpenStack Summit showcased a vibrant developer organization and a healthy, growing user community that includes big names like Wal-mart Stores, Inc., Comcast Corp. and eBay, Inc. So despite some press reports that OpenStack is floundering, it actually is striding toward a bright future, writes Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman. The OpenStack Foundation used the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver last week to clarify its vision for the technology, which has been billed variously as an attempt to compete with Amazon Web Services or a way for companies to avoid the VMware “vTax”. The new vision is of OpenStack as an Integration... more »
GameStop's earnings climb, beating earlier predictions

GameStop's earnings climb, beating earlier predictions

Somehow GameStop Corp managed to pull through its weak final quarter from last year and beat expectations for its Q1 earnings of its fiscal 2016. Apparently someone out there still buys games in a store. According to the Dallas-based game seller's most recent financial reports, GameStop brought in $2.06 billion in revenue for its first quarter, earning 3.5 percent higher year over year and beating out its guidance of $2.01 billion. Thanks to its strong numbers, GameStop's stock jumped roughly 5 percent in after hours trading yesterday. Although GameStop's earnings for this quarter are promising, the days of brick and mortar game sellers seem numbered, with digital... more »
Server market rebounds with strongest growth since 2010, Gartner says

Server market rebounds with strongest growth since 2010, Gartner says

Things are suddenly looking up for server makers, with sales in the category growing faster in the last quarter than at any time since 2010. Gartner Inc.'s preliminary estimates show the worldwide server market expanded by 18 percent in the first quarter to $13.39 billion, while unit shipments rose by 13 percent to 2.66 million. Gartner's research director Adrian O’Connell attributed the sudden growth to hyper-scale build outs among North America firms, and said it amounts to the “second-largest-volume quarter ever” for the industry, in an interview with The Register. Breaking things down a bit, Gartner said shipments of Intel-based servers grew... more »
Wikibon: Top 10 reasons to migrate to all-flash data centers now

Wikibon: Top 10 reasons to migrate to all-flash data centers now

Wikibon has been urging CIOs to re-architect their data centers around all-flash arrays for several months. Wikibon Co-founder and CTO David Floyer, in particular, has published several pieces of analysis demonstrating the compelling value of moving to an all-flash architecture, with primary flash storage moved physically as close to the servers as possible to minimize latency. To further emphasize the need to make implementing an all-flash migration strategy a top priority, he now provides a bulleted list of the “Top 10 Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to All-flash Datacenters by 2016”. Flash has a reputation for being more expensive than spinning disk,... more »
CA plunks down $480 million for Rally Software to get into the Agile development game

CA plunks down $480 million for Rally Software to get into the Agile development game

While the development community is adopting containers en masse for their potential in accelerating the creation and implementation of new code, the traditional enterprise is also moving toward cutting release cycles, albeit at a more calculated pace. CA Technologies Inc. hopes to seize that trend with the acquisition of Rally Software Development Corp. for appropriately $480 million. Although its name probably doesn't ring a bell to most, the Boulder-based outfit has emerged as a quiet giant with more than 11,500 employees across 45 countries thanks to its project management capabilities, which provide companies with the means to adopt agile development practices.... more »
Salesforce rides its Wave into Big Data analytics

Salesforce rides its Wave into Big Data analytics

Just days after snubbing Microsoft's $55 billion takeover offer, Salesforce.com, Inc. has unveiled Salesforce Wave for Big Data, a new tool designed to help business users make sense of their information stores using the Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Salesforce first showed off Wave, a tool designed to pull data into Salesforce's cloud and generate business-friendly analytics, in October last year. Now, the company is touting the next step – using Wave as an analytics service for data stored in Hadoop and similar repositories, with the idea of bringing external data sources to the platform. Salesforce Wave for Big Data integrates a number of... more »
Avago gobbles up Broadcom in $37B merger, sets sights on surpassing Intel

Avago gobbles up Broadcom in $37B merger, sets sights on surpassing Intel

Confirming rumors from earlier this week, chip manufacturer Avago Technologies Ltd. has said it's entered into a definitive agreement to buy rival firm Broadcom Corp. in a cash-plus-stock deal worth $37 billion. Once the deal is done, the newly combined businesses will become “Broadcom Ltd.”, marking a continuation of the consolidation being seen in the chip-making industry. Avago Technologies has headquarters in Singapore and San Jose, California, while Broadcom is based in Irvine, California. The deal somewhat ironically means Emulex Corp. will at last join forces with Broadcom, which the latter company tried to buy back in 2009. Broadcom's hostile takeover failed,... more »
With an eye to security: Microsoft’s new flagship Lumia phones will feature controversial iris scanning capabilities

With an eye to security: Microsoft’s new flagship Lumia phones will feature controversial iris scanning capabilities

Even though Microsoft has not officially announced anything regarding the release of the new high-end Lumia phones, rumors have been circulating for some time about the duo. The two smartphones, codenamed Talkman and Cityman, will reportedly be feature rich, run on Windows 10, and have the new Edge browser with Cortana integration, according Dr.Windows and WinFuture. The phones, rumored to be released sometime in August, will also include biometric authentication, something Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows, said would create a deep sense of trust with Windows users. Windows Hello, which uses infrared technology to identify your iris or face,... more »
Path sells its social networking apps to Daum Kakao

Path sells its social networking apps to Daum Kakao

Path, Inc. will be looking for a new name shortly, with the startup having sold its core Path Classic and Path talk apps to South Korean internet company Daum Kakao Corp. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed. Founded in 2010 by former Apple and Facebook Inc. employee Dave Morin, Path was pitched as a more exclusive alternative to Facebook, with users being limited to only having 150 friends, forcing them to be more picky about who they networked with. On its initial release, it found some popularity in the United States, and at one stage it was rumored that Google had offered to buy... more »
Feds arrest Silk Road fake coupon seller on fraud, counterfeit charges

Feds arrest Silk Road fake coupon seller on fraud, counterfeit charges

A Louisiana man was arrested on Thursday on charges relating to his sale of fake coupons on the now defunct Dark web marketplaces Silk Road and Silk Road 2.0 According to the Department of Justice (DOJ,) Beau Wattigney, aged 30, has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit trademark counterfeiting. Wattigney is alleged to have operated on the sites under the usernames of ThePurpleLotus and TheGoldenLotus, and sold packages of counterfeit coupons that buyers could then print out and use at local stores or resell them to others. The coupons are said to have included counterfeit trademarks for many prominent... more »
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- 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

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.