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Flickr Flaw Leaves Yahoo Mail Accounts Exposed to Hackers

Flickr Flaw Leaves Yahoo Mail Accounts Exposed to Hackers

Fresh security fears have been raised over Yahoo's email service since last month's update of Flickr.com, the photo-sharing website that's integrated with the wider Yahoo network. The concerns have to do with the way the services are inextricably linked together – i.e., when you log into one service, you're automatically logged into the other at the same time, something that many users probably aren't aware of. At the time of Flickr's overhaul, most of the attention fell on its new image-centric design, and the controversial new pricing model that doubled the cost of a premium membership to $49.99 a year (the... more »
Expect a Ripping Good YARN at Hadoop Summit

Expect a Ripping Good YARN at Hadoop Summit

Hadoop Summit 2013 kicks off tomorrow and expect YARN to be a major topic of conversation. Three years in the making, YARN is essentially a new operating system for Hadoop that will allow the open source Big Data framework to break free from the shackles of MapReduce. Perhaps that was a bit harsh towards MapReduce. As anyone following Big Data knows, Hadoop, was originally developed at Yahoo! to search and index the web. It is an extremely powerful framework, without which it would be a lot harder to find what you’re looking for online today. But Hadoop essentially was and still... more »
Education Is Marketing: Lowering RPO from Hours to Minutes | #mongodbday

Education Is Marketing: Lowering RPO from Hours to Minutes | #mongodbday

Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly spoke with Andrew Erlichson, VP Education & Cloud Services with 10gen, at MongoDB Days in New York. Andrew is in charge with marketing, sales and day-to-day operations of 10gen cloud services, as well as with designing and implementing the online education efforts around MongoDB. Having a passion for education, Andrew Erlichson was extremely happy when education platforms such as CodeAcademy emerged and actually managed to capture the interest of people, motivating them enough to graduate. Truly inspired by their success story, he approached 10gen with a proposition for an online education program regarding their products. To his... more »
Enduring Continuous Deployment Integration Using Depicted

Enduring Continuous Deployment Integration Using Depicted

Creating a killer websites is hard, but deploying them is sometimes even harder. Developing and deploying sites is best accomplished using a methodology called continuous deployment integration. By working towards automating all testing and deployment tasks, developers can generally avoid big surprises and a painful deployment experience--but perhaps there's a way to ease the learning curve and bring about smarter continuous deployment. Enter Depicted, a project developed by Brett Slatkin: not just another DevOps tool, but a way to visualize the changes between incremental web deployments to ease the strain of the continuous life-cycle. Introducing Depicted: Safe continuous deployment Brett Slatkin, the co-founder... more »
DataDog Ensures Everyone Has the Same Understanding of Data | #velocityconf

DataDog Ensures Everyone Has the Same Understanding of Data | #velocityconf

As part of the flagship program theCUBE, John Furrier talked at the recently concluded Velocity Conference 2013 with Olivier Pomel, CEO of DataDog, about some of the hot topics in the industry. DataDog is a Monitoring-as a-Service company, "connecting to all the tools, services, cloud providers, bringing all the data together and making it really easy for people - not only in Operations, but also in Development - to look at this data, alert on it, analyze it and collaborate." DevOps with Design   Metrics, Analytics, and Big Data are the hottest things in Furrier's view, but Velocity is not an event focused on... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 24 June 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 24 June 2013

NASCAR Turns to HP for World’s Best Racing Infrastructure NASCAR has selected HP to help it develop the technologies for an advanced racing infrastructure and organization. It named HP “Official Technology Partner” in accelerating innovation and adoption of cutting-edge technology in motor racing. It will build the collaboration around the Fan and Media Engagement Center (FMEC), which facilitates real-time response to traditional, digital, broadcast, and social media. NASCAR will also become a member of the HP Customer Lighthouse Program, giving it early access to newly developed HP technologies. More   IBM to Build Services Center in Lille, France, Plans 700 New Tech Jobs IBM... more »
A Name Change for Tivoli Proves New Focus on Smarter Infrastructure | #IBMEdge

A Name Change for Tivoli Proves New Focus on Smarter Infrastructure | #IBMEdge

Chris O’Connor, Vice President of Development of Tivoli at IBM, discusses changing the name of Tivoli and where the focus is now live inside theCUBE with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman from the floor of the recently concluded IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas. See the full, archived video of the broadcast below. Chris role at IBM is to help clients optimize their business infrastructures and technology through improved visibility, control, and automation across end-to-end operations. In an internal re-organization, IBM's Tivoli and its SmartCloud service management offerings are now to be clustered under IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure division. The... more »
CBC Mandate: Efficient Content Programming | #velocityconf

CBC Mandate: Efficient Content Programming | #velocityconf

From the recently concluded Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, John Furrier, theCUBE host and Silicon Angle founder, managed to talk with Barbara Bermes, Senior Architect Mobile Web with CBC. Picking a couple of ideas from her Keynote, Barbara Bermes declared: "We're trying to focus on performance because we're trying to deliver content to millions of people, and it's CBC's mandate to provide content programming in the most efficient means." To the IT team, that meant focusing on performance, so they started to create a "culture of performance", by setting up a bunch of tools that helped them monitor the web performance. "Velocity... more »
Ask DevOps: Nine Top DevOps Tools for Management of Cloud Applications

Ask DevOps: Nine Top DevOps Tools for Management of Cloud Applications

When it comes to DevOps a good team is essential but the tools will make-or-break the entire philosophy--so know the tools, to have the best tools on hand. The concept of “Dev” represents a software development and engineering aspect, and “Ops” has always stood for IT operations. The combination of the common “DevOps” tries to convey an intuitive alliance between software developers and IT operations. And indeed, this is the basic idea of DevOps and the trigger of the corresponding motion: a coming together of the two fundamentally different in the traditional areas of perception software development and IT operations. Somewhat simplified,... more »
Good Mobile Experience Variables + Web Performance | #velocityconf

Good Mobile Experience Variables + Web Performance | #velocityconf

While broadcasting live from Velocity Conference 2013 in Santa Clara, John Furrier, theCUBE host, caught up with Steve Souders, Web Performer Engineer at Google. Souders works on web performance and open source initiatives and he is the creator of YSlow, one of the top 25 of 2 billion Firefox add-ons. The variety of topics on this Velocity Conference comes from the ideas bounced at the organizers in terms of topics of interests and problems that need to be solved. Furrier started by asking Souders what were the new performance variable that people need to be thinking right now. Souders believes that thing... more »

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- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.