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AppGratis CEO Breaks the Silence on Apple, Sheds Light on Developer Relations

AppGratis CEO Breaks the Silence on Apple, Sheds Light on Developer Relations

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: AppGratis CEO speaks up; Apple and Yahoo! in talks of deeper mobile partnership; T-Mobile sweetens iPhone 5 deal; Tumblr kills Storyboard; and Teenagers more interested in owning an iPhone. AppGratis CEO speaks up After news came out that Apple booted AppGratis from the App Store, speculations were bountiful as to the real reason why it happened.  News sources claimed that it was because the app was in violation of two clauses in Apple’s App Review Guide, 2.25 which restricts apps that promotes other apps and 5.6 which prevents apps from sending push notifications.  Then there... more »
LIVE : NewsDesk Show : The Sexy Side of Software-Defined Networking

LIVE : NewsDesk Show : The Sexy Side of Software-Defined Networking

The human brain is a silent muse in IT, always inspiring smarter connections throughout the datacenter.  Networking isn't immediately associated with something as complex as the human brain, but this area of the datacenter is getting smarter and more efficient all the time.  Two trends driving innovation in the networking space are open source communities and corporate-funded initiatives.  The OpenDaylight Project is promoting software-led solutions in networking, while Google Fiber finds another friend in Austin. Appearing on this morning's Live NewsDesk show with Kristin Feledy will be Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman, who will discuss The OpenDaylight Project and its impact... more »
Google Takes on Human Traffickers with Big Data Hotline

Google Takes on Human Traffickers with Big Data Hotline

The UN says that there are an estimated 21 million people across the globe that fall victim to human trafficking and forced labor, creating widespread misery not only for them, but also for their families and friends. That number is undoubtedly rather large, but it can be difficult to visualize – pot into perspective, it’s roughly equivalent to the population of Australia being enslaved. Worse still, human trafficking affects just about every country in the world according to the UN, either as a country of origin, transition, or the ultimate destination of the victims. There are of course numerous agencies, charities... more »
Outsource Your Cloud?  5 Cloud Questions for SMB CIOs

Outsource Your Cloud? 5 Cloud Questions for SMB CIOs

CIOs working for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face unique challenges that are typically not encountered by their peers in the enterprise space, writes Scott Lowe, founder and managing consultant of the 1610 Group. Lowe argues that while the question of whether to run on-premises workloads on physical hardware or virtual infrastructure has become easy to answer in the past decade, the choice between on-premise and cloud is still a difficult one for SMBs with limited resources. He explains: “Even though they may run fewer systems, these firms must maintain IT portfolios that look much like the portfolios from their larger enterprise... more »
It’s Moonshot vs. ODMs : HP Has the Potential to Replace Today's Blade Servers

It’s Moonshot vs. ODMs : HP Has the Potential to Replace Today's Blade Servers

Wikibon co-founder and CTO David Floyer appeared on the SiliconAngle NewsDesk show this morning to discuss the launch of Hewlett-Packard’s first Moonshot server, a power-efficient hyperscale box that is unique in the marketplace. Floyer says that HP has a history of introducing new technologies to the data center: the company was the first major vendor to have adopted x86 chips back in the day, and it also takes the credit for popularizing the blade server. The hardware giant sent ripples through the industry once again with today’s announcement. Moonshot runs on processors placed in what HP calls ‘cartridges’. These cartridges may contain... more »
The True Perk of HP Moonshot is Built-In Support for Alternate Architectures, a Win for SLI

The True Perk of HP Moonshot is Built-In Support for Alternate Architectures, a Win for SLI

It seems the entire industry, from the enterprise to hardware manufacturers, is rethinking datacenter design, making smarter decisions at every layer of the stack.  This week brought a new disruption from none other than Hewlett-Packard, with the launch of Moonshot 1500, a new server that's stronger, faster, and more energy-efficient.  Is this revolutionary for the rapidly-evolving IT space, and can it help HP solidify its market position as a hardware and Services provider? SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman provided their breaking analysis on the debut of HP's inaugural Moonshot product, an ultra-efficient box poised to shake... more »
ForgeRock - Identity Management Solution Secures $15Million

ForgeRock - Identity Management Solution Secures $15Million

ForgeRock made a major investment announcement today. A $15 Million Series B round of venture capital financing was secured, led by Foundation Capital and participated in by Accel Partners. ForgeRock is based in San Francisco and is a leader in open source identity and access management solutions. Their product allows for modern, secure access methods in cloud, mobile, and enterprise environments. The funding will go towards continued development of their prime Open Identity Stack product, grow sales and continue its global expansion. In a briefing with ForgeRock CEO Mike Ellis, he described this exponentially growing market and the numerous use... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 9, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 9, 2013

EMC Delivers Technologies for MLBAM MBL Advanced Media, L.P., the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, has implemented EMC technologies to support video streaming and e-commerce for baseball fans worldwide. The EMC systems have allowed MLBAM to improve the quality of video streaming and online experiences for fans looking to capture their favorite MLB baseball teams in action. More HP Leads Workstation Industry with Solutions for Creative Professionals Hewlett-Packard is showcasing its lineup of heavy-duty workstations at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas. Earlier this week, the company announced that it has partnered with Fusion-io... more »
Microsoft Sells Mediaroom IPTV to Ericsson

Microsoft Sells Mediaroom IPTV to Ericsson

Apparently to focus it all on Xbox, Microsoft is selling out some of its other products. The tech giant is selling its Mediaroom IPTV business to Ericsson. Microsoft’s IPTV business allows operators to deliver television over the Internet. Both companies reported the news on their websites, confirming the acquisition. Calling it a “Mutually beneficial and strategically aligned for both parties,” Microsoft wrote on its official blog about its intentions to completely focus on Xbox. “With the sale of Mediaroom, Microsoft is dedicating all TV resources to Xbox in a continued mission to make it the premium entertainment service that delivers all the... more »
Will Google Play's New Image-Centric UI Ruin Users' Experience?

Will Google Play's New Image-Centric UI Ruin Users' Experience?

Google has finally revealed an updated Google Play store which begins rolling out today. The new Google Play for Android smartphones and tablets features a new interface that is image focused to help users find content faster as well as continuously offer new recommendations when you scroll down. On top of the screen of your Android smartphone or tablet, you’ll see categories for Apps, Games, Movies and TV, Music, Books and Magazines.  Additionally there are more specific categories featured, such as Gangster Movie Classics. “The new design focuses on bigger images that jump off the page,” Michael Siliski, group product manager for Google... more »

Premium Research

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.