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ServicesMesh Buys Spot on EMC Select Catalog

ServicesMesh Buys Spot on EMC Select Catalog

ServiceMesh announced that its flagship platform is available worldwide through EMC Select, a program that makes third party solution more available for customers of the storage giant. The Santa Monica-based firm shared the good news in a release that went out this week. ServiceMesh is responsible for the Agility Platform, a DevOps abstraction layer that makes it easier for IT pros to manage large-scale cloud environments. The software has been successfully deployed by over 2000 enterprises, and the company hopes that this number will rapidly increase now that it has the backing of the largest storage vendor in the world. “Today’s enterprise... more »
Opinion:  EMC Cisco NetApp - New Reality TV Show --  Cisco Not Leaving VCE Anytime Soon

Opinion: EMC Cisco NetApp - New Reality TV Show -- Cisco Not Leaving VCE Anytime Soon

The IT infrastructure business can sometimes feel like a “reality TV show” and their partnerships a zero sum game. A reality show maybe zero sum game NOT! Today I read a Network World article titled Cisco gets closer to NetApp, further from VCE. Go read it such an amazing plot. Cisco will leave their massive EMC, VMware, Intel partnership called VCE. New Bravo TV Reality TV Called  "Partners of SDN"   {Airing soon on theCUBE on SiliconANGLE TV) - Starring Cisco, EMC, NetApp, and VMware. When Cisco seeks to extend its business through partnerships with NetApp, EMC doesn’t throw all of Cisco’s belongings out onto... more »
Linksys Group at Cisco Sold to Belkin

Linksys Group at Cisco Sold to Belkin

Cisco System dumped their Linksys group in deal with Belkin.  It was announced that Belkin entered into an agreement to acquire Cisco’s Home Networking Business Unit which included Linksys. Belkin intends to maintain the Linksys brand and will offer support for Linksys products as part of this transaction. All valid warranties will be honored by Belkin for current and future Linksys product.  The deal is expected to close in March. Linksys was the darling of the 802.11 wifi explosion in the early 2000s.  Cisco bought Linksys for $500 million in 2003. Cisco is working to regain their leadership in networking by focusing on virtualization... more »
Coke Enables Social Sabotage with Coke Chase

Coke Enables Social Sabotage with Coke Chase

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up and there’s as much anticipation for the commercials as there is for the game – almost. For big brands though, the competition for viewers is intense. So intense in fact, that Coke has decided to make an all out war, with a 'race' to see what stereotype wins their 'gamified' Coke Chase 2013 Ad. The so called “Mirage” advertisment, created by ad agency Widen+Kennedy, pits three groups - the #CokeCowboys, the #CokeShowgirls, and the #CokeBadlanders - in a “coke chase”, with each of them racing through the desert to get their mitts on a refreshing bottle... more »
Google Looking to Create Cryptographic Rings for Users. Are You Ready?

Google Looking to Create Cryptographic Rings for Users. Are You Ready?

Two Google engineers have brought up the idea of creating cryptographic rings to help users securely log into websites and other services.Eric Grosse and Mayank Upadhyay, both Google bods have submitted the paper Authentication at Scale to the IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine for review. The core point of the submission is that weak passwords are a bigger threat to online security than malware infection, hacker attacks, and other cyber espionage programs. This makes authentication a bigger issue, which can be overcome by a combination of risk-based checks, second-factor options, privacy-enhanced client certificates, and different forms of delegation. This is not the... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 24, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 24, 2013

Spanish Energy Company Chooses HP to Enhance Customer Service Madrileña Red de Gas, one of Spain's largest energy companies, has signed a four-year agreement with HP to manage its SAP environment, allowing it to improve customer service while enhancing efficiency. Madrileña Red de Gas maintains more than 830,000 supply points that distributes gas to 41 municipalities and five districts of Madrid, and its SAP solutions environment is integral to its business. Under the agreement, HP will help it align its SAP environment more closely with business objectives, enabling it to support priorities, customer service improvement goals and growth, while reducing complexity... more »
Big Data Fuels F1 Success For Team Sauber

Big Data Fuels F1 Success For Team Sauber

When we talk about Big Data we tend to think about media & entertainment, big business and insights, and perhaps even big brother. But few people realize that Big Data is making a far bigger impact in places that we don’t usually consider. Take Formula 1 racing for example, a multibillion-dollar global sport, where cars fly around the track at breakneck speeds in excess of 200 mph and where first and last place is often only separated by mere milliseconds. So fine is the line between success and failure that the smallest adjustment to a car’s aerodynamic efficiency can make all... more »
IBM's PureSystems Sales Point to Unlimited Growth for Converged Infrastructure - Breaking Analysis

IBM's PureSystems Sales Point to Unlimited Growth for Converged Infrastructure - Breaking Analysis

Many of the tech giants announced earnings yesterday including IBM, who shared sales numbers from its "PureSystems" offering that launched in 2012. Wikibon Senior Analyst noted two things about these announcements in the areas of converged infrastructure and flash storage. IBM reported that in just over three quarters, the company has sold 2300 systems from its "PureSystems" product line, which Miniman considered to be good progress. Although there's been a lot of buzz surrounding converged infrastructure, Miniman doesn't view this as a new area. He recalled when blade servers first came out, which blended compute and network together, and now vendors... more »
Atari Files for Bankruptcy, Separating from the French Parent

Atari Files for Bankruptcy, Separating from the French Parent

Atari, the iconic game company whose roots date back to the dawn of video gaming industry, has filed for the bankruptcy protection. Reportedly, the gaming company has done this as part of a move to separate from its French parent company. Founded by Nolan Bushnell in 1972, Atari will continue to operate during the bankruptcy proceedings. The Atari bankruptcy filing includes several other companies operating under the names Atari Inc., Atari Interactive Inc., Humongous, Inc., and California US Holdings, Inc. The papers were filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. “With this move, the U.S.-based Atari operations seek to separate from... more »
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Java Security Flaws: Wake-Up Call for DevOps

At the best of time, IT departments have a hard time keeping up with patches and updates necessary to fix security holes. With the emergence of the DevOps role, responsibility for maintaining a vigilant watch may have shifted onto new shoulders, but with the rise of new PaaS technologies comes a new level of automation that can ease the burden and help ensure effective compliance. A Java Wake-Up Call Recently, Oracle had to rush in and make urgent updates, after Homeland Security issued a warning about a Java security breach. Corporate IT departments went in to action to apply a patch... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.