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"Glassware" Apps Now Available for Google Glass

"Glassware" Apps Now Available for Google Glass

Glassholes rejoice!  New apps are coming to Google Glass which means you'll have more things to do with the high-tech specs than just tinker around with Google services. Path and New York Times were among the first apps announced for Google Glass use, but until now we haven't heard much else. Now though, at the Google I/O 2013 conference, we've seen a number of new apps announced for the highly talked about piece of wearable tech device. Glasswares, as Google has dubbed the new set of apps made just for Google Glass, includes CNN News, so glassholes can get their fill of... more »
Augmented World Expo 2013--The Future of Augmented Reality

Augmented World Expo 2013--The Future of Augmented Reality

If you’re interested in Augmented Reality (AR), Augmented World Expo 2013 (AWE 2013) is a window to the future through which we can see new technology that could change our lives in various fields such as education, health, emergency services, art, entertainment, urban design, etc. Now in its fourth year, Augmented World Expo (formerly ARE) brought together the biggest names--from the hottest startups and technology providers in leading AR to the Fortune 500--to show the world the best experiences increased aimed at solving real problems in all aspects of life, from entertainment and brand engagement to the industrial and commercial applications. With... more »
LulzSec Hackers Sentenced for Past Mayhem Bringing Their Era to its Final Interlude

LulzSec Hackers Sentenced for Past Mayhem Bringing Their Era to its Final Interlude

During the 50-day mayhem spree by these Internet hackers, LulzSec brought attention to the capability of a small group out to do vandalism and damage to websites—and exactly what could be done with it. Instead of breaking into websites and toting the passwords and sensitive user information to the highest bidder, LulzSec hacked “for the lulz” and released the user information publicly. The reasoning behind this public release connected directly with the desire to find amusement in the hacking and inform the public just how often and how easily their passwords/information is taken already and nobody knows it—the LulzSec erstwhile... more »
 Rise of the #Glassholes : Superior Tweets, Photos + Videos

Rise of the #Glassholes : Superior Tweets, Photos + Videos

What do you call people who wear Google Glass?  Googlers?  Nah, that’s already taken.  Glassers?  Hmm, I don’t think so, not too catchy.  How about Glassholes?  If you don’t like it, too bad.  The joke's on us, the early adopters anxious to see how Google's newest gadget will impact the market of devices and the Industrial Internet at large. Why Glassholes?   There’s already a hashtag, of course. Don’t get me wrong, I think Google Glass is cool and may really be a game changer, but it's certainly a shift in wearable technology that will make a wearer stand out far more... more »
Congress Has Some Tough Questions For Google Glass

Congress Has Some Tough Questions For Google Glass

Google Glass is still a long way from being released to the general public yet we're already seeing a number of privacy concerns arise, giving birth to the new term #glassholes to depict those wearing the device who might leave you feeling uneasy. Indeed, the concern for the public’s privacy has grown so big that eight members of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus have took it upon themselves to send a letter to Google's CEO Larry Page, asking him a bunch of questions about how Google plans to protect our privacy when more glassholes walk the earth. “[W]e are curious whether this... more »
Self-serve "Services" is EMC's Ultimate Goal through Virtualization | #sapphirenow

Self-serve "Services" is EMC's Ultimate Goal through Virtualization | #sapphirenow

Bill Reid, Senior Director - Platform Strategy & Engineering with EMC, spoke with John Furrier and David Floyer on theCUBE at SapphireNOW 2013, about virtualization, business motivation, business value, and EMC's journey. Asked about the method used by EMC to consolidate and virtualize SAP within the organization, Bill Reid spoke about the "journey" that took 27 months and consisted in the virtualization and consolidation of legacy systems and legacy toolsets, whose scope was enabling EMC's business for the next decade. As they were browsing the opportunities for consolidation, they took a greenfield approach, and SAP became the obvious choice. From a technology point... more »
Twitter "Hate Map" Outs Racists And Homophobes In The US

Twitter "Hate Map" Outs Racists And Homophobes In The US

Twitter's long been one of the favourite sources of information for researchers studying people's trends and perceptions, and for good reason – with millions of users spread across the world sending out billions of tweets every single day, there are few more easily accessible sources of data that represent the voice of just about every demographic there is. Including, shall we say, some of the more unsavory demographics. To demonstrate this fact, a group of researchers from the Floating Sheep project, which shot to fame for mapping out racist tweets during President Obama's re-election campaign, has come up with an interactive... more »
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HP Unveils “Industry-Leading” Network Fabric at Interop

Hewlett-Packard made the most out of its Interop conference last week. The hardware behemoth introduced a set of software-defined networking solutions that offer extended support for OpenFlow and bandwidth intensive technologies such as Hadoop. The most notable product that made its debut at the Las Vegas event is the FlexFabric 11908, which HP refers to as the industry's first OpenFlow-enabled aggregation switch. It delivers 10/40 GbE connectivity for blade servers and improves the performance of virtualization applications by as much as 50 percent. Among the other recent additions to the vendor’s networking lineup is the Virtualized Services Router (VSR), a device... more »
ServiceNow Founder Shares His Journey to the Ultimate ITSM Platform

ServiceNow Founder Shares His Journey to the Ultimate ITSM Platform

Fred Luddy, founder of IT service management (ITSM) giant ServiceNow, addressed the latest news from his company and told the story behind its foundation in a two-part interview series that featured Wikibon chief analyst Dave Vellante and SiliconAngle’s Jeff Frick. In the first episode Luddy focused on the highlights from Knowledge13, his company’s sold-out customer conference in Las Vegas. That’s where theCube caught up with him earlier this week to discuss his firm’s decision to make its entire portfolio available on the iPhone and iPad. After asking him about his take on the event, Vellante mentions that there are five billion... more »
Knowledge13 Skips the Vendor Hype in Vegas, Empowers IT Professionals | #servicenow

Knowledge13 Skips the Vendor Hype in Vegas, Empowers IT Professionals | #servicenow

With more than twenty years experience in worldwide marketing, product strategy and new business creation, Beth White, CMO of ServiceNow, joined theCube hosts in Las Vegas to talk about "unpacking the message", the Knowledge13 event, and the ServiceNow community at large. At the time of the interview Beth was extremely happy with the feedback received from the customers. The ServiceNow team was completely blown away by the enthusiasm of the users and their insatiable appetite for more content and more networking with each-other. The conference managed to bring together close to 4000 IT practitioners and executives. Ninety percent of the content presented... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- 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.