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Impending Layoff Amid T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger

In today’s mobile news roundup: Impending layoffs amid T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger; Path update includes private messaging; Samsung increases spending on lobbying; Original Angry Birds now free for download; and Samsung SII and SIII plagued with security bypass bug. Impending layoffs amid T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger The US Department of Justice recently approved of the T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger.  The waiting period included in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has expired, which means that the fate of the merger lies in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and MetroPCS shareholders, who are all set to... more »
Cloud Networking Startup Pertino Wants to Bring SDN to the Masses

Cloud Networking Startup Pertino Wants to Bring SDN to the Masses

Software-defined networking player Pertino has become the latest company in the space to secure the financial muscle to move forward with its plans, raising $20 million in a series B funding round. The company said that the funds will be used to expand its market strategy and service offerings, having previously raised $8.5 million in April last year. Unlike more established players Intel and Cisco, whose SDN plans are geared towards the bigger enterprises, Pertino aims to push SDN out on a much wider scale, delivering wide-area networks to small and medium sized businesses. Pertino believes that there's a growing demand... more »
Just.Me: Is It "Just" the Paradigm Shift in Social Networking?

Just.Me: Is It "Just" the Paradigm Shift in Social Networking?

The much anticipated Just.Me iOS beta goes live Monday, but here's a fresh look at why the mobile messaging startup is an important moment in digital developments.  Just.Me offers a whole new perspective on flexible where mobility meets social. Developed by the co-founder of TechCrunch,  Keith Teare, this latest entrepreneurial endeavor on his part is actually a bit of a "sleeper" - here’s how. The gist of Just.Me’s value can be fairly easily summed up actually. A free application, the service lets users record life events via the powers imbued within smart devices, for keeping and/or sharting among friends and networks. And, while this may... more »
Apple, Google Taking Different Paths to Music Subscription Cloud

Apple, Google Taking Different Paths to Music Subscription Cloud

The latest Apple rumor is that CEO Tim Cook and Eddy Cue, the company’s head of internet products, met with music producer and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine during a trip to Los Angeles last month. Lovine is the co-founder of audio technology firm Beats Electronics.  Unnamed sources cited by Reuters claim that the topic of the hush-hush meeting was "Project Daisy," Beats’ upcoming music streaming service. The subscription-based offering was first announced in January. “Apple's Internet products chief Eddy Cue, a key player in setting up its iTunes Music Store, also joined the meeting, at which time Cook expressed interest in Daisy's business... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 7, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 7, 2013

EMC Brings Vatican Apostolic Library into the Digital Age EMC Corp. is providing 2.8 Pbytes of storage to support the Vatican Apostolic Library’s project to digitize its entire catalogue of historic manuscripts and incunabula. One of the oldest libraries in the world, the Vatican Apostolic Library holds many of the rarest and most valuable documents in existence, including the 42-line Latin Bible of Gutenberg, the first book printed in the West using movable type and dating from between 1451 and 1455. More   Ernst & Young Announces Tax Service Hires Ernst & Young LLP has announced 20 new hires at the partner, principal, and... more »
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VCE Proves a Solid, Long-Term Investment for EMC

The verdict is finally out, according to Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman:  VCE is more than just short term project for EMC. The converged infrastructure vendor sells Vblocks, end-to-end systems that feature solutions from its parent companies: EMC storage, Cisco servers and switches, and VMware’s hypervisor.  Up until recently VCE only bundled these components together and shipped them off, but that changed with the launch of its first homegrown product late last month. Miniman says that the Vision Intelligent Operations platform, which allows the user to manage their infrastructure at the rack level, is a sign that EMC is in it for... more »
Carl Icahn Wants To Screw Michael Dell's Buyout. Or Does He?

Carl Icahn Wants To Screw Michael Dell's Buyout. Or Does He?

Michael Dell could be about to square off against a ruthless new adversary over his proposed buyout of the company that bears his name, with reports suggesting that the infamous corporate raider Carl Icahn is buying up shares in a last-ditch bid to scupper the deal. CNBC reports that Icahn, who has a well-deserved reputation for throwing a spanner in the works of every company he touches, has seized the opportunity to amass some 100 million shares in Dell, which if true, would give him a 6 percent stake in the company. Dell's bid to go private has already met strong opposition from... more »
Ambient Intelligence: Sensing a Future Mobile Revolution

Ambient Intelligence: Sensing a Future Mobile Revolution

Artificial intelligence finds its way to more aspects of human life every day. The future of technology is a sea of opportunity for artificial intelligence and application development, especially for mobile devices.  In fact, we're counting on it. When we refer to Artificial Intelligence (AI), we now have a much simpler definition, something we need in order to truly push this technology into our every day lives. One working definition is that a system of artificial intelligence is one who can perform a task traditionally associated with human intelligence, for example, recognize the voice, or translating from one language to another. When... more »
Amazon Responds to Rivals (Again), Slashes Cloud Rates by 28%

Amazon Responds to Rivals (Again), Slashes Cloud Rates by 28%

This week Amazon introduced new price reductions for Reserved Instances that run Unix, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.  Jeff Bar, the Chief Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, announced the good news in one of his latest posts on the company’s blog. The size of the discount varies per region: it goes up to 27.7 percent for High-Memory (m2) Reversed Instances hosted at Amazon’s Ireland location, and drops to 0 for South American customers that rent High-CPU(c1) instances. Reversed Instances differ from the more widely used on-demand instances in that customers commit a substantial fee upfront in exchange for... more »
Bank of America Breach Highlights the Third-Party Security Problem

Bank of America Breach Highlights the Third-Party Security Problem

The Bank of America breach that hit the news this week has raised a lot of eyebrows.  Some 14Gb of data was leaked in that incident and it was directed against Bank of America by an Anonymous-related hacking group known as Par:AnoiA. The incredibly sensitive internal information contained information such as salary and career information about employees and executives, project information, source code, espionage information and more.  Having an appropriate breach response plan are critical for an organization.  It means emergency lockdown, it means preserving evidence, it means an assessment of damage done needs to take place, it means public... more »

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- 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.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- 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

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.