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Yahoo! Japan Security Breach: 22 Million User IDs "Possibly" Stolen

Yahoo!'s security nightmare shows no signs of letting up. Following reports earlier this month the the company is unable to protect its customer's email accounts from being hacked and used to send massive amounts of spam, it's Japanese subsidiary has suffered an equally embarrassing breach. Reuters is reporting that Yahoo! Japan has had to ask more than 200 million customers to reset their passwords after detecting an intrusion in one of its main servers last week. The company believes that more than 22 million user IDs may have been exposed. Reuters says that a suspected intrusion was first discovered on Thursday night,... more »
Yahoo's Tumblr Acquisition a "Foregone Conclusion"

Yahoo's Tumblr Acquisition a "Foregone Conclusion"

Yahoo's bid to acquire the blogging service Tumblr could be wrapped up as early as this Monday, according to reports at the weekend. Whilst neither Yahoo or Tumblr have made any official announcement, the deal is reportedly a "foregone conclusion", according to the tech blog All Things D. The news was also confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, which says that Tumblr will continue to operate as a separate business. The $1.1 billion price tag that's being reported represents a significant premium over Tumblr's $800 million valuation, yet Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer clearly believes it's one that's worth paying for. By... more »
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SAP CEOs Say HANA is Much More than Just a Database

TheCube crew flew to Orlando this week to bring you the latest news and analysis from SAP Sapphire 2013. SiliconAngle Editor-in-Chief John Furrier attended the keynote panel with SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe and asked the question that was on everyone’s mind: if HANA is not merely a database solution for SAP shops, how does it help organizations create new business opportunities? Snabe was the first to answer. The executive agreed with Furrier’s initial assessment and told the audience that the opposite is true. The early adopters of HANA deployed the system to analyze genetic data, seismic patterns... more »
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Big Data Backed in a Big Way...Startups Tackle Storage Performance

It's not often that two competing startups in a specific industry close funding rounds on the same day. Data centers and Big Data, specifically the storage of that data, are a growing need for companies today. Two startups that offer technology to help those companies manage their data centers closed their respective financing rounds earlier this week. With the ever-increasing flood of data from mobile devices and social media, companies are having to create processes for analyzing that data. Storage has to get smarter. Both companies received $20 million in their funding round bringing their collective totals respectively to: PernixData Inc. -... more »
Tableau IPO Will Take DATA from Toy to Tool - Breaking Analysis

Tableau IPO Will Take DATA from Toy to Tool - Breaking Analysis

Tableau Software,  a Big Data software company that produces interactive data visualization products, has rung the bell at New York Stock Exchange and debuted under the ticker DATA. Initially shares were priced at $23 to $26 per share, but that has been increased to $31 per share.  Tableau is offering 8.2 million shares and has raised $254.2 million at the new share price. Plenty of people were excited for Tableau’s IPO and NYSE debut, especially since it is a step for Big Data to go mainstream, and because investors are more willing to back companies that engage in business-to business activities rather than... more »
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Google’s Seth Sternberg On G+ Sign-In

SiliconAngle editor-in-chief Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins caught up with Seth Sternberg, the product management director for Google+, to discuss the latest upgrades to the search giant’s homegrown social network. The first new feature Sternberg highlights is the multi-platform sign-in capability that lets Android users to log into their apps using their Google+ accounts. This addition is joined by other recently launched functions, including a contextualized sharing feature that enables users to share content across the entire Google ecosystem without ‘spamming’ their friends. Sternberg explains: traditional feed services such as the system Facebook uses send you notifications about friend developments as they happen,... more »
Amazon Web Services Starts the Security and Compliance Conversation; SOC 3 Reports Arrive

Amazon Web Services Starts the Security and Compliance Conversation; SOC 3 Reports Arrive

One of Amazon Web Service's top priorities right now are security and compliance.  We have all touched on that subject here.  It has been clear in everything they're communicating right now, it was clear at the Amazon Web Services summit in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago.  To those ends the AWS Security Blog popped up a couple of weeks ago.  Steve Schmidt, AWS Chief Information Security Officer posted the introduction and the mission for the communications are pretty clear.  They are featuring all the information they can about security and compliance and AWS, including How-to guides, Compliance Milestones,... more »
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Stakeholder Campaigns for NetApp Board Reshuffle

NetApp’s stock price soared 6.2 percent, the biggest gain since November 2012, after an anonymous tipster told Bloomberg that one of its stakeholders is pushing for changes to the company’s board of directors and agenda. As of Wednesday, Elliot Management, the activist hedge fund founded by billionaire Paul Singer, owned 4.1 million shares in NetApp. That’s about one percent the company’s total shares outstanding. According to Bloomberg’s source, Elliot has proposed the changes – and put together a list of prospective new directors for NetApp to review – because it believes the company needs to make some drastic changes in order... more »
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Lifelogging Tools for the Self-Quantified Lifestyle: Become a Better You

Sometimes, everything just gets out of hand.  You find yourself always running out of time to do anything.  It’s like 24 hours a day isn’t enough to get things accomplished.  Am I right?  Or are we just not managing our time correctly? I think it’s the latter.  Sometimes, we don’t notice this, but we spend so much time inefficiently, like playing hours of Candy Crush.  Then we go into panic mode, cursing our self-inflicted mismanagement. But in today's world of smart devices and smarter apps, we're able to better track our own activity so we can make smarter decisions throughout the day.  Here... more »
Transport Plots A Course For The Industrial Internet

Transport Plots A Course For The Industrial Internet

The United States is a vast and expansive country that's become utterly dependent on its transportation infrastructure, including its roads, its railways and its flight paths. Its transport networks can be thought of as the oil that keeps the engine - the economy - of the country ticking over, ensuring that factories are kept supplied, shops are remain stocked with food, and that people can make their way to work or to school. But as dependent as we are on these transport networks, there's no getting away from the fact that they're terribly inefficient. The US consumes an incredible amount of... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.