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Zettaset Raises $10M to Simplify Hadoop for a Complex Big Data World

Zettaset Raises $10M to Simplify Hadoop for a Complex Big Data World

Zettaset raised $10 million in a Series B financing round led by HighBar partners.  Brocade also participated, as did original backers DFJ and Epic Ventures. HighBar’s John Kim and Roy Thiele-Sardiña have joined the company’s board. Zettaset offers a software solution that simplifies Hadoop deployment and configuration in complex enterprise environments. As far as the IT department is concerned, it’s a much cheaper alternative to bringing in a service provider with the necessary talent, and proportionally high rates, to do the same job manually. Zettaset Orchestrator has the second major advantage: it’s distribution-agnostic. This means that users are not locked into a... more »
Intel Slump Not a Problem – Death of BYOD Just Around the Corner

Intel Slump Not a Problem – Death of BYOD Just Around the Corner

In the wake of disappointing news regarding its Q4 profits, Intel CEO Paul Otellini remained surprisingly upbeat over its prospects for the future, insisting that the next generation of PC designs would soon subsume today’s tablet craze. Otellini’s comments came as Intel announced disappointingly slow fourth quarter sales of $13.5bn that only just met the company’s forecasted targets. At the same time, the company admitted that its initial projections for 2013 weren’t much better – with sluggish growth forecasted for the year ahead. Intel’s big problem is that it’s fighting what many consider to be a losing battle against the downward trend in... more »
Alfresco Names SuccessFactors President as New CEO

Alfresco Names SuccessFactors President as New CEO

Alfresco, a maker of open-source, enterprise grade content management software, appointed Doug Dennerline as its new CEO this week.  He is replacing co-founder John Powell, who revealed that the change in management was driven by his company’s ambitions to go public. “We have come to a unique intersection as a company and I couldn’t be happier to welcome Doug to Alfresco. The best future for Alfresco, its employees, customers and investors is to continue to grow and to ultimately pursue an IPO in the U.S. markets,” explained John Powell, former CEO and co-founder of Alfresco. “I’m confident that Doug’s experience and impressive... more »
Tech Used to Define the Generation Gap. Now it's Bringing Families Together

Tech Used to Define the Generation Gap. Now it's Bringing Families Together

Many of us refuse to accept the fact that we are getting old and times have drastically changed. If you have kids, it's even easier to recognize just how much things have changed.  Instead of finding your kids playing physical games with the neighbors’ kids, you now find them cooped up in the living room playing video games, or in their rooms holding tablets or smartphones, chatting with their friends or consumed in the world of apps. According to eMarketer’s latest report, “Kids Online: Digital Natives in Digital Homes,” though the digital age may have previously wedged a barrier between kids and... more »
Security Essentials Fluffs Malware Test; Microsoft Goes on the Warpath

Security Essentials Fluffs Malware Test; Microsoft Goes on the Warpath

Apparently Microsoft isn’t too happy with the outcome of a recent test that labelled its antivirus software as one of the worst performing around. The company has challenged the methodology used by Germany’s AV-Test, after its Security Essentials and Forefront Endpoint Protection programs failed to pass its tests and gain certification. Out of 25 such programs put through their paces by AV-Test, only three failed to meet the grade. According to AV-Test, Security Essentials fails to come up to scratch with its ability to detect new malware samples and zero-day exploits when compared to rival antivirus software programs. However, AV-Test acknowledged that... more »
Here's the Catch to Walmart's Cheap iPhone Plan

Here's the Catch to Walmart's Cheap iPhone Plan

It looks like Walmart and Straight Talk’s unlimited everything offer has a catch. Last week, Walmart announced that it would soon offer iPhone 5s with an unlimited data plan via Straight Talk for only $45.  The best part of the offer is that subscribers won’t have to be tied down to any contract.  And with people clamoring to get the latest iPhone and of course unlimited text, voice and data, who would pass up that deal? HOW TO: Curb smartphone data usage & get lower bills Walmart is offering a 16GB iPhone 5 for $649 and an 8GB iPhone 4 for $449.  The price... more »
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Instagram Distracts Naysayers, Claims 90M Monthly Active Users

In today’s mobile news roundup: Instagram releases monthly active user data; Galaxy SIV to feature wireless charging; Sharp curbs iPad screen production; and AT&T opens FaceTime to everyone - except for unlimited data plan users. Instagram releases monthly active user data Earlier reports have stated that Instagram is continuously losing daily users because of their revised Terms of Service.  AppStats stated that from 16.3 million active daily users, Instagram now only has 7.6 million.  About half of their active daily users have strayed but monthly users continue to grow. To settle all the talks of the service losing users, Instagram released their own... more »
CES 2013 Gadgets We'd Actually Use in Real Life

CES 2013 Gadgets We'd Actually Use in Real Life

International CES 2013 has wrapped, leaving us with a dizzying array of products, some realistic, others more hopeful visions of the future.  But of all the products introduced at the event, which ones would people actually use in real life? I know some new products are too good to be ignored, but sometimes you need to take a breather and ask yourself if you’re really going to use a product, or its just eye candy? Here’s our list of products that are both eye candy and something people would actually use for months or years to come, not just for a fleeting few... more »
Kim Dotcom Gears Up for MEGA Launch

Kim Dotcom Gears Up for MEGA Launch

Almost a year to the day after the original Megaupload was shut down by the FBI, fugitive internet tycoon Kim Dotcom is getting ready to launch the second coming of his file-sharing site from the safety of his Auckland mansion. Dotcom hopes that his latest venture, Mega.co.nz, will be able to replicate the overwhelming success of the original site, which at its peak boasted around 50 million hits a day, accounting for an incredible 4% of all web traffic before US authorities took it offline. Earlier today, Dotcom announced on Twitter that each new user of Mega.co.nz will receive 50GB of storage... more »
Phishing Sites Use Whitelisting Technology To Keep Out Unwanted Targets

Phishing Sites Use Whitelisting Technology To Keep Out Unwanted Targets

One of the favorite tactics of businesses is to use ‘whitelisting’ to keep malicious visitors at bay, but now it looks as if cybercriminals have turned the tables on them, employing the same tactics so they can target specific victims, according to a new report by the RSA security firm. The report describes how hackers have come up with a new concept of bundling so-called ‘phishing kits’ with whitelisting technology, so that only the intended victims can access malicious websites. Hackers have employed this kind of tactic on a limited scale before, blacklisting IP addresses they know belong to computer security firms,... 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.

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