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ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 11, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 11, 2013

TWM Solicitors Transforms IT Infrastructure with EMC TWM Solicitors LLP, a mid-sized U.K. law firm, has chosen EMC technologies to transform its IT infrastructure, power its virtualization strategy, and better support is commercial and private law services. It selected EMC VNX unified storage with EMC Total Protection Pack to consolidate and transform its storage infrastructure and help manage its mission-critical applications, including Microsoft Exchange and SQL, IRIS practice management solutions, BigHand, and CRM. More ‘Talent Paradox of Outsourcing’ Finds Lack of Talent Investments Limiting High Performance in Outsourcing The outsourcing industry is failing to invest in the skills needed to capture the full... more »
Why are People so Damn Rude Online?

Why are People so Damn Rude Online?

We all get annoyed from time to time by our friend’s arrogant status updates on sites like Facebook and Twitter, but is this enough to make you want to cut someone out of your life altogether? For a lot of people, apparently it is. As many as 20% of social media users have shied away from meeting someone in person as a result of cyber-fighting on social media sites, according to a new survey from corporate training firm VitalSmarts. Even more common than that is blocking people or deleting friends – of the 2,698 people surveyed, just over two in five... more »
Pirate Bay Moves To Greenland Domain...and Promptly Gets Booted

Pirate Bay Moves To Greenland Domain...and Promptly Gets Booted

Anticipating the seizure of domain by Swedish authorities, The Pirate Bay has moved it domain to Greenland, on a .GL domain. The domain transfer from .se to .gl was done overnight as Swedish authorities are gearing up to seize their Swedish domain name to render it inaccessible worldwide. In fact, TPB’s anticipation is quite accurate as last year, a Swedish court ordered the seizure of the p2ptv.se domain which was offering unauthorized live streams of hockey and soccer matches. So, it was a timely decision by TBP. However, much to the chagrin of TPB, Greenland took only 48 hours to temporarily shut... more »
DevOps Teams Release Apps in Half the Time - IT Ops & DevOps Productivity Report

DevOps Teams Release Apps in Half the Time - IT Ops & DevOps Productivity Report

ZeroTurnaround’s Rebel Labs recently release ‘The IT Ops & DevOps Productivity’ report which surveyed the day-to-day activities, key processes, tools, & challenges of 620 engineers. The report unveils some surprising facts regarding the IT Ops/DevOps community, with the stats to back them up. Here are the key finds of the report: As compared to traditional IT Ops teams, DevOps teams: Waste less time on communication Spend less time ‘firefighting’ Spend less time on administrative support Claim less work hours per week Spend fewer days working after-hours Spend more time on positive/neutral tasks, than IT Ops teams The entire report is divided into 4 major parts; week-long grind, failures and... more »
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Breaking Analysis: IBM Announces Billion Dollar Investment in Flash Storage #flashahead

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled a strategic initiative to drive Flash technology further into the enterprise to help organizations better tackle the mounting challenges of Big Data. IBM is announcing today, SiliconANGLE and Wikibon are on the ground in NYC, its long awaited plan around the disruptive technology "Flash" or flash storage.   IBM just announced a $1 billion investment in R&D and is introducing a series of new systems. The company today also announced  the availability of the IBM FlashSystem line of all-Flash storage appliances, which are based on technology acquired from Texas Memory Systems.  The IBM FlashSystem provides organizations instant access... more »
Bitcoin Alert: Mt.Gox Not a Victim of DDoS - Here’s What Happened

Bitcoin Alert: Mt.Gox Not a Victim of DDoS - Here’s What Happened

If you have Bitcoins and you’ve been religiously watching Mt.Gox for days, you probably got too excited when the value hit $200 -- and it kept rising. But as the day pushed on, you probably noticed that something out of the ordinary was happening over at Mt.Gox - things started to lag.  You immediately think: “OMFG! Mt.Gox is being hacked!  What will happen to my BTC?!” Before you panic and start trading all your BTCs, better hear the whole story straight from the horse’s mouth. “First of all we would like to reassure you but no we were not last night victim of a... more »
Samsung's MEGA Phablet Misses the Quad-Core Mark, Price Should Reflect Specs

Samsung's MEGA Phablet Misses the Quad-Core Mark, Price Should Reflect Specs

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Samsung introduces GALAXY Mega; Microsoft plans to release a 7-inch Surface tablet; Foursquare secures $41M round of funding; Facebook acquires Osmeta; and Twitter shuts door on Ribbon. Samsung introduces GALAXY Mega Samsung introduced a new phablet in its Galaxy line.  The GALAXY Mega comes in two sizes, one with a 6.3-inch HD screen, the other with a 5.8-inch HD screen.  The 6.3-inch version features an enhanced 8MP rear-facing, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 1.7GHz Dual Core AP, 64GB of expandable memory and comes with camera modes such as Drama Shot, Sound... more »
Coinsetter the Newest Bitcoin Forex Seeks a Niche in the Wild Market

Coinsetter the Newest Bitcoin Forex Seeks a Niche in the Wild Market

Yesterday, Coinsetter, a brand new forex for Bitcoin announced that it had raised $500,000 in seed capital. The New-York based startup seeks to bring to market advanced trading options that don’t exist in the current BTC market. The Bitcoin exchange market is already fairly well fitted with numerous exchanges including the extremely popular MtGox, which in the past held over 80% of all bitcoin transactions. Since this is the case, any new forex site would have to show some sort of niche before it could potentially make any headway in this already crowded market. “Although trading occurs on both the existing exchanges... more »
Microsoft Bets On 7-Inch Surface Tablet To Save The Day

Microsoft Bets On 7-Inch Surface Tablet To Save The Day

Microsoft is feeling the squeeze as iPads and Android tablets continue to strangle the PC market, but that doesn’t mean it’s about to give up the fight. Not only is it set to raise the stakes with the upcoming release of Windows Blue, but it’s also planning to take the battle to its rival's own turf with the release of a 7-inch version of its Surface tablet. The Wall Street Journal reports that the consumer-friendly 7-inch Surface will go into production later this year, as part of a new lineup of tablet devices being planned by Microsoft. Its sources, who claim... more »
Analysis:  A New World Order #FlashAhead – Modern Purpose Built Application IT Infrastructure

Analysis: A New World Order #FlashAhead – Modern Purpose Built Application IT Infrastructure

The biggest technology companies are changing right in front of our eyes.   Goldman Sachs, UBS, and other traditional analysts are putting out old school analysis advice to their clients on the big players prospects.  Of course those analyst state the obvious:  Cloud is up, mobile is hot, consumer social is passe, entertainment going digital, Netflix and HBO are booming, big data is changing the world. Buy Sell Hold -- what the hell is really going on.   It's time to break down the market for those guys.  Goldman Sachs, UBS, and other analysts pay attention. At a recent Thomson Reuters investment... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.