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Michael Dell boasts of "strong growth" since going private

Michael Dell boasts of "strong growth" since going private

Dell Inc. believes its decision to go private was the correct one, helping it to get its products to market faster and spur the company's growth. Kicking off the company's annual Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, CEO Michael Dell said “It’s been a year since we completed our privatisation - actually the largest company ever to go private. We couldn't be more pleased with the positioning, the progress and the performance of our business.” “One of the advantages of being private is that we can direct 100 per cent of our energy towards the success of our customers and partners, and... more »
Dell rollouts span converged infrastructure from small business to enterprise

Dell rollouts span converged infrastructure from small business to enterprise

In a message to the market that a grueling leveraged buyout hasn’t dampened its innovative spirit, Dell Inc. used its Dell World 2014 conference today to roll out a range of server and storage products aimed at both corporate and small business customers. The new products include a Dell PowerEdge FX server enclosure that packs six server, storage and network sleds into a 2U space with integrated management capabilities. The device is designed for enterprises that want to move to software-defined virtual environments without massive disruption, said Brian Payne, senior product planning manager for Dell’s PowerEdge server portfolio. Next-gen convergence   Payne said the... more »
Dead online games might get new life thanks to EFF

Dead online games might get new life thanks to EFF

Imagine that your car's starter had to call the manufacturer every time you tried to turn the car on. What would happen if that manufacturer no longer existed? No more car. When an online game loses official support, that is often exactly what happens to the game. Many games, even those that are not played online, use DRM called authentication servers to prevent illicit use—which of course prevents any use when the developer ceases support. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants to change that by altering copyright law to allow users to legally modify old abandoned games to remove obsolete DRM. The EFF is a nonprofit organization founded in... more »
Trend Micro warns of trend in targeted attacks via bugs, smart things and the deep, dark web

Trend Micro warns of trend in targeted attacks via bugs, smart things and the deep, dark web

IT security pros be warned - cybercriminals of every ilk are planning to exploit new technologies and previously unknown, 'Heartbleed-like' vulnerabilities to launch targeted attacks on business systems in the coming months. At least that's the dire forecast from security consultancy Trend Micro Inc., which has just published its latest annual report into such things, called Security Predictions for 2015 and Beyond: The Invisible Becomes Visible. According to Trend Micro, the recent discoveries of vulnerabilities like Heartbleed and Shellshock (or Bash) illustrate the dangers of open-source software, and have motivated hackers to look for similar flaws. "Vulnerabilities in open source protocols like Heartbleed... more »
Will e-commerce come to Facebook?

Will e-commerce come to Facebook?

There is currently no easy way to buy products you see on Facebook. Whether it is something a friend shared or an ad from a company you follow, buying anything is a multi-step process that requires clicking through to a new webpage, creating or logging into an account, entering payment information, and so on. For John Collison, president of electronic payment startup Stripe, the question is not if Facebook will embrace e-commerce, but rather when. According to Collison, the problem facing product marketing on social media is the annoyance customers go through to actually buy the product. Speaking at Web Summit 2014 in Dublin,... more »
Alibaba reports strong growth post-IPO, increased user numbers and mobile growth

Alibaba reports strong growth post-IPO, increased user numbers and mobile growth

Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. released their first earnings report yesterday November 4, since listing as a public company in September. Alibaba’s earnings dropped due to stock awards that were handed out to employees and executives prior to their $25 billion IPO. Earnings for the quarter, ending September, dropped 39% from the same period in 2013, to $494 million. These one-time stock awards were used as an attempt to keep staff and reward good performance. Apart from this expense, Alibaba have reported strong growth in operations, with revenue for the quarter rising to $2.74 billion, an increase of 54%. With the Chinese company’s... more »
Apple Watch rumors abound: reported “spring” launch date and pricing

Apple Watch rumors abound: reported “spring” launch date and pricing

At the September launch, Apple Inc’s CEO Tim Cook hinted at a launch date of “early 2015”. More reports then emerged that the Watch would be available in time for Valentine’s Day. However due to engineering difficulties the launch was delayed to later in the year. Now new reports have surfaced that the Apple Watch will launch in the spring. In a report obtained by 9To5Mac, it states that Angela Ahrendts, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, announced the spring launch in a video message to retail partners. Ahrendts stated, "So, again, we do - you guys were hired... more »
CERN adopts OpenStack to unlock the mysteries of the universe

CERN adopts OpenStack to unlock the mysteries of the universe

Over the last four years OpenStack has emerged as a truly viable way for enterprises to build their own cloud infrastructure, without relying on public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services Inc. But it's not just traditional enterprises who're leaping onto the bandwagon - CERN, the European physics laboratory and home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is also using OpenStack as part of its quest to unlock some of the mysteries of the universe. Speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Paris, CERN Infrastructure Services Manager Tim Bell described how OpenStack has become a key part of the organization's architecture. Bell's job... more »
Google shifts its focus to developers | #gcplive

Google shifts its focus to developers | #gcplive

Google is shifting its focus from hosting VMs and lowering capital expenditure to allowing developers to build cloud apps at scale, according to Google Cloud Platform VP Brian Stevens. Part of Google's value proposition to developers is its open source platform, which it intends to embrace going forward. Stevens, a former Red Hat, Inc. exec, is accustomed to the open source mindset. The two top requirements for Google services, said Stevens, are reliability and user experience. Reliability is the bedrock of the company, he commented, saying that most customers know that if Google Search is down, much of the world is down.... more »
Google flexes cloud muscle and makes key announcements for enterprise, developers | #gcplive

Google flexes cloud muscle and makes key announcements for enterprise, developers | #gcplive

Google announcements about its App Engine, Container Engine, and Google Interconnect suggest it is pursuing both developers and enterprises in the cloud space, said John Furrier, theCUBE co-host. Google also used its Cloud Platform Live conference to highlight the transformation of containers, added co-host Jeff Frick, citing that Google considers Docker to be as powerful a technology as X86, Linux, and Public Cloud. To developers, the message is clear: Google wants to make your life easier. Google comes from a culture of continuous innovation and has a massive portfolio of applications. "I don't think they're scared," commented Furrier, adding that Google... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.