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Gartner Report Paints Bleak Future for Microsoft as Consumers Embrace Tablets

Gartner Report Paints Bleak Future for Microsoft as Consumers Embrace Tablets

Uh oh, there could be trouble ahead… Or at least, it looks like there is for Microsoft anyway. New data from Gartner paints a less than rosy picture of the future for the Redmond firm, whose dominant PC market faces being overwhelmed by consumer’s preference for tablet devices over PCs. According to the research firm, tablet computer sales will outstrip those of PCs by 72% in just three years, with shipments of PCs dropping at ever-faster rates. Gartner predicts that the market for PCs and laptops will dip by another 7.6% by the end of this year, to some 315 million units... more »
Bitcoin is More Secure than the Wallet that Holds It

Bitcoin is More Secure than the Wallet that Holds It

Earlier this week, Instawallet shut down its Bitcoin wallet service after falling victim to a cyberattack. SiliconAngle founding editor Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins discussed the news and the possible implications on the virtual currency on this morning’s NewsDesk segment. Hopkins starts by elaborating on the hack. He says that Instawallet did not disclose any details about the incident, but security experts believe that the attack was most likely a standard DDoS attack or a brute-force password cracking offensive.  Either way, the hackers were successful in their attempt to infiltrate the service and gain the personal information of account holders. For the full analysis,... more »
Health eHeart Big Data Study Looks To Enroll 1M Smartphone Users

Health eHeart Big Data Study Looks To Enroll 1M Smartphone Users

If researchers at the University of California in San Francisco get their own way, that shiny smartphone you’re holding will become a new tool for medical research. Launched earlier this week, the new Health eHeart Study aims to sign up one million participants from around the world to use their smartphones to monitor their heart rates, pulse rates and blood pressure, submitting this data to the researchers via secure online portal. In turn, the researchers will be employing all kinds of fancy algorithms to crunch that data into something actionable that they hope, might just save some lives. The goal of the... more »
Getting Started With Bitcoin: An Idiot's Guide To Dealing In BTC

Getting Started With Bitcoin: An Idiot's Guide To Dealing In BTC

Now that we have an idea of how Bitcoin got started, the very next step for those looking to jump on this digital bandwagon is learning how and where to buy the currency, and where they can spend it.  With that in mind, SiliconANGLE presents a simple guide to help readers get started in this digital currency. Definition of terms   Address - the only piece of information you need to provide so that someone can pay you Bitcoin, it’s like your home address or e-mail address. Bitcoin/BTC - digital currency. Blockchain -  a public record of all BTC transactions, this prevents reusing of BTC. Double... more »
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HP Board Shakeup - Ray Lane Steps Down as Chairman Two Others Step Down

After HP's recent shareholder meeting and recent downgrade by Goldman Sachs, HP announced changes to the Company's board of directors. According to HP, Raymond Lane has decided to step down as chairman of the board, to be replaced on an interim basis by Ralph V. Whitworth. The board is commencing a search for a permanent nonexecutive board chairman.  Ray Lane has been the target of shareholders in HP's recent corporate governance debacles. John H. Hammergren and G. Kennedy Thompson have decided to leave the board. Both directors will continue to serve until the May board meeting. The board is commencing a search... more »
Windows Server 2012 Insufficient to Support Software-Led Storage

Windows Server 2012 Insufficient to Support Software-Led Storage

Windows Server 2012 has some nice storage management features, notably ODX, which reduces server and network overhead, and Trim/Unmap, which reclaims unused storage space. But, writes Wikibon Lead Analyst and Cofounder Dave Vellante in his latest alert, overall it is insufficient to support software-led storage, a key part of IT infrastructure virtualization and the use of commodity, “plain vanilla” storage, and support a hyperscale computing model. Wikibon’s recent study of Windows Server 2012concludes that trad itional arrays from the leading vendors provide better value, particularly for SMBs, than the Windows Server 2012/Hyper-V v3 combination running commodity arrays. The best value are traditional... more »
MuleSoft Reveals All-in-one Product Suite with Anypoint

MuleSoft Reveals All-in-one Product Suite with Anypoint

MuleSoft is a San Francisco-based cloud integration specialist. It develops software that makes it easier for organizations to incorporate cloud services and external data sources into their on-premise environments, a task made difficult by the sheer amount of plumbing work involved. This morning the firm announced its new flagship offering, the Anypoint Platform. The product suite includes connectors that the company introduced back in May, the open-source Mule ESB integration platform, and the CloudHub integration platform as a service (iPaaS) solution.  The bundle also includes the Mule Studio IDE. Anypoint features a few new products as well. These include a point and... more »
Cloud Security Still a Murky Issue as Vendors Move Vulnerabilities Creep with Them

Cloud Security Still a Murky Issue as Vendors Move Vulnerabilities Creep with Them

We are living in a highly sophisticated Internet era where practically everyone is vulnerable and exposed to security risk, especially when most of us are cloud consumers. Cloud computing, which was just a buzzword a few years ago has gone mainstream now. In fact, if we take a look at two surveys conducted by InformationWeek in 2008 and 2012 the difference in quite prominent. In 2008 InformationWeek executed a survey regarding attitudes toward the cloud, 21% of the 456 respondents considered cloud computing a "marketing term used haphazardly." On the other hand, 2012 version of the InformationWeek survey reveals that one-third of... more »
Cloud Review: OpenStack, Storage and Web Hosting

Cloud Review: OpenStack, Storage and Web Hosting

This week Nebula revealed its OpenStack-powered cloud controller, Amplidata announced new storage software, and a couple of web hosts made new partners. Nebula is a Silicon Valley-based startup that recently launched its flagship product, an OpenStack solution called Nebula One. The $100,000 module consists of a controller and the company’s distribution of the open-source platform, which together form an easily deployable bundle. The big selling point of the appliance, besides the rapid installation, is that Nebula’s software handles the servers connected to the controller as single machine. This functionality simplifies management complexity and consequently reduces overhead. Amplidata also had a major product announcement... more »
Facebook Finds A Home On The HTC First

Facebook Finds A Home On The HTC First

Facebook has finally unveiled its mobile plan: the Facebook Home. Facebook Home isn't an operating system, but rather a way to transform your Android phone into a Facebook phone.  In short, Facebook has found a way to dominate your mobile device, making it the center of attention so when you unlock your screen, Facebook will be the first thing you see.  It’s everything Facebook. "We are finally going to talk about that Facebook phone," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens the press conference.  "You're going to be able to transform your Android phone into a more social phone." So why would anyone want Facebook... more »

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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.