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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 »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 4, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 4, 2013

UniCredit Contracts Accenture to Enhance, Manage Invoice Management UniCredit has partnered with Accenture to help optimize the bank’s invoice management operations, including all activities related to UniCredit’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, asset management, and expense payment functions. The service will be delivered through a jointly owned entity, Accenture Back Office and Administration Services S.p.A. that they have formed to manage, streamline, and enhance the bank’s invoice management processes. These processes were previously managed by the bank’s global service company, UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions S.C.p.A. More Accenture Acquires Change Track Research for Predictive Analytics Accenture has acquired Change Track Research Pty. Ltd., a provider... more »
Tech Companies Report Highest Volume of Malware Attacks

Tech Companies Report Highest Volume of Malware Attacks

A recent report released by FireEye Reports suggests that technology companies receive highest volume of malware attacks, up to once every three minutes. FireEye's '2H 2012 Advanced Threat Report' is based on the data gathered from FireEye customers on 89 million malware events and declares spear phishing the most common method of attack. Here are the key findings of the report: 1. On average, malware events occur at a single organization once every three minutes; 2. Technology is the most targeted vertical; 3. Some industries are attacked cyclically, while some verticals experience erratic attacks; 4. High volatility verticals—banking, business services, and legal; 5. Medium volatility... more »
Ignition Partners Scales Down To Focus On Enterprise IT & Big Data

Ignition Partners Scales Down To Focus On Enterprise IT & Big Data

If you’re looking for more evidence that “small really is beautiful”, look no further than Frank Artale’s Ignition Partners venture capital firm, which has just announced the closure of its fifth investment fund at a nicely rounded $150 million. That amount is of course less than half the size of Ignition’s previous fund, which totaled some $400 million. In line with this scaling down, Ignition also said its opening up a smaller office in Palo Alto, Calif., which fits in with its plans to focus on investing in smaller, early-stage companies. Yesterday, the Ignition Partners’ John Connors confirmed to the Seattle Times... more »
Raspberry Pi Up For Sale, and Sold Out Too

Raspberry Pi Up For Sale, and Sold Out Too

The much-awaited Raspberry Pi Model A became available for sale on Easter in the United States. With a price tag of $25, this credit card sized computer is selling through Texas based Allied Electronics, the first local retailer selling the Raspberry Pi in the US. But as soon as the device went on sale, it got completely sold out in a short time, leading to zero availability of Raspberry Pi Model A. Here’s what Allied Electronics has on its website: “Due to limited supply of the Raspberry Pi Model A, we are not offering preorders or backorders on the product at this... more »
What Is Bitcoin? Here's a Little "Bit" of Bitcoin History For You

What Is Bitcoin? Here's a Little "Bit" of Bitcoin History For You

There’s so much talk about Bitcoin these days but some may not be that well versed in the topic. Seriously, what is Bitcoin and what is its purpose?  Will it eventually be replacing the standard form of currencies in play, or will it be something that would soon fizzle and be forgotten?  Let’s look at the history of Bitcoin and the latest happenings in digital currency. A Bitcoin For Your Thoughts: Bitcoin is a complex and anonymous type of electronic or digital currency which can be traded for real money or local currencies such as dollars, yen and euros.  But the beauty of... more »
Anonymous Hacks North Korea's Social Media, Kim Jong-Un Morphs Into a Fat Pig

Anonymous Hacks North Korea's Social Media, Kim Jong-Un Morphs Into a Fat Pig

Just days after launching a DDoS attack and data leak on the North Korean news website Uriminzokkiri.com, Anonymous are at it again, hacking the communist state’s official Twitter and Flickr accounts, whilst defacing two of its websites in a bid to disrupt its online presence. Previously, we saw hackers purporting to belong to Anonymous swipe some 15,000 passwords from Uriminzokkiri, apparently in response to DPRK’s recent rhetoric about launching a nuclear attack on South Korea and the US. We can’t be sure how true these claims are since the hackers only ever posted the details of six hacked accounts online, but... 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.

- 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.

- 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.