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How Bad is the iPhone 5? Worse Than LG, Apparently...

How Bad is the iPhone 5? Worse Than LG, Apparently...

There’s been a lot of talk lately that Apple has lost the edge in the smartphone stakes, with numerous Android-based models considered to be as good as, if not better than the iPhone 5. Now, in a controversial new report from the Consumer Reports magazine, it’s been revealed that Apple’s latest gadget performed far worse than expected when stacked up against some of its rivals. Consumer Reports ranked the top three smartphones for each of the main carriers in the US (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile), to see which delivered the best overall smartphone experience in the eyes of users, reports Business... more »
IBM Services Chief Steps Down As Rivalries Ramp Up

IBM Services Chief Steps Down As Rivalries Ramp Up

Mike Daniels, an executive who played a prominent role in IBM’s services strategy and came very close to becoming the company’s CEO in 2011, has left the company. The Register reports that he has retired. Daniels, who joined Big Blue in the 70s’ after earning his bachelor’s degree in political science, climbed up the corporate ladder to become the head of the IT giant’s Global Technology Services unit. He was one of the execs nominated to replace former CEO Samuel J. Palmisano after the latter’s departure in 2011, but it was Ginni Rometty who eventually landed the highly-contended promotion. Here’s some more background on... more »
Noisy Neighbors Are a Big, But Solvable Cloud Problem

Noisy Neighbors Are a Big, But Solvable Cloud Problem

Distributing resources among applications often results in a situation where certain programs getting the short end of the performance stick. This leads to lag and other technical difficulties that are not permissible for mission-critical software, even more so in the cloud. Analyst firm Wikibon says that while this phenomenon can be curved in a private data center, it is far more difficult to solve in a public cloud environment  where a competitor’s app may run on the same piece of hardware as yours. The solution can only come from the host, as one cloud provider demonstrated in the latest Peer Incite... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 9, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 9, 2013

Accenture Wins Two Contracts from U.S. Navy The U.S. Department of the Navy has awarded two contracts, totaling more than $30 million, to Accenture Federal Services to continue to support the Nave's drive toward financial auditability. They are: A three-year, $35.5 million contract to work with six commands and the United States Marine Corps to provide comprehensive audit readiness services, and, A three-year, $5.37 million Financial Information Systems Control Audit Manual (FISCAM) contract to evaluate the design and operating effectiveness of IT general computer controls for the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning System. More   Accenture Gives Junior Achievement US$1.1M for High School Work Readiness Program Accenture has... more »
Mix n' Match Cloud Services = Big Gains for SnapLogic

Mix n' Match Cloud Services = Big Gains for SnapLogic

SnapLogic  says that demand for its API service tripled last year thanks to growing interest from corporate clients such as Bloomin’ Brands and Outback Steakhouse, two of its latest customers. The San Mateo, Calif-based startup offers an open development environment architected specifically to mix-and-match cloud services and data streams. Users of the SnapLogic Integration Platform get access to a catalog of Snaps, or optimized connectors, that are considerably safer to implement via the solution than doing the process manually. The SnapStore features over 150 of these data connectors, including the most-widely used ones from SAP, Microsoft, Google and other big name software... more »
BitPay Receives $510,000 in Funding Round to Advance Bitcoin Processing

BitPay Receives $510,000 in Funding Round to Advance Bitcoin Processing

It’s past the end of 2012 and it’s time to look at where Bitcoin is going and the increase in services that provide processing means that there’s a bigger space for people who want to trade BTC to move into. BitPay is an electronic processing service that enables merchants to take Bitcoins and turn them into currency—an important and necessary element of any economy. In a recent funding round BitPay has taken $510,000 of outside investment to expand their services, which ware already quite expansive. Investors include Shakil Khan, Barry Silbert, Jimmy Furland, Roger Ver, and other angel investors—and staying in... more »
Breaking Analysis: Panasonic, ZTE, Broadcom Intrigue Customers with New Product Standards

Breaking Analysis: Panasonic, ZTE, Broadcom Intrigue Customers with New Product Standards

More intriguing announcements keep coming from CES, including a 20-inch tablet, yet another smartphone and a chip to support Ultra-HD. Panasonic revealed in its CES keynote a 20-inch Windows 8 tablet with 4K resolution. Normally 4K is used in conjunction with TV resolution, but we've seen 4K coming out in other products displayed at CES this week as well, including 3M's 84-inch multi-touch table that was discussed on the Morning NewsDesk Show on Monday. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto explained why 4K is so hot right now. "This is part of an evolution we're seeing. It's a new wave of... more »
Boxer8 Provides a Peek at the Ouya Console; $99 a Pop in March 2013

Boxer8 Provides a Peek at the Ouya Console; $99 a Pop in March 2013

Last week, the Boxer8 team gave Ouya developer consoles to some 1,200 Kickstarter investors who chipped in $699 and up to create the device. Feedback came in this week and they were pretty good. Ouya may not be ready for gamers yet, as the company itself said on the console’s home screen, but it appears that there’s a great deal to love about it. The console will be rolled out to the public on March 2013. The package contained an Ouya console, two developer controllers with batteries, an HDMI cable, Micro-USB, and a power adapter. Developers say that Ouya is quite... more »
Storage Migration Costs Can Exceed Array Prices

Storage Migration Costs Can Exceed Array Prices

In the latest in his series of Wikibon Professional Alerts on Software-led Infrastructure, “Moving to Virtualized Clustered Storage”, Wikibon CTO David Floyer examines the full cost of storage array replacement and discovers that the costs involved in data migration can exceed the price of the original array itself. This expense is often regarded as a depreciated staffing or sunk cost and is therefore not managed as part of the cost of replacing an old array. But, he says, the cost and complexity of moving data results in leaving data on suboptimal arrays an can delay the move to software-led storage. Migration... more »
What Walmart's New, Unlimited iPhone Plan on Straight Talk Means for You

What Walmart's New, Unlimited iPhone Plan on Straight Talk Means for You

The iPhone hasn't changed much over the years, and for good reason - it’s simple and elegant in its own way, and that’s what appeals to consumers.  But its minimalistic design doesn’t come with a minimal price tag.  iPhones are quite expensive, and the main reason older versions of the iPhone are still in demand is because they offer a solid product at a lower price. But even after you buy a new iPhone, cheap or pricy, there's still the service fees associated with data plans, voice plans and the looming threat of overage charges. And this is why Walmart and Straight Talk’s... 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.