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Facebook gets strict: Download Messenger or stop chatting!

In January, Facebook announced a 49 percent year-over-year increase in its number of mobile daily active users. Then, in its Q4 2013 earnings report, it said that its mobile daily active users had reached an average of 556 million. What this means is that more people are engaging with Facebook using their mobile devices instead of logging into the service from their desktop computers. Obviously that's a good thing for Facebook as it means people access the service on the go, probably while they’re sitting on the bus on the way to work or school, or while waiting for their friends... more »
The game is up for Windows XP

The game is up for Windows XP

Windows XP holdouts are now living on borrowed time, with their systems becoming more vulnerable by the day with the end of Microsoft's support. This means no more security updates and no more protection against new vulnerabilities – in other words, your systems are sat right in the cross-hairs of legions of cybercriminals and other ne'er do wells who're just itching to get their hands on your company's valuable data. That's not to say you're going to need to upgrade RIGHT NOW. There's still lots of things those living in a post-Windows XP world can do to protect their systems, but... more »
NetApp reshuffles top ranks

NetApp reshuffles top ranks

Storage vendor NetApp announced a series of major changes to its senior leadership team this week, most significantly the election of chief executive officer Tom Georgens as chairman of the board. He is stepping into the shoes of 20-year company veteran Dan Warmenhoven, who held the role of CEO from October 1994 to August 2009 and also served a five-year stint as president until handing over the reins to Georgens. Georgens is assuming the responsibilities his new post effective immediately, but Warmenhoven will nonetheless fulfill his entire term until NetApp’s annual shareholders meeting this September. “I want to express my deep appreciation... more »
Microsoft, Quindell and others seek to own the smart car experience

Microsoft, Quindell and others seek to own the smart car experience

This week’s SmartCar roundup features a software giant’s concept for the connected car platform, an app that diagnoses your car problems, and the largest telematics contract to date. Microsoft’s prototype connected car platform  . At BUILD 2014, Microsoft revealed its prototype operating system for connected cars, one that could compete with Apple’s CarPlay as well as the Android-based connected car platform Google has in the works.  Microsoft hopes to become more visible in the emerging smart car market, building on existing partnerships with many car manufacturers. At present, car manufacturers such as BMW, Fiat, Ford, Kia, and Nissan, use either Windows Embedded or Windows... more »
Microsoft pitches ‘write once, run anywhere’ cross platform universal development with Visual Studio 2013 update

Microsoft pitches ‘write once, run anywhere’ cross platform universal development with Visual Studio 2013 update

To support “write once, run anywhere” application development on new Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft announced the release of the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. This update aligns with recent Microsoft products and supports the new features of Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Last November, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2013 and committed to delivering more to developers with Azure integration. Compared with the first update, it includes a number of functional innovations and most notably “universal Windows apps” development, which uses the Windows Runtime to build apps that will run on... more »
Tips for living in a post-XP world

Tips for living in a post-XP world

Here we are.  The day after the big XP apocalypse and we’re all still here.  The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability has grabbed all the headlines the last couple of days for good reason.  However just because you got some cash at the ATM this morning does not mean the XP threat has gone away or was somehow all hype.  It has been widely reported quite recently that up to 95% of all ATMs were using Windows XP.  That’s enough to make one wonder how these devices are continuing on using the now retired operating system.  That’s because ATM and other systems... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 April 9: The Heartbleed bug edition

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 April 9: The Heartbleed bug edition

For the web this week has been a huge gust of security news after an exploit discovered in a popular SSL encryption library--responsible for encrypting much of the web's traffic--became well known. Due to the security-conscious nature of the Bitcoin community (and in no small part that bitcoin storage relies on strong security) this exploit, known as "Heartbleed", became the center of activity. In the wake of the exploit's reveal, numerous exchanges, wallets, and services have patched, gone offline, suspended trades, logins, and etc. to make certain users, APIs, and web services affected had been fixed. In the more staid news, the... more »
Universal Windows, free Windows and whether they matter

Universal Windows, free Windows and whether they matter

Sure, Microsoft's announcement of a universal Windows development platform got lots of applause at its developer conference last week. Likewise its free licensing of Windows for devices with screens smaller than 9-inches.  But, does this really matter? And, if so, where and how much? Developers always like to do less work. And Microsoft wants as many applications developed, especially for Windows 8.1 and mobile, as possible. Being able to write once and run on desktops, portables, tablets and phones is a big win -- if it works. My question: Will it work? Or will so much device-specific customization be required and so many... more »
IBM celebrates System/360 50th anniversary with Hadoop + cloud + mobile offerings for System z

IBM celebrates System/360 50th anniversary with Hadoop + cloud + mobile offerings for System z

Fifty years after the original System/360 revolutionized business computing, big iron remains a fixture at most enterprises, with much of the world’s mission-critical data still stored on mainframes for security reasons. But having a tight perimeter is a double edged sword, since it not only puts information beyond the reach of external hackers but also renders it inaccessible for analytics. Companies like Syncsort are addressing this challenge by making it faster and easier to move data off the mainframe, but for many organizations with strict compliance obligations, that’s not an option. IBM is offering a more viable alternative. The technology stalwart... more »
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Mobile tech is how the Earthquakes soccer team will stand out from NFL, NBA| #SportsDataSV 2014

During our #SportsDataSV 2014 special event, #theCUBE welcomed Dave Kaval, president of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team. Sitting down with hosts John Furrier and Jeff Kelly, Kaval demonstrates a forward-thinking understanding of both technology and the role it plays in the fan experience during a sporting event. The first thing Kaval discusses is the $100 million stadium that is coming to life smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley. Kaval exposes that San Jose's Major League Soccer team the Earthquakes understands that young fans demand a high technology experience. The stadium will be completed in November of this year,... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.