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The UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland Gang Up On Google

The UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland Gang Up On Google

Following a lengthy investigation by France’s National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL), Google is set to face legal action over its privacy policy in at least six European countries. In a statement released earlier today, CNIL explained that Google had failed to change its policy as requested, resulting in member states being allowed to deal with the matter as they see fit. As a result, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK will now launch their own investigations to decide what kind of action to take. In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office told The Register that an... more »
Remorseful Apple Faces Growing Competition from Facebook, China and HTC

Remorseful Apple Faces Growing Competition from Facebook, China and HTC

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Apple apologizes to China; The Facebook phone; the Smartisan OS launch; and AT&T to pre-sell HTC One on April 5. Apple apologizes to China After Chinese government bureaus and consumers’ relentless efforts in forcing Apple to change its unfair warranty and repair policies for its devices, the Cupertino company finally gave in, issuing a public apology. “We are aware that, due to the lack of external communication in this process and lead to the speculation that Apple arrogance, do not care or do not attach importance to consumer feedback. We express our sincere apologies for any concerns or... more »
4 Ways Driverless Cars Could Boost Productivity

4 Ways Driverless Cars Could Boost Productivity

A few decades ago we thought we'd all be riding around in driverless cars by now (thanks for nothin' George Jetson).  Well, the present is finally catching up with the future, and one of the most promising results of driverless cars is the boost in productivity it will provide to those once hindered by commute times.  Between traffic and the time it takes to get from point A to B, millions of workers lose hours of daily productivity driving their cars.  But once fully automated cars take over, a portion of that commute time could lend itself to more efficient... more »
Nebula One Brings "Plug-In-And-Play" Cloud Computing To The Masses

Nebula One Brings "Plug-In-And-Play" Cloud Computing To The Masses

Almost two years after its first announcement, Nebula has finally launched its much-hyped Nebula One turnkey solution that can transform an ordinary bunch of servers into a cloud platform running OpenStack. We first heard about Nebula back in 2011 at OSCON, where company founder and former NASA CTO Christopher Kemp stated that its goal was to build systems that would “last for generations to come”. Since then, Kemp has spent the last two years securing funding and honing his ideas, leaving us to wonder if an when they'll ever become a reality. But finally they have, Nebula One is here at last, and... more »
Aerospike Beats Out Cassandra, Couchbase + MongoDB : Handles Node Failure Like a Champ

Aerospike Beats Out Cassandra, Couchbase + MongoDB : Handles Node Failure Like a Champ

Aerospike, a NoSQL database provider, has just earned some more bragging rights.  Thumbtack released a new report today titled “Failover Characteristics of Several Leading NoSQL Databases”. The paper is the follow-up to a January benchmark that found Aerospike’s offering performs up to 10 times better than competing solutions. This latest study compares how Cassandra, Couchbase, MongoDB and Aerospike handle node failure. The tests were carried in a four-server cluster environment that received a load of 50 million records, each 120 bytes in size, from eight client machines. For each test the cluster ran the workload (which consisted of 50 percent writes and... more »
Why The Facebook Phone Is Destined To Be A Flop

Why The Facebook Phone Is Destined To Be A Flop

Facebook has stirred up some interest once again following its invitation to “come and see our new home on Android” this Thursday, April 4. Rumor has it that the social media giant is finally set to unveil its much-vaunted ‘Facebook phone’, most likely in collaboration with HTC, but just what can we expect from such a socially-orientated smartphone? And more to the point, will anybody want to own one? As reported last week on SiliconANGLE, the phone in question will almost certainly be something called the HTC Myst, and will incorporate tighter integration with the social media network to differentiate it... more »
Moonshot Could Pave the Way for HP’s Hyperscale Takeover

Moonshot Could Pave the Way for HP’s Hyperscale Takeover

Last month Hewlett-Packard started shipping its extreme low-energy  (ETE) server for hyperscale environments. The box, the first of several models, is the product of a multi-year development effort dubbed Project Moonshot. HP launched the initiative in late 2011, which is presumably when management realized that it has to counterbalance the shrinking demand for PCs and increased competition in the enterprise space.  Moonshot is meant to give the company the advantage it needs by securing a headstart in the emerging market for hyperscale servers: small, low-power boxes that are specifically designed to run web-scale apps and big data software. Amit Daryanani of RBC... more »
Gaming Revenue Up in 2012, GameStop Suffered Losses

Gaming Revenue Up in 2012, GameStop Suffered Losses

2012 was a great year for gaming industry, and a report commissioned by PC Gaming Alliance indicates the same. According to the report, PC software sales hit a record $20 billion worldwide in 2012, which represents 8 percent annual growth since the first PC Gaming Alliance report came out in 2008. The report predicts global PC software industry to grow to $25.7 billion in sales by 2016. Chinese seem to love gaming a lot, and contribute $6.8 billion to the total global revenue. In addition, out of 1 billion PC gamers worldwide, one quarter can be identified as "core" players interested... more »
New Malware Goes For The Money, Infects ATMs & Cash Registers

New Malware Goes For The Money, Infects ATMs & Cash Registers

Most consumers understand the need to take precautions when it comes to money matters online, but soon they could be faced with an even more troublesome threat to their financial security. According to a report from a Russian security company, hackers have developed a new kind of malware that ignores PCs and mobile devices, going straight for the money by infecting ATMs and physical registers in order to harvest valuable credit card data. Security Weekly reports that the ATM malware was discovered by researchers from Group-IB. Called the “Dump Memory Grabber”, the virus is already believed to have stolen data from... more »
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The PC Ain't Dead Yet : A Rebuttal to Weiss’ Blog

SiliconAngle’s founding Editor Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins sat with Kristin Feledy on this morning's NewsDesk show with his Breaking Analysis on Scott Weiss’ recent blog post called “The Building is the New Server.” In a nutshell, Weiss’ polemical critique speaks of the death of PCs and how an entire ecosystem dies with it. Hopkins does not agree with Weiss for the most part, and said that the PC is not dead yet. While there is an increase in SaaS, we still use a lot of the same applications that we knew are for PCs, such as gaming, image editing, and video editing. “I... 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.