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Breaking Analysis: Juniper Jumpstarts SDN Strategy by Reinventing Software Stack

Breaking Analysis: Juniper Jumpstarts SDN Strategy by Reinventing Software Stack

At their Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Juniper unveiled their new SDN strategy.  Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson and Bob Muglia, EVP Software Solutions Division, laid out their long overdue SDN plans.  Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman described their strategy as re-inventing their software stack.  He said, "Juniper has always had a pretty robust operating system, what they call Junos.  What they've pitched is their new way of doing this; they're slicing up the stack."  He explained that they will be dividing their stack into four layers: management, services, control plane, and forwarding. Another part of Juniper's announcement centered around a... more »
Is the iPhone Really Slipping?

Is the iPhone Really Slipping?

I’m curious what the community thinks – Earlier in the week, I reported on the news that iPhone component orders were cut in half.  As it turns out, the news had apparently been out there for a while and was back in the news cycle because the Wall St. Journal was reporting on it.  I’m seeing a number of reports refuting that this really adds up to anything significant.  In my opinion however, the points in that article still stand out and many questions remain. still the implications of a failed iPhone 5 could be the beginning of a slip from that... more »
Services Angle News Briefs for January 16, 2013

Services Angle News Briefs for January 16, 2013

EMC VSPEX Cuts SharePoint Tuning Time by 80% EMC has announced an enhanced VPEX Private Cloud solution that it says will reduce the time customers spend on tuning virtualized Microsoft SharePoint environments by 80%, slashes SharePoint provisioning by 4X, and reduces backup storage by 10-30X. VSPEX allows customers to choose the hypervisor, server, and network technology they prefer. It runs on EMC VNX and VNXe unified storage and supports EMC Data Domain, Avamar, and NetWorker backup and recovery systems. More   LenovoEMC JV Brings NAS to SMBs and Distributed Enterprise Sites Lenovo and EMC Corp. have completed the formation of LenovoEMC Ltd., the joint... more »
GitHub Memorial for Aaron Swartz Open to All

GitHub Memorial for Aaron Swartz Open to All

As a pioneer in freedom of speech, Internet openness, government transparency, and the availability of human thought, it seems fitting that a memorial built atop the fundamental nature of GitHub. Anyone with an installation capable of running “git” or “rake” can add their own memory. The repository is available via GitHub, Aaron was a tireless supporter of the open internet and an old-school hacker. To honor his memory and his contributions to technical community, Aaron's family and friends wanted to provide a way to share their memories that: uses free and open source software wherever possible licenses its content under the Creative Commons is open to... more »
Tech is Bigger in Texas

Tech is Bigger in Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas.  Austin is one spot on that map that is making that a reality in technology.  Austin continues to flourish as the Silicon Valley alternative in the south.  It’s a fascinating transformation for a town that was once only widely known for artists and musicians.  It has been taking place for some time and there have been a number of reasons behind it.  Today’s Austin is rich with startups and venture capital and is building into a giant technology hub.  It was once driven from semiconductor and hardware manufacturing, but has shifted along with... more »
Software Developer Sacked for Outsourcing Job to China

Software Developer Sacked for Outsourcing Job to China

Ever heard the old saying “work smarter, not harder”? Well, if you happen to be an employer of some sort, you might want to think twice before you go proffering this kind of advice to one of your underlings… The example of forty-something year-old software developer “Bob” is a fine case in point. Here we have someone who took this mantra just a little bit too far, when he decided to go the whole hog and outsource his entire job to a company in China – so that he could spend his time lazing around the office, surfing eBay and watching... more »
Aerospike is 10x Faster than What You’re Using Now

Aerospike is 10x Faster than What You’re Using Now

Citing the results of a recent benchmark study conducted by Thumbtack Technology, NoSQL startup Aerospike boasts that its database offering is 10 times more powerful than the leading alternatives on the market today. Aerospike was pitted against Apache Cassandra and MongoDB; Couchbase Server was also supposed to be on the list, but Thumbtack apparently encountered technical difficulties that made it impossible to evaluate the system in the testing environment. The services firm fed 500 million records into each database and measured the time it took each to process the information. In the read-heavy benchmark Aerospike reached a maximum throughput of 300,000 operations... more »
Cyber Moms Push for Assault Weapons Ban

Cyber Moms Push for Assault Weapons Ban

There is an ongoing debate today, on whether the US needs tougher laws regarding ownership or possession of firearms.  The debate was sparked by the incident in Connecticut wherein a gunman entered the  Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 and killed 20 children and six adults. The searing question is, how such a powerful weapon, the Bushmaster, a semi-automatic rifle, came into the possession of Adam Lanza, the 20 year old gunman who shot himself after his gruesome act.  Some stated that Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza whom Adam killed in their home before going to the school, was a... more »
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The Lenovo Chromebook: Another Nail in Microsoft's Coffin

Many of us have had one. In fact, for those working for corporate America, we have been issued one every three or so years for the better part of the last 20 years. I'm talking about a ThinkPad laptop, of course. It was first made by IBM and in the last decade Lenovo. It was black, had a great keyboard, a matte screen, and it remains the most reliable Windows laptop around. Each of those millions of Lenovo ThinkPads ran the latest version of Microsoft's Windows. One could argue that the Lenovo ThinkPad was Microsoft's face of corporate America on the road. In... more »
Four Ways Youm Flex Screens Could Revolutionize Mobile Gadgets

Four Ways Youm Flex Screens Could Revolutionize Mobile Gadgets

The recently concluded CES 2013 brought a lot of new jaw-dropping gadgets, leaving the world with plenty to talk about.  But there was probably one technology advancement that took the cake and had everyone pondering the future of mobile devices, and that’s Samsung with the flexible screen, Youm. Youm is a flexible OLED screen which Brian Berkeley, Samsung’s senior vice president of display, demonstrated at CES, showcasing the possibilities of how the device can be used in gadgets. But seriously, how can device manufacturers use Youm for their products?  What ingenious devices could we see in real products in the near future?... more »

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- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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

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