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Top Connected Devices from CES 2013...So Far

Top Connected Devices from CES 2013...So Far

According to the Connected Home report, though computers are still the primary connected device in homes, there are a lot of other connected devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smart appliances and more, trying to move in on the computer’s turf. Based on a survey conducted among 4,000 US consumers, there are 183.8 million connected computer and laptops, followed by smartphones at 133 million, 39 million video game consoles, 31.8 million tablets, 16 million HDTVs, 12.9 million Blu-ray disc players, and 8.5 million streaming media set-top boxes.  And those aren’t the only ones connecting to the internet or each other, as companies... more »
Ballmer Crashes CES - While Microsoft is Pretty Much All Over the Place

Ballmer Crashes CES - While Microsoft is Pretty Much All Over the Place

It turns out all the talk of Microsoft not being at this year's CES was all for naught.  Microsoft is all over the place, and it was punctuated on the opening day with the unannounced appearance of Microsoft's top dog Steve Ballmer in the midst of Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs' keynote.  Jacobs had started with the announcements that covered Qualcomm's achievements in the mobile market, providing chips in devices in smartphones and tablets - 11 billion parts in the lifetime of the company.  He mentions Microsoft, and that's when Ballmer emerges with his famous vigor and proudly throwing about the... more »
Broadcom is Making Lots of Friends at CES

Broadcom is Making Lots of Friends at CES

Several vendors announced they will be exhibiting new products based on communications chips from Broadcom at CES this week. The trade show will be held in Las Vegas from Tuesday through Friday, January 11. LG said it will incorporate Broadcom’s   IEEE 802.11ac WiFi or “5G” technology into a number of select TV models that will support content sharing between other TVs, computers and mobile phones.  This functionality is designed to better accommodate all the other connected devices in the typical household. "LG is leading the market with next-generation digital TV innovations that dramatically enhance the consumer's viewing experience," said Sangyeob Lee , LG Electronics... more »
StrataFusion Hires Former VMware CIO to Help Clients with IT

StrataFusion Hires Former VMware CIO to Help Clients with IT

StrataFusion, a consultancy whose portfolio consists primarily of "CIO for Hire" services targeted at senior management, is certainly living up to its name. The firm just announced that VMware alumnus Mark Egan (not to be confused with the guitarist) has been brought back as a partner. Egan originally signed up with StrataFusion in 2006, after having served as Symantec’s CIO for more than six years. During his stint at the security software maker, the company’s value grew eightfold from $600 million to $5 billion. In 2008 he left StrataFusion and joined the Haas School of Business as a lecturer, where he taught for about... more »
Study Finds Most IT Risk Lies in Data Layer

Study Finds Most IT Risk Lies in Data Layer

Continuity Software, a provider of uptime assurance solutions, released a new paper that highlights the most severe risks to data availability in the enterprise. Continuity chief financial officer Doron Pinhas observes that the root cause behind these threats is reticence "to run most business-critical applications in a virtual environment” shared by “most organizations,” especially in the telecommunications and financial services industries. "Despite ongoing efforts to eliminate IT business continuity and service availability risks," he says, "organizations across all sectors still exhibit a significant number of issues that could lead to downtime, data loss, performance degradation, and violations of RPO and RTO,’ Pinhas... more »
Toshiba’s Self-Encrypting Drives Give Enterprise Users Peace of Mind

Toshiba’s Self-Encrypting Drives Give Enterprise Users Peace of Mind

Toshiba has announced a line of high-security drives for enterprise that will help businesses to better manage sensitive information in cloud computing, data centers and client computing applications. The Japanese firm unveiled four new SATA and SAS drives packing the enhanced security features at CES on Sunday evening. The drives boast embedded self-encrypting and cryptographic-erase features that ensure a high level of protection against improper access – features that the company hopes will appeal to organizations where data security is paramount. "System administrators can help to better secure sensitive data by using encrypted storage devices," said Toshiba products manager Scott Wright in... more »
Working in a DevOps Team? Look Out for These Anti-Patterns

Working in a DevOps Team? Look Out for These Anti-Patterns

Working in a DevOps team is neither easy nor painless process, as it involves collaboration between two completely differently approached teams – Developers and Operations. Though it is gradually becoming a streamlined process, they still need to watch-out for some DevOps anti-patterns, outlined in an article by Mattias Marschall, which are nothing but the warning signs that their team is slipping in the wrong direction. Most DevOps teams work on an agile approach, which is a trusted practice for any IT organization. You simply stand up every day for a scrum meeting to discuss status updates and hear ‘Done’ from your team members... more »
ActiveVideo Networks CloudTV - Next Gen TV User Experience?  Cloud & Social Going CloudTV

ActiveVideo Networks CloudTV - Next Gen TV User Experience? Cloud & Social Going CloudTV

With all the buzz about social TV and cloud based Software-led Infrastrcture (SLI), it's a no brainer that TV is going to the cloud. Just look at Netflix. A startup is talking next generation TV in the cloud. The company is ActiveVideo Networks. They have announced the launch of its “CloudTV Access™’ developer program, an initiative designed to accelerate the design and deployment of advanced HTML5 user experiences for millions of users on CloudTV™-enabled Smart TVs, set-top boxes and other CE devices. Every year at CES the TV market is anticipated to change. Certainly Netflix and Hulu are the top brands... more »
Wreck-It Ralph Digital Download Due a Month Before Blue-ray Debut

Wreck-It Ralph Digital Download Due a Month Before Blue-ray Debut

Disney is taking a very unorthodox approach to monetizing its IP. While other big name studios are attempting to curb Internet freedom in an effort to reduce piracy, the cartoon tycoon is making its latest hit available online to tap into an audience that its peers have left largely ignoring. Disney is targeting the tech-savvy individuals who are reluctant to invest into a bulky DVD, but are more than willing to pay for an hour and a half of entertainment from the comfort of their laptop. Engadget reports that Wreck-It Ralph will be available via online content streaming services starting February 12,... more »
CES 2013 Innovations: Smart Forks, Android-Powered Ovens and Throwaway Tech

CES 2013 Innovations: Smart Forks, Android-Powered Ovens and Throwaway Tech

The first few hours of CES 2013 have dazzled us with a deluge of delicious devices so far, with dozens of new Android tablets weird and wonderful Smart TVs stealing the show so far. But while the big guns have given us plenty of tech to chew over so far, a number of smaller companies have also impressed with some innovative “intelligent” products that no one was quite expecting. Intelligent Cutlery Hidden away amongst the likes of Samsung, LG and Lenovo, a small French outfit by the name of Hapifork has offered up one of the most inspirational new devices we’ve seen so... more »

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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.