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Anonymous Announces #OP TRUTH FORCE To Take On Facebook Censorship

Anonymous Announces #OP TRUTH FORCE To Take On Facebook Censorship

Brace yourselves people… The hacktivist collective Anonymous has made a fresh call to supporters for a new operation targeted against Facebook, in order to protest against the social media network’s alleged censorship policies. The call, which was posted at Anonnews.org, urges members of the collective to “band together” and bombard Facebook with “uncensored material”, reasoning that the social media site’s admins will be overwhelmed by the attack. The protest date has been set for April 6, which coincides with the anniversary of the beginning of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous Dandi Salt March protest back in 1930. “It is time that Anonymous band together... more »
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Storage 2012 - Boring + Irrelevant. The Sad Tech Version of Nielsen?

Gartner’s new Magic Quadrant for midrange and high-end storage arrays is out, and according to a blog post from Wikibon’s chief analyst Dave Vellante, it’s a mashup of different protocols, formats, sizes and shapes. In a word describing this report - Boring. Ok one more word - Irrelevant. Here’s the issue in my opinion – in emerging disruptive markets like storage is today, these kind of "pure play segmentation" reports are just not relevant to the what is going on in the IT community. Gartner is looking in the rear view mirror and is becoming passé in the process. I’ve had several conversations with... more »
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3 Ways Spotify Can Beat Netflix : Mixtapes + Movies

Though Spotify came on the scene with gusto and rapid adoption, it has yet to fully revolutionize the music industry.  Now Spotify could be after the streaming video sector, competing with the likes of Netflix and HBO GO.  The streaming music cloud service once set out to make labels dependent on the service, but Spotify is in fact more dependent on record labels, not the other way around.  Record labels earn more since Spotify pays up every time someone listen to their songs using the music cloud service.  Striving for Apple-level influence, Spotify hoped that one day licensing deals could... more »
Platfora Launches BI Platform for Hadoop, Befriends Top Distros

Platfora Launches BI Platform for Hadoop, Befriends Top Distros

After a six-month private beta, Platfora’s BI solution of the same name is now generally available. The platform eliminates need to use data warehousing and ETL software in conjunction with Hadoop by taking a “fundamentally different approach to Big Data analytics” that makes it possible to extract insights within hours rather than days. Platfora partnered up with all of the major Hadoop distributors, including Cloudera, MapR, Hortonworks and EMC Greenplum, to deliver support for the most widely-used commercial versions of the analytics framework. The startup is offering its product as an on-premise solution or as a subscription-based service that is priced... more »
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Data: Silicon Valley Startup Scene Getting Squeezed at the Series A Level Says Fenwick & West Law Firm

Fenwick and West, a Silicon Valley law firm, put out data from 2012 that describes the state of the seed financing landscape.   This is the firm's third survey and it is mainly focused on Internet, software, and media startups. Read : Seed Financing Survey 2012 Of the companies funded in 2011, 27 percent had raised a Series A financing by the end of the following year (2012), while 45 percent of the companies funded in 2010 had raised a Series A financing by the end of the following year (2011). Conversely, 23 percent of the companies funded in 2011 raised follow-on seed... more »
AWS Users: There’s a 98% Chance You’re Doing it Wrong

AWS Users: There’s a 98% Chance You’re Doing it Wrong

CloudCheckr says that the overwhelming majority of AWS subscribers have failed to address at least one major configuration issue in their deployment. The cloud management solutions firm reached this conclusion after conducting a survey that compared assessments of 400 client accounts with over 125 internally used best practices. According to the study, 98 percent of Amazon cloud users are coping with a serious cost, availability and/or security exception. CloudCheckr says that 96 percent of the participants in the survey are paying more than they should for their environment, 98 percent have experienced problems maintaining uptime, and 44 percent left their data... more »
Saudis: "Let Us Monitor Skype Calls Or Else!"

Saudis: "Let Us Monitor Skype Calls Or Else!"

Saudi Arabia is threatening to block access to Skype and other Voice over IP (VoIP) communications platforms, apparently because its officials are upset at not being allowed to spy on people’s communications, according to various local reports. Officials from Saudi’s Communication and Information Technology Commission are reportedly demanding that service providers such as Skype, WhatsApp and Viber give them the means to monitor such applications. The providers have been given until this Saturday to come up with a satisfactory response, reports say, otherwise the Saudis will “take measures” to block the apps. Banning Skype and other free video call apps would cause upset to millions... more »
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Mirantis Open-Sources OpenStack Deployment Library

Mirantis, one of the largest OpenStack systems integrators, just released an extensive library that it has been using internally to speed up deployment at client sites. The startup used the package, called FUEL, to configure and implement OpenStack for PayPal, WebEx, NASA and a number of other high-profile organizations. "At PayPal, we are committed to collaborating with the open source community to drive further innovation. "That's why we are thrilled to be working with Mirantis to leverage OpenStack to help transform our global infrastructure into an agile and open cloud platform," said Saran Mandair, senior director of Platform Engineering and Operations. "Our... more »
Richard Stallman Slams Ubuntu Over Amazon Integration, Calls It "Spyware"

Richard Stallman Slams Ubuntu Over Amazon Integration, Calls It "Spyware"

The prominent free software advocate Richard Stallman has launched a surprise attack on the Ubuntu Linux operating system, likening it to “spyware” and urging a South American free software association not to promote it anymore. Stallman’s outburst follows the October release of Ubuntu version 12.10 last October, which features integrated Amazon search within its Dash desktop search bar. As part of that integration, Ubuntu now collects data on its user’s desktop search activity and forwards this to Amazon, a move that prompted Stallman to accuse the OS of “spying on its users”. Canonical, the company that develops Ubuntu, has been heavily criticized... more »
Google Glass Hits a Speed Bump in West Virginia

Google Glass Hits a Speed Bump in West Virginia

Google Glass has yet to hit the market but people are already lobbying against it.  Earlier in March,  the 5 Point Cafe in Seattle declared that Google Glass will not be allowed in the premises to protect the identity if their patrons.  Now, West Virginia is trying to pass a bill (H.B. 3057) that would prevent drivers from wearing Google Glass while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Gary G. Howell, a Republican in the West Virginia Legislature, wrote Chris Matyszczyk of CNET informing him that the creation of the bill was inspired by one of Matyszczyk’s Google Glass articles. According... 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.