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Battlelines Drawn in the SMB Market part 2: Dell vs HP and Lenovo

Ed note: This is the second part of an analysis of the impact of the multiple announcements by major vendors in the firsdt week of February. The first part of this analysis is here. IBM's entry into the SMB market was the first announcement to rock the SMB market on February 5. The second was Michael Dell's formal announcement that he has the pieces in place to take his company private, presumably so he can pilot it through a major business transition without making his strategy public in the financial markets. This was expected but is a matter of concern for stakeholders nonetheless.... more »
Chromebook Review Part 3: The Apps

Chromebook Review Part 3: The Apps

Since every one of these articles has been written on the Chromebook, an astute reader, by now will wonder about what apps I’m using. Since the underlying OS is Google Chrome, that means that every app that is available for use on the Chromebook is either a Chrome app or some derivation thereof designed to run on the Chromebook. As a writer, I use two things constantly: a word processor and a web browser. Chrome OS is basically already a web browser--in fact, everything on Chrome OS is a browser window, some of them hide it well but they’re browser windows. As... more »
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Dell Buyout Looks More Promising with Huge Profit Decline

Dell posted earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter that ended in January, 2013. The company reported a 31 percent decline in profit as its PC business continues to perform poorly.  Dell posted net income of $530 million, or 30 cents a share, in its fiscal fourth quarter on revenue of $14.3 billion, higher than the $14.12 billion estimated revenue by analysts, but a huge decline from its $764 million, or 43 cents a share, in the same quarter a year earlier.  Dell’s PC shipments fell nearly 21 percent to 9.48 million in the last three months of 2012, from 11.97 million... more »
Citrix Rounds Out BYOD Portfolio with XenMobile MDM

Citrix Rounds Out BYOD Portfolio with XenMobile MDM

Virtualization specialist Citrix announced a new mobile device management platform (MDM) platform that will help it become a a one stop shop for CIOs who are implementing BYOD in their organization.  It's the first major product release from Citrix that takes full advantage of the recent Zenprise acquisition. XenMobile MDM allows IT to enforce role-based policies on corporate and employee-owned phones. According to Citrix, the platform is a built on a “highly secure architecture” that is natively integrated with Microsoft Active Directory and public key infrastructure systems. The solution features self-service capabilities for end-users, and makes it possible for admins to implement changes... more »
Windows Blue Rumors Draws Major Revisions for Minor Update - Breaking Analysis

Windows Blue Rumors Draws Major Revisions for Minor Update - Breaking Analysis

  There's a theory I have about Windows releases: Every lame-duck version is followed by a fantastic release that expands on the ideas of the previous.  For example, you have Windows Millennium Edition *gag* followed up by the wildly popular Windows XP.  The pathetic release Windows Vista *gag* was followed up by the exquisite Windows 7. So what's going to happen to Windows 8? With Windows 8, many have opted to stick to their previous install, similar to how people treated the XP to Vista transition.  Wether by unwillingness to change, or due to the typical new OS bugs, people have been somewhat hesitant... more »
SocialANGLE News Round-up: New Developments for Sony, Apple, Google and More

SocialANGLE News Round-up: New Developments for Sony, Apple, Google and More

  It's an exciting week in consumer electronics, with plenty of rumors, details and announcements coming forward this week. First and foremost, Google glasses are back and asking for “bold, creative individuals” to “be a part of shaping the future of Glass.”  As long as you’re 18 and live in the United States, all you need to do to apply is Tweet or Google+ what you would do with Glass in 50 words or less, and add the hashtag “if I had Glass.” Apple’s iPhone5 took the lead against Samsung’s Galaxy S3 as the top-selling smartphone worldwide, making 1 in 5 of every smartphones ordered... more »
Flash Wave Gaining Strength as Prices Drop

Flash Wave Gaining Strength as Prices Drop

The flash wave is gaining momentum, driven in part by dropping prices as it moves into its sixth year, writes Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman. When the first flash storage products, from pioneers like Fusion-IO, appeared, they were focused on a very few use cases that demanded very fast data access, beyond what spinning disk could provide. As prices have dropped, the technologies have become more accepted, major vendors like EMC have entered the market, and the number of flash startups and the use cases that can justify flash have both grown. The latest entrant into the flash arena are PernixData, which just came... more »
Google’s Talks With Payment Processors Would Only Benefit Bitcoin

Google’s Talks With Payment Processors Would Only Benefit Bitcoin

Last week, rumors that Google has been in talks with major online payment processing outfits such as MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal to starve “illegal” websites appeared in an article in the UK’s Telegraph. While the search giant could certainly be asked to chill the search listings of such sites, payment processors have long been used to freeze funding to questionable content; in mid 2012 PayPal made it a policy to withdraw from major cyberlockers. Then, as now, it seemed like a potential huge win for Bitcoin. By cutting off legitimate businesses--as many cyberlockers happen to be--PayPal opens up a market niche... more »
Brace for More Zombie Attack Alert Pranks, Warn Security Experts

Brace for More Zombie Attack Alert Pranks, Warn Security Experts

Zombies are fun in games, but how about Zombie attacks in reality? Okay, I know that sounds like a prank. But the flip side of the conversation is that some pranksters issued fake warnings of a Zombie apocalypse. The pranksters exploited the vulnerabilities in America's TV emergency alert system and loopholes that the station bosses remember to change the default passwords on their broadcast equipment. They hacked several television stations' emergency alert system in Montana and Michigan to broadcast an on-air audio warning about the end of the world. “It isn't what [the pranksters] said," White said. "It is the fact... more »
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New + Modern Yahoo! Spotlights Mayer's Vision for Consumer Services

Yahoo's undergone countless makeovers these past few years, bouncing from one CEO to another.  And just when it seemed all hope was lost, the famed Marissa Mayer who made a name for herself during a tenure with Google, brought new leadership and vision to a dying brand. Recent weeks have brought regular updates on Mayer's plans with Yahoo, spanning mobile content distribution consumer services, but today Mayer marks a new beginning for Yahoo.  Returning to its roots, Yahoo introduced a fresh face this morning with the goal of becoming your gateway to the web once again. “Yahoo! first began as Jerry and... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.