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What You Need Know about the Samsung Galaxy SII Plus: Worth a Look?

What You Need Know about the Samsung Galaxy SII Plus: Worth a Look?

Samsung has breathed new life into an old handset with the introduction of the Galaxy SII Plus.  Sound like a joke?  It's not.  The revamped Galaxy SII brings it one step closer to its big sibling, the Galaxy SIII. So what’s new with the Galaxy SII Plus?  First off, it’s now running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, whereas the older version runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread but can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  It has also been upgraded with TouchWiz Nature UX, the user interface first introduced with the SIII.  We also get some SIII features, such as Smart Stay, S Voice and... more »
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How Simplicity will Transform the Future of the Data Center

It’s hard to imagine a resilient business without advanced IT tools to support its operation.  Regardless of the industry, information systems encompass more and more actions within an organization, increasing the dependence on the very reliability and continuity of these systems. At its core is the advancement of data centers. Due to the increasingly widespread access to broadband Internet, it is now possible to centralize the processing of data, where the data centers are activated for all the necessary processes.  According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index, a test that measures the amount of traffic in the cloud and its growth,... more »
AMD & Samsung Lay Their Chips On The Table At CES

AMD & Samsung Lay Their Chips On The Table At CES

One of the most surprising undercurrents at CES was the proliferation of new chips, and yesterday saw both Samsung and AMD introduce new processors at the Las Vegas exhibition. First up was AMD, which rolled out high performance chips for notebook and desktop GPUs, as well as a new accelerated processing units for notebooks and tablets.  See all CES coverage here! Most exciting were its new APUs, known as “Kabini” and “Temash” respectively, which AMD says are the world’s first quad-core SoC processors built using its new x86 architecture, rather than its previous ARM technology. AMD said that “Kabini” has been designed specifically for... more »
CoreSite Allows Nirvanix Clientele to Bypass the ISP

CoreSite Allows Nirvanix Clientele to Bypass the ISP

As of this week Nirvanix customers in the West Coast have the option of connecting to their hosted environment directly without the help of a carrier. This private networking capability is offered courtesy of CoreSite, the colocation provider that hosts the local deployment of Nirvanix’s Cloud Storage Network at its One Wilshire facility in Los Angeles. “Nirvanix is the most logical progression from the enterprise data center to the enterprise cloud for applications such as backup, archive and large-scale content collaboration,” said Dru Borden, CEO of Nirvanix. “As a result of this collaborative effort, CoreSite customers running a cloud computing environment or a SAN... more »
How Bad is the iPhone 5? Worse Than LG, Apparently...

How Bad is the iPhone 5? Worse Than LG, Apparently...

There’s been a lot of talk lately that Apple has lost the edge in the smartphone stakes, with numerous Android-based models considered to be as good as, if not better than the iPhone 5. Now, in a controversial new report from the Consumer Reports magazine, it’s been revealed that Apple’s latest gadget performed far worse than expected when stacked up against some of its rivals. Consumer Reports ranked the top three smartphones for each of the main carriers in the US (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile), to see which delivered the best overall smartphone experience in the eyes of users, reports Business... more »
IBM Services Chief Steps Down As Rivalries Ramp Up

IBM Services Chief Steps Down As Rivalries Ramp Up

Mike Daniels, an executive who played a prominent role in IBM’s services strategy and came very close to becoming the company’s CEO in 2011, has left the company. The Register reports that he has retired. Daniels, who joined Big Blue in the 70s’ after earning his bachelor’s degree in political science, climbed up the corporate ladder to become the head of the IT giant’s Global Technology Services unit. He was one of the execs nominated to replace former CEO Samuel J. Palmisano after the latter’s departure in 2011, but it was Ginni Rometty who eventually landed the highly-contended promotion. Here’s some more background on... more »
Noisy Neighbors Are a Big, But Solvable Cloud Problem

Noisy Neighbors Are a Big, But Solvable Cloud Problem

Distributing resources among applications often results in a situation where certain programs getting the short end of the performance stick. This leads to lag and other technical difficulties that are not permissible for mission-critical software, even more so in the cloud. Analyst firm Wikibon says that while this phenomenon can be curved in a private data center, it is far more difficult to solve in a public cloud environment  where a competitor’s app may run on the same piece of hardware as yours. The solution can only come from the host, as one cloud provider demonstrated in the latest Peer Incite... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 9, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 9, 2013

Accenture Wins Two Contracts from U.S. Navy The U.S. Department of the Navy has awarded two contracts, totaling more than $30 million, to Accenture Federal Services to continue to support the Nave's drive toward financial auditability. They are: A three-year, $35.5 million contract to work with six commands and the United States Marine Corps to provide comprehensive audit readiness services, and, A three-year, $5.37 million Financial Information Systems Control Audit Manual (FISCAM) contract to evaluate the design and operating effectiveness of IT general computer controls for the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning System. More   Accenture Gives Junior Achievement US$1.1M for High School Work Readiness Program Accenture has... more »
Mix n' Match Cloud Services = Big Gains for SnapLogic

Mix n' Match Cloud Services = Big Gains for SnapLogic

SnapLogic  says that demand for its API service tripled last year thanks to growing interest from corporate clients such as Bloomin’ Brands and Outback Steakhouse, two of its latest customers. The San Mateo, Calif-based startup offers an open development environment architected specifically to mix-and-match cloud services and data streams. Users of the SnapLogic Integration Platform get access to a catalog of Snaps, or optimized connectors, that are considerably safer to implement via the solution than doing the process manually. The SnapStore features over 150 of these data connectors, including the most-widely used ones from SAP, Microsoft, Google and other big name software... more »
BitPay Receives $510,000 in Funding Round to Advance Bitcoin Processing

BitPay Receives $510,000 in Funding Round to Advance Bitcoin Processing

It’s past the end of 2012 and it’s time to look at where Bitcoin is going and the increase in services that provide processing means that there’s a bigger space for people who want to trade BTC to move into. BitPay is an electronic processing service that enables merchants to take Bitcoins and turn them into currency—an important and necessary element of any economy. In a recent funding round BitPay has taken $510,000 of outside investment to expand their services, which ware already quite expansive. Investors include Shakil Khan, Barry Silbert, Jimmy Furland, Roger Ver, and other angel investors—and staying in... 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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