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HP Bolsters Converged Infrastructure Portfolio with New Hardware + Services

HP Bolsters Converged Infrastructure Portfolio with New Hardware + Services

This morning Hewlett-Packard unveiled a whole line-up of converged infrastructure offerings that address several current trends in the enterprise, including cloud computing and software-defined networking.  Here's a brief rundown of what HP is announcing today: Cloud According to the company, the new HP BladeSystem c7000 Platinum enclosure is 70 percent cheaper to operate than competing offerings.  The solution is joined by two HP StoreVirtual Storage systems and a StoreSystem, the latest addition to the company’s OEM-only line of mid-range store appliances. All three solutions are based on Hewlett-Packard’s Gen8 ProLiant servers. Network HP augmented its FlexNetwork product family with the OpenFlow-enabled HP 2920 Series... more »
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HTC One Already Cloned Before Its Official Reveal

In less than an hour, the world would get to see what HTC’s next smartphone would look like.  But it looks like french blog site Nowhere Else beat HTC to the punch as it showed images of the HTC One, formerly referred to as the M7, in all its glory. The HTC One is shown in black and white versions that appears to have the similar back design as the iPhone 5, though it seems to have matte finish. The HTC One features a 4.7-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 1.7GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage, 2GB... more »
China May Have More Smart Devices, but It's Not the Fastest Growing Market

China May Have More Smart Devices, but It's Not the Fastest Growing Market

There is no doubt that the iOS and Android platforms are the most used mobile operating systems today.  But did you know that China now has more Android and iOS users compared to the US? Flurry Analytics released its latest report regarding smart device activity and revealed that of the 2.4 billion anonymous, aggregated application sessions per day across more than 275,000 applications around the world, it tracked, smart device activation in China will overtake that of the US by the end of February 2013. In January 2013, the US has 222 million active smart devices installed while China wasn’t far behind... more »
Simple to Scale: Duo Security Uses Android Hardware for Its Own Hack-Resistance

Simple to Scale: Duo Security Uses Android Hardware for Its Own Hack-Resistance

Duo Security has launched a new two-factor authentication service for Android devices that ships with a hardware security module, or HSM, under the hood. The security firm says that one in two Android phones is susceptible to privilege escalation, a type of exploit that relies on unlatched vulnerabilities in the operating system to access protected system resources.  Duo’s technology thwarts this kind of attack by storing user credentials on the HSM, which is out of reach for any hacker “even if the user’s mobile device has been fully compromised." “By leveraging the unique hardware security capabilities of modern Android devices, our Duo Push technology is not only the... more »
China's Cyberwarfare HQ Exposed

China's Cyberwarfare HQ Exposed

It looks just like any other office building located in suburban Shanghai, but the unassuming 12-storey white building pictured right has been identified as the possible nerve center of a global hacking operation conducted by a secret cyberwarfare unit in China’s military. US security firm Mandiant says that it has collected extensive evidence detailing the existence of the group over the last three years, and that all the clues point to the innocuous white building in Shanghai’s Pudong district being the headquarters of China’s state-sponsored hacking operations. Mandiant alleges that the building houses a secretive military unit known as the People's Liberation... more »
Samsung Galaxy SIV Coming March 14

Samsung Galaxy SIV Coming March 14

In today’s mobile news roundup: Samsung to announce next Galaxy on March 14; Fujitsu unveils a smartphone for the “older generation”; and Ubuntu puts out a tablet teaser. Samsung to announce next Galaxy on March 14 According to the latest reports, Samsung will be revealing a set of new Galaxy devices on March 14.  One of the said devices will be the Galaxy SIV.  No news yet as to what upgraded features the new Galaxy devices will have, but sources claim that the launch will take place in New York. Samsung is also expected to reveal the final form of an 8-inch Galaxy... more »
Can Your Business Hyperscale Like Facebook + Google? Not with AWS Alone

Can Your Business Hyperscale Like Facebook + Google? Not with AWS Alone

Hyperscale computing is slowly but surely taking over the enterprise. The Big Data explosion is forcing organizations to beef up their storage environments, but extending legacy infrastructure is not the way to successfully achieve hyperscale status. Traditional RAID architectures are simply too expensive to maintain sustainability beyond the Exabyte threshold. That is why Facebook and Google, two pioneers of hyperscale in the private sector, have invested billions in resolving the primary cause of the Exa-scale cost barrier: complexity. Wikibon’s Stu Miniman says that simplicity calls for infrastructure retooling at the rack level. The analyst points out that, like Google, Facebook’s data center is... more »
Spam Me Not! Ways to Block Spam Texts and Annoyng Calls

Spam Me Not! Ways to Block Spam Texts and Annoyng Calls

We’ve all been through this ordeal, we’re waiting for a very important text, but when the phone beeps, you’re greeted with a very annoying message.  It can be anything from someone telling you won a prize from a famous brand, or a message that contains a web link about a racy photo or a new promo. It gets really annoying.  So do we just ignore these spam texts and hope that they would eventually stop coming, or is there a way to eliminate these annoying texts? There’s an app for that! PrivacyStar, makers of smartphone apps that gives control to mobile phone users,... more »
Durango (Xbox720) vs Orbis (PS4) – The Head to Toe Analysis

Durango (Xbox720) vs Orbis (PS4) – The Head to Toe Analysis

It’s Durango vs Orbis: The Head to Toe Analysis. Few weeks back we heard about the upcoming gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft, where there were a lot of speculations and rumors about their features. So, here we have the both next-generation gaming consoles, Orbis and Durango respectively. Let’s do a quick head to toe analysis of both, finding what they have to offer and which one is better off. An interesting fact about Durango and Orbis is that both consoles are very much similar. And that’s because Sony and Microsoft faced the exact same challenges and went to the same people... more »
PS4 Controller Features Touchscreen and Move Strip

PS4 Controller Features Touchscreen and Move Strip

Sony is hosting an event on February 20, 2013 in New York as 6PM EST. Aside from a tweet and a cryptic video, nothing much has been said about the event but PlayStation fans are hoping to see the next generation game console at the event. It has been more than six years since the PlayStation 3 was launched and though Sony released different versions of the console, fans are looking for something new - something drastically different. Could that drastic change be a touchscreen on the PS’ controllers?  Might be.  Images of a DualShock PS controller that features a small screen on... more »

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- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- 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.