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DDN Scales TokyoTech: Better Storage, Mobile Access

DDN Scales TokyoTech: Better Storage, Mobile Access

One of DataDirect Networks’ latest clients is the Tokyo Institute of Technology, or TokyoTech, which uses the company’s Web Object Scaler to support the Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences curriculum. Students and faculty in the department have access to the TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer, but the university wanted a number of extras that its existing infrastructure couldn’t accommodate: a more cost-efficient storage system to handle data-driven workloads, a file sharing service, and the ability to make that service available for not only PCs but also for iPhones and iPads. TokyoTech chose DDN to help with the upgrade, and this case study provides... more »
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RedHat's Big Week of Releases: JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 and More

Open source software vendor Red Hat held a half-day web-based virtual event focused on its middleware solutions. The event, which was heavily targeted at admins and developers, gave Red Hat an opportunity to announce a new version of its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP), a brand new distributed in-memory NoSQL database and the latest changes to its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS). One thing was clear at the event - Red Hat is now all about the cloud. After more than two years of development, Red Hat shipped a new release of its open source enterprise application server, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.... more »
How Smart is Your TV? Connected Tubes Takeover

How Smart is Your TV? Connected Tubes Takeover

Global TV shipments have fallen by eight percent in the first quarter of 2012. For the first time in history, LCD TV shipments have slipped 3 percent year-over-year. According to research firm DisplaySearch’s latest Advanced Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, overall global shipments of TV in Q1 of 2012 declined eight percent year-over-year to 51 million units. “Soft demand and cautious expectations about the upcoming year in many parts of the TV supply chain have led to a slowdown in shipments,” noted Paul Gagnon, NPD DisplaySearch Director of North America TV Research. Gagnon added, “Key component prices, such as LCD... more »
HP Begins Its Journey to Fill the Big Hole in Autonomy Leadership

HP Begins Its Journey to Fill the Big Hole in Autonomy Leadership

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has begun its search for new leader for Autonomy, which it acquired last October for $10.3 billion. The new executive will fill the role vacated by former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch who left in May. HP announced his departure at the same time as its poor second quarter financial results, which showed a 31.6 decrease in net profits. For many, Lynch’s departure was very unexpected. Only months before, he had proclaimed Autonomy was the future of HP.  In December, he gushed that his company had lost no significant members of its staff in its move to HP, and... more »
Samsung Continues To Investigate Self Combusting S III

Samsung Continues To Investigate Self Combusting S III

Today’s mobile news roundup features Samsung’s continuous investigation on the exploding SIII, Flipboard’ official Android app, and Nintendo's upgrades to the 3DS. Samsung continues to investigate exploding SIII An Irish consumer reported in a forum that while driving with his Galaxy SIII on his car mount, "suddenly a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone."  Initial investigation stated that there was nothing wrong with the phone, with the owner stating that the explosion may have been due to the combination of his car mount and his car’s heating system.  Samsung still replaced his device and is still investigating... more »
Could Google+ Find its Niche as a Twitter Alternative?

Could Google+ Find its Niche as a Twitter Alternative?

When I fired up Tweetdeck to participate in #innochat tweet chat yesterday, I was greeted by silence. At first, I thought I was having local network issues, but after a quick check of the Twitter API status I realized that it was not me. Twitter experienced a widespread service outage, actually two. Twitter was, down and out for more than ninety minutes. The outage was blamed on a "cascading bug" in one of it's infrastructure components. This is reminiscent of the old days of Twitter when these outages were much more common, albeit I did not remember them lasting so long. Immediately... more »
EMC Consulting Chief to CIOs: Beware The Cloud U-Turn

EMC Consulting Chief to CIOs: Beware The Cloud U-Turn

EMC Consulting Chief Operating Officer Tom Roloff came to GigaOM Structure this week armed with a brand new, service provider-focused study which indicates that from storage to VDI to eCommerce and everything in between, CIOs are ready to move to the public cloud in a big way. I caught up with Roloff after his on-stage presentation of the survey results to talk about how the modern CIO can reap the benefits of the cloud without falling prey to the pitfalls of a half-hearted migration. The EMC-sponsored study's results were drawn from 253 surveys and 20 interviews with enterprises that have between $250... more »
How Does Flipboard for Android Compare to iPad Version?

How Does Flipboard for Android Compare to iPad Version?

Flipboard, a social network aggregation that curates content from social media and other websites to present them in a magazine-like format to users, just released their app for Android smartphones. Flipboard is an app famous with iOS users.  It originally launched for the iPad but is now available for iPhones as well.  You can say that this is yet another iOS app that crossed over the Android planes.  I’m not sure though if Flipboarders will be as harsh as Instagram users were when the app launched for the Android platform. “They would love for us to be iOS exclusive from now until... more »
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Red Hat Reveals Mixed Earnings News Amidst Ongoing Changes, New Products

Red Hat had a busy week. The company released a brand new product, JBoss Data Grid 6 and new versions of its enterprise application platform and enterprise Linux distribution. However, this week wasn’t all about the code, the company also revealed its 2013 first quarter financial results. Red Hat had met or exceeded investor expectations four straight quarters. The company’s recent performance coupled with Red Hat’s deeper relationship with IBM, an aggressive stock repurchase program and the hire of Arun Oberoi as Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Services in May, created high expectations going into the Q1 2013 earnings report.... more »
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The Best of Google Street Views

Google revealed three major changes that take place in the future Google Maps with the introduction of an offline mode for Android phones and tablets. In offline mode, you can download maps on the device in areas you want to use when traveling abroad, or when you know the area you're headed to will have patchy reception on 3G or 4G. The maps in offline mode work as if they were still online, with a navigation system and management functions, and are even guided by the familiar blue dot representing your location using your GPS device connection. The second major development is the... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.