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CyberWars 3: A New Business Reality @CyberWars

Ed note: This is the third in a series on Cyber Wars, covering what makes this threat different, and why businesses need to be concerned. This piece focuses on how businesses need to change their security strategies in the face of this new, highly targeted, sophisticated, and persistent threat. Whether they know it or not, a growing number of businesses are operating in a new business reality in which state-sponsored cyber criminals with deep pockets are taking up semi-permanent residence in business data networks to exfiltrate and, even more frightening, possibly change critical business data. “There are two kinds of companies,” says... more »
DataStax CTO Says Cassandra is for Practical Problem Solvers

DataStax CTO Says Cassandra is for Practical Problem Solvers

In their ongoing coverage of the 2012 Cassandra Summit in Santa Clara, California, John Furrier and Jeff Kelly spoke with Co-Founder and CTO of DataStax, Jonathan Ellis (see full video below). The panelists discuss Cassandra’s strengths in light of the NoSQL movement, SSD’s increasing momentum, and how Cassandra distinguishes itself from MongoDB and HBase. Furrier highlights how data solutions have changed over time (noting that he comes from the “old-school” database generation) to address problems around mobile, data and cloud. He asks Ellis’ opinion on the new key challenge in the marketplace. Ellis suggests the NoSQL movement (not only SQL) is important... more »
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Garantia Debuts In-Memory NoSQL Service

Garantia Data is an emerging startup that is among the 11 finalists of this week’s GigaOM Structure LaunchPad competition, and it brings a rather interesting new cloud service to the table. Garantia’s product targets Memcached and Redis, two of the most popular open-source memory caching systems out there. They’re used by Facebook, Twitter and many other companies to support NoSQL environments, and according to Garantia they also each have their individual faults: Memecached is not as reliable as Redis, and the latter is rather hard to scale. The young company’s offering promises to solve these issues with its ‘dynamic-auto-sharding technology,’ which allows... more »
What is it about Paris that Makes it Look Like, Well, Paris?

What is it about Paris that Makes it Look Like, Well, Paris?

Some people might say that the city possesses a certain je ne sais quoi, others might point to the iconic Eiffel Tower, but for a new machine-learning program created by Carnegie Mellon, it’s the window balustrades, third-floor cast-iron balcony railings, molding on wooden doors, and even the shape of the streetlamps that make the French capital unique. Big data mining, as the technique is known, describes the process of culling very large databases for specific patterns. It’s a widely used technique, although previously it has only been done with numerical and text-based data. The program analyzed more than 40,000 images from 12... more »
Thinking about Work While on Vacation? Most of You Will Just Work Remotely [Infographic]

Thinking about Work While on Vacation? Most of You Will Just Work Remotely [Infographic]

Even while vacationing, it's difficult to completely disconnect from work thanks to the portability of the office. This is the case for over half of respondents, according to a new Cisco WebEx survey of 500 U.S. small business owners (infographic below). The survey, which was conducted for Cisco by Wakefield Research, looks at business owners with 100 or fewer employees, between June 6 and June 14 of this year.  They found that many holiday workers plan to work on an average 18 days this summer, while 15 percent of those surveyed intend to work remotely 36 days or more. Additionally, more... more »
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FalconStor Appoints Louis Petrucelly as CFO

Backup and recovery solutions provider Falconstor  said this week that Louis Petrucelly is now the company’s chief financial officer.   He has been the acting CFO since May and now the promotion has been made more permanent. Petrucelly joined FalconStor in 2007 as director of financial reporting. He quickly made it up the corporate ladder and became director of finance in March 2008, and in May 2012 he got a couple of other titles: vice president of finance and treasurer. The 37 year old executive is retaining these positions even after his latest promotion. “We are happy to promote Louis Petrucelly to the... more »
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Burn After Using: The New Fake Number App That Lets You Cover Your Tracks

Ever been approached by an ugly, or even worse, creepy looking stranger who insists on you giving them your cell phone number? Well, if this has happened more than once in your life, you might just be interested in the new Burner app from Ad Hoc Labs. Burner lets you purchase a new, temporary cell phone number that can be used for a short period of time (up to one week) with your iPhone, without having to give up your real number. Once you’re done with it, the number is simply “burned” away, never to work again. The app costs just $2... more »
A Week of Infiltration, from the Olympics to Dropbox and Beyond

A Week of Infiltration, from the Olympics to Dropbox and Beyond

This week we’ve seen a dipping off of the London Olympics as the schedule begins to wind down, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not looking at it edgewise from the point of view of Big Data—Saroj Kar notices this year people around the world are able to tune in via the Internet, mobile devices, and experience real-time commentary. Capping off the big data discussion you can also pick up a boatload of Big Data statistics in Wikibon’s Comprehensive list of statistics as well; but if you’re more interested in how Big Data is being put to practical use see... more »
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OpenStack Drama Fizzles Out as Elections Continue, But Questions Remain

Earlier this week, OpenStack community leader Jonathan Bryce posted to the community that the recent controversy over the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors resolved with neither side choosing to pursue any further action. But questions over corporate involvement in the OpenStack project still linger. A quick primer: In late July, controversy hit the OpenStack Foundation, the still-developing guiding entity for the OpenStack open source cloud platform, when individual-level member Shanley Kane withdrew her nomination for the Board of Directors amid allegations that a corporate backer attempted to bully her out of the running. In his message to the OpenStack Foundation membership at... more »
Lenovo Targets Dell in Education and Government Market

Lenovo Targets Dell in Education and Government Market

Lenovo is going after Dell's education and government market share, and the Chinese-based multinational IT corporation is not shy about admitting it. In an interview with Bloomberg, Thomas Looney, Lenovo's Vice President and Genernal Manager, said that Dell is the "weakest kid on the playground right now", and Lenovo has made it a point to take advantage of that weakness. Dell is strongly entrenched in the state, local, and federal government, as well as K-12 markets, and Lenovo is actively and aggressively targeting Dell customers in those areas. The company's hope is to set prices low enough and offer the right... 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.