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Why Do So Many Big Data Companies Have Jungle Animals for Logos?

Why Do So Many Big Data Companies Have Jungle Animals for Logos?

Have you noticed that many logos of big data companies feature jungle animals?  Have you ever wondered why?  I have.  Logos aren’t there just for fun--they signify something and often have an interesting back story.   Take Amazon’s logo for example; notice the arrow that points to the letters A and Z?  It means that they have everything from A-Z and deliver from A-Z.  Clever, huh? So let’s look at some of the interesting logos on big data companies and find out what these animals have to do with big data in particular. Hadoop Hadoop’s logo has an elephant pushing the word Hadoop.... more »
Conversations Too Sensitive for email: How SaaS Improves Your Company’s Info Security

Conversations Too Sensitive for email: How SaaS Improves Your Company’s Info Security

From greater efficiency and dramatic cost savings, to anywhere, anytime access to applications and data, the advantages of cloud computing are well documented. Yet enthusiasm for the cloud is often tempered by security concerns: theft of data, unauthorized access, loss of data, and compliance issues. We are flooded with articles and discussions about the security risks associated with cloud computing. While organizations do need to consider security implications carefully, a successful migration to cloud computing can actually reduce risk – particularly for small to mid-sized organizations. Legacy doesn’t always equal safety A common rationale given by those who are resistant to change is... more »
LinkedIn Breach Leads to $5M Class Action Lawsuit

LinkedIn Breach Leads to $5M Class Action Lawsuit

A LinkedIn user affected by the massive 6.46 million password breach is spearheading a class action lawsuit against the company for allegedly violating their own user agreement and privacy policy. Katie Szpyrka, a LinkedIn user since 2010, claimed that the company “failed to properly safeguard its users’ digitally stored personally identifiable information including email addresses, passwords, and login credentials.” Earlier this month, it was reported that a hacker bragged in a Russian forum that he acquired millions of LinkedIn passwords.  Though LinkedIn did not verify the breach at first, they urged users to change their passwords as a precautionary measure. A representative from... more »
HP Has a Solution for BYOD Security. It's All About the Storage

HP Has a Solution for BYOD Security. It's All About the Storage

It looks like the small-to-medium businesses segment found its way onto Hewlett-Packard’s to-do list. The company debuted a number of new offerings this week, including mobile solutions, a NAS box and an enhanced storage system, all scaled-down to accommodate SMB needs. The most notable additions are the new BYOD solutions. HP came up with a way of giving workers access to business applications while removing some the associated security risks at the same time. Client Virtualization SMB is a collection of reference architectures for Gen8 deployments running visualization software from VMware, Citrix or Microsoft – it works by storing user profiles... more »
dotCloud Enhances PaaS Platform, Joins the World of Use-based Pricing

dotCloud Enhances PaaS Platform, Joins the World of Use-based Pricing

One year old platform as a service (PaaS) provider dotCloud announced the second round of enhancements for the year to its cloud-based service. The company as introduced three new environments: dotCloud Sandbox – a free, fully supported, unlimited use environment for development, testing and experimentation dotCloud Live – a deployment environment designed for live/production applications dotCloud Enterprise – a customized environment  that comes with white glove support and in-depth monitoring by dotCloud’s Each of the environments supports the 12 technology stacks and databases offered by dotCloud. In addition to the new environments, dotCloud also introduced a use based pricing. The company’s CEO and co-founder... more »
IBM Looks to Raise Analytics Benchmark with New Platform

IBM Looks to Raise Analytics Benchmark with New Platform

IBM’s new Analytical Decision Management software was unveiled this week as an enterprise-ready, decision-oriented big data platform that’s tailored for Big Blue’s core customer base. It falls under the IBM Smarter Analytics umbrella and offers a number of capabilities that the vendor hopes will appeal to companies that want to freshen up parts of their internal and outbound strategies. For one thing, insight that the platform produces can be leveraged by other applications, even if they’re running on legacy mainframes. Integration is one of the biggest selling points, and this also covers the fact that Decision Managements is connected to the InfoSphere Streams... more »
Intel's Journey to Mobile Picking Up Steam

Intel's Journey to Mobile Picking Up Steam

Intel just spent $375 million to acquire 1,700 patents for wireless networking technology from Interdigital. The patents should help Intel gain a foothold in the mobile device market that ARM currently dominates. Intel plans to integrate it newly acquired 3G and 4G LTE intellectual property and its Atom microprocessor into smartphones and tablets. Intel began its journey to becoming a player in the mobile space by purchasing Infineon Wireless in late 2010. Last year Intel officially entered the mobile space with its Atom chip. Intel has spent much of this year acquiring intellectual property, purchasing both InfiniBand from Qlogic and high-performance... more »
Samsung Investigates Spontaneously Combusting Galaxy SIII

Samsung Investigates Spontaneously Combusting Galaxy SIII

Today’s mobile news roundup features a burnt Samsung Galaxy SIII, Foxconn bragging about the next iPhone, and Nokia being left out of the Windows Phone upgrade. Samsung responds to burnt Galaxy SIII Samsung Electronics is currently investigating a burnt Galaxy SIII.  In a forum, a consumer reported that “suddenly a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone.”  Upon inspection, the user learned that the phone burned from the inside out, burned through the plastic and melted the case.  The burnt phone was placed in a car mount which had no power supply that could’ve caused the burning. Samsung is... more »
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Yahoo! Asks Court for Extension in Facebook Patent Dispute

Yahoo! Inc. is out to settle their patent dispute with Facebook Inc.  Lawyers for the largest web portal asked U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White in San Francisco for a two-week extension for filing replies in the lawsuit while the companies hold discussions.  They’ve also asked for a two-week delay in a motion hearing set for August 10. “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute,” Kevin Smith, a Yahoo lawyer, said in the filing. “The parties believe that a further extension will facilitate settlement.” Back in March, Yahoo filed a case against Facebook for allegedly infringing 10-20... more »
Tracebuzz Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

Tracebuzz Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

The number one app in this week’s list is Tracebuzz. As the name would suggest it’s a social media tool for the iPad that searches the web for the freshest buzz about a given brand, and then displays in visualized dashboards. iPad Tracebuzz HD Tracebuzz works by asking the user to enter a term, whether their own name or a company brand, and then displaying all the recent tweets, blog posts, forum entries and several other types of items that contain a mention of that given keyword. It doesn’t display any historical data, but rather provides a convenient tool to assess social media... 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.