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NetApp Updates Object Storage Software

NetApp Updates Object Storage Software

NetApp  rolled out the 9th release of its StorageGRID software, a data management platform that’s designed for petabyte-scale environments used by organizations in the healthcare and financial services industries. The new version features several improvements, most notably support for the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) open standard.  The protocol was developed by SNIA to cover provisioning, administering and accessing in the cloud – capabilities that NetApp requires in order to get customers who are already invested in existing, multi-vendor infrastructure to buy its product. StorageGRID is used to power NetApp Distributed Content Repository deployments, and this latest release offers a number of... more »
1Password Gears Up for John the Ripper

1Password Gears Up for John the Ripper

1Password, a popular system and online security program has confirmed that it is now ready to tackle John the Ripper, but users need to have a good Master Password. The pre-eminent password cracking tool, John the Ripper, runs on fifteen different platforms, and can be run against various encrypted password formats including several crypt password hash types. It is, in fact, one of the most popular password testing and breaking programs on the internet. As reported on the official blog of Agilebits website, the team said that it is strengthening its defenses. “We’ve always known that that there is nothing we can do... more »
Cloud Changing Structure of IT

Cloud Changing Structure of IT

CompTIA has released its report "CompTIA’s 3rd Annual Trends in Cloud Computing" a 59-page report that examines the current state of cloud computing. The study includes data from 500 businesses that consume technology services and over 400 technology providers. CompTIA's research  found the cloud is changing far more than technology infrastructure and capabilities; it is transforming the very structure of business. According to the report, attitudes about cloud computing are continuing to improve. An impressive 85 percent of respondents indicated they feel "more positive" or "significantly more positive"  about the cloud as compared to the previous year. This was an increase of 13 percent from... more »
Google to Integrate Gmail Messages In Search Results

Google to Integrate Gmail Messages In Search Results

Google has just announced a new experimental feature for its search engine; as of tomorrow, anyone who signs up for it will be able to see relevant emails from their inbox alongside regular search results. Naturally, the trial feature will only be available to Gmail users, who will be able to view their most relevant email results in a separate panel if they decide to opt in. Examples of relevant email results would be things like flight bookings and confirmations, and products bought online. Alternatively, a search online for “cycling in Amsterdam” would throw up any Gmail messages that contained these... more »
HP 3PAR P1000 Validates Flash Storage for HP Users: the All-Flash Future

HP 3PAR P1000 Validates Flash Storage for HP Users: the All-Flash Future

HP's 3PAR P1000 system announcement with its all-flash option is an important validation of flash storage in the marketplace, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in his latest Professional Alert. While the P1000 also supports traditional spinning disk drives through 8 GB Fiber Channel and 10 GB iSCSI connections, it is the first system from a major vendor designed to support all-flash storage configurations. For HP customers, it also provides a path to an all-flash storage future when flash cost-per-GB drops to a level comparable to that of SATA disk. And it gives HP a product that can compete with the... more »
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AntiLeaks Takes Down WikiLeaks

Following five days of sustained distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, the WikiLeaks website has been taken offline. The whistle blowing website had reportedly been under attack since August 3, apparently from a previously unheard of group known as AntiLeaks, whose mysterious leader "DietPepsi" released a statement claiming responsibility yesterday: “You can call me DietPepsi. I am the leader of AntiLeaks. We are not doing this to call attention to ourselves. We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at aslyum in Ecuador. Assange is the head of... more »
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Graphs are Everywhere: Solving the Complexities of Social Connections

Graphs are everywhere. From websites adding social capabilities, to telcos providing personalized customer services, to innovative bioinformatics research, organizations are integrating graphs into their web sites. Many high profile companies are specifically adopting graph databases to solve social graph complexities and meet the high query performance levels required at Internet scale. As websites scale from zero to millions of users, traditional relational databases degrade to paralyzing levels of performance. Graph databases, based on decades of research, model and query connected data without performance degradation as the size of the graph grows. However, ‘going social’ does not come without its challenges.... more »
Anonymous Strikes Back Against Ukrainian Government over BitTorrent with #OpDemonoid

Anonymous Strikes Back Against Ukrainian Government over BitTorrent with #OpDemonoid

The Anonymous hacktivist collective has pulled their try-hard pants on and taken their stomping books to the Ukrainian government over the takedown of the popular BitTorrent tracker Demonoid. As reported by TorrentFreak, the raid appears to have been done at the behest of IFPI (and potentially to earn brownie points with United States copyright regimes) and this sticks mightily in the craw of the Anonymous collective who are well known for their dislike of government interference with the free flow of information on the Internet. “A source inside the Interior Ministry has informed Kommersant that the raid on Demonoid was timed... more »
Millennial Media Beats Market Expectations with Q2 Earnings

Millennial Media Beats Market Expectations with Q2 Earnings

Millennial Media held an earnings call for its second quarter this week, and while losses widened considerably the company reported some stellar growth that did not disappoint Wall Street. Millennial lost $2.2 million, or 3 cents a share, compared with $152,000 a year earlier, or 9 cents a share. The company’s operating expenses nearly doubled, but at the same the number of outstanding shares nearly quadrupled in the past 12 months.  Their operating margin increased to 39.7 percent from 39.1 percent. Analysts expected Millennial to post a loss of 5 cents a share. In the same period, the mobile ad network operator has seen... more »
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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 »

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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.