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Facebook Boosting Its Edge Network, Rethinking Data Center Design

Facebook Boosting Its Edge Network, Rethinking Data Center Design

Facebook has decided that its photo delivery needs to get even faster, and is building out its own edge network infrastructure to get there. That nugget comes from the GigaOM Structure conference by Facebook VP Frank Frankovsky, in conversation with GigaOM's Stacey Higginbotham. Netflix, of all companies, has been repeatedly brought up here at Structure as a proof point for one concept or another: Rackspace Hosting CEO Lew Moorman mentioned Netflix's recent call for a scalable Amazon EC2 clone during his argument for a more open cloud (more on that tomorrow), and now Facebook's announcement calls to mind Netflix's recent decision to build... more »
“Cascading Bug” Bites Twitter Drawing the Wrath of the Fail Whale

“Cascading Bug” Bites Twitter Drawing the Wrath of the Fail Whale

Today a lot of Twitter users found themselves unable to access their tweets and retweet their friends after Twitter suffered a bug that caused it to become intermittently inaccessible to their users. The fail whale once again reared its albino head with a huge splashdown starting at around 12pm ET and it affected almost all of its systems. After some bug wrangling the staff got the social media giant steaming along again by 2:10pm ET; but aftershocks continued to cause the site issues for a few hours after that. According to a blog post over at Twitter what awoke the fail whale... more »
These Hotspot Security Tools Address Leaky Data Problems

These Hotspot Security Tools Address Leaky Data Problems

According to a recent poll done by the Washington Post, 40% of their sample population takes precautions when using public WiFi, 22% never use a public WiFi at all, and a stunning 37% take no precautions in using public WiFi, putting their personal data at risk. Symantec is addressing the growing concern for security over public WiFi or hotspots with the Norton Hotspot Privacy.  The new security offering from allows consumers to connect to Wi-Fi securely by creating a virtual private network (VPN) on any public hotspot. Norton Hotspot Privacy lets users surf the Web privately and helps keep their identity, Web... more »
Sepaton Releases New Data Backup and Protection Solution

Sepaton Releases New Data Backup and Protection Solution

Sepaton, which specialized in disk-based data protection solutions, has released new software for backing up and restoring large databases. The new solution, DeltaStor DBeXstream, supports simultaneous deduplication and parallel processing across multiple ports, which give customers both fast backups and smaller backup sizes. Size and speed are typically mutually exclusive in backup solutions, the ability to achieve both at the same time make Septon’s solution stand out. Sepaton also got in a battle of words with Hewlett-Packard (HP) earlier this month over deduplication technology. HP announced it had enhanced its deduplication capabilities at HP Discover. HP claimed it could ingest data... more »
Security Loopholes in Face.com App Allows Hijack of Facebook, Twitter Accounts

Security Loopholes in Face.com App Allows Hijack of Facebook, Twitter Accounts

Face.com, the Israel-based facial recognition maker, and the recent acquisition of Facebook, has suffered a big security flaw in its functionality, resulting in hijacking of the Facebook and Twitter accounts of users. The popular Face.com mobile app KLIK that lets users tag faces in photos using Facebook allowed almost anyone to hack the Facebook and Twitter accounts of KLIK’s users. The security hole was discovered by Ashkan Soltani, an independent researcher specializing in consumer privacy and internet security. Here’ s what Soltani informed (Technically) about this security flaw: “Face.com was storing Facebook/Twitter OAUTH tokens on their servers insecurely, allowing them to be queried... more »
Be Not Afraid, But Big Data Analytics is a Game of Risk

Be Not Afraid, But Big Data Analytics is a Game of Risk

The definition of insanity, so said Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That applies to life, love and, yes, Big Data Analytics. Think about it. If you put a Toyota Camry engine in a Ferrari and expected it to perform like a Ferrari should, you’d be sorely disappointed. You’d be insane, however, if you tried the car again and again, day after day, expecting one day to hit zero-to-sixty in six seconds. But that’s just what Michele Chambers sees customers attempting in pursuit of Big Data Analytics. Chambers, GM and VP of IBM’s... more »
Xbox 720 Leak Confuses Press While Microsoft Uses Copyright to Suppress Document

Xbox 720 Leak Confuses Press While Microsoft Uses Copyright to Suppress Document

Over the weekend a strange document leaked from Microsoft that quickly spread into numerous cloud storage venues outlining a long-term plan for the Xbox 720. The video game console giant was extremely slow to move to do anything about the leak and also languorously began to send out copyright notices to various settings to have the document removed. The 56-page document is currently become a center point of a certain amount of speculation about the future of the Xbox; but now people are wondering if it was an intentional leak or not. The document at first looked interesting. Tom Warren at... more »
Garantia's New In-Memory NoSQL Service

Garantia's New 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 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 users... more »
IBM Leads the Enterprise Social Market

IBM Leads the Enterprise Social Market

IDC’s latest research has found that IBM leads the global market for enterprise social software for the third consecutive year. IBM has more market share than any other vendor based on its 2011 revenue. The company grew almost two times faster than overall market, and has counts over 35 percent of the Fortune 100 as customers. IBM’ s social software is now on its sixth release and earned $105.4 million in revenue, with a market share of 13.7 percent, almost doubling the performance of the closest competitor, Jive, which booked $65.3 million for an 8.5 percent market share. Communispace, Telligent and... more »
An Open API Debate: Pragmatism v. Federation

An Open API Debate: Pragmatism v. Federation

The open API debate burst into the GigaOM Structure conference this morning with a theme emerging that represents the paradox of today's open systems. It's now more about the pragmatists' view of connected systems, versus the advocates for federation and distributed power across a number of players that "shift the monopoly from the service providers to the platform," as Rishidot Founder Krishnan Subramanian wrote in a blog post last year. The players in the debate today at Structure included Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus, Chris Kemp, CEO of Nebula and Sameer Dholakia of Citrix. All three of those on stage today have intertwined... 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.