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Cloud Security Alliance Forms New Privacy Group

Cloud Security Alliance Forms New Privacy Group

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has been busy. The non-profit organization that focuses on cloud security best practices has launched a Privacy Level Agreement (PLA) Working Group in the EU. The group also announced a new partnership with the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) to help build cloud computing security and cloud capabilities that will will help speed the development of the cloud ecosystem in Hong Kong. The new working group define best practices and compliance baselines for data protection. They are also working to establish standards for communicating of privacy measures while hosting third-party data. Daniele Catteddu, managing director EMEA for... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Microsoft’s Multi-Pronged Attack

This Week in the Cloud: Microsoft’s Multi-Pronged Attack

Microsoft had no less than three major product updates this week, starting with the general availability of Windows Server 2012. The latest version of Microsoft’s flagship server platform can be considered as a full-fledged cloud OS – the 2012 release packs a number of improvements, including enhancements to Hyper-V, which make it that much better than its predecessor.  The OS also has a new file system, it’s designed so that enterprises can deploy it across geographically-disperse facilities, and remote management functionality has been tweaked as well. Around the same time, Microsoft debuted Windows Azure Mobile Services. This newest component of the cloud... more »
Report: White House Readying CyberSecurity Executive Order

Report: White House Readying CyberSecurity Executive Order

There are reports that the Obama administration is preparing to utilize an executive order that will push forward a cybersecurity plan.  The order would come as a response to legislation on cybersecurity has been in Congressional limbo.  The report states that the order is in draft and is being reviewed by a number of federal agencies. Reportedly, this draft is somewhat brief, but is designed to allow elective participation by companies that are running computing infrastructures.  The alleged program addresses a number of cybersecurity standards and best practices that the companies would follow.  This would all be under the direction of... more »
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Is Pinterest the New Search? Apparently the World Revolves Around Images

Pinterest has proven a strong competitor to other social services, showing astronomical growth around the world. Facebook and Twitter continue to lead, but the alternative social network is fast becoming more and more popular among users.  Apparently the social networking business revolves around images.  Pinterest is a social network geared more to trade and projection products and services. According to recent data published on Shareaholic, the social photo sharing site sent more traffic than Yahoo organic traffic in the month of August, and now becomes the fourth largest traffic source in the world behind Google, Direct and Facebook. Shareaholic study is based... more »
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Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad and the B&N Nook (and More)

Amazon just unveiled their new line up of Kindle Fire tablets and as with any game-changing product (see here for a full review), we like to compare it to existing, and sometimes rumored devices. Today we're looking at how Amazon's Kindle Fires stack up to the reigning champion, the iPad, as well as the first Kindle Fire, the Nook tablet, Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablet and Google's Nexus 7. So, here we go! Screen Size and Display . Kindle Fire: 7” 1024x600 pixel (169 pixels per inch) Kindle Fire HD series: 7” 1280x800 resolution , 8.9” 1920x1200 (254 ppi) - HD display with polarizing... more »
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CumuLogic Adds Supports for HP Cloud Services

CumuLogic is a relatively new player in the PaaS space. The company announced its enterprise Java platform just a few months ago, with support for vSphere and Citrix CloudStack on launch. A few months later CumuLogic rolled out the finalized 1.0 release of Application Platform and as of this week customers can deploy it on HP Cloud Services. The cloud service provider is getting more aggressive with its efforts to draw enterprise users. HP Cloud Services customers are getting a 30-day trial of the company’s platform-as-a-service before they commit to the monthly subscription fee, a fixed rate of $200 per developer. “Organizations... more »
Meet Amazon's New Kindle Tablets [REVIEW]

Meet Amazon's New Kindle Tablets [REVIEW]

Amazon introduced a new line of Kindles yesterday, all likely to rock the tablet market, as they're priced unbelievably lower than competitors’ prices.  The online retailer unveiled two new e-readers and three new tablets. E-readers . Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G are the same, except the 3G version allows you to access the internet without a WiFi network available as it connects to Amazon via 3G at no extra charge. Both devices feature a 6" Paperwhite display with patented built-in light, 212 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale.  The screen of the devices are matte so you won’t have to worry about glare... more »
Building Big Data: Farming Big Data Goes To The Cows

Building Big Data: Farming Big Data Goes To The Cows

When we think about the people who actually use big data, we usually imagine someone sitting in a warm, cozy office, suited and booted, making calls or getting busy on their computer. Few of us imagine that someone sat in an old cow shed, wearing ragged overalls and muddy boots, would be doing exactly the same thing. But this is precisely what’s happening at a number of farms across the country today, as farmers, cloud servers and insurers team up to apply big data to agriculture in an attempt to improve yields and stave off the effects of extreme weather. Taking the... more »
Cloud Cold War - No Nukes Please - Weapons of Mass Abstraction

Cloud Cold War - No Nukes Please - Weapons of Mass Abstraction

Chris Hoff the most excellent theCUBE guest was inspired to write a post titled "The Cuban Cloud Missile Crisis…Weapons Of Mass Abstraction".  This was a topic that we discussed at length on SiliconANGLE.com's theCUBE at VMWorld2012 - www.youtube.com/siliconangle   As John Furrier, Dave Vellante and I were discussing on theCUBE recently at VMworld 2012, there exists an uneasy standoff — a cold war — between the so-called “super powers” staking a claim in Cloud. The posturing and threats currently in process don’t quite have the world-ending outcomes that nuclear war would bring, but it could have devastating technology outcomes nonetheless. In this case, the... more »
Walmart Launches New Search Engine to Increase Customer Base

Walmart Launches New Search Engine to Increase Customer Base

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc has just launched a new search engine for its company website. Dubbed as Polaris, the new Walmart search engine is targeted at increasing customer acquisition and shopper conversion rate, as it will help users quickly browse and discover items. Walmart has done this to compete with its tech-savvy competitors--Amazon and eBay. Polaris is created by retail giant’s in-house tech team from @Walmart Labs, and utilizes semantic search technology to anticipate a shopper's intended search and deliver more relevant results. "Search is a crown jewel for any e-commerce company to own," Neil Ashe, president and CEO Walmart Global eCommerce, said... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.