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Tony Scott Named New VMware CIO

Tony Scott Named New VMware CIO

To kick off VMworld 2013, VMware announced a new addition to its executive lineup that would help them push efforts to compete with Amazon. Today, the company announced that former Microsoft CIO Tony Scott will be joining the company filling up the same role as well as carry the senior vice president title. See a comprehensive timeline of top-level shakeups at Vmware here! Though this may seem like a case of adding fresh talent to the mix, there’s more to it, especially when public cloud considered. Most critics see VMware as a leader in selling virtual server technology to large companies but has yet... more »
A Bear of Many Colors : Teach Kids to Conserve Energy + Other Smart Home Solutions

A Bear of Many Colors : Teach Kids to Conserve Energy + Other Smart Home Solutions

In this week’s SmartHome roundup, we’ll be featuring a sad polar bear that teaches kids to conserve energy, a way for people to automate their homes and offices, and several new security gadgets to keep your home safe. Bobo the polar bear   It’s hard to teach anyone the importance of conserving energy, let alone kids.  So CareToSave has come up with a product that will help parents teach their kids the importance of conserving energy.  Bobo is a plastic polar bear that monitors your home’s energy consumption and glows different colors based on your behavior.  If the light is white, it means... more »
GitHub Developers and Figures: Programming Languages That Pay Big Income

GitHub Developers and Figures: Programming Languages That Pay Big Income

ActionScript and Java appear to be high demand programming languages, thanks to their role in enterprise software and in cloud computing management. As a result, IT professionals with these skills are pulling down amazing salaries. But what sort of cross-section of the industry can developers expect from what languages they write in? Ben Podgursky, a Software Engineer at Liveramp, posted a blog article where he shared some interesting figure on average household income based on programming skills--specifically language use. His report listing is on 20+ of the most common programming languages alongside with the average yearly income for developers in those languages. He... more »
CIOs Need a Corporate Plan for the Cloud

CIOs Need a Corporate Plan for the Cloud

CIOs who do not have a corporate plan for getting maximum business advantage from the Cloud are dangerously behind the times, and those who think that nobody in their company is using Cloud services are in denial. That is the thrust of a report on the state of cloud services by guest analyst and Senior Site Editor at CIO Media Group Wendy Schuchart. In the detailed article, Schuchart discusses the history and attractions of Cloud computing to end users with a strong focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack. She warns that CIOs who do not get ahead on Public... more »
DevOps Round Up: Exclusive Phoenix Project Study, Agile Products Enhancement

DevOps Round Up: Exclusive Phoenix Project Study, Agile Products Enhancement

This past week featured a good number of DevOps developments. From Aerospike's new product launches to an exclusive study of the development team working on Missing World Media’s City of Heroes spiritual successor The Phoenix Project to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites study on leading DevOps vendors. Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites Agile development processes are transforming how software is delivered. Enterprises focus on rapid, incremental updates to their web, desktop and mobile applications instead of holding new features and fixes for one large release. Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites defines DevOps... more »
3 Nails in Ballmer's Coffin: Mobile, Music & Windows

3 Nails in Ballmer's Coffin: Mobile, Music & Windows

Last week, Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down within the next 12 months, or as soon as the special committee, led by John Thompson, found his replacement. Some have already drummed up possible candidates to fill his position and the list includes Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, former Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, Executive VP of Marketing Tami Reller, Executive VP Tony Bates, or Executive VP Satya Nadella. Here at SiliconANGLE, we’ve already covered some angles in Ballmer’s departure such as the challenges the company is currently facing, the Ballmer era... more »
Making the Transition to Managed Services Successfully

Making the Transition to Managed Services Successfully

History is filled with stories of seemingly great partnerships gone bad. After leading Roman slaves in a revolt that resulted in their freedom, Spartacus and Crixus argued on what to do next and parted company with their individual followers. Both were subsequently destroyed by the Roman Legions, one at a time. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote many songs together that made The Beatles the most successful musical act in history. Eventually, though, they went through a very ugly, public breakup and for a while used their prodigious talents to write songs attacking one another. Moving to the technology realm, Mark... more »
Big Data Security - How To Improve Your Network Protection

Big Data Security - How To Improve Your Network Protection

Today’s businesses not only face threats from outside cyber predators, but are at risk from inside jobs as well.   Earlier this year we learned about the risks of security systems built around a forensic model.  When activity can only be traced after it has occurred, it is usually too late (i.e. the Edward Snowden document leaks.) In order for the Enterprise to maintain stability from the inside out, the type of security a business is critical.  Of course there are many security options and countless approaches, but the type of security an organization employs can actually be detrimental to its... more »
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#VMWorld 2013 Round-Up : VMWare + OpenStack Take Center Stage

VMWorld 2013 kicked off last night, and the huge event is packed with storylines. What will we hear from Pivotal? Is Pat Gelsinger safe as CEO? What is his open source agenda? But the bell of the ball is OpenStack. Recent trends validate SiliconANGLE's editorial stance on Software-Led Infrastructure (SLI) aka Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI). The intersections of open source, Big Data, PaaS and IaaS are going to set the narrative of #vmworld 2013. A recent research report that surveyed the Wikibon community found that VMWare is still a strong brand. The challenge for VMware is sustaining leadership. Research firm Wikibon's own Dave... more »
Lenovo Takes the Offensive : Unveils Private Cloud Reference Architecture @ #VMworld

Lenovo Takes the Offensive : Unveils Private Cloud Reference Architecture @ #VMworld

Lenovo made a splash at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference with a cost-effective private cloud reference architecture for small- and medium-sized (SMB) businesses. The newly announced specification marries EMC’s Intel-based VNX storage systems with 2U ThinkServers from Lenovo to “reduce capital expenditure through higher utilization, simplified cabling and fewer network connections.” Customers can choose to virtualize their environments using either vSphere or Hyper-V. “Lenovo ThinkServer as a core component of a validated VSPEX architecture, specifies leading virtualization, server, and network technology to create a complete virtualization solution that enables SMBs to spend less time and money on IT infrastructure and more... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.