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MapR Teams with Amazon for Hadoop-as-a-Service

MapR Teams with Amazon for Hadoop-as-a-Service

There’s a lot of talk about organizations catching up with their data using technologies such as Hadoop, but for the most part that only applies to larger companies with the resources to maintain such an environment. There’s a big opening for more affordable analytical solutions, and MapR just jumped on the bandwagon. There are quite a few ‘light’ solutions out there that offer hosted big data services that have a lot of capabilities, but still can’t match the real deal. Via a newly announced partnership with Amazon Web Services however MapR is offering the best of both worlds. The company has made... more »
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Another Blue Ribbon Supercomputer for IBM

IBM’s Sequoia is now officially the fastest supercomputer in the world, beating down Japan’s Fujitusu-made K Computer into second place by some distance, according to a new list published by Top500. Sequoia, which is installed at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, sees the US return to the pole position it occupied two years ago before being unseated by China in 2010. The supercomputer will be deployed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to assist with its nuclear weapons management, with its primary goal being to extend the life of America’s aging nuclear weapons stocks. Thomas D'Agostino, administrator... more »
The Spring of Convergence

The Spring of Convergence

What a spring season. We saw more news about converged infrastructure than any time before. That makes it an appropriate time to do a recap of the market. For reference, I am turning to Wikibon's Stuart Miniman, who wrote a post last week about the convergence market and where it is right now. To start, why now? Data is starting to flood the enterprise. It is creating two pressures. One comes from the need to invest more in infrastructure as the data load increases. The other comes from the labor needed to manage all that new data and the infrastructure that comes with it. It's... more »
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FalconStor Shines in Emerging Markets Amidst Plans for Recovery

Data protection firm FalconStor received a Network World Asia Information Management Award this month in recognition of its virtual tape library solution. The company managed to come out on top in the backup category, one of the 21 industries that were reviewed by panelists. “We wish to congratulate FalconStor for developing a backup-and-recovery solution that our editors and the majority of the 100 Asian CIOs we surveyed voted as the leader in this category,” said Victor Ng, South-East Asia bureau chief of Network World Asia. “The FalconStor VTL solution fared exceptionally well, especially in terms of its widespread reputation and acceptance... more »
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Spotify Finally Brings Radio To iPad

Music streaming service Spotify is adding a new feature to their iPhone and iPad app: free radio.  Yes, Spotify gearing up to take on Pandora in the mobile space. Spotify updated their iOS app, which includes a new radio feature that gives their free users access to unlimited amount of music while on the go.  The only catch is, it comes with ads. Paying customers, of course, won’t be bothered with ads from Chevrolet, Durex, Heineken, Red Stag by Jim Beam, Lipton Iced Tea, Macy’s, McDonalds, Progressive, Red Bull, Taco Bell, Verizon Wireless, and Warner Bros, all of whom are Spotify... more »
How Microsoft Surface Could Take Advantage of SmartGlass and Kinect Technology

How Microsoft Surface Could Take Advantage of SmartGlass and Kinect Technology

The mystery Microsoft tablet Surface is out and it has nothing to do with the Xbox—not a disappointment to anyone, although the mystery still continues across some elements of the tablet’s technology. Looking at other developments across Microsoft’s technology line, it’s about time we start speculating about how the software giant intends to differentiate themselves from major competitors in the scene such as Apple and Google. Tablet technology represents an almost-bridge between small mobile devices and on-desk PCs, and with the advent of Microsoft’s SmartGlass, it can also represent another connection in the entertainment cloud. It will fit nicely into a... more »
Google Takes the Fight to YouTube Rip-Off Sites

Google Takes the Fight to YouTube Rip-Off Sites

Yet more court action looms large on the horizon, this time from search engine giants Google, who apparently decided enough is enough and threatened legal action against one of the biggest Youtube download websites. According to a report in TorrentFreak, Google wrote a letter to the owners of YouTube-MP3.org, pointing out that it’s in violation of YouTube’s terms of service, and that if such action continues, it’s determined to have its day in court. For those who haven’t yet checked it out, YouTube-MP3.org is a very simple tool that allows us to convert any video from YouTube into an MP3 file, before... more »
Microsoft Surface vs. iPad

Microsoft Surface vs. iPad

Microsoft unveiled Surface yesterday and though it’s not yet available in the market, it’s already being compared to Apple’s iPad.  So let’s look at how the tablets compare with each other. Physical Appearance Surface: The RT and Windows 8 Pro both have a 10.6” ClearType Full HD DIsplay.  The RT weighs 676g while the Pro weighs more at 903g.  The RT measure 9.3mm in thickness while the Pro is at 13.5mm.   And both are encased in VaporMg which gives both devices a sleek finish while offering more comfort in holding it as it is easier to grip. New iPad:  The WI-FI and Cellular... more »
The Genius Behind Foodie Data: Q&A with Food Genius CEO Justin Massa

The Genius Behind Foodie Data: Q&A with Food Genius CEO Justin Massa

If you know anything about Walmart, you know their in-store cameras track your every move, feeding the mega-store enough data to help them design aisles, strategically place products and even play the right music.  There's an enormous amount of data in the grocery industry alone, and moving down the line, from supply and demand to shipping costs and schedules, organic movements and flavor du jour, there's a great deal of planning that goes into every grocery run we make. Then there's the data yet to be uncovered, tapping social networks and restaurant reviews for food-related insight, and layering in public data... more »
SAP Eyes Banking Sector for HANA Growth

SAP Eyes Banking Sector for HANA Growth

SAP announced a number of Rapid Deployment solutions assembled specifically for the banking and financial services industry, an area that the company is also targeting with its HANA in-memory analytics platform and other products.  These latest offerings bring together hardware, software and services in pre-set packages that individually target different areas. SAP is offering two of these Rapid Deployment solutions under the title Loan Management: one is a regular configuration that sets up the infrastructure that would manage this part of operations, and the second also covers migration from an existing environment.  There’s also SAP Deposit Management, and a couple other... 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.

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