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Indian Cloud Market Grows Close to $1 billion

Indian Cloud Market Grows Close to $1 billion

The Indian cloud market grew significantly in 2011, reaching between $860 and $912 million, according to a report by Zinnov Management Consulting, a market advisory firm. A large portion of that market growth (78 to 80 percent) was in the private cloud, while 20 to 22 percent came from the public cloud. For India the public cloud accounted for about $160 to $190 million in 2011, and there is some indication that the push to the public cloud has just begun in India and will continue to grow. As companies become more comfortable with cloud subscription models such as SaaS (software-as-a-service),... more »
iCloud Hack Raises New Questions about Cloud Security

iCloud Hack Raises New Questions about Cloud Security

Over the weekend, Gizmodo writer Mat Honan witness the unpleasant experience of having his iCloud account hacked, all his devices remote wiped, and his Twitter account flooded with inappropriate posts. This is not the first time cloud data has been exploited, and it is certainly not as damaging as some other large scale attacks. But it does raise new questions (and many old ones) about cloud security. An Apple iCloud account allows users to keep a good portion of their data in sync across multiple devices: mac, iPad, iPhone, etc. When it works correctly, it makes life a great deal simpler.... more »
Wozniak: "I really worry about everything going to the cloud"

Wozniak: "I really worry about everything going to the cloud"

Don't count Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak among the fans of the shift to cloud computing, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). Wozniak made a special appearance after a Washington performance of Mike Daisey's "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," a controversial monologue on the conditions of Apple's factories and labor practices in China, to answer audience questions. And while the AFP reports that Woz  held court on topics ranging from Foxconn itself (he praised Apple's oversight of its factories and says he expects conditions to improve over time), his experiences as a public school teacher, and his appearance on Dancing With The Stars. But for likely... more »
Big Data App Start-up Incubator Signals Role-Reversal for SAP

Big Data App Start-up Incubator Signals Role-Reversal for SAP

For years SAP’s bread-and-butter has been developing application software to run on third-party databases, including archrival Oracle. With the advent of HANA, however, SAP finds itself in the unfamiliar role of soliciting outside developers to build applications for its own database platform. That’s what SAP has been up to since February when it began reaching out to start-ups to develop Big Data applications to run on top of HANA. According to the Wall Street Journal, SAP has talked with hundreds of start-ups since then and invited 37 of the most promising app developers to take part in a year-long incubator program.... more »
Mobile Round-Up: Apple's Sanction Request Denied By Court, Android Zombies 4 BRAINZ

Mobile Round-Up: Apple's Sanction Request Denied By Court, Android Zombies 4 BRAINZ

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Judge denies Apple request for sanction; Revamped Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to arrive later this month; Nokia fighting for shelf-space; HTC entering the phablet market; and Black Ops Zombies now on Android. Apple denied sanction in fight against Samsung Apple Inc. was requesting the San Jose court to grant them a win against Samsung Electronics Co. after the South Korean company leaked court inadmissible evidences to the media.  Apple stated in their letter that Samsung thinks they are above the law when they made the media leak and their sole purpose in leaking the evidence was to... more »
Big Money Data: Is It Really Worth It?

Big Money Data: Is It Really Worth It?

In an increasingly digital world, pretty much everything we do online creates an electronic record--each time we buy something, every time we add a friend or like something on Facebook, even when we schedule a visit to the doctor’s clinic--this data is being collected by someone. Organizations today are amassing thousands of terabytes of information on their consumers, and this is driving an insatiable thirst for more sophisticated software that will allow these organizations to better mine and analyze this mountain of big data. It’s hard to argue against this practice, given the enormous Potential of Big Data. The amount of data... more »
EMC’s Scanning Technology is More Popular Than Ever

EMC’s Scanning Technology is More Popular Than Ever

Like many other vendors in the storage and infrastructure markets, behemoth EMC has  been expanding its portfolio by upping its play in the cloud. However, EMC isn't allowing that to take its attention from its older and less hyped assets like Captiva. It seems the continued attention is paying off. EMC has revealed that most of the scanning industry has adopted the EMC Captiva Cloud Toolkit the company released last year for adding scanning functionality into web applications. According to EMC, since releasing the toolkit late last year, scanner manufacturers and developers have been increasingly adopting the software. Adding scanning functionality... more »
With YARN, Hadoop No Longer a One Trick Pony

With YARN, Hadoop No Longer a One Trick Pony

Last week my colleague John Furrier reported that YARN, also known as Next-Generation MapReduce, was upgraded to a full-fledged Apache Hadoop sub-project. While YARN is still considered alpha-quality, the move is a good sign for Hadoop. Here’s why. Critics often cite Hadoop’s inability to process data with any method other than MapReduce as evidence that Hadoop isn’t enterprise-ready. And indeed this is a shortcoming. MapReduce is great for batch processing large volumes of distributed data, but it’s less than ideal for real-time data processing, graph processing and other non-batch methods. YARN is the open source community’s effort to overcome this limitation and... more »
Agile Practices for Government Funded Development Projects

Agile Practices for Government Funded Development Projects

Agile methodology is a common term in the IT industry, where people have to deliver large projects in a pre-defined timelines, have strict delivery schedules, and less time waiting for other teams to collaborate. In fact, this is a good thing as agile adoption not only ensures better task completion, but keeps every person involved in the process in a pro-active state. So, the news is that both the US and UK government accounting oversight bodies have recommended the use of agile practices for government funded development projects, and have issued reports and guidelines on it. Both United States Government Accountability... more »
Origins of Malware Revealed

Origins of Malware Revealed

Malware has a nasty habit of popping up just about everywhere we dare to tread on the World Wide Web. In fact, it’s pretty much a given that so long as you have a computer and an internet connection, there will be worms, Trojans and viruses attempting to worm their way inside your computer. But have you ever wondered where these nasty little things come from? According to AlienVault, the majority of it hails from China. Based on 95,249 email addresses analyzed, it seems that the PRC is the world’s epicenter for malicious programs. That China comes out on top might have... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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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.