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BlackBerry Cancels Friday's Conference Call As T-Mobile Cans Its Phones

BlackBerry Cancels Friday's Conference Call As T-Mobile Cans Its Phones

The dark clouds hovering over BlackBerry are getting thicker by the day. Over the last week, the beleaguered smartphone maker has announced one disastrous bit of news after the over.  First was the delayed launch of its popular BlackBerry Messaging app for iOS and Android, which was pulled from both platform's app stores over incompatibility issues; then we had the announcement that it was laying off 4,500 of its employees globally, or about 40 percent of its workforce; and now today, we're told that BlackBerry has canceled its preliminary second quarter fiscal 2014 results conference call, which was scheduled for this... more »
Cisco Unveils Software-Defined Router for the Internet of Things

Cisco Unveils Software-Defined Router for the Internet of Things

While not as grandiose as IBM’s one billion dollar investment in making its Power servers more viable for cloud computing and analytics, Cisco’s $250 million push to develop a router for the Internet of Things just as ambitious - and it has already borne fruit. The vendor’s newly unveiled Network Convergence System aims to address the rise of connected devices with a centralized architecture that decouples management functions from physical infrastructure. Cisco forecasts that there will be 18.9 billion network connections by the year 2016, an increase that is expected to boost global internet traffic to 150 petabytes per hour -... more »
Sudan Government Cuts Itself Off From The Web

Sudan Government Cuts Itself Off From The Web

Sudan was abruptly cut off from the internet on Wednesday afternoon following riots that erupted in the capital Khartoum over the government's decision to end subsidies on fuel. Saudi Arabian news agency Al-Arabiya reported that the the nation's web connection was almost certainly cut by the local authorities, most likely to prevent rioters from organizing themselves via social media. This theory was later backed up by the internet monitoring firm Renesys, which said in a blog post that the outage was almost certainly deliberate. "Our plots of connectivity clearly show that Sudatel and Zain experienced identical outage timelines, while Canar’s total... more »
When the Game is Virtualization, Fusion-io Tells Competition to "Bring It"

When the Game is Virtualization, Fusion-io Tells Competition to "Bring It"

In their ongoing coverage of Oracle Open World 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Lee Caswell, Fusion-io VP of Virtualiation Product Group. The three discuss the importance of fast and consistent performance and end with a game of technology word association that leads Caswell to boast to his competition: “Bring it.” As the field is so pre-occupied with Flash, Vellante argues that real task is to enhance the business value of applications. Caswell agrees, noting that customers are primarily concerned with speed because it enhances the bottom line. Whereas a disk delivers maybe 150 iOPS, Flash may deliver 10... more »
Attunity: Smaller Footprint, Bigger Performance | #oow13

Attunity: Smaller Footprint, Bigger Performance | #oow13

TheCUBE co-hosts are broadcasting live from Oracle OpenWorld 2013, where they tracked down the key people in the business in order to filter the hype from the facts. Yesterday Jeff Kelly and John Furrier interviewed Lawrence Schwartz, VP of Marketing with Attunity, talking primarily about Big Data, the belle du jour of tech (full video below). "One of the things we hear a lot about with Big Data is 'how you move it around?' And that's exactly how we help people with," said Schwartz. The company motto is moving "any (type of) data, anytime, anywhere" and they deal a lot with customers... more »
Demo: Adding QLogic FabricCache to Oracle RAC | #oow13

Demo: Adding QLogic FabricCache to Oracle RAC | #oow13

David Ard, OEM Marketing at QLogic, demoed a new collaborative solution with Oracle, FabricCache and Oracle RAC, discussing its performance benefits with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.  (Full video of demo to follow - see our entire event playlist here.) The FabricCache solution is designed to "meet the growing demands of the business, and keep up with the data needs," Ard explained. It enables a cluster cache capability on the server side of their environment which helps increase application speed and performance, allowing teams to do more work during the same time frame. FabricCache and... more »
The Three Reasons Enterprises are Not as “Mobile Ready”  As They Think

The Three Reasons Enterprises are Not as “Mobile Ready” As They Think

Mobility is everywhere. Whether you need to hail a cab, do some shopping, or make plans with a friend - there is an app that can help. According to a recent report from Cisco, there will be more than 10 billion mobile devices by 2017 that people will use for their personal and work lives. The rapid growth of BYOD in the workplace has created increasingly difficult challenges for today’s enterprise. People want to do work on their mobile devices; however the apps they need are not fully available on mobile form factors. These lite versions of apps often do not... more »
The One Thing NetApp Does, Knocks It Out the Ballpark: Evolution of Storage #OOW13

The One Thing NetApp Does, Knocks It Out the Ballpark: Evolution of Storage #OOW13

In their ongoing coverage of Oracle Open World 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Patrick Rogers, NetApp VP of Product Marketing and Alliances, in theCUBE. The three discuss the role of storage in driving innovation, cloud solutions and the importance of open source to enterprises. As Vellante notes, NetApp focuses exclusively on storage. Rogers' insights reveal why this focused approach continues to be productive. Rogers explains that the most important feature in the industry is software, quipping: “Our products are nothing more than software wrapped in sheet metal – it’s all about the software.” Going forward, he believes IT... more »
5 Tools to Encrypt Files for Dropbox, Salesforce, Office365 + More

5 Tools to Encrypt Files for Dropbox, Salesforce, Office365 + More

In light of recent events regarding the NSA tapping into personal data mines without warrant, interest in securing the cloud has significantly risen these past few months. Most cloud providers offer secure services, but that doesn’t really assure users that hackers can't get into their cloud accounts.  And cloud users should keep in mind that they are still responsible for the security of their files, so the best way to go about this is to encrypt them.  Before you panic, encrypting your files in the cloud isn’t that hard.  You don’t have to learn code or hire a person to encrypt... more »
"Hack? - Impossible" - John McAfee Claims He Is Building An "Unhackable Internet"

"Hack? - Impossible" - John McAfee Claims He Is Building An "Unhackable Internet"

Reports say that John McAfee is building a new company that will make the Internet a place that's impossible to hack.  He is launching a cyber security company that aims to make the internet a safer place.  He has returned to Silicon Valley after, or rather in the midst still of an incredible saga that started many years ago when he launched an anti-virus company named after himself. "My new technology is going to provide a new type of Internet, a decentralized, floating and moving Internet that is impossible to hack, impossible to penetrate and vastly superior in terms of its... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- 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.