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Google Needs More Developer Mojo To Compete in the IaaS Market

Google Needs More Developer Mojo To Compete in the IaaS Market

By now, you've probably heard the rumors that Google is set to unveil a full-fledged infrastructure-as-a-service offering at its annual Google I/O conference, which kicks off tomorrow. If true, it's a maneuver designed to take on Google's cloud rivals at Amazon Web Services and especially Microsoft. But the real key here is going to be Google's ability to recruit developers - and I'm not sure Google has what it takes. The rumor was first brought into circulation by GigaOM's Om Malik, who reports that his sources are indicating that Google is less jealous of Amazon's mostly-startup customer base, and is more desirous of Microsoft's obvious enterprise... more »
Juniper Signs Up to Use Scala

Juniper Signs Up to Use Scala

Typesafe has made a bit of progress on its mission to position the Scala language and Akka middleware as a preferred option for high-end development of web scale solutions. Typesafe announced a new multi-year agreement with Juniper Networks. Juniper will use Typesafe Stack to create software in products, which Juniper has not disclosed. The press release suggests Juniper selected Typesafe because the platform can take advantage or multi-core hardware and developers can more efficiently create highly available distributed software using Akka. It’s unclear if the technologies will replace any existing tools within Juniper. There are currently no external job postings by... more »
Pantheon Banks Another $5M for Drupal-as-a-Service

Pantheon Banks Another $5M for Drupal-as-a-Service

Pantheon is a startup that was founded in 2010 and only has 13 employees, but it’s already sitting on $6.3 million in venture capital. That’s including this week’s $5 million funding round, led by the Foundry Group with participation from a few of the company’s existing backers  - Baseline, First Round, and Founders Collective. What stands behind Pentheon’s success is a hosted version of Drupal that runs on the Rackspace Cloud and eliminates the need to deploy the popular CMS on in-house servers. This makes it more viable for enterprises that may be running WordPress or other less favorable alternatives simply... more »
CliQr Unveils Potential Solution to Cloud Vendor Lock-In

CliQr Unveils Potential Solution to Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Right up there with security concerns, vendor lock-in has for a long time been cited as one of the major problems faced by companies looking into cloud migration and adoption. Not only that, but switching vendors and migrating any signficant amount of data can be time consuming and hideously expensive. Now, though, a small upstart that goes by the name of CliQr is attempting to change all that. Stealing a march on Google just one day before it launches its I/O conference in San Francisco, the Californian startup has unveiled its new cloud application management platform CloudCenter, which is designed to enable... more »
Shortly After Launch Dropbox Dumps Boxopus Over Piracy Concerns

Shortly After Launch Dropbox Dumps Boxopus Over Piracy Concerns

Boxopus, the new BitTorrent startup that allows downloading torrents directly into a Dropbox folder, has been banned by the Dropbox itself. Dropbox has suspended the Boxopus service on the account BitTorrent’s piracy stigma, and the fear that any alliance with BitTorrent may rub off its reputation as the successful cloud storage service provider. Just yesterday we discussed in detail about this new startup, which sounds very interesting. As it allows users to unite Dropbox and BitTorrent to make downloads as easy as 1 click without using even a BitTorrent client, it makes really easy for people to download and access heavy... more »
A Powerful Case for Good Use of Big Data for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity via Splunk

A Powerful Case for Good Use of Big Data for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity via Splunk

When it comes to protecting an enterprise network or a government network there’s a great deal of discussion about what solutions exist to batten down the hatches and dog the doors against intruders; but often the same technologies we use to detect intruders (and insiders) can be used to predict failures. Amid the solutions the market has there’s Splunk who offer a number of extremely powerful products that provide both in-house security and security-as-a-service atop of numerous layers by looking at the data produced by a multitude of products. A series of events have brought public attention to the necessity of... more »
The Real Skinny About Amazon Web Services New Partner Network

The Real Skinny About Amazon Web Services New Partner Network

Amazon Web Services launched its partner network this morning. Without boring you with the details, let me just get to what really matters about this news. It simply means that AWS is making it a little bit easier for people to build apps or use the ones in the new AWS App Marketplace. It means that AWS is moving further up the stack. It's not just about the infrastructure anymore. It's about how to differentiate a core service to integrate PaaS and marketplace environments. For partners, the game is about giving them reason to bring their enterprise customers to AWS.  They want technology partners that... more »
What Special Skills Do You Need to Run a Big Data Startup? Q&A Series

What Special Skills Do You Need to Run a Big Data Startup? Q&A Series

Sumo Logic is still what you'd consider a startup, but already its demonstrated some useful life lessons for applying ideas to the big data industry, including the concept of harnessing the right talent.  Specializing in log data analytics, Sumo Logic emerged from stealth earlier this year to take on heavyweights like Splunk with a penchant for Google-style data mining.  And just this week the data company released a free edition of its core offering, giving admin a tasty dose of all they have to offer. But even in this short time, with a noteworthy debut and enticing updates, Sumo Logic has... more »
AI On The Rise Weekly: Big Data, Surveillance, and Chinese-Speaking Siri

AI On The Rise Weekly: Big Data, Surveillance, and Chinese-Speaking Siri

If still alive, Alan Turing turns a century old on June 23rd— the computer scientist that breathed life to algorithm and computation or computing. Some five decades ago, he perpetrated the infamous ‘Turing Test” which until now is the standard that defines artificial intelligence. But while no one has yet to be successful in passing this trial, there have been countless of innovations around AI that are deemed monumental; Siri being one of the hottest items of today. Other industries have also jumped into the bandwagon, hoping they could pioneer AI technologies. Siri, Search and Smartphone Market The undisputed queen of virtual... more »
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Red Hat Announces Freemium Business Model for OpenShift PaaS

Back in April, Red Hat announced the release of the OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) as open source. But the big question mark has been how Red Hat was going to apply its services-oriented business model to OpenShift and monetize the solution. Well, wonder no more, as Red Hat has announced a hosted OpenShift offering in free and paid tiers. The announcement came at this week's Red Hat Summit in Boston. OpenShift has been in a free developer preview since May 2011, but once the platform reaches the general availability stage, it's going to be offered in two tiers: FreeShift, the free tier, is... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.