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More Amusing Takedown Demands from Microsoft to DCMA. Who's the Responsible Party?

Earlier this year, Microsoft France filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice to Google requesting for the takedown of site pages allegedly infringing their products.  Microsoft, like other copyright holders, use an automated system to identify infringing sites.  Microsoft claims that the takedown list aims to prevent the unauthorized distribution of the Windows 8 Beta software. Unfortunately, these automated tools aren’t perfect, and oftentimes innocent pages are sent to be taken down.  And that’s the case with Microsoft’s latest DMCA filing, as it included the request to take down pages from BBC, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, BuzzFeed, Wikipedia, AMC Theaters, Government... more »
Apple Could Release New iPad 3 With A6 Chip

Apple Could Release New iPad 3 With A6 Chip

Earlier this month, rumors regarding Apple’s iPad Mini kicked up a notch when sources claimed that they are already in mass production, ready to be unveiled on October 17 and will go on sale on November 2nd. The iPad Mini is said to sport a 7.85-inch liquid crystal display and will have the same tech specs as the iPad 2 as it will be replacing it.  Plus it will be priced much cheaper at $250-$299. Some sources claim that two new versions of the iPad 2 appeared in logs, “ iPad 2,5” and “iPad 2,6.”  This could mean that the iPad mini... more »
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Evaluating Mobile Support in Enterprise Social Platforms: They're Not All the Same

Social adoption is growing rapidly in the enterprise. Employees seek the same effortless anytime  any place collaboration in the office that they enjoy with friends on popular social networks, and that requires mobile access. Support for mobile has become almost a necessity in public social networks. It is also quickly becoming a must have feature for enterprise social. In an ideal world, enterprise social platforms would support every mobile device and capability. Unfortunately, here in reality, that is not the case. About the only thing enterprise social vendors can agree on when it comes to mobile is that it's a must have feature. According... more »
Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) May Give Enterprises Peace of Mind

Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) May Give Enterprises Peace of Mind

A few weeks ago, HP rolled out a plethora of new security-as-a-service (SECaaS) offerings for its customers. As enterprises move toward outsourcing a greater chunk of their infrastructure, SECaaS may be a natural extension of the managed services movement that could give companies some much needed peace of mind. For physical security, companies have been using private contractors for decades, particularly when they have highly valuable assets. In today's IT world, electronic content and data may be more valuable than physical products. As such, it only makes sense for companies to look for security packages that are easy to implement and... more »
This Week in Big Data: Funding, Security and Smart Grids

This Week in Big Data: Funding, Security and Smart Grids

This week was a very notable one for big thanks to a handful of updates, and a new startup that might just change the way we think of big data today.  Trifacta raised $$4.3 million from Accel’s Big Data fund for a solution that doesn’t just visualize insight, but also the analytics tools that produce it. The Trifacta team is developing an abstraction layer for Hadoop, MySQL and other databases that will spin code and queries based on simple instructions provided by the business users. The startup says its upcoming development will prove advantageous for both decision-makers and data scientists. sqrrl, another... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Oracle, Workday IPO and More

This Week in the Cloud: Oracle, Workday IPO and More

Oracle's annual event OpenWorld is one that really stood out this week. The 5-day event at San Francisco was packed with product updates, but it was Larry Ellison’s big keynote was what really made a mark. During his lengthy speech the CEO announced a number of new products, along with new direction for his company. Ellison unveiled the 12c release of Oracle’s database platform – the c stands for cloud, and the software is pegged as the first truly multi-tenant DB on the market. He also dwelt into a much more notable update – Oracle is making a push into the... more »
Hewlett-Packard Not Selling EDS, But Should

Hewlett-Packard Not Selling EDS, But Should

Hewlett-Packard’s stock is down more than 12 percent at a 10-year low of $14.91 after the company said it expects profit for fiscal year 2013 to be between $3.40 and $3.60 per share. Wall Street’s’ consensus estimate was a considerably higher at $4.18 a share. CEO Meg Whitman tried to do some PR damage control at an analyst event held this week at the company’s headquarters, but that didn’t seem to mitigate the aftermath too much. “The market reaction was brutal and Brian White of Topeka Capital markets called the new outlook a 'bomb' from the world's biggest PC maker," reads an... more »
SAP's Big Data Solution for Amazon Wannabes: HANA for B&M Stores

SAP's Big Data Solution for Amazon Wannabes: HANA for B&M Stores

Business intelligence kingpin SAP launched Precision Retailing  on Tuesday, a solution that offers customers an Amazon-like experience at the point-of-sale with item recommendations and custom suggestions.   The software is joined by a new app, the Retail Store Ops Manager, which was also unveiled at this week’s SAP Retail Forum North America. “Today’s companies want to become more customer-centric, they want to gain insight about each consumer’s behaviors and proclivities based on the volumes of rich data before, during and after each shopping activity,” said Greg Girard, program director, merchandise strategies, IDC. “Businesses that are able to do this and deliver... more »
Microsoft Uses Big Data To Help Save The World’s Most Endangered Species

Microsoft Uses Big Data To Help Save The World’s Most Endangered Species

The animal kingdom has a lot to thank big data for. Following last week’s news that Japanese scientists are mapping bluefin tuna populations to ensure a sustainable supply of sushi, Microsoft’s engineers are getting in on the act as well, lending a helping hand in the battle to save several of the world’s most endangered species from dying out. The software giant has teamed up with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in order to help ‘track and trace’ the 100 species considered to be most ‘at risk’ of extinction, which includes the golden lion tamarin monkey (pictured above),... more »
A Degree of “Badness” In Hacking? The Tales of the Bad, the Robinhoods, and the Hacktivists

A Degree of “Badness” In Hacking? The Tales of the Bad, the Robinhoods, and the Hacktivists

Gone are the days when society thinks of hackers as the greasy-haired geeks in pajamas who spend their entire life in front of the screen playing around with viruses and infecting networks for fun. Hacking has come a long way from this phase and face. This transformation gives us now the image of hackers—not as an untidy mob or an illegal and unprincipled community, but a hamlet of modern-day thinkers who are able to express their views of issues in articulate and well thought-out ways. Many consider them as watchdogs more than outlaws. Some still look at these folks negatively. Hacking comes in many... more »

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- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.