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Fusion-io’s Flash NAS Software Makes your Servers Run 25X Faster

Shortly after flash storage pioneer Fusion-io acquired IoTurbine the company debuted what it called ioCache, a flash-based RAM substitute that comes in handy in high-performance analytics environments, and require a lot of juice. Now, Fusion debuted yet another solution based on IoTurbine’s caching software that's even more buzzworthy. The Fusion ION acceleration platform turns the ioDrives that run inside customers’ servers into a single flash pool that can be accessed across the network, and packs a lot of value. This flash SAN reduces latency because data is stored on the server-side, and  at the same time allows for much more agile resource... more »
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Are You Willing To Pay $800 for the iPhone 5?

We’ve heard a lot of rumors regarding the iPhone 5 and some of them are quite ridiculous.  But there's certainly no shortage of imagination.   I remember last year, rumors started flying around that the iPhone 5, which turned out to be the iPhone 4S, would be all glass and transparent.  People seriously got excited about that one, some even taunting Fandroids--too bad it was just a hoax. According to some reliable sources, Apple will be launching the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini on September 12 and will commercially launch by September 21.  With that development, more rumors are flying... more »
Silver Spring Launches On-Demand Smart Grid Service

Silver Spring Launches On-Demand Smart Grid Service

Silver Spring Networks has been in the utilities’ software business for 10 years now. Although this industry is more often than not behind the curve in IT, the vendor is modernizing its portfolio.  This week the firm announced a new service called SilverLink, a solution that aims to make the relevant information easily accessible to every worker and not just the back office bunch that it has been catering to. The subscription-based cloud offering has two main components. The first is SilverLink Console, a collection of dashboards that deliver real-time performance data, alerts and visibility into infrastructure.  The second is the... more »
Big Data Analysis Predicts Epic Success for iPhone 5

Big Data Analysis Predicts Epic Success for iPhone 5

“Based on what we heard from six million social conversations, the only conclusion we can logically reach is that the launch of the iPhone5 will be epic.” -- Vincent Schiavone, co-founder and CEO of ListenLogic What wouldn’t you do for the iPhone 5? According to a recent ListenLogic study, customers are willing to sacrifice a lot, including clothes, cars and vacations, to make sure they can afford the new smartphone. ListenLogic used its own big-data stream platform (that claims to offer “performance well beyond Hadoop”) to analyze six million social media conversations concerning consumer intent to purchase the forthcoming iPhone 5.... more »
EMC Turns to Lenovo as "Long-Term" Partnership Seeks Chinese Market

EMC Turns to Lenovo as "Long-Term" Partnership Seeks Chinese Market

Enterprise solutions vendors EMC and Lenovo have formed what Rod Mathews, EMC’s senior director of business development calls a “symbiotic relationship” in an effort to enter the enterprise space in China. This emerging market is seeing increased demand for not only PCs and mobile devices, but also IT services, servers and storage. Saying that few details were disclosed about the partnership would be an understatement, but there are a few key highlights that the two companies wanted their investors to be aware of. While no financial information was revealed, Lenovo chief executive CEO Yuanqing Yang said that the team-up will be... more »
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Apple Requests Court Support Against Samsung's Devious Media Play

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple's requesting the courts to rule in their favor; Apple’s Smart Cover with built-in display; Samsung readies Galaxy Note successor; HTC expects weak Q3 due to Apple-Samsung dominance, and Google’s Google Wallet kerfuffle. Apple requests courts to rule in their favor After the much controversial media release of court documents being ruled as inadmissible evidence by Samsung, Apple is now requesting the court to rule in favor of them as Samsung thinks they are above the law in this trial. Overseeing Judge Lucy Koh wanted to get to the bottom of the media leak and asked Samsung who... more »
Can Data Science Save the US Economy?

Can Data Science Save the US Economy?

In times of global economic crisis, there is an unstable situation in the labor market. Innovation is considered a savior in our current economic uncertainty, as nations shift their prominence in a worldwide marketplace where intellectual resources become increasingly important for the future development of the U.S. The Big Data revolution opens new capabilities around analysis, research, and the study of both structured and unstructured data, unlocking an interesting and rapidly emerging market in data science. “Within Big Data are opportunities to transform from being a market follower to a first-mover advantage,” said Bill Schmarzo, CTO inside EMC’s EIM and analytics division,... more »
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Microsoft Allegedly Tells Developers To Stop Calling It "Metro"

For the last year and change, Metro has been the magic word at Microsoft, as it gears up to drastically refine the desktop experience with Windows 8. But reports are coming in that developers are allegedly getting word that the term "Metro" - which has all but defined Microsoft's unified user interface efforts -  has fallen out of favor in Redmond as the company tries to slow or halt its usage. Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports that while it was first thought by a few Microsoft developers that Microsoft is moving away from calling the interface "Metro" due to copyright... more »
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Microsoft revamps OWA for Exchange 2013 release

Have you ever wished Microsoft’s Outlook Web Access worked more like the Outlook desktop version? Mac users, Tablet users, mobile phone users certainly come to mind. Microsoft has constantly been evolving and improving their web interface for Exchange users. The upcoming release of OWA has been updated to align with the release of Exchange 2013 and boasts many new features and interface updates. It is clear the Office product team is collaborating with customers and working hard to evolve their product, openly asking: So what do you think we should do next? We’re very excited to finally share the new OWA, its updated... more »
Dear Mark Zuckerberg Open Letter Slam By Young and Up & Coming Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell

Dear Mark Zuckerberg Open Letter Slam By Young and Up & Coming Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell

Dalton Caldwell @DaltonC is the founder of App.net, a social platform that is pivoting after Facebook offered to buy it or kill it.  Dalton is the creator of imeem, a social music site that was acquired by MySpace.  I first met Dalton seven years ago when he was one of my first guys that I did a podcast with in 2005 as part of my last venture PodTech.net.  This post is listed here in full here on SiliconANGLE to preserve for the record.  This post was posted on his blog two days ago and has since been part of a Silicon... more »

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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.