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Oracle Belatedly Issues Java Security Fix, But Is It Enough?

Oracle Belatedly Issues Java Security Fix, But Is It Enough?

Oracle has just issued an urgent fix to seal a dangerous security flaw within its Java software that’s left thousands of computers wide open to malicious attacks from hackers. The update follows revelations that Oracle actually knew about the vulnerability several months before it was first reported in the media. VentureBeat explained that the patch addresses a gaping hole in the security of Java 7, one so big that any Apple computer that has the vulnerable version of Java installed on it could easily be infected with malware, simply from browsing hacked websites. The update has been released as an emergency update... more »
The 7 Hour OpenStack Foundation Meeting: New Leadership Team and Not Much Else

The 7 Hour OpenStack Foundation Meeting: New Leadership Team and Not Much Else

Members of the OpenStack Foundation, the independent organization that Rackspace created to take responsibility for the open-source cloud OS, have met for the first time this week. The seven-hour long meeting gave the attending executives the opportunity to sort out a lot of the operational details, including who’s going to be in charge of the project.  GigaOm reports that Alan Clark, director of industry initiatives, emerging standards and open source for SUSE has been elected as chairman; Cisco cloud CTO Lew Tucker will be serving as the second in command. The emphasis on the "open" in OpenStack is evident. The very reason Rackspace... more »
VMware Backup and Recovery Trends, VMworld 2012 Spotlight Segment

VMware Backup and Recovery Trends, VMworld 2012 Spotlight Segment

Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org continue their VMworld 2012 coverage in this spotlight segment on backup and recovery for VMware customers and practitioners. Vellante and Miniman high-level overview examines industry trends concerning virtualization, the enduring utility of tape, backup stress and conclude with eight customer imperatives for backup and recovery. Vellante and Miniman begin from the market angle, exploring how backup has evolved. Miniman cites that backup was the source of many pain points as users transitioned from a physical environment to virtualization. VMware is trying to keep up with competition by adding features into virtualization, especially in light... more »
Why VMware Is Trying to Join OpenStack

Why VMware Is Trying to Join OpenStack

The news from VMworld that VMware wants to join OpenStack has likely confused many. It would be easy to argue that VMware is a competitor to OpenStack and should not be fraternizing with the enemy. Despite the misgivings those of us on the outside looking in might have, VMware seems to have a plan, one that involves joining the nearly 200 other companies that support and contribute to OpenStack. To understand VMware's logic, it is important to first understand what OpenStack is and is not. It is a collection or "stack" of open source tools designed to serve as the basis... more »
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Lenovo Can’t Get Enough of HP and Dell’s Market Share

Lenovo has made some tremendous gains over the past few years. The Chinese hardware giant is the third biggest player in the worldwide consumer market, and is the largest manufacturer of notebooks on the planet. These light-weight, affordable laptops add up to a very big market that Lenovo is not neglecting, even as it steps up its mobile strategy. The company introduced three new Windows-powered Ideatab tablets today, the S2110, A2107, and A2109 priced. The S2110 is a $399 ‘premium entertainment tablet’ that comes with a 10 inch screen which offers a 178-degree viewing angle, and is less than 10 millimeters... more »
VMware CIO Says Company Will Prioritize Rapid Release Cycle, Software Defined Data Center Transition and User Experience for the Next Year

VMware CIO Says Company Will Prioritize Rapid Release Cycle, Software Defined Data Center Transition and User Experience for the Next Year

In their continuing and exclusive coverage of VMWorld 2012, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Mark Egan, VMware Chief Information officer. The panelists discuss organizational challenges to implementing IT as a service, Cloud Foundry usage, the increasing need for multi-vendors and VMware’s priorities over the next twelve months. Vellante asks what IT transformation, particularly with IT as a service means to VMware. Egan explains, when it comes to implementing IT as such, it’s important to look at the journey holistically “from a people, process, technology perspective.” Egan believes “the people side is the hardest,” having a skilled an open staff... more »
Dropbox Competitor Takes Leading Edge via BitTorrent Support

Dropbox Competitor Takes Leading Edge via BitTorrent Support

BitTorrent is far and away one of the best tools for moving large amounts of data. It's used everywhere by video game companies to deliver patches to clients and some media streamers to lighten the load of trucking around pretty pictures. Realizing this advantage, Maxxo, a new cloud hosting and synchronization service has added support for BitTorrent downloads, allowing users to download torrent files quickly and anonymously. Maxxo is Dropbox’s new competitor, and has marked this by adding BitTorrent support as a native feature. “By using BitTorrent through Maxxo our users can download files fast and completely anonymously,” Maxxo CEO Luka... more »
SDN Not Revolutionary, Part of an Evolution Going back to 1980s and ATM says Cisco's Delfino

SDN Not Revolutionary, Part of an Evolution Going back to 1980s and ATM says Cisco's Delfino

Despite the hype, software-defined networking (SDN) is not really that new, says Dom Delfino, senior director at network giant Cisco Systems. In fact, the basic concepts go back to the 1980s or earlier and TDM (time-division networking), ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode), and frame relay among other networking technologies, he told Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman in an interview webcast live from the Cube on the floor of VMworld 2012 over SiliconAngle.tv. “While SDN is a new term, building software-defined networks is not a new thing,” he said. “Fast forward to IP, MPLS, VPLS, VPNs, these are all forms of software-defined networks. So... more »
Zappos Labs: Pinterest Generates Less Sales than Twitter and Facebook

Zappos Labs: Pinterest Generates Less Sales than Twitter and Facebook

Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world, no doubt about that. But Pinterest is the favorite of the consumer--particularly the window-shopper. Various statistics including the recently published SAP and NetBase report show that Pinterest generates four times more revenue than Twitter and increases revenue by 27 percent more per click than Facebook. However, Zappos Labs, the research arm of online clothing site Zappos (now owned by Amazon), has been mining Pinterest sales patterns and results are not rosy. According to the Director of Zappos Labs, Will Young, users of Pinterest would be much more likely to share a purchase than... more »
US Military Admits State Sponsored Cyberattacks

US Military Admits State Sponsored Cyberattacks

Marine Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills admitted in a conference last week that they used cyberwarfare against their opponents in Afghanistan. “I can tell you that as a commander in Afghanistan in the year 2010, I was able to use my cyber operations against my adversary with great impact,” Mills said. “I was able to get inside his nets, infect his command-and-control, and in fact defend myself against his almost constant incursions to get inside my wire, to affect my operations.” Though state-sponsored cyberattack is not a secret, it’s still not something the government wants you to know about especially when they... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

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.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.