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Meet miniFlame - the Latest CyberWarfare Discovery

Meet miniFlame - the Latest CyberWarfare Discovery

Kaspersky is reporting on a newly uncovered piece of malware that has been dubbed “miniFlame” – a fully functional independent malware module with some interesting ties to previous pieces of state-sponsored malware. As the name suggests it has been tied to the infamous Flame malware and also the Gauss malware. Through the course of an ongoing investigation, the pieces and connections between the malware have been linked to paint a pretty amazing picture of sophistication, specialization, and designed targeting. Through it all, the persistent question of authorship makes for a fascinating undertone as US intelligence agencies are generally believed to... more »
Major Device Strategy Remix for Boxee, Heads to the Cloud

Major Device Strategy Remix for Boxee, Heads to the Cloud

Since the future is in the cloud, Boxee, the start-up company that delivered streaming Web video to TVs via their quirky-shaped Boxee Box, is introducing a new DVR box that would store content in the cloud. The Boxee TV allows users to record videos from both free and paid TV, and users won’t ever have to worry about deleting unwatched series--everything will be saved in the cloud, for a price of course.  The unlimited recording would cost $15 per month while the Boxee TV would cost only $99, a far cry from the price of the Boxee Box of $179. Boxee will... more »
Healthy Big Data: Putting Patients In Control

Healthy Big Data: Putting Patients In Control

For centuries, healthcare has largely been in the hands of professionals. People get sick, they go to the doctor’s where he or she tells them what medicines to take or what type of surgery they need to have. And more often than not, patients just go along with their recommendations. Aside from getting a second opinion - which involves making more appointments and taking time off work - patients have had little option but to go along with their doctor’s suggestions when it comes to their health. But times are changing and decisions about our health are no longer being taken solely... more »
AI On The Rise: Apple Vs Google and Robots With Honeybee Brain

AI On The Rise: Apple Vs Google and Robots With Honeybee Brain

Just when Siri and Watson are about to face-off to determine who will lord the mobile AI space, here comes another fierce match-up. It involves one half of the previous pair, but this time Apple is going up against Google. Well, not directly as assaulting the search giant, but the world’s strongest brand according to Forbes.com is looking at artificial intelligence to be the key driver of the future. Surprise! Apple’s tilting towards AI and not the next iPhone generations. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is spot on again with his prediction of a strong AI-powered iPhone 45. Well, he would not... more »
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Lawmakers’ Privacy Concerns Will Cost Advertisers a Lot of Money

Big data may be a big buzz word right now, but the underlying developments in this space have large implications on the consumer market.  Here to discuss the marketing industry's use of big data is SiliconAngle’s John  Caseretto, who goes through the latest developments in privacy.  He looks at ways in which increased scrutiny on marketers may outweigh the benefits (full video below). The Direct Marketing Association recently announced a one million dollar fund aimed at educating the consumer about data-driven ads and how they add more value to their browsing experience. This is a response to regulators recent criticism over the... more »
CODEBREAKER: Compelling Movie About Alan Turing Premieres in the United States

CODEBREAKER: Compelling Movie About Alan Turing Premieres in the United States

TODpix, in conjunction with Story Center Productions and Furnace, has announced the U.S. Premiere of CODEBREAKER, a unique new film about British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing—focusing not just on his role in World War II and his accomplishments that led to the computer revolution; but how his own country turned against him due to his homosexuality even after his work virtually turned the tide of the war. Alan Turing is a titan of the computer science revolution and a major player in the turning points of World War II when it comes to encryption and computer intelligence. Being able... more »
ManageEngine Brings Session Recording As Enhanced Information Security Measure

ManageEngine Brings Session Recording As Enhanced Information Security Measure

ManageEngine, a leading provider of real-time IT management tools, has introduced a new feature of session recording of privileged accounts. The company has strengthened its Password Manager Pro software as the privileged sessions can be video recorded, archived and played back to support forensic audits, letting enterprises monitor all actions performed by privileged accounts during privileged sessions. In IT, privileged accounts often provide unrestricted access to a company’s crown IT jewels. Session recording mitigates the related risks, providing a way to monitor what users are doing with their privileged access. With this latest feature, ManageEngine adds session recording capabilities in password... more »
OpenStack Downloaded Over 300,000 Times, Powers On

OpenStack Downloaded Over 300,000 Times, Powers On

OpenStack distributor PistonCloud recently published an infographic that sums up how much OpenStack grown since its launch in 2010. The initiative is big, no doubt, and the company is offering some specific numbers to back up that claim. OpenStack has been downloaded at least 300,000 times since it became available to developers. It also evolved – the source code adds up to 1,250,000 lines, thanks to contributions made by 49 different companies and 320 individuals. There are more than 100 major deployments of the cloud OS software, powering the environments of companies like AT&T and DreamHost. Lastly, PistonCloud reports that over 1200 community... more »
Scott Lowe Defines Backup/Recovery Best Practices for Very large Oracle Databases in Face of Increasing Virtualization

Scott Lowe Defines Backup/Recovery Best Practices for Very large Oracle Databases in Face of Increasing Virtualization

The march of virtualization out of test/dev environments and through peripheral systems to increasingly encompass tier 1, business-critical environments, including huge Oracle databases, is changing the face of backup and recovery writes  Wikibon Analyst, independent consultant and former CIO Scott Lowe in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert. Virtualization has two major impacts which combine to increase pressure on underlying backup and recovery systems hugely: First it combines multiple data streams, creating an even more massive single system. This makes it harder, for instance, to “divide and conquer” by scheduling the backups of different databases for different days or times. Backup windows... more »
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Foxconn Admits Hiring Underaged Interns, Amongst Other Sins

Foxconn, Apple’s largest supply chain, is facing scrutiny for admitting that they hiring underaged employees in one of their factories.  The advocacy group China Labor Watch was the first to report of the underaged employment, and the company confirmed, stating that those were student interns aged 14-16 year olds, and that they will be terminated immediately. “Any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated,” Foxconn said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg.  “We recognize that full responsibility for these violations rests with our company and we have apologized to each... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.