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Hackathon Towards a Solution--AT&T and Intel Challenges Developers to Build Mobile Gaming Apps

Hackathon Towards a Solution--AT&T and Intel Challenges Developers to Build Mobile Gaming Apps

Have you an application idea or need an app built for your business? Young talent has always been an important issue in technology and this is especially true for the Internet of Things. Developers, programmers, designers, gamers, coders, or IT students with interest in mobile development are invited to participate in four regional “Internet of Things” hackathon and accelerator series, sponsored by AT&T Developer Program and Intel. The hackathons will take place in Palo Alto/Redwood City, Calif. on Sept. 16, New York City on Sept. 27, Denver on Nov. 1 and Los Angeles on Nov. 15. School projects and school teams... more »
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OpenStack is Eating the Enterprise

OpenStack is fast becoming the most important open source project in the industry to unify the growing number of cloud infrastructure vendors.  HP’s George Kadifa called OpenStack one of the most important projects to enable a new computing model.  The main reason according to HP’s Kadifa is the fact that no one vendor controls the process and the standards. Tonight, Cloudscaling founder Randy Bias is hosting a conversation and debate to discuss the role Amazon Web Services plays in the acceleration of the OpenStack standards and the community (full details here). In 2010 Rackspace with NASA created the open source project OpenStack... more »
HP Vertica Gives Massive Performance Boost to Demanding BI and Big Data Visualization Workloads | #HPBigData2013

HP Vertica Gives Massive Performance Boost to Demanding BI and Big Data Visualization Workloads | #HPBigData2013

When HP aquired Vertica, the intention has been to tap the fast-growing market for big data analytics and business intelligence. Now Vertica is gearing up for demanding business intelligence and analytic workloads. With the latest release of the Vertica Analytics Platform, HP has focused on performance, manageability and extensibility. Vertica’s vision of Analytics Everywhere, allowing customers to leverage all of their business-critical data from various structured, semi-structured and unstructured sources. BI and Visualization Go Hand in Hand From a customer challenge perspective, visualization is really about getting to the size of data, all the sources of data, all the scale of things and... more »
Apple iOS7 Flat Design Now Drills Down to iCloud.com Beta

Apple iOS7 Flat Design Now Drills Down to iCloud.com Beta

The beta version of iCloud.com website has been given a visual update.  Apple has updated iCloud.com beta for developers by introducing the icons of some applications with a graphical style iOS 7, the new version of the mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad. The iCloud.com beta update of iOS 7 design is not confined to the main menu. It reaches every corner of the web page eliminating every trace of Scott Forstall and contributing minimalism design of Jony Ive. The icons have been redesigned with the same simplicity of iOS 7. The comprehensive redesign also includes the new unlock screen with... more »
HP Unveils Scale-Out, Software-Defined Storage Appliance

HP Unveils Scale-Out, Software-Defined Storage Appliance

Hewlett Packard is jumping into the software-defined storage fray with a new scale-out StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) that offers data tiering and tight integration with VMware and Microsoft. The beefed-up appliance features auto tiering at the sub-LUN (logical unit number) level, a capability HP brands as Adaptive Optimisation. VSA utilizes this function to automatically migrate hot data to flash and cold data to lower-cost HDDs. Other features of the platform include support for VMware ParaVirtualized SCSI Controllers, Hyper-V integration, and rapid installation and provisioning. HP claims that the system deploys three times faster and scales capacity at 11 times the speed... more »
Facebook To Rival PayPal With Mobile Payments Service

Facebook To Rival PayPal With Mobile Payments Service

Facebook has just hit upon yet another money making scheme, with a report in AllThingsD claiming that the social media network is set to take on payment processing giant PayPal in the ecommerce industry. According to the report, Facebook is planning to offer mobile web shoppers the ability to buy goods online simply by entering their login details, just as they do with PayPal now. The scheme, which AllThingsD says is set to launch next month on a trial only basis, will initially begin with the men's clothing and accessory retailer Jack Threads. Some Facebook users have already given the social... more »
Cisco to Cut 4,000 Jobs Despite Positive Previous Quarter

Cisco to Cut 4,000 Jobs Despite Positive Previous Quarter

Cisco, the largest maker of networking equipment, has just announced another huge round of job cuts even though it recently reported an 18 percent jump in profits for the fourth fiscal quarter. Cisco chief executive John Chambers stated that the company is planning to cut five percent of its workforce - which amounts to about 4,000 employees losing their jobs.  Chambers acknowledges the profit jump but stated that it’s not enough to avoid this turn of events. "What we see is slow steady improvement, but not at the pace we want," Chambers told analysts on a conference call. In the quarter that ended... more »
Google Privacy? Sorry, It's Non-Existent

Google Privacy? Sorry, It's Non-Existent

Will using an online service mean that you’re willingly surrendering your privacy?  It shouldn’t, but if the Consumer Watchdog’s evidence against Google is to be believed, then we shouldn’t expect our privacy to be honored. The Consumer Watchdog has just published a 39-page motion filed by Google, in which the search giant was hoping that allegations regarding them snooping around emails to deliver more targeted ads would be dismissed. “Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications... more »
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The CIO Knows Best, Says Voonami’s Steve Newell

Voonami, a Utah-based provider of colocation, hosting and managed services, has successfully added 20 terabytes to its environment using hybrid storage arrays from Tegile. Steve Newell, a sales engineer with Voonami, discussed his company’s use case during last month’s Wikibon Peer Incite event. Before the upgrade, Voonami’s public cloud offering ran in an environment that combined NetApp storage with Cisco UCS servers and VMware virtualization software. The company’s IT department was “very happy” with the features of their NetApp deployment, Newell said, but they concluded that scaling the environment by 20 terabytes using a disk-only solution would cost too much. Voonami sought... more »
Android Malware Problems Pile Up with Bitcoin & Google Cloud Messaging

Android Malware Problems Pile Up with Bitcoin & Google Cloud Messaging

Security problems for Android are piling up, with an additional two vulnerabilities discovered in the mobile operating system over the last 24 hours, including one that was said to have been exploited in a $5,700 Bitcoin heist, and a second that allows cybercriminals to control malware on infected devices via the Google Cloud Messaging service. In the first instance, Google's Android security team has already put out a fix for the mobile operating system's Java-derived pseudorandom number generator, or PRNG, after some Bitcoin users reported small amounts of money being stolen. The bug in PRNG meant that Android would occasionally issue... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.