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Mobile carriers should be afraid. Very afraid. The reason? Because free mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp, MessageMe, WeChat, Kik and Viber are slowly but surely eating away their profits, overtaking SMS's in their popularity for the first time last year, according to fresh data from telecom and media consultancy firm Informa. Now this trend probably doesn't come as much of a surprise to those who haven't been living in a cave for the last three years. Recently, we heard that Nokia is even going as far as to include a dedicated WhatsApp button on its phones. Nevertheless, the news will come... more »
Taking a brute-force approach to managing large data centers is impractical, a fact Google, Facebook, and other web-scale giants discovered first-hand several years ago. To overcome this, these firms have pioneered hyperscale as a way of keeping their mega-services running efficiently, and now enterprises are following in their footsteps to address their growing Big Data workloads. ServicesAngle editor Bert Latamore writes in Wikibon that the transition to hyperscale is inevitable, and advises vendors and CIOs to climb aboard the train before it leaves the station. Hyperscale eliminates the need for embedded management capabilities in each device by moving this functionality up to... more »
Amazon’s role in transforming the cloud into the megatrend it is today has enabled it to secure a dominant position in the marketplace. Wikibon estimates that Amazon Web Services (AWS) raked in nearly $2 billion in 2012, and predicts that the platform will generate over $3 billion in revenue by end of this year. AWS is immensely popular among developers and SMBs, but the value proposition that established the company as a leader in these markets is not nearly as attractive from an enterprise standpoint. Wikibon’s Stu Miniman says that Amazon’s one-size-fits-all approach leaves plenty of room for the competition. In one... more »
Three different vendors had announced major product updates this week. Tokutek open-sourced the latest version of its MySQL platform and unveiled a new enterprise service, Pentaho acquired a Portuguese firm by the name of Webdetails, and Dell introduced a new release of its database management platform. Tokutek released the source-code for TokuDB 7, the latest version of its storage acceleration platform. The Lexington, Massachusetts-based database performance specialist also announced TokuDB Enterprise Edition, a commercial offering that includes technical support, initial customer onboarding services, and “advanced tools for backup and recovery”. Pentaho shelled out an undisclosed sum for Webdetails, a Portugal-based design consultancy... more »
“The writing is on the wall,” writes Wikibon Chief Analyst/Cofounder David Vellante in his latest Professional Alert: “Software is Eating the World: Will Amazon Eat Enterprise IT Infrastructure”? “Wikibon believes that by 2018, 80% of IT organizations will be pursuing a strategy that involves a public or hybrid cloud approach with a major emphasis on outsourcing infrastructure provisioning and management.” In Wikibon’s April 23 Peer Incite meeting, Jason Mendenhall, EVP of Cloud at Switch Communications, creator of the SuperNAP colocation facility, said that the question is no longer “why cloud” but rather “which cloud”. “Cloud”, however, does not necessarily mean Amazon. AWS... more »
“Building and managing a data center is best left up to the experts,” writes Gary MacFadden in his latest Professional Alert: “Switch SuperNAP Cloud Infrastructure Service Does the Heavy Lifting for IT.” At Wikibon’s April 23, 2013 Peer Incite, Jason Mendenhall, EVP of Cloud for Switch Communications argued that Switch’s SuperNAP colocation center in Las Vegas is helping to change the IT industry’s view of cloud services. “Today the question is ‘which cloud?’, not if a company should adopt a cloud strategy,” he said. Moving non-differentiated tasks and services to a colocation center or service provider provides several benefits that help... more »
Cloud provider ISVs (CPIs), aka Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) including Salesforce, Microsoft 365 and Google Apps, and ServiceNOW, are becoming increasingly important in many companies, with or without formal IT involvement, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest alert: “Keep Your Own Data Close and Your Competitors Data Closer”. Many of these cloud-based services actually run in mega-datacenters such as Switch Communications’ SuperNAP in Las Vegas. This provides an opportunity for companies that need to combine their data in those services with other public or competitor data for business analysis. In the era of Big Data, Floyer writes, it is vital to... more »
Can’t seem to have enough of Bitcoin? Then you’re in luck! Bitcoin 2013 will be kicking off on May 17-19, 2013 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. Bitcoin enthusiasts, miners, developers, architect, or anyone from the financial world, or anyone curious about the future of BTC are invited to attend the conference. Interested people can now register online and pay either $300 or 3 BTC for a ticket that entitles you to full access to all conference content and activities, including the Bitcoin hackathon. If you plan to register on the day of the event, ticket price... more »
Just last week we heard straight from the horse's mouth that touch-friendly notebooks based on Intel's new “Bay Trail” atom processor would be available for as little as $200. At that time, Intel CEO Paul Otellini was remarkably upbeat about Bay Trail's prospects, proclaiming that the devices it powers will help to drag laptop and PC sales back from the abyss. Few will argue that there should be plenty of takers for a $200 laptop if they're as capable as Intel claims they will be. But guess what? Those new laptops won't all be running on Windows... Instead, the majority of... more »
Steam adds a new title that comes with a new payment scheme. Aventurine's fantasy MMO Darkfall Unholy Wars launched on Steam as the first automatic renewal subscription-based title. Players can purchase the game for $40 and it will automatically charge the gamer $15 per month afterwards. As players can cancel (and manage) their subscription at any time, they won't need to worry about being surprised by the upkeep. The 411 of Steam’s Subscription plan To make any purchase on Steam, you need a credit card tied to your account. This makes purchasing titles easier. To Purchase a subscription, just go to the subscription-based game’s... more »