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Dell Storage Forum Recap: The Strategic Shift and Latest Wave of Innovation

This week’s Dell Storage Forum can definitely be categorized as a big milestone for the company's hardware line, which is currently undergoing a major shift across multiple fronts. First and foremost, storage is becoming a much bigger focus for Dell, and it shows. Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman talked about the relatively fast-paced shift in the vendor’s approach that we’re witnessing now. Dell’s enterprise business used to be similar to its PC group in that the company acted, for the most part, as only a reseller of other brands’ data center equipment.  This has changed in the past few years, thanks... more »
Gmail Accounts Hijacked by ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ via IE Zero-Day

Gmail Accounts Hijacked by ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ via IE Zero-Day

Both Microsoft and Google have been at the press to warn users that attackers are using a new zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer being used to hijack Gmail accounts. The flaw is currently unpatched (fitting any zero-day exploit) and enables an attacker to create a drive-by attack that could hook most users with little or no interaction with anything except a rigged web page. Most of this was published yesterday to the Microsoft Security Advisory and the Knowledge base and reported by ZDnet’s Ryan Naraine. The advisory from Microsoft mentions “active attacks” and references a warning submitted by Google earlier this... more »
Yammer Would Be The Best $1 Billion Microsoft Could Ever Spend

Yammer Would Be The Best $1 Billion Microsoft Could Ever Spend

The rumor mill is working overtime with suggestions that Microsoft might be purchasing social networking provider Yammer for as much as $1 billion. But given Microsoft's near-absence from the social landscape, that billion could be a bargain if it ensures the company's relevancy as the social enterprise market accelerates. Business Insider first broke the story that Yammer employees were discussing a possible Microsoft purchase since Monday - a claim substantiated by Bloomberg News today, which now says that the deal could be announced as early as tomorrow. Neither company is saying word one. Yammer, for its part, is a well-funded ($140 million since... more »
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Dell’s Storage Chief Talks Migration, Convergence and the future

Day Two of the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston included a sit-down with Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell Enterprise Storage. Meeting with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of The Wikibon Project, Thomas discussed the evolution and strategy of the company’s storage business, key differentiators that have attracted customers to its platforms, and technology advancements that are coming down the pike. Thomas, who joined Dell in 2003, said the “revolution” of the firm’s storage vision began shortly after his arrival. At the time, Dell was committed to its reseller partnership with EMC, while also heavily focused on... more »
SAP Makes a Move on End Users with Collab and Analytics

SAP Makes a Move on End Users with Collab and Analytics

Business software make SAP is targeting business users and entrepreneurs in particular with a number of newly announced initiatives that rely heavily on partnerships. The firm revealed an update for the SAP StreamWork enterprise sharing app, introducing integration with Mikogom, a different kind of collaboration service that has the potential of introducing a lot of added value. What’s new is that users can now schedule and host video conferences or ‘cyber meetings’ from within the software, rather than using an alternative service from a competing vendor. The second thing that the update brings is iPad support. There’s now a tablet-optimized StreamWork client... more »
Foreign Remittances Go Digital: Celebrating Families

Foreign Remittances Go Digital: Celebrating Families

Nothing says family like money and - probably - the quintessential American experience is captured by the immigrant worker who sticks a few dollars in an envelope, glues on an airmail stamp and sends that $5 or $20 off to Mumbai or Lahore. We now are in National Family Month  which means it is especially apt to revisit remittances which, for the record, are hugely important to tens of millions of family budgets.  The World Bank, in its 2011 remittance report, estimated that $483 billion crossed borders in remittance payments in 2011.  $351 billion went to developing nations such as India... more »
Keys to Cloud Success: Security, Flexibility, Reliability and Management Simplicity

Keys to Cloud Success: Security, Flexibility, Reliability and Management Simplicity

During the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston today, Brocade Global Solutions Architect Roger Bouchard met with Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org as part of theCube’s conference coverage (full video below). Bouchard, the author of the book “Security Fibre Channel Fabrics,” talked about the importance of bridging the gap between storage and security when it comes to the cloud. “In talking to customers about SAN security, it used to be that storage administrators would have their eyes glaze over when asking them about security,” Bouchard said. “And when talking to the security team, they saw the SAN as a black box that they... more »
Klout and Hadoop, the Pros and Cons

Klout and Hadoop, the Pros and Cons

Everybody wants to improve their Klout score, a value that represents a user’s influence across their social network. And while Klout describes to its users how the number is calculated, few people understand how the platform behind the score really works. To lend some insight, Dave Mariani, vice president of engineering at Klout, joined John Furrier and Jeff Kelly at The Cube, broadcasting during Hadoop Summit 2012 in San Jose, Calif (full video below). Mariani explained how Hadoop’s distributed file system has enabled his start-up to not just process, but also store data cheaply. Hadoop is horizontally scalable, meaning if an organization... more »
Amazon, Microsoft Strengthen Video Streaming Services

Amazon, Microsoft Strengthen Video Streaming Services

Amazon's catalog of online streaming videos keeps growing. Amazon has announced licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios to include hundreds of classic films and TV series for free streaming on its Prime Instant Video service. With the new addition of MGM, Prime Instant Video now offers more than 18,000 movies and TV episodes. The deal with MGM will allow free viewing of movies such as “Terminator”, “Rain Man” and “Silence of the Lambs” for users of Prime Instant Video. Recently, Paramount and Nickelodeon have joined this platform too, which shows growing popularity of the Amazon’s video streaming service. In July last year,... more »
Humans Make Poor Spam Filters - LinkedIn Alert Ignored by Thousands

Humans Make Poor Spam Filters - LinkedIn Alert Ignored by Thousands

In yet another setback for LinkedIn, it’s been revealed thousands of email alerts sent out by the company in response to last week’s password scandal have been wrongly marked as spam. The news probably doesn’t come as that much of a surprise – following such a glaring security breach, it’s to be expected that many users would likely be more cautious in the face of any suspect mails. The problem though, was that these were actually legitimate emails, sent by LinkedIn to alert users to the security breach so they could take action to protect their accounts. According to the email security firm... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.