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Zynga on the Rocks as Population Falls, Stock Price Takes a Dive

Zynga on the Rocks as Population Falls, Stock Price Takes a Dive

The Internet social gaming community has a love-hate relationship with Zynga in that they produced one of the most popular social gaming series ever to hit the web—that in the Farmville franchise. In fact, they were so instrumental in bringing critical mass to casual gaming on platforms such as Facebook. Yesterday, Zynga’s shares fell with a suddenness falling as much as 13 percent—triggering “a short-sale circuit breaker.” Dean Takahashi at VentureBeat mentions that Zynga’s shares have risen as high as $15.91; but they’ve seen a bit of a fall after Facebook’s recent IPO: In a research note, Cowen analyst Doug Creutz wrote... more »
Knight Foundation Funding Supports Data in the Public Interest

Knight Foundation Funding Supports Data in the Public Interest

“Whether it is EU spending data, development aid data or crime data, data driven journalism can facilitate public engagement with issues dealt with by public bodies and international organizations, thus enriching the public debate around them.” – Data Driven Journalism Data journalists, like corporate executives, are tasked with harnessing big data for maximal return; for journalists, the profit is a more democratic society.  Increasingly, incubators and grantmakers are supporting those Alex Howard calls, “ambitious, smart, social entrepreneurs who want to start civic startups” that leverage data for social change. The Knight Foundation for journalistic research has now joined the ranks of... more »
Hortonworks Focused on Making Apache Hadoop Enterprise-Ready

Hortonworks Focused on Making Apache Hadoop Enterprise-Ready

Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden opened the Hadoop Summit 2012 show his company is sponsoring with a message of cooperation rather than competition and said his company's goal remains developing Apache Hadoop into a enterprise-ready technology platform. Asked by John Furrier in an interview on the SiliconAngle Cube at the start of the show about the differences between the Summit and O'Reilly Media's HadoopWorld, for instance, he said the goals of the two conferences are very similar. The main difference is that in an industry that changes radically every six weeks a lot has happened in the six months since HadoopWorld. “It was... more »
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It’s Day 1 of Hadoop Summit. VMware, Pentaho Jump in the Fray

Yesterday before the Hadoop Summit even started, co-host Hortonworks decided to debut its product. It launched the HortonWorks Data Platform that the startup touts as a more stable and, more importantly, a partner-centric distribution of the big data-munching software. There’s also strong cloud support in the form of a high-availability edition that is integrated with VMware. Now it’s Day 1 of the conference, and some of the more patient attendees are starting to unveil their new products as well.  VMware is one of them. The virtualization giant announced what it codenamed project “Serengeti,” a so-called virtualization- aware Hadoop configuration and management tool--the... more »
The Future of PaaS

The Future of PaaS

This afternoon at Deploycon I am moderating a panel: "The Future of PaaS." I asked the panelists and others at the conference how they view the future of platform-as-a-service. Here is a smattering of what people had to say: Pervasive CTO Michael Hoskins set the tone with his keynote. His picture is of a PaaS becoming the means for data-as-service as the age of software comes to an end. The advent of PaaS will mean the transformation of frameworks and complex families of services to simple, stand alone services. Apps will be less written and more assembled from various components. Finding functionality becomes less... more »
TheCube at Dell Storage Forum Examines VMware-Dell Partnership for Virtualization and the Cloud

TheCube at Dell Storage Forum Examines VMware-Dell Partnership for Virtualization and the Cloud

Stu Miniman brought Felipe Payet and Tracy Waller from VMware into theCube at Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston, MA to talk about the VMWare-Dell partnership and how that affects the virtualization ecology in the technology sphere. They sat down and spoke about mission-critical virtualization, development, and their role in the partnership and how they’ve welded the two companies together. In the Americas alone there’s approximately 65 people dedicated to the VMware-Dell partnership; globally that probably almost doubles. So this is a serious infrastructure and training project between the two companies. Miniman brought up to Payet and Waller that the discussion in... more »
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Tecplot's EqualLogic Adoption Opens New Doors

In The Cube’s ongoing coverage of Dell Storage Forum, Dave Vellante and Stuart Miniman of Wikibon.org meet with Tecplot IT generalist, Pete Koehler (full video below).  Vellante begins by reminding viewers that The Cube finds the signal through the noise, providing only the most relevant newsworthy information.  True to style, Vellante and Miniman’s discussion with Koehler gets directly to the point concerning Tecplot’s strategies and experiences Dell EqualLogic, the back-up window and translating “data-speak” into simple terminology for stakeholders concerned with the bottom line. Tecplot decided to use Dell’s EqualLogic solution to address storage challenges.  Tecplot makes simulation analytics and data visualization... more »
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Cloud Provider Combines High Security and Efficiency on Dell Backbone

“Security is a challenge for every cloud provider,” says Alex Rodriguez, VP of Systems Engineering and Product Development for Pittsburgh-based communications and cloud service provider Expedient Communications. “You are asking clients to trust you with their critical applications and data.” Expedient builds that trust by consistently delivering services that meet customers' most demanding SLAs, he says during an interview at theCube (full video below).  And it adheres to a list of security and privacy regulations from PCI to HIPAA for all its clients, including those that are not in the regulated industries. While most regulated companies face one audit a year, “we... more »
Bored with Apple, Samsung Declares War on Facebook Instead

Bored with Apple, Samsung Declares War on Facebook Instead

Samsung getting fed up of copying making phones perhaps? Or do they genuinely believe they can do what the likes of Google and Apple have miserably failed to achieve? Either way, reports from Korea that the electronics and just-about-everything-else giant is planning to launch a social networking service to rival Facebook are sure to raise an eyebrow or two this morning. The Korean Herald (admittedly, not the best of sources) quoted a Samsung official as saying that the company hopes to launch a new social networking service to compete with Facebook early next year. According to the source, the service will... more »
Latest Big Data Trends Revealed with Jaspersoft Q2 Index

Latest Big Data Trends Revealed with Jaspersoft Q2 Index

Business intelligence software firm Jaspersoft operates JasperForge.org, a community site that, among other things, allows developers to download open-source big data technology. That covers pretty much all of the Apache projects associated with Hadoop, as well as many others, and Jaspersoft is making the most of it. The company tracks monthly connector downloads and provides a few metrics that shed some new light on the big data trend today. The latest report that went out this week cites a few interesting figures: over 10,000 connectors downloaded this year, an increase that could add up to as much as 92 percent YoY... 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.