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Zappos Labs: Pinterest Generates Less Sales than Twitter and Facebook

Zappos Labs: Pinterest Generates Less Sales than Twitter and Facebook

Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world, no doubt about that. But Pinterest is the favorite of the consumer--particularly the window-shopper. Various statistics including the recently published SAP and NetBase report show that Pinterest generates four times more revenue than Twitter and increases revenue by 27 percent more per click than Facebook. However, Zappos Labs, the research arm of online clothing site Zappos (now owned by Amazon), has been mining Pinterest sales patterns and results are not rosy. According to the Director of Zappos Labs, Will Young, users of Pinterest would be much more likely to share a purchase than... more »
US Military Admits State Sponsored Cyberattacks

US Military Admits State Sponsored Cyberattacks

Marine Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills admitted in a conference last week that they used cyberwarfare against their opponents in Afghanistan. “I can tell you that as a commander in Afghanistan in the year 2010, I was able to use my cyber operations against my adversary with great impact,” Mills said. “I was able to get inside his nets, infect his command-and-control, and in fact defend myself against his almost constant incursions to get inside my wire, to affect my operations.” Though state-sponsored cyberattack is not a secret, it’s still not something the government wants you to know about especially when they... more »
Big Data Vendors Collaborate On Big Security Issues

Big Data Vendors Collaborate On Big Security Issues

Big data has presented us with some pretty unique challenges. Storage and analysis are the ones we hear about most frequently, but equally important is the need to tackle problems related to the security and privacy of the data that companies collect. To address these needs, Cloud Security Alliance and Fujitsu Labs, two of the world's biggest data vendors, have gotten together to form the Big Data Working Group, in the hope that they can encourage more collaboration among data vendors and come up with permanent solutions to the security challenges they face. The move comes at a time when companies can’t get... more »
President Obama Hip to the Reddit Social Experience

President Obama Hip to the Reddit Social Experience

Yesterday, the President of the United States did something no other President has ever done before: he took a moment out of his extremely busy day and started up an AMA on Reddit. Otherwise known as an “Ask Me Anything” thread on the ever popular social media site, these posts are used by celebrities, industry moguls, and just really anyone who thinks that taking a bunch of questions from random Internet fodder. In this case, the President sat down with his Mac somewhere ensconced in the White House and spent 30 minutes answering questions posed to him by Redditors. The thread... more »
Amazon's Ready To Launch Kindle Fire 2

Amazon's Ready To Launch Kindle Fire 2

Amazon announced that they’ve launched their Android Appstore in five European countries:  UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.  This announcement, along with their previous announcement that the Kindle Fire has already sold out on their website makes people think that the company is readying to unveil the second generation Kindle Fire.  And with their European expansion, it seems like the online retail shop is ready sell their devices in the European market. Back in July, news surfaced that Amazon is readying to release tablets of varying sizes as they push to sell more media content such as MP3s, movies, e-books, TV... more »
VCE Looks Towards the Future of Converged Infrastructure - CEO on theCube

VCE Looks Towards the Future of Converged Infrastructure - CEO on theCube

Paveen Akkiraju, newly appointed CEO of VCE was on theCube at VMworld 2012.  As CEO, Akkiraju brings a wealth of experience from Cisco Systems, where his role had been running the mobility business for the networking giant.  As the datacenter is going through a phenomenal transformation, VCE is working on evolving their strategy, and Akkiraju’s experiences that include defining cloud access  infrastructure and knowledge of customer, user and enterprise cloud access strategies will be key in that evolution. Akkiraju states that the Vblock product is still revolutionary, and is proven by tremendous successes, and unmatched capabilities.  As a pioneer of converged... more »
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IBM’s New Mainframe Beats Performance Records with World’s Strongest CPU

IBM, the dominant in the mainframe market, just unveiled the technological pinnacle of its 48 years of experience in enterprise computing – the new z Enterprise EC12, powered by the world’s most powerful microprocessor. zNext, the 5.5 GHz CPU that we’ve learned about less than a week ago, is the heart of the new system twhichpacks 25 percent more performance and 50 percent more capacity  than its predecessor. “The new enterprise system, unveiled on Aug. 28, features technologies that demonstrate IBM’s ongoing commitment to meet the growing need to secure and manage critical information with the System z mainframe, David Balog, IBM’s... more »
Software-Defined Networking Didn't Appear Overnight: VMworld Networking Panel

Software-Defined Networking Didn't Appear Overnight: VMworld Networking Panel

Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman hosted a networking panel with three industry execs at VMworld this week. Big Switch’s VP of engineering Howie Xu, Broadcom vice president of storage and strategy Greg Scherer and Infineta’s Haseeb Budhani gave their take on what’s going on in the network today (full video below). Xu, who ran VMware’s network business for over a decade before joining Big Switch, doesn’t see the software-defined networking as a trend that just emerged over night. It’s the answer for a recently reached critical mass of enterprise requirements that can only be addressed with a more agile, cost-efficient network, and... more »
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Windows 8 Devices Flood IFA 2012

According to sources, Microsoft is set to officially launch Windows 8 on October 26.  This will be the day when new PCs with Windows 8 will be coming out, as well as the upgrade program that Windows recently revealed.  But aside from Windows 8 and Windows 8 PCs coming out, the Microsoft Surface Windows RT and Windows Pro tablets will also debut.  Theough we’re still weeks away from launch, vendors are already teasing consumers with a steady stream of Windows-based devices. Samsung The South Korean company unveiled ATIV S and the Series 5 and Series 7 Slate PCs.  The ATIV S is... more »
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Rise Of The Phablets: How Does the Galaxy Note 2 Compare?

Guess you’ve already heard, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note II, the successor to their first ever phablet -- the Galaxy Note, a cross between a phone and a tablet.  So what’s new about this phablet? Let's run through the specs, take a look at the Note II's competitors and see who comes out on top. Galaxy Note II Screen: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED with a 16:9 screen ratio perfect for all viewing experiences. Network: 3G: HSPA+21Mbps, (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps), and 4G LTE: 100Mbps / 50Mbps. Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Camera: 8 MP Auto Focus front camera with LED... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.