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Is AWS Eating the Enterprise? Not so Fast, Others are at the Table, Too

Is AWS Eating the Enterprise? Not so Fast, Others are at the Table, Too

AWS is growing at a phenomenal rate. Wikibon estimates it will top $3B in 2013. But, says Jason Mendenhall, EVP for Cloud at Switch Communications, creator of Nap 7, a.k.a. SuperNap, the world's largest, fastest public cloud colocation data center, it is not eating up the IT-as-a-Service marketplace -- in fact in some ways it is helping that market by creating publicity. Nor is it going to eat up the internal ITO, at least not by itself, although it is helping to force major change in the organization. Speaking at the Wikibon Peer Incite April 23 titled, "Software is Eating the... more »
HP Announces New App Testing and Patch Management in WebInspect 10.0

HP Announces New App Testing and Patch Management in WebInspect 10.0

The security game has forever changed, today’s IT environments require way more than old-fashioned perimeter security.  I could spend the better part of a day making a list of ways of putting security together, so the list of tasks is not small.  Companies are definitely stepping up to these challenges- both those that products and customers are recognizing the critical shift necessary to make these requirements not only feasible, but focused on the most sophisticated of requirements as well.  One of the biggest targets in cybersecurity today lies in web applications. HP’s announcement of a newly released 10.0 version of... more »
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What Lenovo's Slurp of IBM Surplus Means for the Future of Flash

After 31 quarters of exceptional performance, IBM finally hit a bump in the road when posting lowered profit and revenue targets by 1 and 5 percent respectively.  But pundits believe that IBM can recover from this especially with its new found focus in cloud computing and a rumored deal with Lenovo once again. In 2004, IBM sold its PC business to Lenovo and the deal has worked out well for both parties.  Now, there’s a rumor going around that involved IBM selling its x86 boxes to Lenovo, but details are sparse.  Nevertheless, if this rumor is true this could be bad... more »
MuleSoft Picks Up ProgrammableWeb, Puts Latest Funding Round to Work

MuleSoft Picks Up ProgrammableWeb, Puts Latest Funding Round to Work

MuleSoft has set out to become the ultimate “go-to destination for APIs and integration,” an ambitious goal made more attainable by the $37 million it secured in a recent Series E funding round  led by NEA.  This morning, the San Francisco-based SaaS integration firm showed its investors that it’s making good use of their money. MuleSoft shelled out an undisclosed sum for ProgrammableWeb, a leading API directory and community portal operator credited as the first company to evangelize APIs. The site of the same name is home to nearly 9000 interfaces and over 7000 mashups, as well as a community section... more »
What’s the #SDN Deal Behind the ‘X’ in AMD’s New Chip?

What’s the #SDN Deal Behind the ‘X’ in AMD’s New Chip?

AMD announced a new System-on-a-Chip platform dubbed as the AMD Embedded G-Series.  Based on the AMD next-generation "Jaguar" CPU architecture and AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics, the announcement of the platform signifies AMD’s push beyond the PC industry moving to smart TVs, set-top-boxes, interactive digital signage and informational kiosks. The Embedded G-Series offers up to 113 percent improved CPU performance compared to the prior generation AMD Embedded G-Series APU, and up to a 125 percent advantage compared to the Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard compute intensive benchmarks.1 For embedded applications, the new platform also includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x... more »
Serena Software Releases Orchestrated IT Solutions v4.5 Catering to DevOps

Serena Software Releases Orchestrated IT Solutions v4.5 Catering to DevOps

Serena Software, the leader in Orchestrated IT solutions, announced some major changes to its award-winning Orchestrated IT solution set to cater to IT shops that have embraced the DevOps movement. Since DevOps has become a primary driver for IT organizations that deliver Revenue Applications (RevApps)--or those apps that directly transact customer activity and bring in considerable revenue to the enterprise--the changes in its Orchestrated IT solutions will ensure that business can respond to customer requests, competitive moves and changing market conditions. With DevOps in mind, Serena delivers a series of enhancements that provide developers with self-service provisioning of environments, more cloud and... more »
Amazon Web Services Launches OpsWorks

Amazon Web Services Launches OpsWorks

Playing on the DevOps field, Amazon Web Services has launched OpsWorks, a DevOps solution for managing applications of any scale or complexity on the AWS cloud. A spiced-up version of managing technology infrastructure and applications, OpsWorks has been designed to manage, configure and provision an applications stack. “AWS OpsWorks uses automation to simplify operations. You specify how to deploy, scale, and maintain your applications and AWS OpsWorks performs the tasks for you. AWS OpsWorks can scale your applications using automatic load-based or time-based scaling, and maintain the health of your applications by detecting failed instances and replacing them. With AWS OpsWorks,... more »
Google, Microsoft & Facebook Team Up To Block Privacy Rights Bill

Google, Microsoft & Facebook Team Up To Block Privacy Rights Bill

While CISPA's progress past the US House of Representatives was drawing plenty of heat from privacy activists last week, an altogether different internet bill that aims to enhance internet user's privacy was facing down tough opposition of its own. If passed into law, AB1291, otherwise known as the “Right to Know” act, would give California consumers the right to know how web companies are using the data that they – subconsciously or otherwise – share with them. Companies would be forced to reveal all data that they have collected on people in the first place, provide an explanation of how it's... more »
OpenStack DevOps Roundup: Developers Breathing Life into the Cloud

OpenStack DevOps Roundup: Developers Breathing Life into the Cloud

Dan Woods is CTO and editor of CITO Research, a firm that focuses on technology leadership in Forbes article, "Why OpenStack will Become the First Open DevOps Project," he takes a look at the OpenStack Cloud Software and how it’s going to change the game by being more than just an open source software project.  Typically, the “main event” of open source is the collaboration of developers and the people who take the software and run it.  OpenStack changes all that—now collaboration includes the entirety of the design process: software, hardware, and networking. By taking the task of collaboration and expanding it... more »
Zooz Closes $2M Series A Funding: Making Mobile Payments Easier Worldwide

Zooz Closes $2M Series A Funding: Making Mobile Payments Easier Worldwide

ZooZ, the startup company that offers a complete, secure, and easy-to-use payment solution for e-commerce websites and mobile apps, has secured a $2M Series A funding led by Portola Valley, CA-based XSeed. Capital, with participation from existing investors lool ventures and Rhodium, both of which also contributed to ZooZ’s seed round. “Our ability to close a robust Series A round in an increasingly crowded payments market underscores the strength and market potential of our approach,” Oren Levy, Co-founder and CEO of ZooZ.  “By focusing on creating a superior consumer checkout experience that ultimately leads to better conversion for retailers and developers, we’ve... more »

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