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How Do You Empower a Knowledge-Based IT Infrastructure? Unisys Takes on Royal DMS

How Do You Empower a Knowledge-Based IT Infrastructure? Unisys Takes on Royal DMS

How to you empower an entire, knowledge-based workforce through IT?  As we move into the era of software-defined enterprise architecture, changes made in the IT department are boosting productivity across the company as a whole.  Services are getting smarter as software becomes self-aware, enabling a business to learn more about its own processes and make improvements accordingly.  IT services provider Unisys has been actively improving the workforce for some time, recently landing a deal with Royal DMS to power its internal IT help desk. Royal DMS pegs itself as a ‘science-based company that, through various acquisitions and organic growth, expanded to a... more »
White House Spear Phishing CyberAttack Confirmed

White House Spear Phishing CyberAttack Confirmed

As the latest news of a hack of an unidentified computer on the White House Military Office network spreads, the threat of a national security computer breach becomes more real.  The attack is being attributed to China by anonymous officials.  The WHMO contains some of the nation’s most sensitive information, including what many call “the nuclear football” – the information that is required in order to launch a nuclear strike and other information that is reserved for the highest intelligence and policy officials.  Thus far the White House has confirmed it had “thwarted” the attack, but has not taken a... more »
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Oracle OpenWorld Day 2: Mark Hurd Talks Strategy and Innovation

Oracle’s OpenWorld 2012 kicked off last Sunday and will run through until October 4th in San Francisco. Oracle President Mark Hurd hosted the keynote event on the second day of OracleWorld.  The keynote, titled Shifting Complexity, tackles how the company’s holistic, aggregate strategy for product innovation can make things simpler for customers.  Hurd reiterated Oracle’s four-strategic pillars which are: Best-of-breed provided at every layer of the stack; Vertically integrated pieces built into differentiated solutions such as Oracle engineered systems; Oracle Fusion cloud applications that are modular and can be delivered in a hybrid model that is either on-premises or in the... more »
Fujitsu Unveils Prototype Eye-Tracking Technology

Fujitsu Unveils Prototype Eye-Tracking Technology

If you spent anywhere near as much time sat in front of your computer screen as I do, you’ll agree that the whole pointing and clicking thing with the mouse gets really tiresome. Wouldn’t it be great if someone came up with a way to navigate through your browser and files without actually having to lift a finger? Well, they have done, and the technology could be available as early as next year. Among the demonstrations at this year’s CEATEC, an eye-catching new technology from Fujitsu and Docomo has the potential to change the way we interact with our computers forever, bringing... more »
Samsung to Sue Apple over iPhone 5, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban Lifted

Samsung to Sue Apple over iPhone 5, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban Lifted

Today’s mobile news roundup: Samsung sues Apple for iPhone 5; HTC announces a faster One X; and AT&T prepares to launch new prepaid plan in October. Samsung sues Apple for iPhone 5 In a never ending battle for supremacy, Samsung filed a motion against Apple’s new iPhone 5 for allegedly infringing eight of their patents.  Before the iPhone 5 was launched, Samsung already threatened that they might sue Apple if the iPhone 5 has LTE capabilities in particular, a technology for which the South Korean company owns numerous patents. "We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than... more »
It's Official: Internet Addicts Are Mentally Ill

It's Official: Internet Addicts Are Mentally Ill

Parents whose children make a habit of checking their emails every 20 minutes, or fly into a rage upon being told to put down the video game they’re playing, need to be concerned. According to a new study, kids that are addicted to the internet could well be suffering from mental illness. It was probably always only a matter of time, but it now looks as if internet addiction will be officially classified as a mental illness. As of May next year, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will list “Internet-use Disorder” as a condition that merits ‘further study’... more »
Broadcom Puts NetLogic Buy to Use, Reveals Speedy Chip for New Era of Networking

Broadcom Puts NetLogic Buy to Use, Reveals Speedy Chip for New Era of Networking

Late last year Broadcom paid $3.7 billion for NetLogic, a maker of chips and other silicon products designed specifically for networking environments, and this week it unveiled the first product that’s based on technology from the firm. The new 28-nanometer processor is faster, more economic and handles big data workloads better than the competition, according to Broadcom chief executive Scott McGregor. The XLP 200-Series is a high-end chip that’s particularly good at trafficking millions of small data units with minimal lag – a huge differentiator in case any action is carried out on all that data, such as analysis and encryption.... more »
OpenWorld: Oracle Shifts Focus to Integration of Enterprise Platforms

OpenWorld: Oracle Shifts Focus to Integration of Enterprise Platforms

Oracle is hoping to boost adoption of its software and service lines by pinning its hopes on the shared interface and unity of its enterprise platforms. In a frank discussion at Oracle OpenWorld yesterday, executives from the company’s RightNow, Taleo, JD Edwards and PeopleSoft divisions were among a number of panelists playing up the advantages of Oracle’s drive to integrate and unify its acquired services. According to Steve Miranda, Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle, spoke of his confidence that platforms like its Fusion apps brand would serve the company well in its efforts to offer customers the widest possible range... more »
Workday IPO @ 3.8 Billion -  A Threat to Oracle?

Workday IPO @ 3.8 Billion - A Threat to Oracle?

Workday has announced IPO pricing for its Class A shares at a range of $21 to $24 each. The vaule of the cloud-based ERP software company would then be $3.85 billion with 22.8 million Class A shares. The timing of the announcement comes in the midst of Oracle's annual Open World event and is a significant given the relationship between Workday and Oracle. Workday's founders Co-CEO's Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri came from PeopleSoft who back in 2005 acquired in a hotile takeover by Oracle. The takeover was a bitter affair that saw signficant legal involvement, the Department of Justice... more »
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The Winners and Losers in Nokia's New Map Deal with Oracle

Our very own Kristen Nicole made an appearance at the SiliconANGLE News Desk with Kristin Feledy to discuss the recently announced partnership between Nokia and Oracle (full video below).  The database giant’s enterprise customers will now have access to Nokia’s mapping technology, and Kristen views the collaboration as a big opportunity for both firms. Nokia first put itself on the map (pun intended) when it acquired Navteq in 2007, and the assets from that deal serve as the foundation of the company’s current line-up.  Over the years the mobile manufacturer augmented Navteq’s software with more integration capabilities as well as better business... more »

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- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.