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Internet of Things Review: Quarks and iPhones

Internet of Things Review: Quarks and iPhones

Major technology vendors are jumping into the Internet of Things craze one after the other. Intel is going after wearable tech with new Quark processors, while Apple is trying to penetrate the low-end smartphone market with the iPhone 5c. An emerging startup called Zapier is riding this wave of adoption in a big push to get its own offering off the ground and into consumers’ hands and smart glasses. This week’s Intel Developer Conference kicked off with the debut of Quark, a set of processors designed for use in wearable gadgets and industrial sensors. The company touts that Quark chips are... more »
Weekly Security Review: Google Beefs Up Encryption, Hackers Target Media Outlets

Weekly Security Review: Google Beefs Up Encryption, Hackers Target Media Outlets

The cat and mouse game between hackers and security experts went uninterrupted this past week. Google stepped up its efforts to better encrypt personal information, Apple pulled the curtains back on the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner, and Echopass became the first cloud-based contact center to earn PCI Level 1 certification. In other news, NSFOCUS shed light on the latest trends in the DDoS landscape In June 2012, Google launched a company-wide encryption initiative to keep user data away from prying eyes. Insiders revealed this week that the program has been accelerated in a push to mop up the publicity mess caused... more »
Weekly Cloud Review: Doubling Down on Developers

Weekly Cloud Review: Doubling Down on Developers

Cloud providers are elbowing each in the race for developers’ hearts and minds. This past week Sauce Lab rolled out a major upgrade to its application testing tool, Microsoft and Amazon updated their cloud offerings, and AppDirect acquired an SaaS solutions provider called Standing Cloud. In other news, Huddle added automatic file sync to its enterprise collaboration platform. Sauce Labs offers a cloud-based toolkit that lets developers run Selenium and JavaScript unit tests for their applications across multiple platforms, including browsers and mobile devices. The company recently bolstered its service with a REST API and a reworked testing dashboard that introduces advanced... more »
Tools for DDoS-Attacks are Gaining Popularity in Online Gaming Communities

Tools for DDoS-Attacks are Gaining Popularity in Online Gaming Communities

DDoS attacks dominate the news nowadays. Large companies are frequently harassed by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, with great damage. Prolexic, a company that offers security services for DDoS has published a technical White Paper detailing what it calls “the rampant problem of denial of service attacks within and from online gaming communities.” The document contains the results of the analysis of modus operandi and some php-scripts included in a DDoS kit, the botnet topology built on its base, as well as recommendations for the detection of this threat and prevents infections. According to Prolexic, the peak power of these attacks... more »
Key Twitter Acquisitions to Boost Revenue : IPO Needs Analytics to Succeed

Key Twitter Acquisitions to Boost Revenue : IPO Needs Analytics to Succeed

Last week, Twitter finally revealed that it has filed its S-1 with the SEC, which mean its IPO is probably just around the corner.  But some of the conditions it has to meet before it can go public are that Twitter must reach the 400 million user mark and have a total $1 billion revenue.  This is where Big Data can help, and Twitter's been busy buying up analytics firms to boost its offerings. Revenue required   Where that revenue comes from is the looming question for Twitter, which has been exploring some new advertising models in recent months.  The goal is to maintain... more »
Box Notes Takes On Google Drive : Top Cloud Hosts Compared

Box Notes Takes On Google Drive : Top Cloud Hosts Compared

Today Box has unveiled an online word processor called Box Notes, in a move that could will undoubtedly help Box in the cloud storage war. Additionally, Box's services are now more on par with that of Google Drive, too. Box Notes looks to have a fairly mature feature set right out the gate, including: collaborative and offline editing, version history, and mobile apps for iOS and Android. Box has been primarily focused on the enterprise market to date, so Box Notes offers it a lot more legroom for customers. With Box Notes, the service can help to differentiate itself from competitors... more »
3 Ways to Connect Your Home, Bed + Toilet

3 Ways to Connect Your Home, Bed + Toilet

This week’s SmartHome roundup features a Lego-like device that turns your home into a connected home, a bed for all your entertainment needs, and an advanced toilet that streams music while you handle your business. digitalSTROM: a cost-effective way to connect your home   German company aizo introduced the digitalSTROM at the IFA 2013,  The digitalSTROM is a small, Lego-like device that would allow interconnectivity of devices on the same power grid.  The device comprises a digitalSTROM chip (dSC), a microprocessor (µP) and an optional 230V power output stage, are encapsulated on a carrier material is known as a dSID chip and bears... more »
Ahoy There Netflix, Be You Piratin' Matey?

Ahoy There Netflix, Be You Piratin' Matey?

What’s one thing you’d never expect to hear from an online content provider such as Netflix? That piracy is helping it drive its business.  Before you go spreading the word that Netflix is advocating privacy, it’s not, but what it does to is gain valuable insights from the practice. One of the hardest decisions content providers have to make is choosing which programs to recommend to consumers.  Conducting a survey is both tedious and time consuming, so what’s the best way of knowing what viewers want to see?  Simple, you check out BitTorrent and other 'questionable' sites. Netflix recently launched its service... more »
Sprint to Offer Upgrade Plan : One Up from Jump!, Edge + Next

Sprint to Offer Upgrade Plan : One Up from Jump!, Edge + Next

Sprint is said to be gearing up to launch a new upgrade plan that would provide a way for consumers to easily upgrade to new handsets. Dubbed as the "One Up" program, it's said to be launching on September 20, 2013. There are no monthly fees to sign up for One Up, but to be eligible for the upgrade program consumers must have been on Sprint’s postpaid plan for a minimum period of at least one year, which means that Prepaid customers aren’t eligible for the One Up program. Under the program, the total cost of the phone is divided into 24... more »
Vultures Circling Over BlackBerry: Patents + OS Most-Valued Assets

Vultures Circling Over BlackBerry: Patents + OS Most-Valued Assets

There's been no word yet on the identity of any of the likely bidders that BlackBerry sounded so confident about just a week ago, but one thing seems clear – whatever does happen, BlackBerry will no longer be the same. According to the latest report from Reuters, a few potential interested parties are looking at splitting the Canadian smartphone maker's empire into pieces, with its most highly prized assets thought to be its operating system and its keyboard-related patents. If anything, the report is just the latest indication that no one thinks BlackBerry's mobile business can save itself, especially seeing as how... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.