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Top iPhone and Android Apps Can Be BYOD's Biggest Threat

San Francisco-based mobile app security provider Appthority has released its App Reputation Report that unveils the hidden security risks for top mobile apps. The report discloses security issues raised by the BYOD movement, along with the top targeted app categories on the Android and iOS platform and the sensitive data that the apps can access. The Appthority Platform analyzed the top 50 free apps from Google Play and Apple’s App Store to find the risks involved in having BYOD mobile devices. The cloud-based Appthority platform is capable of identifying and grading risky activities in mobile apps including malware detection, corporate data exfiltration, and... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: Files, Alliances and $10M in Funding

A number of cloud updates cross the wired this week, and the ones coming from the direction of Google were among those that stood out the most. The search giant launched a partner program for vendors that want to get in on the Google Cloud Platform. That’s the name of several combined services including Cloud Storage, the Google App Engine and the BigQuery analytics engine  - offerings that have become extremely popular among developers. Equipped with new tools and resources courtesy of Google, partners will be able to expand the ecosystem with software and services that supplement the core Cloud Platform portfolio. Yesterday,... more »
Social Enterprise for Social Improvements

Social Enterprise for Social Improvements

If Coca Cola were a person, would it be your friend?  Or better yet, if it could talk, what would it say? Well, the truth is, companies such as Coca~Cola are very much like people in that they are doing what millions of people do everyday, and they are doing it big. Yes, I'm talking about social networking. Or, to put it in a business terms, marketing. Now, to answer our first question, yes, Coca~Cola would absolutely be your friend; all you have to do is log onto Facebook and like their page. As for the second question, what they would say is,... more »
Top NFC Vulnerabilities: Your Smartphone's Best Friend and Worst Nightmare

Top NFC Vulnerabilities: Your Smartphone's Best Friend and Worst Nightmare

At the Black Hat convention, researchers discussed how NFC tags can be used to exploit smartphone vulnerabilities.  It's a serious topic, as more and more devices are being shipped with NFC chips standard, and NFC technology is being leveraged for sharing content between phones, contactless payments and more. As a smartphone user, developer or retailer it's important to recognize the vulnerabilities that come with NFC technology.  It may be becoming a standard before it's been properly secured. Fuzzing Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner’s talk, entitled “Don’t Stand So Close to Me: An Analysis of the NFC Attack Surface,” described how NFC tags on... more »
Box Plays Nice with Microsoft, Comes to Windows Phone 7

Box Plays Nice with Microsoft, Comes to Windows Phone 7

Popular cloud storage service Box has not had many nice things to say about Microsoft or its popular Sharepoint platform. However, it seems Box likes the company enough to add support for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. The competition in the cloud storage space is enormous. If Box wants to come out on top, the company has to make its solution available on as many platforms as possible. It seems Windows Phone 7 is part of that equation. Box’s solution has long been touted as a viable and easier to use alternative to SharePoint, Microsoft’s enterprise collaboration software.  Box is used by companies such... more »
VMTurbo to Bring Workload Management to OpenStack

VMTurbo to Bring Workload Management to OpenStack

VMTurbo recently announced that it has joined the OpenStack community and plans to integrate its intelligent workload management solutions with the open source cloud platform. By becoming a member of OpenStack, VMTurbo joins approximately 180 other companies that have collaborated to produce an open source cloud computing platform and cloud standards for the industry. VMTurbo brings with it an automated and intelligent control plane for cloud computing and virtualization. Data centers can deploy the VMTurbo Operations Manager for infrastructure management and control. Features include the Economic Scheduling Engine that allocates resources based on business goals, as well as operations management, data... more »
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Oracle Finally Adds the Elastic to Exalogic

This week Oracle announced the second generation of its cloud in a box, Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. The newest release of the platform introduces several improvements, most notably, more virtualization capabilities. Oracle's improvements in version two may make the platform to finally live up to the elastic in its name. Exalogic includes a combination of hardware and software that according to Oracle is "engineered to work better together” (a fancy way of saying vendor lock-in). The platform includes compute, storage, operating system, infiniband networking and system management software and is specifically designed to run enterprise apps from Oracle. The company claims application... more »
Pentaho Extends Cloudera Big Data Partnership

Pentaho Extends Cloudera Big Data Partnership

Pentaho has announced plans for tighter integration of its Business Analyticis 4.5 with Cloudera Enterprise 4.0 and CDH4. This extension of its partnership with Cloudera is designed to create a complete solution for Hadoop-based data analytics and management. Pentaho also announced its plans to extend its visual studio to Sqoop and Oozie, components of Hadoop. Business Analytics 4.5 will now have complete, certified support for Cloudera Enterprise 4.0 and CDH4, forming what Pentaho calls a "complete Hadoop analytics platform". Features include: visual interfaces for Hadoop data ingestion data integration task orchestration visualization data manipulation By using a visual interface, users can reportedly boost productivity ten to fifteen... more »
Skype Controversy Puts Microsoft in Awkward Position

Skype Controversy Puts Microsoft in Awkward Position

Conspiracy theorists had long warned the world about Microsoft. They told us one day the overlords in Redmond would take over the world, enslaving us all. When Microsoft acquired Skype, many users, especially those on non-Windows platforms, expressed everything from mild concern to outright terror. Time passed, however, and little seemed to change with Skype. But now the tech world is once again talking conspiracies, as reports have surfaced that Microsoft may have modified Skype to make it easier for the U.S. government to spy on its citizens. Is this simply more crazy talk from the conspiracy theorists? Perhaps, but this... more »
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Cloudera, HP Make Simplified Hadoop in the Enterprise

Cloudera, a provides of enterprise software and services for Hadoop, and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have announced a new joint development and licensing agreement. HP will resell Cloudera’s Enterprise platform, and the companies are planning to release a Hadoop appliance. The appliance, planned for release by the end of the year, will include HP AppSystem for Apache Hadoop preinstalled. HP has said it is dedicated to expanding its presence in the big data space. The two companies already had a partnership, but this agreement should make it easier for HP and Cloudera customers to setup Hadoop clusters. The new deal simplifies the purchasing... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.

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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.