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This Week in Big Data: HP Makes a Move; Oracle and ClickFox Follow Suite

This week featured the usual handful of analytics updates, although one particular vendor stood out.  Hewlett-Packard, or to be more precise on of its subsidiaries, unveiled not one but two new big data solutions that correlate on certain levels. Three days ago the sixth release of the Vertica analytical database was announced, along with a few additions. For one, it now supports the increasingly popular R statistical programming language, and integration with outside data sources have been improved significantly. Officials promise that, thanks to what is referred to as Vertica’s 6.0 FlexStore architecture, data stored in Hadoop and other platforms can now... more »
Angel Caller Tops This Week's Best BYOD Apps for iPad, Android

Angel Caller Tops This Week's Best BYOD Apps for iPad, Android

This week’s top app is the new Angel Caller First Analytics client for the iPad. The mobile software supplements Angel’s other call center solutions and allows workers to access call-in data on the go.  iPad Angel Caller First Analytics Caller First is a call center analytics app that offers much more than a stripped-down means of accessing BI software remotely. Users can customize their app and choose what data to display, whether it’s usage, performance issues or the call historically of any individual customer. SugarSync SugarSync is one of the more popular personal cloud storage services out there, and that can be credited to any... more »
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Looking Back at HP Discover 2012

The annual HP Discover conference held June 4-7 in Las Vegas has concluded. This year’s event attracted around 10,000 attendees and had a broad focus including technology convergence, information optimization, security and risk management, application transformation, mobility and services. However, the real purpose of HP Discover was convincing anyone that would listen (including the invited investment community) that Hewlett-Packard (HP) has a strong future ahead. HP had an even larger than typical presence at Discover 2012. The event’s tagline “make it better” was an effort to communicate that HP is all about solutions. Meg Whitman reinforced this message in her keynote... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: Integration, VMs and Offloaded Gaming

A number of major cloud updates crossed the wire this week, starting with the update to the Dell Boomi cloud-based integration platform. Boomi lets developers connect apps with data and other apps for less than what they would have to invest in more traditional alternative services. The 12 Summer edition introduces a number of new features to the mix in order to sweeten the deal even more, including a Hadoop connector and more automation. What’s also rolling out is a crowdsourcing tool called Assure that allows companies to share their integration processes with Boomi so that the platform can be tailored... more »
Citrix Bites into Mobile Infrastructure Sector with Latest Buy

Citrix Bites into Mobile Infrastructure Sector with Latest Buy

Citrix has announced that it is expanding its business into the mobile infrastructure sector. Citrix is beginning the effort by acquiring Bytemobile, a company that provides mobile traffic optimization solutions. Bytemobile is a little over 10 years old and only has 300 employees. The company may be small, but it’s reach is large. 130 mobile carriers in 60 countries use Bytemobile’s technology to process more than 20 petabytes of data each day. Bytemobile’s solutions use content caching, policy management, analytics, deep packet inspection and other optimization technologies to shape traffic as it moves across an operator’s network. The company’s various platforms... more »
Anirban Banerjee on Five Reasons a Website Gets Blacklisted

Anirban Banerjee on Five Reasons a Website Gets Blacklisted

Zappos.com, Sony PlayStation Network and Citibank—they’re strange bedfellows. But if you hadn’t guessed, what these three have in common is the scarlet “H” they’ve been slapped with in recent headlines: Hacked. One consequence of a website hack is that it can infect thousands of visitors who trusted the website enough to visit it. The personal information of thousands can be compromised—not to mention damage to the site’s reputation—and you can bet consumers will think twice before coming back, especially if credit card numbers were stolen. It’s a growing problem that hurts thousands of organizations and individuals each year, from blog owners... more »
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Cisco's New Platform Prepares for the Internet of Things

With the expectation of increased mobile Internet traffic worldwide, going up by nearly 18 times between 2011 and 2016, Cisco announced the basis for a new generation of mobile Internet networks - the Cisco ASR 5500 platform. The ASR 5500 platform, apparently the first elastic packet core solution capable of integrating signaling, data, in-line services, and policy and charging control, is designed to capitalize on software architecture to optimize new purpose-built hardware.  Cisco is really addressing the BYOD movement, explosive growth in next-generation applications,  and the rise of the Internet and mobile ecosystems. The Cisco ASR 5500 range provides the flexibility and... more »
Success Factors Updates BizX Again with New Mobile, UI Elements

Success Factors Updates BizX Again with New Mobile, UI Elements

Cloud HR firm SuccessFactors has been very busy tweaking its Business Execution suite throughout the past few weeks. Late last month it announced that it’s migrating the lineup to HANA and adding iPad support, among other things, and now the SAP subsidiary is rolling out a few equally substantial improvements to the platform. One feature they’ve added is called Touchbase, a mobile productivity tool that’s built around the idea of making meetings more straight-forward. The app allows workers to access items and receive notifications from others within the organization, allowing them to prioritize better. Another addition is a social feature nicknamed Who’s... more »
Microsoft Windows Azure, Ubuntu and the Big Data Connection

Microsoft Windows Azure, Ubuntu and the Big Data Connection

Much has been made already of the new services and features that are coming to the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud. But while everybody (myself included) talks about the new infrastructure-as-a-service and Azure Web Sites components of the enhanced Azure, there's something interesting going on with Microsoft, Canonical, and the rising market for big data applications in the cloud. In a blog post, Gianugo Rabellino, Microsoft's chief open source evangelist, writes about some of the partnerships that were only covered in passing during yesterday's Meet Windows Azure keynote. These partnerships, including Cleardb, Cloudant and Lucid Imagination, bring MySQL, CouchDB and Apache Solr services, respectively, to the Azure platform,... more »
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HP “All In On Big Data.” More Acquisitions Ahead?

HP has watched Big Data develop over several years and believes that it will cause major disruption in the storage and systems market, says Manoj Goyal, Senior Director of Data Management Solutions in HP's Enterprise Group. As a result, “HP is all in on Big Data,” he said in an interview in The SiliconAngle Cube at HP Discover 2012 (full video below). It is working to develop a complete ecosystem around Hadoop that includes hardware, middleware, software, and services to “make Big Data more accessible to customers.” And, he said, “While HP does not make its M&A plans public, we are always... more »

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- 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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.