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Windows 8 Phone Gets Ready For Take Off: Pre-Orders To Begin Oct. 21

Windows 8 Phone Gets Ready For Take Off: Pre-Orders To Begin Oct. 21

Today’s mobile news roundup: AT&T to start taking pre-orders for Windows 8 phones later this month; Google/Samsung planning co-branded, 10-inch Nexus tablet; Apple begins shipping 5th generation iPod Touch; and one lucky Japanese consumer accidently receives a Nexus 7 tablet with a 32GB storage space unit. AT&T To Start Accepting Windows 8 Phone Pre-orders Oct 21 For the more curious consumer, the much-vaunted release of Microsoft’s first batch of Windows 8 phones is perhaps even more exciting than that of the iPhone - finally a genuine alternative to iOS and Android is within our grasp, with The Verge reporting that AT&T will... more »
Alteryx Adds Cloud Uplink with New Analytics Platform

Alteryx Adds Cloud Uplink with New Analytics Platform

Big data firm Alteryx debuted Alteryx Strategic Analytics 8.0, the latest version of its flagship product. The new release introduces Alteryx 8.0, an internal app marketplace that gets the decision makers back in the loop. The new feature is addressing a few major trends in IT: the cloud, social enterprise and data virtualization. The social enterprise aspect is represented by collaboration features that enable users to curate business applications, share them and publish best practices for others to view. These capabilities are coupled by no less than five drag-and-drop predictive analytics tools that focus on fitting data into time series charts that... more »
Who Knew? Americans Prefer Privacy Over Data Tracking

Who Knew? Americans Prefer Privacy Over Data Tracking

The footsteps of a user on the Web are not erased with the digital wind, but are tracked by thousands of programs that draw many conclusions about their gender, age, habits or purchasing power.  These data flows from the websites you visit, providing a swelling spring of information that's used for market research, target advertising or improved service offerings. But how does the average consumer feel about leaving all those data crumbs lying around, so eagerly picked up by the business world? A new study by researchers at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, which is part of the law school... more »
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Thismoment Update Bakes In Dynamic Social Marketing for the Enterprise

Dynamic is the word of the day.  If I’d known how many times John Bara, CMO of Thismoment, was going to use the word “dynamic” during our phone conversation earlier this week, I would’ve counted.  Because according to Bara, “dynamic” is the most important characteristic of our new era in social media marketing. The consumer world is spread across digital and print media, signage in Times Square and billboards floating above football stadiums.  From Facebook to Twitter, smartphone to tablet, a brand looking to reach the youth of today better have a dynamic approach. That’s what Thismoment offers with its flagship Distributed... more »
How Will Rackspace Hosting OpenStack Cloud Computing Certification Affect DevOps?

How Will Rackspace Hosting OpenStack Cloud Computing Certification Affect DevOps?

Rackspace Hosting has initiated a new effort to help the cloud community grab some attractive certifications, in the form of OpenStack Fundamentals. This offering is based on teaching materials that hosting company developed internally for a course called OpenStack Fundamentals, which has been available for the past year. It is a four-day course with six hours of personal instruction that has been given to hundreds of students in 50 countries already. The course costs $2,500 per student, if you come to a Rackspace class, and a whopping $45,000 if but you want to get the course privately in your facility. That... more »
3D Printing Innovation May Be Hindered By Patent Trolls

3D Printing Innovation May Be Hindered By Patent Trolls

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could just make your own products at home with your computer and then just print them?  I’m talking about the huge role 3D printers would play in making consumers lives easier. 3D printers can actually print almost anything from various materials.  There are already some companies who offer iPhone 5 cases made with the use of 3D printers like Sculpteo.  Aside from iPhone casings, 3D printers can be used to replicate items seen in retail stores, and this could be bad for companies who make, ship and sell the end-products. At SiliconANGLE.tv’s NewsDesk, SiliconANGLE Senior News... more »
Big Data’s Moving To India In A Big, Big Way

Big Data’s Moving To India In A Big, Big Way

Been shopping in Wal-Mart recently? Then you might find it unsettling to know that you were probably being watched, and not just by the security guards on the lookout for shoplifters. As American companies’ voracious appetite for information on consumers continues to grow, they’re becoming more and more determined not to miss a trick, so much so that many have now reached the point where they have to outsource customer surveillance to firms in India. Every single move you make - the items you buy, those that you stick back on the shelves, the aisles you walk down, and the displays that... more »
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It's More than Just Bad PR for Apple, Foxconn and the iPhone 5

From worries over iPhone 5 shortages to factory riots, there's no shortage of drama for Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn. SiliconANGLE editor-in-chief Mark Hopkins hopped on the News Desk this morning to discuss the latest on the employee kerfuffle at Foxconn, which lists some of the world’s biggest tech firms as clients. The Chinese manufacturing giant is no stranger to bad PR.  Foxconn has one million workers manning its assembly lines, and poor working conditions have resulted in fights, suicides and other incidents that drew the West’s attention to the electronics firm.   Most recently, the company was reportedly forced to... more »
China’s Biggest Malware Host Pledges To Fight Cybercrime

China’s Biggest Malware Host Pledges To Fight Cybercrime

The world’s largest malware host has announced it plans to clean up its act following a high-profile investigation into its activities by Microsoft. 3322.org, a Chinese-registered web hosting company, earlier saw its domains seized by the software giant following reports that it was linked to the notorious Nitol virus, which had sensationally been pre-installed in new PCs before they even hit the shops. Microsoft’s investigations revealed that 3322.org was host to more than 70,000 malicious web domains that contained malware designed to infect computers and steal personal data. Peng Yong, registered owner of 3322.org, is reported to be willing to work with Microsoft... more »
HTC 'Ya Later - What Chance a Comeback Now?

HTC 'Ya Later - What Chance a Comeback Now?

2012 has proven to be a nightmare year for HTC, and now things have just got a whole lot worse with Taiwanese smartphone maker’s third quarter profits slumping by a record-breaking 79%, well below its previous forecasts and the expectations of analysts. HTC, ranked fifth biggest smartphone maker overall, reported its third quarter revenues had fallen to just $2.39 billion, 20% less its second quarter total of $3.04 billion, and almost a third less than its 2011 third quarter revenues of $4.5 billion. This comes following a previous statement by the company last August, in which it said that it expected... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- 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.