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New OS Features, Macs and Adapters Expected at WWDC

New OS Features, Macs and Adapters Expected at WWDC

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is set to begin any moment now at the Moscone West Center and speculation about what Apple is set to unveil is at the highest levels we've seen in recent weeks. Earlier we tackled some of the rumored announcements at the event, such as updated Mac lines, the announcement of the Apple TV, new iOS, and even the possible (hopeful?) announcement of the iPhone 5. The event is just a few hours away and the web is abuzz with excitement.  Will Apple really launch the Apple TV?  Will we just get new or updated software?  Or will... more »
Samsung Denies Intent to Acquire Nokia

Samsung Denies Intent to Acquire Nokia

Today’s mobile news roundup features Android handset activations reaching over 300M in Q1 2012, while Samsung denies intent to acquire Nokia, and there's also a new app that allows internet sharing and more. Android activations still growing According to the latest report from MarketResearch, provider of global market intelligence products and services, activation of Android devices “still maintained triple figure Year-on-Year (YoY) growth of + 126 % in Q1’2012”.  The report stated that though Android device activations seems to be slowing down, they were still able to maintain their dominance over other mobile device platforms.   Android devices have “a global market share... more »
Fancy's Edge over Pinterest is Mobile, Sales Analytics

Fancy's Edge over Pinterest is Mobile, Sales Analytics

In November of 2010 a little invitation-only photo blog, TheFancy.com, made its way to the heart of the elite.  It was the first launched product of ThingD (which stands for Daemon - a computer program that runs as a background process) the parent company of Fancy. Last year, The Fancy secured a 10 million round of funding from lead investor Pinault Printemps Redoute, the $16 billion French multi-national that owns some of the world’s biggest fashion brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. "Where Google is an index of websites, and Facebook is a database of people, we want to... more »
HP and Dell Prepare to Revive Tablet Business

HP and Dell Prepare to Revive Tablet Business

Tablets have gained market traction faster than almost any other computing device. It seems everyone loves tablets. Actually it seems everyone loves Apple iPads. According to data from ABI Research, Apple’s tablet has a commanding 65 percent market share. Many of the established PC providers like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have attempted to capitalize on their manufacturing prowess to break into the tablet market, but to date the attempts have been less than successful. However, PC makers are not admitting defeat. Meg Whitman spent an entire week discussing HP’s strategy for the future in conjunction with the company’s annual HP Discover... more »
Bloom Energy's Latest Funding Round Spurs Clean Tech Data Centers

Bloom Energy's Latest Funding Round Spurs Clean Tech Data Centers

Sunnyvale, California based fuel cell maker, Bloom Energy, has raised another $150 million venture capital investment – making the clean tech firm one of the valued pure-play companies in the market. According to DowJones VentureWire, the Series G round is being marketed by Advanced Equities. Should the capital come in, Bloom Energy will have raised $800 million on a reported valuation of $2.7 billion over its 11-year history from investors that include Alberta Investment Management Corp., DAG Ventures, GSV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mobius Venture Capital, Madrone Capital, Morgan Stanley and New Enterprise Associates. Bloom Energy fuel cells produce a... more »
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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 »

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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.