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Public Networks Facing a Capacity Crisis, Warns Intel GM

Public Networks Facing a Capacity Crisis, Warns Intel GM

Just about the only thing that Intel Data Center Group General Manager Pauline Nist worries about in the future of IT is that the Internet is facing a capacity crisis. And with the huge growth in traffic from mobile devices, and the carriers promising 4G and 5G service, she only expects the problem to get worse. “It's not getting fiber to my home that concerns me, it's whose handling the backhaul and what capacity they have,” she says. The public network is already showing signs of maxing out. “Remember in March Madness when they had to cap the number of people who... more »
VMWare's New Social Enterprise Sales Strategy: Make SocialCast Free

VMWare's New Social Enterprise Sales Strategy: Make SocialCast Free

VMWare announced its enterprise social network platform, SocialCast, is now free for up to 50 users. VMWare acquired SocialCast last summer as a component of its larger strategy to drive modernization in enterprise collaboration. VMWare may still be working toward  the grand strategy, but in the interim the company has to deal with increasing competition within the enterprise social space. VMWare’s price drop for SocialCast is clearly an effort to draw attention for the platform that must compete with giants like Oracle and Salesforce, smaller pure play vendors like Jive, Yammer and Telligent as well as a growing number of social... more »
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HP's Cloud and Big Data Priorities

As part of Silicon Angle’s continuous coverage of HP Discover, Dave Vellante spoke with Chris and Greg Tinker, HP Discover Master Technologists, about trends in Cloud and Big Data. The Tinker’s noted the big issue for customers as they grow their businesses is the new options to consider in light of cloud convergence.  Clients must determine whether to stay with traditional IT departments or move into the cloud environment.  HP’s main goal with this new direction is to provide data protection. Virtualization changes the notion of data protection, making it a double-edged sword.  While it enables new process, it brings new challenges... more »
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Microsoft Windows Azure Grows Up With PaaS From AppFog and Apprenda

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers AppFog and Apprenda are teaming up with Microsoft to bridge on-premise .NET applications with the Windows Azure cloud platform. It's all part of Microsoft's master plan to win the hearts and minds of cloud application developers with an increased friendliness towards open source. But the benefits go beyond language selection. AppFog and Azure Lucas Carlson, CEO of AppFog, says that this is a match made in cloud heaven. Microsoft and the Cloud Foundry-based AppFog share a common vision of the platform-as-a-service layer being the lingua franca between developers, hosting environments and clouds - it doesn't matter the infrastructure on which... more »
Will We See an iPhone 5 at WWDC? Probably Not. Try an Apple TV.

Will We See an iPhone 5 at WWDC? Probably Not. Try an Apple TV.

The much awaited Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is set to begin next week, June 11-15 in San Francisco.  Attendees won’t even have to bring their Mi-Fis, as a Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections will be available throughout the venue.  Wi-Fi users just need to select the “WWDC2012” network and enter “wwdc2012” when prompted while Ethernet users just need to bring their USB Ethernet adapter. A WWDC 2012 app is available for download in the App Store allowing attendees to browse the conference's schedule of sessions, labs, and special events as well as mark and view favorites, get notified on the latest news,... more »
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Millennial Stands Behind WP7 with New SDK

Windows Phone 7, along with the Metro user-interface that it an elemental part of the OS and Microsoft’s broader consumer outlook, are picking up momentum. Telerik recently announced some new development tools for the software, and IDC  just released a new report that seems to concur with the uptick in adoption we’ve been seeing lately. The research firm expects that Microsoft's Windows Phone platform will take iOS’s spot as the second most popular mobile platform by 2016, and this feat would be achieved one step at a time. A lot of mileage is going to be accounted for by the ecosystem, and... more »
eHarmony Users Left Unprotected - Dating Site the Latest to Get Hacked

eHarmony Users Left Unprotected - Dating Site the Latest to Get Hacked

Yesterday news came out that 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked in a Russian forum when the alleged hacker bragged about his efforts.  It wasn’t clear though if the usernames of the acquired passwords were also taken but some believe that they have been.  LinkedIn released a statement on their blog yesterday confirming the breach and installed advanced security measures to protect uncompromised accounts, and those compromised accounts who were quick to change their passwords. The following was taken from LinkedIn Director Vicente Silveira’s post:: We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as... more »
Big Data and the Cloud – Take the Lead or Be Disrupted

Big Data and the Cloud – Take the Lead or Be Disrupted

Intel is a company driven by Moore’s law and possessing a culture that eats, drinks, and breathes innovation; they are always looking ahead, continuously moving forward, and constantly pushing itself to the next level. This doesn’t happen by accident – it is driven by the mission of a company organized and managed by leaders who embrace the mission and strive to uphold it. HP Discover is a conference that attracts some of these bright and shining stars from across the industry, and the 2012 conference held in Las Vegas this year was no different. During this year's conference, theCube, hosted by... more »
Microsoft Snubs HTC For Windows 8 Release

Microsoft Snubs HTC For Windows 8 Release

Today’s mobile roundup features Microsoft's snubbing of HTC for upcoming Windows 8 devices, a new Android app from Microsoft, and Yellow Pages goes green with a new Android app of their own. HTC left out of the Windows 8 mania According to some sources, Microsoft is not including HTC in the launch of Windows 8 devices as the software giant is not happy with the low sales of the Taiwanese company.  According to the sources who chose to remain anonymous, Microsoft is concerned that HTC is not selling enough hardware and that the company is not well-versed in producing tablets, which would... more »
Big News, Big Data and Smart Storage: IBM Edge Recap

Big News, Big Data and Smart Storage: IBM Edge Recap

IBM kicked off the inaugural year IBM Edge on Monday in Orlando, FL. It’s been a busy two days at the new conference that Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante has dubbed IBM storage’s coming out party. The conference is a strong signal that IBM is committed to transforming its storage business and possibly challenge market leader EMC. It seems everyone is optimistic about the potential for IBM to gain momentum in the storage market, but as Vellante noted in his video recap of the first day of the conference, the company will need to be more aggressive. The company needs to... 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.