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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and the Live Streaming Revolution for Gaming

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and the Live Streaming Revolution for Gaming

Social media and video has an interesting culture when it comes to people sharing their lives what started with people pushing images from phones to services such as Instragram and the webcam revolution with YouTube has become also a utopia for gamers. The proliferation of HDPVRs and capture cards have enabled console and PC gamers to record their own gameplay and share it easily on YouTube—many gamers do this on the video sharing site are called “gaming commentators.” In a bid to embrace commentator culture and esports, Treyarch, developer of Black Ops 2, will be launching the game with built-in livestreaming... more »
Short of Staff, Financial Traders Turns to Analytic Software and Services

Short of Staff, Financial Traders Turns to Analytic Software and Services

The financial crisis of 2008 and following recession resulted in significant job losses across industries, and the financial services industry itself was no exception. Call it a self-inflicted wound if you must, but the reality is job losses in capital markets has been severe and firms are being forced to do more with fewer workers. That means relying on both analytic software and outside services to make up for the dearth of junior analysts, researchers and quants that used to populate trading desks. The shortage feels all the more acute in an industry that, thanks to record profits before the crash, became... more »
Expected Features for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Expected Features for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 2 tomorrow at an UnPacked event in Berlin, Germany just a few days ahead of the IFA 2012 show, which will run from August 31 to September 5. Since the event was announced, nothing much about the upcoming phablet has been revealed, but many are hoping the Galaxy Note 2 will be bigger and lighter than the previous Note, and will have a better battery. But a Seoul Newspaper published the specifications of the Galaxy Note 2 ahead of the unveiling.  According to the site, the device will feature a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412... more »
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IBM Takes On SAP, Oracle with Latest Buy

Big Blue is taking on SAP and Oracle with the acquisition of Kenexa, a provider of HR consultancy and services that plays in the same pond as Success Factors. IBM agreed to pay $46 per Kenexa share, 42 percent more than the stock’s closing price on Friday and just 22 cents more than what KNXA is trading for right now. WSJ reports that Kenexa shot up as much as 41 percent in trading this week, while IBM slightly slipped. FactSet estimates that the latter firm has about 27.4 million outstanding shares, valuing the deal at 1.26 billion dollars. Here’s some more details... more »
Nutanix CEO Reinforces Data Infrastructure and the Software-Defined Compute/Storage Tier

Nutanix CEO Reinforces Data Infrastructure and the Software-Defined Compute/Storage Tier

Nutanix Co-Founder & CEO Dheeraj Pandey stepped in on theCube at VMworld 2012 to share some perspective on convergence, data infrastructure, and the new era of computing. Nutanix is right at the heart of the exciting convergence space and implements all of the buzzword technology such as cloud, solid-state, Big Data, and so on. By combining computing and storage into one tier, Nutanix has effectively delivered a simplified datacenter solution, putting costs in check and lowering footprints along the way. While eliminating the management cost and capital costs of external network storage, the company delivers with their enterprise-class platform that... more »
“Our Biggest Competition is the Status Quo” says Fusion-IO CEO, David Flynn [VIDEO]

“Our Biggest Competition is the Status Quo” says Fusion-IO CEO, David Flynn [VIDEO]

In their ongoing coverage of VMworld, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with David Flynn, CEO of Fusion-IO. In its first year as a public company, Fusion-IO boasts an impressive earning’s report, 82% growth and acquisition of IO Turbine. In this conversation, Flynn discusses Fusion-IOs success and future innovations, the advantages of Fusion-IO architecture, Flash productivity increases and why competitor mimicry might actually be advantageous. Recognizing Fusion-IO as “disruptors in the market,” Furrier asks about the next Fusion-IO disruption. According to Flynn, the release of Fusion-IO’s ION transforms select open systems servers into application data accelerators. In this way Fusion-IO is... more »
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The Missed Opportunity In the Olympic Games? Branding for a Global Audience

From the birth of the modern Olympics, the “Olympic Brand” is associated with three supreme values: excellence, respect and friendship. It is on these three pillars of the IOC, which has set a goal to improve the state of the world through sport and build the game for over a century. Every four years, brands seize upon the Olympic Games to communicate the exclusive values of game through commercials and campaigns. The 2012 London Olympics were no exception. The world’s top brands launched their marketing campaigns across social media outlets to cheer on teams and celebrate the games. It's an opportunity you... more »
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VMworld Announcements Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary

The VMworld Keynote announcements are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but that's okay says Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in his Professional Alert on the first-day announcements at VMworld 2012.  The biggest news, he says, is the elimination of vRAM, which he characterized as definitely a good idea. Beyond that VMware's engineers have not had time to incorporate the technologies from VMware's recent purchases of Nicira and DynamicOps, so the improvements to vSphere, while nice, are expected next steps. Even the one new product, vClouds Suite 5.1, is really a repackaging of existing products. That, Lowe says, is okay and expected. Even the... more »
The Birth of the Cloud Computing Era: HP Expands with vCloud Suite 5.1

The Birth of the Cloud Computing Era: HP Expands with vCloud Suite 5.1

HP's Converged Cloud has expanded with VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 and was unveiled at VMworld 2012 on Monday. The software intertwines  VMware’s virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into one SKU, which simplifies the adoption of cloud technology. "Today’s IT requires organizations to take a holistic approach to planning, building and operating their infrastructure, especially as we move into this new era of cloud computing,” said Don Henderson, Chief Technology Officer of NYSE Technologies. In a nutshell:  The software is an updated version of the virtualization platform, which has over 100 enhancements and new features for higher service levels in all applications, including business-critical... more »
DevOps for Drupal: How We Get it Done on the Web

DevOps for Drupal: How We Get it Done on the Web

DevOps movement has begun to take a good shape across the IT industry as Ops experts and development teams communicate, collaborate, and integrate toward a common goal, that is, to achieve the best in whatever they do. Nowadays, DevOps for Drupal is gaining momentum. The space is full of DevOps practices with Drupal, where everyone has its own opinion. So, whom you should listen to? Here are some tips from Kris Buytaert, a Linux and Open Source Consultant doing Linux and Open Source projects across the world. Kris is the Co-Author of Virtualization with Xen, was a maintainer of the... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.