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Pesky Bots Behind 10% Of All Website Traffic, Claims New Study

Pesky Bots Behind 10% Of All Website Traffic, Claims New Study

We all knew there were plenty of bots lurking around online causing mischief, but new research has shed light on just how many ‘fake’ internet users there are - apparently, as much as 10% of all web traffic may in fact be driven by bots capable of mimicking humans by posting comments and even entering contests online. Solve Media, an online advertising firm based in the US, said that its latest study was performed over the last 18 months, based on the authentications of more than 2 billion internet users on over 5,000 different websites. Perhaps even more startling than the sheer... more »
ICM Launches Search.xxx for All Your Porn Needs

ICM Launches Search.xxx for All Your Porn Needs

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) granted the ICM Registry sole control of the .xxx domain which gave an opportunity for brands, celebrities, organizations etc. to either secure a .xxx domain if they are porn-related or to make sure that their name won’t be used by porn sites or other malicious individuals to lure people in. Not everyone in the porn industry thought it was necessary to have a .xxx domain distinction, especially those who are already well established.  But the point of having a .xxx domain is mainly for the porn enthusiasts.  The ICM wanted to make... more »
Apple Says Sorry For Maps Disaster (Don't Use It, In Other Words)

Apple Says Sorry For Maps Disaster (Don't Use It, In Other Words)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a groveling apology over the Apple Maps debacle, following a wave of criticism from frustrated customers who have been quick voice their displeasure with the new application. In his open letter to Apple customers, Cook acknowledged that thousands of customers were unhappy with the software and reiterated his pledge to improve the app as soon as possible. In the meantime, Cook took the unusual step of suggesting that users download alternatives from its rivals. Apologies from Apple are nothing new, but this one is slightly unusual in that Cook decided to pen it himself, underlining just... more »
Fusion-io CEO Wants More Choice in Flash Market, Hails NetApp Team-Up

Fusion-io CEO Wants More Choice in Flash Market, Hails NetApp Team-Up

Fusion-io co-founder and chief executive David Flynn was one of the attendees at the NetApp Customer Day mini-event at VMworld 2012. The executive discussed his company, the partnership with NetApp and flash storage in an interview with Wikibon founder Dave Vellante (full video below). The Cube alumnus said that it his company has seen sales shoot up by 82 percent in 2011, and a compound annual growth rate of 222 percent in the past four years. The collaboration with NetApp, which was announced around the same time, fit in nicely with Fusion-io’s continuous expansion of its ecosystem and product line-up –... more »
This Week in the Cloud: New Apps and a $25M Surprise

This Week in the Cloud: New Apps and a $25M Surprise

A handful of cloud service vendors had big news this week. Among them is ServiceSource, a cloud service provider that's making a strong appeal to the industry at large. ServiceSource helps tech firms manage their recurring revenue. This week the company introduced a new hosted toolset that covers analytics, operations, CRM and a couple other areas. Renew OnDemand, for instance, is a $30 billion platform – that’s how much Gartner says companies lose annually due to mismanagement of contracts and subscriptions. Bloomfire also had an update a few days ago: the service added integration with the Salesforce CRM system and Chatter, the... more »
Facebook Gifts Bring Good Karma to their Mobile Strategy

Facebook Gifts Bring Good Karma to their Mobile Strategy

Since Facebook went public, the company has been seeking the best ways to monetize particularly for the mobile market.  Facebook is aware that a lot of their users are now choosing to login to the social network via their smartphones or tablets, and they haven’t cracked the mobile ad market yet.  Advertising is currently Facebook’s bread and butter and if they cannot translate that to mobile, they may soon start logging revenue loss bigger than their IPO valuation. And that’s the main reason for the launch of their new service Gifts.  Gifts is a feature for Facebook's Android app for now,... more »
Double Sales Growth for VirtuStream, Thanks to Solutions like NetApp

Double Sales Growth for VirtuStream, Thanks to Solutions like NetApp

Flexibility in supporting a range of architectures has been important for NetApp's appeal to customers and partners, including VirtuStream, who's been able to extend the benefits to its string of Fortune 500 companies.  Today we hear from Simon Aspinall, the chief marketing officer of the up-and-coming cloud service provider. Wikibon Founder Dave Vellante chatted up the VirtuStream executive at the NetApp Customer Day event at VMworld 2012 – watch the full interview below. Aspinall started by talking a bit about his company and what it has to offer. VirtuStream is essentially an AWS competitor that caters specifically to large enterprises. The... more »
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Sony Invests $645M In Olympus, Eyes Medical Field for Growth

Sony and Olympus announced an agreement that would benefit both parties.  Sony will be investing $645 million in Olympus, which would in turn make them the biggest shareholder in the company. Olympus currently holds about 70 percent of world’s market for medical endoscopes and Sony’s investment could help them jumpstart their efforts in the medical field which they already entered last year with the acquisition of the American medical diagnostics firm Micronics for an undisclosed sum. Sony’s president Kazuo Hirai believes that the medical field is lucrative business and they aim to make it as one of their core businesses in the... more »
Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe

Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe

The European Commission has launched a high-level strategy for cloud computing services.  The announcement came in the form of a release "Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe"  Key actions of the strategy include: Cutting through the jungle of technical standards so that cloud users get interoperability, data portability and reversibility; necessary standards should be identified by 2013; Support for EU-wide certification schemes for trustworthy cloud providers; Development of model 'safe and fair' contract terms for cloud computing contracts including Service Level Agreements; A European Cloud Partnership with Member States and industry to harness the public sector's buying power (20% of all IT spending) to... more »
RIM Delivers Better Quarter Report Than Expected

RIM Delivers Better Quarter Report Than Expected

Today’s mobile news roundup: RIM delivers better than expected quarterly report; Google’s new Field Trip app; and Sony announces unlocked Xperia acro S. RIM delivers better than expected quarterly report Research in Motion surprised analysts with their second quarter report which showed a loss of only $235 million - about half of what analysts expected.  They also reported revenue of $2.9 billion, two percent higher than predictions.  The slight increase is attributed to the increasing number of subscribers in developing regions such as Africa and Asia. "Subscribers grew to approximately 80 million global users, revenue grew sequentially from the first quarter, cash, cash... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.