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Dell Force10 Champions Network Virtualization

Data networking switches have traditionally been huge boxes that “are about rigid networking, think mainframe,” says Arpit Joshipura,  head of networking product management and marketing for Dell Force10 Networks. Dell is bringing a new, more flexible and less expensive vision to the market based on virtualizing the network to support a fabric of smaller “pizza box” switches with no hard boundaries either inside or between switches. It is positioning itself as a leader in next-generation, high-speed networking to meet the needs of the data explosion, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from the Dell Storage Forum 2012. Based... more »
Cisco Channel Expands into Converged Infrastructure, Energy Management

Cisco Channel Expands into Converged Infrastructure, Energy Management

Cisco has a huge partner base that reached a couple of milestones this week, thanks to a new partnership with NetApp, as well as a handful of updates from the Cisco Live gathering. Just a day after we’ve learned of the OEM agreement with Fusion-io the networking behemoth is teaming up with NetApp to promote its FlexPod converged infrastructure offering.  The company is debuting The FlexPod Premium Partner Framework, an added set of incentives for partners with a particularly noticeable impact on sales. The program is based in part on some of the feedback and demands that Cisco’s resellers communicated recently. The so-called... more »
Can Emotions Make for Better Ads? Microsoft Thinks So

Can Emotions Make for Better Ads? Microsoft Thinks So

Microsoft is amping their ads offering by utilizing the power of Kinect - they want to offer ads based on users’ emotions or activities. Though nothing has yet been announced by Microsoft, the expectations came from the patent entitled “Targeting Advertisements Based on Emotion” Microsoft filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent describes a computer system configured to execute a method to deliver advertisements based on emotional states.  This technology is presumed to be the Microsoft Kinect, which will allow advertisers to see their audience in  order to deliver ads based on their emotions or activities. Advertisers would provide Microsoft... more »
5G WiFi the New Buzzword?  Pray Tell

5G WiFi the New Buzzword? Pray Tell

It’s early in the week, so why not kick the week off with a new buzzword – 5G WiFi. Computer manufacturer ASUSTeK (ASUS) has announced its G75VW model laptop, which the company designed for gaming, will support the 802.11ac WiFi standard. ASUS is billing the laptop as the world’s first 5G mobile device, but unlike the phones wireless carriers labeled 4G, this announcement does have some basis in reality. A Little Lesson in WiFi Wireless Internet connectivity was a luxury only a few years ago, but today users regularly consume massive amounts of data without a wire in sight. WiFi is the... more »
The Cloud is Not About Technology, It's About Business

The Cloud is Not About Technology, It's About Business

The cloud is not about technology, it’s about business. It’s about re-allocating your existing infrastructure to meet your business needs. Once you know your business goals then you can begin defining how your infrastructure is realigned. This is tbe big shift in thinking that we are seeing at events like Intel Forecast, hosted today by the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) at the Cloud Expo in New York. Take the UBS Group as an example. It’s a company with $2.2 billion in revenues that has aligned its technology strategy behind its business strategy. “Our client is at the center of everything we do,” said... more »
10,000 Twitter Accounts Leaked by LulzSec Reborn via TweetGif

10,000 Twitter Accounts Leaked by LulzSec Reborn via TweetGif

The reincarnation of LulzSec—a now disbanded hacker Internet-mayhem group who ruled the cyberseas and media for a portion of last year—has surfaced with a notable leak of Twitter authentication belonging to users who signed up for TweetGif, an animated GIF-sharing application. The group “LulzSec Reborn” published a .SQL file on Pastebin.org containing a staggering amount of detail about the user accounts. According to an article at PCMag, the file contains a trove of information: The file contained an unusually detailed trove of information on each member: usernames, passwords, real names, locations, bios, avatars, secret tokens used to authenticate TweetGif to pull Twitter... more »
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What Apple's iOS 6 Means for Google and Microsoft

At the Worldwide Developers Conference that kicked off yesterday, Apple launched two versions of the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro.  The MacBooks sport Retina Display with an extremely high DPI and fidelity.  They also have more ports for USB2, USB3, Firewire, and Thunderbolt I/O for high-speed data transfer. But there are more important things announced at the event that means trouble for Google. Apple vs. Google Apple unveiled their own mapping solution for the iOS 6 which, eliminating Google Maps from iOS devices.  The Maps app features real-time traffic conditions, turn-by-turn navigation, Yelp integration, vector graphics, and 3D flyovers. What’s great about the... more »
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Facebook, Mobile Push Online Ads as Sector Achieves Best Quarter Ever

The world saw Internet advertising for Q1 2012 reach $8.4 billion, according to the biannual report from  the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).  For the first time, Internet advertising revenue reached its biggest number ever during a single quarter. The data collected by IAB and the New Media Group of PwC U.S. shows that ad revenues reached $8.4 billion, an increase of 15 percent, compared to $7.3 billion reported in the first quarter of 2011. “The year-over-year growth between Q1 2011 and Q1 2012 sets quite a milestone,” said David Silverman, Partner, PwC U.S. “Moreover, a 15 percent increase over the comparable period... more »
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Broadcom’s CTO of Networking on Dell, Smart Networks and SDN

Nick Ilyadis is the chief technology officer for Broadcom’s networking and infrastructure group; he’s also attending this week’s Dell Storage Forum, and stopped by theCube to give his perspective on the event and the industry as a whole (see full interview below). The discussion started off with Illaydis’ personal opinion on Dell’s networking strategy. He believes that it’s in a rather solid position thanks to a number of acquisitions in the past few weeks and the company’s existing engineering muscle, which added up entire portfolio-worth of solutions. Dell and Broadcom’s partnership began when after the former acquired EqualLogic, the Broadcom executive continued,... more »
TechEd 2012: Microsoft Showcases Windows Server 2012 as “Cloud OS”

TechEd 2012: Microsoft Showcases Windows Server 2012 as “Cloud OS”

While Apple is grabbing all the headlines with its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, there is another little get together taking place on the other side of the country. Microsoft’s TechEd North American conference kicked off yesterday with a wide ranging keynote session as it attempted to pitch its new services to various Fortune 500 companies. And whilst it may have lacked the “wow” factor associated with its rival Apple, it more than made up for it with some heavy positioning for Windows Azure, Windows Server 2012 and other associated products as it prepares to embrace what it’s calling the... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.