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Apple Updates Siri, Launches New Maps App

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple’s new map and Siri update, while Intel claims Android is not ready for dual core.  T-Mobile’s celebrating Father’s Day with a special offer and more. Apple launched Maps app and Siri update Apple is starting another battle with Google as they launched their new Maps app sans the power of Google.  The Maps app will be available in the upcoming iOS 6 but will also be available for older iPhones and iPads, except the original iPad.  The move comes from the fact that Google refused to deliver their updates on iOS devices so Apple did what... more »
Dell Releases New Blade-Based EqualLogic Arrays

Dell Releases New Blade-Based EqualLogic Arrays

Server vendors have been bringing their storage game to the server market for quite a while, adding servers with ever-more storage options in an effort to tailor solutions to customers needs.  However, when one considers “server-based storage,” it’s generally assumed that such storage is of the direct-attached variety.  Even in this day and age of virtualized everything, there remains a high need for servers that can pack a dense amount of storage into the chassis. Speaking of chasses, some vendors have sold direct-attached storage as an add-on option for blade systems.  By doing so, vendors were able to sell to their... more »
Apple Continues to Expand Enterprise Power Base

Apple Continues to Expand Enterprise Power Base

Apple' expansion of its power base in the enterprise became readily apparent today at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference: According to 9 to 5 Mac Daily, Apple announced at WWDC it sold 26 million copies of Lion in only 9 months.  That is faster adoption than Windows 7. It's apparent the iPad will continue to win on price and business ease of  use. Windows RT is the new Windows 8 variation that will run on Microsoft tablets powered by ARM processors. It is expected to be priced in the $500 to $700 range. That's the price range for the iPad and $100 higher... more »
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In Infrastructure and APIs, The Next Step For The Cloud Is Openness

The cloud computing market is changing. Previously, the big concerns have ranged from "Is the cloud transformation really happening?" to "Can I afford the cloud?" to "Why would I ever use the cloud?" But Cloud Expo 2012, taken as a snapshot of the industry halfway through the year, shows that the conversation is shifting, with most of the sessions tackling questions around "how," not "why." But the number one concern that seems to be generating buzz at Cloud Expo is around the question of openness and customer choice in the cloud. This was probably best characterized by a keynote speech delivered... more »
The App Store Rivaling Facebook, Twitter at WWDC

The App Store Rivaling Facebook, Twitter at WWDC

Apple’s annual WWDC dev conference is underway, and while we can’t confirm whether or not the next iPhone is in yet, the company revealed some rather important figures concerning the App Store. Twitter has about 120 million accounts according to a recent survey, and Facebook is leading the charge with over 900 million users.  Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed today that the App Store belongs to the same list as the two social media titans: it apparently hosts no less than 400 million accounts, which accounted for 30 billion downloads to date. There is a total of 650,000 apps available right... more »
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What’s Hot at Dell Storage Forum: Analytics, Security and Automation

The Dell Storage Forum managed to attract hundreds of partners and even more customers, and this year the channel has come prepared to capitalize on the gathering. Already three Dell-related items crossed the wire, and more are continuously pouring in as the event kicks into high gear. Infrastructure analytics provider SwiftTest is releasing the latest version of its flagship platform,  which introduces a number of major improvements to the software. V2.1 can now run in two additional types of environments, and it supports IPv6 as well among other things. “Service providers and IT organizations across industries need our solution, including ones at Dell... more »
A Series of Hacked Servers: From League of Legends to Last.fm

A Series of Hacked Servers: From League of Legends to Last.fm

A series of data breaches have recently been reported.  Last week, it was reported that LinkedIn and eHarmony were breached were in users’ password, and possibly usernames, were acquired by hackers.  Over 6.5 million LinkedIn accounts and 1.5 million eHarmony accounts were said to be compromised.  The two have already prompted their users to change their passwords immediately. But those breaches are just the tip of the iceberg as more are reporting that their data were acquired by hackers. Last.fm London-based music website, Last.fm, reportedly suffered a security breach when the site was made aware that hashes, cryptographic strings for passwords, of their... more »
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Dell Brings New Vision of Highly Automated, Enterprise-level Storage at SMB Prices

Dell is in transition in the storage market from being primarily a reseller of other vendor's projects to becoming a true storage company that makes its own hardware and software to fit its vision of the future, says Carter George, Executive Director of Dell's Storage Strategy. That vision is of an advanced, automated, integrated portfolio providing enterprise-level features designed to meet the needs of Dell customers in three-to-five years and priced for SMBs. Right now Dell is essentially in the first phase of building that portfolio largely by acquiring startups with advanced technology. But those purchases are not random but rather... more »
WWDC 2012: Apple Announces 11-inch MacBook Air, 15-inch MacBook Pro, Intel Ivy Bridge, Retina Display

WWDC 2012: Apple Announces 11-inch MacBook Air, 15-inch MacBook Pro, Intel Ivy Bridge, Retina Display

In a bid to expand the market of the ultra-thin laptop, Apple is preparing to release a new version of the MacBook Air, providing for two versions one $999 and one $1099—making both of them extremely economically priced for similar offerings in the market—alongside two 15-inch MacBook Pros. During the WWDC 2012 conference in San Francisco, CA Apple announced that these new machines will integrate Intel Ivy Bridge, Nvidia graphics, and the next-generation Retina display. This is the next generation of MacBooks. This is essentially the little sister of the 15-inch version of the MacBook Pro, also being announced at WWDC 2012... more »
Global Spread of Facebook Continues, Even as Growth Rate Slows

Global Spread of Facebook Continues, Even as Growth Rate Slows

Facebook’s quest for world dominance continues to gather pace, with the latest stats from the World Map of Social Networks showing that the platform has now become the number one choice for Brazilian netizens, beating down Orkut into second place. Vincenzo Cosenza’s World Map of Social Networks, which gathers data from Alexa and Google Trends to compile its results, shows that Facebook now boasts more than 845 million active users (out of approximately 2 billion internet users worldwide), establishing itself as the social networking platform of choice in 126 countries across the world. Several regions continue to resist Facebook’s empirical plans however,... more »

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- 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

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- 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.