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How Facebook Plans To Get The Whole World Online: Cheaper, Bigger Data

How Facebook Plans To Get The Whole World Online: Cheaper, Bigger Data

Facebook, which recently teamed up with the likes of Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, Opera and others to launch the Internet.org initiative a few weeks ago, has just published a white paper that outlines its master plan to wire up the rest of the world to the web. For those unfamiliar with Internet.org, the initiative was launched last August 20 with a website that claims the group is dedicated to helping the approximately two thirds of the world's population – around five billion people - living without internet access to get online. It's not an entirely charitable cause, as Facebook would only... more »
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IBM Announces $1 Billion Linux Investment

IBM this morning announced a multi-year, $1 billion investment in  Linux on Power Systems that will include a new developer center in Montpellier, France, for European Linux developers and a new Linux on Power development cloud that is available free of charge to developers. This is in addition to the string of major Linux announcements IBM has made over the last few months including the 7R4 four-socket Linux-only Power server, the Open Power initiative with  development centers in Beijing, Austin, and New York City, its commitment to OpenStack, and the steady porting of more than 140 core IBM applications and... more »
Metrofied Firefox Unlikely to be Seen Until 2014

Metrofied Firefox Unlikely to be Seen Until 2014

Mozilla will be rolling out the Firefox 24 for Windows, Mac, and Linux today as well as for Android. The updated Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux has new features such as support for new scrollbar style in Mac OS X 10.7 and newer, implemented Close tabs to the right, and ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out.  There were also some aspects that were changed for the sake of developers, such as accessibility related improvements on using pinned tabs (see 577727), major SVG rendering improvements around Image tiling and scaling (see 600207), improved and... more »
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In Bold Move to Automate Data Management, NetApp Puts Storage Closer to Compute : Supports AWS Hyperscale + Virtualization

Better cloud interoperability - a not-so-lofty goal for NetApp in its audacious push to establish Data ONTAP as a common fabric for private, hybrid and public cloud environments. NetApp is introducing a new solution for migrating data between on- and off-premise infrastructure with today's launch of a Universal Data Platform, a potential game-changer in the software-defined world that connects disparate clouds and rethinks the physical positioning of storage closer to the compute.  With this, NetApp is making things more streamlined for data access, management and especially automation.  NetApp is promising "more consistent data management" for today's software-defined infrastructure, recognizing that... more »
Google Bumps Its Way To Yet Another Acquisition

Google Bumps Its Way To Yet Another Acquisition

Near Field Communication has many use cases, for example transferring files or processing payments, but the technology has so far failed to gain traction as there are doubts regarding its security.  Even Apple, which loves to experiment with new technologies, isn't convinced that bump-to-transfer is something its devices should have. Still, the allure of bumping devices to share information is intriguing, thus Bump Technologies’ Bump app has managed to gain popularity by allowing iOS to experience the bump-to-share functionality of NFC without Apple's say so, even if their device doesn’t have an NFC chip. Using Bump, users can share info with... more »
New Look Bing Looks An Awful Lot Like Google

New Look Bing Looks An Awful Lot Like Google

Microsoft isn’t giving up in its dreams of one day grabbing the “search engine giant” title away from Google.  And to prove this, it's just unveiled a new logo, look, and an array of new features for its search engine. The New Look   Microsoft seems to have an affinity with straight lines and sharp edges when it comes to new logos, and the Bing logo did not escape this love affair.  Instead of a rounded "b" it now has an edgier "b", though Microsoft has kept the orange color scheme so it will still look familiar. Microsoft describes Bing as always being helpful,... more »
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NetApp to Deliver ‘Universal Data Platform’ atop ONTAP

In a bold push to establish Data ONTAP as a common fabric for private, hybrid and public cloud environments, NetApp is introducing a new solution for migrating data between on- and off-premise infrastructure. The company’s soon-to-be-unveiled portability technology performs on-the-fly “hypervisor translation” to greatly simplify workload migration between disparate ONTAP deployments. The offering is designed to complement NetApp’s existing SnapMirror tool, which will be enhanced to better support replication between private and public clouds. SnapMirror and the upcoming hypervisor translation technology constitute a central pillar of NetApp’s plan to deliver a “universal data platform” atop its flagship storage operating system. The success... more »
Jolla's Sailfish OS Gets Android Apps & Hardware Compatible

Jolla's Sailfish OS Gets Android Apps & Hardware Compatible

Finnish mobile startup Jolla has big plans for its nascent Sailfish mobile OS to emerge as a genuine rival to the likes of Android and iOS, and now it's taken a massive step in achieving those goals with the announcement of compatibility with Android's software, apps and even its hardware ecosystem. This is a huge deal for Sailfish OS, which will now be able to run native Android apps as well as those built to run on Sailfish alone, said the company on Monday. More importantly though is the hardware compatibility – which means that people will be able to install... more »
3 Things to Consider with Oracle's New ZS3 Storage Appliance

3 Things to Consider with Oracle's New ZS3 Storage Appliance

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 takes place next week, running September 22 through 26, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. One thing our readers are anxious to learn more about is Oracle's recently launched storage appliance the ZS3 Storage Appliance, particularly given Oracle's goals of reducing infrastructure costs with this new product. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and his company have been under intentional and unintentional attacks lately from the open source sector, which has cooperatively lowered the cost of setting up and managing the IT department with the introduction of agnostic software and hardware that's just as adaptable.  It will be interesting to hear... more »
Internet of Things Review: Quarks and iPhones

Internet of Things Review: Quarks and iPhones

Major technology vendors are jumping into the Internet of Things craze one after the other. Intel is going after wearable tech with new Quark processors, while Apple is trying to penetrate the low-end smartphone market with the iPhone 5c. An emerging startup called Zapier is riding this wave of adoption in a big push to get its own offering off the ground and into consumers’ hands and smart glasses. This week’s Intel Developer Conference kicked off with the debut of Quark, a set of processors designed for use in wearable gadgets and industrial sensors. The company touts that Quark chips are... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.