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Our Favorite Companion Apps For Instagram on Android

The popular photo editing-sharing app, Instagram, made its way to Android smartphones last April.  Though it did not have support for Android tablets, it was quickly downloaded by fAndroids, which irked a lot of iOS users.  They were enraged that the iOS-exclusive app was being infiltrated by Android users and deemed that the newbies were polluting their photography haven. Now that fAndroids' presence on Instagram isn’t such a big deal, let’s look at some of the tools being utilized by Android users in making their mark permanent in the Instagram world. Instagram companion apps . RetroShots for Instagram If you think the filters on... more »
The Best of Batman: Apps and Gadgets for Dark Knight Fans

The Best of Batman: Apps and Gadgets for Dark Knight Fans

Batman fan or not, everyone is excited to see The Dark Knight Rises, the latest of the Batman movie franchise. Unfortunately, the premiere of the movie ended in tragedy in a movie house in Aurora, Colorado when a masked man threw a smoke bomb and open fired on moviegoers.  Twelve people died and 38 others were wounded in the incident, but earlier reports stated that 14 people died.  The assailant has been arrested but his identity has been kept from the public but authorities stated that the gunman was a native of Aurora. Warner Bros., the company who released the film, was... more »
Big Brother's Big Data: Opportunity Knocks in the UK

Big Brother's Big Data: Opportunity Knocks in the UK

A new report from a prominent British think tank has suggested that the UK government could be saving up to £33 billion ($51.6 billion) a year without cutting any of the services, if only it were to make better use of publicly available ‘big data’ about its citizens – which includes everything from passport and driving licence applications to tax returns and even their social media accounts. The report, created by Policy Exchange, says that the possible savings could amount to an equivalent of almost £500 for every person in the UK. This of course is a huge amount of money –... more »
YouTube Gets a Business Model Six Years After Joining Google

YouTube Gets a Business Model Six Years After Joining Google

Google released stronger than expected second quarter earnings on Thursday. The company’s earnings rose 11 percent and revenue increased 21 percent. The company continues to dominate the online ad space, but like many other technology firms, the search giant is attempting to expand its portfolio of products and services. The company has completed its purchase of Motorola Mobility and is working on its hardware strategy. According to Google’s SVP, Nikesh Arora, on the earnings call, the company has also finally figured out a business model for YouTube, six years after its acquisition. When Google purchased the video sharing site, many questioned... more »
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iPhone 5 Gets Nano SIM, Verizon Hints at Release Date

Rumors about the next iPhone, or iPhone 5 as the media has dubbed it, just keep piling up.  Though some seem a bit far-fetched, many are hoping that the next iPhone would look drastically different from older versions.  Still, other rumors seem more legit as new evidence surfaces. First, let’s look at what we think we know about the rumored device. Rumors Some sources say that the iPhone 5 would have a teardrop shape and an oval home button, in-touch display panels that would make the device slimmer, a larger 4-4.6 inch screen, 19-pin dock connector, quad core processor, LiquidMetal casing, 8MP or... more »
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NAND Flash Storage: Speeds and Feeds, a Comparative Report

Wikibon analyst, founder and managing consultant at The 1610 Group, and former CIO Scott Lowe has published the first part of a major study of the enterprise-class flash storage market that includes a detailed comparison of the specific products available from several leading flash vendors. While admittedly incomplete, it provides a great deal of valuable base information of the kind that CIOs need when making short-list decisions for NAND flash storage purchases. The report, “A CIO primer on solid state storage and the solid state market”, begins with a fairly detailed overview of exactly what solid-state storage, aka NAND Flash, is,... more »
The Best of Pat Gelsinger: VMware's New CEO Speaks on Just About Everything

The Best of Pat Gelsinger: VMware's New CEO Speaks on Just About Everything

Paul Maritz is no longer the CEO of virtualization giant VMware, and it has industry watchers asking lots of questions. Did Maritz step down voluntarily? Did EMC, which owns an 80 percent stake in VMware, drive the change? EMC officially confirmed the management changes, but didn’t explain the rationale behind the moves. Maritz is leaving the CEO role, but isn’t going far. Maritz will become chief strategist at EMC; he will also remain on the VMWare board of directors. Pat Gelsinger, EMC President and COO of Information Infrastructure Products, and frequent guest of the Cube, will be the new CEO of... more »
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Oracle Ups its Cloud Play with Skire Buy

Oracle's latest acquisition is Skire, a provider of specialized cloud based software for capital and facilities management. The platform caters to a fairly broad range of industries and supports further customization with templates that can be developed in-house according to the firm’s website. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Oracle is upping its cloud play now that competitors like SAP are making aggressive advancements in this field, also via acquisitions among other things. But the data base giant has been doing its best to avoid lagging behind the rest – Skire is Oracle’s fifth acquisition this year, and will be integrated... more »
MapR Names Kim Williams as VP of Services and Support

MapR Names Kim Williams as VP of Services and Support

MapR, which provides enterprise-grade distribution for Apache Hadoop, has announced the appointment of Kim Williams as its worldwide vice president of services and support. As the new VP, Williams will be responsible for managing MapR's professional services, support teams, and customer training. Williams joins MapR at a time when big data is big news in enterprise. Prior to joining MapR, Williams served at Blue Coat Systems as the company's vice president of worldwide technical services. According to MapR, her customer service and support experience over the course of her career makes her an ideal fit for the company. CEO and Co-founder... more »
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HTC Devices To Get Android Jelly Bean

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Android Jelly Bean prepping to roll out in some HTC devices; Sony revives Walkman multimedia players; and Apple ‘quiet’ new iPad release in China. HTC devices to get Jelly Bean Taiwanese device manufacturer HTC confirmed that three of their devices, HTC One X, One S and One XL, will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update though the exact date of the roll out hasn’t been specified yet. "We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android” HTC said in an interview with SlashGear.  “At this point in time, we... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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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.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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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.

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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.