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Apple Maps Is So Confused It Couldn’t Even Score In A Brothel

Apple Maps Is So Confused It Couldn’t Even Score In A Brothel

Apple has just released its iOS 6 operating system, but already it’s come in for some harsh criticism due to numerous inaccuracies and mistakes with its new mapping software that replaced Google Maps. Misplaced towns, cities and businesses, plus dozens of other errors, have drawn dozens of complaints from Apple users, particularly in the UK. The BBC reports that Apple’s map software, which is built using underlying data from GPS provider TomTom and OpenStreetMap, suffers from outdated points of interest, dozens of towns either missing completely or being in the wrong place, while its search function has also been criticized heavily. TomTom has... more »
Apple iOS 6 Now Available For Download

Apple iOS 6 Now Available For Download

Today’s mobile news roundup features: iOS 6 now available for download; Samsung's plans to add the iPhone 5 in a lawsuit; and HTC Windows phone now available for pre-order. Apple’s iOS 6 now available If you’re one of the few people who are holding on to their iPhone 4S a little longer and haven’t pre-ordered or won’t be lining up to get the iPhone 5 tomorrow, then you’ll be pleased to know that iOS 6 is now available for download.  Apple states that there's more than 200 new features available with the iOS update but if you look closely, some are just... more »
Big Money Data: US Military Spending Laid Bare

Big Money Data: US Military Spending Laid Bare

In this week’s big money data series, we take a closer look at one of the government’s biggest and, perhaps (depending on your viewpoint), one of its most unnecessary annual expenditures; it’s military budget. So large are the numbers being bandied around when we speak of military budgets and the global arms trade that they quickly lose all meaning. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI,) governments spent $1.74 trillion in 2011 on guns, tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, aircraft, missiles and motor gunboats, with the United States alone accounting for some $711 billion of this figure. To get a handle... more »
Apprenda Debuts Free Hosted Version of .NET PaaS

Apprenda Debuts Free Hosted Version of .NET PaaS

Analysts and industry watchers predict that the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions will soon be the fastest growing sector of cloud services.  Many developers welcome the benefits offered by companies like Heroku and Microsoft Azure. However, the leaders in the companies that employ these developers aren't often not quite as enthusiastic about moving to a PaaS. Apprenda's has launched ApprendaCloud  to help developers make their case. When Apprenda launched in 2007, it offered a public PaaS platform. However,the service never gained much traction.  The company discontinued its PaaS 2008, pivoted and began selling the .NET platform it created so organizations could create their own PaaS implementations.... more »
In-Flight Wi-Fi: More Expensive, But Much, Much Faster (No Thanks To Gogo)

In-Flight Wi-Fi: More Expensive, But Much, Much Faster (No Thanks To Gogo)

It’s fair to say that since its introduction four years ago, in-flight Wi-Fi hasn’t exactly ‘took off’ in the way that people would have liked. Fact is, most airlines around the world simply don’t offer in-flight Wi-Fi to begin with, and those that do (mostly US airlines) invariably use the provider Gogo, which doesn’t exactly offer the slickest of connection speeds. Worse still, it seems that Gogo has decided to up its rates somewhat. Paul Carr of Pando Daily reported that on his Virgin America flight from San Francisco to JFK yesterday, he noticed a steep hike in Gogo’s charges - it... more »
Angry Big Data: Mapping Protests Around The World

Angry Big Data: Mapping Protests Around The World

Since the emergence of a controversial movie ridiculing the Islamic prophet Mohammad sparked uproar in the Middle East, resulting in the death of the American ambassador after the storming of the US consulate in Benghazi, protests have erupted across the Muslim world. Similar angry scenes have taken place in China, and to a lesser extent, Taiwan, over the Senkaku Islands claimed by Japan. Meanwhile, in the US, Europe and elsewhere, a more drawn-out movement refuses to go away quietly... Tracking Rage in the Muslim World If you’re struggling to keep track of all the uprisings lately, you’re not the only one. What with protests... more »
Cloudant to Provide Cloud Database Service to GAIN Fitness

Cloudant to Provide Cloud Database Service to GAIN Fitness

NoSQL data layer as a service provider, Cloudant, has announced that personal training mobile app, GAIN Fitness has selected it to replace PostgreSQL, in order to provide more scalable application performance to their rapidly growing user base. GAIN Fitness will leverage Cloudant’s Data Layer managed cloud database service to enrich the user experience with real time workout analytics and mobile data sync for off-line app usage. GAIN Fitness’s app has over100, 000 users, and helps them create customized workouts based on their physical characteristics, primary fitness goals, and available workout time and equipment, by using algorithms designed to apply the expertise... more »
Inventive Redditor Builds Xbox 360 Into a Laptop Case and Walks into a Bar

Inventive Redditor Builds Xbox 360 Into a Laptop Case and Walks into a Bar

Interestingly, it’s not a joke, yet that is the punch line for this inventive marvel. Most game consoles are a little bit less-than-portable—that’s why the mobile market is awash with handhelds that act like consoles but run in their own little world. Consoles require a wall socket and a TV screen to be useful, in the computer world we call the portable screen-and-computer a laptop...now, thanks to an enterprising Maker redditor named DBrizzle, there’s a laptop Xbox! “So I spent the last 8 months converting an Xbox 360 Slim into a portable, laptop 360!” writes DBrizzle on Reddit. “Despite many manhours, pitfalls... more »
Microsoft Enables IntelliTrace for DevOps

Microsoft Enables IntelliTrace for DevOps

Microsoft recently announced that it has enabled IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2012 for DevOps, which will help the developer community to track coding issues easily and effortlessly. Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 is already shipping for the last three weeks, but the Windows maker has just extended the IntelliTrace for DevOps, to the its Systems Center software via a capability that will be featured in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. Besides this update, Microsoft also added Kanban templates for agile programming, along with new support for the SharePoint collaboration platform via load testing and coded UI testing. All these features will... more »
Reddit Co-Founder Faces 13 Felonies for Data Theft, $1 Million Fine and 35 Years in Prison

Reddit Co-Founder Faces 13 Felonies for Data Theft, $1 Million Fine and 35 Years in Prison

The number thirteen could possibly be the least favorite number of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz. Following four felonies in 2011, the Federal Government has filed nine more charges against the activist coder for breaching hacking laws when he broke into the computer network of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to obtain access to a nonprofit online service distributing scholarly articles online, JSTOR. He surrendered July of the previous year but remains free on $100K unsecured bond. Swartz nearly downloaded the entire library of JSTOR and got hold of digitized academic journals that are inaccessible to the public. A parcel of the... more »

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- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.