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White House Releases Open Source Petition App on Github

White House Releases Open Source Petition App on Github

The United States government has plenty of secrets, but the source code for its new online petition voting software is not one of them. Friday, the Obama administration announced that it would release the software on Github for anyone, including other governments, to use. The software, called "We the People," enables the Obama administration to provide citizens with an efficient way to sign petitions and allow policy officials to review them. As the President himself explained last September, "Among our commitments, we’re launching a new online tool -- called “We the People” -- to allow Americans to directly petition the White... more »
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The End of Flash For Android

Back in June, Adobe announced that they would cease support for Flash for mobile so newer versions of the Android platform, 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean, will not be getting Flash.  Flash was once considered an advantage for Android devices over iOS since it gave them the “full internet experience,” so losing it was deemed as crippling to Google's mobile OS.  And to emphasize its importance to the Android community, news soon broke that the Samsung Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean update will come with Flash.  So there’s still hope that Adobe won’t stop supporting Flash for mobile.  The downside is, Adobe... more »
Broadcom Reaches Out to Chinese and Other Booming Smartphone Markets

Broadcom Reaches Out to Chinese and Other Booming Smartphone Markets

Broadcom is looking to expand its market in China, where the cost of smartphone manufacturing is low. The chip maker is looking to work with ZTE Corp. that manufactures handsets for a low price to gain market share in China along with up and coming markets from all over the world. "Initially we were producing technology for China. Now they are producing for the world," Chief Executive Scott McGregor said. According to McGregor, Broadband is working on expanding its products so that they include chips compatible with China Mobile Ltd phones. Right now the chips the company currently manufactures are only compatible... more »
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Where Does Data Art Meet Brands? Visual.ly Launches New Tool

Infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. They have become very popular on the Internet lately, as these graphics allow us to quickly grasp and understand even the most difficult of concepts. But how about allowing brands to create their own customized themes and graphics to support their campaigns? With the advent of web applications and the availability of online data sets, it is now possible for everyone to create great infographics. Visual.ly, the platform for creating, exploring and sharing infographics, launched Visual.ly Create for Brands allowing brands to create automatically generated infographics to support any campaign that can... more »
AOL To Return $1B To Shareholders

AOL To Return $1B To Shareholders

In a surprising but very welcomed move, AOL Inc. unveiled their plans to return $1.1 billion to shareholders via a special dividend.  The company also authorized a special one-time cash dividend of $5.15 to be paid on December 14. "Today's announcement underscores AOL's commitment to delivering value for our shareholders," Chairman and Chief Executive Tim Armstrong said. "AOL remains committed to creating and unlocking value for all shareholders through smart execution and disciplined management of our asset portfolio." AOL also announced that they will repurchase $600 million of stock under an accelerated stock-repurchase agreement to utilize the share repurchase authorization previously approved... more »
VMware Looks Set To Embrace OpenStack, Just In Time For VMworld Kick Off

VMware Looks Set To Embrace OpenStack, Just In Time For VMworld Kick Off

When OpenStack’s directors get together for their first full board meeting tomorrow, one of the biggest items on the agenda will be whether or not to approve, reject or defer the application of prospective new Gold members; VMware, Inteland and NEC, all of whom have signaled their interest in joining the foundation. The move to team up with OpenStack may come as something of a surprise, given that VMware has long been seen as the chief opposition to the foundation’s open source cloud platform, but recent months have seen something of a thaw in relations between the two. VMware notably acquired the... more »
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The Aftermath Of Apple's Court Win

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the aftermath of Apple’s court win;  Samsung requesting the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 be lifted; Nokia benefitting from Apple aftermath; and LG soon to release Qualcomm quad-core smartphones. Apple-Samsung not affected by Apple’s big win Last Friday, the jury in the Apple-Samsung trial in San Jose, California found the South Korean company guilty of infringing the Cupertino company’s patents.  Samsung was also ordered to pay $1 billion in damages to Apple. You’d think that this would greatly affect their chip partnership but on Sunday, Samsung vice chairman Choi Gee-sung and the head of the mobile business... more »
Future Big Data: Getting A Grip On The Big Data Explosion

Future Big Data: Getting A Grip On The Big Data Explosion

Big data’s getting bigger by the day, and unless we can get a handle on what to do with it all, it’s going to cause some real headaches for those in the data storage business. Just how much data is there? As it stands today, there’s around 10 trillion gigabytes of data being generated each and every year, a figure that HP reckons will grow to 50 trillion gigabytes of data by the year 2020. That’s an awfully big number, but to really understand just how much data is being created, it helps to be able to see it in physical terms... more »
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Guest Post: Welcome to the Cloud Laundromat

By Rodney J. Rogers - CEO of VirtuStream- @rjrogers87   I really hate most large institutionalized conferences. Yes, I get the networking dynamic and the exposure to new products and services, however, I think on a net basis the general productivity loss (at least for service providers) trumps the upside. It’s simple: Too many sellers, too few buyers. All service providers rationalize the marginally efficient use of time and resources to attend. Why? At least partly because all the industry analysts and reporters are there! One of the most entertaining aspects of this week’s VMworld, however, will be walking through the exhibition hall... more »
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Breaking Analysis: Amazon’s Glacier is the Titanic of Deep Archives for Corporate CIOs

Beware the Pitfalls of the Glacial Mass[/caption] Amazon’s Glacier is a new service for infrequently accessed data. It is very inexpensive to load data into Glacier and park it there indefinitely but CIOs should use extreme caution before placing their enterprise archives in Glacier. Getting data out of Glacier could be exceedingly expensive. More importantly, however, Amazon’s less than adequate response to previous instances of data loss should be a source of concern for CIOs. While Amazon is providing an 11 9’s SLA based on an annual “durability” metric, it is unclear how or if this metric translates to data... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.