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Over 1 Million Accounts Compromised and $350k Stolen by Hackers in One Week

Over 1 Million Accounts Compromised and $350k Stolen by Hackers in One Week

In the past week hackers managed to infiltrate no less than four major websites; and while users of three of these four sites only have to worry about more spam in their inbox and potentially someone else posting forum messages on their behalf, the users of Bitcoinica have taken some serious financial losses. The bitcoin bank was hacked back in May, and according to this forum post the site’s operators apparently failed to patch things up properly since then. Long story short, a total of $40,000 and another 40K bitcoins fell into the hands of the perpetrators– a total of about... more »
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EMC Releases First Major Update to NetWorker in Almost a Decade

EMC has often been criticized for leveraging an outdated code in its storage arrays. The company clearly seems to be a proponent of the “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it” mantra, but the storage leader has finally decided it’s finally time to update its backup and recovery software, NetWorker. EMC has made significant updates to Networker since it released NetWorker 7 almost a decade ago in 2003. Entire companies are conceived, formed and disbanded within the time it has taken EMC to update NetWorker 7 to Networker 8. Networker 8 features an updated architecture with better performance and scalability.... more »
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Objectivity Pushes Big Data in the Channel with InfiniteGraph Certification

Database software vendor Objectivity unveiled a new initiative today that’s meant to introduce partners to InfiniteGraph, a graph database that is known for being highly scalable. On top of that it’s written in Java, which means it can be used not just with modern NoSQL solutions, but also in legacy environments. The company released a number of case studies that detail how select resellers and SIs can achieve better results by coupling Objectivty’s flagship platform, Objectivity/DB, with InfiniteGraph. Among the new options is this one: "With demands to manage millions of objects in real time and in mission critical business environments, HM... more »
Alternatives for Spool Now That Facebook's Bought and Crushed It

Alternatives for Spool Now That Facebook's Bought and Crushed It

Facebook has hired the mobile team behind the startup application development provider, Spool, in what appears to be the latest acquisition for social network.  This talent buy is largely in part to expand its technical staff. Although the social network is hiring all of Spool’s employees, the company didn’t comment on whether it has acquired whole of the company or only hiring the mobile team. “The Spool team has deep expertise in mobile software development and a passion for making content easy to consume,” Facebook said in a statement over the weekend. “We're excited for the team to join and accelerate their... more »
Surprise! Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO

Surprise! Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO

Marissa Mayer is now the CEO of Yahoo.  The move is a surprising catch and major coup for Yahoo, which for years has been struggling to stay alive and losing market share in the search engine business. The former Google executive is a well-recognized and very public presence in Silicon Valley.  Her history at the company goes back to the very beginning.     The move puts her in ranks with other current and former female technology CEOs,  such as Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, to name a couple. Mayer has a lasting and significant presence at Google as much of the... more »
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Microsoft Office 2013: Cloud at the Core or Cloudwashing?

Microsoft has finally taken the lid off Microsoft Office 2013, letting consumers get its first crack at the completely redesigned suite of industry-standard productivity applications, including new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more, with a publicly available preview. And to reflect Microsoft's recent reorientation towards software-as-a-service, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer used a live webcast event to demonstrate how Office 2013 has cloud at its core and multi-device enablement as a priority. But Microsoft is also spending a lot of time and effort hyping how Office 2013 may have the cloud at the core, but "really lights up" when paired with Microsoft Windows 8.... more »
Huawei Aggressively Targets Storage Market

Huawei Aggressively Targets Storage Market

"Our business is changing, and our customers' needs are changing. We need to enter these markets," said Jeff Jiang, the head of Huawei's storage marketing. The Chinese ITC firm sells networking equipment to telcoms, and is now seeing a big opportunity to expand into the storage and server markets: enterprises are storing more and more data. Huawei is not starting from scratch. Late last year the company announced that’s it’s buying Symantec’s 49 percent stake of Huawei Symantec, a joint venture that sold storage and security products out of Hong Kong. The deal was worth approximately $530 million, an investment big enough to... more »
GM to Bring IT Talent-in House, $600M contract with HP at Risk

GM to Bring IT Talent-in House, $600M contract with HP at Risk

Auto giant General Motors is one of HP’s biggest clients. The company currently outsources about 90 percent of its IT needs, and its automobile business alone pays Hewlett-Packard $350 million annually.  The firms also announced a separate deal in 2010 that is valued at $2 billion, and there’s also a third one on top of that which is worth $600 million. Unfortunately for HP, this latter one might just go down the drain in light of the latest reports. This week GM announced that it will be handling most of its IT in-house within a few years’ time, a transit that... more »
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Something You Won’t Hear From Amazon: Insourcing is Safer, Cheaper and Better

It’s not something Amazon broadcasts. “It” is the dirty little secret of cloud computing: For the real-world enterprise, a public cloud isn’t as secure, cost-effective or flexible as a private cloud. Period. Some enterprises have learned it the hard way, but now the secret’s out. Insourcing is the way to go for organizations that have outgrown AWS. The public cloud: awesome in some ways, limiting in others . The public cloud opened a new world of possibility for the traditional in-house, on-prem-iron, centralized IT organization. Public cloud service providers like Amazon promised convenience, scalability and efficiency. And many orgs—Zynga and Sony come to... more »
Anonymous Launches Par:AnoIA, Looking to Lead WikiLeaks

Anonymous Launches Par:AnoIA, Looking to Lead WikiLeaks

As discussed in my previous post that Anonymous hactivist group keeps on looking for ways to grab attention, here we have one more instance of the same instinct. Anonymous is quite interested in the cables released by WikiLeaks and their work, but not so happy with their pace, and this is the reason some members of the Anonymous collective has launched a WikiLeaks-like site called Par:AnoIA. The Potentially Alarming Research: Anonymous Intelligence Agency (Par:AnoIA) was launched back in March this year, where an Anonymous group hosts data leaks, with an aim to curate and present content to an interested public. Unlike... more »

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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.

- 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.

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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.