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Mystery Facebook Virus Sends Out Friend Requests On Your Behalf

Mystery Facebook Virus Sends Out Friend Requests On Your Behalf

A growing number of Facebook users have been reporting that ‘strangers’ have been mysteriously popping up on their friends list, and suspect that the problem could be linked to a new, unidentified virus or scam. According to ReadWriteWeb, Facebook’s support forum has been inundated with complaints from users who claim that friend requests have been sent from their accounts to people they don’t know, or worse, people they had previously blocked. One user, Monica Elenbaas, even saw her Facebook account blocked from sending any more friend requests after more than 100 were sent to random people on her behalf. All evidence points to... more »
Google TV Prepares for Germany Debut

Google TV Prepares for Germany Debut

Germany is set to become the latest country to get access to Google TV, with Japanese company Sony announcing that its new NSZ-GS7 set-top box will find its way to retail stores across the country as of next month. The device is set to be unveiled at next week’s IFA Fair, Germany’s largest consumer electronics show held annually in Berlin, before hitting the shops with a €199 price tag. Google TV has been available in the US for the last two years, but has so far failed to make much of an impression due to its failure to secure the cooperation... more »
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VDI Could be a Killer App App for Converged Infrastructure, but That's No Guarantee of a VDI Hockey Stick

Judging from the latest figures on what is running on converged boxes, VDI could be the killer app for converged infrastructure products writes Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman in his latest Professional Alert, “Is VDI the Killer App for Converged Infrastructure”. Some 70% of Cisco/NetApp FlexPod installations are running VDI either as their only application or as part of a mixed workload, while VCE reports that 90% of Vblocks are running VDI either stand-alone or as part of a mixed workload. Startup Nutanix lists VDI deployments as about 25% of all sales. Converged systems simplify the creation and management of the stack.... more »
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Getting Ready for VMworld 2012

Things are getting busy in the SiliconAngle newsroom as we gear up for VMworld next week (August 27-30), one of the biggest events we cover annually.  There's building expectations around VMworld 2012, as EMC and VMware combine forces for a flash-focused storage and services strategy that truly appeals to the channel partners.  Did we mention Bon Jovi's performing this year? Analysts are abuzz with emerging news tips regarding VMware's upcoming event, piecing together a story of new software, new hardware and revamped licensing agreements for the ecosystem.  Storage integration is a key play for VMware as the company matures, and we... more »
Police, Auto Insurance Companies... They're All Tracking You Down

Police, Auto Insurance Companies... They're All Tracking You Down

Police and other law enforcement agencies are deploying an increasing number of license plate scanners across the country, but what are they doing with the data they collect and what does this mean for our privacy? Ostensibly, the equipment – which can read license plates using cameras mounted on police vehicles – is being used to help law enforcement officers fight car crime. Upon reading a license plate, the number is relayed through a database which can alert officers to anything suspect about the vehicle or its owner; for example it can tell officers if the vehicle has been reported stolen... more »
Awesome Hover Bike Lets You Fly Like a Jedi Warrior!

Awesome Hover Bike Lets You Fly Like a Jedi Warrior!

If there’s one thing from the Star Wars movies that I could to bring to life, it would have to be Darth Vadar’s light sabre – to this day, it’s still by far and away the coolest sci-fi weapon around. Sadly, current laser technology is still some years off from that kind of development, so it looks like I may just have to settle for a Return of the Jedi hover bike instead. Yep, you read that right – a hover bike. Aerofex’s prototype flying machine has been in the works for a while now, but the company recently released its first... more »
Could the next Xbox be an Azure Cloud-Box?

Could the next Xbox be an Azure Cloud-Box?

Xbox meets cloud computing.  Well, that’s hardly a stretch as it’s already happening on today’s Xbox.   The Xbox is already a cloud-enabled device by virtue of having Xbox Live users able to cloud-upload their saved games for access from any Xbox 360 console.  However, a quick look at some strategic factors appears to point to a more, better, always cloud enablement for a next generation Xbox. Cloud-based gaming is relatively new on the scene of course, and there are a number of examples such as OnLive, Sony (Gaikai), and even Gamestop stepping in and rolling out their own services sometime next... more »
Sqrrl Makes the Case for Another NoSQL: Accumulo

Sqrrl Makes the Case for Another NoSQL: Accumulo

Recently, Wikibon's Chief Analyst, Dave Vellante, had a talk with Oren Falkowitz, CEO of big data startup Sqrrl, about the company's development and work on the open source project Accumulo. Although there is no shortage of open source NoSQL projects, Falkowitz made a case for Accumulo and explained how its security features and scalability might afford it some room in the NoSQL landscape. Sqrrl began developing Accmulo for the National Security Agency back in 2008 to answer some of the security concerns the NSA had when it came to storing and accessing big data. In 2011, the company released Accumulo under... more »
Breaking Analysis: Data Infrastructure - New Wikibon Research and Survey on Storage Integration with VMware

Breaking Analysis: Data Infrastructure - New Wikibon Research and Survey on Storage Integration with VMware

New research is out from the leading big data and infrastructure firm Wikibon.org that is validating a  new trend is emerging that I have been following.  I call it Data Infrastructure. Data infrastructure is about the new forces that are driving the crazy growth in applications and big data analytics which is redefining what used to be called Converged Infrastructure.   We will see this in action at VMworld next week in San Francisco.   One area is server virtualization which helps improve the utilization of physical resource. In 2010, the research team at Wikibon mapped out the integration journey that the storage industry... more »
Nikon Unveils its New Android-Powered Coolpix S800c

Nikon Unveils its New Android-Powered Coolpix S800c

Having trouble finding a mobile phone with a decent enough camera for you? Well, how about you just ditch the phone altogether? Nikon has come up with the answer to those yearning for better quality pics that they can instantly share through Facebook and Instagram and the like – the Android-powered Nikon Coolpix S800c, boasting 16 megapixels and equipped with Wi-Fi, allowing full access to the Google Play store so that you can download all the apps you’ll ever need (yes, you can even play Angry Birds on it), and even check your emails if you desire. What’s more, the Coolpix S800c... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.