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Data Art vs. Visualization? The Distinction is Unproductive, says Artist Jer Thorp

Data Art vs. Visualization? The Distinction is Unproductive, says Artist Jer Thorp

Where does data visualization begin and data art end? Jer Thorp, resident Data Artist at the New York Times (a position he created for himself), believes the distinction is unproductive. Combining his background in genetics with his digital art practice, his award-winning, internationally exhibited works are not easily categorized. In this interview we discussed the innovation of Cascade, a data visualization tool he helped develop that reveals sharing systems within social networks as well as his work developing the algorithm for the 9/11 memorial, "All The Names." Thorp also shares his take on what makes data art unsuccessful, how he would... more »
Symantec Warns That Crisis Malware Infects VMware Virtual Machines

Symantec Warns That Crisis Malware Infects VMware Virtual Machines

Back in July, security firm Symantec discovered a new malware that’s been attacking Macs dubbed as OSX.Crisis. Crisis is described as a Trojan “that installs a back door on compromised OSX systems” which enables attackers to monitor programs such as Adium, Mozilla Firefox, MSN Messenger (for Mac) and Skype.  The malware is then able to record traffic on MSN Messenger (for Mac) and Adium, record Internet usage on Safari or Mozilla Firefox, capture or record Skype sessions, and send confidential information to a command-and-control (C&C) server through a back door (176.58.100.3x) and receive commands. Kaspersky, another top security firm, backed up Symantec’s... more »
Google and Boingo Extend the Reach of Free Wi-Fi in NYC for the Summer

Google and Boingo Extend the Reach of Free Wi-Fi in NYC for the Summer

Courtesy of Google Offers, numerous New York City subway stations will be receiving free Wi-Fi via Boingo. The idea is to provide the Wi-Fi to customers with an advertising subtext that permits local businesses to push marketing spiels to wireless users in order to direct them to their stores and offer them exclusive deals. The promotion has been offered by Boingo to six subway stations and 200 hotzones throughout Manhattan on a trial basis from today until September 6th. According to all reports, even if customers aren’t interested in the advertising—that is, they skip over the screen showing the deals—they will... more »
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The Secret Habit of the World’s Best Performing SaaS Teams

Those of us who manage project teams know the value of predictable, repeatable, and high-quality project execution. When we don’t meet that bar, a cascade of side effects occurs, ranging from poor team morale to a loss of faith in our abilities by stakeholders, clients, and management.  If your team is struggling to consistently achieve five star results, you might wonder, “What are high-performing project teams doing that we’re not?” You might expect the answer to be daily status meetings or email updates, handing out bonuses when deadlines are met, or hiring high-paid consultants to engineer new processes. In my experience,... more »
EMC Launches New Product, Pulls VMware Closer

EMC Launches New Product, Pulls VMware Closer

EMC had a couple of big updates this week, including the launch of a storage product first unveiled in May, and an update from VMware that could have a big impact on the virtualization subsidiary’s relations with the channel. First things first, the storage giant announced the general availability of the VNXe3150 unified storage system, an entry-level solution for SMBs that can support up to 50 virtualized servers. VNXe3150 is a  VSPEX Proven Infrastructure configuration that is integrated with not only vSphere but also rivaling hypervisors from Microsoft and Citrix. EMC says that it delivers up to 50 percent more performance and capacity per... more »
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Piston Cloud Unveils Free, Easy OpenStack Distro For Internal IT

Piston Cloud’s flagship offering is Enterprise OpenStack, a tweaked up distribution of the increasingly popular open-source cloud platform. The only problem is that if you don’t happen to be deploying on a very large scale configuring all the different systems can be more hassle it’s worth, but as of today Piston is offering an alternative. The company is launching Airframe, a scaled-down version of its distro that installs in less than 10 minutes and comes with the entire core of OpenStack services including compute, storage, networking and the management layer. It’s free and can be rolled out to any number of... more »
Ness Grabs $15m; Plans To Take Personalized Search To The Next Level

Ness Grabs $15m; Plans To Take Personalized Search To The Next Level

Ness Computing, the Silicon Valley-based startup responsible for the popular iPhone restaurant-finder app Ness, has just received backing to the tune of $15 million in Series B funding from a number of partners, including American Express Ventures, SingTel Innov8 n Singapore, and an affiliate of the LeFrak Organization. Ness made a big splash last year with its hit restaurant search application. No ordinary search app, Ness is able to personalize its search results by using what its creators call a “Likeness Engine” that pours through social media data to come up with restaurant recommendations based on the user’s tastes and preferences. The... more »
Dell Struggles with Losses as Transition to Enterprise Continues

Dell Struggles with Losses as Transition to Enterprise Continues

Dell is experiencing hell right now, as the PC maker’s second quarter revenues slipped by 8%, a performance that was much worse than anticipated. Revenues totaled $14.5 billion, down from the $15.7 billion it made in the second quarter of 2011, and with third quarter revenues also expected to drop, things aren’t looking good at the minute. The biggest problem that Dell faces is that it’s so heavily reliant on PC and laptop sales – which account for roughly 50% of its total revenues. The US firm has been attempting to diversify, making a range of acquisitions to add storage hardware... more »
Cybersecurity and the Datacenter - Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday

Cybersecurity and the Datacenter - Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday

Today’s datacenter is in the crosshairs under constant demands of modern business, meaning uninterrupted, secure 24/7 operation.  One of the biggest threats to that constant operation is the constant challenge of security.  Well publicized security breaches have in the recent past cost companies significant financial damage, as well as reputation and credibility.  As little as a one-day interruption tied to security can have irreversible impact.  Implications from a security breach can additionally affect such modern components of the overall picture such as mobile workers, web-based applications, as well as an increased client information database.  Today’s security worker needs to adopt... more »
CloudPhysics Works Big Data for Managing Complex, Virtual Environments

CloudPhysics Works Big Data for Managing Complex, Virtual Environments

Data center virtualization creates compelling financial advantages mainly by increasing average server utilization from an average of 15% in non-virtualized environments to 85%+. However, it also has created increasingly complex environments as virtualization grows in data centers in which the addition of a new VM or changes to underlying infrastructure can create unintended issues throughout in the environment. In the unvirtualized environment, where each application ran on its own server and storage and only the network was shared, if an application had a service level problem, IT could analyze it in isolation, determine exactly where the problem lay and take appropriate... more »

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- 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.