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Twitter Going Public

Twitter Going Public

Twitter is going public.  That's the news today as the company has filed its S-1 with the SEC.  You will soon get your opportunity to own a piece of that Twitter action.  The story broke on AllThingsD.  Going public is sure to make big news and get a lot of people talking for weeks to come.  There's been a number of really important IPO's but Twitter is a well-known name that is going to draw a lot of both praise and criticism.  Here's the announcement from the official Twitter account: We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned... more »
Steam Unveils Beta for Family Game Sharing That Picks Up Where Xbox One Left Off

Steam Unveils Beta for Family Game Sharing That Picks Up Where Xbox One Left Off

So far, digital acquired games have all the comforts but lacks one major drawback - you cannot give or share with other gamers. Online retailer Steam puts an end to this limitation. Valve has officially announced the opening of the new Family Sharing Steam service, which will allow players to share their games on the popular digital platform with friends and family. Family Sharing is the name of the new service that allows Steam users to share a game with members of their own family, using multiple accounts. The idea was initially proposed by Microsoft with Xbox One, before being discarded... more »
CA Technologies Report: The DevOps Culture Continues to Grow

CA Technologies Report: The DevOps Culture Continues to Grow

Expectations related to DevOps adoption by companies remain high, but even more significant are the benefits obtained by those who have already climbed on board with this solution. It's obvious that experience contributes to the success. Businesses are gradually discovering what works and does not work. And we can get some insight as to what works from a survey conducted on behalf of CA Technologies by Vanson Bourne on a sample of 1,300 senior IT decision-makers worldwide is that DevOps is forefront of revenue growth for enterprises. The study, 2013 TechInsights Report: What Smart Businesses Know About DevOps, when examined in detail,... more »
Tableau Announces Mac Support, R Integration

Tableau Announces Mac Support, R Integration

At the Tableau User Conference at National Harbor in Maryland, company Cofounders CEO Christian Chabot and CDO Chris Stoite announced a laundry list of upcoming improvements and additions to the popular data analysis and visualization platform to a cheering crowd of 3,200 customers, mostly end-users, and 700 employees. The big announcements include a version of Tableau for the Macintosh, an overdue product given the large percentage of Tableau users that are Mac-based, a new data connection interface that allows users to visually join, reshape, and clean data all on one screen while viewing the results in real time, and a native... more »
Windows Azure and AWS Update Caching Services

Windows Azure and AWS Update Caching Services

Microsoft and Amazon are going head to head as both companies compete by updating their cloud caching services. Recently, Microsoft's Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) had their caching services updated: AWS has expanded ElastiCache with Redis, and Windows Azure promises faster response times on Windows Azure Cache. Redis is a popular open-source caching engine with which AWS has upgraded its ElastiCache service. AWS also offers Memcached, on object storage cache. Just like Memcached, Redis offers an in-memory key-value store and its benefit includes ability to offer multi-zone redundancy. AWS is also organizing Web seminar on Sept. 26 in order to... more »
Standing Cloud Acquisition and $9M Funding to Reinforce AppDirect Cloud Marketplace

Standing Cloud Acquisition and $9M Funding to Reinforce AppDirect Cloud Marketplace

San Francisco-based AppDirect, which offers a cloud service marketplace and distributed web-based management platform, announced it has acquired Standing Cloud, a Boulder-based start-up offering cloud management services, such as automated software packaging and orchestration. Founded in 2009, Standing Cloud has deployed packaged services to a wide range of cloud partners, including IBM, Amazon, Savvis and Rackspace. The company’s packaged apps are used for cloud services to ease the complexity of deploying and managing apps. The integrated software includes more than 100 applications including Magento, WordPress, Drupal and SugarCRM. AppDirect sought to add Standing Cloud technology and expertise to handle private clouds apps... more »
NetApp Infographic Chronicles Birth of Software-Defined Data Centers

NetApp Infographic Chronicles Birth of Software-Defined Data Centers

NetApp has released an infographic that chronicles the birth of the software-defined data center. Describing it as an “evolution”, the infographic highlights milestones starting with the siloed data centers of the 90s up to present day hybrid clouds, as well as its prediction for the future. According to the infographic, the dot-com revolution redefined the way businesses operated and ushered in the era of IT data centers. They were siloed dedicated infrastructure, with each component of the technology serving very specific purposes. The early to mid 2000s marked the beginning of the “virtual technology revolution”. Companies adopted virtualization in droves, increasing the... more »
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QLogic Extends Adapter Support to Latest Xeon Chips

A day after introducing new adapters for HP ProLiant servers, QLogic added PCI Express 3.0 support for E5-2600/1600 v2 Xeon processors across its entire FlexSuite line. Formerly code-named Ivy Town, the new chips perform up to 50 percent faster than previous generation CPUs. The PCIe 3.0 bus standard lets QLogic’s converged network adapters (CNAs) deliver twice as much bandwidth as the 2.0 release. This capacity increase benefits cloud deployments and I/O-intensive storage environments that utilize flash solutions for active data. According to QLogic, the FlexSuite 8300 Series product family is the first in the industry to support simultaneous, multiprotocol traffic for E5-2600/1600... more »
Security Expert Bruce Schneier on iPhone 5S Biometrics

Security Expert Bruce Schneier on iPhone 5S Biometrics

The end of the password - is nowhere near.  The new iPhone is not going to make that happen either.  That's because of a fundamental misunderstanding that is rolling out there that the new fingerprint scanning capability on the new iPhone 5S is an elevated level of security that no one has ever done before.  That is wrong.  I went through through my thoughts on this in an earlier post, and it's a notion that should be stopped cold, right now. Cryptography and security expert Bruce Schneier has been in the news lately, he's been in proximity to the ongoing Edward... more »
5 Top Data Jobs of the Future : $marts for Hire

5 Top Data Jobs of the Future : $marts for Hire

As we move forward into the age wherein everything is connected to the Internet and the cloud is everyone’s go-to, this era is opening up a set of new jobs that will be vital to support this new ecosystem. In an infographic created by ClickSoftware (full graphic below), it was pointed out that there will be five new data jobs that would help support this new ecosystem: Data Scientists, Pervasive Mediatricians, Virtual Environment Managers, Data Ecologists, and Digital Citizeneers. But what are these jobs, and what exactly do they do? 5 Data Jobs of the Future   Data Scientists Data Scientist is a term coined by... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.