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The Double X Factor: the Changing Landscape of Women CEOs

Yahoo! once again has a woman leading their company.  The newly appointed CEO Marissa Mayer has a lot to prove and a lot of challenges to face since the last woman CEO of Yahoo, Carol Bartz, did not make investors happy. But enough about the strifes and tribulations of being Yahoo’s new CEO.  What matters is, another being with two X chromosomes is leading another top tech business. This article is a tribute to all the women in the tech industry. Marissa Mayer - Yahoo! President and CEO Mayer graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in symbolic systems and an M.S.... more »
As Android Malware Menace Shoots Up, Should You Worry?

As Android Malware Menace Shoots Up, Should You Worry?

Ever since the Google launched its mobile OS Android, it became a favorite eye candy, not only for the mobile users but for the hackers as well. Right from the debut beta version to the Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, there is not a single version that could escape hackers. So far, the count of Android malware has exploded up to 25,000 samples. This is a real concern as the number has doubled up in just a month, which clearly shows the fast-paced threat for the Android users. If we talk about the month of June only, 5,000 new malicious Android... more »
Rackspace Revamps Cloud Services App Store Ahead of OpenStack Cloud Launch

Rackspace Revamps Cloud Services App Store Ahead of OpenStack Cloud Launch

Today sees the launch of a revamped Rackspace Hosting's new Cloud Tools Marketplace, which takes the app store concept and applies it to the Rackspace cloud services partner ecosystem. In other words: Need a cloud management platform for your Rackspace deployment? There's an app for that. The new update itself largely revolves around improving the customer experience on the Cloud Tools Marketplace, with better search, more screenshots, and demo videos, to help users choose the right cloud solution. Rackspace senior manager of strategy and corporate development Ven Shanmugam says that the release of this newly improved Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace is especially timely... more »
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IBM's Q2 Earnings Results Expected to be Strong

IBM is expected to post its second quarter earnings this afternoon, and many analysts are predicting that the results will be strong. The profit estimates for IBM average out to about $3.42 per share, which is a 10% increase from a year earlier. Profits are expected to increase by 12.2% this year. How has IBM managed to stay strong in these difficult economic times? A focus on big data and the cloud seem to be the keys to the company's continued success. IBM has also put a great amount of effort into its supercomputing project, Sequoia, and that will likely continue. In... more »
Nodeable Shift Highlights Growing Interest in (and Need For) Streaming Big Data Analytics

Nodeable Shift Highlights Growing Interest in (and Need For) Streaming Big Data Analytics

Nodeable made what you might call a major shift in its business model today. The company, which began life as cloud monitoring service provider for systems administrators, debuted a streaming Big Data Analytics services that is based on open source Storm and can be applied to numerous use cases beyond application monitoring. The new cloud-based service is called StreamReduce and, according to the company, can help clients make sense of (and take action based) on multiple flows of multi-structured data as it hits the system. StreamReduce, and streaming Big Data analytics generally, is a compliment to other Big Data approaches, particularly... more »
Heated iPhone 5 Rumors Lead to Carrier Wars

Heated iPhone 5 Rumors Lead to Carrier Wars

July is already halfway over, September is drawing closer and closer - so the rumors regarding the new iPhone just keeps piling up.  It’s still uncertain when Apple will be unveiling the next iPhone or the iPad mini, but sources say that the big reveal will happen in late September and would go on sale by October.  Several developments point to an iPhone 5 release in the near future, striking up the battle call for manufacturers, retailers and carriers.  AT&T in particular may be hoping to revive an iPhone-centric business model with FaceTime charges, while Sprint plays the "good cop"... more »
Intel Reports Q2 Earnings: How Does the PC Market Fare?

Intel Reports Q2 Earnings: How Does the PC Market Fare?

Last week AMD cut its revenue guidance for the current quarter, and  analysts cut their estimates for Intel.  Mike McConnell of Pacific Crest Securities lowered his estimate for Intel over the weekend, expecting an increase of only 5 percent in motherboard sales.  That’s not much compared to the double-digit growth that analysts’ were expecting for the first quarter. Research firm Gartner in turn also released a report last week, which concluded that PC sales are down 0.1 percent year over year. A weakening in the Asian region, where desktops are only increasing in popularity and not the other way around, is considered... more »
Facebook Gets the Vote in Washington State

Facebook Gets the Vote in Washington State

The State of Washington is set to revolutionize the way in which voters can register for the upcoming presidential elections this week, offering residents the chance to register their vote via Facebook for the first time. For many people, Facebook has already been integrated into various facets of their daily lives, but the new initiative by Washington State really is the first of its kind. Washington has allowed online registration since 2008, having been the second state in the US to do so, and is now set to become the first to allow voting through Facebook. According to reports, state authorities want... more »
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The Two Sides of BYOD [Infographic]

BYOD looks like an unstoppable trend, as more and more people look for the convenience of their own device at work and on the go.  It's been found to improve job satisfaction, commitment and productivity because it allows each individual to decide a key part of its contribution to business. For example, Cisco allows their employees to use their own device and there are more than 50,000 mobile devices used in that company.  SAP implemented Genius Bars method for choosing mobile devices instead of traditional IT helpdesks. However, there are potentially serious implications, ranging from the loss of enterprise data to erasing... more »
Firefox 14, Chrome and Others Address Browser Security

Firefox 14, Chrome and Others Address Browser Security

As more people use the internet, their lives are like open books to the public, with many disregarding the security and privacy features being implemented by the online services they use.  But browsers are the main portals we use in connecting to the interwebs, so no matter how secure online services are, if your browser isn’t secure, you’re like a sitting duck. Good thing browsers are smarting up, offering more privacy and security solutions for their users.  So let’s look at some of the latest offerings from top browsers. Firefox 14 Mozilla announced that Firefox 14 is now available for download.  The browser... more »

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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.

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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.