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Facebook Officially Launches App Center for iOS and Android Devices

Facebook Officially Launches App Center for iOS and Android Devices

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple having to pay a penalty for the 4G marketing debacle in Australia, Facebook launching the App Center, and MetroPCS and Huawei’s new smartphones. Apple to pay Australian penalty When Apple released their new iPad it boasted of its 4G capabilities.  But unfortunately, the company did not clarify that it’s only compatible with 4G networks in North America.  Because of that, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a case against Apple for their misleading ads regarding the 4G capabilities of the new iPad. Though at first, Apple played tough cookie, they gave in to ACCC’s... more »
Expect More Acquisitions, Jobs from Big Data #BigDataChat

Expect More Acquisitions, Jobs from Big Data #BigDataChat

Big Blue’s James Kobielus moderated a one-hour big data discussion on Twitter today with Terri Griffith from the Leavey School of Business, IBM distinguished engineer Stephen Brodsky and other pundits who provided their take on this trend. Kobielus started off by asking the participants what big data means to them, and merchandising was the response. Marketing expert Shelly Lucas cited a better view of the customer, and as a result better and better offers that drive innovation.  That is the the competition that in turn motivates vendors to step things up a notch. From here on out, the cross-industry adoption we’re seeing today... more »
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Where Gaming Meets SmartTVs: In the Cloud

The next big thing in gaming is in the clouds and that is evident in this year’s E3.  We’ve got Microsoft’s SmartGlass offering, then OnLive’s partnership with LG and Google TV, and of course Samsung won’t be left out in the race. Microsoft’s SmartGlass SmartGlass is an app that qill soon be available on Windows 8 PCs and tablets as well as Windows Phone smartphones, and Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.  Everything will be stored in the cloud so all users need to do is sync their existing devices to their Xbox 360 to instantly have a second screen for gaming,... more »
Storwize with IBM Real-Time Compression Best-of-Breed [Report]

Storwize with IBM Real-Time Compression Best-of-Breed [Report]

The highlight of the recent IBM Edge 2012 storage conference, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest Wikibon Alert,  was the announcement of the addition of the IBM RTC (real-time compression) appliance to the mid-range Storwize V7000 unified storage array. The addition of this inline compression appliance, ironically the technology developed by Storwize and the reason IBM acquired the startup, allows inline, real-time compression of at least 2.0 (50%), depending on the type of data, transparent to users and with no performance degradation of the overall system. Although Wikibon has yet to test the Storwize/RTC combination, the original Storwize compression... more »
QLogic's Rob Crawford Talks Infrastructure and Innovation at HP Discover 2012

QLogic's Rob Crawford Talks Infrastructure and Innovation at HP Discover 2012

Rob Crawford, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for QLogic, is now an alumnus of theCube so when Stu Miniman of Wikibon brought him in for interview there was a great deal to cover from the past year. He joined the California-based networking infrastructure solutions company in May of 2011 and has recently seen the anniversary of his time with the company. QLogic is well known for their variety of technology across SAN infrastructure and Crawford has a lot to say about the QLogic’s position in the shifting market. “This is a time when fiber channel is at an exciting transition, 16... more »
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Terremark Teams up with EMC for New Cloud Portfolio

Terremark is a service provider that helps enterprises deploy new infrastructure, and keep it running. It would seem, however, that the Verizon subsidiary has plans to expand beyond its core market to the cloud service spaces, and it will leverage EMC hardware to achieve that goal. Today Terremark announced that it has reached Platinum status in the EMC Velocity partner program, and more importantly, that it will be a few very big orders sometime soon. The details are sparse at the moment, but what we do know is that the company will use technology from the storage giant to support its... more »
The Strange and Wonderful Second Life of Microsoft Windows Azure

The Strange and Wonderful Second Life of Microsoft Windows Azure

At today's Meet Windows Azure webcast, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie expanded significantly on yesterday's major Windows Azure platform improvements, including persistent virtual machine support - and while the technical details are definitely interesting, the real news is Microsoft's newfound dedication to eliminating cloud vendor lock-in and platform dependence as it promotes openness and developer partnerships. It's a second lease on life for Microsoft's cloud platform play. It's something I already discussed a little bit earlier today, when talking about AppFog and Apprenda's newfound partnerships with Microsoft and Windows Azure. But early in the presentation, Guthrie highlighted the new Azure... more »
IBM in the Real World and Into the Future - Watson Was Only the Beginning From IBM Research

IBM in the Real World and Into the Future - Watson Was Only the Beginning From IBM Research

David McQueeney, VP of Software at IBM Research, dropped in on the theCube for a discussion on Watson and other projects.  McQueeney covered the range of IBM’s worldwide software research in the discussion, sharing history, goals, and accomplishments along the way.  The video can be seen here. Watson and Deep Blue On the topic of what business reasons had brought Watson to light, McQueeney talked about going back to the infamous Deep Blue chess match, where a machine beat a famous chess master.  The use case being that IBM at the time felt computing had advanced to the point that analytics could... more »
Samsung Appoints New CEO as Court Battle Looms

Samsung Appoints New CEO as Court Battle Looms

As Samsung gets ready to square up to Apple over the latter’s attempt to have its new Galaxy S III device banned from US markets, the electronics powerhouse has appointed Kwon Oh-hyun as its new CEO. The current chief of Samsung’s hugely successful chips and display components arm, Kwon takes over the top job at Samsung Electronics having cemented the company’s position as the world’s leader in memory chips, having accumulated almost 50% of the global market share. Kwon, 59, replaces the outgoing incumbent Choi Gee-sung, who is all set to assume the role of head of corporate strategy at Samsung Group,... more »
Microsoft Makes Big Azure Changes, Can't Keep Mum on the Cloud

Microsoft Makes Big Azure Changes, Can't Keep Mum on the Cloud

Cloud computing is the talk of the town this week. Oracle made major announcements about their cloud strategy. Hewlett-Packard announced it is working on a new offering called Enterprise Cloud Services – Virtual Private Cloud, which comes only a few weeks after the company announced a new public cloud service. Even Red Hat had cloud news this month; it took a step away from its promises to deliver a complete infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform with CloudForms and repositioned the offering as a management layer for IaaS. Not to be outdone, Microsoft announced its own long list of cloud news yesterday. The company... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- Jeff Kelly

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.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.