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Big Data for the Data Center: iTRACS and Intel Apply Analytics

Big Data for the Data Center: iTRACS and Intel Apply Analytics

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) firm iTRACS showcased its data center power analysis software at last month’s Datacenter Dynamics Converged event in Munich, and demonstrated six different use cases. These are now available upon request from the company, whose offering is based on existing technology from chipmaker Intel. iTRACS’ product goes by the name of  iTRACS Converged Physical Infrastructure Management. Once installed the platform monitors power usage across multiple data centers and offices, aggregates all the data it collects and analyzes it. The end result is a three-dimensional navigable visualization of real-time thermal readings and other power chain components that can... more »
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Fake Android Games Went Undetected for Months: Malware Gets Smart

Security software maker, Symantec Corp., recently identified a new malware that’s been plaguing Google’s app store, Google Play. The Android malware poses as popular game titles such as “Super Mario Bros.” and “GTA 3 Moscow City”.  The titles were posted last June 24 and has already been downloaded 50,000 to 100,000 times.  The game titles are hiding a Trojan known as the Android.Dropdialer which sends SMS messages to a premium-rate phone number. The peculiar thing about this malware is that it managed to stay undetected in Google Play for months, enabling it to be downloaded by users, unknowingly risking the security of... more »
Sprint's Neck Deep in the Cloud with New Services Portfolio

Sprint's Neck Deep in the Cloud with New Services Portfolio

Sprint has entered into an exclusive agreement with CSC to deliver infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service to customers in the U.S. This is a major extension of Complete Collaboration, the carrier’s UCaaS that was debuted just earlier this year. Sprint’s IP network will act as the ‘communications backbone’ for SC's Trusted Cloud and its line-up of related services.  This is the IaaS part of the deal and the general idea is that the two firms will be able to deliver a platform that’s very simplified and tailored for SMBs. According to IDC Chief Analyst Frank Gens, "The relationship between Sprint and CSC offers great... more »
Mobile Roundup: Rovio Launches Amazing Alex for iOS and Android

Mobile Roundup: Rovio Launches Amazing Alex for iOS and Android

Today’s mobile news roundup features Rovio’s new game, new iPhone 5 cases for sale, NY’s free payphone WiFi, and more. Rovio launches Amazing Alex Rovio is hoping that their new game for iOS and Android devices will be as successful as their Angry Birds franchise.  Their follow-up game to Angry Birds, Amazing Alex, is also a brain-training game as it requires you to arrange objects on the screen to create a chain reaction in which each piece of the puzzle has an effect on another until the goal is achieved.  Like Angry Birds, this game requires strategic actions--not just a simple kid’s... more »
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400K Yahoo Voice Passwords Leaked

Information Security provider, TrustedSec, reported that hackers were able to acquire more than 400,000 unencrypted passwords believed to be from Yahoo Voices, formerly known as Paid Content. According to the report, the hackers used an SQL Injection attack to extract the sensitive information from the database.  The acquired data was then posted in the hacker site D33D Company.  Aside from posting some 453,000 login credentials were made viewable by the public.  But the alarming part about this is that the posted data showed that the passwords were unencrypted.  The hackers claim that this is a “wake-up call”, not a threat. "We hope... more »
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Got a Smartphone? You'll Probably Vote for Obama

If you are eligible to vote, there’s a greater chance that you vote President Obama over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a new poll by Velti. There is a reason for this rather broad statement.  The Romney campaign is being "ruined" by increasingly important group of voters - smartphone owners. In a survey by Harris Interactive on Velti's behalf of nearly 800 iPhone and Android smartphone owners, 49 percent of smartphone users favor to vote for Obama if the presidential election were held today, while 31 percent would support Mitt Romney. Among voters making more than $75,000 or greater and own... more »
ActiveState Stackato 2.0 PaaS Adds .NET Application Support as Cloud Market Shifts

ActiveState Stackato 2.0 PaaS Adds .NET Application Support as Cloud Market Shifts

Private, Cloud Foundry-based PaaS ActiveState Stackato has hit version 2.0, bringing virtual cluster management and better containerization. But the really notable thing in this new release is that it adds support for .NET applications - demonstrating that the market is definitely starting to respond to Microsoft's recent cloud moves. The .NET support is handled via an integration with Tier3's Iron Foundry, a fork of VMware Cloud Foundry designed to handle .NET applications. Stackato's built-in configuration management tool links with Iron Foundry, according to the press release, handling .NET within a Stackato cloud. ActiveState Stackato already supports Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, PHP, Node.JS,... more »
Fujitsu Picks Datameer to Power its New Big Data System

Fujitsu Picks Datameer to Power its New Big Data System

Fujitsu struck an alliance with big data startup Datameer to jointly sell and market a new offering that couples their technology to power on-premise analytics. The System Solution for Enterprise Big Data Analysis will only be available in Japan. Fujitsu is touting its integrated solution as an out-of-the-box system that can be used to analyze data on an enterprise scale immediately. It’s a combination of hardware and other components from the Japanese manufacturer’s portfolio and Datameer’s big data software appliance, which serves as the direct interface between the user and the platform’s capabilities. “Businesses understand the increasing importance of analytics while also... more »
VMware Unveils Beta Version of Zimbra 8.0

VMware Unveils Beta Version of Zimbra 8.0

VMware is making a beta version of the new Zimbra Collaboration Server 8.0 available for download today, its widely used open-source e-mail and calendar solution.  There are several big improvements, including a lot of integration, easier deployment and a line-up of new end user features.  The final release will be made available later this quarter. Zimbra 8.0 can now be integrated with  solutions from Cisco and Mitel unified communications, extending the platform’s core functionality with things like video conferencing and IM.  There’s also an SDK available for customers that may be interested in connecting Zimbra with other UC offerings, and 8.0... more »
Amazon Announces GameCircle, Another Bite In Apple's A$$

Amazon Announces GameCircle, Another Bite In Apple's A$$

Amazon launched GameCircle, a new set of services designed to make it easier for developers to create more engaging gaming experiences and grow their business on Kindle Fire. “Our goal is to give developers great tools to quickly and easily reach new customers and keep them engaged. That’s why we’re creating easy-to-integrate APIs for features like leaderboards, achievements and sync.  We also introduced In-App Purchasing API in April, allowing developers to offer a seamless 1-Click purchasing experience within their apps and games, and we’re just getting started,” said Paul Ryder, Vice President of Apps, Games, and Services at Amazon. “GameCircle gives... more »

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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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.

- David Floyer

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.

- 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.