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Malware Attacks Forces Saudi Oil Co to Shut Down Network

Malware Attacks Forces Saudi Oil Co to Shut Down Network

A recent malware attack on the computer network of a Saudi Arabian oil company, Saudi Aramco, has forced the entity to temporarily shut down its entire network; but luckily, this did not affect the oil production. While the attacking malware could not be identified, the company confirmed the integrity of its entire electronic network that manages its core business and denied any impact on its production operations. "The company has isolated all its electronic systems from outside access as an early precautionary measure that was taken following a sudden disruption that affected some of the sectors of its electronic network," Saudi Aramco... more »
Accumulo: Why The World Needs Another NoSQL Database

Accumulo: Why The World Needs Another NoSQL Database

If you’ve been unable to keep up with all the competing NoSQL databases that have hit the market over the last several years, you’re not alone. To name just a few, there’s HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB, Riak, CouchDB, Redis, and Neo4J. To that list you can add Accumulo, an open source database originally developed at the National Security Agency. You may be wondering why the world needs yet another database to handle large volumes of multi-structured data. The answer is, of course, that no one of these NoSQL databases has yet checked all the feature/functionality boxes that most enterprises require before deploying... more »
The Data Behind Death Can Leave a Beautiful Memorial

The Data Behind Death Can Leave a Beautiful Memorial

Today in the United States, 7,214 people will die. And again tomorrow, and the next day and so on. That’s 300 deaths per hour, 5 per minute, and just under 1 per second. In 1990, we saw 5,700 deaths per day. That’s an increase of almost 27% over 22 years. Something else was a bit different about 1990 than it is today; internet penetration. In 1990, 0.8% of the US population were active internet users. Today, internet penetration is at 78% of the population. To put that into perspective, in 1990, about 2 million people were active internet users, roughly the... more »
sqrrl Raises $2M for Big Data Security System

sqrrl Raises $2M for Big Data Security System

sqrrl just received $2 million in seed funding from Atlas Venture and Matrix Partners. Its technology is still in the development stage, but when it officially launches, enterprises will be able to encrypt data in small portions, rather than having to hide an entire file. sqrrl is compromised mainly of NSA veterans, including co-founders Oren Falkowitz, CEO, and Ely Kahn, who currently serves as the company’s chief operating officer. The team is developing software based on the Apache Accumulo storage and retrieval system that will be able to single out individual components of a file or document and encrypt only that bit of data.... more »
Allow Kim Dotcom to See Evidence against Him, Rules NZ Judge

Allow Kim Dotcom to See Evidence against Him, Rules NZ Judge

Following the latest happenings in the Kim Dotcom’s debacle as US authorities denied to show the FBI evidence against him, here comes a moment of relief for Dotcom and his associates, as a New Zealand judge, Judge Harvey, ordered the US to reveal the evidence they are relying on to have Dotcom and his associates shipped to the United States, including details of covert operations and confidential discussions with rights holders. The Megaupload’s legal team filed a plea at the North Shore District Court to be enabled to see the evidence it holds on Kim Dotcom and other defendants in... more »
Compuverde: The Answer to Big Data Storage Inefficiencies

Compuverde: The Answer to Big Data Storage Inefficiencies

Companies are generating more data now that at any time before, and the problem of what to do with it is causing more than a few CEOs sleepless nights. It seems that everything businesses do these days is stored electronically – there’s transactions, contracts, analytics, tracking, messaging and more – let’s face it, companies can never have enough storage capacity. But there’s another problem besides just having sufficient storage space. Many systems are simply inefficient – so much data goes into them that before you know it, they get clogged up as the gateways directing the traffic to those systems become... more »
From the iPhone 5 Rumor Mill: Churning Faster as September 12 Nears

From the iPhone 5 Rumor Mill: Churning Faster as September 12 Nears

The world is excited for September 12th, if you don’t know the reason then you might be living under a rock and (a) you’re not aware that Apple may reveal the new iPhone on that day, (b) you’re not an Apple/iPhone fan, or (c) you just don’t care.  The rumors about the new iPhone, dubbed by the media as the iPhone 5, is doing Apple both good and bad.  Bad because iPhone sales slowed down in anticipation of what the fruit-branded company has to offer, and good because according to Forbes, rumors regarding the said device is bringing Apple’s stocks... more »
Dot-Bomb 2.0?  A look around Facebook Groupon and Apple

Dot-Bomb 2.0? A look around Facebook Groupon and Apple

Well, the news that Facebook’s stock fell to below 19 dollars hit Silicon Valley hard last week.  The milestone marked half the value of its IPO offering price.  And as of this moment there has been an slight uptick in value from that low, but hovers around that number for the time being.    The dip is being linked to a number of things, but most significantly telling was the passing on Thursday of a ‘lock-up’ period, meaning insiders and other early investors got their first opportunity to get out.  The company has faced a number of issues surrounding its IPO... more »
Nirvanix Lands Cloud Deal with Fox

Nirvanix Lands Cloud Deal with Fox

Fox Networks Group, the subsidiary in charge of operations for the Fox Entertainment Group, chose cloud storage startup Nirvanix to power a big portion of its internal IT. The media giant will use Nirvanix’s Cloud Storage Network for a couple of things, including as the underlying infrastructure for a more modernized collaboration service that is touted as more accessible, cost-efficient and secure. Fox will also use the service as an alternative for tape storage for the same reasons - mainly the first two. “We expect that the agility and elastic flexibility of the Nirvanix cloud will enable Fox to bring its creative... more »
What Happened to OnLive? Cloud Gaming Outfit Closes Up Shop and Evaporates

What Happened to OnLive? Cloud Gaming Outfit Closes Up Shop and Evaporates

Friday last week wasn’t much of a TGIF for cloud-based gaming company OnLive employees as the company laid off its entire staff and closed its doors. According to an article in Polygon this caught the entire gaming industry by surprise and the confirmation came down from a report out of Kotaku that confirmed that OnLive is planning to file for a bankruptcy-like process involving an out-of-court insolvency proceeding. Although the company is apparently being bought by a third party (in line with the insolvency proceeding) the entity of OnLive is probably going to cease to exist as a company even if... 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.