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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 »
Anonymous Takes Credit for Syria Files Delivered to Wikileaks

Anonymous Takes Credit for Syria Files Delivered to Wikileaks

The much known hacktivist group Anonymous loves to remain in news for one or another reason. Just last week when WikiLeaks started publishing a massive trove of emails related to Syria Files Project, the Anonymous group took the credit for having provided Syrian emails to Wikileaks. The hacktivist group released a statement on Peoples Liberation Front, saying that its team has succeeded in creating a massive breach of multiple domains and dozens of servers inside Syria. The Syrian Files include more than 2.4 million e-mails between Syrian politicians, government officials, and companies dating from August 2006 until March 2012. In its... more »
Social Media: Enterprises, Are You Doing it Wrong?

Social Media: Enterprises, Are You Doing it Wrong?

It’s all too familiar a story. With over 900 million people on Facebook, and with Twitter expected to surpass 250 million in 2012, we all want to “go social.” Brands included; but there's the rub. The enterprise and large brands are clamoring to gain control over their reputation online and simultaneously figure out just how to nail down ROI on their social investments. The key: brands can’t control their reputation because it belongs to their customers. So, success lies not in trying to polish an image but in getting social customer care right. Yes, that department once relegated to ringing... more »
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Business Analytics Market Grew 14 Percent in 2011, Says IDC Report

Research firm IDC released a paper today entitled  which concludes that The worldwide business analytics market rose by 14.1 percent last year, according to a new report from IDC. In the report, ‘Worldwide Business Analytics Software 2012-2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares,’ IDC says it expects a compound annual growth rate of 9.8 percent to persist through 2016, the year in which the industry will reach $50.7 billion. IDC breaks the worldwide business analytics software market to three different segments: warehousing software, an area that has seen a 15.2 percent surge in sales during 2011; apps, which grew by 13.3 percent; and... more »
Win for Grooveshark in DMCA Lawsuit, Still More Battles Ahead

Win for Grooveshark in DMCA Lawsuit, Still More Battles Ahead

New York judge Barbara R. Kapnick, J.S.C, rejected Universal Music (UMG)’s argument, that the DMCA does not apply to pre-1972 songs, in their case against Escape Media, Grooveshark’s parent group. Grooveshark is an online music service that allows users to either stream or upload content.  In January 2010, UMG filed a copyright infringement case against Grooveshark, stating that the service maintained illegal copies of UMG's pre-1972 catalog.  Grooveshark argues that they follow the Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown procedures regarding their content.  UMG then argued that pre-1972 recordings were not covered by the DMCA so the safe harbor protections of the... more »
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Data Visualization for a Better Society

In his “Data Visualization for Social Change” South X Southwest talk, Mapping Worlds director, Desmond Spruijt, founder and director of Mapping Worlds states: “The power of data visualization as a tool for social change can no longer be ignored. Successfully illustrating vital data can help advocates maximize the impact of sound science in public debate and policy.” Over the last eight years Spruijt has directed  project teams to design and develop data interfaces for several international organizations and knowledge institutes including the IMF, United Nations and the Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) initiative. In this interview, we discuss social change... more »
Paypal’s Abandonment of Major Cyberlockers May Become Bitcoin’s Big Win

Paypal’s Abandonment of Major Cyberlockers May Become Bitcoin’s Big Win

Paypal is now well known for a sort of sanctimonious attitude towards sites that they feel will damage their ability to make money and now that cyberlockers are under fire from copyright conglomerates such as the RIAA, MPAA, and BRIEN. This comes during the long-burn of Megaupload by the U.S. government at the behest of these copyright cartels and now Paypal pulling out means that many of them will lose a primary source of funding and accessibility to the general public. According to TorrentFreak, Paypal has stopped working with cyberlockers such as MediaFire, Putlocker, DepositFiles, and many others citing concerns of... more »
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Miss The Tap-Tap of a Keyboard on Your iPad? Kickstarter Success Story Touchfire Launches

The iPad has had an economical impact all its own, changing the way we purchase consumer electronics and software, and even accessories.  Tablet accessories can be found anywhere, from the Apple store to Etsy, so getting your name out there is a difficult task for startups.  And that's where Kickstarter comes in, helping the unknown become known, raise funds and support all the same.  The latest to launch an iPad accessory on Kickstarter is Touchfire, who's Touchfire Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad is now available for purchase. The Touchfire Screen-Top Keyboard is a clear silicone keyboard that snaps into place magnetically over the... 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.

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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.

- 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.

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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.