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Windows Azure Mobile Services Aim to Simplify App Development

Windows Azure Mobile Services Aim to Simplify App Development

Microsoft recently announced Windows Azure Mobile Services, an app infrastructure stack that will allow mobile developers to focus on developing their app rather than the infrastructure. In doing so, Microsoft is trying out what many startups have attempted: offering a mobile backend as a service to its app developers. The problem with mobile app development is that developers in the past essentially had to start from scratch, building out their mobile apps, supporting them across multiple devices, and scaling them when necessary. To remedy this problem, many startups have emerged that offer app infrastructure. Microsoft's will be built on an platform... more »
How Facebook Gets Hacked

How Facebook Gets Hacked

Yesterday it was revealed that a UK-based information privacy company is offering the world’s first social media insurance plan to cover against Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts being hacked. The chance to receive a lump sum if your social media accounts get hacked may well appeal to some, but just how necessary is this kind of insurance? In order to decide if Facebook insurance is for you, it helps to understand how likely it is that your own Facebook account could be hacked, and how a hacker might go about doing so. Chances of Being Hacked Quantifying the chances of your... more »
Ericsson Sees Brocade as Collaborator in Creating Network of the Future

Ericsson Sees Brocade as Collaborator in Creating Network of the Future

“The amount of data hitting mobile and fixed networks is going to grow at a dramatic pace over the next five years,” Sony Ericsson VP of Advanced Technology Solutions Glenn Laxdal said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from the Brocade Analyst Day. “We predicted in recent analysis that data will increase 15 times over the next five years. The networks will have to evolve very rapidly to deal with that.” Also, the nature of the traffic is changing as mobile computing endpoints – smartphones and tablets – become the largest driving forces in that growth. Today, he said, smartphone... more »
Sony Unveils A Curvy, Super Slim PS3, Not the PS4

Sony Unveils A Curvy, Super Slim PS3, Not the PS4

I’m not a hardcore gamer but I do play some games on Sony’s PlayStation 3.  I really enjoy playing the Little Big Planet franchise, I just adore the little sock puppets as you can dress them up whichever way you like.  But that’s not what’s important.  Have you heard about Sony’s new mini PS3? At a pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, Sony unveiled the Super Slim PS3.  Nope, it doesn’t look like the previous slim version and it’s not the PS4, as many gamers had hoped.  The Super Slim looks like the original version, curved and sleek, only smaller and a... more »
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The Cloud is Falling

Typically the air is calm and quiet after a storm. The only noise in the background is the thunder's rumble slowly fading away. The musky smell of rain fills the air as the rain clouds fade from the sky. For iCloud messaging, the sky remained a jumbled, cloudy mess after an outage left roughly 200 million users—2 percent of users —without e-mail access for 36 hours and after the outage, iCloud literally threw everyone's emails back into their inboxes and attached an apology letter to the mess. The users' emails looked like a bowl of gumbo. The emails were in no... more »
Box Accelerates Synchronization Speeds with Box Accelerator

Box Accelerates Synchronization Speeds with Box Accelerator

Box has developed a way to make downloads and uploads a lot faster. The file synchronization and collaboration provider has announced its several changes it is calling Box Accelerator. The changes should significantly improve Box's performance for US users, which currently account for over half of the file transfer on the service. This could be a big win for Box if they can significantly reduce lengthy download times that frustrate uber connected users. Customers are less likely to use a file synch solution that consistently performs slowly. Given the increased competition in the space, its unlike Box wants to risk loosing any... more »
OpenStack Foundation Officially Launches with Corporate, Financial Backing

OpenStack Foundation Officially Launches with Corporate, Financial Backing

The OpenStack Foundation, an independent entity that is not officially in charge of the cloud operating system, has officially launched, after a year in the works. Rackspace, the co-creator of the project, decided to spin-off OpenStack last year when the more prominent members   of the ecosystem argued that it, at least at the time, had too much influence over it. This complaint has been remedied this week. The OpenStack Foundation has about $10 million in the bank thanks to generous contributions from the ecosystem, and its management is compromised of representatives from all the major backers – including Rackspace. Rackspace co-founder  Jonathan... more »
Windows 8 and Intel: A Tablet Opportunity for Dell and HP

Windows 8 and Intel: A Tablet Opportunity for Dell and HP

Earlier today, it was reported that Intel sent invites to the press for an event on September 27 where they will highlight new devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and ZTE.  They'll all feature Intel’s  “Clover Trail” Z2760 (PDF) power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor and run Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, not Windows RT.  Windows RT is for devices featuring ARM chips. The event will be hosted by Intel’s general manager of Application Processor Platforms in the Mobile Communications Groupt at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It can be noted that Microsoft isn’t on the list of Intel... more »
WARNING: Dump Internet Explorer or Risk Getting Hacked!

WARNING: Dump Internet Explorer or Risk Getting Hacked!

PC users running Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8 or 9 as their default browser are being advised to stop using it immediately following the discovery of a critical vulnerability that could allow hackers to take over their computers. The vulnerability, which was only revealed two days ago by researcher Eric Roman on the Rapid7 Metasploit project, has already been exploited by a “small number of attackers”, according to Microsoft. The company is said to be franticly working on a security patch to fix the issue, but so far it has not said when this is likely to be released. Metasploit, as... more »
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Social Media Engagement, Search are Top Priorities for Digital Marketers

Most companies are already clear on their strategy- they urgently need to be present and active in the world of Social Media. Companies now look at social media as a key aspect of marketing for their overall business strategies.  About 9 in 10 companies in the U.S. plan to market on social networks this year, according to eMarketer, indicating that the channel has become almost a necessity for most brands. New research published about digital marketing trends shows that social media engagement and social search are rated as the top priorities for brands, and both will offer most exciting opportunity for... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.