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Apache Cassandra to Get Database Upgrade This October

Apache Cassandra to Get Database Upgrade This October

When you need scalability and high availability without compromising performance, perhaps Apache Cassandra is the best choice. This open source NoSQL database got its 1.0 release stage last October, and will be getting the Version 1.2 in this October. Currently used by several big organizations, such as Disney, eBay, and Netflix, Cassandra 1.2 will have several enhanced features like r concurrent schema change and virtual node capabilities. “Version 1.2 of Cassandra, eyed for an October release, is slated to offer concurrent schema change and virtual node capabilities, as well as JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) deployment support,” Ellis said. “With... more »
3 Tips for Creating a Reliable Web Service

3 Tips for Creating a Reliable Web Service

Websites have become as second nature to the average user as TV, radio, and newspapers once were. People expect websites to be up and running all of the time, and web servers are designed to stay on all of the time. But that does not always happen. Sometimes even major sites go down when least expected. Nevertheless, most hope to achieve 99% uptime or something close to it. To attain that goal, you need to consciously work at making your website reliable. The goal is to have a website that is scalable and can meet the demands of increased traffic over... more »
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DevOps Your Way To The Future of Big Data and Storage with #theCube and Eddie Satterly of Splunk

The idea of DevOps is quite a new thing for organizations. The promising feature to decrease high-stress and high-risk involving multiples teams for application release is what companies are closely looking into. The system gives developers more environment control and putting more application-centric touch. In a nutshell, DevOps is a fusion of the following branches: software engineering, quality assurance and technology operations. One of the many successful stories that come out of software development, Chief Big Data Evangelist at Splunk, Eddie Satterly sat down with SiliconANGLE.com’s John Furrier and Jeff Kelley for a hefty discussion on Big Data, storage and... more »
What Lies Ahead for Apps Developers Beyond Smartphones? A Lot.

What Lies Ahead for Apps Developers Beyond Smartphones? A Lot.

For most developers, smartphone apps have become their bread and butter. The boom of the mobile space has showered them with opportunities that gave birth to the likes of billion-dollar apps Instagram. Who would have thought about that a free app could actually bring fortune to some regular dudes. The mindset has since then grown to be one-dimensional, well at least for the majority of the software development efforts. But, is there something for developers outside the mobility? Ginormous. Yes! The market evolution offers developers and programming pioneers a wide variety of prospects from cars to the living room. Recognizing the... more »
White House Exploring Executive Order to Pass Cybersecurity Act

White House Exploring Executive Order to Pass Cybersecurity Act

Following the proposal of Cybersecurity Act, White House is exploring an Executive Order nudge a bill designed to enable critical infrastructure owners implement better controls for protecting their computer networks. The bill in question is sponsored by Senators Joseph Lieberman (Ind,-CT) and Susan Collins, (R-ME) and several other democratic lawmakers. Soon, they will also prompt President Obama to issue an executive order to pass the bill. If the bill gets passed, it will comprise an inter-agency council that would work with critical infrastructure owners to develop new voluntary cybersecurity standards. Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute called... more »
Fusion-io’s Q4 Beats Revenue Expectations

Fusion-io’s Q4 Beats Revenue Expectations

Flash storage vendor Fusion-io reported its earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter this week, beating the market's revenue estimates while not falling short in other metrics either. Fusion reported sales of $106.6 million, a 49 percent increase from the $71. 7 million it disclosed for the same period last year.  Revenue was considerably higher than the FactSet consensus estimate of $96 million. Chief executive David Flynn took the opportunity to elaborate on this feat during the call, saying, “On a fiscal year basis, we delivered 82% revenue growth. This significantly outperformed what was already a robust growth expectation of approximately 40% for the industry... more »
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Stop Spinning Out of Control: the Promise of Flash Storage

Remember the days when tech-support told you to ‘defrag’ your PC when RAM was low causing your desktop to take far too long to boot-up and run applications? Remember how long that process would take? You, like me, probably had to leave the PC running overnight to complete the process. Good news is those days are long gone thanks to modern operating systems and solutions. Bad news is the enterprises we work for – and are relying on daily for products, services and more – are still operating in this format to conduct daily IT tasks. Imagine how long processes take... more »
North American Blizzard Players Swept Up in Hack that Also Breached Authenticators

North American Blizzard Players Swept Up in Hack that Also Breached Authenticators

Blizzard, the well known publisher of super-popular games such as World of Warcraft and Diablo 3, has suffered a breach—as a result, before jumping back into the game (or if you’re a hardcore gaming before doing anything) you should log into the web page and change your Battle.net password. This week, Blizzard published a security update and warning outlining the effects of the breach and what information they believe was accessed. Another interesting spin on this is that Blizzard’s much vaunted “Authenticators” had information filched by the attackers. These Authenticators are ever-shifting cryptographic number generators built into a dongle keychain fob... more »
This Week in the Cloud: from VMware’s Octopus to iCloud

This Week in the Cloud: from VMware’s Octopus to iCloud

There were a few big updates this week, and the most buzzworthy was probably a disclosure from a VMware exec that we could see Project Octopus launch sometime during this month’s VMworld. A number of new details have been disclosed about the upcoming product as well. Project Octopus is the internal nickname of a Dropbox-like service that differentiates itself by being much more enterprise-centric. Security is a big emphasis and it’s available as both a cloud service and an in-house solution; VMware is pushing the latter much harder, according to the company’s VP of end user products. Just as notable is that... more »
New Direction for Path.to as Social Job Search Grows

New Direction for Path.to as Social Job Search Grows

When deciding where to work, LinkedIn may be limiting in its ability to find you the perfect gig.  What you need is an "eHarmony for jobs." At least that's the idea behind Path.to, a startup which kicked off in late August of last year. The new Web site asks job applicants to complete a questionnaire about their job preferences including location, salary, benefits and workplace. Other users can vouch for their skills, and endorsements are weighted by the reputation of each of their skills listed in the profiles. The platform has continued to evolve and this week, Path.to has taken a new... more »

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- 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.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.