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Atigeo to Empower Voters with Big Data Analytics Platform

Atigeo to Empower Voters with Big Data Analytics Platform

“On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here [in Chicago], more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.” – Lois Romano, Politico via John Casaretto, SiliconANGLE Data analytics has been key to 2012 presidential campaigns, as both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney teams have employed data mining techniques to find and understand voters to rally their support. According to... more »
Google+ Targets Brands with Vanity URLs, Photo and Music Updates

Google+ Targets Brands with Vanity URLs, Photo and Music Updates

Google announced new features for their social networking arm, Googe+, which users would surely appreciate. New photo features According to Andrew Lee, a Software Engineer on the Google+ Photos team, since the service launched, they’ve been receiving requests from users to add features to it like the ability to view photos in a slideshow and the ability to download full albums.  The Google+ Photos team revealed that both features can now be enjoyed in Google+. To view a slideshow, just click on a photo, open a photo in the lightbox, hit the slideshow button and you can sit back and enjoy the show.... more »
How "Creepy" Big Data is Slowly Transforming Our Awareness

How "Creepy" Big Data is Slowly Transforming Our Awareness

Vitamin supplements, cotton buds, baby lotion, soap, wash cloths... Sounds like a pretty innocuous shopping list right? Sure, these are the kinds of items that pretty much every woman in the world buys at some time or other, but buy them all at the same time and in the right quantities, and they become something altogether different – nothing less than a pregnancy indicator that informs your local supermarket before you even know it yourself. This is exactly what happened to one teenage mother, after her local shopping center Target began utilizing big data for advertising purposed. By monitoring the mum-to-be’s purchases, Target... more »
Accenture's Big Data Lead Points Out New Data Challenges Around Context [Video]

Accenture's Big Data Lead Points Out New Data Challenges Around Context [Video]

The Cassandra Summit 2012 is a conference where developers and interested business parties can teach and learn about upcoming innovations with Apache Cassandra in particular and database technology in general. The CUBE host John Furrier and Wikibon contributor Jeff Kelly had a chance to sit down with Accenture Senior Manager and Big Data R&D Lead, John Akred to talk about some of the exciting advancements in big data. One of the first questions posed to Akred was about the sustainability of the old relational database model. In the tech world, everyone is talking about NoSQL, moving beyond relational databases. But will... more »
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HP Offers Low-End, NonStop Server to New Audiences

Hewlett-Packard debuted a new addition to its NonStop high-availability servers line-up that comes in cheaper configurations in order to try and appeal to smaller customers. NonStop servers are used by financial services providers, telcos and other organizations that need their environments up and running even if a node fails. The NS2200, the smallest system in the product family, offers the same functionality for a much smaller price. It’s a stripped-down version of the existing NS2100 server. “The NonStop 2100 is based on the rx2800 i2 rack-mounted server, which debuted back in April 2010with the rest of the Integrity and Superdome servers sporting Intel's... more »
Apple-Samsung Trial Sheds Light on Samsung US Sales

Apple-Samsung Trial Sheds Light on Samsung US Sales

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple-Samsung trial shedding light on Samsung sales; burning iPhone 5 rumors; smartphone sales dipping as the world awaits for the next iPhone; and Motorola Mobility’s massive layoff. Apple-Samsung trial update US District Judge Lucy Koh, overseeing the Apple-Samsung case, expects the two companies to deliver closing arguments by next week.  Though the trial seems like it’s nearing its end, more information about the two are being revealed. A witness who testified for Apple, accountant Terry Musika, released information regarding Samsung’s US sales.  The South Korean company is not known for publicizing their sales numbers, but according to Musika,... more »
WikiLeaks Bounces Back With Reverse Proxy Protection Against DDoS Attacks

WikiLeaks Bounces Back With Reverse Proxy Protection Against DDoS Attacks

It’s business as usual once again for the folks at WikiLeaks (if such a thing is possible) as the document-sharing site appears to be back online following a sustained distribute denial of service (DDoS) attack that lasted for more than one week. Julian Assange and his team will no doubt be extending an almighty “thank you” to a small web performance and security company known as CloudFare, which has apparently heeded WikiLeaks call for help on Twitter. The source of the DDoS attacks remains uncertain, although a ‘group’ calling itself AntiLeaks has taken to Twitter to claim responsibility for taking the whistleblowing... more »
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Developing Countries Lead The Mobile World

According to a recent World Bank infographic, the developing world is now more mobile than the developed world. The spread of mobile usage across low-income regions reflects global trends in pace, access and pervasiveness when it comes to mobile usage. The World Bank takes these factors into account as it documents how: "The number of mobile subscriptions will soon overtake the world's population." We are in the midst of unprecedented mobile phone usage and access. In 2003, 61% of the world's population had a cell phone signal; by 2010 this amount increased to 90%. As 75% of the world has access... more »
New IBM Kenya Research Lab Seeks Low-Cost Solution To Nairobi’s Traffic Problems

New IBM Kenya Research Lab Seeks Low-Cost Solution To Nairobi’s Traffic Problems

IBM is teaming up with Kenya’s Ministry for Information, Communication and Technology to establish an IT research lab in Nairobi, which is said to be the first of its kind on the African continent. The lab, which is set to open sometime next month, will focus on solving problems such as traffic congestion, as well as improving local governance. One of the main goals of the new research lab is to help governments better manage huge amounts of data, something that would allow them to develop capabilities to assist people in making more efficient use of public sector services. Tony Mwai, IBM’s... more »
Google Gets Frommer’s, Rivals Get Mad

Google Gets Frommer’s, Rivals Get Mad

There’s just no stopping Google in its bid to become the world’s number one travel agent. Hot on the heels of its purchase of restaurant review site Zagat last year, the search engine giant is now reported to be interested in acquiring the travel website Frommer’s. As search evolves into a more convenient, more personalized service than ever before, Google wants to be able to provide you with all the answers you’ll ever need, no matter where in the world you might be. Google’s search engine is already a very well oiled, highly sophisticated machine. Shortly after acquiring ITA Software back... 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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- 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.