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Weekly Big Data Review: SQL Alternatives are All the Rage

This past week featured a number of Big Data developments. Cloudera released an open-source authentication engine for Hadoop, Google upgraded its Cloud Platform with new data management capabilities, and DataStax raised $45 million in funding to accelerate Cassandra development. EnterpriseDB also put itself in the limelight with new statistics that indicate the government is one of the fastest adopters of PostgresSQL. Cloudera dubs Sentry as the “industry’s first fine-grained authorization solution” for Hadoop. The open source RBAC tool includes an array of features, the most notable of which is the ability to block users from accessing data sets that are not... more »
The Mind-Boggling Capacity of the NSA's Utah Facility

The Mind-Boggling Capacity of the NSA's Utah Facility

It’s the largest ongoing Defense construction project in the United States and the power is scheduled to come on sometime on October 1, 2013. In an arms race to collect data, the NSA’s Utah data center is on pace to be the biggest weapon in the game. It looks like a giant Jelly Bean, but don’t be deceived by its seemingly sweet shape. Some reports have claimed that the new data center will ultimately be able to store data on the scale of yottabytes of storage. That’s pretty ridiculous, it would mean the same as one trillion 1TB hard drives, the same... more »
Development Platform of Apple App Store Partially Back Online

Development Platform of Apple App Store Partially Back Online

After days of silence over the development of Apple developer site that outraged developers, Apple has started waking up its Developer Centre. If you’ll recall, Apple confirmed that its dev portal was hacked last week due to a database breach by a Turkish bloke. The world's largest technology company delivered its usual non-deluge of information about just what caused it to pull the site down last week, causing angered programmers to spend a weekend without any work. Apple has clarified its stance to an extent at that time. Macworld reported Apple’s email sent to developers: “Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal... more »
Gartner Names SOASTA as Leader of Integrated Software Quality Suites

Gartner Names SOASTA as Leader of Integrated Software Quality Suites

With mobile and cloud systems are the driving force behind many great innovations today it unsurprising that they're taking the lead in software development. The adoption of mobile strategies in a company or even the establishment of a centralized area for the creation and monitoring of mobile projects is now critical to an organization’s competitiveness. But the fact that over 94% of IT equipment in all vertical sectors continue to be neglected for mobile functionality and performance. SOASTA, a leader in mobile testing and cloud, addresses top five mobile and web testing challenges in the industry today: development slows without direct... more »
Yahoo Changes Policy for Tumblr Adult Content

Yahoo Changes Policy for Tumblr Adult Content

After Yahoo bought Tumblr, the company said that its adult and porn blogs would be left alone. But recently, Yahoo’s new adult blog search policy surfaced, which includes excluding adult blogs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines. This has led to 10% of Tumblr's user base becoming invisible and almost impossible to find. With this new policy, Yahoo has removed around 12 million ‘adult’ marked blogs from Tumblr's internal search. Tumblr’s category ‘Erotica’ has also been removed from the category index and the respective blogs will also be no longer indexed by Google. Here is an excerpt from Tumblr’s new... more »
A Kickstarter for the City of Heroes MMORPG Phoenix Project Starts September 8th

A Kickstarter for the City of Heroes MMORPG Phoenix Project Starts September 8th

For those who follow this sad adventure, Paragon Studios was dissolved and shut down its servers this year for City of Heroes, the world’s first super hero massively multiplayer online game (MMORPG). The parent company NCsoft made the decision to close Paragon Studios in a realignment of company focus and publishing support. In light of NCsoft shutting down the game, fans raised concerns about the future of and also raised money to buy the team dinner. Now, a community-based game studio called Missing Worlds Media intends to launch a campaign on Kickstarter for a new MMO called the Phoenix Project, inheriting the... more »
Technology Hiring Surge for iWatch, Wearable Technology Development

Technology Hiring Surge for iWatch, Wearable Technology Development

Recent events in the world of Apple continue to suggest that they are feverishly working on this new iWatch product.  In their well-known environment of development secrecy, there is little to work off of in estimating exactly what is going on however.  As we retrace some of the history, we have seen the discovery of a number of patents, a number of reported trademark applications around the world, and a whole lot of speculation.   A recent report from Financial Times talked about the vigorous pace of hiring for an Apple “special project” that very well could be the iWatch.  It... more »
Smartphones Simplifying Citizen Scientist Participation

Smartphones Simplifying Citizen Scientist Participation

I’m certain you’ve heard it bandied about over the previous few years that even the most basic cell phone possesses more computing power than Apollo 11’s onboard computer. And if we are using capability greater than what was needed to direct astronauts on the longest road trip in history for Facebook check-ins and launching Angry Birds, isn’t that an almost criminal waste of compute? For those who carry an Android-based smartphone, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) announced a week ago the launch of a new app that allows individuals to utilize their phones,... more »
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Hyperconvergence: the Next Tidal Wave in IT Infrastructure

Organizations have traditionally acquired the biggest servers, storage and networking equipment money could buy, all to get the best performance and capabilities.  But with virtualization now making its way into the enterprise, these traditional solutions are no longer enough. Enter Converged Infrastructure.  It packages multiple IT components into a single, optimized technology framework to centralize infrastructure management, increase automation and simplify system orchestration. What features should every CI solution have?   Not surprisingly, there are many providers now claiming they offer converged infrastructure solutions, which makes it that much harder for an organization to choose the best vendor.  How does one know if the... more »
How Google + Others are Building a New Brain for Your Home

How Google + Others are Building a New Brain for Your Home

In this week's Smart Home edition we’ll be discussing Google’s efforts in this field, as well as other connected devices that aim to make our live much easier and much more fun. Google Chromecast and Google Glass   Google is inching its way into our lives, not only via mobile devices and web services but also in making homes smarter or connected.  It recently held a press event wherein it unveiled the new Nexus 7 and Chromecast. Chromecast is a little plug-in stick looks a lot like a flash drive but instead of connecting to a USB port, it connects to the HDMI port... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.