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Safecast Gets Funding To Map Air Pollution in LA

Safecast Gets Funding To Map Air Pollution in LA

What with so much conflicting information from government officials following last year’s nuclear disaster in Fukushima, many Japanese turned to an open source map created by Safecast to track local radiation levels in real time. Safecast’s maps proved to be such a hit that now, the organization led by Sean Bonner has been commission by the Knight Foundation to develop a similar map for Los Angeles, only this time it won’t be mapping radiation levels, but rather the city’s air quality. Safecast got the nod in the latest round of the Knight News Challenge, which focused on big data-related projects. Having only... more »
SAP Opens Up the Mobility Design Center

SAP Opens Up the Mobility Design Center

Whether through mobile apps or device deployment and security, SAP is focused on providing enterprises and end users alike a seamless mobile experience. That’s why it has announced opening up the SAP Mobility Design Center, in order to help customers meet the growing need for individualized mobile solution. Further, SAP Mobility Design Center will enable companies to keep up with the consumerization of IT trend by conceptualizing, designing and rapidly building mobile solutions to better connect with employees and consumers. This will be particularly working toward increasing agility amidst the developer community. As a one-stop shop for designing, developing and validating... more »
HoneyMap: Visualizing Malware Attacks Across the Globe with the Honeynet Project

HoneyMap: Visualizing Malware Attacks Across the Globe with the Honeynet Project

The Honeynet Project is making some real waves in the malware community by setting up “sensors” across the Internet (in the fashion of honeypot servers pretending to be possible targets) in order to track the spread and distribution of malware. Now, they’ve taken it a step further with an amazing jQuery-driven visualization web page (named HoneyMap) that shows attack data in real time to interested users. For more information on the project, visit their blog. This project has appeared on SiliconANGLE previously for assisting with other honeypot servers by adding SQL-injection simulation to servers—this has become the single most common method... more »
Major Oracle Flaw Opens the Door to Database Crack

Major Oracle Flaw Opens the Door to Database Crack

Researchers are reporting an Oracle authentication flaw that allows outside attackers and internal users the ability to brut-force crack passwords. Emerged over at Dark Reading, it is reported that the flaw would be demonstrated today at the Ekoparty security conference in Buenos Aires. Martinez Fayo and his team first reported the bugs to Oracle in May 2010. Oracle fixed it in mid-2011 via the 11.2.0.3 patch set, issuing a new version of the protocol. "But they never fixed the current version, so the current 11.1 and 11.2 versions are still vulnerable," Martinez Fayo says, and Oracle has no plans to fix... more »
Fliptop, Dell Launch New Offerings at Dreamforce ‘12

Fliptop, Dell Launch New Offerings at Dreamforce ‘12

Partners are assembling at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce gathering held this week, and a few already unveiled their major updates around the cloud-based CRM service. Fliptop is launching new capability called Social Profiles for Salesforce, which automatically adds the Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles of the people in your CRM system to the other data that’s already stored on the platform. “Fliptop’s Social Profiles for Salesforce app makes it easy for sales, marketing and support folks to have more personal interactions and keep in touch with customers even if their email or phone number changes,” said Doug Camplejohn, CEO and Founder of Fliptop.  ... more »
Facebook Experiments With Synced Photos, FB Offers

Facebook Experiments With Synced Photos, FB Offers

In an attempt to spite Google, or at least remain competitive with the search engine's integrated social-mobile strategy, Facebook is testing a new feature for all the photo enthusiasts out there.  They’re offering a new photo syncing feature for Android users. Auto-sync for mobile According to Facebook, Photo Syncing allows you to directly store new photos you take on your Android device to a private album on Facebook.  Then later, you can edit which photos you’d like to share and who you would like to share them with.  Sounds familiar?  It is, because Google+ already has that feature.  Will Google sue Facebook... more »
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Amazon Maps The Future

The rapid expansion of mobile Internet use has made the ability to collect contextual details like location for personalizing content almost a requirement for website owners. Users expect localized search results and regularly share details of their whereabouts with social sites from Instagram to Yelp. Many sites and services rely on Google Maps to provide interactive mapping features, but they may be changing. Amazon may soon follow Apple's (perhaps misguided) lead and oust Google Maps for its own mapping service. Google announced its new Amazon Maps API, which allows developers  to integrate mapping functionality into apps that run on Amazon's Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. Unlike... more »
Are You an Online Virgin Mobile Subscriber? You May a Victim to Poor Security

Are You an Online Virgin Mobile Subscriber? You May a Victim to Poor Security

A developer has just discovered that the online accounts of Virgin Mobile USA subscribers are highly vulnerable to brute force attacks, as the mobile company employs poor security guidelines on its website, forcing its customers to use weak passwords for their online accounts. The vulnerability of Virgin Mobile website was discovered by Kevin Burke, a software engineer at cloud communication company Twilio, who himself wrote a program to determine the PIN number for any Virgin Mobile USA online account, and discovered it can be hacked in less than a day, provided the target's phone number is known. Though Virgin mobile... more »
How Your Carrier Might Be Stealing Data From You

How Your Carrier Might Be Stealing Data From You

Surely they wouldn’t do that, would they? Perhaps not intentionally, but according to a new study from researchers at the UCLA, it’s far more common than anyone seems to realize. Computer World first reported that some (but not all) carriers may be unintentionally charging their customers for data that they never receive. It happens due to the flawed way in which they only measure outgoing data from their servers, as opposed to the data that their customer’s cell phones actually pick up. The problem arises whenever a phone loses its signal. Should the phone be receiving data when this occurs (like, all... more »
CouchConf Events Ready to Kick Off on Sept 21

CouchConf Events Ready to Kick Off on Sept 21

CouchConf is a premier event for all those interested in NoSQL database technology. This one-day event will kick start on September 21, 2012, will be held globally across 5 cities, and will let developers know about Couchbase NoSQL technology, where it’s headed and build cool stuff with this technology. The best part is that it will enable them connect with the local Couchbase community! Couchbase is all about NoSQL and unstructured data; this event will be a big deal for all interested in the Big Data, distributed databases, and how document databases can help build better interactive web and mobile applications,... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.