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2013 cloud experience provides tough lessons for CIOs

2013 cloud experience provides tough lessons for CIOs

Public cloud services are growing steadily in popularity among CIOs despite continued skepticism from some. But, warns Consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in “Four Tough Cloud Lessons We Learned in 2013”, while the cloud provides substantial benefits to IT operations, recent experience shows that it also introduces some risk to operations. Lowe cites four negative real-world experiences from 2013 and the lessons they provide. One important lesson is that when companies put their data and applications in someone else’s data center they must abide by whatever conditions the service provider imposes. In one case Lowe ran across, a Red Hat... more »
DigiCert + security leadership : Looking ahead to 2014 + beyond

DigiCert + security leadership : Looking ahead to 2014 + beyond

The year’s wrapping up but the cybersecurity predictions are hitting high gear.  Today from DigiCert we have COO John Merrill and Flavio Martins, VP of Operations.  DigiCert is at the nexus of modern security, providing enterprise security solutions in the fields of PKI, SSL, authentication and digital certificates.  Their clients number more than 70,000 around the globe, consisting of financial, government, enterprise organizations and beyond. We asked Merrill and Martins to identify the biggest projected threats ahead in 2014 and how the industry could prepare for them.  Martins feels that to look ahead, we have to look at what we’ve gone... more »
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Google ends 2013 with a bang : Chromebook sales stronger than Apple

Back in November, Microsoft upped the ante on its "Scroogled!" campaign, bringing in Rick Harrison and his Pawn Stars crew to make fun of Google Chromebooks.  According to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop guys, Chromebooks aren’t real laptops -- a wasted investment for tech savvy consumers. But it looks like the Scroogled campaign did Google more good than harm. According to the NPD Group’s recent numbers, interest in Chromebooks have significantly increased compared to last year. The report showed that from last year’s 0.2 percent market share, Chromebook interest increased to 9.6 percent in the past months, from January to November.  Though... more »
2014: We are living through interesting times | #CIO Angle

2014: We are living through interesting times | #CIO Angle

Making predictions is almost as traditional at New Year’s as countdowns to midnight. So here are some of mine: We live in interesting times: The multiple forces buffeting the IT industry -- cloud, mobile, flash storage, virtualization and software-led everything, converged systems, big data -- will only strengthen through the year. IT will spend the year scrambling to keep up, and we will begin to see early leaders emerge based on aggressive implementations of some of these revolutionary technologies. By year end, however, no midsized-to-large organization will have the compete package fully in place, and the major reorganizations that software-defined infrastructure... more »
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CES 2014 : Google's Smart Car infotainment system battles Apple

The rivalry between Google and Apple will be taking a new route next year as the search giant enters the smart dashboard market. At the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014, Google and Audi will be announcing a collaboration to develop an infotainment system based on Android, sources familiar with the matter stated. The sources also claimed that the two will also be announcing a collaboration with other automotive and tech companies such as chip maker Nvidia, to establish the importance of Android in automobiles.  Having Android installed in vehicles would allow consumers to access music, navigation, apps and services, that are similar... more »
CES 2014 : LG + others launching these Smart Home apps

CES 2014 : LG + others launching these Smart Home apps

The Smart Home market is expected to boom in America by 2017, according to recent estimates by Parks Associates.  The firm projects that in five years more than 11 million U.S. homes will have some type of smart home controller installed, a huge increase from the current two million homes equipped with an automated solution. At the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, Parks Associates will be hosting its annual CONNECTIONS Summit to provide attendees with updates in the connected home market. CES 2014 will be taking place January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Let’s check out what we can expect in the... more »
Larry Ellison to take AWS head on

Larry Ellison to take AWS head on

With hardware sales down 25 percent and cloud bookings up more than a third, Oracle faces a new set of priorities and more competition than ever, founder and CEO Larry Ellison acknowledged during his firm’s second quarter earnings call. The database giant has committed to following rivals IBM and SAP in transitioning beyond legacy IT towards the new capabilities and business models enterprise customers have come to expect. Laying out his battleplan, Ellison told analysts that Oracle is willing to go as far as sacrificing its profit margins to catch up with the fast moving cloud market. The company hopes to... more »
Looking ahead in Big Data: industry heavy hitters weigh in on the future of analytics

Looking ahead in Big Data: industry heavy hitters weigh in on the future of analytics

It’s been an exciting 12 months for IT, with disruptive new trends once confined to the open source community finally cracking the surface of the traditional enterprise. We can expect to see more of that in 2014, a year that the industry’s most prominent voices agree will mark a turning point for technology innovation. At the heart of this tectonic shift is Big Data, a strategic asset of unprecedented value capable of empowering decision makers to become more productive and refocus on generating value for their organizations. Accordingly, tomorrow’s analytical technologies will be designed to meet the fast evolving requirements of... more »
Microsoft buys 202-acre plot for new Washington state data center

Microsoft buys 202-acre plot for new Washington state data center

Software juggernaut Microsoft is acquiring 202 acres of land in its home state of Washington for a new hydroelectric data center meant to support fast growing demand for its cloud services. The company will shell out $11 million as part of a purchase and sale agreement with the Port of Quincy, which will in exchange provide 60 acres it already owns and another 142 adjacent acres purchased from neighboring residents. The deal is expected to close in January. The transaction is one of the largest in the city’s history, and Microsoft's second land buy in the region, having previously acquired 75... more »
NSA intercepting and hacking laptops and other computer equipment

NSA intercepting and hacking laptops and other computer equipment

Just when you thought the NSA stories for the year were done – well lookout cause here we go again. This one is no less shocking than any previous story as it is now being reported that the NSA has been intercepting technology shipments, and modifying the products to install malware. According to the report published over the weekend in Der Spiegel, the special elite hacking unit behind this operation is known as the TAO or Tailored Access Operations. The operations were apparently conducted in collaboration with the CIA and FBI, intercepting shipments of laptops and other computer gear before... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.