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The Future for IBM Storage is All About Leveraging Flash

The Future for IBM Storage is All About Leveraging Flash

With its debut this week, the IBM Edge conference in Orlando, FL is Big Blue’s opportunity to trumpet its storage offerings in an increasingly competitive market.  With EMC’s acquisition of Xtreme-IO rounding out the storage giant’s own flagship event last week at EMC World, IBM is finding itself in the necessary position to better market its storage solutions.  Here to discuss IBM’s goals around increased messaging for its new and existing products is Ed Walsh, who runs Storage Portfolio Strategy for the company.  Walsh stopped by theCube today with SiliconAngle founding editor John Furrier and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante to... more »
PayAnywhere Adds Two Android SDKs

PayAnywhere Adds Two Android SDKs

PayAnywhere makes software that enables mobile commerce, and stretches the definition to cash drawers and printers as well.  Previously the company only provided software development kits for iOS, but that’s no longer the case now that it introduced two SDKs for Android. The latest additions to the PayAnyWhere library extend the service’s feature to Google’s rivaling OS – the ability to accept and process Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express transactions. The Basic kit offers this core functionality, and is relatively easy to implement, according to PayAnywhere. The Advanced kit in turn offers a few extra features, including more customization.  A developer... more »
Google Relies on Social + Local Search in Latest Ad Push

Google Relies on Social + Local Search in Latest Ad Push

There are two sectors search and advertising have yet to dominate: social and local.  But recent rumors indicate that Google's hoping to kill two birds with one stone, beating Facebook to the punch by leveraging its widespread products and building on its long-standing dominance in the search advertising space. Google in the past has tried to capture the local business ad market with several attempts, but most of them suffered from one misstep or another. The search engine giant is at it again, planning as early as July the launch of its small business services, Business Builder, to crack the local... more »
Can IBM Get Back their Storage Mojo? Truskowski Tells All [Video]

Can IBM Get Back their Storage Mojo? Truskowski Tells All [Video]

IBM takes a unified approach to storage, servers, software, and service, IBM General Manager for Storage and Networking Brian Truskowski said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube at IBM's first formal storage conference, IBM Edge (see full video below). “We're focused on innovation and integration at the same time.... Our ability to integrate our broad software portfolio, our broad services portfolio, is a unique value-add we can bring to our clients and … our business partners. That's where the real value is delivered to our clients.” The recent IBM PureSystems, announcement, IBM's Expert Integrated Systems reference design, is designed to... more »
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Facebook to Settle Yahoo Patent Dispute, Give Access to Kids, and Let Users Vote on Privacy Policy

Facebook has been in the headlines since their IPO and Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding.  Some were quite disappointed with their initial public offering, stating that that ship sailed in 2009 and the 2012 IPO was way too late.  Still, it’s quite early to say if Facebook’s IPO was amiss. Aside from the IPO and Zuck’s wedding, Facebook continues to stir the cauldron making people question the social networking giant’s future. Facebook and Yahoo! to settle patent dispute According to a report from AllThingsD, Facebook and Yahoo execs have been hammering their brains in order to end their ongoing patent dispute. Yahoo filed a lawsuit against... more »
Vodafone Xone Hackathon Brings Expertmaker AI Insights to Mobile

Vodafone Xone Hackathon Brings Expertmaker AI Insights to Mobile

The information ecology is a wild one, a jungle mired with millions of information sources bombarding people from every direction, each one vying for their attention. Storage and networking are no longer the bottlenecks to getting the information now we’ve even got a term for it: “information overload.” News sites, blogs, social media—Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr—all of them contain a vast continuum of newsworthy and interesting information and now filtering that molten miasma of informatics at the personal level is becoming a problem. Enter the Vodafone AI Hackathon happening the weekend of June 8to 10 in Redwood City, CA to bring... more »
Nintendo to Bring Something Unique to E3 With the Wii U

Nintendo to Bring Something Unique to E3 With the Wii U

Ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, Nintendo already unveiled details about their upcoming gaming console Wii U.  The company needs to make a huge comeback after disappointing sales for the DS3 and the 2006 Wii console.  They need to prove that they’re still in the game. In a video released on their YouTube channel, Nintendo president Saturo Iwata discusses how their company is bringing something unique for gamers at E3 on Tuesday. We can’t deny the fact that today’s technology is driving us away from each other as it keeps us together.  Confusing right?  Well, it’s not really.  If there’s... more »
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SAP Expands Its Amazon Web Services Play With All-in-One

SAP knows that pound-for-pound, it can't compete with Oracle and IBM in the cloud on its own, and so it's been using a partnership with Amazon Web Services to great effect rather than build something itself. That strategy expands into the SMB today with the announcement that SAP Business All-in-One is available for Linux and Windows, according to a blog entry by AWS evangelist Jeff Barr. That's not all the news SAP is announcing: the German database giant is now offering expanded certification programs for SAP Rapid Deployment and SAP Business Objects on Microsoft Server 2008 R2. But going back to Business... more »
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Zillow Makes a $40M Move into Rentals as Trulia Rivalry Heats Up

Real estate search engine Zillow has identified a big opportunity in the rental market, and was willing to pay $40 million in RentJuice to kick start its plans. Historically Zillow focused more on mortgages and homes for sale, but as rentals started taking up a bigger and bigger chunk of the pie, the company decided to adapt.  RentJuice, founded in 2009, currently lists one million units essentially that mark its parent company’s first big entry into this space. “Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff argues that he sees “a huge market opportunity in rentals. More than seventy percent of movers each year are renters and... more »
What We Talk About When We Talk About DevOps

What We Talk About When We Talk About DevOps

In a talk at the Atlassian Summit 2012 in San Francisco, DevOps Days founder (and current Atlassian contractor) Patrick Debois gave a talk called "DevOps Is A Verb," giving the best context on the history, position, and role of DevOps I've heard to date - while hinting that DevOps is simultaneously game-changing and a passing trend. Debois kicked off his talk with a historical analogy, likening DevOps to a commander in charge of anti-aircraft gunnery during World War II. The engineers can tell you the angle at which to fire the gun to maximize offense. The gunnery crew can aim and fire... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.