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Twitter Rolls Out Rule Changes For Its API

Twitter Rolls Out Rule Changes For Its API

Twitter hasn’t exactly had the smoothest of relationships with app developers over the last few months, following last year’s announcement that it would soon introduce stricter rules and regulations for those who build apps linked to the messaging platform. Last Thursday, Twitter finally expanded upon what it what it meant by ‘tightening up its rules’, although their explanation was pretty confusing. Michael Sippey, Director of Products for Twitter, said in a blog post that stricter guidelines would now be implemented for developers using its application programming interface (API). Twitter explained that the reasons for limiting its API were rational from a business sense... more »
EMC Looks to Acquire Security Companies in 2012

EMC Looks to Acquire Security Companies in 2012

News has been circulating the web indicating that EMC may be on the verge of using some of its $5.65 billion in cash to acquire some security companies. EMC COO David Goulden went on record saying that the company is interested in security, making it EMC's top priority in the acquisitions department. EMC is known for its storage technology and has amassed its fortune both through steady sales and through acquisitions, such as that of VMware back in 2004. Analysts, such as Brian Marhhall of ISI Group, are now suggesting that EMC may go after firewall makers Fortinet Inc. or Palo... more »
Facebook Digs Deep Underground with Sub-Zero Storage Facility

Facebook Digs Deep Underground with Sub-Zero Storage Facility

Facebook is taking some serious steps to backup its data, constructing a dedicated underground building right next door to its Prineville, Oregon, facility that will eventually house a ‘deep storage’ device well out of harm’s way. The social media network said that its ‘Sub-Zero’ project, which was announced earlier this week, will be used as an emergency backup server that’s powered by new technology their engineers are currently building. Tom Furlong, Facebook’s VP of site operations, said that the building is being optimized to provide specialized support for the new device. The revelation comes just days after Facebook filed for planning permission at... more »
Alteryx Merges Big Data Integration and AppDev in Single Platform

Alteryx Merges Big Data Integration and AppDev in Single Platform

George Mathew knows a thing or two about building analytic applications aimed at line-of-business users. Until last year he was a top executive inside SAP’s Business Objects division. One of his jobs at SAP was to guide the company’s business intelligence strategy as emerging technologies like Hadoop, in-memory computing and other innovative approaches to data processing fundamentally change the way the enterprise thinks about analytics. In fact, my colleagues spoke with Mathew at SAP Sapphire in 2011 inside theCUBE, where he discussed then SAP’s approach to BI in the age of Big Data. Since then Mathew left the German software maker to join... more »
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Biggest Big Data Acquisitions of 2012 (So Far)

Tech companies are riding a wave of big data acquisitions in order to better understand and pinpoint where consumer cash is headed. With the third quarter of 2012 not even halfway through, we’ve seen unprecedented big data purchases already this year. Log Insight The buzz for the last week has been about VMware’s latest big data acquisition of Log Insight. This makes them a veritable juggernaut in the field of real-time data analysis, following as it does VMware’s recent purchase of Nicira for $1.2 billion. In a blog statement by Log Insight’s Spiros Xanthos, he states of the acquisition, “We anticipate that the... more »
JiWire's Location Graph Broadens Mobile Ads Targeting Audience

JiWire's Location Graph Broadens Mobile Ads Targeting Audience

A study by JiWire, a location-based mobile media company, brings a stone to the maturity of the public regarding behavior and location to help marketers target specific audiences. The company introduced a new tool called the “Location Graph,” which ingests billions of location based ad impression from the company’s location media network and builds profile based on the types of places people visit, from beauty parlors to drug stores to airports. “The first step in all of this is understanding the location graph: how all of those locations are interconnected in the same way people are interconnected, in the sense of a... more »
OpenStack Isn't Quite Enterprise-Ready, Says HP Cloud Services Performance Test

OpenStack Isn't Quite Enterprise-Ready, Says HP Cloud Services Performance Test

In a presentation to the OpenStack APAC Conference in Shanghai earlier in August, Qingye Jiang, founder and chief architect of nascent public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service provider ezCloud, describes the results of his stress tests of the OpenStack-powered HP Cloud Services platform. His conclusion: The OpenStack open source cloud platform still has some ways to go ahead of full enterprise readiness. For his test, Qingye says ezCloud used Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit Server Edition, with three instances of every test VM for comparison. The test, according to Qingye's blog entry: "In this test, we used byte-unixbench to evaluate overall system performance, mbw to evaluate memory performance,... more »
How Infrastructure, Data Enable the Leaderless Enterprise

How Infrastructure, Data Enable the Leaderless Enterprise

Deloitte Consulting director John Hagel and Suketu Gandhi, the firm’s marketing head, co-authored an article with Forbes contributor Giovanni Rodriguez that takes a look into the merit of the CEO-less organization. This is a proposition that has gained a lot of traction thanks to social media-powered events such as Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring; but, as the executives pointed out, it doesn’t have to contradict the role of the chief executive. First, they highlight some of the key drivers that led up to the current circumstances. Hagel, Gandhi and Rodriguez pinpointed four specific causes: One is mounting complexity, driven by shifts... more »
Teradaci Offers New Products, Cutting Costs for Cloud Clients

Teradaci Offers New Products, Cutting Costs for Cloud Clients

Teradaci, the company that developed the PC-over-IP (PCoIP), has introduced the Teradaci RemoteDesktop Services Host (RDSH) solution, which gives PCoIP capabilities to Microsoft Windows Server RDS environments. Now, IT managers who use both VMware View and RDS desktop environments are able to have more consistent performance, security and user experience across both desktops. "Until today VMware View customers and service providers looking to combine full-featured VDI-based virtual desktops with Microsoft RDS to provide basic desktop virtualization services have had no choice but to run multiple separately managed desktop virtualization solutions with multiple remote display protocols," said Simon Bramfitt, research analyst at Entelechy Associates. Now... more »
EMC Brings More Services to the Channel

EMC Brings More Services to the Channel

Storage behemoth EMC is offering its distributors new resources to facilitate a higher margin, services-powered business model for resellers that work with its storage and backup solutions. More specifically  Data Domain storage, Avamar deduplication software, and VSPEX bundles: midmarket appliances that are based on EMC’s VNX and VNXe series unified storage hardware. EMC's Global Services division is providing training, assembly methodologies for multi-vendor environments and the support of its service business to accelerate the planning stage.  Distributors can then use these assets to put tailored solutions together more easily, which are then shipped to the VARs that get the sale. This... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.