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QLogic Earns a Channel Boost with Inspur Reward

QLogic Earns a Channel Boost with Inspur Reward

Today networking solutions vendor QLogic got some free promotion from Inspur, a Chinese OEM that named it as “Supplier of the Year for Support.” The Inspur Group’s business spans software and hardware, mainly servers and storage. QLogic is one of the top partners and, apparently, earned the highest scored in every single category that was considered for the awkward:  among these are no less than three types of support –technical and marketing input as well as assistance with merchandising  – plus communications and partner profitability. “With comprehensive strengths in server, storage and software development, Inspur has become a critical go-to-market OEM partner... more »
New Malware Infects 100,000 Android Devices in China

New Malware Infects 100,000 Android Devices in China

A newfound malware is wreaking havoc on Android devices, secretly downloading paid apps in the background. The Android malware dubbed as "Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android" was first discovered by TrustGo early July.  The security company discovered that the malware downloads paid apps and contents from Mobile Market, the Android market of China Mobile, one of the world’s largest network carrier, which could lead to sky-high phone bills. According to TrustGo, the trojan may arrive repackaged apps with the following names: com.mediawoz.goweather com.mediawoz.gotq com.mediawoz.gotq1 cn.itkt.travelskygo cn.itkt.travelsky com.funinhand.weibo sina.mobile.tianqitong com.estrongs.android.pop The virus already found its way to nine Android markets in China namely nDuoa, GFan, AppChina, LIQU, ANFONE, Soft.3g.cn,TalkPhone, 159.com, and AZ4SD. How the Trojan infects Android The Mobile... more »
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Gartner: IT Spending to Reach $3.6 Trillion, Sluggish for Services

Gartner released its forecast for worldwide IT spending today, with expectations that this market will increase by 3 percent this year to $3.6 trillion. That’s half a percent more than what the research firm predicted in a report from the previous quarter. That isn’t enough for a change in terminology though. Gartner sees ‘lackluster growth’ on an industry-wide level, as well as several specific segments. Global spending on IT services is expected to increase by only 2.3 percent to $864 by the end of this year, which is definitely consistent but slightly disappointing. Here’s the tidbit that was posted along these figures: “Worldwide... more »
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Apple Sued Over Noise Cancellation Technology

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple being accused of stealing technology, Android Jelly Bean ready to be modified, and Microsoft licensing more Android and Chrome devices. Apple accused of stealing noise cancellation technology Noise Free Wireless filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. accusing the iPhone maker and Audience of stealing their noise cancellation technology.  According to the court filing submitted by Noise Free, in 2007, they approached Apple and presented their noise cancellation technology, which they intended to be a part of the first iPhone.  The two companies held meetings, agreed to hold shared information confidential and continued meeting throughout 2008.  In... more »
Tech Soldiers in the Arts Army

Tech Soldiers in the Arts Army

Donors to cultural organizations and non-profits typically don’t like to see their financial contributions going towards overhead costs, but programming. Unfortunately, when staffs are underpaid (which they usually are), the organization experiences high turnover and the quality of services and products suffer. Keeping employees, donors and the larger community happy as a non-profit organization on a tight budget is indeed an art. ArtsArmy.org arts virtual assistants is a new firm that gives arts groups access to skilled part-time workers who understand the arts and perform tasks such as creating email newsletters, engaging audiences on Facebook, or writing grants. This creates... more »
Dotcom Timeline: The Journey of a Modern Prometheus from Arrested to Folk Hero

Dotcom Timeline: The Journey of a Modern Prometheus from Arrested to Folk Hero

Kim Dotcom founded Megaupload back in 2005 so users could store their files online; but the US government shuttered the site last January stating that the site hosted infringing files and promoted piracy.  Dotcom and his allies were arrested and charged with engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering, and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement. So how in the world did Dotcom transform from being arrested to becoming a cult hero? Below is a timeline of the events that transposed and how Dotcom became a household name and now a folk hero. December... more »
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Appsecute Launches PaaS Management for the Multi-Cloud Future

Starting today, Appsecute is offering a public beta of its namesake offering: A management portal that enables administrators and developers to monitor and maintain applications and services across Cloud Foundry-based public platform-as-a-service (PaaS) clouds with a single sign-on and management portal. This approach is especially important as the application-centric PaaS layer becomes increasingly vital to the enterprise. Appsecute itself is designed to grant app owners and developers access to "monitoring, alerting, escalation, access control and audit tools that work across all of an organization’s cloud platforms," according to the press release. The end goal is to reduce cloud chaos in an organization... more »
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Extending Your People-Centric IT Strategy to Mobile Devices

Enterprise computing is continuously evolving, but the pace of change has accelerated dramatically in the last five years. In this short period of time: Virtual desktops and remote desktop session technologies matured and assumed a more strategic role in office and campus computing environments. Laptop PCs eclipsed desktops as the predominant computing platform in most organizations. The 2007 introduction of the Apple iPhone, and the subsequent emergence of Google Android-based devices, led to an explosion in business smartphone usage. In just over two years, the iPad emerged as a common fixture that is pushing the boundaries of corporate computing on personal devices. A new category... more »
Google Open Sources Collaborative Cloud IDE Technology

Google Open Sources Collaborative Cloud IDE Technology

A bit of bad news: After seven years, Google is shuttering its Atlanta engineering offices, and with it goes the projects that the developers in residence were working on. But out of the ashes of Google Atlanta comes the release of Collide, a collaborative browser-based IDE, as a reference implementation to the open source community. Collide - named from the contraction of "collaborative IDE" - represents the liberation of at least some of Google Atlanta's efforts, reported Googler Scott Blum on his Google+ page last week (Incidentally, today is apparently Blum's last day with the search giant before moving on to... more »
EMC Partners with Purdue University to Solve Big Data Problems

EMC Partners with Purdue University to Solve Big Data Problems

EMC has formed a new partnership with Purdue University that will provide students and staff an impressive 100 gigabytes of free storage. The move is part of a larger five-year initiative between EMC and Purdue to address challenges and opportunities related to big data. Purdue gets IT help from a major vendor, students and staff get free storage and EMC gets a larger presence in the education sector – it’s a win for everyone. The new service, called BoilerBackpack, will have many of the same features common in other cloud-based file storage services like synching files between devices and file sharing.... more »

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- 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

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.