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Cisco Shells Out a Massive $2.7B for Sourcefire, Moves Toward New Model of Network Security

Cisco Shells Out a Massive $2.7B for Sourcefire, Moves Toward New Model of Network Security

Cisco has entered a definitive agreement to buy Sourcefire, a Columbia, MD-based provider of cybersecurity solutions. The company is best known for Snort, a widely used intrusion detection system created by founding CTO Martin Roesch. Under the terms of the deal, Cisco will pay $76 per share of Sourcefire for a total of $2.7 billion. The all-cash transaction is expected to be completed later this year, at which point the firm will be integrated into Cisco’s Security Group. "Cisco's acquisition of Sourcefire will help accelerate the realization of our vision for a new model of security across the extended network," said Roesch,... more »
Apple's Feeling Sick: Can It Get Well Soon?

Apple's Feeling Sick: Can It Get Well Soon?

Tech giants have had a pretty miserable time of late. Honors for the biggest fail went to Microsoft, which wrote off almost $1 billion on unsold Surface RT devices, while at the same time watching helplessly as its PC business continues to wither. Intel and AMD also took a hit for the very same reason, while even Google saw a slowdown in growth thanks to a reduction in ad rates. Which is why it's no surprise to see Apple report a fair-to-middling quarter at best – while it avoided a decline, its growth remained essentially flat. Keeping Apple's head above the... more »
Cloud Deployment: A Bottleneck No More Using CloudMunch Open DevOps Management Platform

Cloud Deployment: A Bottleneck No More Using CloudMunch Open DevOps Management Platform

OpenStack is quickly becoming the global cloud computing platform standard. So much so that developers’ roles are changing with much more focus on automation technologies and cloud systems. Today, developers are often working at assembling services, collaborating with external cloud providers, and using automation tools. All the cards indicate that OpenStack as a framework and community is heading in the right direction. OpenStack has emerged as a broadly adopted open-source IaaS platform across enterprises and community. Now to support OpenStack cloud deployment, CloudMunch, the DevOps management platform provider, introduced the world’s first Open DevOps platform for OpenStack. In order to keep the... more »
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Nexus for Breakfast: Google’s Sundar Pichai Discusses Latest Tablet, Google Play Additions and Chromecast for TV

Today at 9am PST/12pm EST, Google invited journalists to “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai,” to serve up its latest Android and Chrome developments since Google I/O. A few other Google heads joined Pichai in revealing and explaining Google’s new Nexus 7 Tablet, the latest from Google Play and Chromecast. The latter is a new device that aims to make it quick, easy and efficient to stream video, music and photos from connected devices to a TV screen. The New Nexus 7 The main dish, naturally, was Google’s new 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, launched today. At 0.64lbs (290 grams), the tablet is lighter and thinner... more »
How MySpace, Facebook + Twitter Became "Accomplices" to Murder

How MySpace, Facebook + Twitter Became "Accomplices" to Murder

There’s no denying that there are a lot of risks in using the Internet, specifically social networking sites.  These means of connecting with others can be used to spread malware, steal an identity, and did you know that it can even result in death? Some people have used these social sites to lure people out of the comfort of their homes and out into the open where harm can be inflicted upon them.  Below we've compiled some of the most telling cases of social media experiences gone wrong.  Take these as an important life lesson that virtual environments continue to have... more »
NerdyData--A Search Engine for HTML, JavaScript, and Source Code

NerdyData--A Search Engine for HTML, JavaScript, and Source Code

A startup claims to have come up with a better way for developers to find source code. Traditionally, developers use the regular search engines, such as Google, Bing, but those are unfriendly to searching source code. If you are a web developer or programmer who often needs to shuffle between writing code in multiple languages, check out NerdyData, a new startup search engine for all programming related documentation including HTML, JavaScript, and Source Code. Google's search engine is geared mostly towards providing answers to a specific query asked by the user, whereas NerdyData is developed to give the best list of results... more »
Acquia Launches Drupal Rich Digital Experience Platform Acquia Cloud Site Factory

Acquia Launches Drupal Rich Digital Experience Platform Acquia Cloud Site Factory

Burlington-based Acquia, which provides tools for enterprise users of the open-source Drupal web publishing platform, today announced the Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a new digital experience platform for building digitally enriched brand, campaign and promotional websites for marketers. Built on Acquia’s proven Drupal Gardens OpenSaaS software and infrastructure, Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides support for marketers to create dynamic, customized sites in minutes. The platform has pre-defined templates making it easy for brand campaigner to include repeatable content, design, features and structure into the site. The OpenSaaS application Gardens allows users to quickly build complex websites. And Acquia Cloud Site Factory system... more »
PRISM Scandal Draws Bipartisan Support to Neuter the NSA

PRISM Scandal Draws Bipartisan Support to Neuter the NSA

Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, has proposed to limit the National Security Agency’s funds that it uses to collect data on telephone calls made by U.S. citizens unless a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order stipulates that the records pertain to an individual under investigation.  His proposal is backed by Representatives John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, and Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican. While another amendment offered by Florida Republican Representative Richard Nugent proposes that the NSA will be prohibited from using funds in the almost $600 billion measure to “acquire,... more »
Cisco Acquires SourceFire in $2.7B CyberSecurity Deal

Cisco Acquires SourceFire in $2.7B CyberSecurity Deal

  Cisco is acquiring SourceFire, and so begins a new security push.  At a purchase price of $2.7 Billion @ $76 per share, it’s rather significant.  Cisco is the largest networking equipment manufacturer in the business, and is known to hold a significant portion of their cash overseas.  This makes a domestic purchase on this order all the more telling.  SourceFire is known for their Intrustion Detection Systems (IDS) technology and the open source tool Snort.  Snort has a long history in security and it has been used extensively in government environments. "‘Buy' has always been a key part of our build-buy-partner innovation... more »
Cloud Foundry Cements IBM & EMC's Commitment to Open Source #IBMPivotal

Cloud Foundry Cements IBM & EMC's Commitment to Open Source #IBMPivotal

IBM and Pivotal, the EMC spin-off, just announced a groundbreaking new alliance to develop the Cloud Foundry Platform - an open platform-as-a-service that presents a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services. The pair have also began collaborating on the technology needed to enable programming languages or frameworks to be deployed on the Cloud Foundry platform.  IBM has so far previewed its WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, a lightweight version of the WebSphere Application Server, running on Cloud Foundry. A Cloud Foundry Community Event has been scheduled for September 8-9, 2013 in Santa Clara, CA., which will highlight presentations by the... more »

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The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

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In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

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In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

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- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.