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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 »
Social Network for Developers - GitHub Raises Monster Series A Round Funding $100m

Social Network for Developers - GitHub Raises Monster Series A Round Funding $100m

GitHub, a site that was built by and for coders, has finally broken down and took their first round of venture financing. The total raised for GitHub was $100 million from Andreessen Horowitz.  This investment is the largest to data for the fast growing VC firm who continues its' dominance of the Silicon Valley VC firms. GitHub's valuation is at and around $750m +.   Not bad for a company that has been around since 2008. Peter Levine, a general partner at the Andreessen Horowitz, will join GitHub’s board of directors. Ron Conway’s SV Angel investment firm also participated in the funding. What does... more »
The New Troublesome Cisco Cloud - How to Get Rid Of It?

The New Troublesome Cisco Cloud - How to Get Rid Of It?

If you are an owner of any of these two of Cisco home router selections--EA4500 and EA2700, I believe you must have experienced the latest update to the embedded software on your Cisco router. The firmware update limited router owners from administering the device themselves, resulting in lots of problems. Here’s what involved in this update and how it troubled users: When the firmware update rolled out, it took users to the sign up page of “Cisco Connect Cloud”. This aimed at moving users from home network to Cisco’s cloud, allowing them to manage their router even when they are not... more »
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TV Price Fixing Suit Concludes with another $2M in Fines

Back in 2009 a lawsuit was filed against no less than seven different manufacturers of LCD monitors over alleged price fixing. In 2011 a court ruled that these companies have to pay $553 million in refunds and legal damages, and Samsung and Sharp were ordered to pay the lion’s share of it. The latter had to shed out $115.5 million to cover its mischief, and now the Japanese hardware vendor agreed to pay another $198.5 million to Dell and a couple other companies that filed suit against it. It was all a part of an out-of-court agreement. Here’s some background from Computerworld: “The company... more »
Emulex Pays Broadcom $58 Million to Settle Core of Patent Lawsuit

Emulex Pays Broadcom $58 Million to Settle Core of Patent Lawsuit

The disagreement between Broadcom and competitor Emulex reached a major milestone over the weekend, when the latter agreed to pay $58 million in order to take the fibre channel patents listed in the suit off the table. After it failed to push through with a hostile takeover of Emulex in 2009, Broadcom decided that its competitor violates several of its patents. In 2011 and one counter suit later, a judge found that Emulex’s BladeEngine2 and BladeEngine3 Ethernet controllers and Lancer chips do indeed infringe Broadcom’s IP and the case came to a standstill that lasted for three months. Fast forward to March... more »
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VMware Reveals Competing Multi-Node Big Data Infrastructure Systems

Google and VMware take very different approaches to solving the problem of rapidly provisioning large numbers of virtual nodes for production Big Data systems, says Wikibon CTO and leading Big Data Analyst David Floyer in his latest Wikibon Alert, “Google and VMware Provide Virtualization of Hadoop and Big Data”. Google's Compute Engine, announced at the Google I/O Developers Conference in June, is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) approach built on the Google Cloud Storage service and the KVM hypervisor on Linux. VMware takes an in-house approach based on vSphere with Project Serengeti, announced at the Hadoop Summit, also in June in San... more »
Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Security VP Curt Aubley Talks About Cloud Security at Intel Forecast 2012

Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Security VP Curt Aubley Talks About Cloud Security at Intel Forecast 2012

The adoption of cloud in the consumer market and especially the high-profile enterprise market has seen some inhibition, especially surrounding security. John Furrier brought Curt Aubley, Lockheed Martin VP & CTO Cyber Security & NexGen Innovation, into TheCube at Intel Forecast 2012 to speaks about cloud and its intersection with security. They interview was amazing and elucidating and cloud has a lot of places where security is a definite function of its model—beyond reliability, security is needed to bring in more business and allow people to accept and form trust and responsibility. You can watch this interview, and more, over at... more »
Internet Doomsday Bust: DNSChanger is Dead and We're Still Connected

Internet Doomsday Bust: DNSChanger is Dead and We're Still Connected

At 12:01 EDT today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation flipped the killswitch that enabled DNSChanger-affected computers to continue surfing the Internet.  The FBI commissioned a private entity to provide two clean servers to enable affected computers to continue using the internet but that service should’ve ended last March 8 but they filed for an extension to give everyone ample time to know if they’re infected and to do something about it.  The second deadline was today and they’re not giving any more extensions. So was there a massive Internet blackout? Blackout goes unnoticed Some expected that chaos would erupt when the killswitch was... more »
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Not Cool Enough to be Banned In UK

Today’s mobile news roundup features a UK judge declaring the Samsung Galaxy Tab “not as cool” as the iPad, RIM customers doubling up on their contingency plan, and a start-up Jolla with plans to revive Nokia’s software. Samsung tablet deemed “not cool” Though Samsung had a rough couple of weeks because two of their devices, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus, were banned from the US after the injunction filed by Apple was granted, they received some good news from the UK. Judge Colin Birss of a UK court ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe Apple’s iPad stating that it’s... 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.