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New Direction for Path.to as Social Job Search Grows

New Direction for Path.to as Social Job Search Grows

When deciding where to work, LinkedIn may be limiting in its ability to find you the perfect gig.  What you need is an "eHarmony for jobs." At least that's the idea behind Path.to, a startup which kicked off in late August of last year. The new Web site asks job applicants to complete a questionnaire about their job preferences including location, salary, benefits and workplace. Other users can vouch for their skills, and endorsements are weighted by the reputation of each of their skills listed in the profiles. The platform has continued to evolve and this week, Path.to has taken a new... more »
SolidFire Gains a Foothold in UK Channel Islands

SolidFire Gains a Foothold in UK Channel Islands

Storage vendor SolidFire says that Calligo, “the UK Channel Islands’ only complete cloud service provider,” is using its all-flash storage appliances to power its application environment. The company says that Calligo chose its product because it offered the performance and scale that the provider required to support a portfolio of several thousand applications. “We chose SolidFire after extensive research and development work, initially with systems that were not designed for large scale multi-tenant user environments, then with SolidFire itself. With SolidFire’s guaranteed QoS, we now offer hard SLAs around exact performance metrics while remaining in compliance with local data residency and data... more »
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Realtime Initiates “New Era of the Internet” with $100M Investment, Valued at $1 Billion

  When Realtime Founder and CEO André Parreira asked himself: “What can I do to be disruptive?”the scalable answer seemed obvious: “[Let’s] create the live web.” Realtime’s instantaneous and continuous updates, which means users no longer need to refresh pages and applications. According to Rebecca Grant of VentureBeat, Realtime’s developer framework to create live web applications had previously only been available outside of the United States. Recent investments totaling $100 million from Brazil’s BRZtech firm and The Ongoing Group backed Realtime’s United States launch on August 8, 2012. Funding will support company development, marketing and outreach (including conferences, hackathons and other... more »
HP Cloud Powers DreamWorks Collaboration System

HP Cloud Powers DreamWorks Collaboration System

DreamWorks Animation SKG has integrated HP Cloud Services with Panzura's Global Cloud Storage System for use in its project collaboration and file sharing network. Using the system, three DreamWorks Animation studio production teams can collaborate and tap into the cloud cloud applications and data storage that HP and Panzura offer. DreamWorks already utilizes HP IBRIX Storage for on-premise file storage and will make use of the cloud storage as a supplementary tool for collaboration. DreamWorks production teams at the company's studios in Glendale and Redwood City, California, as well as a production team Bangalore, India can now share content and data... more »
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New Cloud Backup Perks for Mainframes with Luminex, Nirvanix Team Up

‘Virtual Tape’ provider LUMINEX and storage startup Nirvanix have teamed up to offer a cloud-based enterprise backup solution that is specifically targeted at mainframe users. Physical tape, shipping and off-site storage all leave a mark on a customer’s bottom line when they’re using traditional backup, not to mention the inaccessibility of all that data. This is another issue which can potentially lead to days of delay in not just recovery time, but also decision-making. Luminex CloudSAFE offers an alternative in the form of a vaulting service that stores tape volumes in the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network, and is supposedly more cost-efficient than... more »
Need for Security Monitoring Strengthens Across IT Industry

Need for Security Monitoring Strengthens Across IT Industry

Security and cyberthreats, across entire IT industry, are intensifying like never before. Cyber attacks have not only shot up in numbers, but have also become stealthy, sophisticated, and damaging. What else is bothering security professionals? What do they feel necessary to combat this mess? Perhaps, better monitoring requisites. A recent ESG Research survey revealed some interesting facts and figures, collected from around 315 security professionals working at enterprise organizations. Here it goes: • 34% said they need tighter integration between security intelligence and IT operations tools, such as asset management, configuration management, network performance management, etc. • 33% said they need better... more »
NetApp Updates Object Storage Software

NetApp Updates Object Storage Software

NetApp  rolled out the 9th release of its StorageGRID software, a data management platform that’s designed for petabyte-scale environments used by organizations in the healthcare and financial services industries. The new version features several improvements, most notably support for the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) open standard.  The protocol was developed by SNIA to cover provisioning, administering and accessing in the cloud – capabilities that NetApp requires in order to get customers who are already invested in existing, multi-vendor infrastructure to buy its product. StorageGRID is used to power NetApp Distributed Content Repository deployments, and this latest release offers a number of... more »
1Password Gears Up for John the Ripper

1Password Gears Up for John the Ripper

1Password, a popular system and online security program has confirmed that it is now ready to tackle John the Ripper, but users need to have a good Master Password. The pre-eminent password cracking tool, John the Ripper, runs on fifteen different platforms, and can be run against various encrypted password formats including several crypt password hash types. It is, in fact, one of the most popular password testing and breaking programs on the internet. As reported on the official blog of Agilebits website, the team said that it is strengthening its defenses. “We’ve always known that that there is nothing we can do... more »
Cloud Changing Structure of IT

Cloud Changing Structure of IT

CompTIA has released its report "CompTIA’s 3rd Annual Trends in Cloud Computing" a 59-page report that examines the current state of cloud computing. The study includes data from 500 businesses that consume technology services and over 400 technology providers. CompTIA's research  found the cloud is changing far more than technology infrastructure and capabilities; it is transforming the very structure of business. According to the report, attitudes about cloud computing are continuing to improve. An impressive 85 percent of respondents indicated they feel "more positive" or "significantly more positive"  about the cloud as compared to the previous year. This was an increase of 13 percent from... more »
Google to Integrate Gmail Messages In Search Results

Google to Integrate Gmail Messages In Search Results

Google has just announced a new experimental feature for its search engine; as of tomorrow, anyone who signs up for it will be able to see relevant emails from their inbox alongside regular search results. Naturally, the trial feature will only be available to Gmail users, who will be able to view their most relevant email results in a separate panel if they decide to opt in. Examples of relevant email results would be things like flight bookings and confirmations, and products bought online. Alternatively, a search online for “cycling in Amsterdam” would throw up any Gmail messages that contained these... more »

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- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

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.