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Google Makes More than Twitter, Facebook on Mobile Platforms

Mobile is an increasingly important territory for social networks, as we've seen from Facebook's recent efforts and Google's push with Android and G+.  And so there's an obvious pressure to monetize this new consumer market, where iPads and smartphones run rampant while completely shifting the web experience. Analyst firm eMarketer has published the results of their latest study in terms of sales revenue for mobile advertising amongst leading social networks and online platforms in the U.S. The value of mobile advertising is growing, as more and more people use tablets and smartphones to access the Internet. The report predicted that Twitter will... more »
Samsung-Apple War Lives on in LTE Galaxy

Samsung-Apple War Lives on in LTE Galaxy

Apple is said to be launching the iPhone 5 tomorrow, and the device is rumored to support 4G LTE, a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.  The thing is, Samsung holds third to the highest patents on 4G LTE at 12.2 percent, topped by Nokia at 18.9 percent, followed by Qualcomm at 12.5 percent.  This means the company could sue Apple for infringement if iPhone 5 does feature LTE capabilities, which they've already threatened to do. Currently many networks are using 3G, but because of technological advances network carriers will soon be replacing 3G with... more »
Application Craft Launches Cloud-Based App Platform, Gets $1 Million in Funding

Application Craft Launches Cloud-Based App Platform, Gets $1 Million in Funding

Application Craft, a cloud-based app development platform that enables developers of all skill levels to create apps by killing unnecessary complexity, has launched its new cloud-based app platform to address the need for more simple yet powerful mobile application development tools for beginners as well as experienced professionals. With this latest release, Application Craft has widen the doors of app development for developers of all skill levels, by allowing them to build and deploy web, native and hybrid mobile, tablet, and desktop apps in a faster and cost effective manner. “App development has become hugely complex and unapproachable for many developers, so... more »
India Backs Down On Ban Threat After Realizing It Doesn’t Know How To Block Twitter

India Backs Down On Ban Threat After Realizing It Doesn’t Know How To Block Twitter

India’s government has said that it no longer plans to block Twitter in eight of its states, following trouble last month which sparked a mass exodus of north-easterners from southern parts of the country, driven in part by panic and rumors spread via the microblogging platform. Twitter had been blamed by India’s government for spreading content that was likely to “inflame Muslims to target people of north-eastern ethnicity” following recent violence in the state of Assam, according to an earlier report on ZDNet. Last month, India’s government blocked more than 250 websites that were said to contain content that could offend Muslims, just... more »
How the New Cloud Operating Model Benefits the IT Enterprise

How the New Cloud Operating Model Benefits the IT Enterprise

IT investment, throughout the global enterprises, is increasing more than ever. A recent Gartner recently suggest that spending on public cloud services will reach $109 billion this year, up from $91 billion from last year’s spending. Isn’t that overwhelming? Perhaps a positive sign for enterprises! But how come the increasing IT investment is going to benefit enterprises? Well, it is with the new Cloud Operating Model. Talking about an enterprise, it builds a private cloud that is cost competitive, attract apps to stay in-house, and support a larger server-to-admin ratio. It helps developers and operations (DevOps) remain untangled from each... more »
UDID Leak Tied to App Developer, Antisec Sticks With FBI, GoDaddy Stories

UDID Leak Tied to App Developer, Antisec Sticks With FBI, GoDaddy Stories

High drama has been the name of the game with the 12 million stolen Apple UDID fiasco. Anonymous claimed, in detail, how the information was stolen, purportedly from the FBI. The FBI vehemently denied being the source of the leak, as did Apple. Now it turns out an app publisher, Blue Toad was the source of the leak. A security researcher named David Schuetz disclosed how he was able to analyze and trace the UDID database down to Blue Toad.  So while there was apparently misplaced outrage with what the FBI could potentially be doing with the information, the truth of... more »
Go Daddy Outage Related to Router Failure and Not Anonymous DDoS

Go Daddy Outage Related to Router Failure and Not Anonymous DDoS

Yesterday, the Internet saw what can happen when a DNS outage strikes a major webhost when millions of people could not access web pages provided by Go Daddy. Initially, reports went out that Anonymous had taken credit for a DDoS attack against the Go Daddy’s DNS infrastructure and thus caused intermittent failures for numerous websites—but today we’ve heard from the “daddy” himself that it was caused by a critical failure internal to the webhost and not an external attack. "It was not a 'hack' and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS)," GoDaddy Interim CEO Scott Wagner wrote in... more »
AMD’s SeaMicro Unveils New Low-Power Server Optimized For The Cloud

AMD’s SeaMicro Unveils New Low-Power Server Optimized For The Cloud

Following its buyout of the low power sever specialist SeaMicro earlier this year, Advanced Micro Services (AMD) has just unveiled a new microserver based on its fresly-acquired technology that comes especially optimized for cloud computing and big data purposes. Fresh off the production line, the SeaMicro SM15000 boasts up to 5 petabytes of storage in a faster and more resilient system than anything that its nearest competitors can offer. The new server, which packs processors designed by both AMD and Intel, consumes less power than previous products whilst offering greater bandwidth, the company said. The first SeaMicro SM15000’s are available now,... more »
Pull Requests Add Social Element to Stash 1.3

Pull Requests Add Social Element to Stash 1.3

Stash 1.3 Beta has introduced a new "Pull Requests" feature that adds a social element to the Git repository management software. With Pull Requests, developers can review changes to a branch, discuss the changes with one another, and make modifications. With a pull request button, you simply select the branch you are modifying, select the branch you want to merge it to, and add a brief description of your action. The Pull Requests provide a look at the merging branches, the request description, the status (open, closed, merged), and the participants involved in the development. All information about the Pull Requests,... more »
Whisper.sh: An Intimate Take on Radical Anonymity

Whisper.sh: An Intimate Take on Radical Anonymity

We’ve been moving slowly through the era of social information technology and that means more and more fears crop up about having our lives on display in social networks. People have images of themselves at parties on Facebook, tweet that they’re at a concert, and get it up with a HangOut on Google+ from their Android phone. People have never been more connected in all of history in ways that record our daily lives. A new social media app, Whisper.sh, introduces what looks a lot like an anonymous Pinterest. We’ve seen this sort of media before as well in the fashion... more »

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- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.