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HP Loses Billions, Resulting in Heavy Job Cuts

HP Loses Billions, Resulting in Heavy Job Cuts

Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) has taken a massive loss of $9 billion in its latest quarter due to a writedown of the value in its services businesses, which shows that the company overpaid when it spent $13 million in 2008 on Electronic Data Systems. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd OK'd the EDS deal while still working for the company. Hurd stepped down as CEO in 2010 due to a scandal involving a former actress who worked for the company as a contractor. Meg Whitman, HP's current CEO has been trying to fix what Hurd had left since she has taken on... more »
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Nokia and Microsoft to Launch Windows 8 Phone Before iPhone 5

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Nokia and Microsoft's attempts to rain on Apple’s iPhone launch parade; Samsung and Apple asked to “make peace”; and Google’s Map upgrade. Nokia and Microsoft out to get Apple Everyone is eagerly waiting for the arrival of Apple’s new iPhone, which reliable sources say will be launched in September.  But two companies are not about fade into the background as they are rumored to be launching a device of their own a week ahead Apple’s big reveal. Nokia and Microsoft are said to be holding a joint press event on September 5 where they are expected to launch... more »
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Big Data Startups on the Rise with Sizeable Investments and Innovations; SpaceCurve, ParStream & SAP

In light of Realtime’s recent $100 million dollar investmentto re-invent the worldwide web, its no secret that Big Data investors have deep pockets and huge ambitions. The possibilities for leveraging massive amounts of data in innovative ways seem as vast as the information companies seek to store and analyze. SpaceCurve, which addresses demand for “immersive location intelligence” with its unprecedented geospatial data solutions, garnered $3.5 million in funding to accelerate product development. ParStream, which provides a real-time, low latency Big Data Analytics platform, recently received over $5 million in investment for its unique approach to storage and analysis issues. The... more »
Google Maps Adds 1 Million Public Transport Stops and Routes

Google Maps Adds 1 Million Public Transport Stops and Routes

Getting around on public transport just got a whole lot easier for smartphone users, and once again we have Google Maps to be thankful to – the service has just introduced public transit schedules for one million train, bus, subway and tram stops in more than 500 cities worldwide. The new feature is available through Google Maps on all platforms, but by far and away the most useful will be the smartphone version, which was rolled out with a new update to Google Maps on Android yesterday. Once you’ve installed the new update, you’ll be able to select from four specific... more »
Why Low IP Restrictions May Increase Your Bottom Line: Q&A with Johanna Blakley on IP Lessons from the Fashion Industry

Why Low IP Restrictions May Increase Your Bottom Line: Q&A with Johanna Blakley on IP Lessons from the Fashion Industry

Technological advances have ushered in the collaborative digital era in which, people co-create and collectively profit from acclaimed films, offer free guides on how to replicate their own 3-d printers, or simply re-mix music from around the world, have generated excitement on the part of creatives and mixed reactions from industry executives. Governments and tech companies alike have had varied responses as some see low IP restrictions as an emerging threat in cloud and mobile technologies. Others, however, like YouTube have chosen to no longer penalize, but monetize copyright infringement. In short, the digital age has not only transformed how... more »
AT&T Launches DriveMode App To Promote Safe Driving

AT&T Launches DriveMode App To Promote Safe Driving

With almost 100,000 car accidents resulting in injury or death each year due to people texting whilst driving, AT&T has taken it upon itself to raise awareness of the problem, launching a new campaign and mobile application to encourage people to stop. The new public awareness effort is from AT&T is part of its ongoing “It Can Wait” campaign that aims to get drivers to agree never to text again whilst they’re driving. One of the biggest targets of AT&T’s latest campaign is teenagers, where the practice of texting while driving is believed to be especially prevalent. According to a recent survey... more »
Germany Gets Tough On Facebook Facial Recognition

Germany Gets Tough On Facebook Facial Recognition

Data protection officials in Germany have demanded that Facebook destroy its entire archive of files based on facial recognition technology, accusing it of breaking European laws by compiling a vast photo-database of its users without their consent. The demand follows the reopening of an investigation that was suspended in June of this year, after German authorities failed in their efforts to get Facebook to comply with its laws. According to The New York Times, the German’s complaint is that the social media network uses analytical software to compile archives of human faces, which are taken from images upload by users onto their... more »
HP Has Big Plans for Virtualized Networking, Targets Cisco

HP Has Big Plans for Virtualized Networking, Targets Cisco

Hardware giant Hewlett-Packard is looking to take a bit out of Cisco’s pie with three upcoming tweaks to its HP Converged Infrastructure that will introduce a strong software-defined networking component to the product line-up. The first two updates will be rolling out to HP’s 12500 Series data center switch. The first one due to launch later this year is HP EVI, a solution that can connect up to eight geographically disperse  data centers. The software is installed in each facility to create a synchronized virtual environment that makes it easier to manage workloads and move data. It does the same thing as... more »
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Big Data Startup ParStream Raises $5.6M

ParStream is a Germany-based big data team that was founded in 2008, and up until now ran on money from a few private investors including founders Michael Hummel and Jorg Bienert. This week the startup announced that it received an impressive $5.4 million in a Series A round led by Khosla Ventures. Baker Capital, Crunch Fund, Data Collective, Tola Capital, and several unnamed angel investors also participated in the funding. “We will use the proceeds of this round to further invest in our product roadmap and to accelerate ParStream’s growth in the US and global markets,” explains Mike Hummel, CEO and co-founder... more »
Symantec Makes Hadoop Ready-Made for the Enterprise

Symantec Makes Hadoop Ready-Made for the Enterprise

Symantec is the latest company to create an easy-to-use version of Hadoop for companies so they are able to manage Big Data without spending a lot of time and money.   Unlike many data solutions that lack the data management needed to cut the costs of increasing storage, Hadoop offers customers the opportunity to work smarter and not larger by giving them more scalable management to handle a larger workload. "It's now entirely possible to get the Big Data Solution you want from the infrastructure you've got." In order to make Hadoop work, data my be funneled for analysis. By combining existing... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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.