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What Happens If You Back a Project on Kickstarter but the Creator Flakes Out?

Crowd-funding platform Kickstarter is quite popular these days, especially for people who want to launch a product, a career in filmmaking or a musi album, all looking for their big break and someone to back their dreams.  The platform helps you turn your dreams into reality by presenting your project to the public, and letting the masses decide whether it's worth funding. People can back a project by pledging as little as a dollar or as much as a few thousand bucks.  But what happens when you fund a project and the person behind it decides not to push through with... more »
Go Daddy’s All Smiles Again, But Its Customers Are Pissed

Go Daddy’s All Smiles Again, But Its Customers Are Pissed

Go Daddy is picking up the pieces after being hit by a suspected DDoS attack that disrupted service to more than five million websites for four hours yesterday. But while the sites are back online, it may be a while longer until its reputation is restored... We first reported on the attack shortly after it broke at 10:25am PDT yesterday. Go Daddy technicians battled for more than four hours to restore services to normality, eventually doing so at 2:43pm PDT. "All services are restored and at no time was sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords, names, addresses, ever compromised,"... more »
Taliban Insurgents Pose As Facebook "Hotties” To Spy On Military

Taliban Insurgents Pose As Facebook "Hotties” To Spy On Military

The Taliban has come a long way since the days when, pre-American invasion, they ruled the roost in Afghanistan, banning all forms of technology in their efforts to create an Islamic civilization free from western influences. Since being forced out of power, Islamic militants have become past masters in using the internet for propaganda purposes, spreading their messages through websites and videos posted online. So it doesn’t come as much surprise to learn that quite a few Taliban activists have begun using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to further their cause as well. However, it’s the way they’ve been... more »
Netflix Selects Sumo Logic’s Next-Gen Log Management and Analytics Service

Netflix Selects Sumo Logic’s Next-Gen Log Management and Analytics Service

Netflix is adopting the services of Sumo Logic, a cloud-based Log Management and Analytics service. As the world's leading Internet streaming subscription service for enjoying movies and TV programs, Netflix has more than 27 million subscribers. The announcement comes after Netflix completed an extensive testing of competing solutions in order to address the multi-terabyte challenges Big Data volume and ability to scale. “By adopting the Sumo Logic solution, Netflix gains the ability to collect, manage, and derive IT and business insights from all of its machine data, whether it comes from their data centers or from their cloud infrastructure. From emerging technology companies... more »
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Android Outpaces iOS Across All Connected Devices, Says Millennial Media Report

Friends-turned-enemies Apple and Samsung may have duked it out in court, but the battle between these two smartphone makers is playing out amongst consumers, too.  The iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S are blowing away the competition, dominating chart after chart on Millennial Media's latest MobileMix report. Apple remained the leading manufacturer on Millennial Media's mobile ad platform, with more than 31 percent of the impression share.  The iPhone also remained the leading individual mobile phone. But Samsung continues to close in the gap, with their devices representing 22 percent of impressions, with a whopping 8 devices in our top 20 mobile... more »
Telerik Acquires Fiddler, Advances Developmental Capabilities

Telerik Acquires Fiddler, Advances Developmental Capabilities

Telerik has just announced that it has acquired the Fiddler Web Debugger--a popular tool created to inspect web traffic and ‘fiddle’ with incoming or outgoing data. Besides getting the Fiddler tool, Telerik has also got the creator Eric Lawrence, who will join its testing tools division in Austin TX. The Fiddler Web Debugger tool debugs traffic from any application that supports a proxy, including all modern web browsers, is browser-agnostic, and lets developers see HTTP messages from any program. Telerik has acquired the Fiddler product, and they're going to keep it entirely free, add it to their Test Suite, and offer... more »
AI On The Rise: Siri vs Watson and Chat Bots

AI On The Rise: Siri vs Watson and Chat Bots

The battle between Siri and Watson is starting to heat up as IBM wages interest in entering the mobile industry. A space ruled by Apple thanks to iOS and the array of best-selling gadgets, IBM has a work cut out for them. For many, the competition will ripen over the next few years and it is very interesting to see how artificial intelligence becomes at the center of it all. Which virtual personal assistant will win? But unlike Siri which was the ultimate marketing feature of iPhone 4s released in 2011, Watson will concentrate more on the corporate level, while adding... more »
DNS Attack Takes Down Millions of Go Daddy Sites

DNS Attack Takes Down Millions of Go Daddy Sites

GoDaddy and its reported 48 million domain names were hit with what is reported as a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack. Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by a single member of Anonymous, “AnonymousOwn3r”. While the extent of the outage is not known, its effects are clearly pretty extensive and still being experienced. @GoDaddy 1:04 PM - 10 Sep 12 : Update: Still working on it, but we're making progress. Some service has already been restored. Stick with us. A series of tweets have played out the assumed responsibility by AnonymousOwn3r, and in one of the messages he states: I'm taking... more »
GarrettCom Switches Open to Attack, Warns ICS-CERT

GarrettCom Switches Open to Attack, Warns ICS-CERT

A researcher has discovered that some of the GarrettCom's switches are open to hacker attack, as there is a hard-coded password in a default account on the devices that may allow for quick control by malicious parties. Unfortunately, these switches are deployed in a number of critical infrastructure industries, leaving them in jeopardy. The loophole was discovered by a researcher who warned ICS-CERT about it. As soon as DHS got to know about this, they released an updated version of the application that addresses the vulnerability. Besides, a comforting actor in the GarrettCom release is that an attacker would need to have... more »
Basho Aligns with CloudStack and Everything Else

Basho Aligns with CloudStack and Everything Else

Basho, which created the Riak distributed NoSQL database, is the latest company to choose sides in the battle of open source cloud platforms - kind of. The company plans to contribute almost all of the Riak CS source code  to the CloudStack  project. In addition, Basho is working closely with Citrix to make Riak CS a storage option in Citrix's enterprise version of CloudStack, Citrix CloudPlatform. Although many headlines suggest Basho has pledged it allegiance to  CloudStack, it hasn't. CTO Justin Sheehy says the company's move to CloudStack was driven by requests from customers and integrators   He has made it clear that the effort is just an... more »

Premium Research

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.