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Twitter Fixes Potholes and More, Around the World

In this day and age of technological advancements, it's amazing how a simple tweet or a comment can create a massive chain reaction across individuals, cities and entire countries.  And while there's a bevy of status updates and comments that can spread negativity, there's many out there looking to use social media for good.  Here's some recent examples of online communities taking action. Twitter In the Philippines, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the one that takes care of roadworks and road repairs, is asking Filipinos to use Twitter to report potholes in their area so they can be taken cared... more »
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AT&T To Face Lawsuit Over FaceTime Policy

Back in July, developers who got their hand on the pre-release of iOS 6 discovered that AT&T will be charging their users if they use FaceTime via cellular networks and not WiFi.  When they tried to use FaceTime via cellular, they were greeted by a restriction notice similar to the notice when AT&T allowed networking tethering for a fee. AT&T declined to give any details regarding the issue back then, only stating that they’re working with Apple regarding the matter and would inform subscribers when they are ready. Even before the iPhone 5 was launched, which is using iOS 6, Sprint already... more »
State of the Cloud Security Report: Alert Logic

State of the Cloud Security Report: Alert Logic

Alert Logic released their semiannual State of the Cloud Security Report today. Among the most significant outcome of the findings, was the discovery that on-premise IT infrastructure is more likely to be attacked, more often, and through a broader spectrum of attack vectors than cloud-based infrastructures. This finding counters commonly held security concerns about the cloud. The methodology used in the report included an analysis of operational data from Alert Logic’s business customers in both on-premise and service provider environments. This included comparisons of the occurrence, frequency and diversity of incidents across seven categories of security threats. During the study, 1.5... more »
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HP Recognizes Need to Compete with Apple in Design Department

Hardware giant Hewlett-Packard has changed its mind a few times in recent years, especially when it comes to ultrabooks and mobile devices. In response to the negative impact of mobile on global demand for PCs, the company – led at the time by Mark Hurd - acquired Palm and with it the webOS platform for over $1 billion. Leo Apotheker was appointed as Hurd’s successor shortly after the deal was announced, and the former SAP CEO took it upon himself to make Palm’s mobile OS a central element of a software strategy that never came to pass. Apotheker, who among other things... more »
The Best Anti-Apple Ads from Samsung, Motorola, Nokia and More

The Best Anti-Apple Ads from Samsung, Motorola, Nokia and More

If Apple fanboys were pissed at Samsung’s “It doesn’t take a genius” ad, then they’ll surely be upset at what Samsung is brewing up next.  The South Korean company is making another one of their famous video ads that takes a stab at Apple.  Leaked photos show that Samsung made a mockup Apple Store, complete with all the iDevices and even the little posters that have the specs of the iDevices. The prank reminds us of last year's Samsung Galaxy SII and Galaxy Note II ads that features a queue of Apple fans waiting hours in line to get their hands on... more »
Fat Facebook Users Being Spied On - But - At Least They Can Get Insurance

Fat Facebook Users Being Spied On - But - At Least They Can Get Insurance

Ever feel paranoid that someone’s spying on you through Facebook? Well, if you’re a student, and you go to school in India, you might just have good reason to feel that way. But don’t worry too much - if the spies go as far as hacking your social media accounts, you could be entitled to as much as £10,000 in compensation - even if you’re fat. Teacher Spies A report in the Times of India has revealed the latest underhand tactic by sneaky school officials to keep students in check in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. According to the report, it... more »
Your Hotel Preferences Are Central to HotelTonight Update for iPhone, Android

Your Hotel Preferences Are Central to HotelTonight Update for iPhone, Android

HotelTonight, the mobile booking app that lets travellers book last-minute hotel rooms near their current location for the night, unveiled new features to personalize you booking experience. HotelTonight version 4.0, for iOS and Android, brings customers more of what they love about the app, by including expanded hotel offerings personalized for each user. With this update HotelTonight is turning its app into more of a service, hoping to differentiate itself amongst a growing number of hotel-booking and search apps available for mobile.  Travel has become a service-riddled industry even beyond hotel search and booking, attracting even the large players like Google... more »
ShareFile Tops This Week’s iPad Business App Roundup

ShareFile Tops This Week’s iPad Business App Roundup

The latest edition of Citrix’s ShareFile enterprise collaboration app made it to the top of this week’s roundup of business apps for your iPad and Android tablets. The company rolled out several new powerful features for both admins and end users that significantly improve the service: these include more control over users’ data, an offline mode and integration with Quickoffice. iPad ShareFile As I mentioned above, Citrix added a lot of value to ShareFile with the latest update. Admins now have access to a feature that lets them enforce data exportation policies, and this is coupled by a new security mechanism that... more »
Top 5 FitBit Apps and Gadgets: Super Healthy Data

Top 5 FitBit Apps and Gadgets: Super Healthy Data

Getting fit with the help of self-quantified data is the new craze.  So it’s not surprising to see loads of fitness equipment and tools available in the market.  But of all the fitness tools available, there’s one little gadget fitness buffs are raving about: the Fitbit Tracker. The Fitbit tracker measures your steps taken, distance walked, calories burned, floors climbed, and activity duration and intensity and people have sung its praises since 2008 when it was first released.  But because it was such a hit, other companies made better trackers that works well with their smartphones, which left FitBit in a... more »
How to Dump BlackBerry for iOS or Windows: Best BYOD Apps and Tools

How to Dump BlackBerry for iOS or Windows: Best BYOD Apps and Tools

The evolution of the BYOD trend is moving fast, showing clearly that the boundaries between your personal and professional life have become increasingly blurred. Working 45 hours at the office has become an archaic model - more and more people work overtime and work from different locations, including the time it takes to commute to and from work. Much of this BYOD development is reflected in the ability to access corporate networks from anywhere, anytime. The range of tools that allows this constant connectivity has become more powerful, with laptops, tablets and smartphones that provide access to a range of business... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- 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.