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FBI Shuts Down DNSChanger in July; Google Sets Out to Warn the Infected

FBI Shuts Down DNSChanger in July; Google Sets Out to Warn the Infected

It’s the year 2012 and Mayan doomsday movies will abound—even though we unearthed another Mayan calendar that doesn’t end this year—for the Internet, we have a different blackout on the way and one that will affect more than 500,000 people. These people are infected with some pernicious malware called the DNSChanger Trojan used to hijack people’s DNS queries and send them to man-in-the-middle servers. The actual thread of this Trojan has been mitigated because the FBI took down the network involved and seized the servers that ran it—however, infections still persist. After seizing the IP addresses used by DNSChanger, the FBI has... more »
Puppet Labs, EMC Debut Razor Open Source Provisioning Tool

Puppet Labs, EMC Debut Razor Open Source Provisioning Tool

Puppet Labs, provider of the very popular Puppet automation solution, has announced the launch of Razor, an open source, "next-generation" provisioning tool for both virtual and physical servers, developed in conjunction with EMC, and designed to enable management of the entire IT lifecycle, from bare metal to cloud application delivery. The real differentiator here, Puppet Labs claims, is its auto-discovered, real-time inventory data. Rather than rely on infrequently-updated spreadsheets or barcoded inventory databases, EMC and Puppet are boasting that Razor can get up-to-date information on exactly what hardware is making up an IT environment - an absolutely critical concept when DevOps... more »
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EMC Commitment to Channel Expressed in Sales Strategy Changes

When EMC CEO and Chairman Joe Tucci said the company is committed to expanding its channel support, that announcement signaled major change in the sales culture. That change is expressed in a set of sales rules of engagement when working with channel partners, enforced by changes in compensation for internal sales reps, says EMC VP of Global Channel Marketing Fred Kohout and VP of Global Channel Opportunities and Strategy Jeff Taylor. How serious is this? Every sales organization is commission driven, Taylor said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from EMCWorld 2012 (see full video below). The way to change... more »
Video Conferencing and Networking Go Hand in Hand

Video Conferencing and Networking Go Hand in Hand

Video conferencing and telepresence provider Vidyo has extended its fourth round of funding and attracted the attention of Juniper Networks. Vidyo has not disclosed the amount of investment, only saying that it has raised $97 million to date.  The company will use the new cash infusion to support its growth and integrate its products with Juniper’s platform. You might not have heard about Vidyo, but the company founded in 2005 is attracting lots of attention from companies like Hewlett-Packard and Google. Vidyo now claims almost 2,000 customers for its 1080p HD quality video conferencing that can support up to 100 participants... more »
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Head of Unified Storage Talks Consumption Models, Flash at EMC World 2012

Rich Napolitano, the president of EMC’s unified storage division, is attending the EMC World conference held this week and stopped by theCube to discuss a few of his favorite topics with Wikibon's chief analyst Dave Vellante (see full video below). Napolitano dedicated some time to note the more positive energy of this year’s gathering, which he credited to a more enthusiastic approach to the ecosystem that resembles VMware’s in a lot of ways.  From here, the conversation shifted to the channel. Napolitano has faith in his company’s partnership with SAP and HANA, its in-memory analytics appliance. At the same time, however, he’s... more »
What Non-Nerdy Skills Do Data Scientists Need?

What Non-Nerdy Skills Do Data Scientists Need?

Communication and personality.  These are two of the skill sets you’ll need to develop if you’re thinking about becoming a data scientist, according to two industry veterans from Greenplum.  Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly sat down with Derek Lin and Noelle Sio, two data scientists currently working on big data solutions with EMC subsidiary Greenplum.  During their interview at theCube at EMC World’s Data Science Summit mini event, Kelly took the opportunity to delve into an important area of the big data buzzword--how it actually translates to a career path to fill the growing gaps around emerging big data technology. The role... more »
VCE Chairman Michael Capellas Cheers On Convergence in theCube at EMC World 2012

VCE Chairman Michael Capellas Cheers On Convergence in theCube at EMC World 2012

Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon brought Michael Capellas, chairman of technology company VCE, into theCube at EMC World 2012 and spoke about the market for infrastructure solutions. As an infrastructure provider using a channeled distribution model and partnering with the best-in-breed in the market such as EMC, Intel, and Cisco, Capellas sees that VCE may forge the next turnkey generation of infrastructure building in order to allow IT departments to drop-in infrastructure. Vellante spoke with Capellas about why VCE is so important from a practitioner’s perspective. “I want to write one place, and I don’t really want to care... more »
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Where Is Facebook's Mobile Strategy Going?

Facebook isn't allowing a pesky little drop in its IPO price distract it from doing a little shopping. The company has announced it is buying social gifting service Karma, founded by former Tapjoy co-founders Lee Linden and Ben Lewis. Does this latest purchase signal that the social media leader has finally figured out exactly what it plans to do to make money with mobile? Facebook’s Need to Take Revenue Generation Mobile Facebook’s IPO was one of the biggest in history. However, all of the hype wasn’t nearly enough to keep the company’s stock price afloat. Shares have fallen 11 percent below the... more »
The Best of Mark Zuckerberg

The Best of Mark Zuckerberg

There's nothing unusual about his emergence as the youngest billionaire in the world. Worth $17.5 billion as of March 2012, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, is the 35th richest men on Forbes' list. He was also named Person of the Year in 2010 by Time magazine. Many experts say Zuckerberg deserves the position because he planned it, dreamed it and worked it out. He focused on his mission on making Facebook the number one social network in the world. Facebook became a public company on May 18, 2012, and the first American company to debut in NASDAQ with a valuation... more »
Talend Announces Greenplum Integration @ EMC World

Talend Announces Greenplum Integration @ EMC World

Talend announced a major big data push at the EMC World conference held this week. The company, which makes data integration and management software, has integrated its platform with the entire Greenplum portfolio: that includes Greenplum HD, Greenplum MR, the Unified Analytics Platform (UAP) and the Greenplum Database. Big data has already caught on as a buzzword – now it’s all about the tools that empower organizations to be more efficient with their analytics strategy, and the solutions that make the data scientist’s job considerably easier. The Talend Platform for Big Data is offered up as a sort of jack of all... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.