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Google.ps Hacked for 'Mislabeling' Borders

Google.ps Hacked for 'Mislabeling' Borders

Google Palestine was the victim of a defacing by unhappy hackers, who were apparently pissed that the search engine giant had switched its regional search page “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine” last May, in recognition of Palestine's upgraded U.N. status as a non-member observer. Curiously though, Google's move was viewed as favorable towards the Palestinians, so it’s quite baffling as to why Google.ps was attacked by hackers and daubed with anti-Israeli messages. "uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine," the message read. The hackers left a message asking what... more »
QLogic Tightens VMware Integration with New Drivers, Cloud Service

QLogic Tightens VMware Integration with New Drivers, Cloud Service

Fibre Channel vendor QLogic is attending this week’s VMworld 2013 conference to show off new inbox drivers for its FlexSuite and FabricCache adapters, along with a web-based version of the QConvergeConsole Plug-in for vCenter Server. The drivers reduce installation time by eliminating the need for a download and automatically identifying the appropriate version of the host operating system or hypervisor. Citrix says that the software also improves performance thanks to tighter integration with the VMkernel. The inbox drivers are joined by a hosted edition of QConvergeConsole that promises to centralize and simplify the management of network adapters in VMware-virtualized environments. "QLogic and VMware... more »
3 Must-See Moments : #VMworld 2013 Exclusives

3 Must-See Moments : #VMworld 2013 Exclusives

VMWorld 2013 Day one is in the books and it didn't disappoint. SiliconANGLE's exclusive coverage of #VMWorld 2013 on theCUBE was equally stuffed with great content. Fifteen great interviews spanning the entire spectrum of company executives. As themes developed out of day one, the biggest theme of #VMWorld 2013 is cloud adoption and the implementation of virtualization products within existing infrastructure. Virtualization is the ascending trend that is here to stay, and VMware is a trendsetter that's fighting to maintain its lead in this booming market. So far the event has highlighted the struggles enterprise firms face in adopting cloud services,... more »
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Red Hat Enhances OpenStack Distro, Shows Off New Offerings at #VMworld

VMworld may be VMware’s show, but that’s not stopping Red Hat from demonstrating its own virtualization solutions at the conference. The company is currently showcasing a beta version of CloudForms 2.1, the newest edition of its cloud management platform. CloudForms is designed to simplify the administration of hybrid environments that combine on-premise infrastructure with public cloud services such as AWS. The solution is a key component of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, a recently launched infrastructure-as-a-service architecture that includes the company’s Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor and Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The latest release of CloudForms introduces a number of enhancements, the most notable of... more »
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Can Nokia's Sirius Tablet Compete With The iPads and Android Tabs?

Nokia is said to be launching a Windows RT tablet near the end of September. Dubbed the "Nokia Sirius", the 10.1-inch device has been described as something that's quite similar to its Lumia phones, being encased in colorful plastic casings as per Nokia's Windows Phone style. The Sirius looks like an interesting device, but isn't it a bit late for Nokia to be entering the tablet market?  Surely, other manufacturers are way ahead of Nokia in the tablet race - so is there anything that Nokia's tablet has to offer that could differentiate it from the rest? Nokia Sirius v. The World   The... more »
Apple's Trade-in Program Already in Play in Some Apple Stores

Apple's Trade-in Program Already in Play in Some Apple Stores

Last June, it was reported that Apple was planning to launch a trade-in program that would allow current iPhone users to trade their old devices at Apple Stores and get a gift card which they can use to purchase a newer model. According to sources, the trade-in program is already in play in some pilot Apple Stores, and is already processing multiple trade-ins a day.  The scheme is expected to launch more widely in September, just in time for the arrival of the new iPhone that's set to be unveiled on September 10. Apple does of course, already have a recycling program... more »
VMware's Focus on Existing Customers As It Drives Virtualization Deeper

VMware's Focus on Existing Customers As It Drives Virtualization Deeper

One of the biggest challenges for Vmware over the next few years lies in sustaining its current leadership, and to do so the vendor is seizing the opportunity to go deeper with its existing partners with new solutions that will help them to integrate virtualization even tighter with their customer's IT environments. Kicking off its annual VMworld conference yesterday, VMware unveiled a bevy of new products whilst CEO Pat Gelsinger vowed during his keynote that the vendor won't let up until virtualization penetrates 100% of the data centre. The next step in this mission is the network, and according to Gelsinger it's... more »
Infrastructure Keeps Things Up and Running, Innovation Takes Place at Higher Levels | #VMware

Infrastructure Keeps Things Up and Running, Innovation Takes Place at Higher Levels | #VMware

In their constant quest for tech athletes, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCube co-hosts, persuaded Rick Jackson, CMO of Rackspace (formerly the CMO of VMware) to talk about his recent career change and the company and open stack. As the Chief Marketing Officer at Rackspace, the Open Cloud Company, Rick Jackson is leading the global marketing strategy in the evolving hybrid cloud market. Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack, the standard open-source operating system for cloud computing. Asked about the cloud and the opportunities it provided, Rick Jackson admitted "there's a huge dynamic happening in the market place." Opens stack was a... more »
Ballmer's Indifference Leaves Microsoft in Disarray

Ballmer's Indifference Leaves Microsoft in Disarray

Microsoft dropped a bombshell last Friday by announcing that chief executive Steve Ballmer will quit his post within the next 12 months. Bill Gates, Chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and other top directors have been appointed to a special committee tasked with finding internal and external CEO candidates. News of Ballmer’s early retirement raised many eyebrows in the tech industry. The 33-year Microsoft veteran’s failure to capitalize on cloud computing, mobile and search, coupled with his recent One Microsoft reorganization initiative, has led analysts to believe that he was ousted by the board after making one last stand. “He got bounced... more »
How Do We Make Star Trek a Reality? Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

How Do We Make Star Trek a Reality? Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

Stephen DeWitt, SVP & GM, Global Marketing for the Enterprise Group at HP, discussed the future of the company and the major shifts in IT with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at VMWorld 2013. "HP has been around for a long time," DeWitt said, and "technology was necessary to solve a problem that puts the world forward." HP is an engineering company at its roots and the culture of the company if focused on identifying the problems that need to solve and organizing to solve them. "We believe convergence of infrastructure is necessary for the Star Trekian future... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

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- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.