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Bitcoin Weekly 2013 September 4: Bitcoin Markets in India and Kenya, Regulation Woes Cause Disturbance in the United States

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 September 4: Bitcoin Markets in India and Kenya, Regulation Woes Cause Disturbance in the United States

As the cryptocurrency slowly gains traction across technological avenues and into the general population questions crop up about how Bitcoin can be used in marketplaces where traditional currency has been struggling. Locales such as Africa have poor central banking and little support for easy transactions, but with the prevalence of mobile networks and Internet penetration they’re subtly excellent places for digital currencies such as Bitcoin. The same could go for India, which although it has a small Internet penetration, also has a massive population and a lot of mobile. The United States is currently on the forefront of attempting to understand... more »
arkOS: A Visual Gateway for Your Self-Hosted Secured Personal Cloud for Raspberry Pi

arkOS: A Visual Gateway for Your Self-Hosted Secured Personal Cloud for Raspberry Pi

Ever since Raspberry Pi went into production, this slender piece of circuit board became a global phenomenon. The Raspberry Pi was built to teach kids to code, but the tech industry and MAKER community have also gone wild for it. The 25 dollar, low power consumption, bare-bones computer has everything a basic computer needs--processor, graphics and memory. And because of its low cost, a huge online community has sprung up, customizing their Pis and introducing newer products to the market. arkOS intends to make the best of that product with an integrated, functional, cloud-centric OS. Optimizing Raspberry Pi There are so many amazing things... more »
Axway Updates Development Agility With the Release of API Server 7.2

Axway Updates Development Agility With the Release of API Server 7.2

Today, Axway is announcing the release of API Server 7.2 designed to unify API management and update the lifecycle, management, delivery, and security of API use by development and operations teams—an important segment of modern day DevOps and services in general. Dubbed a next-generation API Server, 7.2 is focused on standardizing business-to-business (as well as consumer and mobile) communication between products so that developers have one place to go that abstracts away the weird edges when new services are added and removed. To do this, Axway is claiming superior reliability and security as well as ease-of-use. In the business parlance, once a... more »
Anonymous Takes Down SEA Hacktivists, Grabs Databases and Servers

Anonymous Takes Down SEA Hacktivists, Grabs Databases and Servers

Anonymous hacktivists just announced that they've taken down the Syrian Electronic Army hacktivists. Just last week, Syrian Electronic Army hit with a number of notable scalps, and took control of the New York Times, numerous Twitter domains, and the UK version of the Huffington Post. The hack conducted by Syrian Electronic Army was followed by an attack on its own, when a group claiming association with Anonymous said that it has compromised SEA databases and servers. Apparently, the Anonymous hacktivists have not only have compromised SEA servers, but have also obtained members' names along with user IDs and passwords, and have copied... more »
Amazon Bundles Paper with Digital E-Books with New Kindle Matchbook

Amazon Bundles Paper with Digital E-Books with New Kindle Matchbook

No more choosing between buying a paper or a digital book. Amazon is finally moving forward in selling the book--alongside it's digital counterpart. If you buy a physical book on Amazon, would not it be great if you give away a digital copy of the same on Kindle? Amazon has thought about it and came to a solution: Kindle Matchbook. Matchbook combines the two media formats. The company recently announced the new program that will offer discounted Kindle books with those who already have a physical copy of the books involved. The program will start in October and includes about 10,000 books... more »
Microsoft Bolsters Support of Free-to-play and Microtransactions for Indie Developers

Microsoft Bolsters Support of Free-to-play and Microtransactions for Indie Developers

Microsoft has just started an independent developer initiative, apparently named the Independent Developers @ Xbox program, with a focus to support free-to-play, microtransactions, and premium pricing models. The program was outlined last week and will be launched along with the upcoming Xbox console later this year. “On Xbox One, games that come through ID@Xbox are no different than any other game. If you can do it with an Xbox One game, you can do it with anything that comes through the ID@Xbox program. That's like a fundamental tenet of the program. They have full Gamerscore, full Achievements, can take advantage of SmartGlass, Kinect-... more »
Hadoop/NoSQL Market in High Growth Stage, May Run Low on Capital

Hadoop/NoSQL Market in High Growth Stage, May Run Low on Capital

The Hadoop/NoSQL market topped $540 M in vendor revenues in 2012 and will grow at a 45% CAGR to $3.5 B in five years, not including hardware revenue, predicts Wikibon Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly. While the vendor mix ranges from startup pure-play developers such as Cloudera and 10Gen to dominant vendors such as IBM and EMC, no single vendor dominates the market and six companies hold 7% or more of the market each. The top three in 2012 were MarkLogic (13%), CloudEra (10%), and IBM (9%). The vendors are also diversified in their business models and revenue sources. IBM and... more »
Why Businesses Are Either Creative Or Irrelevant: Q & A with Creative Class Group CEO, Rana Florida

Why Businesses Are Either Creative Or Irrelevant: Q & A with Creative Class Group CEO, Rana Florida

It's a well understood expression in business: Stagnation is regression; businesses  either advance or fall behind. Creativity does not just give businesses the competitive edge, according to Rana Florida author of Upgrade and CEO of the Creative Class Group (CCG), it is the competitive edge. The one thing every business must know also holds true for technology firms: You can't afford not to be creative. This is the message of CCG, a boutique consulting agency that advises business and communities on harnessing creativity to address professional and local challenges. CCG was founded by acclaimed scholar Richard Florida whose research on... more »
VMworld 2013 DevOps Roundup: OpenStack Showing Adoption by Users #VMworld

VMworld 2013 DevOps Roundup: OpenStack Showing Adoption by Users #VMworld

The cloud computing market is held by a few large suppliers. These include Amazon Web Services (AWS), considered by most stakeholders as a leading IaaS and Microsoft, Google and young companies seek to dethrone the platform. And then there are OpenStack for almost everyone else. During the last two and a half years, the OpenStack platform management of public and private clouds convinced an impressive number of companies - HP, Dell, Cisco, IBM, Rackspace and others commit to Open Source solution. Each provider has a different approach to get involved in OpenStack. Some, such as Rackspace and HP, offer their own... more »
Smartcars : Travel Companion, Charging Roads + Smarter Drivers

Smartcars : Travel Companion, Charging Roads + Smarter Drivers

This week’s SmartCar roundup features: an app to help electric car drivers find the best charging station, roads that charges EVs, and a smart driver that is able to save gas on any vehicle he drives. Plug Away   Recargo, the company that specializes in social driving tools and consumer and industry intelligence to support the adoption and growth of plug-in mobility, announced PlugScore.  PlugScore is part of PlugShare, Recargo’s mapping service that tells electric vehicle motorists where the nearest charging stations are. PlugScore will help make trip planning easier and improve electric vehicle drivers' plug-in experience by providing users with comprehensive charging information... 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

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- 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.