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24 Hours Ahead of Facebook’s IPO: It’s Time to Talk Clean Servers

24 Hours Ahead of Facebook’s IPO: It’s Time to Talk Clean Servers

In just a few years, social media behemoth Facebook managed to build up a $100 billion IPO valuation, and all the credit goes to the 800 million registered accounts on the network – 800 million users that the company’s IT infrastructure has to support. Facebook’s engineers got cracking, laying out the blueprints for a new breed of data center equipment that focuses on efficiency rather than hype, and a year later the Open Compute initiative is stepping into high gear. Open Compute is the initiative set up by the company to share the designs of its cost-efficient boxes and hardware with... more »
The Pirate Bay and Wikileaks Undergo Massive DDoS Attack from Unknown Source

The Pirate Bay and Wikileaks Undergo Massive DDoS Attack from Unknown Source

In what looks like some sort of punishment from an unknown source The Pirate Bay and Wikileaks have been hunkered under a sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for much of this week. Steve Ragan at SecurityWeek is reporting that TPB has gone to Facebook to say that the attack started on Tuesday and as a result much of the hullabaloo is focused on Anonymous. As it is unlikely the work of Anonymous (although a cell thereof may contain mischief makers who might do this) a few Twitter accounts and other sources have come out to distance the amorphouse, leaderless activists collective... more »
U.S. Government issues Warning of Specific Malware Exploit at Overseas Hotels

U.S. Government issues Warning of Specific Malware Exploit at Overseas Hotels

Software update notices at overseas hotels may actually be attempts to infect travelers' laptops with malware warns the U.S. government's Internet Crime Complain Center (IC3). In a recent Intelligence Note, the IC3 says travelers' attempting to connect to Internet hotspots in overseas hotels are receiving pop-up windows offering an update to a legitimate, popular application. When they accept the update, however, their laptops are actually infected with malware. The note does not identify the software or the countries involved or provide details on the malware. The FBI, which is actively investigating the incidents, recommends that business, academic, and government travelers update their... more »
Diablo III Online-Only DRM Strategy Leaves Players' Eyes Stinging, Throats Raw

Diablo III Online-Only DRM Strategy Leaves Players' Eyes Stinging, Throats Raw

The much anticipated Blizzard classic game Diablo III launched Wednesday to a great deal of fanfare and an equal helping of controversy. When all the servers (across the globe) green lit on 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, 15 May 2012 thousands of players who had pre-ordered the software rushed to log onto the servers and many found themselves rebuffed with errors, others found unbearable lag, and though the game is traditionally a solo-play game with multiplayer elements many found themselves unable to play the game altogether. As a result, players grabbed their torches, pitchforks (and keyboards), and besieged the listing for Diablo III... more »
BI Industry Spike Puts Tableau at the Helm

BI Industry Spike Puts Tableau at the Helm

Data visualization software maker Tableau Software is calling dibs on the BI market now that research firm Gartner ranked it as the number one vendor in that space in a recent, and most awkwardly pronounced, report.  The whitepaper, entitled ‘Market Share Analysis: Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management, Worldwide, 2011,’ looks at twenty different vendors, and places Tableau in the lead with over 86 percent revenue growth from 2010 to 2011. Gartner estimates that business intelligence revenue rose 16.4 percent last year, which made it the second fastest growing segment in the software industry at the time. That percentage also represents the exact sales... more »
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SAP Strives for Unified Experience, Even with Varied Underlying Systems [VIDEO]

In their ongoing coverage of SAP SAPphire at #theCube, John Furrier and Dave Vellante interviewed Dinesh Sharma, VP of SAP Cloud Marketing to discuss the company’s new directions (see full video below).  Sharma explained SAP’s new emphasis on money, people and suppliers, a shift from their earlier focus on integrated application.  The transition is a part of SAP’s aim to allow clients to tailor their own suites for more efficient cloud solutions. Furrier asked about the implications of Oracle’s 6-year Fusion project for SAP platforms and Success Factors.  Sharma responded: “[SAP] does not want to be religious in terms of platforms…trying... more »
Pure Storage Reveals Version 2 of All-Flash Array [Video]

Pure Storage Reveals Version 2 of All-Flash Array [Video]

Pure Storage’s engineering team has evidently been keeping busy in light of this week's news that the company is debuting the second generation of its flash storage array. FlashArray 2.0 with the new Purity Operating Environment software packs several extra features that are promised to add much more value to the solution. This latest release features a web-based GUI that simplifies a lot of admin tasks such as RAID configuration and provisioning, while adding analytics on top of it all to allow  historical performance assessment. A command line interface has been tossed in as well to make the platform more DevOps... more »
SAP Technology Adoption in the "7th Inning Stretch" says NetApp VP

SAP Technology Adoption in the "7th Inning Stretch" says NetApp VP

As part of their continuing SAP SAPphire 2012 coverage at #theCube, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Thomas Stanley, former baseball player turned tech Global Alliance VP for NetApp (see full interview below).  Vellante noted that SAP SAPphire messaging had changed since last year, now focusing more on “speed, simplicity, personalization [and] mobility.” Using the baseball analogy, Stanley explained in terms of new technology adoption and SAP, “we are definitely in the 7th inning stretch.”  Now the products are on the marketplace and the important questions according to Stanley are: “How does the ecosystem come together?...What are [the] workloads [and]... more »
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OpsCode Unveils New Chef Features, Trial Version

Now that the Chef has reached the 1,000,000 downloads mark, OpsCode released a major update to the open source systems integration framework. It now includes a whole new lineup of features, and there’s a free two-month trial available to those who want to test one the Private edition of the software. The tweaked-up Chef in turn features quite a few added capabilities that justify a trial.  Components written in the Erlang programming language have been introduced to realize a threefold increase in scalability, which is also credited to certain ‘proven relational database management system principles.’ In addition, OpsCode released an installer... more »
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5 Standout Features We Want for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

Google is working with several smartphone manufacturers to provide early access to its latest operating system -- Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.  The company is also developing a range of new smartphones and tablets that could be launched before the end of this year. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google plans to release the next Android OS version sometime in December in an attempt to prevent Apple from controlling the smartphone and tablet markets. The company has previously worked with only one manufacturer at a time (most recently Samsung) to produce a flagship phone like the Galaxy Nexus, but Google will soon... 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.