Top Stories

Facebook Turns to LB Marketing, Hopes Mobile Will Turn Its Stock Around

Facebook Turns to LB Marketing, Hopes Mobile Will Turn Its Stock Around

Mobile advertising can bring Facebook's yearly revenue to $1 billion in the next year, eventually overtaking desktop advertising revenue, said Doug Anmuth, an analyst at JP Morgan. Anmuth thinks Facebook's mobile advertising is working, and that will push shares to $30 a share — about 66 percent more than the battered stock price Facebook is trading at today. Anmuth, before the opening of the IPO, set the price of the stock as high as $45. That's not bad for a company that is frequently bashed for its inability to monetize mobile.  Facebook's shares have been plummeting ever since it got green light... more »
No thumbnail available

iPhone Loses Top Spot for the First Time Since Launch, Samsung Takes All

comScore released the MobiLens service report on the U.S. mobile market for the period ending July 2012. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and compares the dynamics of the market over the past three months. Increasingly, the use of mobile phones is growing, as more people use smartphones as tools for work, leisure and communication.  According to comScore, in the U.S. alone there are more than four billion mobile phones in full use, of which 27 percent or equivalent to 1.08 billion devices are smartphones. Samsung still rules, but Apple is catching up In the manufacturers race for producing tablets and other... more »
No thumbnail available

Sebastian Steps Down as Heroku's CEO

The CEO of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) pioneer Heroku,  Byron Sebastian left the building, folks. Sebastian, who also serves as executive vice president of platforms at Salesforce,  stepped down from his positions abruptly to pursue something a little more "hands on." Sebastian joined the Heroku team as the CEO in July 2009, and led the company through its $212 million acquisition by Salesforce.com in December 2010. Those days are over. According to the employment status on his LinkedIn profile, Sebastian is off somewhere farming olives. Salesforce representatives have confirmed (his departure, not the olives). His timing was not great. Salesforce was scheduled to launch a new set... more »
Cloud Security Alliance Forms New Privacy Group

Cloud Security Alliance Forms New Privacy Group

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has been busy. The non-profit organization that focuses on cloud security best practices has launched a Privacy Level Agreement (PLA) Working Group in the EU. The group also announced a new partnership with the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) to help build cloud computing security and cloud capabilities that will will help speed the development of the cloud ecosystem in Hong Kong. The new working group define best practices and compliance baselines for data protection. They are also working to establish standards for communicating of privacy measures while hosting third-party data. Daniele Catteddu, managing director EMEA for... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Microsoft’s Multi-Pronged Attack

This Week in the Cloud: Microsoft’s Multi-Pronged Attack

Microsoft had no less than three major product updates this week, starting with the general availability of Windows Server 2012. The latest version of Microsoft’s flagship server platform can be considered as a full-fledged cloud OS – the 2012 release packs a number of improvements, including enhancements to Hyper-V, which make it that much better than its predecessor.  The OS also has a new file system, it’s designed so that enterprises can deploy it across geographically-disperse facilities, and remote management functionality has been tweaked as well. Around the same time, Microsoft debuted Windows Azure Mobile Services. This newest component of the cloud... more »
Report: White House Readying CyberSecurity Executive Order

Report: White House Readying CyberSecurity Executive Order

There are reports that the Obama administration is preparing to utilize an executive order that will push forward a cybersecurity plan.  The order would come as a response to legislation on cybersecurity has been in Congressional limbo.  The report states that the order is in draft and is being reviewed by a number of federal agencies. Reportedly, this draft is somewhat brief, but is designed to allow elective participation by companies that are running computing infrastructures.  The alleged program addresses a number of cybersecurity standards and best practices that the companies would follow.  This would all be under the direction of... more »
No thumbnail available

Is Pinterest the New Search? Apparently the World Revolves Around Images

Pinterest has proven a strong competitor to other social services, showing astronomical growth around the world. Facebook and Twitter continue to lead, but the alternative social network is fast becoming more and more popular among users.  Apparently the social networking business revolves around images.  Pinterest is a social network geared more to trade and projection products and services. According to recent data published on Shareaholic, the social photo sharing site sent more traffic than Yahoo organic traffic in the month of August, and now becomes the fourth largest traffic source in the world behind Google, Direct and Facebook. Shareaholic study is based... more »
No thumbnail available

Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad and the B&N Nook (and More)

Amazon just unveiled their new line up of Kindle Fire tablets and as with any game-changing product (see here for a full review), we like to compare it to existing, and sometimes rumored devices. Today we're looking at how Amazon's Kindle Fires stack up to the reigning champion, the iPad, as well as the first Kindle Fire, the Nook tablet, Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablet and Google's Nexus 7. So, here we go! Screen Size and Display . Kindle Fire: 7” 1024x600 pixel (169 pixels per inch) Kindle Fire HD series: 7” 1280x800 resolution , 8.9” 1920x1200 (254 ppi) - HD display with polarizing... more »
No thumbnail available

CumuLogic Adds Supports for HP Cloud Services

CumuLogic is a relatively new player in the PaaS space. The company announced its enterprise Java platform just a few months ago, with support for vSphere and Citrix CloudStack on launch. A few months later CumuLogic rolled out the finalized 1.0 release of Application Platform and as of this week customers can deploy it on HP Cloud Services. The cloud service provider is getting more aggressive with its efforts to draw enterprise users. HP Cloud Services customers are getting a 30-day trial of the company’s platform-as-a-service before they commit to the monthly subscription fee, a fixed rate of $200 per developer. “Organizations... more »
Meet Amazon's New Kindle Tablets [REVIEW]

Meet Amazon's New Kindle Tablets [REVIEW]

Amazon introduced a new line of Kindles yesterday, all likely to rock the tablet market, as they're priced unbelievably lower than competitors’ prices.  The online retailer unveiled two new e-readers and three new tablets. E-readers . Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G are the same, except the 3G version allows you to access the internet without a WiFi network available as it connects to Amazon via 3G at no extra charge. Both devices feature a 6" Paperwhite display with patented built-in light, 212 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale.  The screen of the devices are matte so you won’t have to worry about glare... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.