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Microsoft Releases Attack Surface Analyzer 1.0 to Evaluate Malware Attacks

Microsoft Releases Attack Surface Analyzer 1.0 to Evaluate Malware Attacks

Microsoft recently released the Attack Surface Analyzer 1.0, whose beta version was launched last year. The tool is useful for software developers, especially during the verification phase of the Microsoft software lifecycle, and helps understand changes in Windows systems’ attack surface resulting from the installation of new application. As compared to the beta version, this 1.0 release comprises several performance enhancements and bug fixes to improve the user experience. The Attack Surface Analyzer 1.0 performs several checks, including analysis of changed or newly added files, registry keys, services, Microsoft ActiveX controls, listening ports and other parameters that affect a computer's attack surface.... more »
Putting the Work into Big Data, Caserta Concepts Teams with Cloudera

Putting the Work into Big Data, Caserta Concepts Teams with Cloudera

The newest member of Cloudera’s Connect Partner Program is Caserta Concepts, a consulting firm that offers services to enterprises that lack the in-house talent to implement a big data strategy.  It’s the latest name to join an already lengthy list of SIs, service providers, OEMs and other partners that compromise Cloudera’s substantial ecosystem. This community is one of the things that helped propel the vendor to its current position. “Cloudera and Caserta Concepts are empowering enterprises to explore the power of Big Data,” said Tim Stevens, Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at Cloudera. “This partnership helps clients use social... more »
SpaceBase Introduces Memory-Centric Data Management

SpaceBase Introduces Memory-Centric Data Management

It is difficult enough to find data in a large database, but imagine if you also needed to locate the data and map its location in relation to other pieces of data. A distributed memory system needs to be able to place data on a specific node and also do so without putting an enormous amount of stress on the nodes in a cluster. Rather than randomly allocating data using consistent hashing , this type of distributed RAM grid would need to use locality-sensitive distribution. Enter SpaceBase, a real-time spacial data store for massive multiplayer online (MMO) games, location-based services, and... more »
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Tapping the 1 Percent of Twitter Data: FirstRain CEO Penny Herscher Gets It

There is such a thing as the global intelligence stream, and it's empowering consumers as much as it's providing valuable data sets to marketers and corporations.  It's a new kind of give-and-take that's blossoming around consumer-corporate interactions, but it's probably the first time such a relationship has so much potential to be equally, if not more beneficial to the consumer. And there's a segment of businesses cropping up around this potential, seeking out the best way to unearth consumers' true sentiment from the deep ocean of public web content, contextualizing it for business insight.  FirstRain is one of the newer companies... more »
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CyberWars: Caught in the Crossfire @CyberWars

Ed. note: This is the first in a three-part series on CyberWars that will explore what is happening, why businesses should be concerned, and what they should do. In the last five years the first shots in a new kind of conflict, dubbed CyberWars by the press but more accurately “advanced persistent threats” by data security experts, have been fired. The revelations of Operation Aurora,  the 2009 penetration of Google, Jumiper Networks, Rackspace and probably several other technologically sophisticated companies; Night Dragon,  the penetration of the major oil and gas companies; Shady Rat; the RSA penetration; and, of course, Stuxnet, revealed a... more »
Rally Acquires Agile Advantage, Raising the Bar for Development

Rally Acquires Agile Advantage, Raising the Bar for Development

Rally Software, the company that offers Software-as-a-Service--based Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform and products, announced the acquisition of Agile Advantage, a performance management solution that helps organizations maximize the financial return of Agile software development projects.  ALM is the union of business management to software engineering and a continuous process of managing the life of an application through governance, development and maintenance. “Just as Rally disrupted the project management market 10 years ago, it’s now disrupting the next generation of portfolio management with the same Agile principles that revolutionized how projects are managed,” said Tim Miller, Rally’s CEO. “Adding Agile Advantage’s... more »
Global Cyberthreats intensify, China and U.S. Primary Source of Malicious IPs

Global Cyberthreats intensify, China and U.S. Primary Source of Malicious IPs

AlienVault, the only open Unified Security Management platform that delivers built-in controls and full visibility, has released an infographic giving details of trends in malicious cyber activity. Named as “The 2nd United Nations”, the infographic gives out the latest threat data generated by the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX). Here are some key revelations from the infographic: • China and the United States rank one and two among the top five sources of malicious IP addresses, followed by South Korea, Russian Federation, and Taiwan. • Host scanning was the top most malicious activity, followed by malware domain, malware IP, spamming, and malicious... more »
Opscode Introduces Chef Professional Services For Cloud Infrastructure Automation

Opscode Introduces Chef Professional Services For Cloud Infrastructure Automation

Opscode, developer of the highly popular IT infrastructure automation tool Chef, is finding that as customers are managing larger, more heterogenous environments at greater and greater scales, they're turning to DevOps methodologies and tools to keep things under control - in fact, Opscode says its customer base has grown 50 percent in the last six months. And to help large enterprises meet that challenge, Opscode is launching a portfolio of professional services and solutions, with a special focus on cloud automation. The new Opscode services practice is headed up by one Paul Edelhertz, who comes to the company after a stint as... more »
Indian Cloud Market Grows Close to $1 billion

Indian Cloud Market Grows Close to $1 billion

The Indian cloud market grew significantly in 2011, reaching between $860 and $912 million, according to a report by Zinnov Management Consulting, a market advisory firm. A large portion of that market growth (78 to 80 percent) was in the private cloud, while 20 to 22 percent came from the public cloud. For India the public cloud accounted for about $160 to $190 million in 2011, and there is some indication that the push to the public cloud has just begun in India and will continue to grow. As companies become more comfortable with cloud subscription models such as SaaS (software-as-a-service),... more »
iCloud Hack Raises New Questions about Cloud Security

iCloud Hack Raises New Questions about Cloud Security

Over the weekend, Gizmodo writer Mat Honan witness the unpleasant experience of having his iCloud account hacked, all his devices remote wiped, and his Twitter account flooded with inappropriate posts. This is not the first time cloud data has been exploited, and it is certainly not as damaging as some other large scale attacks. But it does raise new questions (and many old ones) about cloud security. An Apple iCloud account allows users to keep a good portion of their data in sync across multiple devices: mac, iPad, iPhone, etc. When it works correctly, it makes life a great deal simpler.... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.