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NetSuite Introduces SuiteCommerce, Launches Commerce-as-a-Service

While theCube has been at SAP SAPphire 2012 this week, its competition at NetSuite used its own SuiteWorld event here in San Francisco to launch a new commerce-as-a-service (CaaS) product built on the brand new SuiteCommerce platform. NetSuite is traditionally known as an ERP company, but the hope is that connecting back-end data will set it apart in the eCommerce market. NetSuite SuiteCommerce is aimed at providing one central system that manages customer transactions and customer interactions across "touchpoints" like mobile devices, a traditional browser, or even in a brick-and-mortar store. It's also designed to handle business-to-business (B2B) and machine-to-machine (M2M)... more »
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PostgreSQL 9.2 Beta Adds JSON Support

The beta release of PostgreSQL 9.2, available to developers for testing as of yesterday, broadens its data type support to include the highly popular JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) open standard, according to a news item from the PostgreSQL Global Development Group. It's an especially well-timed announcement - as developers work to integrate legacy enterprise software with new cloud applications, the ability to deploy hybrid document-relational databases that supports both JSON and the ability to translate other data types into JSON will probably be welcomed. After all, JSON remains the data type of choice for many developers. Outside of that JSON support, PostgreSQL 9.2... more »
For SAP, It’s Now a Big Data World

For SAP, It’s Now a Big Data World

In his keynote at SAPPHIRE this morning, SAP Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe made three predictions. Two of them – that within five years we will live in a completely mobile, cloud-based world – were of the relatively safe variety. The third was a bit bolder. Within five years, he said, all the world’s data will live in main memory. I heard more than a few gasps – and I think one giggle – from the audience. That’s an extraordinary claim to make. Yes, the price of memory is dropping and, consequently, in-memory storage is becoming an increasingly attractive option for “hot” data,... more »
Hewlett-Packard Unveiles New Servers, Gets More Cloud Attention

Hewlett-Packard Unveiles New Servers, Gets More Cloud Attention

Taking a small break from all the buzz surrounding HP Cloud Services, Hewlett-Packard reaffirmed the plus side of being a large vendor with strong relations.  Just 24 hours after Intel’s new server chipsets were announced, HP unveiled a new lineup of ProLiant servers for the SMB market that ship with freshly baked Xeon under the hood. The product family includes the TroLiant DL360e 1U and DL380e 2U rack servers, the  BL420c, and the ProLiant ML350e Gen8 tower server.  The ML350 is more cost efficiency oriented, and all three are powered by Intel. In turn, the new ProLiant DL385p and BL465c Gen8 boxes... more »
More from SAPphire 2012: HANA, New Services and Cloud Strategy

More from SAPphire 2012: HANA, New Services and Cloud Strategy

It’s Day 2 of SAPphire NOW 2012, and the steady flow of updates streaming out of the event still persists.  HANA hasn’t disappointed yet, and is in the center of the three day conference as expected, while the ecosystem expands with each announcement and SAP is getting ready to make yet another major push into the cloud. One major highlight from today is SAP’s partnership with Opera Solutions. The two have teamed up to encourage the use of Opera's Signal Hub tech in combination with SAP’s in-memory analytics appliance. Signal Hub comprises Opera’s approach to passing a large data set through a... more »
More Facebook Talent Buys in Mobile. What's the End Goal?

More Facebook Talent Buys in Mobile. What's the End Goal?

Facebook acquires another mobile-centric photo sharing service, which begs the question, “What is Facebook really up to?” What’s Facebook’s plan? Facebook is getting aggressive with their acquisitions in recent weeks.  Aside from Lightbox, they also took in Instagram and more recently Glancee, the social discovery app for iOS and Android that lets users find new people based on their location.  Users can download their Glancee data here if they'd like to back it up. You can also export your Lightbox photos here. Glancee co-founders Andrea Vaccari, Alberto Tretti and Gabriel Grise will be joining the Facebook team at the Menlo Park HQ. So is everything just about talent acquisitions? I... more »
Twitter UK Boasts 10 Million Active Users, Majority on Mobile Devices

Twitter UK Boasts 10 Million Active Users, Majority on Mobile Devices

Twitter has released some stats on their current impact in the UK and they’re quite impressive: approximately 10 million active users with 80% active on mobile phones. The company is traditionally very secretive about their stats and growth, which makes them very difficult to pin down; but we’ve seen this company rise up from a strange place and become a mighty force in the social media market. CNET’s Don Reisinger points out that Twitter’s UK numbers comes out just a short time after their latest announcement that they have 140 million active users across the world, Twitter's announcement today comes just a couple... more »
SAP, Oracle, Windows All Run Fine on VMware at James Hardie

SAP, Oracle, Windows All Run Fine on VMware at James Hardie

Three years ago the IT shop at James Hardie Building Products had not yet hit the wall, but it could see the wall ahead in terms of space and power requirements to support steady business growth.  So, said Steve Killan, enterprise server manager for the U.S.-based manufacturer of fiber cement siding and backerboard and other building products, they took advantage of an upgrade to 64-bit Intel to virtualize their Windows/Oracle/SAP environment on VMware. “We are about 99% virtualized today,” Killian told SiliconAngle Founder and CEO John Furrier and Wikibon.org Co-Founder and Chief Analyst David Vellante in the Cube at SAP Sapphire... more »
IBM Versus the Big Data Skills Gap

IBM Versus the Big Data Skills Gap

Last week, IBM invited me down to the grand opening of the Silicon Valley IBM Innovation Center (IIC), a facility designed to educate Big Blue's channel partners and help them integrate its product line into end-customer solutions. Every IIC has a specific area of focus designed to meet the needs of the local market its opened in - and it shouldn't be a surprise to those keeping track that in Silicon Valley, IBM is making big data a priority. There's a definite skills gap in the big data market - the ideal data scientist has a background in both business and... more »
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SAN Cheaper than DAS for Most Exchange Installations

SAN is less expensive than DAS for all on premise Microsoft Exchange installations with more than 500 seats, or that are likely to grow above that level, or installations of any size that require high availability, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in “Revisiting SAN vs DAS for Exchange 2010. This is a significant change from Wikibon's initial analysis in 2010, at a time when Microsoft was pushing DAS for Exchange installations below 800 seats to make it cost-competitive with cloud Exchange services. At that time Wikibon's analysis basically agreed with Microsoft's published figures. Since then, advances in SAN technology coupled with the... 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.