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European Parliament Rejects ACTA

The European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement in an all-parliamentary vote.  The votes tallied to 478 against, 146 abstentions, and only 39 in favor. ACTA intended to establish an international standards for intellectual property rights across all EU member states and other signing countries, including the United States.  The rejection of the act means that 22 out of the 27 European member states who signed ACTA cannot put it into their local sovereign law.  But the vote doesn’t mean the death of ACTA; foreign countries can still use it to shape their laws but those would have lesser scope... more »
5 Ways to Curb Smartphone Data Overages and Charges

5 Ways to Curb Smartphone Data Overages and Charges

With the ever-deepening attachment we have to our smart phones, the problem of using up our limited smartphone data is a constant worry to many users.  With smartphones now available in the not-to-expensive entry level price point, now teenagers and pre-teens are using the power of the internet for gaming, watching streaming videos, and listening to streaming music through apps like Pandora.  Our smartphones are expensive enough, and when a user blows through their limited amount of data, they can be hit with  more charges to cover the excess data used. Over the last several months mobile phone carriers have discontinued... more »
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Samsung Denied Injunction Stay

Today’s mobile news roundup features Samsung being denied of their stay request, Toshiba fined for price fixing, and RIM expected to cut carrier fees. Samsung denied injunction stay request Apple Inc. won a second injunction against Samsung last Friday for the Galaxy Nexus.  Earlier last week, the first injunction was handed down against the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Samsung was not very pleased with the court’s decision and already filed an appeal for an injunction stay for the Galaxy Nexus over the weekend. Unfortunately, their request was denied by the US District Court of California. "Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision that denied our... more »
Will Android ICS Take the Backseat for Jelly Bean?

Will Android ICS Take the Backseat for Jelly Bean?

Google recently unveiled the Nexus 7 running the latest Android version 4.1 - Jelly Bean.  Everyone’s quite excited as it seems to be the best version of Android to date.  But what does this mean for the Ice Cream Sandwich?  Google's struggled to gain significant market share of its own ecosystem with the latest "revolutionary" OS version, announcing just this week that more than 10% of Android devices are now running ICS - that's 10.7 percent, a relatively small share of its global reach, nearly a year after its release. The situation now begs the question, is ICS still relevant?  What does JB have... more »
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Apple iPad Mini Coming Soon - Apple #Winning Against the Awesome Android Nexus 7 Tablet

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is planning on putting out a smaller iPad called the iPad Mini that will compete with the new Nexus Tablet 7 inch tablet.  Which has been getting great reviews (see review here). The new iPad Mini as reported by Bloomberg is directly attacking the new Android  7-inch tablet made by Asus that is running the pure Google “Nexus” version of Android. The first thing on the investor’s mind is of course: Will this stop the momentum of the Nexus 7.   The Nexus 7 Android tablet is a powerhouse that offers most of the iPad’s performance... more »
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The Father of SpringSource Rod Johnson Quits VMware

Rod Johnson is leaving VMware. Rod is known as the father of Spring and is also a SiliconANGLE.tv theCUBE alum. Rod wrote his goodbye in a blog post on springsource.org (full post embedded below). I had the pleasure to rattle sabers with Rod at VMworld 2010.  We had a great Cube Conversation that passes the test of time.  Rod is a very cool guy who knows his open source. As pointed out by George Reese via Twitter that the timing of his exit is consistent with the 3 year lock up period of a M&A transaction.  If you read the tea leaves it... more »
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Cloud Failure Is Inevitable: Learn From the Crash and Move On

Every time there's a major cloud outage, we have to have the same conversation around the reliability and the viability of the public cloud as an enterprise IT platform. And now that Amazon Web Services has released a detailed post-mortem on its outage over the weekend (Short version: An electrical storm in North Virginia caused a service disruption), it's back to the same old cloud debate. The thing with the cloud is that it's easy to forget that it's based in a data center similar to any other. Data centers fail every single day, in any number of ways, and you... more »
Video:  Steve Jobs on Failure - Most People Never Ask For Help

Video: Steve Jobs on Failure - Most People Never Ask For Help

As an entrepreneur I've been most successful when I ask for help and not being afraid to fail. Best startup advice - create action!! Watch this footage of Steve Jobs: Key takeaway: don't be afraid to get help and to be prepared to fail. Another cool video where Steve gets his juices flowing on his vision for product development. http://youtu.be/FF-tKLISfPE His advice:  Work from the user experience to the technology - the outside - in.    ... more »
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“Lost” Steve Jobs Interview Now Available on iTunes

A 70-minute interview with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dating back to 1995 is now available on iTunes for the first time. Robert Cringley interview Jobs for a for a PBS special titled Triumph of the Nerds, which aired just two years before the visionary’s legendary return to Apple, and only included about 10 minutes of the film. The story is that Paul Sen, the director of the documentary, found the original footage in his garage shortly after Jobs’ passing and decided to share it with the world. The film was played in Landmark theaters in November last year, and now users can rent it... more »
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BlackBerry Leak Unveils Two Phones, Hints at Microsoft Team Up

Research in Motion has made a lot of headlines today, but instead of more doom and gloom for the embattled smartphone manufacturer, today’s news actually has a rather positive spin for once. The biggest story in the news today is that Blackberry is planning a comeback – and when we say ‘plan’, we really do mean they have a blueprint to re-establish themselves as a player in the smartphone market. Yesterday’s leak of a document allegedly showing plans for the much vaunted Blackberry 10 contained quite a few surprises, not least the fact that RIM is planning on releasing not one,... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.

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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.