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Oracle Blocks Iran Traffic

Oracle Blocks Iran Traffic

A report has emerged stating that Oracle is blocking access to its sites from Iran.  The block could mean that any Iranian servers that are using Oracle will be unable to update their systems, at least by conventional methods, leaving them exposed and vulnerable to zero-day and breaking exploits. It is also interesting that the URL states that there appears to be an embargo - www.oracle.com/splash/rpls/embargoed.html Perhaps this is an indication of the promised, stiffer sanctions by the US against Iran, though there is little evidence to indicate there has been such a sanction that applies to the internet and American-based web sites.... more »
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Sqrrl Breaks Down the Big Data Market : 11 Segments of Opportunity

Sqrrl, an emerging Big Data security startup founded by the NSA engineers who created Apache Accumulo, published a brief blog post that outlines its position in the market. The author attempts to define his company’s role the industry by first breaking the Big Data market down to 11 clearly defined sub-segments.  It's a helpful overview of the industry, considering the incessant confusion that accompanies Big Data as it grows.  So here's a very brief primer to the Big Data market, as sqrrl sees it. Vendors that that sell commodity solutions or flash, such as Fusion-io and EMC, are labeled as hardware providers. There... more »
How to Become the Next Nick D'Aloisio, Summly's Famous Teen Coder

How to Become the Next Nick D'Aloisio, Summly's Famous Teen Coder

There’s a lot of hype going around Nick D’Aloisio, the teen behind the coveted iPhone app Summly, recently snagged by Yahoo! for $30 million.  Before D’Aloisio’s arrival, the spotlight was on Brian Wong, the teen creator of Kiip, an app add-on that transforms game achievements into real-life rewards. Everyone loves a wonder kid success story, but if nothing else, D'Aloisio's story inspires the younger generation to take up coding.  There's a growing number of programs to promote literacy in computer coding, as job requirements will increasingly require some level of interaction with software-driven machinery.   The earlier a kid learns the... more »
T-Mobile Finally Gets the iPhone 5, Trashes AT&T

T-Mobile Finally Gets the iPhone 5, Trashes AT&T

Even before the UnCarrier event, T-Mobile had already released its new plans for subscribers.  It ditched the two-year contract and introduced flexible data plans which starts at $50 for 500 MB of 4G data.  So what did T-Mobile reveal at the event? iPhone 5 and other devices coming . T-Mobile is finally getting the iPhone 5.  After years of being snubbed by Apple and losing subscribers, the iPhone 5 is finally coming to T-Mobile on April 12.  The T-Mobile iPhone will cost $580 up front.  Though some worried that this UnCarrier plan will make phones more expensive and less affordable, T-Mobile came up... more »
Five Questions CIOs Need to Answer Before Jumping on the Cloud

Five Questions CIOs Need to Answer Before Jumping on the Cloud

Cloud computing can offer advantages in the right circumstances, writes Wikibon Analyst, Consultant and former CIO Scott Lowe in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert. But reaping the greatest benefit -- and avoiding the pitfalls -- requires careful planning and analysis. To this end, Lowe discusses five important questions that he says CIOs need to answer before the company moves major systems to the Cloud: How does the cloud solution impact the organizational budget? Lowe says this is the most important question, and it is often one of the hardest to answer. Essentially by moving a major system to the cloud, IT... more »
Unity Moves In With Sony for PlayStation 4, Vita, PS mobile and Sony cloud

Unity Moves In With Sony for PlayStation 4, Vita, PS mobile and Sony cloud

Unity, the acclaimed cross-platform game engine maker, has tied up with Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) to bring out tools for development for all of the SCE’s PlayStation platforms. Technically speaking, Unity’s technology will now support the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PS Mobile and Sony's upcoming cloud gaming service. Both companies entered a strategic partnership last week. Unity for PlayStation will allow Unity developers to create games for PSM more efficiently without the need for an additional PlayStation®Mobile SDK. As Both Unity for PlayStation and PSM SDK use the .NET framework, this will allow developers for easy transition between the two tools.... more »
2013 State of Cloud Security Report from Alert Logic

2013 State of Cloud Security Report from Alert Logic

Alert Logic is in the business of making a better more secure cloud. As the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions they focus on securing all aspects of the application and infrastructure stack. Their latest report on the state of Cloud Security shows a number of interesting trends. One of these is that web applications attacks are the most significant security threat for IT infrastructures. In fact, the findings collectively illustrate that the greatest security threat in enterprise data centers and cloud environments is indeed the web application attack. "The data confirms what we suspected. Web application attacks continue to be a... more »
Facebook Mobile Guru Rasmus Andersson Joins Dropbox

Facebook Mobile Guru Rasmus Andersson Joins Dropbox

Dropbox is growing fast, both in terms of customers and teams. Making a significant development to its creative team, Dropbox recently welcomed Rasmus Andersson in the team. Andersson is the creative mind behind Facebook’s mobile design and has also worked on Spotify as Chief Designer. This Swedish designer worked with Facebook for two years, where he led the design of social networking site’s mobile products and other product infrastructure stuff. While working four years with Spotify as Chief Designer, he looked after all aspects of creative direction, developing its logo and branding and designing the interface of its flagship Mac app. Looking... more »
Summly Already Gone from iTunes : Here's 3 Alternatives

Summly Already Gone from iTunes : Here's 3 Alternatives

Yahoo! acquired Summly this week, an iPhone app that delivers news fast, easily and beautifully by providing users with concise summaries of online content.  According to reports, the acquisition totaled to $30 million, which involves the Summly team moving in with Yahoo as the app will be abolished and the algorithm used by Summly incorporated in Yahoo’s mobile experience.  As for Summly creator Nick D’Aloisio, he will only be joining Yahoo for 18 months as he still have a lot of creative years ahead of him, and we’ll probably see more revolutionary apps from him in the near future. Summly summary In March... more »
Google Wins “Ungoogleable” Usage Fight In Sweden, But At What Cost To Its Brand?

Google Wins “Ungoogleable” Usage Fight In Sweden, But At What Cost To Its Brand?

Google has been successful in its efforts to make the phrase “ungoogleable”, well, um, effectively ‘ungoogleable’ in the Swedish language, forcing that country’s language officials to drop the term from its most recently published list of Swedish words. The unlikely spat came about following our Swedish friend’s recognition that not everything can be found so easily on the world’s favorite search engine, which led to the term “ungoogleable” (which translates as “ogooglebar” in the Swedish language) entering everyday usage. To reflect the new word’s morphing into every day usage, Sweden’s Language Council originally decided to include the phrase in the new edition... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon examines why Public Cloud services has outpaced Private Cloud consumption for the past 3-5 years. By understanding the challenges of Private Cloud deployments, IT organizations can better align budgets and research towards True Private Cloud services than enable better business applications.

- Ralph Finos

The concept of Private Cloud has been in the market since 2008, but the ability of IT organizations to build Private Cloud services that match Public Cloud have been limited. Wikibon forecasts the Private Cloud market revenues from 2015-2026, as well as introducing the enhanced concept of "True" Private Cloud.

- Brian Gracely

The Oracle Storage Cloud enables Application and Infrastructure teams to leverage a Cloud platform that was designed for Enterprise Oracle applications. Wikibon looks at the integrations that bring simplicity and value to Oracle customers.

- David Floyer

Wikibon key findings include: - The breakeven for most migration projects from 7-Mode to Clustered ONTAP are poor at over 50 months - the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is anemic at 12% or lower; - For most workloads there are better strategic alternatives if a move must be made; - NetApp customers with 7-Mode running well should pass on converting to Clustered ONTAP, and focus on conversions to true private clouds and public clouds; - Storage vendors (and other component vendors) should no longer be considered as strategic partners by enterprise IT.

- David Floyer

This study and other Wikibon work shows very clearly that enterprise IT should deliver their software and solutions using true private cloud solutions where possible. The reduction in operational costs from reduced testing, lower operational maintenance costs enable either lower IT solution costs, or faster and more profitable value-based application deployment. Because of the additional integration of the Oracle hardware and database software, and the virtual licensing costs of the Oracle database, the Oracle Database Appliance is very likely to be the lowest cost solution, and give the fastest time-to- value when compared to bespoke component solutions.

- George Gilbert

Choosing a data preparation and integration tool is the first step in upgrading Systems of Record to Systems of Intelligence. If the goal is of the new Systems of Intelligence is highly differentiated functionality supporting a business strategy, specialized systems may have have an advantage. If the goal is matching the competition with the new systems and differentiating elsewhere, the greater simplicity of an integrated solution will probably be more competitive.

- George Gilbert

IT practitioners should collect the requirements from each of the constituencies that are going to be involved in building the new analytic pipeline. If an integrated product such as Informatica or Pentaho doesn't meet the requirements, they should evaluate just how much internal integration work they can support and whether the speed of the final pipeline can deliver on its performance goals. The more sophisticated enterprises with more specialized skills typically can support highly custom solutions.

- David Floyer

IT management practices must evolve to bring mature transaction systems and contemporary analytics capabilities together. The phrase "contemporary analytics" refers to Predictive Analytics (PA) and modern Decision Management (DM) systems that, when leveraged with existing Systems of Record (SoR), form a coherent, agile and new operating model we refer to as Systems of Intelligence (SoI). By incentivizing all levels of management and professionals to adopt this approach, organizations will be able achieve large and sustainable returns on investment. All other strategies, especially those requiring conversion of SoR to another platform or another package, will almost certainly add years to the project and add enormous business risk.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon delivers insights from the 2015 Future of Cloud Computing survey, including a look at how Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are becoming the dominant usage models. Gain insight into the trends, drivers and inhibitors that will shape IT spending and Cloud Computing over the next 12-24 months.

- Ralph Finos

The overall Worldwide Big Data market for products and services is in the midst of explosive growth, topping $27 billion in 2014, growing to over $61B by2020 – a compound annual growth rate of 15%. Professional services represented 43% of the market in 2014 and its use is widespread.