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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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Oracle Ruling Allows Second-Hand License Sales in the EU

Database giant Oracle sued UsedSoft a while back; a German firm that specializes in buying up software licenses from customers that purchased them straight from the source, and then reselling them for a discounted rate. That’s bad for business if you happen to own the rights to that software, but as the recent ruling in the case made plain the court didn’t really take that into consideration. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided that selling second-hand software is indeed legal, and this precedent extends far beyond Oracle’s singular case. Here’s the heart of a recently released statement... more »
Twitter Transparency Reports Reveals Huge Leap in Government Demands for Data

Twitter Transparency Reports Reveals Huge Leap in Government Demands for Data

On Monday, commonly tight-lipped Twitter released their first-ever transparency report revealing how often and who of governments make requests of the social media microblogging platform. From the report, it looks like not only are requests somewhat common; but their incidence is increasing to the extent that January to June 2012 saw twice as many requests as all of 2011. The transparency report contains a lot of interesting and juicy tidbits, including that the United States has made a total of 679 requests in 2012 (80% of all requests to Twitter for information.) The next closest is Japan at 98 requests (only... more »
ICS-CERT Reports Increased Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

ICS-CERT Reports Increased Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

DHS managed ICS-CERT, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team has recently released a report that informs a whopping increase in the number of infrastructure cyber attacks “cyber incidents” in the past few years. On its launch in 2009, ICS-CERT informed nine incident reports, out of which only four were confirmed as actual incidents. The number of cyber incidents increased to 41 in 2010 and jumped to 198 in 2011, which is a big leap. According to the report, among all incidents in 2011, around 41 percent were related to the Water Sector, and this was due to use of... more »
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Top 4 Mobile OS Alternatives to Apple, Android

In contrast to a computer or a laptop, in buying a smartphone users have much fewer choices in operating systems--you have to be content with what the manufacturer offers for the model. And when you search for a phone, mostly all you can find are iPhones and Androids. These operating systems (plus Windows Phone, which is catching up slowly) are the ones getting most publicity these days. But this dominance is going to be challenged in new future, as Mozilla, Baidu, HTC and others have jumped into the smartphone OS war. Firefox OS will arrive in 2013 Having first been developed under the... more »
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Facebook E-mail Debacle Takes a Turn for the Worse

Facebook is always thinking of something new way to piss off their users.  From the Timeline feature to the “seen” feature, there's always some new-fangled product or service released by the social network that's unsettling to users upon first introduction. Just last week Facebook rolled out their new e-mail service.  Yes, Facebook now has their own e-mail and users now have a @facebook.com e-mail address and Facebook made it the default e-mail address that everyone sees.  I didn’t even know about this until I was about to edit my contact information and saw my new e-mail address.  Talk about invasion of privacy. Blogger Gervase... more »
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5 Things WiFi Needs to Power our Mobile Love Affair

There isn’t an area of our lives that hasn’t been affected by technology.  With the increasing use of smart phones and laptops, the demand for WiFi has skyrocketed.  With the increasing usage of WiFi, there has been a massive shift in the demands for the infrastructure behind WiFi services and products due to the growing need around mobile devices. Unstoppable growth The amount of data being used is incredible as pointed out by John Donovan, in a press release for AT&T in regards to data usage at Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.  “Here’s a story you haven’t heard yet:... 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.

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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.

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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.