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Facebook and Twitter Abandon Kim Dotcom as Fraudster

Facebook and Twitter Abandon Kim Dotcom as Fraudster

Ever since the Megaupload debacle started, Kim Dotcom has been facing a series of problems. Adding to his woes, Facebook and Twitter have disabled Kim’s social media accounts, considering him a fraudster. Kim is facing the problem of celebrity impersonation as Google search takes users to another Twitter account bearing the Kim Dotcom name, which is fake. Surprisingly, the fake account has nearly 9300 followers, which further creates the problem for Kim. He even faxed his official government-issued ID--a driver's license--but still can’t get Twitter to believe he’s the real Kim. Moreover, Facebook won’t accept ‘Dotcom’ as a valid surname... more »
Pro-Assad Hackers Make Reuters Look Stupid

Pro-Assad Hackers Make Reuters Look Stupid

Oh dear. It seems that Reuters have lots to learn about security if they’re going to be taken seriously in future… The news agency has been left reeling after being hacked not once, but twice in the space of 24 hours, apparently by pro-Bashar Assad propagandists who posted a number of fake stories in support of the incumbent regime in that embattled country. Last Friday, it was revealed by several sources that Reuters ‘blogging platform’ had been illegally hacked, with RT News displaying screenshots that showed at least three fake stories had been posted onto the agency’s website. Following this embarrassment for... more »
As Cloud Products Compete, How Do We Choose One for Our Operations?

As Cloud Products Compete, How Do We Choose One for Our Operations?

Google is battling head-to-head with Amazon to project its cloud services as the superior choice. With its newly launched IaaS Cloud, Google is trying to grab share in the market, and especially to steal attention from Amazon's product that is well established in the market for its web and cloud services. Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud has been going strong for the last 4 years, and offers ample features to a variety of customers. So, what is Google boasting about its IaaS Cloud? Let’s find out by making a quick comparison of both of them. Google uses Xeon E5-2670 chips,... more »
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At The Pool Founder Alex Capecelatro Talks About Improving Real Life Social Experiences

Alex Capecelatro describes himself as a "programmer, designer, builder, and thinker" on At The Pool, the new social network he founded. At The Pool blends elements from Meetup, Match.com and Facebook to connect you like-minded people who love what you love. In the vein of recent social media services like Google+ and Highlight, At The Pool is all about the interest graph, and it enables interest-based connections through "pools," proximity to others, and daily email recommendations. In this interview, Alex talks about his startup and the unmet need that he wants to solve for, as well as his thoughts on social network... more »
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Cool Cases and Accessories for Your Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 is already available for purchase on Google Play for the low price of $199.  Though it's not as accessible for in-store test runs as the iPad and other iDevices are, SiliconANGLE’s Alton Wahlman believes that it is a better buy than Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which comes in at the same price.  To read more about his review on the Nexus 7, see here. Should you decide to go with the Nexus 7, here's some early and very cool accessories to make your experience even better. Out-of-Print eBook Jackets This is a Kickstarter project that aims to give people the option... more »
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This Week in Big Data: Social Analytics, the Olympics & DDN Roll Out

Social networks represent a huge source of unstructured data, and Thismoment is among the vendors that help marketers make use of all that information to improve their brand image. The firm is one of the leading solutions providers in this field with over $33 million in funding raised to date, and it’s DEC platform is going to receive a big update that will unlock a lot more of Facebook’s potential. The company said that a future version of the software will be support Open Graph, an advanced API that the social network makes available to developers that want to go beyond... more »
Dropbox Gets Hacked, Box Gets Funding: This Week in the Cloud

Dropbox Gets Hacked, Box Gets Funding: This Week in the Cloud

Two of the biggest names in file sync had big updates this week – one disclosed more details about a recent security breach, and the other announced a massive round of funding that reaffirms just how big a phenomenon cloud lockers have become. Last month Dropbox users started seeing more spam in their inboxes, including many who have opened e-mail accounts exclusively to sign up for a service. That led to an internal investigation and eventually the company found out how hackers got a hold of users’ email addresses:  an employee with access to that information apparently fell victim to a... more »
The Big Ole Data - Data Quiz

The Big Ole Data - Data Quiz

Data, data, everywhere you go you are surrounded by numbers, text, and statistics staggering in their sheer volume. We need huge databases just to store all that access, and infrastructures to access it all easily, but this is not necessarily the biggest problem of a growing data puzzle. What is? Usability. One of the biggest problems with databases full to the brim, for the user, is the contextual application of bits and bites. It is not the mass of data that is so problematic, it is the processes and interconnectedness of the sometimes distant pieces, even the puzzle pieces in proximity.... more »
Box Is Overvalued, But Maybe Not By Much

Box Is Overvalued, But Maybe Not By Much

Call it the Instagram Effect: Silicon Valley startups are seeing their valuations shoot up in the wake of the social photo-sharing site's $1 billion acquisition by Facebook. So when cloud storage company Box (neé Box.net) raised $125 million this week, officially pushing it above the billion-dollar mark. But with cloud storage increasingly commoditized in the space, there's a hanging question over whether this VC exuberance is irrational and Box is overfunded. The argument against Box's valuation goes something like this: If you don't already know, Box specializes in the kind of sync-once-retrieve-anywhere super-simple file storage and sharing that was largely popularized... more »
Five Steps to a More Secure Virtualized Data Center

Five Steps to a More Secure Virtualized Data Center

One important business incentive is the desire to create a data center to improve handling of information systems and reduce operating costs. When you create long-term strategies aimed at optimizing the data center, the benefits can be substantial--reduced capital and operating, and greater business agility. Currently, many organizations store and move more information than they had imagined in the past. This means that the data center has become a mere component of a broader IT strategy designed to foster business growth and improve its operational efficiency. But as organizations look at data center designs and consolidation, it’s time to think of... more »

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- 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.