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Google I/O Essentials for the CIO

Google I/O Essentials for the CIO

It's Google's focus on products and services anyone can use that makes its enterprise story more accessible and easier to understand. Here are five examples of Google's take on enterprise technologies we saw at Google I/O this year: Google Compute Engine is the most important enterprise news from Google this year. It serves as a way for developers to host applications on Google  much like they do on Amazon Web Services.Google Compute Engine is immensely powerful. It has Web scale. Developers looking for scaling capability will see the most value. The IaaS has little support for enterprise, mission critical environments.  On... more »
Amazon Web Services Faces Another Outage and the Critics Go Wild

Amazon Web Services Faces Another Outage and the Critics Go Wild

Amazon Web Services (AWS) faced another outage today. This time caused by an electrical storm. And of course, the critics went wild. It;'s now pretty much a media event every time AWS has an outage. AWS keeps pretty quiet about the outages, letting its service health dashboard tell the story. Here's what's to report when we last looked: 10:16 PM PDT We are investigating elevated error rates impacting a limited number customers. The high error rates appear related to a recent loss of power in a single US-EAST-1 Availability Zone. We are working to recover the impacted search domains and reduce the error rates which... more »
To Be Tracked Or Not To Be Tracked? That Is The Question

To Be Tracked Or Not To Be Tracked? That Is The Question

NO--and that is my answer.  I do not want to be tracked in any way or form--whether it be physically tracked or virtually, that just creeps me out. But seriously, the spotlight is on Microsoft for their Do Not Track feature which will be set “on by default” when the Internet Explorer 10 becomes available to the public.  The Federal Trade Commission supports this as they are for protecting the privacy of the people but advertisers are against this. Do not Track is meant for advertisers so they won’t know your web activity so they can’t push you annoying ads based on... more »
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Red Hat Announces Innovation Award Winners

Red Hat might have just revealed one of the secrets to earning a billion dollars in revenue per year with open source – lots of work and releases. Earlier this month, the open source giant announced its new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution, CloudForms, for companies that use hybrid clouds.  Last week Red Hat was all about releasing software. Unfortunately, the company’s earnings statement put a bit of a damper on things. It wasn’t enough to keep Red Hat from getting off to a busy start this week with three more software releases. The new releases come just in time for Red... more »
Big Data Holds Big Interest for SMEs

Big Data Holds Big Interest for SMEs

A new poll conducted on behalf of SAP shows that small to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) are quickly waking up to the competitive advantage afforded by big data, and are apparently doing so even faster than their larger, multinational competitors. The online survey, which was carried out by Harris Interactive, quizzed a total of 154 C-suite executives at international companies across a wide spectrum of industries. The results show that SMEs as a whole are moving faster to leverage big data than their competitors – although only 25% of respondents could agree on exactly what big data is. Loosely defined, big data refers... more »
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Cisco Embraces the Cloud, Third Party Apps

A day after Cisco’s big partnership with Citrix was announced, the networking company rolled out a big update to Linksys Smart WiFi router series’ firmware. The EA2700, EA3500, and EA4500 consumer boxes now give users access to a lot of new functionality via Cisco Connect Cloud, which also opens up a big opportunity for developers. Cisco Connect Cloud lets you control your home network from a web-based interface that’s available anywhere, not just locally. More importantly however, it’s a platform that can be extended with third party apps. There are six iOS applications available at the moment, including one that syncs video... more »
HP, Turnkey Automate Enterprise Software Testing

HP, Turnkey Automate Enterprise Software Testing

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has partnered with TurnKey for years. Now the companies have partnered to deliver an automated testing framework for enterprise applications. The new solution extends HP’s Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and HP Quality Center and includes three components: Business Process Test Accelerator – a business process test library for HP Quality Management and popular ERP and CRM systems like PeopleSoft, Siebel and Salesforce cFactory – Analyzes application screens, forms and objects to automatically identify items that can be tested.  The solution then displays icons that can dragged and dropped to create tests. cFactory also detects changes in the software and automatically... more »
Nexus 7 vs Microsoft Surface vs iPad

Nexus 7 vs Microsoft Surface vs iPad

So, there’s a new tablet in town - the Google Nexus 7.  As per use, we at SiliconANGLE like pitting gadgets against one another.  So let’s get right into it. Price and Availability Google Nexus 7: Starts at $199, Google is already accepting pre-orders as the device would be available by July. Microsoft Surface: “the Windows 8 Pro-based Surface tablet PC with Ivy Bridge processor to be at least above US$799, while the Windows RT-based model, featuring Nvidia’s Tegra 3, will be priced above US$599.”  No date has been set for the release. Apple New iPad: WiFi - $499 16GB, $599 32GB, $699 64GB;... more »
EnterpriseDB’s Cloud Database Gains over 2,300 Customers

EnterpriseDB’s Cloud Database Gains over 2,300 Customers

EnterpriseDB debuted Postgres Plus Cloud Database just five months ago, with the premise of a more cost-efficient and easy to use PostgreSQL DB that can run on AWS and HP Cloud Services. The company hasn’t expanded the support roster as of yet, but did manage to build up a rather impressive customer base. In less than six months the solution attracted over 2,300 users according to a release that went out this week, including Egraphs. “Our team spent just a few hours getting up and running, leaving us with more time todevelop and fine-tune our core products,” William Chan, a software engineer at Egraphs,... more »
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Flash Dies with Nexus 7, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Adobe’s support for Flash for mobile browsers is nearing its end as the company announced that they would no longer release support for newer Android versions. The company reiterated what they announced back in November: that they would focus on Flash for PC browsing and and mobile apps packaged with Adobe AIR.  Adobe sees to it that Flash for mobile browser plugin is integrated tightly to a device’s browser and multimedia subsystem to ensure that it functions as expected to provide a good user experience.  Adobe certifies a device based on how they implement the Flash Player so not all Android... more »

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- George Gilbert

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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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- George Gilbert

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.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- 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.