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Why 72% Of Consumers Are Willing to Share Their Personal Data and The Future of Advertising

If you could put a price tag on your privacy, what would it be worth? Dimitri Maex, Managing Director of OgilvyOne New York’s new book, Sexy Little Numbers: How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have, suggests the value of privacy has changed; “it is no longer a question of consumers' willingness to share data but one of establishing a fair value exchange.” According to Maex’s Sexy Little Numbers, the changing perspectives on privacy present new opportunities for customers as well as businesses that develop incentives to build more intimate relationships between consumers and brands identifying three... more »
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Rovio Supports Freddie For A Day Campaign

Today, September 5th, is rock legend Freddie Mercury’s birthday.  And to commemorate this day, Rovio transformed him into an honorary Angry Birds character.  This move is in support for the annual Freddie for a Day campaign, which celebrates the life of the late frontman for the band Queen while also serving as a fundraiser for the HIV/AIDS charity known as Mercury Phoenix Trust. See the Mercury inspired Angry Birds video featuring Queen’s “Bicycle Race” below. Speaking of Angry Birds, Rovio announced the Angry Birds spin-off, Bad Piggies, yesterday wherein players will get to experience playing from the pigs' point-of-view.  A teaser... more »
What Happens To Your iTunes Account When You Die?

What Happens To Your iTunes Account When You Die?

All this talk of Bruce Willis suing Apple over iTunes' Terms and Conditions made me think, “What would happen to your iTunes account and its content if you die?”  Can you actually bequeath your account to your relative, spouse or someone dear to you?  Can you have your lawyer draw up a will that states that you leave your iTunes account to someone specific?  Would that be considered legal even if you take into consideration the current terms and conditions? As we’ve mentioned in an earlier article, iTunes does in fact allow you to store their products on up to five... more »
FBI Denies Stolen Apple Codes Link

FBI Denies Stolen Apple Codes Link

Hackers continue to hog the headlines this morning, with fresh doubts being cast on the origin of over a million Apple UDID codes that were allegedly stolen from an FBI agent’s laptop before being posted online by AntiSec. Late last night, the FBI issued a strenuous denial that one of its laptops was compromised, and moreover, insisted that it had no interest in either collecting or storing this kind of data from Apple device users. The rebuttal was issued following claims by the hacktivist group AntiSec that it had swiped the data from an FBI agent named Christopher Stangl, who is based... more »
The Trilogy for Discovering the Next Big Thing: Q&A with Delphix CEO Jed Yueh

The Trilogy for Discovering the Next Big Thing: Q&A with Delphix CEO Jed Yueh

Virtualization has been a hot button lately, a topic we all but ran into the ground during VMworld last week.  The annual event, hosted by virtualization company VMware, focused on the "right here and now" of virtualized services, another instance of the big player in the market finally addressing many of the issues smaller startups and firms have identified and serviced. Certainly VMware has made an impact on an entire industry, inspiring Jedidiah “Jed” Yueh to do the same for databases what VMware has done for servers.  His company, Delphix, offers a database software stack to create multiple instances that look... more »
Dell Tweets Deal to Deliver STaaS  - Storage as a Service Offering

Dell Tweets Deal to Deliver STaaS - Storage as a Service Offering

A saw a tweet from @DellServices last week that indicates that Dell is now offering cloud storage services as “Dell Cloud Storage with Nirvanix,” which it lists as a “Storage as a Services (STaaS) offering designed to enable the integration of Internet accessible storage into third party storage processes.” We've been following Nirvanix as they are disrupting the storage market with cloud storage. Here is their latest appearance on theCUBE at VMworld 2012. Scott their CEO rivals Pat Gelsinger in terms of cube appearances. The implications of this are huge. As David Vellante noted at VMworld, “Dell is dangerous,” simply because it has... more »
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Can Rovio's Bad Piggies Fare Better than Amazing Alex?

Rovio, best known for the sustained momentum that earned Angry Birds over one billion downloads to date, is branching out. Capitalizing on the success of the physics-game franchise, the Finnish game developer released a teaser trailer of an upcoming game called Bad Piggies, which will allow the player to enjoy the Angry Birds universe from the pigs’ point of view. The 32-second YouTube video Rovio released a few days ago doesn’t reveal too much, but by the looks of it the company has no plans to abandon the physics genre. "This innovative game turns the franchise on its head by letting the fans... more »
Windows Azure Mobile Services Launched

Windows Azure Mobile Services Launched

Windows Azure, the open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications, has recently announced its mobile services that will help enhance the productivity of developers to quickly build mobile apps. Besides, it will help easily connect scalable cloud backend to the client and mobile applications. With the launch of Windows Azure mobile services, developers can develop Windows 8 app in little time, and soon for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. It’s quite easy to build a simple Windows 8 app that is cloud-enabled using Windows Azure Mobile Services. All you need to do... more »
Kendo UI by Telerik Brings HTML5 Into Focus for Mobile App Developers

Kendo UI by Telerik Brings HTML5 Into Focus for Mobile App Developers

Telerik, a leading provider of developer tools and solutions announced a major update to its product Kendo UI. It has released the Kendo UI Complete with several new features, like support for tablet U and server-side wrappers for ASP.NET MVC. This enhancement has been created to enable developers to quickly build rich, native-like, and simplify development of HTML5 and JavaScript mobile apps and sites. Recently, I spoke with Telerik’s Vice President of HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools, Todd Anglin about the state of HTML5 in the industry and how Kendo will change how developers approach it in a fashion that permits... more »
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Lenovo Aims For Global Dominance Via Acquisitions

Earlier reports stated that investors are pleased with Lenovo CEO’s announcement to reveal the company's plans for expansion in Brazil tomorrow.  According to Bloomberg, Lenovo shares rose by 1.2 percent to close at HK$6.62, the highest level since August 21. Though nothing has yet been unveiled regarding their Brazilian expansion yet, just the thought of expanding globally tickled investors’ fancy.  And why shouldn’t it?   According to Canalys, Lenovo is the third largest PC vendor in the world, after Apple and HP.  Apple took the top spot as their iPad (yes it is a computer) has been flying off the shelves since... more »

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- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.