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Pantheon Banks Another $5M for Drupal-as-a-Service

Pantheon Banks Another $5M for Drupal-as-a-Service

Pantheon is a startup that was founded in 2010 and only has 13 employees, but it’s already sitting on $6.3 million in venture capital. That’s including this week’s $5 million funding round, led by the Foundry Group with participation from a few of the company’s existing backers  - Baseline, First Round, and Founders Collective. What stands behind Pentheon’s success is a hosted version of Drupal that runs on the Rackspace Cloud and eliminates the need to deploy the popular CMS on in-house servers. This makes it more viable for enterprises that may be running WordPress or other less favorable alternatives simply... more »
CliQr Unveils Potential Solution to Cloud Vendor Lock-In

CliQr Unveils Potential Solution to Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Right up there with security concerns, vendor lock-in has for a long time been cited as one of the major problems faced by companies looking into cloud migration and adoption. Not only that, but switching vendors and migrating any signficant amount of data can be time consuming and hideously expensive. Now, though, a small upstart that goes by the name of CliQr is attempting to change all that. Stealing a march on Google just one day before it launches its I/O conference in San Francisco, the Californian startup has unveiled its new cloud application management platform CloudCenter, which is designed to enable... more »
Shortly After Launch Dropbox Dumps Boxopus Over Piracy Concerns

Shortly After Launch Dropbox Dumps Boxopus Over Piracy Concerns

Boxopus, the new BitTorrent startup that allows downloading torrents directly into a Dropbox folder, has been banned by the Dropbox itself. Dropbox has suspended the Boxopus service on the account BitTorrent’s piracy stigma, and the fear that any alliance with BitTorrent may rub off its reputation as the successful cloud storage service provider. Just yesterday we discussed in detail about this new startup, which sounds very interesting. As it allows users to unite Dropbox and BitTorrent to make downloads as easy as 1 click without using even a BitTorrent client, it makes really easy for people to download and access heavy... more »
A Powerful Case for Good Use of Big Data for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity via Splunk

A Powerful Case for Good Use of Big Data for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity via Splunk

When it comes to protecting an enterprise network or a government network there’s a great deal of discussion about what solutions exist to batten down the hatches and dog the doors against intruders; but often the same technologies we use to detect intruders (and insiders) can be used to predict failures. Amid the solutions the market has there’s Splunk who offer a number of extremely powerful products that provide both in-house security and security-as-a-service atop of numerous layers by looking at the data produced by a multitude of products. A series of events have brought public attention to the necessity of... more »
The Real Skinny About Amazon Web Services New Partner Network

The Real Skinny About Amazon Web Services New Partner Network

Amazon Web Services launched its partner network this morning. Without boring you with the details, let me just get to what really matters about this news. It simply means that AWS is making it a little bit easier for people to build apps or use the ones in the new AWS App Marketplace. It means that AWS is moving further up the stack. It's not just about the infrastructure anymore. It's about how to differentiate a core service to integrate PaaS and marketplace environments. For partners, the game is about giving them reason to bring their enterprise customers to AWS.  They want technology partners that... more »
What Special Skills Do You Need to Run a Big Data Startup? Q&A Series

What Special Skills Do You Need to Run a Big Data Startup? Q&A Series

Sumo Logic is still what you'd consider a startup, but already its demonstrated some useful life lessons for applying ideas to the big data industry, including the concept of harnessing the right talent.  Specializing in log data analytics, Sumo Logic emerged from stealth earlier this year to take on heavyweights like Splunk with a penchant for Google-style data mining.  And just this week the data company released a free edition of its core offering, giving admin a tasty dose of all they have to offer. But even in this short time, with a noteworthy debut and enticing updates, Sumo Logic has... more »
AI On The Rise Weekly: Big Data, Surveillance, and Chinese-Speaking Siri

AI On The Rise Weekly: Big Data, Surveillance, and Chinese-Speaking Siri

If still alive, Alan Turing turns a century old on June 23rd— the computer scientist that breathed life to algorithm and computation or computing. Some five decades ago, he perpetrated the infamous ‘Turing Test” which until now is the standard that defines artificial intelligence. But while no one has yet to be successful in passing this trial, there have been countless of innovations around AI that are deemed monumental; Siri being one of the hottest items of today. Other industries have also jumped into the bandwagon, hoping they could pioneer AI technologies. Siri, Search and Smartphone Market The undisputed queen of virtual... more »
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Red Hat Announces Freemium Business Model for OpenShift PaaS

Back in April, Red Hat announced the release of the OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) as open source. But the big question mark has been how Red Hat was going to apply its services-oriented business model to OpenShift and monetize the solution. Well, wonder no more, as Red Hat has announced a hosted OpenShift offering in free and paid tiers. The announcement came at this week's Red Hat Summit in Boston. OpenShift has been in a free developer preview since May 2011, but once the platform reaches the general availability stage, it's going to be offered in two tiers: FreeShift, the free tier, is... more »
Infineta Joins NetApp Ecosystem

Infineta Joins NetApp Ecosystem

Storage vendor NetApp is steadily getting more and more involved with big data. Earlier this month the company debuted an integrated box that is built to run Hadoop, and shortly thereafter announced a significant partnership with Infineta. Infineta makes software that reduces latency in big data environments, in which even the most minute networking delays can have a big and much more noticeable impact on performance. Now that the company is a part of the NetApp Alliance Partner Program, its solutions will be used to speed up a number of additional processes: the SnapMirror replication and SnapVault backup recovery functionality that NetApp... more »
LulzSec Hackers Admit DDoS Attacks on High Profile Sites, including CIA, NHS, and Sony

LulzSec Hackers Admit DDoS Attacks on High Profile Sites, including CIA, NHS, and Sony

Two of the LulzSec hackers, one of the most notorious internet hackers group, have entered the guilty pleas today for disabling some high profile websites and performing Distributed Denial of Service attacks. Ryan Cleary, 24, and Jake "Topiary" Davis, 19 have admitted hacking CIA, National Health Service, News International, Sony, Nintendo, Arizona State Police, and film studio 20th Century Fox websites, among several others. The hacker duo flooded these website with traffic to make them crash, resulting in DDoS. Some other websites that became a victim of attack included Westboro Baptist Church, Bethesda, Eve Online, HBGary, HBGary Federal, PBS Inc, and... more »

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- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.