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BitFloor Bites The Dust Following $250,000 Virtual Heist

BitFloor Bites The Dust Following $250,000 Virtual Heist

A major Bitcoin currency exchange, BitFloor, has been shut down following an online ‘heist’ that saw 24,000 units of virtual currency, worth around $250,000, stolen from its servers. BitCoins, as the currency is known, are used in online transactions and trades and in large part by speculators trading also for real money. BitCoins themselves are essentially just a secret number, associated with a 34-character alphanumeric “address” held by users and listed in a transactional basis in a publicly available log. New York-based BitFloor acts as a virtual currency exchange platform, where account holders can buy and sell BitCoins, exchanging them for US... more »
Design and User Experience at Heart of CIO's Concern over Apple-Samsung Ruling

Design and User Experience at Heart of CIO's Concern over Apple-Samsung Ruling

Last month a jury ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple for infringing 7 of the 8 patents that the latter listed in a lawsuit filed with a California district court. The on-going feud between the top mobile manufacturer in the world  and the most valuable firm out there stretches across multiple courtrooms in several different continents, and one billion dollars this way or that is not a particularly momentous  outcome. The patents however are an entirely different story. The August ruling enforces Apple’s intellectual rights to several components that are, or at least used to be, standard design.... more »
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Elections, Politics, Big Data. Oh My!

Big data is the Big Deal of 2012.  Now that we have systems smart enough to analyze the data that rolls out in droves from our computers, cell phones, and tablets it would be foolish for governments and politics not to get involved in the game of analyzing that for their gain as well.  Earlier this year, Facebook announced a deep partnership with Politico, allowing the political site never before seen, unrivaled access to every private status update and message that uses the name of a presidential candidate. Big data, in its most basic form, is the information that we all... more »
Syncsort Adds DMExpress to Greenplum Integration

Syncsort Adds DMExpress to Greenplum Integration

Syncsort's landed its certification for DMExpress data integration software to load into the Greenplum Database. The company has also recently joined Greenplum Catalyst Developer Program. And now that Syncsort is a member of Greenplum Catalyst Developer Program, DMExpress software will integrate with Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform (UAP). What many IT organizations appear to be struggling with is the ability to keep up with the infrastructure demands coming from the large variety of Big Data, so Syncsort and Greenplum are helping its customers by offering solutions to integrate, store and analyze Big Data faster and more cost efficiently. Syncsort's DMExpress software makes it a lot easier... more »
40% Of Mobile Ad Clicks Are Worthless

40% Of Mobile Ad Clicks Are Worthless

As if figuring out mobile advertising wasn’t hard enough in the first place, researchers are now claiming that a huge proportion – as many as 40% - of all mobile ad clicks are completely worthless. New research by the German mobile marketing company Trademob shows that a disturbingly high four out of ten mobile advert clicks can be put down to accidents, or outright fraud. And even worse, they believe that the number of fraudulent clicks is growing fast. In January of this year, roughly 10% of clicks could be put down to fraud, but over the last nine months it... more »
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RIM Entices Developers With $10K

Today’s mobile news roundup features: RIM "bribing" developers with $10K; Good Technology acquiring Copiun; and the EU approving carriers’ mobile wallets. RIM bribes developers $10K Ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch, Research in Motion already unveiled their plans that would guarantee the success of developers willing to make apps for them.  The first step is the “Built for BlackBerry” initiative coming this fall, wherein developers will be able to submit their BlackBerry 10 WebWorks or BlackBerry 10 Native apps for third-party review.  Apps that pass the quality check will get the “Built for BlackBerry” quality status, which developers can display on their... more »
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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 »

Premium Research

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.