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PureSystems: Not Just About Storage but a Foundation for IBM Software and Cloud Strategy

PureSystems: Not Just About Storage but a Foundation for IBM Software and Cloud Strategy

PureSystems will become a foundation pillar of IBM's software and cloud strategy, even more so than the company's effort to offer true multi-tenant services through the IBM SmartCloud.That much became apparent in the last week as IBM began to talk through what role Pure Systems will play in its Websphere strategy. "IBM is far more comfortable selling products for internal data centers than it is with selling cloud services," said John Rymer, a software industry analyst with Forrester Research in a recent interview. "SmartCloud’s biggest obstacle to success in my view is IBM’s business model. Simple as that." You can see what... more »
Umbel Hires More Industry Talent After $3.6M Funding Round

Umbel Hires More Industry Talent After $3.6M Funding Round

An up-and-coming big data startup called Umbel appointed a top-notch expert on media relations to serve as its new Director of Agency Solutions, a title that covers a variety of duties. Umbel works with publishers that want to tap into the social media audiences that are exposed to their content. The creative, small team uses market research and large scale analytics to identify consumer behavior trends, reactions and other insightful metrics. Amy Bickers is the latest team member, an industry veteran now in charge of handling the way media buyers and sellers will communicate with each other via Umbel’s platform.  She will... more »
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Facebook's Ecosystem Provides Jobs, Business Tools

Here at SiliconANGLE we’ve extensively discussed how Facebook helps companies get noticed by becoming a platform where they can advertise their brands, products or services.  These days it seems all anyone can think about is Facebook's upcoming IPO or their billion dollar Instagram acquisition.  But there’s more to Facebook than just the IPO, or their ad platform, or their insatiable appetite for acquiring startups.  Facebook actually generates jobs through its booming ecosystem. Facebook for startups Facebook was once a startup company looking for investors.  Now, they’re a social networking giant that helps startups get on their feet and possibly go public in... more »
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Google Apps Developer BetterCloud Raises $2.2M in Seed Funding

BetterCloud has raised $2.2 million in seed funding from angel investors (and CEO David Politis himself) as the developer looks to take its Google Apps security and management tools to the next level. In a larger sense, this round of funding speaks to the growing maturity of the Google Apps developer ecosystem, and to that of Google's cloud platform as a whole. This move represents a major VC vote of confidence in the Google Apps ecosystem. BetterCloud, an ISV founded by veterans of Google cloud services giant Cloud Sherpas, has taken a leadership role in the developer community, with BetterCloud CEO... more »
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Everyone's Copying Apple's Game Center

Facebook just unveiled the App Center - a platform that would carry apps from both iOS and Android app developers, which will roll out in a matter of weeks. App developers who want their apps to be included in the launch are urged to submit their apps and have all the necessary prerequisites ready before May 18. The App Center would serve something like a directory for the apps, since users will still be redirected to Google Play or the App Store if they wish to purchase or install an app. Facebook is giving an opportunity for app developers to offer paid... more »
Cisco Stock Down After So-So Quarter, Cautious Guidance

Cisco Stock Down After So-So Quarter, Cautious Guidance

Networking gear maker Cisco reported net earnings of $2.2 billion or 40 cents per share in its third quarter ended April 28--a rise of just under 20 percent over the $1.8 billion, or 33 cents per share the company reported for the same period last year. Revenue rose 6.6 percent from last year to $11.6 billion from $10.9 billion. Both sales and profit remained almost completely flat quarter-over-quarter, but at the same time the company managed to meet the market’s expectations. These figures break down to minimal growth across its core verticals – Cisco’s next-generation networks unit remained flat at $2.1 billion, with... more »
The Pirate Bay Delivers Tongue-lashing to Anonymous over Virgin Media DDoS

The Pirate Bay Delivers Tongue-lashing to Anonymous over Virgin Media DDoS

The Pirate Bay is unhappy with hackers from Anonymous who have taken it upon themselves to punish Virgin Media for following the edicts of the UK High Court. Cells of the hacktivist collective have recently placed the ISP in their sights for a massive DDoS after the decision requested that ISPs censor TPB. Virgin Media was one of the first ISPs to comply with the order—but didn’t do so without criticizing the High Court’s decision and pointing out that it would ultimately fail. Anonymous set in shortly using their favorite weapon, the distributed denial of service attack, to show their dismay and... more »
Oracle VDI Update Means Less Vendor Lock-In?

Oracle VDI Update Means Less Vendor Lock-In?

Database behemoth Oracle upgraded three applications in its desktop virtualization portfolio with the addition of new features spread across a number of different areas, from storage and security to video playback quality. Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4 now offers a bit less vendor lock-in with support for not only Sun ZFS appliances but also storage solutions from third party vendors. In addition, the Global VDI Centers included with the latest version enable admins to create several deployments which automatically redirect users to the designated server group. In turn, Sun Ray v5.3 features a few improvements as well. Sun Ray now ‘accelerates‘ Adobe... more »
Microsoft Criticized by Mozilla, Google over IE Favoritism

Microsoft Criticized by Mozilla, Google over IE Favoritism

Microsoft is readying the Windows 8 OS for commercial release later this year.  They’ve already released the developer and consumer preview so people can tell them if there are any kinks in the system.  And it looks like there is. Mozilla and Google are complaining that tablets and PCs using ARM Holding’s chip design prohibits the use of other browsers aside from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Harvey Anderson, Mozilla General Counsel, expressed the company’s disappointment regarding the issue in a blog post, recalling how there used to be one browser for Windows PC, and that was IE.  It was just a few years... more »
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BYOD Users Can't Be Trusted [Report]

Juniper Networks, the network, data center and cloud provider, today released findings from its first-annual Trusted Mobility Index. The study reveals mobile technology adoption is outpacing confidence, and some variation is needed to create greater trust in mobility technology to reach its full potential for both individuals and businesses. Juniper Networks conducted the survey in March 2012 across 4,037 mobile device users and IT decision-makers in the US, UK, Germany, China and Japan, looking at mobile security and reliability trends. More Connected Devices and BYOD Trends According to Juniper Networks’ survey, mobile users own an average of three internet connected devices. Nearly one... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.