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EMC Turns to Lenovo as "Long-Term" Partnership Seeks Chinese Market

EMC Turns to Lenovo as "Long-Term" Partnership Seeks Chinese Market

Enterprise solutions vendors EMC and Lenovo have formed what Rod Mathews, EMC’s senior director of business development calls a “symbiotic relationship” in an effort to enter the enterprise space in China. This emerging market is seeing increased demand for not only PCs and mobile devices, but also IT services, servers and storage. Saying that few details were disclosed about the partnership would be an understatement, but there are a few key highlights that the two companies wanted their investors to be aware of. While no financial information was revealed, Lenovo chief executive CEO Yuanqing Yang said that the team-up will be... more »
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Apple Requests Court Support Against Samsung's Devious Media Play

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple's requesting the courts to rule in their favor; Apple’s Smart Cover with built-in display; Samsung readies Galaxy Note successor; HTC expects weak Q3 due to Apple-Samsung dominance, and Google’s Google Wallet kerfuffle. Apple requests courts to rule in their favor After the much controversial media release of court documents being ruled as inadmissible evidence by Samsung, Apple is now requesting the court to rule in favor of them as Samsung thinks they are above the law in this trial. Overseeing Judge Lucy Koh wanted to get to the bottom of the media leak and asked Samsung who... more »
Can Data Science Save the US Economy?

Can Data Science Save the US Economy?

In times of global economic crisis, there is an unstable situation in the labor market. Innovation is considered a savior in our current economic uncertainty, as nations shift their prominence in a worldwide marketplace where intellectual resources become increasingly important for the future development of the U.S. The Big Data revolution opens new capabilities around analysis, research, and the study of both structured and unstructured data, unlocking an interesting and rapidly emerging market in data science. “Within Big Data are opportunities to transform from being a market follower to a first-mover advantage,” said Bill Schmarzo, CTO inside EMC’s EIM and analytics division,... more »
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Microsoft Allegedly Tells Developers To Stop Calling It "Metro"

For the last year and change, Metro has been the magic word at Microsoft, as it gears up to drastically refine the desktop experience with Windows 8. But reports are coming in that developers are allegedly getting word that the term "Metro" - which has all but defined Microsoft's unified user interface efforts -  has fallen out of favor in Redmond as the company tries to slow or halt its usage. Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports that while it was first thought by a few Microsoft developers that Microsoft is moving away from calling the interface "Metro" due to copyright... more »
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Microsoft revamps OWA for Exchange 2013 release

Have you ever wished Microsoft’s Outlook Web Access worked more like the Outlook desktop version? Mac users, Tablet users, mobile phone users certainly come to mind. Microsoft has constantly been evolving and improving their web interface for Exchange users. The upcoming release of OWA has been updated to align with the release of Exchange 2013 and boasts many new features and interface updates. It is clear the Office product team is collaborating with customers and working hard to evolve their product, openly asking: So what do you think we should do next? We’re very excited to finally share the new OWA, its updated... more »
Dear Mark Zuckerberg Open Letter Slam By Young and Up & Coming Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell

Dear Mark Zuckerberg Open Letter Slam By Young and Up & Coming Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell

Dalton Caldwell @DaltonC is the founder of App.net, a social platform that is pivoting after Facebook offered to buy it or kill it.  Dalton is the creator of imeem, a social music site that was acquired by MySpace.  I first met Dalton seven years ago when he was one of my first guys that I did a podcast with in 2005 as part of my last venture PodTech.net.  This post is listed here in full here on SiliconANGLE to preserve for the record.  This post was posted on his blog two days ago and has since been part of a Silicon... more »
Think Like A Programmer: Programming Languages in Bite Size

Think Like A Programmer: Programming Languages in Bite Size

For non-techie individuals, programming languages are totally from another planet. Who cares about the complex patterns and codes of SQL, Java, C++, or Ruby--and the long list goes on? We should. Essentially, programming languages are designed for machines like your computers, mobile phones and tablets to communicate with programs or applications and vise versa. This communication line makes it possible for us to enjoy gaming and internet shiznits we have today. But learning the syntax is just a fraction of the intricacy, knowing how to build creative solutions out of these programming languages is the real deal, especially for computer science... more »
Two-Thirds of Software in iOS App Store Are Zombies

Two-Thirds of Software in iOS App Store Are Zombies

We all have fun playing zombies games on our smartphones and computing devices. But ever heard of games or software acting as ‘Zombies’? Well, a recent finding by German mobile analytics firm Adeven has revealed that around two-third of the software and apps present on the iOS App Store are nothing, but Zombies. This includes around 400,000 App Store apps, which get no downloads, are invisible to users and have no ranking. The entire thing was discovered using Apptrace tool, created by Adeven. “The reality is there are only a couple of thousand apps that really make some kind of downloads,”... more »
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Keeping up with Big Data: An IT Tale of Two Architectures

If there is one topic in computing, networking and storage that is commanding attention these days, it's Big Data.  We read about it in the media, we hear about it at conferences and seminars, we learn about it in podcasts and webinars.  In fact, we can now even enroll in courses of study on it. Today the technology community is working closely with academia to create new programs leading to a major in data science. But for an IT organization, big challenges remain around Big Data and specifically, the analysis thereof. These departments face the daunting tasks of implementing the necessary... more »
Can Laws Help Governments Build Standards Around Data Transparency?

Can Laws Help Governments Build Standards Around Data Transparency?

The government lacks transparency and can’t go dumping large quantities of data in poorly presented states, says the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in its report on the government's transparency agenda. The PAC chair, Margaret Hodge, has said the government must do something to ensure data released is accessible, relevant and easy for us all to understand. The PAC committee recognizes that as more providers are involved in public services, including school performance and social services, there must be a level to improve the quality and value of public services in terms of data transparency. “At the moment too much data is poorly presented... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.