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Enterprise IT Ops with BlueStripe and Microsoft System Center

Enterprise IT Ops with BlueStripe and Microsoft System Center

A significant trend is taking place in the industry as companies are increasingly taking their IT Operations management to Microsoft’s System Center platform. Microsoft’s System Center platform is made of a set of server products that help organizations comprehensively manage their network of Windows Server and Desktop systems in datacenters, hybrid cloud environments, and throughout the enterprise. It’s increasingly become the centerpiece of IT Operations management strategy across the land.  Very recently a product hit the scene from BlueStripe Software that augments that management picture by focusing on applications, and thus delivering a full spectrum of monitoring and response capabilities that... more »
Planet Labs To Launch 28 Nanosatellites

Planet Labs To Launch 28 Nanosatellites

Planet Labs, a purpose-driven space and analytics company based in San Francisco, recently announced that it will launch a constellation of 28 nanosatellites that will revolutionize the Earth imaging industry by offering frequent, low-cost images of any point on the globe. With these nanosatellites, it will be possible to take high-resolution graphic information quickly and at low cost, which can be used to address various environmental and humanitarian concerns. “We are motivated to make information about the changing planet available to all people, especially the people who need it the most. The imagery could be used by anyone who cares about... more »
How the Quantified-Self Will Make Big Data a Normal Part of Life

How the Quantified-Self Will Make Big Data a Normal Part of Life

There are numerous fitness apps and accessories that aim to help a person keep healthy, or motivate them to live a healthier life.  Some require a separate device like a bracelet to track your movement or progress, or even your heart rate to see how many calories you’ve burned, while some apps work in conjunction with other apps like diet-monitoring services, and others are as simpler, counting the number of steps you take. All these self-quantified apps collect huge amounts of data: the question now is, how do these apps and data actually help you achieve the better version of yourself?... more »
Movidius Raises $16 Million to Boost Augmented Reality Portfolios

Movidius Raises $16 Million to Boost Augmented Reality Portfolios

With investments towering up for 3D content development and next generation high-performance image-processing chip, mobile multimedia chip augmented reality player Movidius foresees a huge potential in this market. This improvised new technology experience on mobile phones is all set to revolutionize the mobile market by broadening the horizons of the entertainment industry. The company has raised $16 Million in Series D Funding to accelerate next-generation mobile products, R&D spending and to build a team in Silicon Valley, where its new U.S. headquarters are located. The $16 million Series D funding is led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital, DFJ Esprit and Atlantic Bridge,... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 10: Flattr Adds Bitcoin Donations, First DEA Seizure of BTC, Bitcoin Machine ATMs Coming this Summer

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 10: Flattr Adds Bitcoin Donations, First DEA Seizure of BTC, Bitcoin Machine ATMs Coming this Summer

It’s been a weird week for Bitcoin value, while it seemed to be holding fairly level at $90 last Bitcoin Weekly, the value fell to near $65 but is now hovering around $77. It’s not uncommon for the price of bitcoins to show volatility and this is a common complaint about its adoption by the population at large, retail outfits, and businesses in general. However, due to the increasing liquidity of the currency and increased media attention is only going to drive more interesting behavior in the market. The media attention and further adoption--such as we’re seeing in this Weekly with... more »
Is Heml.is Really 100% Secure for Private Messaging? The Pirate Bay Co-founder's Latest App Launch

Is Heml.is Really 100% Secure for Private Messaging? The Pirate Bay Co-founder's Latest App Launch

If you’re still looking for a way to keep the NSA out of your personal life, the co-founder of The Pirate Bay may have just what you’ve been looking for. Peter Sunde of The Pirate Bay has worked with developers such as Leif Högberg and Linus Olsson, to create a fully private messaging app that would be available to the two most popular mobile platforms to start - iOS and Android - but will probably support other platforms in the future. Heml.is, derived from the Swedish word Hemlis (which means secret), is the chosen name for this private messaging app.  It fits... more »
Boots n Suits - What Will Happen to Technology in Texas?

Boots n Suits - What Will Happen to Technology in Texas?

It may be hard for some to specifically place how much credit for the boon in Texas-based technology business should be given to outgoing Texas Governor Rick Perry, but it is clear that he has been a very public champion for promoting Texas as a technology hub for years now.  Rick Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and he announced this week that he will be leaving the office after the 2014 elections. This record-setting 14 year tenure was marked by a nurtured period of prosperous business growth – fueled by a sustained surge in energy prices and a... more »
Apple Ebook Price-Fixing Ruling Plays Right into the Hands of Amazon

Apple Ebook Price-Fixing Ruling Plays Right into the Hands of Amazon

In a ruling that could have massive implications for the electronic book industry, a federal judge has found Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to fix the price of e-books, and has called for a trial to ascertain how much damages the Cupertino-based firm will have to pay. US District Judge Denise L. Cote's ruling in the trial rejected Apple's argument that arrangements it had made with five book publishers were simply good business in a new marketplace: “The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and... more »
Google Maps Plays Forusquare & Hollywood Buys Laos - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Google Maps Plays Forusquare & Hollywood Buys Laos - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Google Maps Just Zagat Better   Just two months after showing off their new Maps service, Google has officially confirmed an overhaul of its Maps for Android app, and the changes are likely to make mobile users very happy. Users will immediately notice a change to the user interface, which now features some nifty tools like dynamic rerouting, which can even help you beat the traffic. Google has even introduced a change in the search function which allows users browse restaurants, bars, hotels, and other places in a very Foursquare-like manner. In addition to the updates, Google has also confirmed that Maps will also serve... more »
NetApp + Microsoft Partnership Accelerates Enterprise Cloud Adoption

NetApp + Microsoft Partnership Accelerates Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Earlier this week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, NetApp announced that it is investing up to $15 million in a partnership with Microsoft to further accelerate the adoption of the cloud in the enterprise. The new ecosystem will be a sales + technology collaboration. This partnership will signal a beefed up "win" for both NetApp's and Microsoft's cloud strategies. The NetApp Partner Program is an "add-on" if you will, complementing the existing Microsoft Cloud OS Accelerate program, helping customers offset the service costs of deploying Microsoft cloud solutions. The NetApp Partner Program will include sales enablement, training, and incentives for... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.