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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 »
Bottlenose's Massive Platform Update: Beta Codes!

Bottlenose's Massive Platform Update: Beta Codes!

Bottlenose is a very interesting social startup that, refreshingly, does add a bit of originally to a very worn-out idea. The web app revolves around a ‘radar’ layout that Bottlenose uses to visualize data from users’ social media accounts in an inclusive and more readable format.  That is, one that the company promises is open to not only marketers but all prosumers. Today the dashboard’s capacity has been dramatically extended with the addition of new features and two new supplementing apps; a number that the company plans to grow in the future. Bottlenose is rolling out 30 extra features in response to... more »
TacoConf: Ride a Bike, Eat Tacos and Learn How to Run Your Own "CultureConf"

TacoConf: Ride a Bike, Eat Tacos and Learn How to Run Your Own "CultureConf"

TacoConf is a mobile "culture conference" that will happen this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area. Day One (May 11) will start at 11 am at Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park in Oakland. Day Two (May 12) will take place at 11 am at Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco. Participants will ride their bikes around, eat tacos and listen to presentations on a variety of topics. To find out more I talked with the organizers, Code for America alum Max Ogden and Node.js boulevardier Mikeal Rogers (who also happen to be the founders of a stealth startup called... more »
Update: EMC Makes It Official, Confirms Acquisition of XtremIO

Update: EMC Makes It Official, Confirms Acquisition of XtremIO

EMC has made it official. The storage giant is acquiring XtremIO. The company issued a press release this morning with few details about the acquision, which is reported to be about $430 million. XtremIO is a pure-flash provider. To learn more about the acquisition, see our coverage here and here. XtremIO does complement the range of EMC Flash-based systems and software . The company entered the market in 2008 when it began integrating Flash drives into enterprise storage arrays.  The company says that in 2011, it shipped to customers over 24 PBs of Flash drive capacity. But that amount still pales compared to companies... more »
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Samsung Acquires mSpot, Furthers Consumer Cloud Push

Samsung Electronics Co. announced that they are acquiring mSpot, Inc., a leading mobile cloud content service provider based in Palo Alto, California.  The acquisition will provide a cloud entertainment experience of music, video and radio services for Samsung device users. “mSpot shares our vision to bring a best-in-class cloud and streaming entertainment experience to consumers, and they’ve backed it up with innovative technical solutions from a great engineering team,” said TJ Kang, Senior Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Media Solution Center. The acquisition will also extend mSpot’s cloud and streaming solutions to a broader base of global entertainment fans. The combination will... more »
Clearspring Rebrands As AddThis, Reaches 1.3B Users

Clearspring Rebrands As AddThis, Reaches 1.3B Users

Clearspring, the company that's all about socially connecting publishers, services and advertisers to audiences on the open web,  announces a few milestones as well as the launch of a robust set of social plugins, analytics, and audience products to provide a full suite of sharing and engagement tools for publishers and brands.  And if that wasn't enough, Clearspring is rebranding itself as AddThis, consolidating the company’s current brands under one name that fully represents what this company is all about. Clearspring acquired AddThis back in September 2008, and since AddThis’ technology is their core business now, it only makes sense to... more »
EMC Reported to Buty XtremIO for $430 Million

EMC Reported to Buty XtremIO for $430 Million

EMC has reportedly acquired pure flash storage company XtremIO for $430 million. The Globes, an Israeli business news site, reported the news today. EMC nor XtremIO have made an announcement about the acquisition. Reports surfaced last month that EMC had its sights on XTremIO. With the acquisition, EMC is validating the fast growing pure flash storage market. The news will undoubtedly raise the fortunes of Solid Fire, Kaminario, Violin Memory, Pure Storage and a host of others. XtremIO is an Israeli company. Founded in 2009, the company has raised $25 million in venture capital. The company is so young that it had not even... more »
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Facebook Unveils Mobile App Center, Samsung Galaxy Note Gets ICS

Today’s mobile news roundup features Facebook’s new app store, Galaxy Note's ICS upgrade, Micron Technology's plan to acquire Elpida, and more. Facebook App Center Social networking giant Facebook Inc., unveiled their own mobile app store, dubbed the App Center, just days after major updates rolled out to its Facebook and Messenger mobile apps.  The company describes it as the "new, central place to find great apps like Draw Something" and other titles.  It's also an opportunity for developers to market their apps in yet another mobile software hub.  Interestingly enough it will be accessible through the Facebook app itself.  How's that for... more »
Virtualization Lowers the Cost of Computer Access in Schools

Virtualization Lowers the Cost of Computer Access in Schools

Technology isn’t just providing a distraction for students; it’s also lowering the cost of educating them. We reported earlier in the month about the $60 million dollar joint effort, edX, by MIT and Harvard to offer free, online, college courses. In this case, universities are using technology to expand global access to education. However, technology isn’t just changing how instruction is delivered. It can also make traditional approaches less costly. The Woodland Joint Unified School District in Northern California just outside of Sacramento serves over 10,000 students. The district replaced 300 aging PCs in five K-12 computer labs with Pano Logic’s... more »
Amazon Web Services Announces November Conference

Amazon Web Services Announces November Conference

Cloud services monolith Amazon Web Services is inviting developers, CIOs and start-ups to save November 27-29th on their calendar for AWS re: Invent, a conference to be held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. It's the first AWS partner conference, and Amazon's Jeff Barr gives every indication it'll be the biggest event in the company's history. For developers, AWS is promising sessions for novices as well as those better-versed in its cloud platform, with topics including "architecture, monitoring, configuration management, and performance optimization," according to Barr's blog entry. Barr promises that start-ups can get a crash course in how adopting... 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.