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2 SAP HANA FAQs

2 SAP HANA FAQs

John Appleby leads business analytics and technology at Bluefin Solutions, a consulting firm that helps clients optimize SAP technology. Seeing that SAP SapphireNow is next week in Orlando (theCube will broadcast live from the show), I thought it would help to point out two FAQs Appleby developed for SAP HANA. The first is a FAQ about HANA itself. The< a href="http://www.bluefinsolutions.com/insights/blog/the_sap_bw_on_hana_faq/">second and most recent, is a FAQ for SAP Netweaver Business Warehouse on HANA (SAP BW). SAP HANA FAQ Appleby's SAP HANA FAQ provides a good overview of the in-memory database technology. He runs through the product names, some basics about the SAP... more »
View 5.1 Gets a Boost with ILIO, VMware to Improve Cloud Suite

View 5.1 Gets a Boost with ILIO, VMware to Improve Cloud Suite

The latest version of View came out just last week, and already one partner has updated its own offering to support v5.1, and provided some additional supplemental features. Atlantis Computing makes software that takes disk-based storage out of the virtual desktop equation.  Its ILIO Diskless VDI tool works alongside the VMware View Storage Accelerator to offload I/O from traffic to another system:  user data is transferred to a file share, network-based storage or even a blade or rack server depending on the deployment, and images are reduced in size to roughly 500 megabytes each. This size cut helps streamline the overall process, and is... more »
Amazon's Kindle In Jeopardy as Tablet Takeover Continues

Amazon's Kindle In Jeopardy as Tablet Takeover Continues

Most of us own tablets or e-readers, but these days one must wonder--has everyone shifted to tablets? Amazon recently reported a stunning Q1 financial report, but this sparked some questions as to how the company pulled it off.  Seeking Alpha notes that Amazon is the least transparent company in the industry, so much so that even their own investors have no clue as to how many products the company sold.  But Amazon always told them that their e-ink readers and Kindle Fires were selling well.  Now there’s proof that their e-reader line is in jeopardy. Amazon is the top customer of E... more »
Update on the BigCouch/CouchDB Merger

Update on the BigCouch/CouchDB Merger

Last January I reported that Cloudant is shifting its priorities from developing BigCouch, its fork of Apache CouchDB, towards contributing to the main CouchDB project. At the time, Cloudant CTO Adam Kocoloski said that the CouchDB team was keen on integrating Cloudant's contributions. At the CouchDBSummit last month, CouchDB contributors and other stakeholders gathered to discuss CouchDB's future, including the merger between BigCouch and CouchDB. "We felt very strongly that it would be beneficial to the CouchDB team to get all the committers and community members in the room together so they could focus on determining both he short term... more »
Citrix Synergy 2012 Data Center & Cloud Highlights

Citrix Synergy 2012 Data Center & Cloud Highlights

Today Citrix ynergy 2012 is kicking off, a gathering that will focus on the virtualization, mobile and other areas where host Citrix has a major foothold. This year’s event is expected to attract about 4,000 IT professionals. Right of the bat a few of the companies that reserved a booth at Synergy announced their product updates – data center software and the cloud are two of the earliest topics. A developer called Virsto unveiled at the conference that it’s unique ‘storage hypervisor’ supports Citrix XenDesktop on VMware vSphere. The company’s solution installs on a physical server and parses I/O into a log... more »
HP Doesn't Have To Innovate To Win With Public Cloud

HP Doesn't Have To Innovate To Win With Public Cloud

Tomorrow, May 10th, HP's OpenStack-based, hybrid-friendly, public-ready HP Converged Cloud infrastructure service opens up to the public after an extended beta period. There's been plenty of skepticism around whether or not HP has missed the boat entirely when it comes to the cloud - but thanks to HP's sizable consulting and services business, innovation may not matter as much as ability to deliver. Every day, my e-mail inbox and RSS readers are filled with new cloud startups and initiatives that are doing new, interesting things with the cloud infrastructure stack - OpenStack, CloudStack, the Open Virtualization alliance, and their brethren all started that... more »
Symantec Mobile Leads the Pack in the Bring-Your-Own-Device Trend Security

Symantec Mobile Leads the Pack in the Bring-Your-Own-Device Trend Security

As the enterprise sector begins to look deeper into the trend of allowing their workers to bring their own device to the workplace—as opposed to a proprietary model designed for the enterprise itself—a number of security risks begin to crop up. Uncontrolled hardware and software means that a bad guy or malware could gain access to sensitive information via that device. In a bid of their own, antivirus and security company Symantec appears to be looking for a turnkey solution for businesses to let their workers go with the flow without opening themselves to potential breaches. A blog post about this... more »
Uplifting Optimism and Excitement in the Venture Community — A “Perfect Storm” of Opportunity

Uplifting Optimism and Excitement in the Venture Community — A “Perfect Storm” of Opportunity

The new optimism among technology venture capitalists of all sorts has never been seen before, as witnessed in my chairing of the venture panel at Digital Hollywood to a standing room only crowd last Wednesday.  In many ways, this explosion of capital and opportunity is built on the past 30 years of infrastructure build, technology standardization, and sophistication in investing, as I wrote a few days before this panel. It is distinctly different from the excitement of the dot com boom of the late 1990s, in that the investors (following the investor shake out of the dot com bust) are more experienced and rational. Many... more »
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AppSense Acquires RAPsphere to Secure Mobile Enterprise

AppSense is looking to expand its foothold in the mobile enterprise, and in order to establish such a position it needs to pull several things together. One element is security, which the VDI solutions provider addressed this week for the acquisition of RAPsphere. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and is expected to officially close later this quarter; the redirect message is already up on RAPsphere’s site. The  Redwood City, CA startup develops monitoring and data management software designed to supplement corporate BYOD initiatives, which require a lot of security and admin control. The entire RAPsphere team will be preserved ... more »
55,000 Twitter Accounts and Passwords Leaked Partially Spambots, Duplicates, Old LulzSec Leak

55,000 Twitter Accounts and Passwords Leaked Partially Spambots, Duplicates, Old LulzSec Leak

Yesterday, a gigantic leak of over 55,000 account credentials (usernames and passwords) from Twitter were leaked to Pastebin by an unknown benefactor. According to a CNET article on the event, Twitter is looking into the problem right now---and, after some investigation, found some oddities in the list. The first to break the story was the blog AirDemon.net—who posited that Twitter had been hacked, putting a multitude of users’ security at risk. The Pastebin leak was so huge that it couldn’t be contained in only one post (page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, and page 5.) "We are currently looking into the situation. In... 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.