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HP: webOS won’t Run on Existing Devices

HP: webOS won’t Run on Existing Devices

Hewlett-Packard bought out the struggling Palm, and its webOS operating system, in 2010 with the goal of entering the highly-competitive mobile market. The hardware giant put a lot of weight behind webOS under the leadership of former CEO Leo Apotheker, but once the keynotes were over and the devices hit the market it turned out that customers weren’t nearly as excited about webOS as HP itself. The lack of demand from the market led to a few fairly predictable results. The engineers were laid off, followed by webOS head Sam Greenblatt, and as a last-ditch effort to realize some sort of... more »
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Hackers wanted for careers at NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has made an open recruiting pitch to the hackers of the world and attendees of the annual DEFCON conference. “We want to talk to you about a career at NSA”    They have set up a webpage at http://www.nsa.gov/careers/dc20/  to reach out into the community for recruitment, following an actual appearance at the annual hacker event that was once very underground .  Recruiting talent with skills for cybersecurity is not an easy task. Born of a world that is outside laws and conformity, the hacker culture is rooted in electronic freedom and anonymous activity.  It was not that... more »
Why Aren't Olympians Breaking World Records This Year? [REPORT]

Why Aren't Olympians Breaking World Records This Year? [REPORT]

Watching the London 2012 Olympics, I noticed something - there’s not a lot of World Records that have been broken.  Though the Games is still ongoing, you can’t help but wonder--are the world records just too tough to beat, or are participants just not so focused on setting a new world record? “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED on the way to the London Olympics: Athletes stopped breaking world records,” an intriguing line from an article on ESPN titled “The Great Stagnation.” The article went on to compare the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, stating that before the 2008 Olympics began, athletes preparing to compete... more »
Google+ Increases Big Brand Users, But Not Engagement

Google+ Increases Big Brand Users, But Not Engagement

While Google pursues better and fresher content with it’s recent Wildfire acquisition, its Google+ platform must also innovate to match user engagement levels comparable to Facebook and Twitter. A SocialShare Report from BrightEdge shows that Google+ is gaining momentum with big brands like Visa, H&M and Red Bull creating Google+ pages and bringing their followings with them. These brands, however, are not necessarily fostering consumer interaction. Gold label brands that recently created Google+ pages include Wells Fargo, H&M, BMW and Toyota, which exceeded 1 million followers, putting the page ahead of Google's own Google+ page. The automotive industry is well represented... more »
As Promised, NetFlix Open Sources Chaos Monkey

As Promised, NetFlix Open Sources Chaos Monkey

Content streaming and movie rental service Netflix  utilizes cloud computing to power its core operations. In fact, the bulk of Netflix's infrastructure is cloud-based, and it is one of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) largest customers. Netflix has developed an entire arsenal of tools that help it manage its massive cloud environment and more efficiently manage outages and technical issues. Netflix refers to these tools as the Simian Army. The software includes colorful named items like Latency Monkey, Chaos Gorilla and Chaos Monkey. If you couldn't by the name, Chaos Monkey is a scaled-down version of Chaos Gorilla. (Who says developers don't have a... more »
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Enterprise Migration to the Cloud Still Has a Long Way to Go

The public cloud is picking up momentum, but many large enterprises are still hesitant about jumping aboard the public "as-a-service" bandwagon. Dan Lamorena, a director for Symantec’s storage and availability management group, explained, “You may not see the mass adoption of the cloud [in large enterprises] for five, ten or even fifteen years. Many organizations won’t change until it’s time to refresh servers and other critical infrastructure. It just won’t make sense before then.” Public cloud adoption has increased, but many enterprise class businesses are already heavily invested in their existing infrastructure and have a long list of concerns about transitioning to a public... more »
Gartner Raises 2012 Cloud Spending Forecast

Gartner Raises 2012 Cloud Spending Forecast

Citing a “stabilized” outlook, research firm Gartner expects enterprises to spend 3 percent more on IT, a slight increase from the 2.5 percent growth it noted in a report published earlier this year. Gartner estimates that $3.6 trillion dollars will be spent on IT in 2012. Spending on IT is expected to grow 2.3 percent to $864 billion, and hardware spending is projected to increase 3.4% to 420 billion. Telecommunications services continue to be the largest area for IT spending. Gartner expects for it to account for almost half of the IT dollars organizations spend in 2012, $1,686 billion, to be dedicated to... more »
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Salesforce.com: When It Comes To The Enterprise Cloud, Context Is King

In a blog post yesterday, Quinton Wall, Director of Technical Platform Marketing and general developer evangelist for Salesforce.com, makes the case that the App Store economy is here to stay - and that the enterprise cloud developers who are going to succeed are those who leverage the all-important idea of context to make apps more useful and more powerful. I had the chance to talk to Wall briefly for a deeper dive into the importance of context. Between the Heroku and Force.com platform-as-a-service  offerings, Salesforce.com runs 2.4 million apps from 500,000 developers, Wall claims, giving the company a lot of insight into market trends. And the... more »
Hotmail is dead – Viva Outlook.com!

Hotmail is dead – Viva Outlook.com!

Anyone lost track of which version of Hotmail is still out there? Well, some relief is coming because Hotmail is being replaced by Microsoft’s new service Outlook.com.  The change is in the midst of a massive wave of new and revised products coming out from Microsoft in 2012.   The announcement came out today: Introducing Outlook.com Today we introduced Outlook.com, a new personal email service that reimagines the way that people use email – from a cleaner look, to fewer and less obtrusive ads, to new connections to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Visit http://www.outlook.com/ to sign up for your account! When... more »
Azure Outage Caused by Networking Glitch, GM Says

Azure Outage Caused by Networking Glitch, GM Says

Microsoft is one of the latest companies trying to clean up reputation damage inflicted by an outage of its cloud services. Mike Neil, the general manager in charge of Microsoft’s Windows Azure, wrote a blog post explaining the reason for the service interruption that hit customers in Western Europe last week. The blackout happened on July 26 and made Azure's Compute Service unavailable for about two and a half hours. Neil explained Microsoft managed to trace the issue to a networking glitch that snowballed into a massive service disruption. According to Neil, “The service interruption was triggered by a misconfigured network device that disrupted... more »

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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.