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PC Malware Revived To Wreak Havoc In Mobile Devices

PC Malware Revived To Wreak Havoc In Mobile Devices

McAfee, a subsidiary of Intel, released their quarterly “Threats Report” wherein the alarming high number of malware wreaking havoc in mobile devices, specifically on Android devices was discussed. According to the report, there are almost 14,000 available malware samples in McAfee’s database which include SMS-sending malware, mobile botnets, spyware, and destructive Trojans.  This means there’s a possibility that there could be more waiting to be discovered. The report also mentioned that mobile malware attacks are based on old PC malware such as drive-by downloads wherein a mobile user is tricked into visiting a malicious site where the malware downloads itself to the... more »
HP Comes Out Victorious From the Oracle-Itanium Debacle

HP Comes Out Victorious From the Oracle-Itanium Debacle

A sizable portion of Hewlett-Packard’s high end- storage systems are powered by Intel’s Itanium chip, and before Oracle acquired Sun, the database giant committed to producing software for the architecture. That changed after the buy. Sun Microsystems was a direct competitor to HP, and through the acquisition Oracle gained access to the company’s rivaling data center equipment portfolio.  Under pressure to justify the $7.4 billion investment, Larry Ellison’s firm broke loose from a three-decade alliance with HP. Two years after the Sun takeover, Oracle decided it would stop supporting some 130,000 joint customers and halt the development of its Itanium software. Hewlett-Packard... more »
VMware Horizon Offers Integrated Mobile Workforce Platform

VMware Horizon Offers Integrated Mobile Workforce Platform

At VMworld 2012, VMware announced a number of new products and services. Among them is the new VMware Horizon Suite, which allows customers to connect to their corporate cloud workspace using any device from anywhere they happen to be. VMware Horizon is designed for users in what VMware calls the post-PC era. These users are in need of solutions that work across multiple devices and allow them to manage their cloud-based solutions from anywhere they happen to be. The Horizon Suite multi-device workspace combines technology from Project AppBlast, Project Octopus, VMware Horizon Mobile, ThinApp, and VMware Horizon Application Manager. Customers will be... more »
Facebook Tries to Cheer Up Investors with Buyback, Delays Employee Cash Ins

Facebook Tries to Cheer Up Investors with Buyback, Delays Employee Cash Ins

Social media behemoth Facebook lists a sizable portion of the world’s population as users, but is still struggling to monetize those hundreds of millions of eyeballs. That is one of the main reasons the company, which traded $38 a share on the morning of its IPO, has seen its stock price plummet to below $18 today. In an attempt to stabilize its declining stock, Facebook posted a few updates that seemed to have cheered up investors a bit: plans to withhold about 101 million shares for tax purposes were announced, alongside news that employees will have to wait a bit longer... more »
Premio’s FlacheSAN2 Improves Performance for Windows Server 2012

Premio’s FlacheSAN2 Improves Performance for Windows Server 2012

Premio, a premier global provider of ODM solutions and OEM services, just announced its FlacheSAN2 Flash cache storage array that helps enhance performance of Windows Server 2012-based storage, Cloud, Web 2.0 and high-performance applications. FlacheSAN2 is based on the latest Intel DP Romley platform and comes with a bandwidth rate of sustainable 16.8 GB/s of throughput. It supports up to nine PCIe I/O add-in cards/modules and 48 solid-state Flash drives for total of 11TB+ of storage for data caching. Its outstanding features include high SSD density, and support for over 3.8 million IOPS and up to 20GB/s of theoretical throughput. “In a... more »
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Pluarlsight Does “Call Me Maybe” the Developer Way

It’s Wednesday, so let’s just take a short break from our computers and remember that development and operations can be fun. Software development and DevOps isn’t just about computers and numbers, it involves people and teams. The Pluarlsight staff decided to get together and collage a music video of them singing along with “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. The video presents the living face of development, people involved in the business and doing technology. There’s also a few nods to the geeky side of DevOps and development in general. After all, who couldn’t get past their number being “π”. Also, in... more »
BitFloor Bites The Dust Following $250,000 Virtual Heist

BitFloor Bites The Dust Following $250,000 Virtual Heist

A major Bitcoin currency exchange, BitFloor, has been shut down following an online ‘heist’ that saw 24,000 units of virtual currency, worth around $250,000, stolen from its servers. BitCoins, as the currency is known, are used in online transactions and trades and in large part by speculators trading also for real money. BitCoins themselves are essentially just a secret number, associated with a 34-character alphanumeric “address” held by users and listed in a transactional basis in a publicly available log. New York-based BitFloor acts as a virtual currency exchange platform, where account holders can buy and sell BitCoins, exchanging them for US... more »
Design and User Experience at Heart of CIO's Concern over Apple-Samsung Ruling

Design and User Experience at Heart of CIO's Concern over Apple-Samsung Ruling

Last month a jury ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple for infringing 7 of the 8 patents that the latter listed in a lawsuit filed with a California district court. The on-going feud between the top mobile manufacturer in the world  and the most valuable firm out there stretches across multiple courtrooms in several different continents, and one billion dollars this way or that is not a particularly momentous  outcome. The patents however are an entirely different story. The August ruling enforces Apple’s intellectual rights to several components that are, or at least used to be, standard design.... more »
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Elections, Politics, Big Data. Oh My!

Big data is the Big Deal of 2012.  Now that we have systems smart enough to analyze the data that rolls out in droves from our computers, cell phones, and tablets it would be foolish for governments and politics not to get involved in the game of analyzing that for their gain as well.  Earlier this year, Facebook announced a deep partnership with Politico, allowing the political site never before seen, unrivaled access to every private status update and message that uses the name of a presidential candidate. Big data, in its most basic form, is the information that we all... more »
Syncsort Adds DMExpress to Greenplum Integration

Syncsort Adds DMExpress to Greenplum Integration

Syncsort's landed its certification for DMExpress data integration software to load into the Greenplum Database. The company has also recently joined Greenplum Catalyst Developer Program. And now that Syncsort is a member of Greenplum Catalyst Developer Program, DMExpress software will integrate with Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform (UAP). What many IT organizations appear to be struggling with is the ability to keep up with the infrastructure demands coming from the large variety of Big Data, so Syncsort and Greenplum are helping its customers by offering solutions to integrate, store and analyze Big Data faster and more cost efficiently. Syncsort's DMExpress software makes it a lot easier... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.