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Google vs Microsoft: When Tech Giants Fight Dirty

Google vs Microsoft: When Tech Giants Fight Dirty

Google and Microsoft have been embroiled in an ugly and protracted war of words for some time, and the rift between the two companies widened last week when the search giant moved to block the newly revamped 'official' YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google had previously done the same thing with the original YouTube for Windows Phone app before later agreeing to work with Microsoft to fix it, only to turn around and come up with a whole list of new reasons as to why the app still isn't acceptable. Microsoft was pretty pissed off the first time around, but managed... more »
HTC Losing Beats by Dre : The Fall From Grace is Littered With Bad Investments

HTC Losing Beats by Dre : The Fall From Grace is Littered With Bad Investments

In April of 2011 HTC was second only to Apple in U.S. smartphone sales. Think about that, a little over two years ago HTC was #2 in U.S. smartphone sales, as the "other guy" in the Apple vs. ? conversation. Since then, its shares have lost nearly 90 percent of their value and partners are jumping ship faster than the Titanic. Beats Electronics LLC, the creator of Beats by Dre headphones, is looking to buy out its Asian partner HTC. HTC Corp. still owns 25 percent of Beats By Dre, but the founders, music mogul Jimmy Iovine and American hip-hop producer... more »
VMware This Year: Key Acquisitions, Mobility + OpenStack

VMware This Year: Key Acquisitions, Mobility + OpenStack

Ahead of VMworld next week, we're taking a trip down memory lane looking at highlights from last year's event, as well as this year's biggest developments from VMware.  As the world shifts towards software-defined everything, virtualization remains a key focal point for many industries in the enterprise, and VMware is embracing the trend through updated products and open source contributions. Here's a look at what the company has been up to from the start of this year leading up to this year’s conference in San Francisco. VMware Marching Towards Software Defined Datacenter with Acquisition of Virsto VMware signed a definitive agreement to acquire... more »
Aerospike 3 Release Seeks a Step Up in NoSQL, Focuses On Real-Time Processing

Aerospike 3 Release Seeks a Step Up in NoSQL, Focuses On Real-Time Processing

For the past several years, NoSQL databases have provided a scalable, manageable, and stable method for dealing with modern scaling and data format challenges.  Aerospike real-time NoSQL database and key value store has broken the predictable performance barrier by applying established distributed systems principles, new real-time optimization techniques and flash storage (SSDs) technologies. Now, the newest release of Aerospike, dubbed Aerospike 3, adds support for distributed aggregations, complex and large data types and queries using secondary indexes and user-defined functions (UDFs). Built on Aerospike 2 architecture, the new release provides predictable high performance for processing terabytes of data and billions of... more »
Why Your Emails Will Never Be 100% Secure

Why Your Emails Will Never Be 100% Secure

Just days after the supposedly 'secure' email provider Lavabit, famously used by NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden, shut down its operations, a similar service going by the name of Silent Circle also decided to shut up shop last week. Silent Circle based its decision on the fact that it deemed it impossible to provide a 100% secure and encrypted email service, stating that no matter what level of encryption it used, so long as the metadata of user's emails existed somewhere (in the case of email, it has to), it couldn't live up to its promises. Following Silent Circle's announcement, a number of... more »
Hortonworks' New Windows Hadoop Platform Win for Both Companies and Users

Hortonworks' New Windows Hadoop Platform Win for Both Companies and Users

Hortonworks' August 13 announcement of Data Platform 1.3, a version of standard Hadoop version that runs native on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012, is a win for users and for both Hortonworks and Microsoft, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor and Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly. First it is a win for the many companies who run their data centers on Windows servers rather than Linux. IDC estimates that 75 percent of x86 servers are sold with Windows and only 25% with Linux, and until now that large group of Windows server users were locked out of the... more »
Four Reasons Why YouTube for Windows Phone Was Blocked

Four Reasons Why YouTube for Windows Phone Was Blocked

Google has once again taken down Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone for somewhat dubious reasons which the software giant claims are manufactured. “It seems to us that Google’s reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can’t give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting. The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it,” Microsoft stated in a blog post. In May, the MS YouTube app was taken down as per request by Google as the app did not show ads - Google’s primary money maker - and allowed users... more »
Weekly Internet of Things Review: From Wifi Trash Cans to Smart Cities

Weekly Internet of Things Review: From Wifi Trash Cans to Smart Cities

The Internet of Things is growing at an accelerating pace. This week a startup called Renew launched an initiative to transform London’s trash cans into high-tech geolocation trackers, Citrix got the word out about the benefits of BYOD for small businesses, and North Korea unveiled a new smartphone. Vietnam also grabbed headlines after it contracted IBM to enhance water and transportation infrastructure in its fourth largest city. On Monday, we reported that Renew is deploying on hundred internet-connected recycling bins that can track pedestrians’ phones over Wifi. The bins will aggregate Mac addresses in real time to provide marketers with new... more »
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Weekly Security Review: Funding and Privacy

Cybersecurity was a major focal point this week. Cyvera received funding for its zero-day attack prevention technology, hackers found a way to compromise legitimate apps, and Edward Snowden leaked new details about the NSA’s domestic snooping operation. In related news, Consumer Watchdog released a document in which Google openly admits to violating email users’ privacy. On Tuesday, Cyvera announced that it has closed a $11 million funding round by Battery Ventures. Private investors Prof. Ehud Weinstein and Dr. Ofir Shalvi also participated in the round. Cyvera’s flagship solution is an anti-malware platform called Targeted Remote Attack Prevention System (TRAPS). The offering consists... more »
Mobile Roundup: New Nokia Windows RT Tablet & iPhone Price Rumors

Mobile Roundup: New Nokia Windows RT Tablet & iPhone Price Rumors

Friday’s are usually laid back but the mobile sector got a lot of buzz today.  From a rumored Nokia tablet to the next iPhone’s possible price, and a smartwatch launching next month, there's lots to get excited about this weekend. Nokia tablet and Amber update   According to sources, Nokia is readying for a special event in New York on September 26, 2013, where the Finnish company is said to be unveiling its first ever Windows RT tablet. Sources claimed that it will feature a 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 10.1” display 5-point touchscreen with 1080p resolution and wide viewing angle,... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.