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DevOps Round Up: Exclusive Phoenix Project Study, Agile Products Enhancement

DevOps Round Up: Exclusive Phoenix Project Study, Agile Products Enhancement

This past week featured a good number of DevOps developments. From Aerospike's new product launches to an exclusive study of the development team working on Missing World Media’s City of Heroes spiritual successor The Phoenix Project to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites study on leading DevOps vendors. Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites Agile development processes are transforming how software is delivered. Enterprises focus on rapid, incremental updates to their web, desktop and mobile applications instead of holding new features and fixes for one large release. Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites defines DevOps... more »
3 Nails in Ballmer's Coffin: Mobile, Music & Windows

3 Nails in Ballmer's Coffin: Mobile, Music & Windows

Last week, Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down within the next 12 months, or as soon as the special committee, led by John Thompson, found his replacement. Some have already drummed up possible candidates to fill his position and the list includes Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, former Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, Executive VP of Marketing Tami Reller, Executive VP Tony Bates, or Executive VP Satya Nadella. Here at SiliconANGLE, we’ve already covered some angles in Ballmer’s departure such as the challenges the company is currently facing, the Ballmer era... more »
Making the Transition to Managed Services Successfully

Making the Transition to Managed Services Successfully

History is filled with stories of seemingly great partnerships gone bad. After leading Roman slaves in a revolt that resulted in their freedom, Spartacus and Crixus argued on what to do next and parted company with their individual followers. Both were subsequently destroyed by the Roman Legions, one at a time. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote many songs together that made The Beatles the most successful musical act in history. Eventually, though, they went through a very ugly, public breakup and for a while used their prodigious talents to write songs attacking one another. Moving to the technology realm, Mark... more »
Big Data Security - How To Improve Your Network Protection

Big Data Security - How To Improve Your Network Protection

Today’s businesses not only face threats from outside cyber predators, but are at risk from inside jobs as well.   Earlier this year we learned about the risks of security systems built around a forensic model.  When activity can only be traced after it has occurred, it is usually too late (i.e. the Edward Snowden document leaks.) In order for the Enterprise to maintain stability from the inside out, the type of security a business is critical.  Of course there are many security options and countless approaches, but the type of security an organization employs can actually be detrimental to its... more »
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#VMWorld 2013 Round-Up : VMWare + OpenStack Take Center Stage

VMWorld 2013 kicked off last night, and the huge event is packed with storylines. What will we hear from Pivotal? Is Pat Gelsinger safe as CEO? What is his open source agenda? But the bell of the ball is OpenStack. Recent trends validate SiliconANGLE's editorial stance on Software-Led Infrastructure (SLI) aka Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI). The intersections of open source, Big Data, PaaS and IaaS are going to set the narrative of #vmworld 2013. A recent research report that surveyed the Wikibon community found that VMWare is still a strong brand. The challenge for VMware is sustaining leadership. Research firm Wikibon's own Dave... more »
Lenovo Takes the Offensive : Unveils Private Cloud Reference Architecture @ #VMworld

Lenovo Takes the Offensive : Unveils Private Cloud Reference Architecture @ #VMworld

Lenovo made a splash at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference with a cost-effective private cloud reference architecture for small- and medium-sized (SMB) businesses. The newly announced specification marries EMC’s Intel-based VNX storage systems with 2U ThinkServers from Lenovo to “reduce capital expenditure through higher utilization, simplified cabling and fewer network connections.” Customers can choose to virtualize their environments using either vSphere or Hyper-V. “Lenovo ThinkServer as a core component of a validated VSPEX architecture, specifies leading virtualization, server, and network technology to create a complete virtualization solution that enables SMBs to spend less time and money on IT infrastructure and more... more »
5 Notorious DDoS Attacks in 2013 : Big Problem for The Internet of Things

5 Notorious DDoS Attacks in 2013 : Big Problem for The Internet of Things

Early Sunday morning, part of the Chinese Internet went down in what the government is calling the largest denial-of-service attack it has ever faced. According to the China Internet Network Information Center, the attack began at 2 a.m. Sunday morning and was followed by an even more intense attack at 4 a.m. The attack was aimed at the registry that allows users to access sites with the extension “.cn,”. As originally reported by the Wall Street Journal, the attack is perhaps more an indicator of just how susceptible the global Internet infrastructure is to these types of attacks. China has one... more »
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Zenoss Re-Architects Management Solution with New Engine, Visualizations

Unified IT monitoring firm Zenoss has pulled the curtains back on the latest version of Zenoss Service Dynamics, its flagship operations management and analytics solution. The new version promises to deliver “service-level context” across physical, virtual and private and public cloud environments, as well hybrid deployments. The release introduces a streamlined ETL process, a reorganized schema and an upgraded business intelligence engine that supports in-memory columnar queries. Other additions include self service data mining and filtering, a new RESTful API for integration with front-end analytics tools, and additional graph libraries. The company says that its solution empowers admins to identify performance... more »
Can't Post A Photo of Your Dinner on Instagram? You're Not The Only One

Can't Post A Photo of Your Dinner on Instagram? You're Not The Only One

If you're finding it hard to see what your friend’s are up to on Instagram, or you've failed to post images of that bowl of ice cream you devoured earlier, it’s because Instagram was one of a number of popular web services that experienced a serious outage for several hours late on Sunday. Instagram was first to acknowledge the service interruption via Twitter.  Other services that experienced the interruption included Vine, Netflix, Heroku, Airbnb and IFTTT, all of whom (like Instagram) rely on servers that are based on Amazon Web Services. The problem started at 16:00 Eastern time or 21:00 GMT Sunday,... more »
Ballmer's Successor Faces Unenviable Job Cleaning Up His Mess

Ballmer's Successor Faces Unenviable Job Cleaning Up His Mess

Few people will say it, but under outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer's leadership, Microsoft has been enormously successful, growing and expanding, innovating, raking in billions of dollars for its shareholders. The profits are clear for all to see. Windows and Office continue to be cash cows. On the innovation side of things we've seen some brilliant ideas. Windows 8's interface was a truly radical departure from the old – unfortunately it was so radical that most people ended up hating it with a passion, but just imagine for a second if those metro tiles had been confined to mobile phones and... 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.