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Nvidia Prepares Graphics Card Lineup for the Cloud Gaming Era

Nvidia Prepares Graphics Card Lineup for the Cloud Gaming Era

The cloud has penetrated everything, even gaming, and Nvidia wants to craft the sails that will lead the gaming world into those cloudy waters with their upcoming Kepler-based graphics chips—these graphics cards will include features designed to enable cloud-gaming across the Internet and facilitate lower-lag with shinier graphics for the next generation of consoles. Essentially, the way Nvidia and others see it: home consoles can only go so far in power and strength requirements for graphics and this means a cost-barrier to customers. So gaming-as-a-service breaks in by allowing data centers to house extremely powerful graphics cards on servers that run... more »
Mr. October Reggie Jackson #44 on Leadership and SAP

Mr. October Reggie Jackson #44 on Leadership and SAP

Always ready to cover any and all technology related topics the Cube had a visit from the one and only Mr. October, Reggie Jackson at the SAPphire 2012 conference (see full interview below).  A Hall of Fame MVP Yankees and A's legend, Jackson is also an accomplished business man and he shared his experiences with the SAP organization and how he is sharing his knowledge with the people that make the company tick.  Donning a Callaway/SAP golf cap, Reggie retraces how he came to be associated with SAP. Several months ago, Reggie was invited by Callaway Golf Company, a global sporting goods publicly-traded... more »
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Microsoft a DevOps Player?

DevOps on Microsoft – Seems kind of at odds doesn’t it? DevOps as a movement has been very close to open source roots, allowing developers to really drive the course over operations and infrastructure. Microsoft is moving towards DevOps integration by integrating new features in the forthcoming release of Visual Studio 11. The product remains in beta – and a release date has not been announced. Microsoft has a release-filled schedule ahead for the rest of 2012, and it can be expected that the juggernaut will be a significant player in the movement. At the core of Visual Studio 11 is... more »
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SAP Saved the Best for Last - HANA SP4’s New Capabilities

It’s Day 3 of SAP SAPphire, and today the BI software maker finally released the most significant batch of HANA-related news scheduled from the event:  HANA service pack 4. The idea is that SAP customers can upgrade their deployment by purchasing service packs rather than new licenses, and this latest one packs more than enough marketability value.  First and foremost, the in-memory analytics appliance now features deep integration with Hadoop. Users can access data stored in Hive and Hadoop directly from HANA and the Sybase IQ database, a capability made more powerful thanks to the addition of text data processing. Being able... more »
Tablet Business Apps Roundup: Lookout Tops the List

Tablet Business Apps Roundup: Lookout Tops the List

This week Lookout for Android snatched the top spot in our list of iPad and Android tablet apps for professionals, one of the leading mobile security tools out there. The sheer amount of traction this particular app has received supported it through 7 different releases, and version 7.10 doesn’t disappoint either. Android Lookout Security & Antivirus Lookout earned its rather inclusive title by including a double set of features – one focused on protecting a user’s device from software-based threats that can be picked off the web, and another ensuring theft protection.  The app aims to cover everything from malware to pinpointing a... more »
Fab.com Social Upgrade Swaps Google+ for Pinterest

Fab.com Social Upgrade Swaps Google+ for Pinterest

Fab.com has nailed a lot of industry “firsts.”  It was the first flash sale site to focus on modern “hipster” products, and it was the first to successfully implement a social strategy.  Their social integration started with their own activity feed, which shows popular items viewed and purchased by others.  And their Facebook Timeline integration worked quite well.  The key step Fab took in their social strategy was incentivizing users with free credits, rewarding their sharing activity. And the strategy paid off well.  Fab reports 15% of all visits to the Live Feed result in a purchase, and that’s an amazing... more »
More Big Data Access with Kapow-Informatica Team Up

More Big Data Access with Kapow-Informatica Team Up

Kapow Software, an innovator in big data solutions, partnered with Informatica Corporation, a leader in data integration software, to introduce Informatica PowerExchange for Kapow Katalyst.  This new product offers enhanced big data solutions and will be made available as part of Informatica 9.5. Informatica PowerExchange for Kapow Katalyst solves important data problems to potentially add value to customers.  While internal data is limited, external data is massive, difficult to access and unwieldy.  Utilizing IT, Informatica PowerExchange for Kapow Katalyst allows users to extract large amounts of external data, easily structuring and tailoring it to their needs.  With the new ability to... more »
Millennial Beats Earnings Estimates Right off the Bat

Millennial Beats Earnings Estimates Right off the Bat

Mobile ad network operator Millennial Media, currently the second largest company in this space behind none other than Google, held its first ever earnings call this week.  They went public in late March, selling over 10 million shares for $13 a pop. The company reported a net loss of $4 million or 32 shares – more than the $23,000 or 8 cents per share in the same period last year.  Excluding items Millennial’s losses for the period shrink down to 5 cents per share, beating analysts’ estimates with a 2 cent margin. Revenue increased 53 percent year over year to $32.9 million in... more »
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SAP HANA Now the Biggest In-Memory Database in the World

SAP rolled out a list of new enhancements, features and integrations for SAP HANA today, demonstrating how SAP is treating it as a foundation for growth and acceleration of its core technology. Perhaps most significant is the news that SAP HANA stands as the world's largest in-memory database. It can handle ten billion records, 100 terabytes of data and 200 million query responses. It also delivers a clear message to Oracle that SAP is after them and has the data to prove it. Here's a quick break down on what SAP announced today: A HANA Service Pack new releases that include: - Ability to integrate... more »
A Metro Move for LinkedIn with Windows Phone Debut

A Metro Move for LinkedIn with Windows Phone Debut

As the market share for Windows Phone still lags far behind iOS and Android, promotional campaigns implemented by Microsoft and Nokia seem to pay off in their own way.  The Windows Phone Marketplace is home to many key applications, be it games (Angry Birds), utilities (Shazam) or community networks (Facebook, Twitter). And this weekend, social network LinkedIn has released its first full-featured application for Windows Phone. Less than 1 MB in size, the LinkedIn for Windows Phone app connects you to your LinkedIn networks. By design, it integrates seamlessly into Microsoft's Metro, an interface that's expected to empower developers in the... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.