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Nobody Panic: Microsoft Isn't Rebranding Windows Azure

Nobody Panic: Microsoft Isn't Rebranding Windows Azure

From the "Somebody on the Internet said so" department: Following a blog post on Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, Microsoft Windows Azure customers are suddenly worried that Redmond has axed the "Azure" brand for its enterprise cloud services. Thurrott reported that the news came not in the form of a press release, blog entry, or executive interview, but in the form of a message to Azure customers, explaining that - for instance - Windows Azure Compute would be renamed "Cloud Services," AppFabric Cache would become simply "Cache," and SQL Azure would become "SQL Database." But it seems that the only people who... more »
RIM Appoints New COO and CMO Amidst Product Turmoil

RIM Appoints New COO and CMO Amidst Product Turmoil

Research in Motion announced two new additions to the company: Kristian Tear as the new chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as the new chief marketing officer.  Tear fills up the position vacated by Thorsten Heins when he was named the company’s CEO back in January. “Kristian and Frank bring extensive knowledge of the rapidly changing wireless global market and will help RIM as we sharpen our focus on delivering long-term value to our stakeholders,” said Heins in the company’s press release.  “Most importantly, both Kristian and Frank possess a keen understanding of the emerging trends in mobile communications and computing.” Tear... more »
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CTIA 2012 Kicks Off With New LTE Devices and Security Apps

The International CTIA Wireless 2012 trade show kicks off in New Orleans this week and will run until the 10th of May.  Tech companies gathered to showcase their latest products and services which will soon be available or launched at the event. Let’s look at some of the latest offerings from the industry’s finest. LG’s 4G smartphones LG Mobile showcases a wide range of cutting-edge mobile devices that features 4G LTE speed, advanced 3-D technology, and an enhanced user experience unlike any other. CTIA attendees who will drop by their booth can experience the affordable LG Viper 4G LTE with its eco-friendly features, the... more »
NASA, Air Force, Harvard Compromised by Hacker Crew ‘The Unknowns’

NASA, Air Force, Harvard Compromised by Hacker Crew ‘The Unknowns’

Last month saw a rash of hacks hit a variety of high profile targets including NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the French Ministry of Defense, the European Space Agency, the Bahrain Ministry of Defense, the Thai Royal Navy, and Harvard University’s School of Public Health—the attackers, acknowledged now as a hacker crew going by the moniker of “The Unknowns” absconded with documents from the afflicted organizations. Most of the attacks happened late in the month and we’re just now getting confirmation from organizations such as NASA. The hackers, meanwhile, posted proof of their exploits on Pastebin (http://pastebin.com/uhWSRrSf) including screenshots and pilfered... more »
Hadoop/MapReduce Worth $812.8 million in 2016 [Report]

Hadoop/MapReduce Worth $812.8 million in 2016 [Report]

A recent Wikibon report included a forecast about the future of the big data market as a whole, including revenue from all products and services that tie in with this area. The research firm believes that by 2017 big data will be worth a total of $53.4 billion, more than ten times its value in 2012. This industry breaks down across a number of segments, and Hadoop is one of the most significant. This week IDC released an outlook of its own for the Hadoop-MapReduce ecosystem, which concludes that we’ll probably be seeing tenfold growth in this field as well. The study... more »
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Apple and Samsung Lower Patent Claims, Apple Seeks iPhone 5 Domain

Today’s mobile news roundup features more iPhone 5 news, T-Mobile's unveiling of Passpoint, TwitPic for iPhones, and more. Apple filed claim for iPhone 5 domain It looks like Apple will be naming the next iPhone the “iPhone 5” as they filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization for the iPhone5.com domain name.  Anyone who visits the site will be seeing smartphone ads and forums with discussions regarding the rumored iPhone 5.  Apple doesn’t own the site, but they want to.  Currently, there’s an on going forum as to whether Apple should be given the rights to the site, while another... more »
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Big Data Adoption Too Slow in Public Sector, Govt Pays the Price

Storage solutions maker NetApp and MeriTalk, a community portal for government IT personnel, released a reported about the big data gap in public sectors – how organizations are seeing the same changes everyone else does, but are not as quick to adapt. Over 150 CIOs and managers participated in the study, and provided some statistics that offer a deeper glimpse into the way big data is being addressed on the federal side of the aisle. Only 60 percent of the respondents said that the agency they work for actively makes use of its data, while only 40 percent noted that the insight... more »
Small Victory for Android after Being Found Guilty of Java API Infringement

Small Victory for Android after Being Found Guilty of Java API Infringement

A small victory for Google, despite being found guilty for infringing on Oracle’s Java API copyrights, as U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Oracle won’t get the $1 billion in damages it seeks from Google because the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on whether or not Android’s use of Java is protected under “fair use.” The San Francisco jury, in deliberation since last Thursday, found that Google did in fact  infringe Oracle’s copyrights for programming tools and nine lines of code.  And for those nine lines, Oracle’s damages amount to no more than $150,000.  “There has been zero finding of... more »
Mobile Payments on the Rise, PayPal and Amazon Ahead of Google Wallet

Mobile Payments on the Rise, PayPal and Amazon Ahead of Google Wallet

JiWire, the location-based interactive media channel that connect advertisers to on-the-go mobile audience, released its latest Mobile Audience Insights Report. The JiWire Q1 2012 Report highlights the latest trends in connected device adoption, location and mobile shopping, as well as public Wi-Fi usage. According to the report, 70 percent of C-level executives and 73 percent of small business owners are more likely to use location based apps daily or on weekly basis. Business travelers mostly used travel, social networking and weather based apps.  Likewise, mid and small sized business travelers prefer booking reservation apps, followed by finding nearby business services. Mobile payments... more »
Checking in with Metro: Lessons in Rebranding for Windows 8

Checking in with Metro: Lessons in Rebranding for Windows 8

Microsoft introduced the Metro design language in October 2010, for use with Windows Phone. The ultimate goal in creating the Metro style was to apply Metro to all Microsoft products and services. Metro represented a new and different design approach rooted in a set of terms used to define user interactions, transitions, application, elements, and rules. Rather than being a highly prescriptive brand guideline, the Metro design language opened up a world of possibilities that could be creatively interpreted by developers and designers—a vocabulary to communicate  conceptual executions and gestures using vague but evocative key words like “clean” and “open.” These... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.