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Facebook IPO Buzz Spurs Investor Enthusiasm Across Verticals

Here's a hefty number for ya: $96 billion. That’s the valuation amount Facebook, the massive social network with a user base of over 900 million, is hoping to reach after its May 18 initial public offering. “The filing starts the clock for Facebook's executives to persuade investors ahead of a scheduled May 18 initial public offering that the social network deserves such a lofty price," reports the Wall Street Journal.  "Eight-year-old Facebook would become the most valuable U.S. technology company at the time of an IPO, exceeding Google Inc.'s $23 billion valuation in 2004.” As a matter of fact, if Facebook succeeds in raising the... more »
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YouSendIt Hits the 30M User Mark, Reaches other Milestones in Q1

YouSendIt has been doing remarkably well in the past 12 months, according to some new data that the company released about its growth and other achievements in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. YouSendIt didn’t disclose revenue or profit, but it’s safe to assume that it has improved quite a bit in at least one of these areas. The firm says that the number of registered users ballooned by 71 percent since last year to 30 million, and the amount of paying subscribers increased by  59 percent  to 585,000. The collaboration cloud provider offers two different monthly plans with pricing ranging between... more »
The Perfect Geek Gift for Mother's Day

The Perfect Geek Gift for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and many of us struggle with ideas for what to give the woman who birthed and raised  us.  There's always flowers, gift certificates, jewelry, dinner or the simple pleasures of a peaceful day free of chores with breakfast and bed.  Any of these used to be enough to make mom happy but these days, moms are as techie as the rest.  So why not give them something they'll really enjoy, like a new gadget or some cool apps? Here are some few cool ideas: Gadgets Tablet - either replace the old tablet she’s using, or if your mom... more »
Is Encryption the Answer to Data Security in the Cloud?

Is Encryption the Answer to Data Security in the Cloud?

The near simultaneous advent of cloud, true mobile, and big data technologies has hugely complicated data security, a problem that many companies are only beginning to understand, says Securosis Analyst and President Mike Rothman. This growing realization is helping to drive adoption of data encryption. But while encryption is an important tool for protecting data that no longer resides solely and always inside corporate firewalls, Rothman warns that it should not be seen as a silver bullet for security issues. “It's very hard to make generic statements about encryption because there are so many variables,” he says. Whether encryption is the right tool depends in... more »
Cisco Gets Deeper into Data Analytics with Truviso Buy

Cisco Gets Deeper into Data Analytics with Truviso Buy

Networking solutions maker Cisco announced that it will be acquiring a firm called Truviso for a sum that has not be disclosed; the deal is expected to finalize sometime in the fourth quarter. The Foster City-based Truviso makes analytics and reporting software specifically for networking environments, with the objective of optimizing resource utilization by identifying system behaviors. “Customers want to be able to tap into and better analyze the enormous volume of data traversing their networks to identify ways to enhance services and generate new revenue opportunities,” said Jamie Lerner, vice president and general manager, Cisco Network Management Technology Group.  “Embedding Truviso’s... more »
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The Samsung Galaxy SIII - Full Specs and Early Reactions

Samsung finally unveiled the Samsung Galaxy SIII in their Unpacked event at London’s Earl’s Court last night.  So for those of you missed the launch, here’s an overview of what the new Galaxy offers. Specifications It only measures 8.6mm thick and weighs only 133 grams.  It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) Pentile (no Plus) display, Exynos 4 Quad processor @ 1.4Ghz for HSPA version, and 1GB of RAM.  An 8MP autofocus rear camera with flash, Zero Lag Shutter and BSI Image sensor while the front camera is 1.9 MP HD with flash and also features the Zero Lag Shutter. Offers... more »
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Google's Android Lost Revenue In 2010

Today’s mobile roundup features the new Samsung Galaxy SIII, Android losing money in 2010, the latest information on dropped calls experienced by mobile subscribers and more. Samsung Galaxy SIII Samsung finally unveiled the Samsung Galaxy SIII at their Unpacked event at London’s Earl’s Court yesterday.  The phone is larger than its predecessor the Galaxy SII and offers new features such as, S Voice, Smart alert, Smart Stay and a lot more.  For the full specifications and features of the phone, see here for SiliconANGLE’s coverage of the device. Android lost revenue in 2010 Presiding over the Google-Oracle case, US District Judge William Alsup concurred that... more »
Kanban Hackers Extend Rally ALM Tool at Hackathon

Kanban Hackers Extend Rally ALM Tool at Hackathon

This week agile application lifecycle management vendor Rally held a hackathon in Boulder, CO to celebrate the new version of the company's App SDK, which gives developers full access to all artifacts and can take you back to older states, and the launch of its Analytics API. First place was a tie between Kanban Time Machine, a tool that let's you browse through a virtual Kanban board's history, and Plan Plan Palatable, a tool that adds hierarchal structures to Rally's Portfolio Items feature. Third place went to a project that makes it easier to see a burn-up chart for an... more »
#Antisec Mastermind Anarchaos Indicted in Lulzsec Cases

#Antisec Mastermind Anarchaos Indicted in Lulzsec Cases

Jeremy “Anarchaos” Hammond has been indicted in the revised Anonymous/Lulzsec case, as charged by a federal grand jury.  The case includes the attacks against Stratfor and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  While Hammond was one of the original named parties in the conspiracy indictment, he had not been charged with these acts at that time. Hammond is accused of being the lead coordinator on the attack on the Arizona DPS in mid-2011 and the Stratfor attacks that took place between December of 2011 and March of this year.  The Arizona DPS attack included a trove of hacked emails, and internal... more »
Ross Mayfield Sells 2 Companies in One Week: SocialText and SlideShare

Ross Mayfield Sells 2 Companies in One Week: SocialText and SlideShare

Ross Mayfield, founder of the enterprise social network platform Socialtext and VP of business development of SlideShare had both of his companies acquired this week: Socialtext to Bedford Funding and SlideShare to LinkedIn. Mayfield, who left his role as president of Socialtext for the VP role at Slideshare last year, assures me this was "merely a happy coincidence." Mayfield stayed on as chairman of the board of directors of Socialtext, but now according to Alan Lepofsky Socialtext CEO Eugene Lee will be reporting to Bedford Funding Managing Partner Charles S. Jones. The Convergence of HCM and Enterprise Social Networking Bedford Holdings... 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.