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Google Cloud Platform Ecosystem Expands With Partner Program

Google Cloud Platform - the currently-favored name for the division that includes Google BigQuery, Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage, and the just-launched Google Compute Engine - is expanding its ecosystem with a new partner program that's bringing service providers, systems integrators, and technology vendors into the search giant's cloud fold as it tries to build its ecosystem. For the channel, Google is providing "tools, training and resources" to get integrators and resellers up to speed with the portfolio and offer consulting and implementation services. In practical terms, that means providing these so-called Service Partners with tools for service provider partners to develop... more »
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SpringCM Debuts Enterprise-Ready File Sharing Feature

Enterprise content management system provider SpringCM has added a new file sync feature to its platform. SpringCM Business Sync is dubbed as a much more viable alternative to consumer-focused alternatives because it doesn’t focus on just working. It also adds a very comprehensive layer of control on top of the core file synchronization functionality that's likely important for enterprise. One of the main highlights of Business Sync is how it enhances file sharing options for file and folders beyond. The software adds a number of sharing options like  limiting sharing  to specific documents or a category of content like marketing material, this assures... more »
Romney And Iran Find Common Ground: They Can't Stop Internet Porn

Romney And Iran Find Common Ground: They Can't Stop Internet Porn

Mitt Romney probably doesn’t see himself as the kind of man who’s willing to make too many concessions to Iran any more than the rest of us do, but could it be that the two ‘entities’ have more in common than they like to admit? For one thing, Romney and the Iranian mullahs both share a great amount of fervor when it comes to their religion, and then there’s the violent tendencies – both seem to itching for a fight, with Romney promising to do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop the mad mullahs getting their hands on nuclear weapons, while the... more »
MapR, Talend Join Google Cloud Platform Partner Program

MapR, Talend Join Google Cloud Platform Partner Program

MapR Technologies announced today that it has joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program as a Technology Partner. MapR, which provides enterprise-level distribution for the open source database system Apache Hadoop, had already revealed plans to make that distribution available via the Google Compute Engine. The move to Google Cloud Platform Partner will give MapR greater ability to integrate the platform with Google's Compute Engine. MapR has recently made several over moves in the Big Data arena, including Drawn To Scale's announcement that MapR will partner with it to distribute MapR's M3 Edition with Drawn to Scale's Spire. MapR also named... more »
Y Combinator Backed Chute Gets $2.7M In Funding, Brings More Social for Developers

Y Combinator Backed Chute Gets $2.7M In Funding, Brings More Social for Developers

Chute, a Y Combinator backed company that helps apps and sites capture, manage and display media files, just closed a $2.7 million round of funding led by Freestyle Capital with the participation of  Battery Ventures, USVP and Salesforce.com, as well as individual investors Joe Fernandez, Binh Tran and Joshua Reeves. “The best brands and publishers in the industry are bringing user generated media alive and displaying it on their site, on their Facebook pages, in their mobile apps, or at live events; anywhere their content lives,” said Ranvir Gujral, Co-Founder of Chute. “Chute lets them do this. With Chute, publishers, brands,... more »
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Cisco Cuts Over 1000 Jobs Amidst Market Changes

Networking kingpin Cisco is sending out about 1,200 pink slips in what its referring to as a simplification of the company. The full statement from Karen Tillman, vice president of corporate communication, explains the almost two percent of Cisco's global workforce saying, “These actions, subject to local legal requirements, including consultation where required, are part of a continuous process of simplifying the company, as well as assessing the economic environment in certain parts of the world.” China is a particularly sensitive regions for Cisco right now. Huawei is gobbling up bigger and bigger chunks of the markets, while other firms such as Arista Networks are... more »
Dell Debuts New Data Retention Solution for the Enterprise

Dell Debuts New Data Retention Solution for the Enterprise

Hardware maker Dell has been eyeing the storage market for quite some time now. The company confirmed a huge commitment to this market at this year’s Dell Storage Forum, and is now gradually becoming more aggressive with its efforts. This week the manufacturer debuted a new big data retention offering that lists high-scalability as a main selling point.  That is coupled with an attempt to cater to several different audiences: the core product can be used as nothing more than just a repository, but can also be the foundation of a more comprehensive analytics solution: customers can choose to run the... more »
New Kindle Fires May Come As Early As July 31

New Kindle Fires May Come As Early As July 31

In our last Amazon piece, we mentioned their upcoming Kindle Fire, or should I say Kindle Fires, since news surfaced that Amazon will be launching Kindle Fires of various sizes. According to Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples Inc., Amazon is getting ready to release 5-6 tablets of different sizes as they push to sell more media content such as MP3s, movies, e-books, TV shows, apps and a lot more.  The array of new Kindle Fires will include something that could directly compete with Google’s Nexus 7, and a 10-inch tablet that would compete with larger tablets like the... more »
Gaming Site Gamigo Hacked, 8 Million User E-mail Addresses and Passwords Leaked

Gaming Site Gamigo Hacked, 8 Million User E-mail Addresses and Passwords Leaked

About four months ago free-to-play publisher and gaming site Gamigo warned users about a potential hacker breach of their databases, and last week that warning came to fruition: over 8 million usernames, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords have been published to the web from that hack. Forbes contacted the data breach alert service PwndList about the leak and learned that the totality of the data weighs in about half a gigabyte and was posted to the password-cracking forum Inside Pro earlier this month. According to PwndList founder Steve Thomas, the file was uploaded to the forums earlier this month and was... more »
President Obama Endorses the Cybersecurity Bill, Advises Taking Cyber Threats Seriously

President Obama Endorses the Cybersecurity Bill, Advises Taking Cyber Threats Seriously

Noting rising concern about the ongoing cyber attacks and threats, especially to the critical infrastructure, President Barack Obama and The White House have endorsed a cybersecurity bill that will strengthen the nation's digital defenses. Since last year, a series of attacks was conducted on the critical infrastructure of the country, such as a water plant in Texas disconnected its control system from the Internet after a hacker posted pictures of the facility's internal controls, hackers penetrated the networks of companies that operated country’s natural-gas pipelines, and increased attacks on the nuclear and chemical industries. “Today we can see the cyber threat... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.