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Netflix Brings Cluster, Application Management to Amazon Web Services with Asgard Open Source Tool

Netflix Brings Cluster, Application Management to Amazon Web Services with Asgard Open Source Tool

Netflix is continuing its habit of releasing cloud tools to the open source community with the announcement that the source code for Asgard, the video provider's web interface for application deployment and Amazon Web Services cloud management, is now available under an Apache 2.0 license. Now, Netflix is a prominent Amazon Web Services customer, and as recently as last week's GigaOM Structure the company unofficially indicated that it has no plans to migrate off the service provider's platform. But Amazon Web Services' infrastructure-as-a-service platform and Netflix's cloud model are a few steps abstracted from each other. In other words, Netflix needs to... more »
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appMobi Spreads the Gospel of HTML5, Sees Facebook as Key to Mobile App Discovery

HTML5 is of growing interest to mobile developers in particular, but many questions have been raised about this gaining standard and its ability to unify our mobile experience.  Mobile development tools maker appMobi  recognizes the apprehension over HTML5, and hopes to ease our minds with some stats that demonstrate a very solid uptake of HTML5 solutions.  Within appMobi's network alone, some 50,000 developers have built at least one app in HTML5, while 25 percent of their developers have created three or more apps in HTML5. Just 12 months ago that number was only around 10,000.  The thousands of apps that are... more »
Windows 8: Meaner and Tougher On Security

Windows 8: Meaner and Tougher On Security

There’s so much hype regarding Microsoft’s Windows 8 which will be released later this year.  The new and improved OS boasts of a new interface that would streamline the experience across PCs and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. So what’s so great about Windows 8?  What makes it different from older Microsoft operating systems?  Well, for one, they’re getting tougher on malware and piracy. Tougher Windows OS Windows 8 will feature a picture password sign in option so unauthorized users, like pesky brothers/sisters/annoying roommate won’t be able to set their eyes on your secrets. As for those people who like using... more »
Accenture Closes Three Deals in One Week

Accenture Closes Three Deals in One Week

IT consultancy Accenture had a pretty good run last week, according to a Trefis report that says the company closed three high-profile deals in just seven days. Accenture’s first agreement was with Nordea, the largest banker in the Nordic region. The latter hired the firm to develop and maintain applications that will help improve its business over the course of the next five years: the deal covers risk management and HR applications, plus the upkeep of its existing compliance reporting tool. Accenture was also chosen by India’s Department of Electronics & Information Technology, which is looking to boost the nation’s role in the... more »
CPU Flaw Makes Intel Easy Target for Hackers, Cisco Patches Security Holes

CPU Flaw Makes Intel Easy Target for Hackers, Cisco Patches Security Holes

We have already entered the cloud era with several organizations joining the troop of public cloud adoption. But just like in any other transitions, there is the “fear” of something new or something unknown. To cloud and virtualization, concerns loom around security and/or vulnerability. It professionals are convinced that security threats largely emanate from within or the internal sources. This may not be just a simple case of an employee falling prey to viruses or attempting to access restricted company resources, it could be as significant as hardware and software problems. The last few weeks have been flickered with news... more »
Drobo Mini: A great idea with one big missing feature

Drobo Mini: A great idea with one big missing feature

This week, Drobo took the cover off of a product that’s been in development for quite some time: The Drobo Mini.  As is the case with all Drobos, the Mini features the company’s proprietary BeyondRAID technology, but it also does something more.  It allows an administrator to cram up to four 2.5” SATA disks into a 7.3” wide x 1.8” high x 7.1” deep space.  That makes the Mini a perfect traveling companion for pros that need their data on the go. No corners were cut Although the mini is pretty mini, it still boasts the full array of features found in... more »
UK Royal Society: Open Data is the Key to the Second Scientific Revolution

UK Royal Society: Open Data is the Key to the Second Scientific Revolution

The UK Royal Society is a fellowship of the world's most brilliant scientists. Founded in 1660, its members have included Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Distinguished thinkers Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee are current members of the society. It is arguably the most prestigious scientific community in the world. And so it is of note how strident it is about the importance of open data for the advancement of science. In Science as an open enterprise, a report published late last week, the UK Royal Society highlights six areas for action: Scientists need to be more open among... more »
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Skype for Android Hits 70M Downloads

Skype, the VoIP acquired by Microsoft last year that connects millions of people everyday, has been doing well in its mobile revival efforts.  It's  Android app alone has reached over 70 million downloads in Google Play. And because of the love they’re receiving from the Android community, they’ve added support for more Android devices.  Now, 1,300 Android devices from HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG and others, can enjoy Skyping with friends, colleagues and family.  It’s among the most popular VoIP app on Android with 25% of their top users using either Samsung or HTC smartphones.  Skype not only lets you... more »
Microsoft Acquires Yammer, Head-Scratching Ensues

Microsoft Acquires Yammer, Head-Scratching Ensues

In one of the worst kept secrets of 2012, Microsoft has announced today that it will be acquiring Yammer for $1.2 billion.  Yammer, a social enterprise software startup, is to become part of the Microsoft Office Division although Yammer employees will continue to report to CEO David Sacks.  Yammer will maintain its own path of developing its own products and services while “Microsoft pushes ahead to nudge further adoption alongside Sharepoint Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Skype.” In the statement released by Microsoft, they write, “The acquisition of Yammer adds best-in-class enterprise social networking to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud... more »
Boxopus Brings Torrents Out of the Cloud and Directly Into Your Dropbox

Boxopus Brings Torrents Out of the Cloud and Directly Into Your Dropbox

It’s strange that the function of peer-to-peer technology doesn’t often combine directly with cloud efforts because the strategy behind p2p fits so neatly into the jigsaw of the cloud. It certainly does combine behind the scenes more often than not, even though much of the media industry seems to be out to demonize BitTorrent, we can see that it’s the basis behind large distribution networks such as Pando and Scalify. Next on-the-spot is an app that hybridizes BitTorrent and Dropbox called Boxopus. It does this by hooking a users Dropbox up to a torrent initializer and allowing the download of torrents... more »

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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.

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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.

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