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HP, VMware Handling their Business : A Bigger Software Picture

HP, VMware Handling their Business : A Bigger Software Picture

We've passed the halfway point of 2013, offering a reflective reprieve for the year's first two quarters.  Many enterprise tech companies are undergoing massive transitions in their respective fields, and at the end of summer we look back on how these companies have fared. Hewlett-Packard has tackled rough waters in 2013, with less than stellar earnings for Q2.  But its software services revenue is up, validating the C-level and product changes new CEO Meg Whitman has put into motion (read Editor-in-Chief John Furrier's opEd here).  VMware is another company undergoing change, fighting to maintain its leadership in a rapidly growing virtualization... more »
Extreme Tech: RFID Chip Implants to Store Your Most Secretive Files

Extreme Tech: RFID Chip Implants to Store Your Most Secretive Files

When we think about files and storage, we always imagine devices like USB keys, external hard drives, the cloud, SD cards, mobile devices and so on.  The problem with these types of storage devices is that one could easily lose an SD card or USB key, we have to carry these things around, and you can’t access your data in the cloud if you don't have an internet connection. Aside from that, these devices can all easily be hacked or stolen.  So if you have sensitive files stored in them, well, you’re screwed. So how can we overcome these kinds of... more »
Why Yahoo's ComScore Crown Doesn't Mean Crap

Why Yahoo's ComScore Crown Doesn't Mean Crap

Yahoo raised a few eyebrows yesterday when ComScore reported that its home page drew more hits than that of Google's, leading some to speculate that it might finally be winning over new users after years in the doldrums. That could be so – but then again, could these stats be misleading us? After all ComScore's stats are strictly related to one platform only, the PC, and completely ignore the most important battlefield in modern day computing – mobile. What with Smartphones and tablets excluded from ComScore's final tally, it's impossible to say just how well Yahoo stacks up against Google when... more »
Windows Phone Surpasses Apple - But Only in Latin America

Windows Phone Surpasses Apple - But Only in Latin America

This might be hard to believe, but Windows Phone has just become the second most-widely used mobile OS in all of Latin America.  Research firm IDC recently released its Mobile Phone Tracker report, which showed that during the second quarter of 2013, Windows Phone managed to leapfrog both Blackberry and Apple, moving from the 4th most widely used mobile OS in the region to the second spot behind leaders Android. The popularity of Windows Phone in Latin America is attributed to the fact that there are many low-end devices being offered that run Microsoft's mobile OS.  Nokia is of course the... more »
Lenovo Snubs Microsoft With Pokki's "Real" Start Menu & App Store

Lenovo Snubs Microsoft With Pokki's "Real" Start Menu & App Store

Microsoft might be confident that its forthcoming Windows 8.1 updates will be enough to satisfy the legions of critics who've made a hobby out of bashing its latest OS, it seems that the world's largest PC maker is less convinced. Fact is, as good as Microsoft's planned updates might sound (bringing back the Start button, booting to desktop etc), they're still not entirely what users have been asking for. Users want a 'real' start menu, not some silly gimmick that Microsoft is talking about, and now Lenovo, which recently surpassed HP as the world's top PC maker, is happy to oblige... more »
Did Hackers Take Down NASDAQ?

Did Hackers Take Down NASDAQ?

We’ve been on this soapbox repeatedly – critical infrastructure, energy, financial targets.  These very visible, high-value targets comprise some of the most critically sensitive operations in the industry.  Watching the news wire today, news emerged that a significant disruption caused the NASDAQ trading market to shut down for more than three hours starting at 9:20am PST.  The problem manifested itself in the quote processing system, prompting the first awareness of the issue.  The problem is reminiscent of another NASDAQ incident in May 2013 during which Facebook’s IPO was bungled due to a “software glitch”.  That incident prompted a 10 million... more »
DefCon Hackers Support Electronic Freedoms With Art

DefCon Hackers Support Electronic Freedoms With Art

DefCon is the world's longest running and largest underground hacking conference.  It's one of those events that with each passing year gets more focus in the news.  The things that come out of there have caught quite a bit of attention in the recent past and this year was no different.  Along with that increased attention comes the corporate elements that move in to these events, the sales booths, the recruiting, the marketing. Earlier this year the founder of DefCon, Dark Tangent made the statement for the Feds to tone down their presence at this year's conference, due to the... more »
Vertica the Bright Star in a Dismal Quarter for HP

Vertica the Bright Star in a Dismal Quarter for HP

Vertica is the one bright star in what otherwise is a dismal quarter for HP that saw CEO Meg Whitman warn of a no-growth fiscal year and announce a management shake-up in HP's Enterprise Group, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly. HP reported an 8 percent year-to-year revenue decrease to $27.2B for the quarter down across all its major groups except the software division, and company stock dropped more than 6 percent in after-hours trading after Thursday's announcement. Software revenue was up 1 percent year-to-year and 4.3 percent from the second quarter to $27.2B. In her analyst conference call Whitman... more »
3D Printing Revolution: Teen Developed Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

3D Printing Revolution: Teen Developed Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

3D printing is quickly proving that it will revolutionize the world of prosthetic limbs. Now we have one more inspiring story of a teen that has used the technology to make prosthesis cheaper and more accessible. Easton LaChappelle, a 17-year-old from Colorado, has developed new arm prosthesis with a 3D printer. The advantage lies in its cost of production, which is 160 times less expensive than other available on the market. Using free online resources, he used a 3D printer to create a fully functional prosthetic arm accompanied by a hand with the technology of robotics. An invention that has earned this... more »
Symplified and Xamarin Partner to Bring Mobile Developer SDK to Build Native Mobile Applications

Symplified and Xamarin Partner to Bring Mobile Developer SDK to Build Native Mobile Applications

Developers need a simpler and easier way to build and test across the hundreds of devices and multiple platforms out there. Xamarin, a maker of cross-platform mobile application development tools and Symplified, an identity-as-a-service solution provider have entered into an alliance to develop Mobile Developer SDK for mobile developers to secure their enterprise applications running on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, as well as Mac desktops. Under the new agreement, the Identity and Access Management (IAM) library for Xamarin Component Store will provide the Symplified Mobile Developer SDK. This SDK enables developers to easily integrate single sign on authentication technology into... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.