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Numerous Banks Still Infected with Zeus, Conficker Malware

Numerous Banks Still Infected with Zeus, Conficker Malware

A recent report by Lookingglass Cyber Solutions suggests that approximately 18 of world’s largest banks are operating with systems infected with serious malware. Lookingglass conducted a study on 24 banks and discovered that most of banks were infected with malicious infections, including Conficker, DNSChanger, and Gameover Zeus, BlackHole Exploit Kit, and Fake AV. Since January, the research team tracked more than 104 malicious IP addresses, out of which the month of March had 42 million infected IP addresses, with 40 percent of them having multiple infections. A prominent thing that came out of the study is that despite cleaning their systems,... more »
33Across Launches Real-Time Personas

33Across Launches Real-Time Personas

33Across collects social data, lots of it, and sells it to publishers. It operates a ‘social graph’ that tracks the activities of 1.25 billion internet users worldwide, and  the sheer size of this data hoard is the main thing that earned the company a client portfolio of 375 Fortune 1000 marketers to the offering. This week the company extended its Brand Graph technology with the addition of 52 ‘Social Personas.’ As the name suggests this offering bundle is a collection of categories that divides audiences by demographics, location and other metrics, but there’s one twist that 33Across says make its solution is superior... more »
Can Smart TV Gaming Replace Game Consoles?

Can Smart TV Gaming Replace Game Consoles?

Television manufacturers are now focusing on making smart TVs as methods of connecting to the web and delivering content directly.  Smart TVs open up a whole new world of entertainment.  It allows you to enjoy media content straight from the internet without the need for a set-top box.  You can view movies or TV shows on services like Netflix, or update your Facebook status while watching your favorite program.  But aside from enjoying shows, video clips from YouTube or movies, smart TVs are opening a new world for gamers.  Before, you’d need game consoles such as an Xbox 360 or... more »
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Top iPhone and Android Apps Can Be BYOD's Biggest Threat

San Francisco-based mobile app security provider Appthority has released its App Reputation Report that unveils the hidden security risks for top mobile apps. The report discloses security issues raised by the BYOD movement, along with the top targeted app categories on the Android and iOS platform and the sensitive data that the apps can access. The Appthority Platform analyzed the top 50 free apps from Google Play and Apple’s App Store to find the risks involved in having BYOD mobile devices. The cloud-based Appthority platform is capable of identifying and grading risky activities in mobile apps including malware detection, corporate data exfiltration, and... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: Files, Alliances and $10M in Funding

A number of cloud updates cross the wired this week, and the ones coming from the direction of Google were among those that stood out the most. The search giant launched a partner program for vendors that want to get in on the Google Cloud Platform. That’s the name of several combined services including Cloud Storage, the Google App Engine and the BigQuery analytics engine  - offerings that have become extremely popular among developers. Equipped with new tools and resources courtesy of Google, partners will be able to expand the ecosystem with software and services that supplement the core Cloud Platform portfolio. Yesterday,... more »
Social Enterprise for Social Improvements

Social Enterprise for Social Improvements

If Coca Cola were a person, would it be your friend?  Or better yet, if it could talk, what would it say? Well, the truth is, companies such as Coca~Cola are very much like people in that they are doing what millions of people do everyday, and they are doing it big. Yes, I'm talking about social networking. Or, to put it in a business terms, marketing. Now, to answer our first question, yes, Coca~Cola would absolutely be your friend; all you have to do is log onto Facebook and like their page. As for the second question, what they would say is,... more »
Top NFC Vulnerabilities: Your Smartphone's Best Friend and Worst Nightmare

Top NFC Vulnerabilities: Your Smartphone's Best Friend and Worst Nightmare

At the Black Hat convention, researchers discussed how NFC tags can be used to exploit smartphone vulnerabilities.  It's a serious topic, as more and more devices are being shipped with NFC chips standard, and NFC technology is being leveraged for sharing content between phones, contactless payments and more. As a smartphone user, developer or retailer it's important to recognize the vulnerabilities that come with NFC technology.  It may be becoming a standard before it's been properly secured. Fuzzing Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner’s talk, entitled “Don’t Stand So Close to Me: An Analysis of the NFC Attack Surface,” described how NFC tags on... more »
Box Plays Nice with Microsoft, Comes to Windows Phone 7

Box Plays Nice with Microsoft, Comes to Windows Phone 7

Popular cloud storage service Box has not had many nice things to say about Microsoft or its popular Sharepoint platform. However, it seems Box likes the company enough to add support for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. The competition in the cloud storage space is enormous. If Box wants to come out on top, the company has to make its solution available on as many platforms as possible. It seems Windows Phone 7 is part of that equation. Box’s solution has long been touted as a viable and easier to use alternative to SharePoint, Microsoft’s enterprise collaboration software.  Box is used by companies such... more »
VMTurbo to Bring Workload Management to OpenStack

VMTurbo to Bring Workload Management to OpenStack

VMTurbo recently announced that it has joined the OpenStack community and plans to integrate its intelligent workload management solutions with the open source cloud platform. By becoming a member of OpenStack, VMTurbo joins approximately 180 other companies that have collaborated to produce an open source cloud computing platform and cloud standards for the industry. VMTurbo brings with it an automated and intelligent control plane for cloud computing and virtualization. Data centers can deploy the VMTurbo Operations Manager for infrastructure management and control. Features include the Economic Scheduling Engine that allocates resources based on business goals, as well as operations management, data... more »
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Oracle Finally Adds the Elastic to Exalogic

This week Oracle announced the second generation of its cloud in a box, Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. The newest release of the platform introduces several improvements, most notably, more virtualization capabilities. Oracle's improvements in version two may make the platform to finally live up to the elastic in its name. Exalogic includes a combination of hardware and software that according to Oracle is "engineered to work better together” (a fancy way of saying vendor lock-in). The platform includes compute, storage, operating system, infiniband networking and system management software and is specifically designed to run enterprise apps from Oracle. The company claims application... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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.