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Interop 2012 Recap: New Products from HP, Cisco and Huawei

The Interop Business Technology conference, held annually in Tokyo, New York, Mumbai and India, is underway. This is the 26th year for conference, being held May 6-10, in Las Vegas. This year’s conference features keynotes from the CTOs of Cisco, VMware, Zynga and Rackspace  and offers dozens of sessions organized in eight tracks: cloud computing collaboration data center information security and risk management networking storage virtualization wireless and mobility IT management This year’s tracks are very similar to the topics discussed in 2011, but enterprise 2.0, future of work, service delivery, unified communications and video have disappeared from this year’s agenda. The conference may be packed with content and opportunities... more »
QLogic and Extreme Networks Offer Fiber Channel/FCoE Interoperability

QLogic and Extreme Networks Offer Fiber Channel/FCoE Interoperability

QLogic has partnered up with Extreme Networks to integrate their portfolios on the premise of allowing Ethernet environments to connect to both fibre channel and fibre channel over Ethernet networks.  The initiative brings Extreme Networks’ Open Fabric Architecture 10GbE and 40GbE switches with QLogic’s FC and FCoE storage. The BlackDiamond and Summit series switches will now work with the QLogic 10GbE converged network adapters, as well as the QLogic 5800 series and Universal Access PointUA5900 series fibre channel switches. “Customer requirements to reduce costs are driving data center network convergence,” said David Ginsburg, CMO for Extreme Networks. “Working with QLogic, a pioneer in the... more »
Mobile Spending in the Finance Vertical Grows 300% [Report]

Mobile Spending in the Finance Vertical Grows 300% [Report]

Millennial Media has published its Mobile Intel Series: Finance report for 2011, detailing the numbers behind mobile finance and spending in this vertical, including the types of finance brands investing in mobile, and patterns around engaging consumers. The study was conducted by Millennial Media and comScore, highlighting how finance brands can use mobile to reach & engage consumers and build loyalty.  It also uncovers leading finance brands in mobile today, and how mobile users are using their mobile devices for financial initiatives. Starting with general stats, 80 percent of mobile finance users now use a smartphone, an increase of 55 percent over the previous... more »
Samsung and Visa's Official Olympics Phone with PayWave

Samsung and Visa's Official Olympics Phone with PayWave

Today’s mobile news roundup features Samsung and Visa’s partnership for the Olympics, RIM's newest device, Apple's redesigned microSIM, and more. Samsung and Visa announce official Summer Olympics phone Samsung Electronics and Visa announced that the Samsung GALAXY S III, the latest Samsung smartphone unveiled only last week, will be Samsung's Olympic Games Phone during the London 2012 Games. The Samsung Galaxy SIII comes equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) payment capabilities.  A limited edition Galaxy SIII equipped with Visa’s payment application, payWave, will be available for Samsung and Visa sponsored athletes and trialists, making it possible to buy merchandise with a wave of the device... more »
Lucid Imagination Expands Beyond Search with Big Data Application Development Platform

Lucid Imagination Expands Beyond Search with Big Data Application Development Platform

Lucid Imagination expanded its horizons today with the beta release of a new Big Data platform that merges two distinct but complimentary capabilities – Big Data processing/analytics and Big Data search. LucidWorks Big Data combines Lucene/Solr, the open source, scalable search technology, with Hadoop in one platform for building end-user applications that leverage both structured and unstructured data sets. It includes support for Mahout and R for machine learning and advanced analytics, respectively. The platform is optimized for cloud deployments but can also be deployed on-premise, and includes a secure REST API for application integration and administration, according to the company. The company... more »
DW-as-a-Service Provider Kognitio Pairs In-Memory Analytic Engine with Hadoop

DW-as-a-Service Provider Kognitio Pairs In-Memory Analytic Engine with Hadoop

Kognitio and Hortonworks today announced a partnership that results in tight integration of the former’s in-memory analytic database with Apache Hadoop. The goal is to compliment Hadoop’s batch-oriented, large-scale Big Data storage and processing capabilities with lightening fast ad hoc analytic querying capabilities brought to bear by the Kognitio Analytic Platform, also called WX2. WX2 is a 100%, native in-memory analytics engine that is capable of storing tens of terabytes of data in RAM, significantly speeding up query times. It can be deployed on premise or in the cloud, public or private, and delivered as a service. The partnership includes a custom... more »
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AppFog Joins OpenStack - Calls Out AWS for its Developer Unfriendliness

AppFog's Cloud Foundry-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is coming to OpenStack clouds in a big way, now that the developer has joined the open source cloud operating system's community. AppFog CEO Lucas Carlson is billing the move as making PaaS a first-class citizen in the OpenStack ecosystem - and as a strike against Amazon Web Services for its unfriendly ways with developers. The real disruptive factor of this announcement, Carlson says, is that for the first time, developers have the option of deploying PaaS across OpenStack public cloud service providers. The first wave of OpenStack compatibility includes the ability to deploy applications with behemoths like... more »
Microsoft Offers 4GB Xbox For $99 -- With Xbox LIVE Contract?

Microsoft Offers 4GB Xbox For $99 -- With Xbox LIVE Contract?

As sales of Microsoft’s Xbox console dwindles, the company came up with a new plan to pick things up a bit. Gamers can now purchase a 4GB Xbox for only $99 as part of a test program in 17 of their branded retail stores in the U.S. but here’s the catch, they need to agree to a two-year Xbox Live Gold contract that would cost $15/month. The Xbox Live Gold subscription will allow gamers to play with one another, stream videos and other contents from companies like Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Hulu LLC. For some, this new offering is the answer to their... more »
There's No Such Thing as the Perfect Developer Laptop

There's No Such Thing as the Perfect Developer Laptop

Yesterday's post about Dell's experimental developer-centric laptop Project Sputnik struck a chord. It's the most popular post we've done at DevOpsAngle, it has 181 comments on Hacker News so far and Dell's collected 40 suggestions on its IdeaStorm feedback site. One clear theme: There's no such thing as the perfect developer laptop. Needs vary quite a bit depending not just on developer taste, but on the type of development being done. Systems developers have different needs from Web application developers. as RedMonk analyst Donnie Berkholz wrote on Twitter: "Funny watching the debate on the 'perfect' dev laptop. Screen glossy or matte?... more »
Latest from InterOp: Zynga’s in-house AWS

Latest from InterOp: Zynga’s in-house AWS

One of the newest highlights of the InterOp gathering held this week at Las Vegas is the Zynga keynote, in which the company detailed its own cloud use case, Wikibon’s David Cahill attended and reported his observations  from the showroom floor. The social game developer has a lot of users to support – one in ten people with access to the internet play a Zynga game at least once a month, and there are approximately 250 million active monthly users that play on a regular basis. Powering all this activity requires a lot of resources. The keynote covered the company’s gradual shift... 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.