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VMWare Makes Its Move in the Big Data Market

VMware is making progress on its goal to become a player in the big data market. Back in February, Richard McDougall, Application Infrastructure CTO and Principal Engineer in the Office of the CTO, blogged about the company’s plans for expansion into the big data market. Big data is definitely a growth area, but is it a smart investment for VMWare? VMWare is striving to create a leading platform for “big, fast and flexible data in the cloud.” VMWare released Spring Hadoop to help developers create applications with Apache Hadoop and the Spring framework to. Then in April, VMware purchased of online... more »
Five Years of iPhone Love - A Birthday Celebration for Apple

Five Years of iPhone Love - A Birthday Celebration for Apple

June 29th may just be an ordinary day for some - perhaps a typical Friday.  But that date is significant for others as it very well could be someone’s birthday, anniversary, or the day that changed the entire world of tech. For me, June 29th marks my first anniversary here at SiliconANGLE and that's awesome in itself.  But I’ll be sharing this special day with a huge company’s product launch: the Apple’s iPhone.  This date marks the fifth year anniversary of the first widespread, touchscreen smartphone. It was the 29th of June, 2007 when fanbois lined up to get their hands on... more »
75 Million Dollar Cyber Bank Robbery

75 Million Dollar Cyber Bank Robbery

Breaking this morning from Sky News is a report that a massive cyber fraud scheme has been uncovered on over 60 banking institutions around the world.  The scheme has pilfered an estimated 75 million dollars from a number of high balance accounts from the various institutions.  Automated software has infiltrated server systems and utilized a system of mule accounts in staged events.   Apparently the system was enabled by “an insider level of understanding” and was able to avert detection methods built in place for suspicious actions.  The attack is suspected to be infiltrating North and South American banking institutions. The study by McAfee... more »
New Partnership Harnesses Big Data for Citizen Engagement

New Partnership Harnesses Big Data for Citizen Engagement

Initiatives to harness Big Data to serve the public good are gaining momentum with increased partnerships and financial support. In the spirit of “Data for the Greater Good,” Civic Impulse is joining with LegiNation to exchange data that will provide individuals, advocacy groups, businesses and legislative professionals access to information to better engage with government. GovTrack.us, a 2006 Webby Award nominee, is a tool by Civic Impulse, which helps the public monitor activities in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, promoting and innovating government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology. LegiNation developed BillTrack50 a tool that tracks... more »
Pinterest Fans Will be Disappointed if No Android App Appears at Google I/O

Pinterest Fans Will be Disappointed if No Android App Appears at Google I/O

Pinterest, the popular social interest website, has been notably absent from Android phones up until now, but fans were hopeful that that was about to change following reports the online giant is set to make an appearance at Google’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco this week. The rumor was first sparked by Ausdroid, an Australian blog which reported on Sunday that Pinterest had been listed as an Android-related exhibitor during the two-day exhibition. Ausdroid even managed to produce a screenshot, which clearly states that Pinterest is “now available for Android”, although so far, that simply isn’t the case. Speculation has since... more »
Microsoft Fined Over $1 Billion By EU

Microsoft Fined Over $1 Billion By EU

The European General Court is making Microsoft Corp. pay €860 million ($1.07 billion) as fine for failing to comply with the European Union’s 2008 request that the software giant share their product information with competitors. Microsoft wasn’t happy with the decision stating that, in the first place, the EU should not have been allowed to impose a fine back in 2008.  That appeal was trashed by the court but was kind enough to lower the fine from €899 million to €860 million. "This is a vindication of the tough line that the Commission had taken in enforcing its decision," said Michael Reynolds,... more »
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Piston Cloud and GridCentric Unveil OpenStack-powered VDI

Piston Cloud, a startup that offers a commercial distribution of the OpenStack cloud OS, announced an OEM agreement with GridCentric to integrate its VMS technology with Piston Enterprise. Gridcentric’s Virtual Memory Streaming software is a virtualization solution developed for VDI that, among other things, offers a memory reduction of up to 50 percent. That means the number of virtual desktops in a deployment can be doubled, and now it ships with every single Piston Enterprise license. GridCentric also claims that VMS is geared to handle so called ‘boot storms’ –when a large number of concurrent users all log in at the same... more »
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Apple Wins - Samsung Galaxy Tab Banned from US

Earlier this week, US District Judge Richard Posner dismissed a patent suit filed by Apple against Motorola Mobility seeking to ban their devices from being sold in the US.  The case was dismissed with prejudice - both cannot refile the case but can appeal the ruling. This was an important battle for companies such as Apple who seek to hinder others’ progress by filing patent infringement claims.  But that was a small matter for Apple - they’ve won something big. Apple wins injunction over Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Apple and Samsung are the top competitors in the mobile realm though they once had... more »
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Google to Unveil Their Own Tablet with Android Jelly Bean Today?

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple being granted preliminary injunction in the US, Google's expected plans to unveil a Kindle Fire competitor, and Breezy's unveiling of print functionality for mobile apps. Apple granted injunction, Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the US Judge Lucy Koh finally granted the preliminary injunction Apple filed against Samsung over the “blatant copying” of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the iPad.  Though some argued that this would result in fewer choices for consumers, Judge Koh stated that Samsung cannot flood the market with products that resemble other companies’ products. Apple needs to pay a bond of $2.6 million... more »
Healthy Big Data: It's a Lifesaver!

Healthy Big Data: It's a Lifesaver!

It’s not just big businesses that can benefit from harnessing data to streamline their operations. There’s more potential for big data analysis than simply making big profits – with a little creativity, it can also be used to help save lives, as a number of hospitals have discovered in recent months. One of the most obvious ways in which the healthcare industry can benefit from big data and use the information to save lives is through keeping Electronic Health Records (EHR). The following scenario illustrates exactly how they work, and how lives can be saved. When the patient arrived, he started twitching... more »

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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.

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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.

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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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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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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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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.