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Amazon Seeks Their Own Sitcom Television Programs

Amazon Seeks Their Own Sitcom Television Programs

The pioneer of e-commerce is going to greatly expand their range of video content. Amazon on Wednesday announced plans to launch its own comedies and children's television programs to digital transmission, and requested contributions from developers. The Internet giant also said that their division Amazon Studios now aims to develop comedies and children's series. Amazon has started to create television programs for their own online distribution system, but its latest announcement realizes its plans to include sitcoms comedies and children's programs. “Amazon Studios wants to discover great talent and produce programming that audiences will love,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios.... more »
VMTurbo Updates Offering, Adds Partners

VMTurbo Updates Offering, Adds Partners

VMTurbo is a company that makes some pretty sophisticated workload management software for virtualized environments. Its flagship product is VMTurbo Operations Manager, which is available in version 3.1 as of this week. The platform works by leveraging a patented Economic Scheduling Engine, or ESE, to maintain the performance of mission critical applications. The model allocates resources and capacity based on priority using a pretty nifty approach to managing infrastructure relatively to usage. Operations Manager v3.1 extends this functionality by integrating with the application delivery control. This allows the program to better prioritize by doing load balancing depending on application demand, adding virtual machines... more »
BYOD and Mobility Shape Big Data, Cloud Revolution

BYOD and Mobility Shape Big Data, Cloud Revolution

Mobile devices and the BYOD movement are elements of a significant wave of proliferation of a whole new infrastructure paradigm.  Virtual offices and remote employment scenarios continue to take hold in the enterprise.  The ubiquitous availability of mobile applications on smartphones, televisions, game consoles, tablets and all sorts of consumer products has created an expectation of what amounts to a rising challenge for many organizations.  This is one look at the consumerization of IT. Way Back and Fast Forward At first, it started happening as employees started bringing their own technology products in.  Using it to conveniently check email, or social network,... more »
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5 Creative Ways to Use Pinterest, from Work Out Guides to Tutorials

Pinterest is an online pin board where you can show off photos by “pinning” them for the purpose of sharing them with others. It serves as a great tool because unlike other picture sharing sites, members can leave comments and re-pin your photos. This type of photo sharing forum allows for a multitude of varying uses. You can use it as yet another way to expand the reaches of your business, show off your collection of action figures or even as an exercise tool. Let’s take a look at a handful creative and unique ways to utilize Pinterests features. Storefront These days it... more »
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The Problem with “Open” Science

One of the tragedies of the modern age is that we have to prepend the word “open” onto science in order to differentiate Open Science from the regular kind -- you know, the kind that’s overrun with IP restrictions and practiced by way too many academic and research organizations. It should never have come to this considering science is about reproducible results under controlled conditions, a process that intrinsically demands transparency and openness. Fortunately, the alarm bells have gone off and many in the research community are taking matters into their own hands. In my experience IP barriers in science come... more »
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Malware Hits the Mobile Web, Targets Android Handsets

Fandroids are plagued with malware left and right.  Their device can get infected from downloading apps in Google Play but especially from unofficial third-party app stores.  But the worst part is, drive by download malware is now attacking Android devices. NotCompatible Lookout Mobile Security recently identified a drive by download malware dubbed as NotCompatible.  Drive by download is common in PCs.  When a user visits an infected site, the malware secretly infects the computer if it doesn’t have updated security measures. NotCompatible works in a similar manner: if someone used his Android device in visiting an infected site, their web browser will automatically... more »
Evernote Raises $70M Ahead of IPO as Public Fever Heightens

Evernote Raises $70M Ahead of IPO as Public Fever Heightens

IPOs seem to be the "in" thing these days.  But aside from going public, these companies are also busy with other matters to improve their offerings, making investors' interest worthwhile.  Lets take a look at some recent happenings for companies aiming to go public or have recently gone public. Evernote Evernote, the company that helps the world “Remember Everything”, announced a $70 million Series D funding led by Meritech Capital and CBC Capital, with participation from funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Harbor Pacific Capital, Allen & Company, and several other investors. This round of funding will be used... more »
Jaspersoft Offers Data-Driven Development with Foundry Integration

Jaspersoft Offers Data-Driven Development with Foundry Integration

Many companies are jumping aboard the OpenStack bandwagon, quickening speed as of late, including its Cloud Foundry counterpart as well.  The latest vendor to do so is Jaspersoft, which is looking to bring smart reporting and analytics to VMware’s open-source PaaS. Big data is a catchphrase that is associated with more and more verticals as it gains in popularity, and data-driven application development is one of the many emerging categories out there. The need to achieve a business edge in this area translates into the pressure of offering a higher level of service, and Jaspersoft is looking to come to the... more »
More Products Dropped to Make Way for Windows 8, Nokia Tablet Expected

More Products Dropped to Make Way for Windows 8, Nokia Tablet Expected

According to the latest report from Net Applications, among Microsoft’s line of operating systems, Windows XP is still the most used OS in the end of April, though the software giant already announced that they would stop releasing support and updates for the said OS.  But a report from StatCounter shows that more people are using Windows 7 than Windows XP.  The discrepancy over the two reports is said to be due to different methods used in totaling the numbers. But the dominance of both OS versions may soon be overthrown when the commercial release of the Windows 8 OS become... more »
Automate Your Virtual Cloud with IBM Systems [Video]

Automate Your Virtual Cloud with IBM Systems [Video]

Ed Walsh, VP Portfolio Strategy of IBM, recently sat down with Wikibon founder Dave Vellante to discuss the company's infrastructure integration approach and its virtualization platform strategy.  It's an important area of implementation for IBM as it straddles the cloud's many outlets for storage, analysis and beyond. Walsh highlighted various industries current trends about storage management, virtualization platform and infrastructure integration approach in a response to Vellante’s question on infrastructure developments are responding to current market demands. “Companies can get better cost of ownership and more flexibility in infrastructure by integrating and bringing servers, storage, networking, virtualization, and management software together and create a... 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.