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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 »
Vinod Khosla VC Firm Invests In Cloud Storage Firm Nirvanix - What SUN would be if around today.

Vinod Khosla VC Firm Invests In Cloud Storage Firm Nirvanix - What SUN would be if around today.

Legendary investor Vinod Khosla’s VC arm—Khosla Ventures—revealed today that it led a Series C investment in hot enterprise cloud storage startup Nirvanix.  Lots of coverage on Techcrunch, Venturebeat, SearchTechTarget, DatacenterKnowledge, and Gigaom.   {editors note: SiliconANGLE has been covering Nirvanix (and other soon to be hot startups) and it's great to see the mainstream traction.  Well deserved Nirvanix.} The $25M round represents the first investment by Khosla in the cloud storage services sector and  demonstrates further validation of Nirvanix’s enterprise cloud technology—cloud tech already deployed at the likes of IBM, USC, Relativity Media, National Geographic, NBCUniversal, Cisco, VMware and other large... more »
Jive's Big on Data Analytics with a 30-Day Free Trial to Prove It

Jive's Big on Data Analytics with a 30-Day Free Trial to Prove It

Jive Software makes cloud-based social enterprise software that’s steering itself further in the right direction thanks to a few new features that add integration and analytics on top of the existing product. This week Jive announced the availability of Try Jive, a one-month trial of its flagship offering, complete with the update features.  These additions are fairly extensive, to the extent that almost all of them justified a unique name. The first one is Jive Anywhere, which connects the websites employees typically visit (SasSalesforce.com, Office 365, etc) and extends the platform’s collaborative capabilities to include the web app that’s being accessed at... more »
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Are You Ready For The Next Galaxy?

Today’s mobile news roundup features more speculation about the Galaxy S3 expected to launch today, Apple and Samsung asked to lower patent dispute, Ericsson gaining traction in South Korea, a cool Mother’s Day surprise from Sprint and more. Samsung Galaxy SIII today Today’s the day that Samsung will be unveiling their next Galaxy device, dubbed as the Galaxy SIII.  Ever since Samsung announced their event at London’s Earl’s Court, speculation's been on the rise as to what the South Korean company will be unveiling today. The speculation range from a new Galaxy S smartphone, a new Galaxy Tab, or a Galaxy Phablet.  Samsung fans... more »
Dreamhost Founder Leading New Services Firm to Support Ceph - the Popular Open Source Scaling Storage System

Dreamhost Founder Leading New Services Firm to Support Ceph - the Popular Open Source Scaling Storage System

The original developers behind the open source scaling storage system known as Ceph have formed Inktank, a professional services firm that will be led by Dreamhost Co-Founder Sage Weil. The company will offer enterprise level support for Ceph, which has grown in popularity across the globe for its capability to deliver object storage, block storage, and file storage in one unified platform that runs on commodity hardware. Inktank will provide enterprise-grade consulting and support services to help companies implement and operate the Ceph distributed storage system, originally developed by Weil as part of his doctoratge work at the University of California at... more »
One NoSQL Language to Rule Them All

One NoSQL Language to Rule Them All

Last year Erik Meijer and Gavin Bierman of Microsoft Research published a paper making the case for a common language for NoSQL databases. A year later, there's been some progress towards this goal, although not much. UnQL, under development by Couchbase, Microsoft and SQLite is one of the most ambitious NoSQL query language projects I know of. The project seeks to deliver a universal SQL-like query language for document databases and other relatively well-structured non-relational databases. Here's a lucid explanation of UnQL from H Online: The language includes SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE commands, but unlike SQL, they do not work... more »
VMware Project Octopus and How it Stacks Up to Google Drive

VMware Project Octopus and How it Stacks Up to Google Drive

Google launched Google Drive two weeks ago. For me, the service makes it simple to clear my hard drive of objects that I want access to later but without the messiness that comes with storing them locally on my already cluttered desktop. There are other use cases, of course, but for a guy like me, the new capability makes it far easier for me to keep images, logos and screen shots of any number of products and services I review in the course of my work. VMware's Project Octopus (Octopus) launched today. It is also a file syncing technology. It is... more »
Microsoft’s Hyper-V 3.0 Will Make Virtualization an Interesting Fight

Microsoft’s Hyper-V 3.0 Will Make Virtualization an Interesting Fight

Microsoft’s Virtualization platform known as Hyper-V has been a runner-up in the market to VMware’s virtualization platform, the latest version being vSphere 5.  The reasons for that could be many, some clients have distaste or distrust for Microsoft solutions in general, some may feel too ingrained with their VMware solution to even try anything else, and some feel there is a technological gap between VMware’s platform and Microsoft’s that would be a detriment to their environment needs. Scott Lowe made a compelling economics-based analysis of leveraging the current platform.  Bert Latamore’s review raised the question – Is Microsoft Hyper-V Free?   These... more »
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Birst Raises $26 Million To Accelerate Cloud BI Strategy

Business intelligence provider Birst is looking to kickstart its business with a relatively rare Series D round of funding as it looks to accelerate its recent shift into offering its solution as SaaS. This round was led by Sequoia Capital, which has been investing heavily in big data and analytics of late. Birst is claiming that in the past year, it's seen doubled revenues and grown its customer base by 40 percent, thanks to the launch of a dedicated SaaS BI appliance, an in-memory database offering specifically designed for analytics, a cloud-based mobile analytics SDK for the Apple iPad, and Hadoop... more »
Google: Don’t Force a Merge Between G+ and YouTube for Upvotes

Google: Don’t Force a Merge Between G+ and YouTube for Upvotes

It may be a matter of a development mistake or it could be that Google is on the verge of a drop over a very serious precipice: merging G+ and YouTube and forcing users to have G+ accounts in order to upvote videos. Last night, well-known science fiction actor Wil Wheaton—who played Westly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation—posted with some fury on Tumblr that he’d been pricked by Google+ when he tried to upvote a video on YouTube. Needless to say, he was somewhat heated over this usurpation of his social sovereignty, Oh, go fuck yourself, Google. This is just as... 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.