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Spam Sent to Dropbox E-mail Addresses Leads to Speculation About Breach

Spam Sent to Dropbox E-mail Addresses Leads to Speculation About Breach

An odd spike in spam lead some users of Dropbox to wonder if the service had suffered a breach. The incident occurred when users of the cloud-locker service discovered that e-mail addresses they had uniquely made for those accounts received a sudden uptick in spam e-mails from various sources. This lead to threads being posted in the Dropbox forums and speculation rising on sites such as Reddit. Steve Ragan from SecurityWeek ran down the domains and advertisements that many of the spammers were using to target the Dropbox users in question, InBoxes targeted by the spammer are seeing advertisements for EU Dice,... more »
New Relic Supports OpenStack via Rackspace Partnership

New Relic Supports OpenStack via Rackspace Partnership

New Relic made its application monitoring software-as-a-service available on the Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace. The web app is available on the host’s first generation Cloud Servers and Cloud Servers, which are powered by the OpenStack. “Organizations pursuing cloud initiatives turn to Rackspace not only because they are a trusted provider, but also because of Fanatical Support, making them one of the greatest customer service organizations,” said Bill Lapcevic, New Relic’s vice president of business development. “Part of that is bringing together and providing the tools and services customers need to easily develop, deploy, and manage their apps more effectively in the cloud.” The... more »
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Amazon Introduces New Solid State Drive Based Cloud Service

Amazon is the undisputed leader of the public cloud market. Its scale and pricing, make it an attractive option for organizations of all sizes. In addition, Amazon continues to regularly enhance its portfolio of cloud offerings with new features and services. It seems the company’s recent, very public outages, have not slowed its release cycle. Amazon has released a new type of EC2 compute instance it is calling “High I/O Quadruple Extra Large” (hi1.4xlarge). The new  instances use solid state drive (SSD) technology to provide fast performance to I/O intensive processes like a web-based with real-time data analysis. This isn’t the... more »
Maplesoft Faces Security Breach, Zeus Trojan is the Culprit

Maplesoft Faces Security Breach, Zeus Trojan is the Culprit

Maplesoft, a leading provider of high-performance software tools has reported a security breach of its administrative database. As reported on the company website, the hackers gained access to e-mail subscription data and company and institution names of customers, but the financial data remained secure. The security breach was conducted using a Trojan attack with the Zeus Trojan, where the perpetrators used the customer data to spread malware and asked customers to install a malicious "security patch" on behalf of the company. Those who fell in the trap got their systems infected with the Zeus Trojan. The IT staff at Maplesoft discovered... more »
What Early Tablet Designs Were Conquered by the iPad?

What Early Tablet Designs Were Conquered by the iPad?

Earlier this morning, I mentioned in our mobile news roundup how Nokia regrets not releasing their smartphone and tablet - if they had, there’s a possibility that Nokia would still be leading the tech race instead of losing out to Apple.  But if any of you can remember back that far, several tablets emerged in the years leading up to the iPad, they just proved little market value without the mobile ecosystem smartphones have since ushered in. Turns out Nokia did release a tablet: the Nokia 770 in 2005 and the Nokia N800 in 2007.  Long before Apple released the iPad.... more »
IBM Revenue, Services Business Sluggish in Q2

IBM Revenue, Services Business Sluggish in Q2

IT equipment and services provider IBM reported results for the second quarter yesterday, beating analysts’ estimates with high profit and operating margin. The company reported a 6 percent increase in net income to $3.9 billion, with operating earnings per share up 14 percent to $3.51. That’s a lot more than the 10 percent rise to $3.42 that the market was expecting, although not all that surprising considering that Big Blue managed to outperform Wall Street’s consensus estimate for the past 8 consecutive years. IBM is doing well internally, but its income reflects an industry-wide slowdown that, among other things, also impacts the... more »
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People Treat Brands Like...Other People, with Different Relationship Types

Brand management is becoming a discipline through which companies create, manage and foster relationships with customers. Brands need ambassadors to those who not only like the brand, but want its products with all their heart.  For those people who feel a deep connection to their brand, they become advocates, recommending and above all, get involved with that brand.  But can brand loyalty be compared to person-to-person relationships?  If so, how can this be leveraged in online environments where social graphs are becoming beacons of multifaceted connectivity? A new study, “When consumers care about being treated fairly: The interaction of relationship norms and... more »
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Pentaho Appoints Red Hat Executive Board

Open source analytics platform, Pentaho, announced that Brian Stevens  CTO and vice president, worldwide engineering, Red Hat, has been elected to their board of directors. Stevens currently leads global engineering, and has been a member of Red Hat’s senior management team for over a decade. Stevens’ experience with cloud computing and software is sure to be a welcome addition to Pentaho’s team. If Stevens’ provides a few tips on how to grow an open source model to a $1 billion per year business, I’m sure Pentaho will be all ears. Pentaho has of traditionally focused on business intelligence and analytics, but... more »
Verizon's Stellar Q2: LTE On the Rise, FiOS Declines

Verizon's Stellar Q2: LTE On the Rise, FiOS Declines

Verizon Wireless released their impressively strong second quarter financial results. The company reported a 7.3% increase, at %15.8 billion, in year-over-year service revenues compared to the same quarter of the previous year; 8.6% increase, at $15.2 billion, in retail service revenue; 18.5% increase in data revenues; 30.8% in operating income margin; and 49% increase in segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP), both record highs.  Their operating revenues are up 3.7% at $28.6 billion on a consolidated basis. “Verizon delivered another strong quarter of earnings growth and cash generation, and we remain on track to meet our financial objectives and produce solid... more »
There’s No Excuse for Not Leveraging Big Data

There’s No Excuse for Not Leveraging Big Data

In a recent survey by Oracle of 300 executives, nearly a third – 29% - of respondents graded their current Big Data management and analytic capabilities as D or F. Nearly all respondents – 93% - agreed with the statement that their organization was leaving revenue on the table by not doing a better job of leveraging Big Data. The industries least prepared to take advantage of Big Data and analytics, the survey found, are the public sector, healthcare and utilities. These happen to also be three industries that desperately need to reinvent themselves if they hope to turn back dramatically... more »

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- 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.

- George Gilbert

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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Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.