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Netflix Cloud Protocols Calling ‘All Aboard’

Netflix Cloud Protocols Calling ‘All Aboard’

The standardized width of US train tracks is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. And I learned in a recent forwarded e-mail from a certain senior in my life that this standard could be traced back through history to tramways in the UK that were built to that standard because wagon builders had spaced their wheels that far apart because the roads in the UK were rutted at that width because Imperial Roman chariots had created the ruts in the first place. The idea was, "set the standard early and history and its peoples will follow." Forwarded e-mails from a retired parent can... more »
Hadoop + YARN The Play for One Platform for Big Data

Hadoop + YARN The Play for One Platform for Big Data

There is a lot of pressure on open source to deliver a viable platform for the enterprise. As we learned at the recently concluded Hadoop Summit (#hadoopsummit), Hortonworks believes that Hadoop + YARN are going to be very big pieces to solving that puzzle. As Hortonworks Arun Murthy, Founder and Architect, said, "YARN allows you to interact with data in ways that were never possible before.” YARN turns Hadoop from a single application system to a multi-application operating system. With YARN, the Hadoop community has the ability to run SQL in Hadoop. By turning Apache Hadoop 2.0 into a multi application... more »
Windows 8.1 Drives Developer Love for Microsoft Windows Store Apps

Windows 8.1 Drives Developer Love for Microsoft Windows Store Apps

While most application developers are inclined toward Google Play and iTunes app store, Microsoft has geared up to grab some love for its Windows Store. Earlier known as Metro, Windows Store is attracting developer community to create applications with tablet-style functionality. Though the platform is still in infancy as far as building a base of apps is concerned. Microsoft Windows Store has around 100,000 apps. In comparison to other platforms, however, this is a scant and low number. But from all appearances Windows 8.1 is attracting developers due to better navigation, modern UI interface, and live tiles for accessing functionality. In... more »
Microsoft and Time Warner Cable Join to Bring 300 Live TV Channels to Xbox

Microsoft and Time Warner Cable Join to Bring 300 Live TV Channels to Xbox

In a surprising business move to push Xbox as an entertainment center, Microsoft has signed a major agreement with Time Warner Cable to offer live TV contents directly through the Xbox 360 console. As part of the agreement, Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold membership will now be able to watch and stream more than 300 live TV channels directly from their Xbox 360. The deal will offer subscribers of Time Warner Cable to watch different programs directly on the Xbox 360 with channels such as AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network,... more »
Express Metrix CEO Weighs in on the Pros and Cons of SAM Software

Express Metrix CEO Weighs in on the Pros and Cons of SAM Software

Software asset management (SAM) becomes an increasingly important priority for IT departments as their organizations grow. Beyond a certain point, it’s impossible to comply with all the licensing terms of each version of every single application without a proactive and comprehensive SAM strategy. Kris Barker, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Express Metrix, highlights that CIOs must choose the right tool in order to effectively meet his or her company’s compliance requirements and avoid “unacceptable risk.” In Barker's view, only two kinds of SAM solutions merit consideration: enterprise suites that list asset management among their many features, and specialized point... more »
Google's GCE Adds Cloud-Based DevOps with Boundary

Google's GCE Adds Cloud-Based DevOps with Boundary

One thing we all know for sure is that the cloud market keeps on changing – nothing stays the same for very long.  Heavyweights in this business keep on putting out more, better, cheaper products.  Flashback to May of this year (a lifetime ago), Google threw its hat into the ring alongside Amazon AWS and Azure to compete in the cloud market with the public launch of Google Compute Engine (GCE).  How this ends up is anyone’s guess, but Google is an all-out machine and a prime competitor.  Among the biggest points of value to the industry are the partner... more »
Hadoop Grows Up : Big Data No Longer Limited to Web Scale Companies

Hadoop Grows Up : Big Data No Longer Limited to Web Scale Companies

Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly has been on the road with theCUBE jumping from one event to another, including SAP Sapphire, HP Discover, GE Industrial Internet, MongoNYC and Hadoop Summit, all in an effort to separate the signal from the noise within the booming Big Data industry, particularly the rising prominence of Hadoop. Kelly notes that in the events that he and theCUBE team covered, Big Data seems to be the growing theme. He states that the industry is now starting to see prduction deployments of Big Data, and Big Data technology itself, such as Hadoop, is maturing.  Big Data in general... more »
Windows 8 Gains Traction as Users Anticipate 8.1 Update

Windows 8 Gains Traction as Users Anticipate 8.1 Update

Windows haters may snide at this one, but the platform is gaining traction whether they like it or not.  Yup, you read that right.  More users are now installing or buying devices running Windows 8. According to the numbers posted by NetMartketshare, Windows in general commands a mammoth 91.51 percent marketshare, while Mac has 7.2 percent, with Linux bringing up the rear with just 1.28 percent. When you break down Windows’ share of the PC market, XP is still being run by a somewhat disturbing 37.17 percent of all PCs, with Vista at 4.62 percent, Win 7 at 44.37 percent, and Win... more »
Winklevoss Twins File Plans for $20m Bitcoin Trust IPO with the SEC

Winklevoss Twins File Plans for $20m Bitcoin Trust IPO with the SEC

The Winklevoss twins—famous for suing Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook—have unveiled plans to fund a Bitcoin-related trust. The application, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 1st, 2013 outlines a trust that will initially sell approximately $20m worth of shares to investors. The trust is sponsored by one Math-Based Asset Services, a Delaware-based LLC that is wholly owned by the Winklevoss twins. And from reading the submission to the SEC will function by holding bitcoins. From the filing: The Trust holds “Bitcoins,” a digital commodity based on an open source cryptographic protocol existing on the online, end-user-to-end-user network hosting the public... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 2 July 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 2 July 2013

EMC Names Former Accenture CEO, Chairman to Board of Directors EMC Corp. has announced the appointment of William D. Greene, former chairman of Accenture plc., to the EMC Board, effective immediately. His appointment expands the EMC BoD to 12. He served as Chairman of Accenture from August 2006 until his retirement in February 2013. From September 2004 to December 2010 he served as Accenture’s Chief Executive Officer. He joined Accenture in 1977 and became a partner in 1986. He has been director of McGraw-Hill Financial Inc. since 2011. More   Worldwide Vehicle Customizer Moves to PureSystems-Powered Cloud Brabus GmbH will move its external communications... more »

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- David Floyer

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- Brian Gracely

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- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- David Floyer

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- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.