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Boxopus Brings Torrents Out of the Cloud and Directly Into Your Dropbox

Boxopus Brings Torrents Out of the Cloud and Directly Into Your Dropbox

It’s strange that the function of peer-to-peer technology doesn’t often combine directly with cloud efforts because the strategy behind p2p fits so neatly into the jigsaw of the cloud. It certainly does combine behind the scenes more often than not, even though much of the media industry seems to be out to demonize BitTorrent, we can see that it’s the basis behind large distribution networks such as Pando and Scalify. Next on-the-spot is an app that hybridizes BitTorrent and Dropbox called Boxopus. It does this by hooking a users Dropbox up to a torrent initializer and allowing the download of torrents... more »
Cyberthreat Weekly: Blizzard Warns Cheaters, Last.fm Passwords Leaked, Internet Security Lessons from the Kobayashi Maru and More...

Cyberthreat Weekly: Blizzard Warns Cheaters, Last.fm Passwords Leaked, Internet Security Lessons from the Kobayashi Maru and More...

The cyberspace has experienced a myriad of nasty things since commencement and there appears to be no signs of stopping. In fact, the chain of attacks is just getting started and we have to brace ourselves for more to come. Our roundup of stories in the internet security space this week speaks of more cases of hacks and leaks, but we also see security experts doing more and more to deal with them. Blizzard Says No To Cheaters To start, Blizzard’s recently released game--Diablo 3--is anticipating cheaters to exploit the game. This is pretty rampant among popular games, as with the case... more »
Pinterest to Launch Android App at Google I/O 2012?

Pinterest to Launch Android App at Google I/O 2012?

Google I/O, the annual developers conference by Google held at San Francisco, CA, is all set for June 27-29 at the Moscone Center.  You can catch the live stream here. So what are we to expect at the event?  Well, for starters, you can expect a Pinterest app to be unveiled. Pinterest for Android Australian site, Ausdroid, was the first to notice in the recently released Google I/O app that Pinterest would be attending the conference.  Careful inspection revealed that Carl Rice, Mobile Engineer for Pinterest, and Cynthia Maxwell, Chief Officer of Awesome and Senior Software Engineer, would be the exhibitors for Pinterest... more »
Dell's Quest for Quest

Dell's Quest for Quest

Dell is making a $2.32 billion bid for Quest. It tops a $2.2 billion offer from private equity firms Insight Venture Partners and Vector Capital. That puts Quest's value at $27.50 per share. A counter bid is expected from Insight and Vector. In May, Quest decided to go private when it received a bid for $23 per share from Insight. That prompted Dell to make its own bid. Talks stalled in early June. Quest is primarily known for its enterprise management software. The offer points to Dell's focus on the enterprise and decreased emphasis on its PC business. A Gartner report shows that worlwide PC... more »
Red Hat Follows up JBoss Launches with Three More

Red Hat Follows up JBoss Launches with Three More

Open-source software kingpin Red Hat announced updates to a few of its products, just a few days after a similar-sized roll out. This morning the company debuted the latest release of its Enterprise Business Rules Management System. BRMS 5.3 introduces new business process management and CEP capabilities via the newest version of jBPM, the core solution that the platform is based on. It supports the Business Process Modeling Notation 2.0 standard, features smoother integration with business rules according to Red Hat, and also includes an enhanced interface that simplifies some of the more complicated functionality for the end user. “The ability to... more »
RIM's BB10 Keyboardless Devices: A Little Too Late

RIM's BB10 Keyboardless Devices: A Little Too Late

Research in Motion announced that their upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices will not have a physical keyboard.  Yes, they’re jumping on the bandwagon of keyboardless touchscreen devices.  Some may think this a great thing, but others argue that the appeal of BlackBerry lies in the fact that they have physical keyboards, as some people still want the feel of a physical keyboard when typing. “The physical keyboard is the most dominant item that separates out Research In Motion from its competitors,” Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Financial said. “If you are not playing to your historical strengths you may find it... more »
Google I/O 2012 Preview: Everything You Need to Know

Google I/O 2012 Preview: Everything You Need to Know

This year Google IO, the annual conference for developers, will take place over three days from 27 to 29 June 2012 in San Francisco. The conference, often days after Apple's own WWDC event, is Google's opportunity to present and discuss applications for the company's web browser and open Internet technologies, as well as presenting new products in all things Google. As Google grows in influence with developers, thanks to Chrome and Android, their I/O conference has also grown in interest. In 2011 tickets were gone quickly, and this year sales have broken all records, as the event sold out in 20... more »
Apple-Motorola Patent Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

Apple-Motorola Patent Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

Today’s mobile news roundup features the end of the Apple-Motorola patent dispute, Samsung's debut of yet another new smartphone, RIM's possible plans to split up its business, and more. Judge ends Apple-Motorola lawsuit US District Judge Richard Posner, on Friday, dismissed Apple’s injunction case against Motorola Mobility for patent infringement.  The case was dismissed “with prejudice” meaning both parties cannot refile the case but they could appeal the ruling. "It would be ridiculous to dismiss a suit for failure to prove damages and allow the plaintiff to refile the suit so that he could have a second chance to prove damages," Posner wrote,... more »
HTC Pulls Out of Brazil; Set to Focus on Asian Markets

HTC Pulls Out of Brazil; Set to Focus on Asian Markets

HTC announced on Saturday that it’s shutting down its Sao Paolo offices and pulling out of Brazil altogether, in the face of intensifying competition in what is one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets. The move, which was first reported by the Brazilian magazine Exame, means that the Taiwanese manufacturer will not be going ahead with its planned launch of the HTC One series, while dozens of employees are expected to lose their jobs. The company will continue to provide support services for existing customers, however. A spokesperson for HTC told AndroidPIT that the decision to pull out of Brazil was... more »
Microsoft Surface Resurfaced: More Tablet Questions, Rumors

Microsoft Surface Resurfaced: More Tablet Questions, Rumors

Did you know that the Microsoft Surface is not a new Microsoft idea?  Back in 2007, the company already unveiled Microsoft Surface but it’s not as portable as the 2012 Microsoft Surface.  See, the 2007 Surface was as big as a coffee table but it was also a touchscreen device.  It was meant for business use such as in restaurants where people can just touch the screen to order food or drinks. Maybe Microsoft should have have called the 2012 Surface as Microsoft Surface Personal Edition, or they should have just came up with a catchy name.  I can’t imagine people... 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.

- David Floyer

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.