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ClassedIn: The New Learning Social Network That’s Set To Take Education By Storm

ClassedIn: The New Learning Social Network That’s Set To Take Education By Storm

Imagine this: Students, teachers, parents, all connected on a safe social networking platform, which allows document sharing for homework and assignments, provides online testing, a massive educational library, and real-time interactions – wouldn’t that be a great idea? Well, it already is, and it’s about to take off in a big, big way any day soon, if a group of wealthy Russians have anything to say about it. The popular Russian-language educational platform Dnevinik.ru has just received a healthy $5 million cash injection from the Runa Capital investment group, which is hoping to expand the software to the US, Europe and China. Dnevnik.ru,... more »
Microsoft Challenges Google with Office 365 Revamp

Microsoft Challenges Google with Office 365 Revamp

Microsoft is continuing its efforts to transfer its Office productivity suite dominance to the cloud and compete with Google Apps for the hearts of the business users. The Seattle giant's Microsoft Office has long enjoyed an almost exclusive position in the enterprise, but many companies have begun to favor Google's rival cloud software for its convenience, accessibility and ability to integrate. It seems Microsoft has learned from its mistakes with Apple, and isn't  isn't taking the the competition from Google lightly. Microsoft has mustered its engineering muscle to launch a two-pronged attack. First, Microsoft announced details of its Office on Demand feature,... more »
Hack Attacks, Cyber Wars, Data Theft... Just A Normal Day At The Office

Hack Attacks, Cyber Wars, Data Theft... Just A Normal Day At The Office

It’s been a rip-roaring 24 hours or so in the hacktivist world, with dozens of Swedish government websites being forced offline in suspected DDoS attacks; Armenia and Azerbaijan engaging in Cyber-Wars, and the hacker group AntiSec stealing over 12 million Apple device IDs from the FBI, later posting a million of them online. Swedish Websites Hacked Among the  Swedish websites hacked were the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Armed Forces, and Sweden’s Court Administration, each apparently taken down by supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy. Shortly after the sites were forced offline, a number of... more »
Windows Server 2012 launches today

Windows Server 2012 launches today

  “Built from the Cloud Up” – that’s the vision of Microsoft’s new Cloud OS – Windows Server 2012.  Today the general availability of Microsoft’s flagship server operating system Windows Server 2012 will be announced via a launch event broadcast online this morning. The event is being broadcast live and will be available afterward in pre-recorded mode.   The broadcast can be found at http://www.windows-server-launch.com/Home. The online event also features a number of prizes given to participants who engage from their profile with the various outlets from the announcements: Join our global community of IT Professionals who are playing to learn and playing to win. Sign... more »
Bloomfire: We Can Make LinkedIn Do Stuff

Bloomfire: We Can Make LinkedIn Do Stuff

Bloomfire is a small team that recently dove head first into the highly-competitive social media scene with a LinkedIn add-on that brings a whole new layer to the business-oriented social media site. LinkedIn is so popular because the platform is specifically optimized for networking in the corporate jungle. It offers job seekers, head hunters and corroborate users a lot of added value that Facebook just doesn’t have, but the social network makes very little to go beyond just the "network." Bloomfire is offering a rounded-out content creation platform for LinkedIn Groups that doesn’t require plug-ins or external tools, and is just as... more »
Oracles Wants $1.3B In Damages From SAP In Revived Infringement Trial

Oracles Wants $1.3B In Damages From SAP In Revived Infringement Trial

In August, Oracle and SAP agreed the latter would pay $306 million in damages for infringing Oracle's software.  But Oracle wasn’t satisfied with the agreement, stating they want more from SAP, citing the original $1.3 billion fine ordered in 2010 as the appropriate amount and nothing less.  Oracle is taking SAP back to court, one more time and hopefully the last, to finally settle the dispute. Oracle sued SAP in 2007 for infringing their software after TomorrowNow,  a company that specializes in providing third-party maintenance and support service which was acquired by SAP in 2005, illegally downloaded the said software.  SAP closed... more »
Hunger Games, Olympics and Presidential Elections Thismoment.com is Demonstrating Social Media Works

Hunger Games, Olympics and Presidential Elections Thismoment.com is Demonstrating Social Media Works

Social Media is no joke.   The recent Republican National Convention (RNC) is the latest example of how it works (see video at the end of this story). While many sceptics are down on social media startups  these days, there is one that is kicking some serious butt right now - thismoment.com. As SiliconANGLE has reported Thismoment.com has been powering some of the biggest social media events of the year including the top Olympics brands, the Hunger Games movie franchise, and now the Repulican National Convention. Associated Press is reportingthat for conventions, TV viewing down, social media up. TV viewership for last week's Republican... more »
12Million Apple Device IDs Stolen from FBI - #Antisec

12Million Apple Device IDs Stolen from FBI - #Antisec

The hacker group Antisec released one million Apple UDIDs (Universal Device IDs) to the public today.  The release is part of data captured from an FBI laptop that was compromised back in March.  In addition to the UDIDs, the release includes notification Center tokens, device names, and device IDs.  According to the release on PasteBin, the data has been stripped of any personal information, but the release raises the possibility that device owners, names, and addresses could be traced from this information. there you have. 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their APNS tokens.the original file contained around 12,000,000... more »
New Nokia Phones Bake In Augmented Reality Tech

New Nokia Phones Bake In Augmented Reality Tech

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the latest Nokia-Microsoft leaks; the new availability for BBC iPlayer mobile downloads; Brazil's expansion leading to Lenovo’s two-week high; Baidu launching a mobile browser; and the Galaxy SIII named the first to be compatible with Orange’s Quick Tap payment service. Nokia phones to have augmented reality technology More teasers regarding Nokia’s new smartphone/s are coming out.  Yesterday, we featured the video “Things Are About To Change” wherein nothing much about the device was unveiled.  But we learned more when another video surfaced: “Stay Tuned”, wherein a woman walking  with headphones on passed by a shop and sees... more »
Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested in Cambodia, Back to Sweden for Prison Sentence

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested in Cambodia, Back to Sweden for Prison Sentence

The Wall St. Journal reports that Gottfrid Warg, a co-founder of bit torrent download site The Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia  on Sunday.  He was to have begun a one-year sentence months ago.  Police officials are said to have coordinated the effort with the Swedish government.  Now it appears that officially he will be deported and sent back to Sweden, ostensibly to serve his term.   Back in 2009, four founders of the site were sentenced to one year in prison for violating copyright laws. The  Pirate Bay released the  following statement through their Facebook page: So, it looks like one of... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.