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RIM CEO Rocks BlackBerry World 2012, Demos New Prototype

BlackBerry World 2012 is in full swing at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Florida.  The three-day conference opened today and will run through Thursday, May 3. Though Research in Motion already announced that they won’t be unveiling any new devices during the event, people are still curious as to what RIM had prepared for the event. New CEO delivers keynote Thorsten Heins is RIM’s new CEO and this is his first BlackBerry World - there’s a world of expectations.  Will he give a boring keynote speech?  Will he be able to deliver?  Will he be able to capture the interest of the crowd... more »
HOW TO: Spot the Right Consumer Cloud for Your Media

HOW TO: Spot the Right Consumer Cloud for Your Media

The entrée a big name like Google is confirmation of the unwavering demand for cloud storage.  The evolution of data and technology has brought us to the new school of storage, accessed via web service APIs, cloud gateways and web-based interfaces. Today we present a multi-dimensional comparison of cloud storage heavyweights and the unanswered questions surrounding the booming market. What the experts say In lieu of the much awaited launch, Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome and Apps enumerated some of the capabilities of Google Drive and how to install it, in his Google Blog. “Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google... more »
Flashback Trojan Sought $10,000 Per Day in Google Ad Revenue Fraud

Flashback Trojan Sought $10,000 Per Day in Google Ad Revenue Fraud

According to the security outfit Symantec, the Flashback Trojan discovered to be infecting over 600,000 Mac OSX machines has a variant that may have net the botnet owners potentially up to $10,0000 a day. The malware targets Google advertisements in a click-fraud scheme that redirects users clicks from the targeted at to the botnet’s accounts. Symantec dubbed the variant OSX.Flashback.K and it used some wily controls to manipulate browser clicks to Google advertisements by loading itself into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari where it intercepts GET HTTP commands from the browser. A blog post in Symantec explained how the malware functioned: “Flashback specifically... more »
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Webby Awardee Pinterest Still Plagued By Spammers and Scammers

Pinterest was a big winner at the Webby Awards, taking the medal for best social media app, as well as the people's voice award for best functioning visual design by the The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The awards just shows how much people love and use Pinterest,  but is that really a good thing in this day and age?  With spammers taking advantage of popular web outlets, Pinterest's success has its downside. Spammers and scammers plague Pinterest Pinterest is plagued by a lot of spammers and scammers who trick people into doing things like downloading applications, injecting malware that acquires a... more »
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The Social Good of Facebook Reiterated with Organ Donor Status

If you thought that Facebook is just a waste of your precious time and no one really benefits from the social networking site, then Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement may just change your mind. Connecting organ donors with recipients In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg  discussed how the a new Facebook tool could actually save lives. Finding organ donors is not easy even for the wealthy, because if you can’t find a match, not even money can save your life.  Talking to his med-student girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, mostly about Facebook and the kids she deals... more »
ActiveState Adds Control, Debugging with Stackato 1.2

ActiveState Adds Control, Debugging with Stackato 1.2

ActiveState, a software development solutions maker, launched the latest version of its so-called private, development-centric PaaS. The multi-stack, platform-agnostic moto persists, only with a few extra touches that aim to make Stackato a bit better than what it used to be. Version 1.2 features several new additions. One of the major updates is support for file-system services, which means that an application like Drupal can more easily share data across multiple instances within the cloud environment. ActiveState also added ‘app store features’ for admins to better manage applications’ lifecycle. That includes a simplified deployment console and a configurable Stackato App Store that... more »
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RIM Bets on Blackberry 10, HTML5 for Survival

To guarantee its survival, BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has decided to stake everything on the future Blackberry 10 platform. RIM on Tuesday presented initial software tools for developers, BB10 beta development toolkits and the BlackBerry 10 Developer Alpha device, looking to develop applications for its new Blackberry 10 platform. The BlackBerry 10 platform announcement is perhaps the most crucial launch in its mobile ecosystem to date, expected to hit the market later this year. RIM's BlackBerry World 2012 event kicked off today in Orlando, Florida is the most important annual event for the BlackBerry ecosystem, and is the place... more »
Is Microsoft Hyper-V Free?

Is Microsoft Hyper-V Free?

What is the real effective cost of Microsoft Hyper-V for data centers using Microsoft Windows Server-based products? Scott Lowe, former CIO, founder and managing consultant of The 1610 Group, and Wikibon.org analyst, argues that effectively Hyper-V is free in his latest Wikibon post, “Leveraging Hyper-V economics to simplify the CIO role”.  And he proves his point with an analysis of Windows pricing. Of course Hyper-V is free in the sense that Microsoft gives away a basic version of Hyper-V. The problem is that while that version might be sufficient for small installations, it does not provide the advanced features that large,... more »
The Future of the Smartphone Market: Getting Smarter

The Future of the Smartphone Market: Getting Smarter

Have you noticed  how feature phones are becoming obsolete as people turn to smartphones?  It seems everything today revolves around smartphones, but these consumer-centric devices impact our personal lives and the global economy much more than we think. What is a smartphone? According to the newest report from Juniper Research, a smartphone is “a handset which can download and install applications via a cellular network which are native to their operating system, with a dedicated storefront for distributing these applications to all users of the OS. So dissecting Juniper’s definition, a smartphone is not simply defined by QWERTY keyboards, a touch-screen,  access to... more »
Angry Birds, Instagram Reach 50 Million Downloads

Angry Birds, Instagram Reach 50 Million Downloads

Rovio is certainly making the most out of the now out of proportions Angry Bird franchise, from the introduction of micro-transactions to the game’s reincarnation just over a month ago. The top ranking mobile app debuted in its new wrapping as Angry Birds Space late March, and this week the Finnish developer is celebrating a first milestone. Since its March 22 launch Angry Birds Space has been downloaded over 50 million times, according to Rovio's official blog post. That’s a pretty big accomplishment, made even more notable thanks to the short amount of time it took the re-branded title to reach... 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.