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An App to Test Apps: Telerik's Latest Move Into iOS

An App to Test Apps: Telerik's Latest Move Into iOS

App development solutions maker Telerik unveiled its latest project: a beta testing tool for iOS that can be downloaded directly from the App Store. The goal of the application is to drastically simplify beta testing and customer feedback by making it a much more straight-forward process for developers and end users alike. Test Studio for iOS supports the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and enables the developer to test both web-based and native apps. The latter category requires a recompile, but only with the addition of a relatively small component.  That's significantly less than what's required by third party platforms with device or... more »
Who Else Has Google Shut Down Besides YouTube-MP3?

Who Else Has Google Shut Down Besides YouTube-MP3?

Google's been known to shut down a service or two, especially since the return of Larry Page as CEO as he does a clean sweep of irrelevant apps and services to focus Google's goals.  But after this week's rampage against YouTube-MP3.org, we're reminded that Google won't hesitate to have a third party service shut down as well.  It's often a matter of non-compliance, when a service or product is allegedly going against Google's terms of condition or violates some copyright.  But for Google in particular, the search giant is often slow to act until some corporate head turns on the... more »
Bromium Raises $26 Million and Emerges from Stealth with a "Microvisor" That Takes the Human Factor into Consideration

Bromium Raises $26 Million and Emerges from Stealth with a "Microvisor" That Takes the Human Factor into Consideration

Bromium's Simon Crosby has done a masterful job in the past year of marketing a startup without revealing what it is. For months, the buzz grew to such an extent that Bromium even won an award for "Startup of the Year." Today, the company is having its coming out party with the unveiling of its Microvisor, an x86 specific technology that it describes as a second generation virtualization technology. Bromium provides a virtualized hardware that isolates and secures data running within the operating system that is hidden from the user. Bromium had $9.2 million in funding prior to today's news. Today the... more »
Social Enterprise Gets Gamed with New Bunchball Apps

Social Enterprise Gets Gamed with New Bunchball Apps

Bunchball is a company that made a name for itself by applying gamification, the idea that certain interactive components can be used in contexts that extend beyond just gaming, to the social enterprise. Its flagship offering is Nitro, a platform that enables organizations to implement this concept via pre-made widgets, toolbars and other gadgets that workers can use. Today Nitro is joined by Spark and Fuse, two new brands that add a lot of value to what Bunchball is offering. Spark is the name of a new application portfolio that supplements Nitro with additional features. The line-up currently features 10 of these... more »
The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Continues

The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Continues

The speedy mobile Internet connections that many US consumers take for granted may be about to hit a serious roadblock. Wireless traffic is pushing the boundaries of the current communications infrastructure, and consumption shows no signs of subsiding. Unfortunately, things are only going to get worse. Analysts predict US wireless use will double annually for the next three years. According to The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), this rapid growth will result in demand for wireless radio spectrum to exceed supply by 2013. By 2014, deficit will double. Why should you care? If wireless demand exceeds the spectrum capacity, end users will... more »
Security Expert Bruce Schneier Admonishes Antivirus Industry Over Flame, DuQu, and Stuxnet

Security Expert Bruce Schneier Admonishes Antivirus Industry Over Flame, DuQu, and Stuxnet

The subject of state-sponsored malware has become a major topic across the cybersecurity media lines, and for good reason: not only has it been caught in the nets of antivirus firms, but we’ve decompiled it and received confirmation from the states who released it. However, it turns out that the antivirus industry is poorly suited for detecting and stopping these threats even though it’s their job to capture, dissect, and prepare antivirus defenses against malware. Recently, Mikko Hypponen from F-Secure, a Helsinki-based Internet security outfit, published an apology about not discovering Flame earlier in Wired magazine. As it turns out, the... more »
NetApp Better Leverages Flash with ONTAP Update

NetApp Better Leverages Flash with ONTAP Update

Today storage vendor NetApp announced the newest release of its widely-used storage OS, Data ONTAP. The update introduces a few major additions to the software with a big emphasis on security and automation. The platform can scale to 20 petabytes according to NetApp, “without the need to add more people to manage the environment.” The architecture of ONTAP offers this kind of deployment with support for multiple workload types, and it also features a so-called self service virtual storage tiering. That is, the system places the active or most frequented accessed or data on flash and puts the rest on SATA... more »
Apple-Motorola Trial Set For Today

Apple-Motorola Trial Set For Today

Earlier this month, US Judge Richard A. Posner  was set on trashing the Apple-Motorola Mobility case regarding patent infringement as neither were able to prove damages resulting from the alleged patent infringement but last week changed his mind and set a trial for today. Judge Posner is giving Apple a chance to prove Motorola’s guilt for the patent infringement, and if the court favors Apple, some Motorola devices would be banned from being sold in the US as well as give Apple the leg up in cross-licensing deals.  Though this might seem like the court is on Apple’s side, it’s not.... more »
HOW TO: Find the Best Online Education from Top Universities

HOW TO: Find the Best Online Education from Top Universities

In the decade since the explosive growth of the internet, nearly every industry has been affected, including education.  Major universities as well as local community colleges now offer a myriad of classes available to students online, with some offering entire degrees that can be completed via the computer.  With programs such as Blackboard and Angel, universities are able to offer all of the resources, and more, through easy to use interfaces that even those who are ill at ease with a computer can easily use. With the advent of the internet, the number of for-profit online schools has grown exponentially, increasing... more »
Hortonworks Co-founder on Leaving Yahoo, Mind-Blowing Innovations in Big Data

Hortonworks Co-founder on Leaving Yahoo, Mind-Blowing Innovations in Big Data

In their ongoing coverage of the 2012 Hadoop Summit, John Furrier and Jeff Kelly spoke with Arun Murthy, Hortonworks co-founder about Murthy’s personal experience stepping away from Yahoo!, Hadoop business strategies, technology innovations and future directions (see part I of the interview below, and click here for part II). Furrier inquires about Murthy’s risk in leaving Yahoo! to pursue his own entrepreneurial venture with Hortonworks co-founders. (Although he does note that Murthy’s leap must have felt a bit more secure with backing from the well-respected and indexed investor, Benchmark.) Reflecting on his experience since Yahoo!, Murthy felt enthusiasm for the transition:... 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.

- George Gilbert

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.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- 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.