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Do You Trust Facebook or a Grocery Store with your Data?

Do You Trust Facebook or a Grocery Store with your Data?

Despite the rise of Facebook, the fact remains that companies like Google, Amazon generate more confidence with consumers. At least that's what a recent a report says, by location-based marketing firm Placecast, conducted online by Harris Interactive. According to the survey, users with their personal data trust Facebook less than other internet companies including Amazon, Google or their cell phone providers. Interestingly, U.S. adults trust their grocery store more than Facebook when it comes to sharing of personal data. The report, entitled The Alert Shopper III, suggested that 81 percent of consumers were comfortable using profile information to target ads especially for... more »
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Google Acquires Sparrow Mac/iOS Mail Client, Gmail Integration Coming

Google has announced the acquisition of Sparrow, the developers of the highly popular e-mail client for Apple OS X and iOS, as the search giant (presumably) moves to revamp its approach to mobile Gmail. "We care a lot about how people communicate, and we did our best to provide you with the most intuitive and pleasurable mailing experience. Now we're joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision — one that we think we can better achieve with Google," wrote Sparrow CEO Dom Leca in a blog entry announcing the acquisition. Tat "bigger vision" probably means that Sparrow is at the very... more »
YouTube Presents Face Blurring Tool, Helps Activists Protect Identity

YouTube Presents Face Blurring Tool, Helps Activists Protect Identity

Google recently announced that it will now be offering a face blurring tool for the video uploads on YouTube. While this has been done while taking activists and citizen journalists into consideration, the tool will not be limited for the use of dissident videos. In fact, Google has launched the face blurring tool to encourage people speak out their opinions and views, without disclosing their identity. “Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our... more »
Dell Puts Aside $60M for Big Data Storage Startups

Dell Puts Aside $60M for Big Data Storage Startups

Michael Dell was one of the speakers at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, and he elaborated on the newest element of his company’s storage company. Dell is evolving. The hardware vendor, which makes most of its income from selling desktops to consumers and organizations, is shifting towards higher-margins areas such as data center equipment and cloud, with a very big emphasis on storage in particular. At last month’s Dell Storage Forum it was made very clear that the company’s commitment to this market is only expanding, and this week its founding CEO disclosed yet another detail. Dell is launching a... more »
Researchers Obliterate Grum Botnet, E-mail Inboxes Everywhere Rejoice

Researchers Obliterate Grum Botnet, E-mail Inboxes Everywhere Rejoice

In another sweeping takedown of yet-another-botnet run by Internet cybercriminals, researchers over at the security firm FireEye are announcing that they have dismantled the Grum botnet’s command and control servers. As of Wednesday, the final CnC servers--six located in Ukraine and one in Russia—had been taken offline; as a result, it’s expected that this may lead to a reduction of overall spam being sent across the Internet for a while. In this operation, FireEye collaborated with the spam-experts at Spamhaus, a well-known spam-tracking organization, and the Computer Security Incident Response Team of Russian security firm Group-IB (CERT-IB), and an unnamed independent... more »
ITWallStreet.com Hacked, Exposes 50K User Accounts

ITWallStreet.com Hacked, Exposes 50K User Accounts

Giving another hit to the online security, a hacktivist group lacerated ITWallStreet.com, exposing nearly 50,000 user accounts, including names, mailing and e-mail addresses, usernames, hashed passwords, phone numbers, and salary information. The attacker, who belongs to "MidasBank is in alliance with TeamGhostShell", hacked the IT job board of the Wall Street on Wednesday, and released the compromised data saying that the attack was from an economical point of view, institutional and educational, but primary, it will focus on the financial aspect of things. “With that being said, what better target to pick as a first release, than the place that puts... more »
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How Google Clobbers Microsoft

Two of the three computing giants reported earnings last night, and the market reacted well to both reports, as both companies traded up in the after-market. However, these two companies are by no means doing equally well. Let me explain how Google is sucking the lifeblood out of Microsoft, and it's going to get a lot worse in the coming quarters and years. Microsoft grew revenue year-over-year by 7% and adjusted EPS by 6%. This compares to Google, which grew revenue (exclusive of Motorola) by 21% and adjusted EPS by 20%. In other words, Google is growing three times as fast as... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: Office 2013, Corporate Changes

The number one item from the cloud this week is probably the public preview of Office 2013, the upcoming release of Microsoft’s productivity suite. The highlight is that while the industry-leading software bundle is still very much designated for more traditional usage on the PC, there are a few very strong components that label the new Office as a service more than anything.  There’s a new subscription model called Office-on-Demand that lets you ‘stream’ individual applications from the suite to different devices, and the suite is integrated with SkyDrive cloud storage. Users can sync not only files but also preferences and... more »
Industry Analysts Got It Wrong on VMware CEO Transition From Paul Maritz to Pat Gelsinger

Industry Analysts Got It Wrong on VMware CEO Transition From Paul Maritz to Pat Gelsinger

I’ve been covering and watching the (mostly negative) commentary over the last couple of days about the change in leadership at VMware from other blogs and specifically the analyst sector.  I really have to wonder, who are these so called experts? Do they even understand the markets and companies that they report on? SiliconANGLE’s team has been covering the enterprise for decades and has had a front seat view to VMware with respect to the legacy companies as well as the startups.  It’s clear to me that VMware has a focused plan to extend beyond just virtualization and it’s about being a... more »
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Our Favorite Companion Apps For Instagram on Android

The popular photo editing-sharing app, Instagram, made its way to Android smartphones last April.  Though it did not have support for Android tablets, it was quickly downloaded by fAndroids, which irked a lot of iOS users.  They were enraged that the iOS-exclusive app was being infiltrated by Android users and deemed that the newbies were polluting their photography haven. Now that fAndroids' presence on Instagram isn’t such a big deal, let’s look at some of the tools being utilized by Android users in making their mark permanent in the Instagram world. Instagram companion apps . RetroShots for Instagram If you think the filters on... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.