Top Stories

Skype for Android Goes 'Metro' With New Update

Skype for Android Goes 'Metro' With New Update

Skype has just updated its Android app, and the new software feels an awful lot like Windows Phone. We've seen Microsoft attempt to take advantage of its Skype ownership before, most obviously when it merged Skype accounts with its own, and today's redesign of its popular VoIP app is nothing if not a subtle attempt to remind us all that there is indeed a worthy alternative to Android. Sporting a distinct 'metro-style' look, Skype's new design is said to put “conversations first”, with a focus on putting all of the important functions at the user's fingertips the moment they open the... more »
Xbox Music + The Future of the Consumer Cloud

Xbox Music + The Future of the Consumer Cloud

Only a few years ago, any discussion on cloud computing typically centered on its potential use and implementation as it pertained to corporate IT departments. For the general public, however, the concept of storing data in a cloud was as ethereal a concept as any. With just a short fast-forward, we are seeing the ubiquity of this mode of data storage in a whole host of consumer cloud services. Anyone who has purchased an Amazon Kindle e-reader is presented with the option to store their books, music and apps directly on their device or to free up storage on the device... more »
Minecraft 1.6: Horses—Need I Say More?

Minecraft 1.6: Horses—Need I Say More?

The much-anticipated latest-and-greater version of Minecraft developed by Marcus "Notch" Persson and published by Mojang hit the Internet today with v1.6 and it adds horses. It adds a lot of other things, like bug fixes, better performance, a new launcher, and a lot of other stuff—but for many players, this update is all about the horses. As an indie-hit that makes it clear that gaming can be popular even if it’s not about guns, explosions, and horror—Minecraft has carved out a very-square shaped niche in gamer culture. With each update, Minecraft has worked upwards from an extremely simplistic beginning: build a world... more »
Food Genius - The Big Data Food Trend Reporting Tool

Food Genius - The Big Data Food Trend Reporting Tool

Big Data and Food – How could you not love this? Food Genius is a Chicago-based outfit that delivers Big Data insights to those in the food industry. How exactly? Food Genius tracks and analyzes data from 22 million items on restaurant menus across the country. This means things like pricing, social, menu options, and reviews – these are all factors that can singularly or collectively make or break restaurant earnings, distributor earnings, and suppliers all the way along the chain. By focusing on consumer behaviors and the power of Big Data, Food Genius is able to supply quick access... more »
Velocity 2013 Recap: Building a DevOps Culture

Velocity 2013 Recap: Building a DevOps Culture

Hosted by O’Reilly Media at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Velocity 2013 was the single, most important must-attend conference for web operations and development professionals. The home of data science, the conference brings together practitioners, researchers, IT leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss DevOps, big data, Hadoop, analytics, visualization and data markets. From startups to the Fortune 500, smart companies are betting on insight data-driven technologies. The focus for this year event was on scaling and administering web applications, mobile applications, and tech culture. Web Performance - Fast-growing DevOps movement TheCUBE discussion series with various participants at Velocity focused on culture as well as... more »
The Year of the Virtual Desktop? For IaaS Provider Navisite it Definitely Is

The Year of the Virtual Desktop? For IaaS Provider Navisite it Definitely Is

If you are a CIO you've probably heard it every year. "This is the year of desktop virtualization”. Well, for IaaS provider Navisite, 2013 definitely is the year of VDI, or more precisely Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). It has found a nice growth business, primarily initially in higher education and healthcare, where it has found strong use cases based on the high mobility of end-users and the security concerns. But, says Navisite VP of Product Management Chris Patterson, the appeal is really horizontal. For instance, "last summer we had several customers in London who wanted us just for a few weeks. They said... more »
element14 Begins Wearable Technology Challenge with Adafruit FLORA Kit

element14 Begins Wearable Technology Challenge with Adafruit FLORA Kit

Wearable technology has become the hot new trend in the technology sphere, and undoubtedly the credit goes to Glass project. Right from head mounted gear to smart watches, there are new wearable devices coming up. Cashing up this opportunity, element14 has launched a challenge for engineers and developers to design and develop their own piece of wearable technology. To pursue the same, element14 has selected the Adafruit’s FLORA kit to be used as the computing platform for the challenge. element14 is the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store specifically built for electronic design engineers. The global competition will focus entirely... more »
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Gets Full Support for 3D Printing

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Gets Full Support for 3D Printing

3D printing capability may well be the start of a new industrial revolution, and that they can get just as important as the steam engine and the assembly line. So it's no surprise that global software mover and shakers, such as Microsoft, might be looking into including the capability to use 3D printing into upcoming operating system software--in this case Windows 8.1. The possibilities of this technology are huge. Some market analysts predict that the global 3D printing market will reach $3.1 billion by 2016, while others expect that 3D printing can free us from the reigns of traditional factories, and... more »
The Race to Smartwatch Domination : Can Apple Catch Samsung?

The Race to Smartwatch Domination : Can Apple Catch Samsung?

According to reports, Apple has filed for the “iWatch” trademark in Japan, validating previous rumors regarding a wearable technology in the not so distant future from the Cupertino company. According to Bloomberg, the patent was filed last June 3 with the Japan Patent Office and the application was made public last week.  Apple is said to be arming itself as its fiercest competitor, Samsung, is also readying a smartwatch. But Apple and Samsung aren’t the only ones looking at the wearable technology market, as Microsoft was reported to have placed orders for 1.5-inch displays.  Sony also recently announced that the second version... more »
Big Data's Getting Bigger in Asia

Big Data's Getting Bigger in Asia

What with many of Asia's countries still not quite having reached first-world status yet, many companies in the region can be a bit slow to adopt new technologies. Yet there's one innovation that Asian firms can't seem to jump on fast enough – Big Data. The majority of Asian businesses have so far scoffed at the idea of migrating to the cloud, but a good number of them are already employing Big Data analytics to boost their bottom line, according to a new report from The Economist's intelligence unit, which recently surveyed several hundred Asian companies. It's worth taking the time to... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.