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There's No Such Thing as the Perfect Developer Laptop

There's No Such Thing as the Perfect Developer Laptop

Yesterday's post about Dell's experimental developer-centric laptop Project Sputnik struck a chord. It's the most popular post we've done at DevOpsAngle, it has 181 comments on Hacker News so far and Dell's collected 40 suggestions on its IdeaStorm feedback site. One clear theme: There's no such thing as the perfect developer laptop. Needs vary quite a bit depending not just on developer taste, but on the type of development being done. Systems developers have different needs from Web application developers. as RedMonk analyst Donnie Berkholz wrote on Twitter: "Funny watching the debate on the 'perfect' dev laptop. Screen glossy or matte?... more »
Latest from InterOp: Zynga’s in-house AWS

Latest from InterOp: Zynga’s in-house AWS

One of the newest highlights of the InterOp gathering held this week at Las Vegas is the Zynga keynote, in which the company detailed its own cloud use case, Wikibon’s David Cahill attended and reported his observations  from the showroom floor. The social game developer has a lot of users to support – one in ten people with access to the internet play a Zynga game at least once a month, and there are approximately 250 million active monthly users that play on a regular basis. Powering all this activity requires a lot of resources. The keynote covered the company’s gradual shift... more »
Panzura Hits Revenue, Petabyte Cloud Milestones at InterOp

Panzura Hits Revenue, Petabyte Cloud Milestones at InterOp

Two months ago we covered Panzura’s launch of a brand new cloud service  based on the Google Storage PaaS, which, at the time, made it one of the first third party vendors to adopt the technology. Today at InterOp, the company is reporting stellar growth and several milestones, including the launch of an upgraded software component. Apparently half of the enterprises using Panzura Global Cloud Storage are Fortune 500 companies, with deployments ranging from 100 terabytes to petabyte-scale, and the platform is more popular than ever. Less than a month into Q2 the provider says that revenue has already exceeded sales... more »
Social Boosts Financial Performance But Not So Much for Companies that Fail to Scale

Social Boosts Financial Performance But Not So Much for Companies that Fail to Scale

McKinsey and Compay issued its fifth annual report about the use of social technologies in the enterprise. The results show how the most networked organizations perform better financially, are taking market share, and blurring the boundaries of their internal and external operations. McKinsey surveyed 4,200 global executives about how organizations deploy social technologies and the benefits they confer. The results are similar to last year, which found that when "adopted at scale across an emerging type of networked enterprise and integrated into the work processes of employees, social technologies can boost a company’s financial performance and market share." But there is a... more »
Nobody Panic: Microsoft Isn't Rebranding Windows Azure

Nobody Panic: Microsoft Isn't Rebranding Windows Azure

From the "Somebody on the Internet said so" department: Following a blog post on Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, Microsoft Windows Azure customers are suddenly worried that Redmond has axed the "Azure" brand for its enterprise cloud services. Thurrott reported that the news came not in the form of a press release, blog entry, or executive interview, but in the form of a message to Azure customers, explaining that - for instance - Windows Azure Compute would be renamed "Cloud Services," AppFabric Cache would become simply "Cache," and SQL Azure would become "SQL Database." But it seems that the only people who... more »
RIM Appoints New COO and CMO Amidst Product Turmoil

RIM Appoints New COO and CMO Amidst Product Turmoil

Research in Motion announced two new additions to the company: Kristian Tear as the new chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as the new chief marketing officer.  Tear fills up the position vacated by Thorsten Heins when he was named the company’s CEO back in January. “Kristian and Frank bring extensive knowledge of the rapidly changing wireless global market and will help RIM as we sharpen our focus on delivering long-term value to our stakeholders,” said Heins in the company’s press release.  “Most importantly, both Kristian and Frank possess a keen understanding of the emerging trends in mobile communications and computing.” Tear... more »
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CTIA 2012 Kicks Off With New LTE Devices and Security Apps

The International CTIA Wireless 2012 trade show kicks off in New Orleans this week and will run until the 10th of May.  Tech companies gathered to showcase their latest products and services which will soon be available or launched at the event. Let’s look at some of the latest offerings from the industry’s finest. LG’s 4G smartphones LG Mobile showcases a wide range of cutting-edge mobile devices that features 4G LTE speed, advanced 3-D technology, and an enhanced user experience unlike any other. CTIA attendees who will drop by their booth can experience the affordable LG Viper 4G LTE with its eco-friendly features, the... more »
NASA, Air Force, Harvard Compromised by Hacker Crew ‘The Unknowns’

NASA, Air Force, Harvard Compromised by Hacker Crew ‘The Unknowns’

Last month saw a rash of hacks hit a variety of high profile targets including NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the French Ministry of Defense, the European Space Agency, the Bahrain Ministry of Defense, the Thai Royal Navy, and Harvard University’s School of Public Health—the attackers, acknowledged now as a hacker crew going by the moniker of “The Unknowns” absconded with documents from the afflicted organizations. Most of the attacks happened late in the month and we’re just now getting confirmation from organizations such as NASA. The hackers, meanwhile, posted proof of their exploits on Pastebin (http://pastebin.com/uhWSRrSf) including screenshots and pilfered... more »
Hadoop/MapReduce Worth $812.8 million in 2016 [Report]

Hadoop/MapReduce Worth $812.8 million in 2016 [Report]

A recent Wikibon report included a forecast about the future of the big data market as a whole, including revenue from all products and services that tie in with this area. The research firm believes that by 2017 big data will be worth a total of $53.4 billion, more than ten times its value in 2012. This industry breaks down across a number of segments, and Hadoop is one of the most significant. This week IDC released an outlook of its own for the Hadoop-MapReduce ecosystem, which concludes that we’ll probably be seeing tenfold growth in this field as well. The study... more »
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Apple and Samsung Lower Patent Claims, Apple Seeks iPhone 5 Domain

Today’s mobile news roundup features more iPhone 5 news, T-Mobile's unveiling of Passpoint, TwitPic for iPhones, and more. Apple filed claim for iPhone 5 domain It looks like Apple will be naming the next iPhone the “iPhone 5” as they filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization for the iPhone5.com domain name.  Anyone who visits the site will be seeing smartphone ads and forums with discussions regarding the rumored iPhone 5.  Apple doesn’t own the site, but they want to.  Currently, there’s an on going forum as to whether Apple should be given the rights to the site, while another... more »

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- 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.

- 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

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