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Cisco Upcoming Earnings Expected to Show Steady Comeback

Cisco Upcoming Earnings Expected to Show Steady Comeback

Networking equipment maker Cisco hit a rough patch last year due to a combination of turbulent global economic conditions and internal fragmentations: the company strayed too far from its core business, with costly initiatives that failed to hit the mark and a poor decision-making system. Over ten thousands job cuts and several months later, the company is doing better. Cisco will be reporting its earnings in the third quarter a couple days from now, and it will be crucial to meet market expectations. Analysts’ average forecast stands at 47 cents per share excluding items on sales of $11.6 billion. That fits in... more »
Getting the Big Picture with Big Data Discovery

Getting the Big Picture with Big Data Discovery

IBM’s pending acquisition of Vivisimo, announced last week, brings into focus an important component of the Big Data stack: Big Data discovery. By Big Data discovery, I’m referring to a layer in the Big Data stack that allows Data Scientists to get a comprehensive view of all the data sources available to him or her within the enterprise. It’s a critical capability because you can’t really take advantage of multiple data sources for Big Data Analysis unless you know they exist in the first place. Particularly in large enterprises with multiple locations and myriad departments, getting a handle on the totality of... more »
Fresh from InterOp 2012: Google SPDY, Huawei Launch

Fresh from InterOp 2012: Google SPDY, Huawei Launch

Inter Op 2012 has barely started but already new products and announcements are being released at the Las Vegas gathering. A few managed to beat the flood, sending out their releases ahead of everyone else. The first item comes from F5 Networks. The vendor upgraded the Application Delivery Optimization functionality of its BIG-IP ADC with the addition Google’s SPDY. The latter is a protocol the search giant developed to reduce the amount of latency occurring when mobile apps send data over HTTP, and F5 claims its application delivery controller is the first platform that supports it. Here’s an official quote curtsey of... more »
RIM Fesses Up to Boring Anti-Apple Camapaign

RIM Fesses Up to Boring Anti-Apple Camapaign

News regarding the Wake Up campaign involving a flash mob protest in front of Apple Store in Australia, a teaser page with a timer, posters, billboards, the words “Wake Up” at the bottom of Bondi Ice Bergs pool, had everyone blaming Samsung for the anti-Apple campaign.  But that was all put to rest when the South Korean company denied any involvement in the movement and details emerged that it was in fact RIM that was behind the anti-Apple propaganda. Though RIM kept mum about the issue for awhile, they admitted that they were the one responsible for the anti-Apple campaign, stating that... more »
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Will Motorola Win a $4 Billion Annual Stake in Microsoft?

Google is facing a fair share of legal trouble, a big portion coming from the Oracle case that’s been heating up recently. Microsoft in turn is being pursued by Motorola over alleged patent infringement, the Android OEM the search acquired last year for a sum well exceeding $10 billion. Ironically one of the reasons cited at the time was the sheer size of Motorola’s patent portfolio, which Google thought would be a good way of shielding it from such suits. The allegations are that Microsoft illegally uses several technologies that the manufacturer holds rights to; standard-essential patents to be more exact. That’s... more »
Training Software for the Increasingly Complex World of IT

Training Software for the Increasingly Complex World of IT

In a recent MarketScape report, IDC reported that 80 percent of IT managers believe effective training is critical to the success of a project. At the same time, nearly a third of IT budgets are set aside for education. There is a gap between the perception of education’s importance and how companies train their employees. HP Software Education Services has found the following three issues causing the above mentioned gap, including: IT training plans are based on current, not future requirements. Training can be inflexible and unstructured. Time necessary to train employees. Professionally trained IT staff make fewer errors and spend more time on crucial tasks... more »
Angry Birds Still Rules As Draw Something Fades Into the Background

Angry Birds Still Rules As Draw Something Fades Into the Background

A recent study done by Lightspeed Research concluded that smartphone users are more likely to use their device for fun then tablet users, citing that 73% of smartphone users access social sites via mobile apps daily while tablet users access functional apps such as business apps (63%) or finance/banking apps (56%) daily rather than social networking apps (32%).  But the study also showed that tablet users are more likely to pay for apps than smartphone users. "It is clear that smartphone and tablet users are multi-taskers, with many using their devices to browse the web and update social networks whilst taking... more »
Scalify Raises $2 Million for Peer-to-Peer Cloud-Gaming Networking

Scalify Raises $2 Million for Peer-to-Peer Cloud-Gaming Networking

Melbourne-based gaming start-up Scalify is looking to amplify their efforts to bring peer-to-peer networking to the gaming community after an infusion of $2 million in investment from Starfish Ventures. According to an article in VentureBeat, the start-up intends to use this investment to increase their stake in a networking technology that they’re selling to networked-gaming studio such as massively multiplayer online games and social games that depend heavily on users interacting with one another, Badumna allows traffic to communicate via peer-to-peer in a decentralized network. The company argues that this approach enables multiplayer apps that were not possible before. It does so... more »
Malware on Android for the First Time Poses Threat to Corporate Networks

Malware on Android for the First Time Poses Threat to Corporate Networks

Trojans and malware on Android are a constantly recurring theme. While some argue that there is no real threat at all, others feel that preventive measures are needed to safeguard their mobile devices. Now, for the first time, a hacked site is distributing malware for Google's mobile operating system, which could risk corporate networks. Lookout Mobile Security on Wednesday reported that the new Trojan, dubbed “NotCompatible,” which postures as a system update could potentially be used to gain access to private networks by turning infected devices into TCP relay/proxys. This type of attack is better known as drive-by download. If someone visits an... more »
Dell Announces A Linux Laptop Designed for Developers

Dell Announces A Linux Laptop Designed for Developers

A few years ago Dell began offering the Ubuntu distribution of Linux on its desktops and laptaps, but quietly dropped the option from its online store in 2010 (though it's still possible to order certain machines with Ubuntu). Today at the Ubuntu Developers Summit Dell announced that it is dipping its toes into back into the Linux laptop market with Project Sputnik, a developer-centric laptop running Ubuntu 12.04 on Dell's XPS13 Ultrabook hardware. If you already have an XPS13, you can find the install image here. Project Sputnik, a product of Dell's new internal incubation fund, features not just full hardware... more »

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- 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

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.