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The Spring of Convergence

The Spring of Convergence

What a spring season. We saw more news about converged infrastructure than any time before. That makes it an appropriate time to do a recap of the market. For reference, I am turning to Wikibon's Stuart Miniman, who wrote a post last week about the convergence market and where it is right now. To start, why now? Data is starting to flood the enterprise. It is creating two pressures. One comes from the need to invest more in infrastructure as the data load increases. The other comes from the labor needed to manage all that new data and the infrastructure that comes with it. It's... more »
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FalconStor Shines in Emerging Markets Amidst Plans for Recovery

Data protection firm FalconStor received a Network World Asia Information Management Award this month in recognition of its virtual tape library solution. The company managed to come out on top in the backup category, one of the 21 industries that were reviewed by panelists. “We wish to congratulate FalconStor for developing a backup-and-recovery solution that our editors and the majority of the 100 Asian CIOs we surveyed voted as the leader in this category,” said Victor Ng, South-East Asia bureau chief of Network World Asia. “The FalconStor VTL solution fared exceptionally well, especially in terms of its widespread reputation and acceptance... more »
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Spotify Finally Brings Radio To iPad

Music streaming service Spotify is adding a new feature to their iPhone and iPad app: free radio.  Yes, Spotify gearing up to take on Pandora in the mobile space. Spotify updated their iOS app, which includes a new radio feature that gives their free users access to unlimited amount of music while on the go.  The only catch is, it comes with ads. Paying customers, of course, won’t be bothered with ads from Chevrolet, Durex, Heineken, Red Stag by Jim Beam, Lipton Iced Tea, Macy’s, McDonalds, Progressive, Red Bull, Taco Bell, Verizon Wireless, and Warner Bros, all of whom are Spotify... more »
How Microsoft Surface Could Take Advantage of SmartGlass and Kinect Technology

How Microsoft Surface Could Take Advantage of SmartGlass and Kinect Technology

The mystery Microsoft tablet Surface is out and it has nothing to do with the Xbox—not a disappointment to anyone, although the mystery still continues across some elements of the tablet’s technology. Looking at other developments across Microsoft’s technology line, it’s about time we start speculating about how the software giant intends to differentiate themselves from major competitors in the scene such as Apple and Google. Tablet technology represents an almost-bridge between small mobile devices and on-desk PCs, and with the advent of Microsoft’s SmartGlass, it can also represent another connection in the entertainment cloud. It will fit nicely into a... more »
Google Takes the Fight to YouTube Rip-Off Sites

Google Takes the Fight to YouTube Rip-Off Sites

Yet more court action looms large on the horizon, this time from search engine giants Google, who apparently decided enough is enough and threatened legal action against one of the biggest Youtube download websites. According to a report in TorrentFreak, Google wrote a letter to the owners of YouTube-MP3.org, pointing out that it’s in violation of YouTube’s terms of service, and that if such action continues, it’s determined to have its day in court. For those who haven’t yet checked it out, YouTube-MP3.org is a very simple tool that allows us to convert any video from YouTube into an MP3 file, before... more »
Microsoft Surface vs. iPad

Microsoft Surface vs. iPad

Microsoft unveiled Surface yesterday and though it’s not yet available in the market, it’s already being compared to Apple’s iPad.  So let’s look at how the tablets compare with each other. Physical Appearance Surface: The RT and Windows 8 Pro both have a 10.6” ClearType Full HD DIsplay.  The RT weighs 676g while the Pro weighs more at 903g.  The RT measure 9.3mm in thickness while the Pro is at 13.5mm.   And both are encased in VaporMg which gives both devices a sleek finish while offering more comfort in holding it as it is easier to grip. New iPad:  The WI-FI and Cellular... more »
The Genius Behind Foodie Data: Q&A with Food Genius CEO Justin Massa

The Genius Behind Foodie Data: Q&A with Food Genius CEO Justin Massa

If you know anything about Walmart, you know their in-store cameras track your every move, feeding the mega-store enough data to help them design aisles, strategically place products and even play the right music.  There's an enormous amount of data in the grocery industry alone, and moving down the line, from supply and demand to shipping costs and schedules, organic movements and flavor du jour, there's a great deal of planning that goes into every grocery run we make. Then there's the data yet to be uncovered, tapping social networks and restaurant reviews for food-related insight, and layering in public data... more »
SAP Eyes Banking Sector for HANA Growth

SAP Eyes Banking Sector for HANA Growth

SAP announced a number of Rapid Deployment solutions assembled specifically for the banking and financial services industry, an area that the company is also targeting with its HANA in-memory analytics platform and other products.  These latest offerings bring together hardware, software and services in pre-set packages that individually target different areas. SAP is offering two of these Rapid Deployment solutions under the title Loan Management: one is a regular configuration that sets up the infrastructure that would manage this part of operations, and the second also covers migration from an existing environment.  There’s also SAP Deposit Management, and a couple other... more »
The Irony! Android Malware Poses as Premium Security App

The Irony! Android Malware Poses as Premium Security App

Today’s mobile news roundup features a new Android vulnerability found, the US arrival of the Nokia 808 PureView, and Cvent's acquisition of CrowsCompass. Android malware poses as security app Kaspersky Labs identified a new variety of the Zeus malware that disguises itself as a premium security app.  By masquerading as a top shelf security service and growing consumer concern over flourishing Android malware, it’s all the more likely that people will download such a convincing app, putting themselves at great risk.  Another growing problem with this is that more people are using their own devices in workplaces, so more company data may... more »
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Microsoft Surface Won't Succeed without Kinect, SmartGlass

Microsoft Corp. finally had their big reveal yesterday and sources were right - it’s a Microsoft tablet to compete with the iPad.  They’re done relying on third party hardware makers, they’ve entered the OS-hardware making business and they’re serious about it. “What can I say? Hell froze over -- this is totally antithetical to their core business,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner Inc. “They’re taking their destiny into their own hands. It’s a bold move, but it’s a very risky one. This could turn into Microsoft’s next Zune or its next Xbox.” The tablet, dubbed the Microsoft Surface, comes in two... more »

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- George Gilbert

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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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.