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Cryptic Studios Hack Discovered...From December 2010

Cryptic Studios Hack Discovered...From December 2010

In a statement released just yesterday Cryptic Game Studios—developer of City of Heroes, Champions Online, Star Trek Online, and a few other online game titles—revealed that they discovered that their systems have been hacked…in December 2010. The delay? The statement enlightens readers that they discovered the hack from almost a year and a half ago due to heightened security audits. The unauthorized access included user account names, handles, and encrypted passwords for those accounts. Even though the passwords were encrypted, it is apparent that the intruder has been able to crack some portion of the passwords in this database. All accounts... more »
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Microsoft's Laptop Advantage Over Apple

Let's say you could buy an Apple MacBook Air -- but with twice the battery life, at half the price. Does that sound attractive? Duh! What is this -- a so-called "ultrabook" that Intel is pushing through its usual OEMs? Nope. Ultrabooks may be slightly less expensive than a MacBook Air, but that's par for the course for the usual multi-decade Microsoft-Apple comparison anyway. Nothing new there. Just predictable linear progression. No, the laptop that will fit this bill is another new class of Microsoft-based product hitting the market simultaneously with the "regular" Windows 8 this October-November. And it's not based on Intel... more »
Citrix Boasts Q1 Sales Growth, NetScaler Success

Citrix Boasts Q1 Sales Growth, NetScaler Success

Virtual desktop solutions maker Citrix reported impressive gains for the first quarter of 2012, crediting a great deal of it to the success the company’s NetScaler VDI delivery platform has seen in the same period. Citrix revealed net profit of 39 cents per share on revenue of $589.5 million, a bit more than the $562.4 analysts expected and an increase of 46 percent year over year. The exact same percentage represents the sales growth NetScaler has seen.  That is partially thanks to the 400 XenDesktop sales that were bundled up with the virtual desktop optimization service, and another 10 percent was accounted by NetScaler... more »
BYOD Still Blocked for Official Work Tasks

BYOD Still Blocked for Official Work Tasks

A recent survey by Mimecast, a supplier of cloud-based email archiving, continuity and security for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, has revealed that BYOD - Bring Your Own Device is becoming a hot topic among enterprises, especially due to data security concerns. Mimecast carried out this survey on around 500 IT professionals and administrators in the IT industry, which revealed that 47 percent of respondents believe that consumerization of IT is very important to enterprises, while 21 percent considered BYOD as a risk for businesses. Another important finding that came out of the Mimecast survey is that 26 percent of... more »
Living In The Avengers: Gadgets to Inspire Your Inner Superhero

Living In The Avengers: Gadgets to Inspire Your Inner Superhero

The Avengers hits theaters May 4, culminating years of Marvel comics-inspired movies from Iron Man to Captain America, Thor and The Hulk.  Their forces will come together in the upcoming Avengers movie, making for one serious superhero battle like nothing the world's ever seen. We've rounded up a few geeky gadgets and products that tap into your inner superhero, from wearable art to laptop decals. . Center: Captain America hoodie (Amazon).  Clockwise: Siri proxy to connect a Jarvis-like AI to any public API, Marvel mobile apps and games,  Iron Man cuff links (Etsy), Iron Man Macbook decal (Etsy), Legos Avengers movie poster, First... more »
A First Step in Google's New Android Strategy?

A First Step in Google's New Android Strategy?

He's baaaaack! No, I'm not talking about a zombie in a scary movie or Mitt Romney's future press secretary, Newt Gingrich. I'm talking about Google selling unlocked Android phones directly again, bypassing the cellular carriers. Those of you with decent smartphone memories will recall that Google jumped into this strategy once before, in January 2010, with the Nexus One. The alleged reasons why Google quietly backed away from that strategy was some combination of the following two: 1. Google couldn't handle the customer support. Although this isn't surprising for those who try to get customer support from any of the other free Google services,... more »
The Best Schools for Your Silicon Valley Dream

The Best Schools for Your Silicon Valley Dream

Silicon Valley, the term coined by Ralph Vaerst, refers to the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area that houses many of the world’s largest silicon chip manufacturers and innovators.  Well, that was then, when silicon chip manufacturing boomed.  And it is no longer dominated by dot-com companies that once reigned over a decade ago.  Now, Silicon Valley is the home of web services like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Taskrabbit, and Cloudflare.  And with this transition, the gates of Silicon Valley opened up, granting new opportunity for startups. “That industry is bringing a lot of talent to Silicon Valley, and a... more »
LulzSec Leaked VMware Code Raises Concerns and Implications

LulzSec Leaked VMware Code Raises Concerns and Implications

In an already busy week for cybersecurity news, it was revealed this week that source code for VMware ESX Hypervisor was leaked onto Pastebin.  A member of the notoriously familiar group LulzSec was identified as the source of the leak. A LulzSec hacker known as “Hardcore Charlie” was tied recently to an attack on China’s CEIEC, a defense contractor.  In that attack, Hardcore Charlie obtained and subsequently released thousands of internal documents, ostensibly looking for secret military information regarding US war efforts in Afghanistan.  The Guardian reports that the leaked code, up to 300MB worth was a part of that CEIEC... more »
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Triple Growth for Software Maker Veeam

The privately held Veeam makes software for virtualized environments, including backup and data recovery, as well as monitoring apps and other solutions. And it has been doing something right so far, according to some new data about its performance in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Veeam says that it has added another 5,000 customers in that period, reaching a total of over 37,000. Closer to the bottom line the company reports that it has seen new bookings increase by 103 percent year over year, and that revenue from these licenses more than tripled at 108 percent more than 1Q2011. “Veeam has seen... more »
Big Data's Talent Warehouses May Be In Short Supply

Big Data's Talent Warehouses May Be In Short Supply

In "Big Data's Big Problem: Little Talent," an article published yesterday, the Wall Street Journal's Ben Rooney used the success of the Splunk IPO to discuss how quickly the big data market has exploded - and how the talent pool hasn't caught up yet. Most of what Rooney talks about should be familiar to our readers. The act of gathering so much data is great, but a new type of professional - the big data scientist (or engineer or architect) - is required to help make sense of the chaos and turn it into more actionable business intelligence. Nothing new... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.