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Dell Sets Expectations for Downmarket at Dell Enterprise Forum - Breaking Analysis

Dell Enterprise Forum is in full swing this week, and Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman is at the event getting all the latest buzz from the company. One of Dell's more noteworthy announcements is a new product, Vertex.  It's a remote office or “data center in a box,” that updates to ActiveSystems, and benefits from a surprising partnership with Oracle. Not surprising  however, is the buzz Vertex generated at Dell Enterprise Forum, and Miniman explains that this is due to the fact that Dell is trying to drive server, storage  and network solutions downmarket. Vertex looks promising for converged infrastructure “Vertex really looks like a... more »
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As CIO : Start with Something You Know + Don't Make End Users Choose, Says Equinox CIO

As theCube was extracting signal from the noise at the recently concluded ServiceNow Knowledge 13 event, we got a chance to chat with Brian Lillie, CIO of Equinox. Equinox is a global data center provider with 97 datacenters in 15 countries, and over 500 cloud providers that host with them around the world. Aside from being high-end, operational, and reliable, the company prides itself for being network neutral with 900 carriers in their facilities. “If you’re a cloud provider or a content provider, and you wanna provide information and access in the lowest latency, highest reliability way to eyeballs all over the... more »
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What's HP's Strategy for Flash + 3PAR? Scale Up vs. Scale Out

HP Discover 2013 kicks off next week, running June 11th-13th. One of the stories we're looking for at HP Discover is going to be Hewlett-Packard's current position with 3PAR, a key acquisition from a couple years back, and 3PAR's role in HP's goals to update its Flash-based storage technology. On its earnings call last week, HP explained how demand for its converged storage solutions increased by 48 percent from last year to $349 million. Within that, sales of 3PAR equipment soared by 82 percent.  But even with all that growth, Flash storage isn't getting big enough, fast enough, to replace its... more »
ActiveState Acquires Appsecute for Social DevOps in the Cloud

ActiveState Acquires Appsecute for Social DevOps in the Cloud

Today ActiveState announced that the company has acquired Appsecute, a leader in social DevOps application management technology. Based in New Zealand, Appsecute spearheaded the idea of "Social DevOps"" with its Connector APIs and cloud application management technology, providing a real-time social stream for DevOps to see across multiple services used for application management. ActiveState’s software enables developers and enterprises to innovate from code to cloud, and its cutting-edge solutions give developers and enterprises the power and flexibility to develop in Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, Node.js, PHP, Tcl, and more. With ActiveState's Stackato, a leader in private PaaS, and Appsecute together, development... more »
Microsoft Market Position Strong for Future Growth

Microsoft Market Position Strong for Future Growth

Despite the speculation about Microsoft's future in the face of the growth of popularity of iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, the Giant of Redmond is actually in a strong position in the market, writes Wikibon Analyst, Founder & Managing Consultant of the 1610 Group, and former CIO Scott Lowe in his latest Professional Alert. In the Alert, "CIOs: Microsoft is positioning itself as the platform of the future", he analyzes the strong positions of Office 365, Azure, and Hyper-V, and the riskier one of Windows 8. Office 365 lags Google Docs in total subscribership, probably in part because Google Docs... more »
ZeroTurnaround Updates Its Automation Tool, Unveils LiveRebel 2.7

ZeroTurnaround Updates Its Automation Tool, Unveils LiveRebel 2.7

QA/Ops teams have traditionally struggled to keep up with the quick pace set by development teams, making it essential to have a tool that eliminates server downtime when initiating updates to running applications.Taking into consideration the same, ZeroTurnaround today unveiled LiveRebel 2.7, a newly updated, free-to-download edition of its release automation tool. The solution helps software teams rollout releases rapidly & safely (no downtime or overhead), without compromising on process, control or user experience – especially critical in today’s ‘constant development’ landscape. The company has launched this update to address the changes in the market that require software providers to constantly... more »
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FreedomPop's "Free" Mobile Service: It Probably Isn't That Good...

Phone bills – Arrgh! Aren't you just sick of them? If, like me, you are, then you might just be interested to hear about the new offer from FreedomPop, which offers "free" mobile broadband services in certain areas. Now, the little upstart carrier wannabe has done something totally ambitious – its just gone and launched when it claims is the first completely free mobile phone service in the US. You heard that right. FreedomPop's new mobile phone service will be totally and utterly, 100% free with no money to pay at all for anything. Free talk time, free SMS, free data...... more »
IBM Lays Out Dev/Ops Mobile Strategy at Innovate 2013

IBM Lays Out Dev/Ops Mobile Strategy at Innovate 2013

IBM has laid out a four stage architecture for dev/ops in response to the needs of increasingly software-driven clients who need to create apps quickly for today's fast evolving markets, says IBM Director of  Capabilities Marketing Randy Newell. Companies are being rocked by multiple disruptive forces -- mobile, Big Data, social media, fast evolving markets driven by shifting customer expectations -- that demand blazing fast application development across the IT infrastructure in an increasingly complex technical and market environment. Old methods of application development with cycles that run for months or years are no longer adequate when the company's future... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 June 5: The Federal Reserve 'Studies' Bitcoin's Impact, EFF Thanks the Bitcoin Community, Humble Indie Bundle 8

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 June 5: The Federal Reserve 'Studies' Bitcoin's Impact, EFF Thanks the Bitcoin Community, Humble Indie Bundle 8

While this week hasn't been overly dramatic for the Bitcoin market, that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot of questions still rolling around about regulation and government activity. Last month, we saw MtGox's Dwolla account sized by the US government, Liberty Reserve get shut down for criminal activity, and further money exchange domains have been called for capture. Keeping track of the Bitcoin community has become about understanding currency regulation. Which is why I'm including FinCEN's boss recently outlining rules for Bitcoiners reported over at CoinDesk. As for this week's news, the Federal Reserve has commissioned a study of modern day... more »
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What's the Catch with FreedomPop's Free Data for WiFi + Android?

“The Internet is a right, not a privilege.” Those are the words that greet you when you visit FreedomPop’s site.  FreedomPop is Freemium Internet service provider which means that uses would only have to pay for a device that would give them Internet connection.  500MB of free data is offered to FreedomPop users each month.  If they exceed the allotted data, the overage fee is $10-$20 per gigabyte.  Or you can hunt down promos to get free data from FreedomPop. Freedom has been targeting Internet service providers and their costly plans and data capping.  Now, the company has aimed its crosshair at... more »

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