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MapR, Talend Join Google Cloud Platform Partner Program

MapR, Talend Join Google Cloud Platform Partner Program

MapR Technologies announced today that it has joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program as a Technology Partner. MapR, which provides enterprise-level distribution for the open source database system Apache Hadoop, had already revealed plans to make that distribution available via the Google Compute Engine. The move to Google Cloud Platform Partner will give MapR greater ability to integrate the platform with Google's Compute Engine. MapR has recently made several over moves in the Big Data arena, including Drawn To Scale's announcement that MapR will partner with it to distribute MapR's M3 Edition with Drawn to Scale's Spire. MapR also named... more »
Y Combinator Backed Chute Gets $2.7M In Funding, Brings More Social for Developers

Y Combinator Backed Chute Gets $2.7M In Funding, Brings More Social for Developers

Chute, a Y Combinator backed company that helps apps and sites capture, manage and display media files, just closed a $2.7 million round of funding led by Freestyle Capital with the participation of  Battery Ventures, USVP and Salesforce.com, as well as individual investors Joe Fernandez, Binh Tran and Joshua Reeves. “The best brands and publishers in the industry are bringing user generated media alive and displaying it on their site, on their Facebook pages, in their mobile apps, or at live events; anywhere their content lives,” said Ranvir Gujral, Co-Founder of Chute. “Chute lets them do this. With Chute, publishers, brands,... more »
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Cisco Cuts Over 1000 Jobs Amidst Market Changes

Networking kingpin Cisco is sending out about 1,200 pink slips in what its referring to as a simplification of the company. The full statement from Karen Tillman, vice president of corporate communication, explains the almost two percent of Cisco's global workforce saying, “These actions, subject to local legal requirements, including consultation where required, are part of a continuous process of simplifying the company, as well as assessing the economic environment in certain parts of the world.” China is a particularly sensitive regions for Cisco right now. Huawei is gobbling up bigger and bigger chunks of the markets, while other firms such as Arista Networks are... more »
Dell Debuts New Data Retention Solution for the Enterprise

Dell Debuts New Data Retention Solution for the Enterprise

Hardware maker Dell has been eyeing the storage market for quite some time now. The company confirmed a huge commitment to this market at this year’s Dell Storage Forum, and is now gradually becoming more aggressive with its efforts. This week the manufacturer debuted a new big data retention offering that lists high-scalability as a main selling point.  That is coupled with an attempt to cater to several different audiences: the core product can be used as nothing more than just a repository, but can also be the foundation of a more comprehensive analytics solution: customers can choose to run the... more »
New Kindle Fires May Come As Early As July 31

New Kindle Fires May Come As Early As July 31

In our last Amazon piece, we mentioned their upcoming Kindle Fire, or should I say Kindle Fires, since news surfaced that Amazon will be launching Kindle Fires of various sizes. According to Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples Inc., Amazon is getting ready to release 5-6 tablets of different sizes as they push to sell more media content such as MP3s, movies, e-books, TV shows, apps and a lot more.  The array of new Kindle Fires will include something that could directly compete with Google’s Nexus 7, and a 10-inch tablet that would compete with larger tablets like the... more »
Gaming Site Gamigo Hacked, 8 Million User E-mail Addresses and Passwords Leaked

Gaming Site Gamigo Hacked, 8 Million User E-mail Addresses and Passwords Leaked

About four months ago free-to-play publisher and gaming site Gamigo warned users about a potential hacker breach of their databases, and last week that warning came to fruition: over 8 million usernames, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords have been published to the web from that hack. Forbes contacted the data breach alert service PwndList about the leak and learned that the totality of the data weighs in about half a gigabyte and was posted to the password-cracking forum Inside Pro earlier this month. According to PwndList founder Steve Thomas, the file was uploaded to the forums earlier this month and was... more »
President Obama Endorses the Cybersecurity Bill, Advises Taking Cyber Threats Seriously

President Obama Endorses the Cybersecurity Bill, Advises Taking Cyber Threats Seriously

Noting rising concern about the ongoing cyber attacks and threats, especially to the critical infrastructure, President Barack Obama and The White House have endorsed a cybersecurity bill that will strengthen the nation's digital defenses. Since last year, a series of attacks was conducted on the critical infrastructure of the country, such as a water plant in Texas disconnected its control system from the Internet after a hacker posted pictures of the facility's internal controls, hackers penetrated the networks of companies that operated country’s natural-gas pipelines, and increased attacks on the nuclear and chemical industries. “Today we can see the cyber threat... more »
BYOD Drives Developer Interest in Apple, Windows 8 [REPORT]

BYOD Drives Developer Interest in Apple, Windows 8 [REPORT]

Appcelerator and IDC released the results of a new joint survey today that polled over 3,500 mobile developers, and provides a few very notable insights into the current state of the mobile industry. One of the several conclusions that the two firms drew is that the enterprise is very high on developers’ priority list. An impressive 70 percent of the participants said they are working on applications that cater to this audience, an indication that companies are starting to open up to mobile at an accelerating pace. At the same time, developers are divided over which OS will win the battle for... more »
SAP’s Services Revenue Up, HANA Sales Top $100 Million in Q2

SAP’s Services Revenue Up, HANA Sales Top $100 Million in Q2

SAP reported its strongest ever 2nd quarter performance this morning with net profits of €661 million, or nearly $800 million. That’s a 12% increase over 2011 Q2 results. Among the highlights, SAP’s services revenue was up 16% compared to last year, topping €2 billion. That’s an impressive feat considering the majority of SAP’s business is in the struggling Euro Zone and industry-wide services revenue is expected to grow by a measly 2.3% this year.  SAP’s in-memory analytic database appliance HANA also had a good quarter. HANA sales hit €85 million in Q2 and the company said it is on track to deliver... more »
Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Crosses Three Million Sold Units

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Crosses Three Million Sold Units

The Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition that released on May 9, 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade has sold over three million units. This equals to raising approximately $60 million in just two and a half months, which sounds pretty cool. The news came from Mojang co-founder Markus "Notch" Persson who posted it on his Twitter account, “I got told Minecraft for XBLA passed three million sales today!” Besides Mojang, the official Microsoft blog for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Play XBLA also confirmed the news. “We’re so excited to announce that Minecraft on the Xbox LIVE Arcade has reached 3 million units sold! Congratulations to... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.