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Famous Hacker Kevin Mitnick Joins Forces with KnowBe4

Famous Hacker Kevin Mitnick Joins Forces with KnowBe4

Clearwater, FL-based cybersecurity outfit KnowBe4 provides training for business and enterprise groups on what to expect when an attacker (be it malware or a person) attempts to gain access to their systems. They have joined forces with previously famous hacker Kevin Mitnick—well known for penetrating the Army and the Pentagon in 1983 when he was the tender age of 16. He has since made a name and a brand for himself, training people to understand how hackers think and exploring how their systems may be exploited and security could be overcome. He has joined KnowBe4 to bolster their products and training... more »
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Looking Back at Dell Storage Forum 2012

Dell held its second annual Dell Storage Forum in Boston last week June 11-13 and attracted over 700 attendees, a larger turnout than last year’s inaugural conference in Orlando. The event featured a long list of announcements, lots of deep-dive sessions and plenty of positioning statements by Dell executives. It was clear that Dell, like IBM at IBM Edge, saw the event as an opportunity to showcase its progress toward evolving from its small and medium business emphasis to successfully competing in the enterprise storage market dominated by vendors like EMC and HP. Dell spent a lot time focusing on its... more »
HOW TO: Go SoLoMo with Your Local Mobile Marketing Strategy

HOW TO: Go SoLoMo with Your Local Mobile Marketing Strategy

Local ads are a growing segment of the advertising realm, with SoMoLo – social-mobile-local – currently leading the field in local advertising.  Google took a stab at local ad promotion last year with GoMo, a mobile app that meant to make business owners’ websites mobile friendly. One of the goals of GoMo is to drive more traffic with Google’s Mobile Ads, which, according to Google, “reach targeted audiences across different platforms and devices,” with Google Mobile Ads appearing on mobile devices in Google search results, both on websites and apps. “Digital-ad spending by local businesses last year reached $21.2 billion, a... more »
Examining Hewlett-Packard's Software Business

Examining Hewlett-Packard's Software Business

The Cube’s Dave Vellante  had an opportunity to speak with Mark Potts, HP Fellow and CTO, HP Software at this year’s HP Discover to discuss the future of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) software business. The complete video is available after the article. Vellante began by asking Potts what is the converged cloud. Potts explained that HP has built on the concept of converged infrastructure combining networks, server and storage and virtualizing them into a “fabric” for cloud computing. Potts went on to say, this is just one level of convergence. HP also focuses on the convergence of private, public and hybrid cloud delivery... more »
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How One Bank Finds Efficiency with Dell Compellent

Dan Marbes, Discipline Lead – Systems Engineering for Associated Bank, has been going to the Dell Storage Forum “since it was the Compellent C-Drive conference in Minneapolis. I've been to them all.” In the process, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston, he has seen the technology grow and prosper (full video below). “For me last year was a chance to see what Compellent's acquisition by Dell meant. There was a little trepidation in 'Okay, you've gobbled up this intellectual property, what are you going to do with it?' It's a little... more »
Another Yahoo Exec Shakeup: Michael Barrett Hired From Google

Another Yahoo Exec Shakeup: Michael Barrett Hired From Google

Yahoo! Inc. announced that they’ve hired  Michael Barrett as their new Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.  He will be in charge of Yahoo’s advertising revenue and operations globally, with Americas, EMEA and APAC regional leads reporting to him. “Michael Barrett is regarded as one of the most successful and influential executives in media and technology, and I am thrilled to have him join Yahoo! in this critical role,” said Ross Levinsohn, Interim Chief Executive Officer.  “I am confident that his deep industry experience and relationships will help us drive our strategic vision, taking Yahoo!’s industry-leading position to the next... more »
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Will Microsoft Reveal an iPad or Kindle Fire Rival Today?

Last week we were greeted with Microsoft’s invite for their event, which takes place today.  Though the invite itself was vague, just containing the date, time and venue, speculation over its product details quickly took over. First was the rumor of a Microsoft Windows 8 tablet, as in their very own tablet not manufactured by another OEM.  Next was the Nokia Windows 8 tablet, thanks to the teaser on Nokia’s Facebook page, which makes it seem like the upcoming announcement is not solely Microsoft related, but dealing with the availability of the Nokia 808 PureView in the US. But the latest rumor is that... more »
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Hadoop Summit Recap: Posturing and Consolidation with Entrepreneurial Undercurrents

The fifth annual Hadoop Summit in San Jose has come to a close. As one would expect, theCube was streaming live coverage and analysis directly from the conference, hosted by SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly. Often called the “ESPN of tech”, theCube was onsite, extracting the big data signals from the conference noise. The Hadoop Summit is definitely a conference geared toward technology-seeking individuals, comprised of a number of technical sessions with hints of business cases and use cases trickling throughout. A successful event on many fronts, Furrier gave this year’s conference a score of 8.5 points... more »
Monday Mobile Roundup: Games on TV, More NFC and an Acquisition for MoMo

Monday Mobile Roundup: Games on TV, More NFC and an Acquisition for MoMo

Today's mobile news roundup features Draw Something’s future in TV, HTC’s mobile banking phone, Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Psion, and more. Draw Something to become a TV show The popular guessing game Draw Something by OMGPOP, previously acquired by Zynga, will soon become a television show. CBS Broadcasting Inc. purchased the pilot of the show which will feature celebrities and players competing at home for prizes.  The Draw Something TV show is a joint project of Sony Pictures Television, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Embassy Row. “Television has to compete with other screens now; people are sitting at home with laptops, tablets and phones,” Dr... more »
Facebook CTO Leaves Shortly After IPO, Works on Startup with Google Exec

Facebook CTO Leaves Shortly After IPO, Works on Startup with Google Exec

Bret Taylor, Facebook’s chief technology officer, announced that he will be leaving the social networking giant for a startup company with his friend Kevin Gibbs, head of the Google App Engine Project. Here’s Taylor’s post on his Facebook profile: I wanted to let you all know that I'll be leaving Facebook later this summer. I'm sad to be leaving, but I'm excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs. While a transition like this is never easy, I'm extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place. I'm very proud of our recent accomplishments in our platform and... more »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.