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More Leadership Changes at Hewlett-Packard

More Leadership Changes at Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has filled the empty spot in its executive team created when the company’s top lawyer, Michael Holston, left in December. Schultz is taking the reins from David Healy, who took the role on an interim basis. John Schultz, who joined in 2008, is being promoted to executive vice president and general counsel. Schultz will report to HP’s Chief Executive Officer, Meg Whitman. The appointment is just in time for Schultz to lead HP into its latest legal battle against Oracle. The case, which is scheduled to begin on May 31 in San Jose, California, will decide if Oracle has... more »
Former Sun CEO Schwartz Defends Google's Use of Java in Court

Former Sun CEO Schwartz Defends Google's Use of Java in Court

After Google admitted that they removed Java codes when Oracle filed a case against them, and Oracle’s bid to reinstate patent 702 was declined, it seemed like the trial would get a little boring.  But fear not, Google still has some tricks up their sleeves. Schwartz defends Google Jonathan Schwartz was the former CEO of Sun Microsystems before they were acquired by Oracle.  And he’s Google’s most crucial witness in the trial.  Why?  If you haven’t been following the trial here’s the simple explanation: when Google announced Android, the platform which Oracle is suing Google for using Java codes without acquiring a... more »
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Samsung Is Now the Largest Phone Vendor, Take That, Nokia!

Today’s mobile news roundup features Samsung as the largest smartphone vendor, Guinness to recognize iOS and Android achievements, China Telekom’s Q1 report and more. Samsung overtakes Apple and Nokia, reveals stellar Q1 report Strategy Analytics reported that Samsung Electronics Co. is now the largest smartphone vendor, having taken the lead from Nokia and Apple Inc. “Last year Samsung became No. 1 in Europe while Nokia retained the No. 1 position in most emerging markets,” Tom Kang, a Seoul-based research analyst at Strategy Analytics, said in an. “In the first quarter, we expect Samsung took a lot of market share from Nokia in Asia.... more »
CISPA Passed by U.S. House of Representatives in Last Minute Vote

CISPA Passed by U.S. House of Representatives in Last Minute Vote

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or H.R. 3523, just passed the U.S. House of Representatives after the day-long hearing. Originally expected to be debated on the floor of the House today for a vote tomorrow, the bill’s supporters decided to push the vote today and it went through with 248 to 168. The bill has been forwarded by supporters as a way for companies to take part in national cybersecurity by sharing information about “cyber threats.” It also enables ISPs and companies to secretly and voluntarily hand over confidential and private data to the government, NSA, FBI, and military.... more »
Teradata Combining the Benefits of Virtualization with the Upsides of Data Warehousing

Teradata Combining the Benefits of Virtualization with the Upsides of Data Warehousing

Earlier this week, data warehousing solution developer Teradata released ADW (Active Data Warehouses) Private Cloud, a solution designed to help customers take advantage of the efficiency and analytical benefits that consolidation can bring. See, Teradata says, even those enterprises who've made the jump into virtualization are vastly underutilizing their computing resources, sometimes only consuming 25% of what they could or should. But a private cloud can bring that up to 60%. And Teradata says that its flagship ADW data warehouse product line has been giving customers 90-100% for years. And, as a cloud solution, ADW Private Cloud promises scalability and elasticity, matching... more »
A Hangout Today- Open Conversation on OpenStack: Why Does This Community Keep Growing?

A Hangout Today- Open Conversation on OpenStack: Why Does This Community Keep Growing?

At 2:15 p.m. PST today, Rishidot Co-Founder Krishnan Subramanian will host a hangout on Google+. It's the first of a series of hangout style events Rishidot will host. Here are the details: When: 2:15 PM PST Where: To join the discussion, visit my Google+ page at the time or add me to your Google+ circles. It will also be livestreamed on our Youtube Channel. Matt Weinberger and I will be on hand. According to the Rishidot blog, here are some of the other people who have confirmed their participation in the event. Dave Cahill, Director of Strategic Alliances at SolidFire Narendar Shankar, Senior Director of Product Management at Nexenta Boris Renski Jr.,... more »
Google Drive Sparks Security Concerns but It’s Not that Different From Other Personal Cloud Offerings

Google Drive Sparks Security Concerns but It’s Not that Different From Other Personal Cloud Offerings

The much-anticipated, somewhat anticlimactic launch of Google Drive has finally landed on the digital shores amid the personal cloud market. Like every other cloud-storage service available to individuals such as Dropbox, Box.net, Skydrive, and similar it comes with a privacy policy and a terms of service that has raised some eyebrows about how their data might be treated in the personal cloud. We’ve already seen these concerns before crop up when the FTC made a brief foray towards investigating Dropbox’s practices and then the cloud-storage service modified its Terms of Service. Much of the problems that people have had with the... more »
HotelTonight Expands Last Minute Hotel Deals Internationally

HotelTonight Expands Last Minute Hotel Deals Internationally

HotelTonight, the iPhone and Android app for hotel booking, is going international. The made-for-mobile app is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android in Canada with initial hotel booking offerings in Toronto and Vancouver and plans to add other Canadian and international cities later this year. The app is built for last minute travelers who decide to stay in the city for the night rather than head home.  The mobile app offers hotels ranging from luxurious rooms to basic rooms when you just need a place to crash. With Canadian support, you can now pay for the room using Canadian... more »
Bye Bye Box Vendors, Hello Cloud - Google Drive's Big Threat

Bye Bye Box Vendors, Hello Cloud - Google Drive's Big Threat

The Google Drive formula is one often repeated these days by startups. Provide a dead-simple service that anyone can use. Open it up to developers. And make it something the business customer will find enticing due to its low price and fit with other services. Google Drive is already proving to be a well-executed service. It poses an obvious threat to the small players. But the big strategic threat is to the legacy, big box storage vendors. Google Drive is robust enough that differentiation will need to be considerable by its competitors. Google Drive's pricing and collaboration strengths give it a clear edge.... more »
Vibanko.com Closure Imminent: Move Those Bitcoins Before May 1st

Vibanko.com Closure Imminent: Move Those Bitcoins Before May 1st

It looks like the Bitcoin e-wallet service Vibanko.com by Bitcoin Consultancy—who also run the Bitcoin exchange Intersango —will be shutting down by May 1st 2012. An e-mail from Vibanko CTO Patrick Strateman has been sent out to warn about the imminent closure. A short warning appears on the Vibanko.com website as an announcement: Vibanko is no longer being maintained. Please move any remaining funds to Intersango by April 30th. Originally started as a response to what happened to Mybitcoin.com when the site went AWOL with over $250,000 worth of Bitcoins, Vibanko was implemented in order to fill the niche of a trustworthy e-wallet service that... 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.