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HTC Devices To Get Android Jelly Bean

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Android Jelly Bean prepping to roll out in some HTC devices; Sony revives Walkman multimedia players; and Apple ‘quiet’ new iPad release in China. HTC devices to get Jelly Bean Taiwanese device manufacturer HTC confirmed that three of their devices, HTC One X, One S and One XL, will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update though the exact date of the roll out hasn’t been specified yet. "We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android” HTC said in an interview with SlashGear.  “At this point in time, we... more »
Disaster Recovery in the Age of Virtualization

Disaster Recovery in the Age of Virtualization

Over the last several years, the adoption of virtualization has expanded dramatically because of its long list of potential benefits from lowering infrastructure cost to increasing agility. In March 2011, analysts at Aberdeen found that more than 50 percent of all applications are now virtualized. As the use of virtualization has increased, it has created an entire market for virtualization aware products and services like VirtualSharp’s disaster recovery solutions for virtual datacenters. This week the company revealed healthcare provider Vivum Care Group has replaced its disaster recovery (DR) software with VirtualSharp’s ReliableDR. ReliableDR is a solution that automates disaster recovery for... more »
Big Data and Social Startup 33Across Secures More Funding

Big Data and Social Startup 33Across Secures More Funding

33Across, a startup at the intersection of social and big data launched in 2008, has raised an additional $13.1 million in venture capital its third round of funding. The latest cash infusion brings 33Across’ total funding to slightly over $26 million. The company, which uses social data from 1.25 billion users across the globe to help its clients target their advertising efforts, has at least doubled its revenue annually since its founding and claims to have the largest social data graph in existence since it acquired content tracker Tynt Multimedia in January. The company claims its client roster includes more than... more »
Google Q2 Earnings Strong As Focus Shifts to Hardware, But It's Still An Advertising Company

Google Q2 Earnings Strong As Focus Shifts to Hardware, But It's Still An Advertising Company

Google reported earnings for the second quarter of 2012 - it's first earnings statement since the closure of the Motorola Mobility acquisition at the end of May- posting a very strong $2.79 billion, or $8.42 a share, on revenue of $9.61 billion (excluding the costs of traffic acquisition). The problem is that Wall Street was looking for $10.04 a share on revenue of $8.41 billion. Not that investors seem to mind terribly - Google stock has been up around four percent since Google made the announcement. "Google standalone had a strong quarter with 21% year-on-year revenue growth, and we launched a bunch of exciting new... more »
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Research Finds Intelligent Racks “No Brainer”, HP Leads the Way

A just-released Wikibon study finds that intelligent rack technology, and specifically the version supplied by Hewlett-Packard, provides compelling business value to the point that all medium-to-large enterprises should convert to the technology. In a recent alert titled “The Business Case for Intelligent Racks”, Wikibon CTO David Floyer says that several leading vendors have versions of intelligent racks. However, only the HP version identifies physical assets in a simple way and provides a framework for improved asset management, power management, equipment management and utilization, and software management. As a result in a typical enterprise with $1 million in revenues and an IT... more »
IBM Finds a New Prospect in CMOs

IBM Finds a New Prospect in CMOs

IBM plans to capitalize on the fact that marketing departments spend a bigger cut of their revenue on information technology than IT departments, a very ambitious move that can be credited to chief executive Virginia Rometty.  IBM’s first female CEO entered office in January this year. While IBM’s revenue is expected to drop by one percent in Q2, marketing departments’ spending will increase by nine. And about a third of this is going into software that helps marketers manage customer relations and predict consumer trends – an industry that was worth no less than $25 billion in 2011. “Yuchun Lee, an IBM... more »
Big Data: The Advantages Exceed Early Adoption Cons

Big Data: The Advantages Exceed Early Adoption Cons

Oracle recently released a study that found many enterprises still have a long way to go before they’re able to fully take advantage of their data. Capgemini’s latest findings supplement this view from a different angle – organizations are increasingly prioritizing big data as an asset, and once realized the bottom line improvements can indeed be very noticeable. The research firm asked execs and IT insiders about the impact of analytics on their business, and the average improvement in business improvement stands at 26 percent today. This figure is expected to grow to 41 percent in three years, and 58 percent... more »
Mahdi Malware Targets Middle East under a New Cyber Espionage Campaign

Mahdi Malware Targets Middle East under a New Cyber Espionage Campaign

Yet another cyber espionage campaign targeting the Middle East countries has been revealed. Identified by Kaspersky Lab and Seculert, the so-called ‘Mahdi’ malware affected over 800 victims in Iran, Israel, and Afghanistan, for the last eight months. The victims are mostly associated with governmental departments and agencies. "Statistics from the sinkhole revealed that the victims were primarily business people working on Iranian and Israeli critical infrastructure projects, Israeli financial institutions, Middle Eastern engineering students, and various government agencies communicating in the Middle East," according to Seculert. The targeted e-mails contain Word documents about missile testing, videos of nuclear explosions, photos of Jesus,... more »
Spam Sent to Dropbox E-mail Addresses Leads to Speculation About Breach

Spam Sent to Dropbox E-mail Addresses Leads to Speculation About Breach

An odd spike in spam lead some users of Dropbox to wonder if the service had suffered a breach. The incident occurred when users of the cloud-locker service discovered that e-mail addresses they had uniquely made for those accounts received a sudden uptick in spam e-mails from various sources. This lead to threads being posted in the Dropbox forums and speculation rising on sites such as Reddit. Steve Ragan from SecurityWeek ran down the domains and advertisements that many of the spammers were using to target the Dropbox users in question, InBoxes targeted by the spammer are seeing advertisements for EU Dice,... more »
New Relic Supports OpenStack via Rackspace Partnership

New Relic Supports OpenStack via Rackspace Partnership

New Relic made its application monitoring software-as-a-service available on the Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace. The web app is available on the host’s first generation Cloud Servers and Cloud Servers, which are powered by the OpenStack. “Organizations pursuing cloud initiatives turn to Rackspace not only because they are a trusted provider, but also because of Fanatical Support, making them one of the greatest customer service organizations,” said Bill Lapcevic, New Relic’s vice president of business development. “Part of that is bringing together and providing the tools and services customers need to easily develop, deploy, and manage their apps more effectively in the cloud.” The... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.