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Ravello Systems Empowers Public Cloud Test and Development for the Enterprise

Ravello Systems Empowers Public Cloud Test and Development for the Enterprise

Ravello Systems brought a new SaaS product into general availability yesterday that is designed to make app testing in the cloud easy and convenient.  This ‘cloud hypervisor’ technology lets companies collect the virtual systems that an app runs on and then creates a replica of that complete environment for testing in the cloud.  When you look at the frenetic pace at which companies are now developing apps, the need for a rapid deployment test cloud environment becomes pretty obvious.  This happens because many data centers are increasingly maxed out, or the deployment process is cumbersome.  With Ravello Systems acting as... more »
IBM's New Take on Renewable Energy, and a Surgical Knife that Sniffs Out Cancer Cells

IBM's New Take on Renewable Energy, and a Surgical Knife that Sniffs Out Cancer Cells

In this week’s SmartDevice roundup, we’ll be featuring IBM’s new take on renewable energy, a cancer-sniffing knife, and smart street lamps that lights up when needed. IBM’ HyRef   IBM has announced a new solution that would enable utilities to rely more on renewable energy resources in the hopes of reducing carbon emissions while significantly improving clean energy output for consumers and businesses. Dubbed the Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting or HyRef, the system is part of IBM’s Smart Energy component in its Smarter Planet initiative.  It uses cloud-imaging technology and cameras to track cloud movements and combine that data with information from sensors on... more »
Looker Nets $16M for Browser-Based Data Modeling

Looker Nets $16M for Browser-Based Data Modeling

Next generation business intelligence is the name of the game for Looker, a Santa Cruz, CA-based startup that offers a browser-based development environment for data scientists. The platform is built around LookML, a proprietary language that lets analysts recycle queries, manipulate metrics on the fly and extract insights from terabyte-scale databases. Looker announced this week that it has raised $16 million in Series A funding from Redpoint Ventures. First Round Capital, which invested in the company's $1.7 million seed round, chipped in as well. The startup says that it will use the capital to expand its customer base, which has doubled... more »
Join Us Live @ 7PM : CrowdChat Debate for AWS API on #OpenStack

Join Us Live @ 7PM : CrowdChat Debate for AWS API on #OpenStack

OpenStack is on the right track to becoming the most important open source project in the industry.  Created in 2010 by Rackspace and NASA, OpenStack is now in its third year and its future is looking brighter every day.  Rackspace recently upgraded its Android app with OpenStack support, and its contributors are also being backed for their efforts in the project.  But Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias believes that OpenStack needs Amazon APIs to drive hybrid clouds. Do you agree with him?  Here's your opportunity to voice your thoughts, see what other industry experts have to say, and discuss this topic with... more »
Hackathon Towards a Solution--AT&T and Intel Challenges Developers to Build Mobile Gaming Apps

Hackathon Towards a Solution--AT&T and Intel Challenges Developers to Build Mobile Gaming Apps

Have you an application idea or need an app built for your business? Young talent has always been an important issue in technology and this is especially true for the Internet of Things. Developers, programmers, designers, gamers, coders, or IT students with interest in mobile development are invited to participate in four regional “Internet of Things” hackathon and accelerator series, sponsored by AT&T Developer Program and Intel. The hackathons will take place in Palo Alto/Redwood City, Calif. on Sept. 16, New York City on Sept. 27, Denver on Nov. 1 and Los Angeles on Nov. 15. School projects and school teams... more »
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OpenStack is Eating the Enterprise

OpenStack is fast becoming the most important open source project in the industry to unify the growing number of cloud infrastructure vendors.  HP’s George Kadifa called OpenStack one of the most important projects to enable a new computing model.  The main reason according to HP’s Kadifa is the fact that no one vendor controls the process and the standards. Tonight, Cloudscaling founder Randy Bias is hosting a conversation and debate to discuss the role Amazon Web Services plays in the acceleration of the OpenStack standards and the community (full details here). In 2010 Rackspace with NASA created the open source project OpenStack... more »
HP Vertica Gives Massive Performance Boost to Demanding BI and Big Data Visualization Workloads | #HPBigData2013

HP Vertica Gives Massive Performance Boost to Demanding BI and Big Data Visualization Workloads | #HPBigData2013

When HP aquired Vertica, the intention has been to tap the fast-growing market for big data analytics and business intelligence. Now Vertica is gearing up for demanding business intelligence and analytic workloads. With the latest release of the Vertica Analytics Platform, HP has focused on performance, manageability and extensibility. Vertica’s vision of Analytics Everywhere, allowing customers to leverage all of their business-critical data from various structured, semi-structured and unstructured sources. BI and Visualization Go Hand in Hand From a customer challenge perspective, visualization is really about getting to the size of data, all the sources of data, all the scale of things and... more »
Apple iOS7 Flat Design Now Drills Down to iCloud.com Beta

Apple iOS7 Flat Design Now Drills Down to iCloud.com Beta

The beta version of iCloud.com website has been given a visual update.  Apple has updated iCloud.com beta for developers by introducing the icons of some applications with a graphical style iOS 7, the new version of the mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad. The iCloud.com beta update of iOS 7 design is not confined to the main menu. It reaches every corner of the web page eliminating every trace of Scott Forstall and contributing minimalism design of Jony Ive. The icons have been redesigned with the same simplicity of iOS 7. The comprehensive redesign also includes the new unlock screen with... more »
HP Unveils Scale-Out, Software-Defined Storage Appliance

HP Unveils Scale-Out, Software-Defined Storage Appliance

Hewlett Packard is jumping into the software-defined storage fray with a new scale-out StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) that offers data tiering and tight integration with VMware and Microsoft. The beefed-up appliance features auto tiering at the sub-LUN (logical unit number) level, a capability HP brands as Adaptive Optimisation. VSA utilizes this function to automatically migrate hot data to flash and cold data to lower-cost HDDs. Other features of the platform include support for VMware ParaVirtualized SCSI Controllers, Hyper-V integration, and rapid installation and provisioning. HP claims that the system deploys three times faster and scales capacity at 11 times the speed... more »
Facebook To Rival PayPal With Mobile Payments Service

Facebook To Rival PayPal With Mobile Payments Service

Facebook has just hit upon yet another money making scheme, with a report in AllThingsD claiming that the social media network is set to take on payment processing giant PayPal in the ecommerce industry. According to the report, Facebook is planning to offer mobile web shoppers the ability to buy goods online simply by entering their login details, just as they do with PayPal now. The scheme, which AllThingsD says is set to launch next month on a trial only basis, will initially begin with the men's clothing and accessory retailer Jack Threads. Some Facebook users have already given the social... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.

- David Vellante

This document describes the methodology used to develop "The Digital CIO: Communicating to the Board on Cyber Security." It includes data sources and process used to gather data from senior business technology leaders.

- Peter Burris

Leading digital companies are using simple top-level frameworks for setting digitization priorities. At the center of the approaches we've seen are three questions: What do we want to do better; who are we going to engage; and how are we going to institute the digital capabilities.

- Ralph Finos

This document covers Wikibon’s definition of public cloud and is a companion piece to Wikibon’s 2016 Public Cloud update http://wikibon.com/wikibon-2016-public-cloud-forecast-update/. Our definitional framework aligns as much as possible with the NIST definition, but we acknowledge that "public cloud" means different things from vendor to vendor. However, in our view, this just indicates that public cloud is being leveraged from many different angles and is building significant momentum as it encompasses both product and service delivery mechanisms, pretty much penetrating into all aspects of information technology.

- George Gilbert

Enterprises must navigate the universe of big data applications by recognizing that application platforms will alternately empower and constrain enterprises along a path of ever more sophisticated applications. Data lakes, intelligent systems of engagement, and self-tuning systems of intelligence all build on each other in terms of capabilities. But the underlying platforms will evolve in a cycle of simplicity, complexity from adaptive stretch, and simplicity again via a platform refresh.

- George Gilbert

Big data products and workloads remain too immature for standard benchmarks capable of providing truly comparable results. Users that need benchmarks for contracting or comparison purposes should run their own stylized workloads based on their intended usage scenarios.

- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.