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Microsoft’s Hyper-V 3.0 Will Make Virtualization an Interesting Fight

Microsoft’s Hyper-V 3.0 Will Make Virtualization an Interesting Fight

Microsoft’s Virtualization platform known as Hyper-V has been a runner-up in the market to VMware’s virtualization platform, the latest version being vSphere 5.  The reasons for that could be many, some clients have distaste or distrust for Microsoft solutions in general, some may feel too ingrained with their VMware solution to even try anything else, and some feel there is a technological gap between VMware’s platform and Microsoft’s that would be a detriment to their environment needs. Scott Lowe made a compelling economics-based analysis of leveraging the current platform.  Bert Latamore’s review raised the question – Is Microsoft Hyper-V Free?   These... more »
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Birst Raises $26 Million To Accelerate Cloud BI Strategy

Business intelligence provider Birst is looking to kickstart its business with a relatively rare Series D round of funding as it looks to accelerate its recent shift into offering its solution as SaaS. This round was led by Sequoia Capital, which has been investing heavily in big data and analytics of late. Birst is claiming that in the past year, it's seen doubled revenues and grown its customer base by 40 percent, thanks to the launch of a dedicated SaaS BI appliance, an in-memory database offering specifically designed for analytics, a cloud-based mobile analytics SDK for the Apple iPad, and Hadoop... more »
Google: Don’t Force a Merge Between G+ and YouTube for Upvotes

Google: Don’t Force a Merge Between G+ and YouTube for Upvotes

It may be a matter of a development mistake or it could be that Google is on the verge of a drop over a very serious precipice: merging G+ and YouTube and forcing users to have G+ accounts in order to upvote videos. Last night, well-known science fiction actor Wil Wheaton—who played Westly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation—posted with some fury on Tumblr that he’d been pricked by Google+ when he tried to upvote a video on YouTube. Needless to say, he was somewhat heated over this usurpation of his social sovereignty, Oh, go fuck yourself, Google. This is just as... more »
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Quanta Brings Open Data Center Solutions to US Businesses

Quanta, a $37 billion Taiwanese data center equipment manufacturer which counts Facebook amongst its loyal  customers, used this week's Open Compute Summit in Texas to announce that it's launching QCT, a subsidiary to market and sell off-the-shelf networking, storage and server solutions in the United States. As you may guess from Quanta's choice of venue, these new solutions are designed to meet the year-old Open Compute Project (OCP) specification - which is why OCP founder and leader Facebook uses their servers in the first place. The OCP specification is designed to produce more efficient data centers that are both cheaper to operate... more »
IBM Expands Smarter Commerce Portfolio with Tealeaf

IBM Expands Smarter Commerce Portfolio with Tealeaf

Big Blue is diving head first into the top three trends in the enterprise - cloud, mobile and big data. Earlier this week the company announced a string of launches that address two of these areas, and now it made an acquisition to boost the IBM analytics portfolio. The IT giant bought Tealeaf for an undisclosed amount. The firm, which was spun off from none other than competitor SAP a decade and a half ago, makes software that identifies customer behavior and is used by an impressive list of clients: Dell, Best Buy, DirecTV and about a third of the Fortune... more »
Will Cable and Satellite Mean the Death of Free Hulu Internet TV?

Will Cable and Satellite Mean the Death of Free Hulu Internet TV?

Dark rumors and accusations seem to be telling a compelling narrative about Hulu—the broadly popular venue for free Internet TV (supported by advertisements)—potentially backing away from offering their media without strings to the pubic and instead requiring cable or satellite authentication. The New York Post reports that sources told them that this might be the intent of Hulu and it leads an explanation as to why Providence Equity Partners has left the Internet TV outfit after almost five years and $200 million of support. According to the numbers, Hulu has attracted in excess of 31 million unique users in March, all... more »
Wipro Buys Promax to Push Big Data Services

Wipro Buys Promax to Push Big Data Services

System integrator Wipro just acquired a company called Promax Applications, according to an announcement that went out this week. Promax is an Australian services provider founded in 1989 that started off as The Professional Assignments Group, until current CEO Don Nicol bought a significant stake and renamed the company. The firm’s portfolio focuses mainly on managing trade promotion campaigns – pitching a product to the wholesalers that distribute to end consumers – by applying analytics to the process.   Promax helps clients identify trends in their respective industry on an ongoing basis, providing feedback and making other development-related contributions throughout the product’s lifecycle. Wipro agreed to pay... more »
Harvard and MIT Team Up to Offer Free Online Education

Harvard and MIT Team Up to Offer Free Online Education

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced a $60 million joint initiative to offer free, online, college-level courses known as edX. “edX will support Harvard and MIT faculty in conducting research on teaching and learning on campus through tools that enrich classroom and laboratory experiences,” according to MIT’s site.  “At the same time, edX will also reach learners around the world through online course materials. The edX website will begin by hosting MITx and Harvardx content, with the goal of adding content from other universities interested in joining the platform. edX will also support the Harvard and MIT faculty... more »
HP Pitches Double Performance Increase with VMware-Virtualized 3PAR

HP Pitches Double Performance Increase with VMware-Virtualized 3PAR

Hardware manufacturer Hewlett-Packard is making something called the HP Get Virtual Guarantee Program available to global customers, promising to double VM density in environments that meet all the specified criteria. To be eligible for the program a company needs to be upgrading to a 3PAR storage system with the HP 3PAR Optimization Suite, and must run VMware vSphere 4.1 or higher on the new infrastructure. In the center of HP’s newest sales initiative is a guarantee that states it will provide the disk capacity, support and software needed to achieve the x2 performance boost if it’s not reached otherwise. Here’s an excerpt... more »
IBM Announces PureSystem Kit/PaaS, Mobile Portfolio

IBM Announces PureSystem Kit/PaaS, Mobile Portfolio

Following the footsteps of rival HP, IBM unveiled the PureSystem line of so-called ‘expert integrated systems’ last month.  These are hardware appliances on which users can install software-based ‘patterns of expertise’ to automate certain aspects, say a task that an understaffed IT department would not be able to handle otherwise. These machine-translated best practices are meant to be implemented using the Virtual Pattern Kit for Developers Big Blue introduced this week.  The toolset can be leveraged for the creation of new patterns, other than the ones IBM and 125 of its partners are currently developing. Once an application has been created using the... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.