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Evernote Raises $70M Ahead of IPO as Public Fever Heightens

Evernote Raises $70M Ahead of IPO as Public Fever Heightens

IPOs seem to be the "in" thing these days.  But aside from going public, these companies are also busy with other matters to improve their offerings, making investors' interest worthwhile.  Lets take a look at some recent happenings for companies aiming to go public or have recently gone public. Evernote Evernote, the company that helps the world “Remember Everything”, announced a $70 million Series D funding led by Meritech Capital and CBC Capital, with participation from funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Harbor Pacific Capital, Allen & Company, and several other investors. This round of funding will be used... more »
Jaspersoft Offers Data-Driven Development with Foundry Integration

Jaspersoft Offers Data-Driven Development with Foundry Integration

Many companies are jumping aboard the OpenStack bandwagon, quickening speed as of late, including its Cloud Foundry counterpart as well.  The latest vendor to do so is Jaspersoft, which is looking to bring smart reporting and analytics to VMware’s open-source PaaS. Big data is a catchphrase that is associated with more and more verticals as it gains in popularity, and data-driven application development is one of the many emerging categories out there. The need to achieve a business edge in this area translates into the pressure of offering a higher level of service, and Jaspersoft is looking to come to the... more »
More Products Dropped to Make Way for Windows 8, Nokia Tablet Expected

More Products Dropped to Make Way for Windows 8, Nokia Tablet Expected

According to the latest report from Net Applications, among Microsoft’s line of operating systems, Windows XP is still the most used OS in the end of April, though the software giant already announced that they would stop releasing support and updates for the said OS.  But a report from StatCounter shows that more people are using Windows 7 than Windows XP.  The discrepancy over the two reports is said to be due to different methods used in totaling the numbers. But the dominance of both OS versions may soon be overthrown when the commercial release of the Windows 8 OS become... more »
Automate Your Virtual Cloud with IBM Systems [Video]

Automate Your Virtual Cloud with IBM Systems [Video]

Ed Walsh, VP Portfolio Strategy of IBM, recently sat down with Wikibon founder Dave Vellante to discuss the company's infrastructure integration approach and its virtualization platform strategy.  It's an important area of implementation for IBM as it straddles the cloud's many outlets for storage, analysis and beyond. Walsh highlighted various industries current trends about storage management, virtualization platform and infrastructure integration approach in a response to Vellante’s question on infrastructure developments are responding to current market demands. “Companies can get better cost of ownership and more flexibility in infrastructure by integrating and bringing servers, storage, networking, virtualization, and management software together and create a... more »
Vinod Khosla VC Firm Invests In Cloud Storage Firm Nirvanix - What SUN would be if around today.

Vinod Khosla VC Firm Invests In Cloud Storage Firm Nirvanix - What SUN would be if around today.

Legendary investor Vinod Khosla’s VC arm—Khosla Ventures—revealed today that it led a Series C investment in hot enterprise cloud storage startup Nirvanix.  Lots of coverage on Techcrunch, Venturebeat, SearchTechTarget, DatacenterKnowledge, and Gigaom.   {editors note: SiliconANGLE has been covering Nirvanix (and other soon to be hot startups) and it's great to see the mainstream traction.  Well deserved Nirvanix.} The $25M round represents the first investment by Khosla in the cloud storage services sector and  demonstrates further validation of Nirvanix’s enterprise cloud technology—cloud tech already deployed at the likes of IBM, USC, Relativity Media, National Geographic, NBCUniversal, Cisco, VMware and other large... more »
Jive's Big on Data Analytics with a 30-Day Free Trial to Prove It

Jive's Big on Data Analytics with a 30-Day Free Trial to Prove It

Jive Software makes cloud-based social enterprise software that’s steering itself further in the right direction thanks to a few new features that add integration and analytics on top of the existing product. This week Jive announced the availability of Try Jive, a one-month trial of its flagship offering, complete with the update features.  These additions are fairly extensive, to the extent that almost all of them justified a unique name. The first one is Jive Anywhere, which connects the websites employees typically visit (SasSalesforce.com, Office 365, etc) and extends the platform’s collaborative capabilities to include the web app that’s being accessed at... more »
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Are You Ready For The Next Galaxy?

Today’s mobile news roundup features more speculation about the Galaxy S3 expected to launch today, Apple and Samsung asked to lower patent dispute, Ericsson gaining traction in South Korea, a cool Mother’s Day surprise from Sprint and more. Samsung Galaxy SIII today Today’s the day that Samsung will be unveiling their next Galaxy device, dubbed as the Galaxy SIII.  Ever since Samsung announced their event at London’s Earl’s Court, speculation's been on the rise as to what the South Korean company will be unveiling today. The speculation range from a new Galaxy S smartphone, a new Galaxy Tab, or a Galaxy Phablet.  Samsung fans... more »
Dreamhost Founder Leading New Services Firm to Support Ceph - the Popular Open Source Scaling Storage System

Dreamhost Founder Leading New Services Firm to Support Ceph - the Popular Open Source Scaling Storage System

The original developers behind the open source scaling storage system known as Ceph have formed Inktank, a professional services firm that will be led by Dreamhost Co-Founder Sage Weil. The company will offer enterprise level support for Ceph, which has grown in popularity across the globe for its capability to deliver object storage, block storage, and file storage in one unified platform that runs on commodity hardware. Inktank will provide enterprise-grade consulting and support services to help companies implement and operate the Ceph distributed storage system, originally developed by Weil as part of his doctoratge work at the University of California at... more »
One NoSQL Language to Rule Them All

One NoSQL Language to Rule Them All

Last year Erik Meijer and Gavin Bierman of Microsoft Research published a paper making the case for a common language for NoSQL databases. A year later, there's been some progress towards this goal, although not much. UnQL, under development by Couchbase, Microsoft and SQLite is one of the most ambitious NoSQL query language projects I know of. The project seeks to deliver a universal SQL-like query language for document databases and other relatively well-structured non-relational databases. Here's a lucid explanation of UnQL from H Online: The language includes SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE commands, but unlike SQL, they do not work... more »
VMware Project Octopus and How it Stacks Up to Google Drive

VMware Project Octopus and How it Stacks Up to Google Drive

Google launched Google Drive two weeks ago. For me, the service makes it simple to clear my hard drive of objects that I want access to later but without the messiness that comes with storing them locally on my already cluttered desktop. There are other use cases, of course, but for a guy like me, the new capability makes it far easier for me to keep images, logos and screen shots of any number of products and services I review in the course of my work. VMware's Project Octopus (Octopus) launched today. It is also a file syncing technology. It is... more »

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- George Gilbert

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.

- 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

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.

- 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

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