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Devops – Art? Science? Hype? Can DevOps Deliver on Business Needs

Talking about DevOps can be quite conceptual in many cases.  How we integrate the Devops concept into the architecture of a company can quite literally be a blend of arts, discipline and the science of technology.  Where that line is drawn is really variable and it depends on a number of factors. At the intersection of Development and Operations is a genetically embedded business agenda that begins with some issue, followed by a root cause analysis, and the production of an answer or solution.  The solutions that have come to meet this have formed into this DevOps movement. Hard-core statisticians out there... more »
Lenovo's Still After Dell, HP and the Rest of the World's PC Makers

Lenovo's Still After Dell, HP and the Rest of the World's PC Makers

Gartner and IDC have released their preliminary figures for PC sales in the second quarter 2012 and cut forecast for growth in worldwide PC market this year due to slowing economies in Western Europe and the US, and the rise of the tablets. This is the seventh consecutive quarter with PC growth limited to a single digit increase across the industry. Gartner reported this period saw the sale of 87.5 million PCs worldwide, down 0.1 percent over the same quarter a year ago, a figure that continues to be surprising considering the success of Ultrabooks. Sales growth remains low at a time... more »
Nokia Closes Two Sales Offices In China

Nokia Closes Two Sales Offices In China

Today’s mobile news roundup features Nokia’s China units closure, Chrome mobile being sued for patent infringement, Apple’s new app category, and StealthGenie the updated cell phone tracker for Android ICS devices. Nokia closes shop in China Nokia Corp. is closing two of their regional offices in China as well as laying off workers.  The move is just a step in the company’s reorganization and restructuring in the Chinese market - currently the world’s largest mobile market. Anna Shipley, a Beijing-based Nokia spokeswoman, stated that offices in Chengdu and Shanghai will be the ones shutdown but gave no details as to how many workers... more »
VMWare Adds Oracle Support to vFabric Data Director

VMWare Adds Oracle Support to vFabric Data Director

VMWare has announced a new release of its vFabric Data Director its database-aware visualization and self-service lifecycle management solution. The company originally released the product at VMworld 2011 last August to improve the efficiency of administering databases. The solutions makes it possible automate many common database administration tasks like provisioning, backup and cloning. VMware has been expanding its portfolio and is increasingly focusing on data. In May, VMWare released vFabric 5.1, which included in-memory distributed SQL database, SQLFire. A month earlier in April the company acquired Cetas Software, a Hadoop-based analytics and business intelligence solution that runs on virtualized vSphere instances... more »
Studies Confirm Big Data as Key Business Priority, Growth Driver

Studies Confirm Big Data as Key Business Priority, Growth Driver

Oracle has released the results from its “Big Data, Bigger Opportunities: Plans and Preparedness for the Data Deluge” survey, the first in a series that will look at how utility companies are using smart meter data. The study included 151 senior executives at utility providers in North America with smart meter programs in place to analyze: perceptions of the business impact of big data readiness to deal with data growth business strategy to use big data to better engage and serve customers Energy providers with smart grids have access to new types of information and collect data much more often, which is generating exponentially... more »
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Developers: The Hubris of Front End Developers

I ran into a good post that was talking about the hottest trend in tech developer world.  Wooing front end developers. The post I am referring to was written by Allan Cheung a front end developer at Square. A colleague pointed me to an interesting article by a senior Yahoo front-end engineer. It goes through what companies need to do to hire “great FE engineers”, that A developers are attracted by other A players but more importantly, companies need to foster an environment friendly to front-end web processes, from an attention to design to respect for the profession. I agree in principle, but I believe reality... more »
Startup Police Blotter: Betaworks Steals Digg for $500k - Digg Sells for Pennies on the Dollar

Startup Police Blotter: Betaworks Steals Digg for $500k - Digg Sells for Pennies on the Dollar

Betaworks should be on today's police blotter under Grand Theft Startup. Wall Street Journal is reporting that the New York based incubator Betaworks has agreed to buy news-sharing website Digg in what is looking like a yard sale for $500,000. Here is what the WSJ reported: Under the deal, which Digg confirmed closed Thursday, Betaworks is buying the Digg brand, website and technology. The price was just $500,000, three people familiar with the matter said—a pittance for a company that raised $45 million from prominent investors including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Marc Andreessen. Betaworks was one of several companies bidding to acquire the... more »
Twilio Changes the SMS Game

Twilio Changes the SMS Game

Today Twilio announces their new Global SMS service now available to customers which has been the one feature that is most requested.  Yesterday Twilio was only able to operate on a few dozen carriers, today that number is well over 1,000 with the ability to send and receive SMS messages to more than 150 countries in a multitude of languages.  And all using the same, simple, API. Patrick Malatack, Twilio’s product manager says that, “Contacting your customers via email today is simple, it just works.  At Twilio we think SMS and voice should work the same way.  There are no geopolitical... more »
Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners calls NASDAQ & Morgan Stanley Criminals in Facebook IPO Debacle

Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners calls NASDAQ & Morgan Stanley Criminals in Facebook IPO Debacle

Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners, appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “Money Moves” with Deirdre Bolton today and said that NASDAQ and Morgan Stanley conduct in Facebook IPO is “criminal” and exposed “extreme corruption.” Besides the smashing the Facebook IPO Roger actually has some great advice.  Specifically, Mobile computing is changing the web in a big way and the old rules are changing.  The power is moving away from the middleman.  McNamee says build tools not web sites.   Be a value investor not a momentum investor.  He hints to the bubble popping.  (Side note: I have to get him on SiliconANGLE.tv... more »
Cloudability Raises $8.7M To Put a Price Tag on Cloud Agility

Cloudability Raises $8.7M To Put a Price Tag on Cloud Agility

Cloudability, which helps customers track public cloud costs across service providers, has announced the close of an $8.7 million round of Series A funding, led by the Foundry Group. Other participants in this round include 500 Startups, Trinity Ventures and advertising firm Wieden + Kennedy. Mat Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Cloudability, refers to his company's offering as the Google Analytics of cloud service spending. In short, Cloudability offers free, pro, and enterprise tiers for cloud usage monitoring across over 100 SaaS, PaaS and IaaS vendors, including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Hosting, Zendesk, Google Apps, Heroku and Akamai. The funding is going to go into expanding Cloudability's... more »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.