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Skype, OoVoo Update Chat for More Photo, Video Sharing

There are a lot of ways to keep in contact with people near and far.  There’s always our phones to send messages or call, but many people use chat tools as a cheaper alternative, especially if you’re communicating with friends or family overseas.  Mobile's revamped the chat industry, breathing new life into a tool long associated with busy teens on AOL, and the major players are battling over features, point-of-integration and niche services, all vying for your attention. Here's the latest: Skype A lot of iPhone and iPad users love using Skype to stay connected with friends and family, but there’s always been... more »
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Chip Makers Boot Up Overdrive Mode, Invests Billions in Mobile Tech

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘chip’?  If you love eating, then you might say potato chips.  If you’re a betting man, then you might think I’m talking about poker chips.  But since we’re a tech blog, I’m actually referring to the little chips that make your smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops or any other computer gadgets, work.  So let’s see what chip makers are up to these days as they dictate how powerful our future gadgets are going to be. Samsung The South Korean company is going to invest some $4 billion in their chip-making factory in Austin to... more »
Hackers Aren't Getting Tougher, They Just Have All The Right Tools

Hackers Aren't Getting Tougher, They Just Have All The Right Tools

These days, hacking seems so common. It’s like a week won’t pass without hearing news about another site being hacked or passwords being leaked.  So the situation begs the questions, “Are passwords getting weaker or are hackers getting tougher?” First off, we here at SiliconANGLE always remind you, our readers, to be vigilant in choosing and keeping passwords secured.  There are a lot of techniques in doing this like periodically changing your passwords, not telling everyone what your password is, using capital letters interchangeably with characters, numbers, etc.  But all these efforts will be for naught if the site doesn’t salt... more »
VMware’s Software-defined Data Center Based on API and Open Commitment

VMware’s Software-defined Data Center Based on API and Open Commitment

As VMware rolls forward towards its annual ultimate event - VMworld 2012, powerful themes are starting to emerge.  VMware CTO and Senior VP of R&D Steve Herrod spoke out on his blog today on open source and the role of software in the datacenter.  Touching back on VMware's Cloud Foundry investment, PaaS strategy, Nicira’s software defined networking capabilities, and on to the DynamicOps self-service and automated provisioning features, the construct formulates this vision of this software-defined infrastructure. Within “pools of infrastructure” the suite of VMware solutions meets needs in heterogeneous environments, including such things as physical infrastructure, Amazon Web Services, Open Stack,... more »
The Week Anonymous Didn’t Hack Sony's PlayStation Network (Again)

The Week Anonymous Didn’t Hack Sony's PlayStation Network (Again)

It’s only been a year now, but the lingering sting of when the PlayStation Network was taken offline by hackers and the potential involvement of Anonymous in the initial hack still aches like a sore tendon. As a result, when rumors arise that the hactivist collective has been on the prowl against and 0wnzored the same target they did last year ears perk up. However, there’s no need for alarm, no need to change passwords (unless your smart and paranoid). Keep calm and carry on for real this time. Last week, the news hit the wire that Anonymous had claimed to... more »
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Data as the Common Language: CEO Series with MuleSoft's Greg Schott

The world has seen a huge shift in the way software is created and utilized.  No longer does a company need an in-house team devoted to building software--an entire industry has emerged around SaaS, offering turnkey solutions that address a growing pool of very specific problems.  Indeed, there is an app for that, even in the enterprise world.  But what's still lacking is an easy way to stitch these apps together, helping them work together towards a common goal. MuleSoft has set out to make software play nicely together, so a company can still get by without an in-house team devoted... more »
Engine Yard Adds Node.js Support

Engine Yard Adds Node.js Support

Engine Yard is one of the most widely used developer-oriented PaaS solutions out there, but up until now it could only run Rails and PHP. In the next 30 days the platform will be receiving a big boost with the addition of support for Node.js, an up-and-coming server-side language. Engine Yard already has a very solid base, and this new upgrade will definitely win it a few more paying customers. The company chose Node.js over other frameworks for a reason. Node is becoming very popular among independent developers, as well organizations. There are a few very convincing reasons behind this trend: the... more »
AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Python Applications

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Python Applications

Okay, here’s the good news for the Python developer community! Being the easiest way to deploy and manage scalable PHP, Java, .NET, AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Python applications that run on the familiar Apache HTTP server and WSGI. It means that now you can upload your Python application, and Elastic Beanstalk will automatically handle everything related to the deployment including provisioning of Amazon EC2 instances, load balancing, auto scaling, and application health monitoring. Several platform improvements have been done in this Python release of AWS Elastic Beanstalk that will help manage your Python application and configuration. Here’s a quick view... more »
Nike’s +$300 LeBron X shoes as seen by Social Media

Nike’s +$300 LeBron X shoes as seen by Social Media

News about Nike’s reported most ever expensive athletic shoe has been spreading like wildfire.  The LeBron X shoes are expected to retail at$315 when they are released later this year.  From the moment the story emerged late yesterday, the topic has dominated Twitter and other social media venues.  This edition of the series of shoes worn by and modeled for NBA superstar LeBron James was debuted during the 2012 Olympics gold medal game. Reviewing some analytic elements of the emerging news shows some interesting statistics.  For one, regional interest in Nike, as reported by Google,  shows a strong presence in interest... more »
Saudi Cleric Decrees That Buying Twitter Followers Is "Dishonest and Malicious"

Saudi Cleric Decrees That Buying Twitter Followers Is "Dishonest and Malicious"

Issuing a religious fatwa against people who go out and buy Twitter followers to boost their ‘popularity’ is probably a bit extreme to say the least, but there’s every chance that it might just happen following the decision of a prominent Saudi Arabia cleric to denounce the practice as “dishonest and malicious”. In a recent interview reported on by the English-language Al Arabiya news network, Sheikh Abdullah, one of Saudi Arabia’s most senior Islamic scholars said spending money on Twitter followers was “a lie and slander” and went against the country’s religious values. Abdullah made his remarks after being asked how... more »

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- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.