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Log Management: Loggly Raises $5.7 Million, Hires New CEO/CTO

Loggly, the cloud-based log management provider that claims over 2,500 customers, has announced the close of a $5.7 million round of Series B funding led by True Ventures, Trinity Ventures and Matrix Partners. And if that's not enough, the two-year-old company has announced that industry veterans Charlie Oppenheimer (most recently CEO of Qualcomm acquisition Digital Fountain) and Jim Nisbet (former RSA Chief Technologist) as CEO and CTO/VP of Engineering, respectively. To hear Oppenheimer tell it, modern IT infrastructures are just getting far too complex, especially in the age of web apps. Between Apache Hadoop, cloud infrastructure stacks, large-scale web applications, and so on, it's absolutely vital... more »
Minecraft Hack Exposes the Fragility of Online Identity (But Not Usernames or Passwords)

Minecraft Hack Exposes the Fragility of Online Identity (But Not Usernames or Passwords)

Recently, the servers of Mojang’s extremely popular social video game Minecraft suffered an exploit that allowed users to log in as anyone they desired. Unlike the usual news of hacks, this didn't mean that anyone gained access to databases of sensitive information or exfiltrated usernames and passwords; instead the exploit allowed users to log into the servers and pretend to be someone else. "The hack does not expose your passwords or other personal details", Minecraft creator Marcus "Notch" Persson wrote on Twitter, "it only let you log in as anyone by doing something with the session it." The exploit was quickly announced and just... more »
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Salesforce.com Upgrades Radian6 With Social Big Data Analytics

"Big Data" is a term that means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But the value proposition is generally the same: Turning huge mountains of data into actionable insights. Enter Salesforce.com Radian6 Insights, a new SaaSoffering that aims to deliver on the promise of turning social media into highly valuable and actionable business intelligence. Rob Begg, VP of Marketing for Salesforce Radian6, says that Radian6 Insights represents a new wave in social media management. We've gone from visibility into the so-called firehose of social media, into engagement, into analytics, and now into the ability to draw and analyze... more »
All Devices Need WiFi, Says Xirrus CEO Shane Buckley [Q&A Series]

All Devices Need WiFi, Says Xirrus CEO Shane Buckley [Q&A Series]

WiFi's one of those technologies running in the background, rarely pondered until there's a problem with the router.  But it's a major part of our infrastructure as we power into an era of mobility, filling in the gaping holes 4G leaves behind and connecting everything from our tablets to our Bluetooth headsets so they can all talk to each other. The industry's taken on the burden of mobility but needs to adapt like any other, especially when it comes to things like WLAN, security and mere accessibility.  Heading up networking firm Xirrus is Shane Buckley, the recently instated CEO that's been... more »
The Incredible Bain Jobs Machine

The Incredible Bain Jobs Machine

Did Mitt Romney and Bain Capital help office-supply retailer Staples create 88,000 jobs? 43,000? 252? Actually, Staples probably destroyed 100,000 jobs while creating millions of new ones. Since 1986, Staples has opened 2,000 stores, eliminating the jobs of distributors and brokers who charged nasty markups for paper and office supplies. But it enabled hundreds of thousands of small (and not so small) businesses to stock themselves cheaply and conveniently and expand their operations. It's the same story elsewhere. Apple employs just 47,000 people, and Google under 25,000. Like Staples, they have destroyed many old jobs, like making paper maps and pink "While... more »
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Can Marissa Mayer Bring Focus, Morale and Mobile Innovation to Yahoo?

Yahoo! may have struck gold in the hiring of Marissa Mayer as their new chief executive officer.  Experts in the business know Mayer’s capabilities: whatever project she was put on at Google, she turned it to gold. She was the first female employee on Google and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recalled how Mayer was an asset to their company, and how she will be missed at Google. "I worked with Marissa for many years," he said in a statement released by Google. "She's a great product person, very innovative and a real perfectionist who always wants the best for users. Yahoo... more »
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Druva Expands inSync into Collaboration and Data Protection Platform

Druva announced today its latest release of inSync Share, the inSync platform that integrates file sharing technology and enterprise collaboration with endpoint backup functionality. Without hindrances, the user can sync across multiple client devices. They can also share and collaborate with other users across a myriad of platforms, including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. One of the unique features of the inSync collaboration system is that it allows users to create peer-to-peer file sharing networks for their files, giving colleagues easy, remote access to anything they share. As users collaborate on documents, files are synchronized in both directions,... more »
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Coraid's New Servers for Video/Big Data Workloads

Ethernet SAN vendor Coraid announced a new family of products today that offers more scalability and more throughput to accommodate not only traditional workloads but also video and unstructured data. The Coraid ZX-Series NAS servers run the Solaris ZFS file system and pack a lot in one pitch. A ZX can be natively integrated with EtherDrive arrays over Ethernet to create a multi-petabyte shared pool, and there’s built-in diagnosis that displays real-time performance. This is designed to facilitate better monitoring, and if need be, carry out optimizations to keep everything as efficient as possible. There are a number of other built-in capabilities... more »
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IBM Sequoia Faces Competition in Supercomputing Race

The Japanese are no longer owners of the most powerful supercomputer in the world. One again, it’s US that holds the title.  We've known for a while that Sequoia is a supercomputer developed by IBM, with the potential to be the fastest system of its kind in the world. The latest Top500 list of supercomputers, released last month, marks the entry of the Sequoia to become the new, number one supercomputer in the world, displacing the Japanese K system. The largest number of systems in the top 500 list is based on microprocessors running on AMD, IBM and Intel. More specifically, 372 on... more »
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Is Viacom Raising The White Flag?

Last week, Viacom pulled 26 of their channels from DirecTV to instill anger in the hearts of DirecTV subscribers, but now, they’ve put back The Daily Show and The Colbert Report back online.   So is Viacom surrendering? Viacom is demanding DirecTV pay a higher fee, as much as other distributors are paying Viacom for their shows.  But DirecTV will have none of that, as they are not willing to give up the terms that put them in favor with consumers.  So Viacom took their shows off line, denying access to DirecTV subscribers and everyone else in the process. But it seems like... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Stuart Miniman

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.