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Amazon's Game Connect Squares Off in the Free-to-Play Mobile Gaming App Market

Amazon's Game Connect Squares Off in the Free-to-Play Mobile Gaming App Market

Amazon just announced GameCircle, a new set of services designed to make it easier for developers to create more engaging gaming experiences and grow their business on Kindle Fire, yesterday.  As I’ve said in my article, Amazon should’ve put multiplayer and game invite features to GameCenter so it can pass off as Apple’s Game Center’s twin.  Turns out I spoke too soon. Game Connect A day after the GameCircle announcement, Amazon unveiled Game Connect--a platform that enables customers discover a new category of free-to-play and MMO digital games that marry the ease and security of shopping on Amazon with the convenience of... more »
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Could We See a VMware Cloud Spin Off with a Big Data Edge?

Unnamed sources leaked this week that VMware and EMC may spin off a few of their assets to form a new firm that will offer cloud services with a strong tie-in with Greenplum. The official announcement could arrive on July 23, when VMware will report its earnings for the last quarter, or later in August during their annual VMworld event.  The joint venture between the virtualization giant and its parent company will reportedly receive control over Cloud Foundry as well as Project Rubicon. Practically no details have been disclosed about latter since its conception last year, but word has it that... more »
Microsoft Confuses Itself, Confesses Sins. Another EU Investigation Ensues

Microsoft Confuses Itself, Confesses Sins. Another EU Investigation Ensues

In 2009, Microsoft Corp. made a commitment to European antitrust regulators to provide “browser choice screens” (BCS) in their operating systems.  Now, the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, announced that they will see if Microsoft kept to their word, stating that the punishment would be severe if they failed to do so. Funny thing is, Microsoft already confessed that they fell short in providing BCS on their operating systems, which did not go over too well with the commission.  Microsoft’s failure to provide BCS means that there are more than 28 million customers who were not given... more »
Google Scales Up Safe Browsing Efforts for Users, Reports Increased Online Attacks

Google Scales Up Safe Browsing Efforts for Users, Reports Increased Online Attacks

Ever since Google announced malware and phishing protection for online users, the search engine giant has been doing a great job protecting users from identity and phishing attacks, by issuing timely warnings. To ensure timely and comprehensive detection of threats, Google’s Safe Browsing Team has scaled up its efforts, as they have recognized the increased phishing activity on the web. As reported on its official blog, Google Online Security informed that they find as much as 9500 malicious website every day, send malware warnings for about 300 thousand downloads per day, and show compromised site warning to around 12-14 million... more »
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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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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.