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Amazon Steps Up Cloud Support as Rivals Play Catch Up

Amazon Steps Up Cloud Support as Rivals Play Catch Up

Amazon is rapidly embracing its new persona as a tech vendor following the initial success of its Amazon Web Services. Yesterday, the company offered up a whole new host of improved support offerings for its public cloud-based web services, including lower costs for its premium support plans, as well as improved chat functionality, security features and system performance. It became pretty clear to observers that Amazon was getting serious about its public cloud software ventures when it rolled out new premium paid support options last January, together with a Trusted Advisor service that monitors AWS usage and recommends new services and... more »
Applicasa Rolls out Backend-as-Service for Android

Applicasa Rolls out Backend-as-Service for Android

Applicasa is a new mobile startup that is trying to address an area that is being targeted increasingly nowadays: server-side scripting.  The creation of an app that connects to the web doesn’t end at just coding – it also means setting up the environment that will support a range of functionality.  It's a tedious task that involves a great deal of work, necessitating a familiarity with an entirely different set of languages and frameworks; something that most developers wouldn’t mind circumventing. What Applicasa is banking on is that some may even be willing to pay in order to automate all this... more »
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Dell Storage Forum Recap: The Strategic Shift and Latest Wave of Innovation

This week’s Dell Storage Forum can definitely be categorized as a big milestone for the company's hardware line, which is currently undergoing a major shift across multiple fronts. First and foremost, storage is becoming a much bigger focus for Dell, and it shows. Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman talked about the relatively fast-paced shift in the vendor’s approach that we’re witnessing now. Dell’s enterprise business used to be similar to its PC group in that the company acted, for the most part, as only a reseller of other brands’ data center equipment.  This has changed in the past few years, thanks... more »
Gmail Accounts Hijacked by ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ via IE Zero-Day

Gmail Accounts Hijacked by ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ via IE Zero-Day

Both Microsoft and Google have been at the press to warn users that attackers are using a new zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer being used to hijack Gmail accounts. The flaw is currently unpatched (fitting any zero-day exploit) and enables an attacker to create a drive-by attack that could hook most users with little or no interaction with anything except a rigged web page. Most of this was published yesterday to the Microsoft Security Advisory and the Knowledge base and reported by ZDnet’s Ryan Naraine. The advisory from Microsoft mentions “active attacks” and references a warning submitted by Google earlier this... more »
Yammer Would Be The Best $1 Billion Microsoft Could Ever Spend

Yammer Would Be The Best $1 Billion Microsoft Could Ever Spend

The rumor mill is working overtime with suggestions that Microsoft might be purchasing social networking provider Yammer for as much as $1 billion. But given Microsoft's near-absence from the social landscape, that billion could be a bargain if it ensures the company's relevancy as the social enterprise market accelerates. Business Insider first broke the story that Yammer employees were discussing a possible Microsoft purchase since Monday - a claim substantiated by Bloomberg News today, which now says that the deal could be announced as early as tomorrow. Neither company is saying word one. Yammer, for its part, is a well-funded ($140 million since... more »
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Dell’s Storage Chief Talks Migration, Convergence and the future

Day Two of the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston included a sit-down with Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell Enterprise Storage. Meeting with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of The Wikibon Project, Thomas discussed the evolution and strategy of the company’s storage business, key differentiators that have attracted customers to its platforms, and technology advancements that are coming down the pike. Thomas, who joined Dell in 2003, said the “revolution” of the firm’s storage vision began shortly after his arrival. At the time, Dell was committed to its reseller partnership with EMC, while also heavily focused on... more »
SAP Makes a Move on End Users with Collab and Analytics

SAP Makes a Move on End Users with Collab and Analytics

Business software make SAP is targeting business users and entrepreneurs in particular with a number of newly announced initiatives that rely heavily on partnerships. The firm revealed an update for the SAP StreamWork enterprise sharing app, introducing integration with Mikogom, a different kind of collaboration service that has the potential of introducing a lot of added value. What’s new is that users can now schedule and host video conferences or ‘cyber meetings’ from within the software, rather than using an alternative service from a competing vendor. The second thing that the update brings is iPad support. There’s now a tablet-optimized StreamWork client... more »
Foreign Remittances Go Digital: Celebrating Families

Foreign Remittances Go Digital: Celebrating Families

Nothing says family like money and - probably - the quintessential American experience is captured by the immigrant worker who sticks a few dollars in an envelope, glues on an airmail stamp and sends that $5 or $20 off to Mumbai or Lahore. We now are in National Family Month  which means it is especially apt to revisit remittances which, for the record, are hugely important to tens of millions of family budgets.  The World Bank, in its 2011 remittance report, estimated that $483 billion crossed borders in remittance payments in 2011.  $351 billion went to developing nations such as India... more »
Keys to Cloud Success: Security, Flexibility, Reliability and Management Simplicity

Keys to Cloud Success: Security, Flexibility, Reliability and Management Simplicity

During the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston today, Brocade Global Solutions Architect Roger Bouchard met with Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org as part of theCube’s conference coverage (full video below). Bouchard, the author of the book “Security Fibre Channel Fabrics,” talked about the importance of bridging the gap between storage and security when it comes to the cloud. “In talking to customers about SAN security, it used to be that storage administrators would have their eyes glaze over when asking them about security,” Bouchard said. “And when talking to the security team, they saw the SAN as a black box that they... more »
Klout and Hadoop, the Pros and Cons

Klout and Hadoop, the Pros and Cons

Everybody wants to improve their Klout score, a value that represents a user’s influence across their social network. And while Klout describes to its users how the number is calculated, few people understand how the platform behind the score really works. To lend some insight, Dave Mariani, vice president of engineering at Klout, joined John Furrier and Jeff Kelly at The Cube, broadcasting during Hadoop Summit 2012 in San Jose, Calif (full video below). Mariani explained how Hadoop’s distributed file system has enabled his start-up to not just process, but also store data cheaply. Hadoop is horizontally scalable, meaning if an organization... more »

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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.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.