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Dell's Kind Of Helpful $100M Innovators Fund

Dell's Kind Of Helpful $100M Innovators Fund

Dell has launched a $100 million credit program designed to help startups finance technology purchases from Dell. The new Dell Innovators Credit Fund provides fledgling angel and venture capital backed companies a maximum of $150,000 or 10 percent of their funding in credit to acquire Dell Solutions. According to Dell, the goal of the new fund is to allow startups to invest in technology critical for driving innovation without consuming equity capital critical for other business purposes. According to me, Dell just created a new market for its products with customers supported by its own money. Participants receive potentially easier credit... more »
Blizzard Threatens Diablo III Cheaters With Permanent Ban for Mods, Bots, or Hacks

Blizzard Threatens Diablo III Cheaters With Permanent Ban for Mods, Bots, or Hacks

Cheating is a prevalent problem across a multitude of online video games—and it’s well known in Blizzard’s previous titles in the Diablo series especially Diablo II. In an attempt to head off potential cheaters in their new Diablo III product, Blizzard is seeking the essential “death penalty” to players caught cheating with a permanent ban from the game. Ploygon blog from The Virge brought to our attention that players caught cheating with hacks, bots, or modifications to the game client itself will find themselves locked out of Diablo III, Blizzard announced: "Blizzard Entertainment has always taken cheating in any form in Blizzard... more »
Flame Malware Turns Unwitting Humans Into Data Mules

Flame Malware Turns Unwitting Humans Into Data Mules

The cyberworld was shocked when it was reported that a certain malware was found which exceeded the prowess of the Stuxnet malware. The Flame malware is a sophisticated computer virus that targets computers in Iran and other Middle East countries designed to gather private data from the said computer systems.  The virus is believed to be in existence since 2007 and is said to be part of a state-sponsored attack from the American and Israeli governments--the same team that created Stuxnet to sabotage Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility.  The Flame virus is a 20MB in size, dwarfing Stuxnet’s code by a... more »
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Dell Force10 Champions Network Virtualization

Data networking switches have traditionally been huge boxes that “are about rigid networking, think mainframe,” says Arpit Joshipura,  head of networking product management and marketing for Dell Force10 Networks. Dell is bringing a new, more flexible and less expensive vision to the market based on virtualizing the network to support a fabric of smaller “pizza box” switches with no hard boundaries either inside or between switches. It is positioning itself as a leader in next-generation, high-speed networking to meet the needs of the data explosion, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from the Dell Storage Forum 2012. Based... more »
Cisco Channel Expands into Converged Infrastructure, Energy Management

Cisco Channel Expands into Converged Infrastructure, Energy Management

Cisco has a huge partner base that reached a couple of milestones this week, thanks to a new partnership with NetApp, as well as a handful of updates from the Cisco Live gathering. Just a day after we’ve learned of the OEM agreement with Fusion-io the networking behemoth is teaming up with NetApp to promote its FlexPod converged infrastructure offering.  The company is debuting The FlexPod Premium Partner Framework, an added set of incentives for partners with a particularly noticeable impact on sales. The program is based in part on some of the feedback and demands that Cisco’s resellers communicated recently. The so-called... more »
Can Emotions Make for Better Ads? Microsoft Thinks So

Can Emotions Make for Better Ads? Microsoft Thinks So

Microsoft is amping their ads offering by utilizing the power of Kinect - they want to offer ads based on users’ emotions or activities. Though nothing has yet been announced by Microsoft, the expectations came from the patent entitled “Targeting Advertisements Based on Emotion” Microsoft filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent describes a computer system configured to execute a method to deliver advertisements based on emotional states.  This technology is presumed to be the Microsoft Kinect, which will allow advertisers to see their audience in  order to deliver ads based on their emotions or activities. Advertisers would provide Microsoft... more »
5G WiFi the New Buzzword?  Pray Tell

5G WiFi the New Buzzword? Pray Tell

It’s early in the week, so why not kick the week off with a new buzzword – 5G WiFi. Computer manufacturer ASUSTeK (ASUS) has announced its G75VW model laptop, which the company designed for gaming, will support the 802.11ac WiFi standard. ASUS is billing the laptop as the world’s first 5G mobile device, but unlike the phones wireless carriers labeled 4G, this announcement does have some basis in reality. A Little Lesson in WiFi Wireless Internet connectivity was a luxury only a few years ago, but today users regularly consume massive amounts of data without a wire in sight. WiFi is the... more »
The Cloud is Not About Technology, It's About Business

The Cloud is Not About Technology, It's About Business

The cloud is not about technology, it’s about business. It’s about re-allocating your existing infrastructure to meet your business needs. Once you know your business goals then you can begin defining how your infrastructure is realigned. This is tbe big shift in thinking that we are seeing at events like Intel Forecast, hosted today by the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) at the Cloud Expo in New York. Take the UBS Group as an example. It’s a company with $2.2 billion in revenues that has aligned its technology strategy behind its business strategy. “Our client is at the center of everything we do,” said... more »
10,000 Twitter Accounts Leaked by LulzSec Reborn via TweetGif

10,000 Twitter Accounts Leaked by LulzSec Reborn via TweetGif

The reincarnation of LulzSec—a now disbanded hacker Internet-mayhem group who ruled the cyberseas and media for a portion of last year—has surfaced with a notable leak of Twitter authentication belonging to users who signed up for TweetGif, an animated GIF-sharing application. The group “LulzSec Reborn” published a .SQL file on Pastebin.org containing a staggering amount of detail about the user accounts. According to an article at PCMag, the file contains a trove of information: The file contained an unusually detailed trove of information on each member: usernames, passwords, real names, locations, bios, avatars, secret tokens used to authenticate TweetGif to pull Twitter... more »
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What Apple's iOS 6 Means for Google and Microsoft

At the Worldwide Developers Conference that kicked off yesterday, Apple launched two versions of the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro.  The MacBooks sport Retina Display with an extremely high DPI and fidelity.  They also have more ports for USB2, USB3, Firewire, and Thunderbolt I/O for high-speed data transfer. But there are more important things announced at the event that means trouble for Google. Apple vs. Google Apple unveiled their own mapping solution for the iOS 6 which, eliminating Google Maps from iOS devices.  The Maps app features real-time traffic conditions, turn-by-turn navigation, Yelp integration, vector graphics, and 3D flyovers. What’s great about the... more »

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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.

- David Floyer

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.

- George Gilbert

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.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.