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Microsoft Brings Windows Azure Services to Hosting Providers, Puts VMware in Crosshairs

Microsoft Brings Windows Azure Services to Hosting Providers, Puts VMware in Crosshairs

At today's Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced that the hosted service provider community is getting access to deliver Microsoft Windows Azure-compatible cloud services from within their own data center as Redmond moves to expand its hybrid cloud strategy. But most importantly - this move takes away a key value differentiator from the VMware vCloud ecosystem. The new capabilities, available now as a Community Technology Preview (CTP), allow hosting providers who are running Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 to offer website hosting and turnkey virtual machine creation from a self-Service Management Portal, giving some overlap with the new features... more »
Chinese Hackers Break into Indian Naval Computers, Harvest Confidential Data

Chinese Hackers Break into Indian Naval Computers, Harvest Confidential Data

As the concern for cyber warfare increased more than ever, China has become a favorite flogging-horse in the security sphere. In fact, IP addresses from China and Chinese-code has been caught repeatedly part of corporate and state cyber espionage. India is the latest one to blame the Chinese hackers for breaking into the sensitive naval computer systems of India’s Eastern Naval Command. The hackers planted bugs that transmitted confidential Indian Naval data to IP addresses in China. The data is suspected to be related to INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear sub, which is being put through the paces at the... more »
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BlackBerry App World Hits 3B Downloads, New CMO Pumps Up the Faith in RIM

Research in Motion has been hit with a lot of criticism for some months now.  There's  plummeting shares that've dropped an embarrassing 90% since their peak back in 2008, and their newer devices aren’t as impressive as Apple’s or Androids.  Not to mention the release of BlackBerry 10 OS and its devices has been pushed back several times to early 2013, and most recently we learn that some of their customers are already thinking of a backup plan in case RIM’s ship continues to sink. But RIM is not letting all those negative vibes darken their sky.  They still believe that their next... more »
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How Physical Stores Can Apply Big Data Like An Amazon.com

As the Big Data technology megatrend steams ahead, we’re seeing the rapid development of Applied Big Data. Applied Big Data refers to technology platforms that use Big Data computing techniques, platforms, and tools to solve problems that would be unsolvable without massive computing power applied to massive quantities of data. Applied Big Data is differentiated from general building-block components like Hadoop. Rather, the Applied Big Data space is filled with task-specific applications aimed at concrete and highly valuable goals. In particular we’ve seen strong recent focus on Applied Big Data for the physical world.  The extreme complexity of many physical phenomena... more »
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What Comes After Cloud Collaboration? Alfresco CEO Shares His Vision

With a penchant for scalability and modularity, Alfresco's free enterprise cloud management software has a steady eye on open source trends.  Having recently come out of beta, Alfresco's tools are now available for the general public.  Alfresco's moving swiftly, having also initiated its plans for an IPO. The company's CEO John Powell hopes Alfresco's public offering will be as impactful as Red Hat's, as they look to innovate around cloud services and real-time delivery.  In fact, real-time capabilities is a cornerstone of Alfresco's capabilities, and happens to be one of the top three trends Powell is following right now.  In today's CEO Series,... more »
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Microsoft’s Tablet Push Gets Bigger (Literally) with Pixel Buy

Microsoft is getting into the hardware business. It’s so confident in Windows 8 and Surface, its own branded tablet that will run on the mobile-optimized OS, that it is willing to risk a huge backlash from its biggest OEMs. And this week we learned just how serious the software kingpin, and perhaps soon to be hardware giant, is with its plans in this space. Chief exec Steve Ballmer was quoted to say that he expects Surface sales to be in the millions, but in the long run the device will be coupled by other  tablets that will make their debut in... more »
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Which Smartphone Makers Can Help Microsoft Take Down Apple?

If the late Steve Jobs declared war against Android devices, Microsoft declared war against Apple’s. At the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that they are not about to let Apple engorge the market with their iDevices - they will battle Apple in every aspect of the business possible, from cloud storage, to hardware, and of course software. “We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple,” Ballmer told CRN following the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto on Monday. “We are not. No space uncovered that is Apple’s.” And Microsoft... more »
Populating the World with Virtual People: How Augmented Reality Can Amplify Us

Populating the World with Virtual People: How Augmented Reality Can Amplify Us

We essentially have wearable computers, an Android smartphone of sufficient power can do a great deal of computing and if it can’t succeed all on its own it can have a cloud-computer do the heavy lifting and beam the answer back over the Internet. The next step is bringing that projection out of the screens of our phones and into our visual field: that’s what Google Glasses and Kinect Glasses will do. A Japanese YouTube user, moniker "alsionesvx", has posted a video of him using augmented reality glasses that take advantage of the Kinect depth-of-field sensing to project a virtual anime... more »
Analysts a Bit Chided Ahead of VMware’s Upcoming Earnings Call

Analysts a Bit Chided Ahead of VMware’s Upcoming Earnings Call

Researchers at  Wunderlich cut the firm’s target price on VMware from $120.00 to $100.00 in a report sent out this week ahead of the virtualization software maker’s upcoming earnings call on July 23rd. They retained a buy rating though, and other analysts’ also revised their take in recent months. Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of VMware in a research note to investors last week. Separately, analysts at Oppenheimer noted an “outperform” rating on shares of VMware in a research note to investors a few days later. And... more »
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Feeling Inadequate Today? You Can Blame Facebook

A new study of social media users has found that more than half of all users’ lives have been changed – with half of these claiming that these social websites have made their lives worse as a result. Working on behalf of the charity Anxiety UK, the Salford Business School at the University of Salford polled 298 people in its survey, revealing that 53% felt social media sites had led to a significant change in their behavior. Of these, 51% said that the change had been a negative one. Most commonly cited was the fact that among those who felt their lives... more »

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- 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.

- George Gilbert

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.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

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.