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Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners calls NASDAQ & Morgan Stanley Criminals in Facebook IPO Debacle

Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners calls NASDAQ & Morgan Stanley Criminals in Facebook IPO Debacle

Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners, appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “Money Moves” with Deirdre Bolton today and said that NASDAQ and Morgan Stanley conduct in Facebook IPO is “criminal” and exposed “extreme corruption.” Besides the smashing the Facebook IPO Roger actually has some great advice.  Specifically, Mobile computing is changing the web in a big way and the old rules are changing.  The power is moving away from the middleman.  McNamee says build tools not web sites.   Be a value investor not a momentum investor.  He hints to the bubble popping.  (Side note: I have to get him on SiliconANGLE.tv... more »
Cloudability Raises $8.7M To Put a Price Tag on Cloud Agility

Cloudability Raises $8.7M To Put a Price Tag on Cloud Agility

Cloudability, which helps customers track public cloud costs across service providers, has announced the close of an $8.7 million round of Series A funding, led by the Foundry Group. Other participants in this round include 500 Startups, Trinity Ventures and advertising firm Wieden + Kennedy. Mat Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Cloudability, refers to his company's offering as the Google Analytics of cloud service spending. In short, Cloudability offers free, pro, and enterprise tiers for cloud usage monitoring across over 100 SaaS, PaaS and IaaS vendors, including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Hosting, Zendesk, Google Apps, Heroku and Akamai. The funding is going to go into expanding Cloudability's... more »
New Alliance in Big Data: Pentaho et al. Builds Out Analytics

New Alliance in Big Data: Pentaho et al. Builds Out Analytics

Three emerging names in the big data space announced an alliance this week that will combine their respective software and services to create a new solution for analyzing customer data. These three companies are Pentaho, Semphonic and Infobright. Pentaho makes BI solutions that analyze companies’ data, while Semphonic offers services and consulting to clients that are using these types of tools. Infobright in turn offers a relational, column-based database that’s built to deal with large amounts of machine data. The firms have partnered up to create a new delivery model that makes use of all these offerings. Semphonic’s consumer tracking methods is... more »
Storage Startups Growing Fast Providing Gear for Cloud - Coraid and Nimble Standout

Storage Startups Growing Fast Providing Gear for Cloud - Coraid and Nimble Standout

Want to find out about the future?  Just meet the startups because they are inventing it right in front of our eyes. That is exactly what happend in the fast moving storage industry yesterday in Silicon Valley. I had a chance to meet with the top startups, Nimble storage and Coraid to name a few, at the #ExecEvent Big Data conference in Santa Clara.  I was very impressed with the direction of both companies. The state of storage over the past couple of decades has focused on two primary metrics:  First, there is the “dollars per GB” or “dollars per TB” metric, which... more »
Join the Big Data Listening Party: Echo Nest Gets $17.3M Funding

Join the Big Data Listening Party: Echo Nest Gets $17.3M Funding

Echo Nest, the music intelligence platform, announced the closing of a $17.3 million financing round led by Norwest Venture Partners with the participation of prior investors Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Fringe Partners, Jim Pallotta and board member Michael Brown. "We are thrilled to add Jeff Crowe and Norwest to The Echo Nest team," said Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo Nest. "Norwest immediately recognized the enormous opportunity around applying a big data approach to music -- particularly in how understanding each online consumer's musical identity can enable a new world of deeply-personalized, social, and profitable applications. In addition, the firm... more »
Best Buy Warns Users of Account Hacking Attempts, Advises Password Reset

Best Buy Warns Users of Account Hacking Attempts, Advises Password Reset

Looks like the retail giant Best Buy has detected some malicious attempts to access its customer accounts, which is why it has issued a warning to its customers advising them to change their account passwords immediately. Best Buy issued the warning letter via its mass mail system to advise its customers, but somehow it left the users in a confused state. Here’s an extract from the letter: “Dear Valued Best Buy Customer, The company is investigating increased attempts from attackers around the globe, who appear to be targeting BestBuy.com and other e-commerce sites. These hackers did not take username/password combinations from any Best... more »
Dropped USB Sticks as a Malware Vector: DSM Does Cybersecurity Right

Dropped USB Sticks as a Malware Vector: DSM Does Cybersecurity Right

The reason that some malware is called a Trojan is a play on the Trojan horse from the mythology about the ancient Greek siege of the city of Troy. Most Trojans are actually software pretending to be something else (thus getting themselves inside the “gates” of a computer’s security) but in some cases there are actual physical Trojan horses. In this case people should be aware of and beware of not just Greeks bearing gifts but random USB keys borne as gifts. Workers at the Dutch offices of DSM, a chemical company, almost discovered this the hard way; but they have... more »
Epic DirecTV Battle Continues, Now on the Internet

Epic DirecTV Battle Continues, Now on the Internet

In the ongoing epic battle between DirecTV and Viacom, it would appear that there is no limit to how far either side will go to prove their point while making the other side look downright evil.  That eventually these two will resume a partnership that will bring both sides massive profits is irrelevant this week with Viacom pulling all of its programming from DirecTV following a fee dispute. Following the blackout by either DirecTV or Viacom -- depending on which statement you’d like to believe -- on Tuesday, 20 (or 30 million, according to DirecTV's website) million customers have been forced... more »
NoSQL Database Religion: Comparing Riak to Others

NoSQL Database Religion: Comparing Riak to Others

Comparing database approaches is a religious thing so I have been looking at the different uses cases and solutions available.  I'll be reporting more on them here over the next few months.  In the meantime I found a great post by the folks at Basho worthy of a highlight here on DevOpsANGLE.com. On Basho's wiki they compare Riak to the other competing choices and wanted to share it here. The NoSQL space, as well as the database space in general, is growing ever-crowded. Because of this, we often find ourselves answering very high-level questions from developers, prospects, and customers along the lines... more »
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Square Feeling Threatened by UK Rival? Sends Cease and Desist to mPowa

There’s a lot of cases being filed lately for patent infringement in the mobile space, or in layman’s terms, imitation.  And Square, the mobile payments service provider, just sent a cease and desist letter to mPowa, a UK-based startup that offers similar services as Square. The funny thing about this is that Square is not complaining about how similar their dongles are or how their services are so very much alike.  Square is complaining that mPowa is using their pictures - as in pictures of how to use their dongle. “The copying of Square’s image is clear and obvious,” Square wrote in... 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.