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Top 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for IT Job Seekers

Simply Hired is a job site that claims to serve 30 million monthly users living in 24 different countries, and its latest employment statics report for the month of June reveals some interesting facts about the IT job market in the U.S.  The paper provides the names of the top 10 places for job seekers in the industry, and the ten worst places as well, all based on data from Simply Hired postings. According to the report Baltimore, Detroit, Charlotte, and Portland are the cities with the most openings, followed by Seattle, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee with Silicon Valley following suit at the... more »
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New Features Amazon's Smartphone Needs to Compete with the iPhone

There’s a rumor going around that Amazon and Foxconn are creating an Amazon smartphone that would compete with Apple’s iPhone, and the horde of Android smartphones in the market. So what could the Amazon smartphone have over the iPhones and the Androids of today?  Well, Amazon hasn’t really confirmed this rumor so they haven’t unveiled what their smartphone would feature. But as a consumer, what do you want to see in Amazon’s smartphone? Design I’m such a clutz that I often drop my phone - sometimes on the ground, sometimes it takes a dive in the sink.  So it would be great if they... more »
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Big Data on the Fast Track – Harnessing Data Analysis to Improve Transport Networks

IBM continues to take important strides in giving big data ideals real world applications. Veolia Transdev and IBM are now partnering to develop a mobility solution that helps cities alleviate road congestion, optimize transportation infrastructures, improve travel in metropolitan areas and cutting financial costs. The smarter mobility solution combines Veolia Transdev's expertise in the public transit industry and IBM's innovation in big data and advanced analytics.  The initiative provides cities the ability to coordinate and connect services across all of its transportation networks, including subways, trams, buses, vehicular and bicycle traffic and others, which enhances commuter travel experiences. The solution leverages... more »
Last Chance: DNS Changer Goes Dark Monday

Last Chance: DNS Changer Goes Dark Monday

We have been hearing the warnings pertinent to shutdown of Internet resources for some users on July 09, 2012, due to the DNSChanger malware attack. This is the last chance for companies and users to filter their systems from this malware as FBI may pull the plug on domains related to the DNSChanger malware. There are around 60 Fortune 500 companies, 64,000 users in the United States, and 200,000 additional users outside the United States who may suffer the Internet shutdown on July 9 if their systems are still infected with malware. Ever since the first attack, DNSChanger is now at... more »
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Mind Mapping Apps Top this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

This week’s roundup has two featured apps, both of which happen to be in the same category. MindNode for iPad and MindJet for Android are two mind-mapping apps that respectively offer a unique twist to the same concept, which is providing users with an environment that lets them put ideas on paper (so to speak) with just a few simple taps. MindNode’s developers envisioned a product that is as a clean as possible - supplying a lot of breathing space while also staying aesthetic. That sums up the app fairly as well, with its canvas-like background and branching system. MindJet in turn... more »
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This Week in Big Data: Case Studies from Finance, Gov’t, and Social Media

A few interesting stories surfaced this week that help shed better light on some of the lesser-covered companies of those willing to harness their customer data. A lot are in a privileged position in this regard, including most in the financial services industry – one of the fastest ones to get knack-deep into the whole big data trend. ANZ Bank is one financial institution that provides a very good example of that. The Australian bank uses its knowledge about the business owner it serves to improve service, while others such as ZestFinance are taking the same data-driven approach to a whole... more »
Netflix Reinforces Dedication to Amazon Web Services After Outage

Netflix Reinforces Dedication to Amazon Web Services After Outage

Somewhere along the line, Netflix became the bellwether for cloud development, as its immensely successful video streaming service has put it in the spotlight, both for its usage of scalable public cloud infrastructure and its custom with Amazon Web Services for the same. And now, in the wake of last weekend's great Amazon Web Services outage, Netflix has reaffirmed its commitment to the provider and given an overview of the lessons learned. The outage, as you likely know by now, was caused last Friday evening by an electrical storm in the North Virginia AWS Availability Zone (AZ). For Netflix, even though AWS... more »
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Sqlmap: Open Source SQL Injection and Penetration Testing Tool Builds Buzz

Yesterday saw the launch of Sqlmap, an open source vulnerability testing tool that can automatically detect and exploit SQL injection flaws for the takeover of database servers. It's a potentially valuable tool as developers, operations and DevOps move to leverage automation and protect web applications from the hive of scum and villainy that is the Internet. A few data points on Sqlmap from the project's site (emphasis theirs): Full support for MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, SQLite, Firebird, Sybase and SAP MaxDB database management systems. Full support for six SQL injection techniques: boolean-based blind, time-based blind, error-based, UNION query, stacked queries and out-of-band. Support... more »
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Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Note II at IFA 2012

Samsung Electronics Co. is feeling quite ambivalent as to whether there is cause for a celebration or concern.  Their smartphones are selling extremely well, better than expected, actually.  Their high-end smartphone Galaxy SIII is flying off the shelves and they had a bit of a struggle in keeping up with high demand for the device.  They expect to hit 19 million Galaxy SIII shipment this quarter. On the other hand, the chips and consumer electronics side of their business is in a bit of a rut as the euro continues to fall. "Europe is our biggest consumer electronics market and we may... more »
Big Data Appliance Firm Clustrix Raises $6.75M

Big Data Appliance Firm Clustrix Raises $6.75M

Clustrix is a startup that ‘NewSQL’ databases – its distributed DB software runs in a self-contained and pre-configured  box’s that can easily be added to an existing deployment, and don’t require any out of the ordinary in-house talent to maintain. Clustrix received $6.75 million from investors Sequoia Capital, USVP, and ATA Ventures. It raised $12 million prior to that. Robin Purohit, who took over as president and CEO of the company last October, notes that it’s a round of convertible debt being used as a bridge to an upcoming Series C round. Clusterix has had a good swing with the early adopter market, and... more »

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- 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

- 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.