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A Series of Hacked Servers: From League of Legends to Last.fm

A Series of Hacked Servers: From League of Legends to Last.fm

A series of data breaches have recently been reported.  Last week, it was reported that LinkedIn and eHarmony were breached were in users’ password, and possibly usernames, were acquired by hackers.  Over 6.5 million LinkedIn accounts and 1.5 million eHarmony accounts were said to be compromised.  The two have already prompted their users to change their passwords immediately. But those breaches are just the tip of the iceberg as more are reporting that their data were acquired by hackers. Last.fm London-based music website, Last.fm, reportedly suffered a security breach when the site was made aware that hashes, cryptographic strings for passwords, of their... more »
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Dell Brings New Vision of Highly Automated, Enterprise-level Storage at SMB Prices

Dell is in transition in the storage market from being primarily a reseller of other vendor's projects to becoming a true storage company that makes its own hardware and software to fit its vision of the future, says Carter George, Executive Director of Dell's Storage Strategy. That vision is of an advanced, automated, integrated portfolio providing enterprise-level features designed to meet the needs of Dell customers in three-to-five years and priced for SMBs. Right now Dell is essentially in the first phase of building that portfolio largely by acquiring startups with advanced technology. But those purchases are not random but rather... more »
WWDC 2012: Apple Announces 11-inch MacBook Air, 15-inch MacBook Pro, Intel Ivy Bridge, Retina Display

WWDC 2012: Apple Announces 11-inch MacBook Air, 15-inch MacBook Pro, Intel Ivy Bridge, Retina Display

In a bid to expand the market of the ultra-thin laptop, Apple is preparing to release a new version of the MacBook Air, providing for two versions one $999 and one $1099—making both of them extremely economically priced for similar offerings in the market—alongside two 15-inch MacBook Pros. During the WWDC 2012 conference in San Francisco, CA Apple announced that these new machines will integrate Intel Ivy Bridge, Nvidia graphics, and the next-generation Retina display. This is the next generation of MacBooks. This is essentially the little sister of the 15-inch version of the MacBook Pro, also being announced at WWDC 2012... more »
Global Spread of Facebook Continues, Even as Growth Rate Slows

Global Spread of Facebook Continues, Even as Growth Rate Slows

Facebook’s quest for world dominance continues to gather pace, with the latest stats from the World Map of Social Networks showing that the platform has now become the number one choice for Brazilian netizens, beating down Orkut into second place. Vincenzo Cosenza’s World Map of Social Networks, which gathers data from Alexa and Google Trends to compile its results, shows that Facebook now boasts more than 845 million active users (out of approximately 2 billion internet users worldwide), establishing itself as the social networking platform of choice in 126 countries across the world. Several regions continue to resist Facebook’s empirical plans however,... more »
IBM Edge 2012 Recap: The Executive Plan to Drive IBM Success

IBM Edge 2012 Recap: The Executive Plan to Drive IBM Success

During IBM’s inaugural Edge conference in Orlando, FL, theCube was host to a number of executive, partner, and customer interviews conducted by SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier, Wikibon founder Dave Vellante, and Wikibon analysts John McArthur and David Floyer. This team not only conducted live video interviews during the conference, but also hit the conference sessions and show floor, noticing a lot of familiar faces, seeing a bunch of new faces, and most notably, sensing a strong IBM executive presence. IBM Edge is a whole new ball game for IBM's management. The conference is a huge step forward for them as they... more »
What to Expect at Dell Storage Forum 2012

What to Expect at Dell Storage Forum 2012

This week features the annual Dell Storage Forum, held on Monday to Wednesday, and SiliconANGLE and Wikibon will be at the event to deliver the traditional barrage of executive interviews and commentary with live broadcasts from theCube.  Kicking off this morning, the Dell Storage forum is the company's latest opportunity to present their products and services in a growing sector, as Dell seeks more relevance in the cloud than in making PCs. The company released a few details about what it has in store for the gathering. President of enterprise solutions Brad Anderson will be giving the keynote, covering the new products... more »
No Dropbox Promo for AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S III Users

No Dropbox Promo for AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S III Users

When Samsung first unveiled its new Galaxy S III smartphone, one of the perks presented by the company was the offer of 50GB of free cloud-based storage, available for two years on Dropbox, trumping a similar offer on the HTC One which only gave users 25GB of storage. Now however, it looks as if Samsung won’t be able to live up to that promise after all, following the apparent decision of US carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless decision not to play ball. The revelation first appeared on Dropbox’s support page, where the company stated that Samsung Galaxy S III users on the... more »
New OS Features, Macs and Adapters Expected at WWDC

New OS Features, Macs and Adapters Expected at WWDC

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is set to begin any moment now at the Moscone West Center and speculation about what Apple is set to unveil is at the highest levels we've seen in recent weeks. Earlier we tackled some of the rumored announcements at the event, such as updated Mac lines, the announcement of the Apple TV, new iOS, and even the possible (hopeful?) announcement of the iPhone 5. The event is just a few hours away and the web is abuzz with excitement.  Will Apple really launch the Apple TV?  Will we just get new or updated software?  Or will... more »
Samsung Denies Intent to Acquire Nokia

Samsung Denies Intent to Acquire Nokia

Today’s mobile news roundup features Android handset activations reaching over 300M in Q1 2012, while Samsung denies intent to acquire Nokia, and there's also a new app that allows internet sharing and more. Android activations still growing According to the latest report from MarketResearch, provider of global market intelligence products and services, activation of Android devices “still maintained triple figure Year-on-Year (YoY) growth of + 126 % in Q1’2012”.  The report stated that though Android device activations seems to be slowing down, they were still able to maintain their dominance over other mobile device platforms.   Android devices have “a global market share... more »
Fancy's Edge over Pinterest is Mobile, Sales Analytics

Fancy's Edge over Pinterest is Mobile, Sales Analytics

In November of 2010 a little invitation-only photo blog, TheFancy.com, made its way to the heart of the elite.  It was the first launched product of ThingD (which stands for Daemon - a computer program that runs as a background process) the parent company of Fancy. Last year, The Fancy secured a 10 million round of funding from lead investor Pinault Printemps Redoute, the $16 billion French multi-national that owns some of the world’s biggest fashion brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. "Where Google is an index of websites, and Facebook is a database of people, we want to... 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.

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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.