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Firebase Invites for DevOpsAngle Readers

Firebase Invites for DevOpsAngle Readers

Earlier today I told you about Firebase, a new hosted NoSQL database, and how it fits into the new client-centric application development paradigm. Firebase is still in private beta, but if you'd like to check it out early e-mail angle@klintfinley.com. The first ten people to e-mail will get a beta invite.... more »
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How The Power of In-Person Communication Became a Powerful Business Weapon: Infographic

We live in digital age where the evolution of cloud computing, social networks and virtual communications are making our daily tasks quicker and easier.  But ‘The Power of In-Person’ infographic from Cisco reveals some interesting observations, claiming in-person communication is powerful, and more effective than virtual communications (see full infographic below). Based on a survey conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit and Cisco, the majority of business leaders unanimously agree that in-person communication is the most powerful way of sharing information, and is a valuable asset for a successful workplace. The survey was conducted among 862 business leaders to evaluate the... more »
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Apple's iPad and iPhone Sales Surprise the Market

Traders braced themselves to hear disappointing earnings news from Apple after the market closed on Tuesday. Google, IBM, Dell and Intel all failed to meet expectations in their last earnings reports, which likely contributed to the collective doubt that Apple would not be able to reach the lofty market goals for its performance. The worries caused Apple’s stock price to fall 12% over the last two weeks. Apple has had a meteoric rise, and although it’s impressive, investors are beginning to question how long the positive streak can continue. It seems the good news is continuing a bit longer. Apple released... more »
Dropbox and Google Drive Inching into Megaupload “Criminal Conspiracy” Territory

Dropbox and Google Drive Inching into Megaupload “Criminal Conspiracy” Territory

The scars left in the cloud-storage industry are still red and angry after the FBI raided and shut down the popular, worldwide cyberlocker service Megaupload in January, so when people started to notice other cyberlockers fall afoul of the same issues, concern rises. Recently, Dropbox started to offer a service that allows users to directly link to files to view their contents and Google has launched Google Drive that also allows direct linking to files. Looking at the incitement against Megaupload, this should put them both on the same firing line. Mike Masnick from TechDirt argues that the addition of Dropbox’s... more »
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Facebook's IPO Setback - Too Many Acquisitions?

Facebook is expected to have their initial public offering on May 17, but because they recently went on a shopping spree, acquiring Instagram for $1 billion, Tagtile - the customer-loyalty application,  and 650 Microsoft patents for $550 million, their IPO may be delayed by a month or so. Facebook needs to discuss with the Securities and Exchange Commission the effect of their recent acquisitions.  A report from Reuters states that the SEC's Corporate Finance division is reviewing Facebook's IPO filing, and everything must be approved before Facebook can start selling shares. "Any spending does make a difference to the financial position of the... more »
Pushing Data, Not Pages is the New Model for Application Development

Pushing Data, Not Pages is the New Model for Application Development

A crop of tools for building applications in a new way has emerged over the past month. The way developers build applications has changed over the past few years. The old client-server model involved doing most of the work on the server side and then piping the results down to a dumb client. That might be a command line application crunching numbers and then displaying the results to a terminal application, or it might be a complex Ruby on Rails application transforming data queried from MySQL and rendering it as an HTML page that is sent to a browser.... more »
Symform Looking to Raise $11M for Two-Way Cloud

Symform Looking to Raise $11M for Two-Way Cloud

Cloud storage is far from being new.  Not in the consumer space where Dropbox and a few others rule, or in the enterprise.  Every last bit of potential has been extracted from this core concept, and now new players have some serious innovation if they plan on staying afloat in what has become an extremely crowded industry. Symform is all about innovation, and fueling that is the reason behind its newly announced second round of funding. The series already hauled in $8 million from WestRiver Capital, OVP and WestRiver Venture Partners, and up to $3 million has been reserved for a... more »
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Schmidt Says They Only Copied API Names, Not Implementation

Android Chief Andy Rubin crumbled in court on Monday as Oracle’s lawyer, David Boies hammered him with questions pertaining to Java and copyright infringement.  Rubin’s questioning was cut short as he took the stand during the latter part of the hearing on Monday, so he again appeared in court yesterday followed by Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt, who somehow managed to save face. Rubin’s second day Rubin sidestepped many of the questions thrown at him, stating that he was getting confused with Oracle counsel's use of words, especially the word “fragmentation.” Boies asked Rubin about software engineer Tim Lindholm's email... more »
Pentaho Brings Data Insight Closer to Decision Makers with v4.5

Pentaho Brings Data Insight Closer to Decision Makers with v4.5

Pentaho, a company that makes big data insight more accessible to the business user, released a new version of its flagship solution. Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 works as a layer between Hadoop and the end user, with a new set of features. On the user end, Business Analytics expands on readability with the addition of geo mapping, heat grids and two new chart types, in addition to what it calls interactive visual analysis. A user can, for example, zoom in on a particular element in a bubble graph. Pentaho says the new functionality works across all forms of visualization the platform... more »
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Dell Revamps Precision Workstations for the Always-On Data Center

It seems Dell has been listening to the market and it customers. The computer maker released four new Precision workstations that have a strong focus on being highly dependable and easy to manage. Dell designed the new workstations, Dell T1650, T7600, T5600, T3600, using market research and feedback from thousands of customers on what was important. Dell used the information to redesign the Precision workstation series completely. As Kirk Schell, marketing director for Dell’s business client group, said, many organizations now operate 24/7 globally. This environment makes serviceability much more important; so, that’s what Dell has delivered. The Precision workstations use... more »

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- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

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