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Anonymous Hacker Havittaja Slams DDoS Into CIA, US Department of Justice Websites

Anonymous Hacker Havittaja Slams DDoS Into CIA, US Department of Justice Websites

In the wake of DDoS attacks against the UK Home Office, and the CIA, the International Business Times brings us the news that Anonymous cells have continued to disrupt government websites across the globe by washing away the US Department of Justice Website with a DDoS attack. The initial salvo against the cia.gov and justice.gov (the DOJ website) started with a Brazilian hactivist going by the moniker “Havaittaja” announcing via Twitter that they’d started a DDoS “for the lulz” and several other Anonymous cells quickly joined in. According to current reports, CIA.gov had been down for approximately 45 minutes when justice.gov was taken... more »
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Ruminations re: Relationships

My last post was about personal behavior. This one is about personal and business relationships. —- There’s no such thing as normal. We all have our biases and neurosis. We obsess over ceremony, process, dogma and fear. Did he do the right thing on date number 3? Did she file form number 5? Did they come through the right door? Our egos, pride and fear get in the way of real connections and meaningful leaps of faith. We classify ‘ideal’ as unattainable ‘fantasy’ instead of a worthy goal. We semi-commit, leverage, tell half truths, white lies or outright betrayals. What if your business model... more »
The Cloud is Not the Bubble Incarnate - It's the New Workflow

The Cloud is Not the Bubble Incarnate - It's the New Workflow

You can say what you want about the cloud and its faults. The CIO will say it lacks security. Vendors will tell you that it's better to have your own private cloud. The linkbait kings will tell you the cloud is the bubble incarnate. But the truth is best illustrated in what people are actually doing. Read the AppFog post by Chris Tacey. He uses charts to show what has really happened over the past 12 years or so. In the 1990s, managed data centers came into vogue. By the turn of the century, virtualization decoupled the physical server.  In 2006, Amazon... more »
Foursquare Celebrates 20M Users - Here's 10 Best and Worst Check-Ins

Foursquare Celebrates 20M Users - Here's 10 Best and Worst Check-Ins

It was in June 2011 when Foursquare, the location-based social networking site, reached 10 million users.  And in under a year, Foursquare proudly announced that their user base has doubled to 20 million active users. Also, to mark the third 4sqDay (April = 4, 4 squared is 16),  anyone who checks in today will receive the 2012 4sqDay badge as well as the following message: “In 2010, foursquare fans declared April 16 4sqDay (4/4^2 – nerds after our own heart!). Two years and two billion check-ins later, you’re still why we get out of bed each day. Thanks to all 20 million... more »
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Skype for Browsers Shows Microsoft's Love for HTML5

Some recent job openings posted by Microsoft hint that the software giant is working on a new HTML5 version of Skype to run in web browsers. Microsoft has put up several job postings on its website, looking to hire developers and software engineers in London and Prague with "real world experience developing HTML5 UI’s including rich interaction based on JavaScript."And yes, the post describes a "Skype for Browsers" project. Here is a glimpse of the job post: "Team Rendezvous at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated Developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web. You will... more »
EMC Should Leverage Cisco Connection to Boost its Channel Strategy

EMC Should Leverage Cisco Connection to Boost its Channel Strategy

EMC has been struggling to build its channel business for some time, says Colin McNamara, Director of Data Center Practice for Cisco channel partner Nexus IS, EMC's VSPEX announcement is a big step forward, he says, but it needs more. "Now for EMC to be successful they have to partner with Cisco, which has built much of its success hinged on its channel strategy,” he told Wikibon's Stuart Miniman in an interview webcast with theCube, live from the EMC VSPEX event on Siliconangle.tv (see full video below). He and Don Hoppock, director of advanced computing at Ingram Micro agree that VPSX is a major... more »
Sergey Brin: The Scary State Of Freedom On The Internet

Sergey Brin: The Scary State Of Freedom On The Internet

"I am more worried than I have been in the past.  It's scary." That was what Google co-founder Sergey Brin stated about the state of Internet freedom during his interview with The Guardian. Brin recalled how the openness of the internet decades ago enabled them to build Google into what it is today.  But the freedom of the internet as we know today may soon come to an end as threats ranging from certain national governments trying to control internet access of their people and the entertainment industry's attempts to stop piracy, to the rise of "restrictive" walled gardens such as Facebook... more »
Turning Data Into Actionable Knowledge is Key to Big Data Management [CEO Series]

Turning Data Into Actionable Knowledge is Key to Big Data Management [CEO Series]

Scaling mountains of data is becoming a necessary skill set in today's business and consumer world.  Envisioning the systems behind this is ZL Technologies CEO Kon Leong, an inquisitive man with a provocative perspective.  Running a company that provides software solutions for enterprise's unmanageable big data problem, Leong has an idea or two on how systems should be developed, implemented and scaled. In today's Snapshot Profile series Leong shares his ideal system for managing unstructured data, the importance of compounded knowledge in today's enterprise and consumer spaces, and his favorite coding language--profanity. What are 3 of the most significant historic circumstances that have shaped big data demands for... more »
Pentagon Taps Innovega For Multifocal Contact Lens

Pentagon Taps Innovega For Multifocal Contact Lens

Innovega, the company that brings the digital world closer to your eyes, has been tapped by The Pentagon to deliver a fully functioning prototype of contact lenses that uses their iOptiks system. Super lenses The contact lens features two different filters to allow the wearer to focus on two things at the same time.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with  heads up display (HUD) units like Google's Project Glass. Theoretically, the lens should work like this: the central part of each lens sends light from the HUD towards the middle of the pupil, while the outer part sends light from the... more »
Day 1 of the Oracle vs. Google IP Case

Day 1 of the Oracle vs. Google IP Case

The World Series of intellectual property infringement cases is set to start today, and could run for eight weeks. Google Inc. and Oracle Corp. are set to battle it out in a San Francisco court today.  Oracle aims to prove in court that Google infringed on their Java patents and used them in building the Android platform. The trial will be divided into three parts: copyright claims, patent claims and damages, and will be presided over by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who dubbed this case as the World Series of IP cases.  Two weeks will be allotted for each part of... more »

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- 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

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.