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Fedora Cloud Architect Proposes Big Changes Focused on Multi-Layered Product

Fedora Cloud Architect Proposes Big Changes Focused on Multi-Layered Product

The Fedora Project is an online community dedicated to improving the lives of people living in the world of free software. Created in 2003 as a partnership between Red Hat and volunteers around the world, the Fedora Project provides an open source community and increasing success with tens of thousands of members in the project. For those who have little idea, Fedora remains a very popular flavor of Linux. You can use Fedora in place or in conjunction with other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X. The Fedora operating system is completely free and is freely available... more »
Trademark Issue Leads to MMO Fan Site Removing Public-Data About EverQuest Character

Trademark Issue Leads to MMO Fan Site Removing Public-Data About EverQuest Character

Feldon of EverQuest 2 fan-site EQ2Wire was perhaps groggy with sleep when he first received an e-mail message from Thomas Freyer, apparent owner of Malshandir Limited, claiming that EQ2Wire’s publication of character information violated his trademark—the information belonged to one Malshadir, a male, level 92, dark elf dirge on EverQuest 2 Antonia Bayle server. That sleepy fog quickly fled him as Feldon got into an ever-escalating argument with Freyer over the nature of the data regarding the character Malshadir and how trademark might interact with its display. Including that EQ2Wire is a publication in the United States and Freyer’s trademark is... more »
PayPal Stops Payments to Swedish VPN Provider iPredator, Freezes Assets

PayPal Stops Payments to Swedish VPN Provider iPredator, Freezes Assets

After piracy laws came into effect in Norway, VPN services that makes you anonymous online have become increasingly popular. Swedish VPN providers, however, has had problems in the past, when payment provider Payson decided to ban VPN services. Popular payment service provider PayPal has decided to follow the same path. TorrentFreak blog recently reported that PayPal has cut off VPN provider iPredator, a VPN service launched by Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde. PayPal is known for its aggressive stance against BitTorrent sites, Usenet providers and file-hosting services, so it isn’t exactly a surprise when they decided to block payments towards a VPN provider. Widely... more »
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House's NSA Opposition | Blunt, but Necessary to Uphold Constitution

The House of Representatives are debating whether the Amash Amendment should be passed.  Though the Obama Administration welcomed the debate, it was urging the lawmakers not to pass it since it sees the amendment as something that would cripple the security of US. The Amash Amendment was proposed by Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, and it aims limit the National Security Agency’s funds used to collect data on telephone calls made by U.S. citizens unless a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order stipulates that the records pertain to an individual under investigation.  Sadly, the amendment did not get enough votes. House votes,... more »
Google Tweaks its Cloud Storage Platform for Enriched Dev Data Management

Google Tweaks its Cloud Storage Platform for Enriched Dev Data Management

The Google Cloud Platform offers a broad set of application development, cloud storage, large scale computing, and big data capabilities. In order to return easier object handling and faster load data access for developers, Google has decided to introduce three new features on its Cloud Storage platform to accelerate and simplify the management of data and objects. The update additions include Object Lifecycle Management, Regional Buckets, and automatic parallel composite uploads via gsutil. The new features aim to make it easier for developers to manage, access and upload data into the cloud. Developers' Rich Enhancement Google cloud storage platform enables developers to implement... more »
Open-Source Marathon:  Vendors Sign Up for the Race to Zero

Open-Source Marathon: Vendors Sign Up for the Race to Zero

Wednesday saw a flurry of activity in the open-source arena. The day kicked off with a milestone partnership between IBM and EMC-spin off Pivotal to accelerate the development of Cloud Foundry and extend support for third party services. Foundry, an open source platform-as-a-service solution developed by VMware, will be upgraded to support a wider range of programming languages and frameworks. IBM is already previewing a Foundry-optimized edition of its WebSphere Application Server, one of the many applications that it will be showcasing at the upcoming Cloud Foundry Community Event in Santa Clara. Open solutions such as Cloud Foundry and OpenStack represent a... more »
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3 Ways Facebook Can Cash Out on Mobile Security-as-a-Service : Q2 Earnings Notes

Facebook's Q2 numbers are in, and the big takeaway from the earnings call was pretty simple: mobile advertising beat everyones expectations by quite a bit. Facebook's mobile efforts overall are up too.  I'm sure Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is thinking in his head, "see, we told you we could do it!" And while that's true,  it also means Facebook is openly admitting that it missed the early boat on mobile, now moving at warp-speed to make up for lost time.  Mobile MAUs (monthly active users) were 819 million as of June 30, 2013, an increase of a whopping 51... more »
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Google Gives San Francisco the Gift of Free Wi-Fi

Beautiful sunny days on a park bench are about to get better for San Francisco residents. City Supervisor Mark Farrell brokered a $600,000 donation from Google to fund the necessary equipment, installation and maintenance for wireless service in outdoor public spaces for two years. Providing Internet access to 31 San Francisco parks, plazas and recreation centers, the open fields may soon be the best place to secure Wi-Fi. Both Google and San Francisco officials see this partnership as providing more than a luxury to residents. Representatives see broad Wi-Fi access as a means of strengthening community, bridging the enduring digital... more »
Google Helps-Out with Helpouts & Xbox Opens Up to Indies - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Google Helps-Out with Helpouts & Xbox Opens Up to Indies - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

This Should Upset Angie's List   A new product coming out of Google’s Mountain View testing facility could become the first marketplace where people can buy and sell services via live video. The new product, reportedly named “Helpouts”, has been quietly developed by Google as a new platform which leverages powerful cloud services to power live, real-time commerce. Merchants with Google Plus profiles will have the capacity to connect with consumers on both an immediate and scheduled basis. Merchant profiles come with a number of other advantages, such as the ability to take control over reputation management, scheduling and payment tools, and the ability... more »
The New Nexus 7 vs. The Old One : Is It Really Any Better?

The New Nexus 7 vs. The Old One : Is It Really Any Better?

Google unveiled two new products in its press event yesterday.  One was the Chromecast, its new streaming device that we've already covered in some detail today, while the other, arguably more exciting line up to its hardware lineup is the new Nexus 7. Earlier today we saw how well the Chromecast stacked up against its rival streaming devices,  and now we’ll be focusing on the new version of the Nexus 7. What does this little device have to offer?  What makes it different from the older version? And how does it stack up to other small tablets out in the market? Old vs.... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.