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Will Android ICS Take the Backseat for Jelly Bean?

Will Android ICS Take the Backseat for Jelly Bean?

Google recently unveiled the Nexus 7 running the latest Android version 4.1 - Jelly Bean.  Everyone’s quite excited as it seems to be the best version of Android to date.  But what does this mean for the Ice Cream Sandwich?  Google's struggled to gain significant market share of its own ecosystem with the latest "revolutionary" OS version, announcing just this week that more than 10% of Android devices are now running ICS - that's 10.7 percent, a relatively small share of its global reach, nearly a year after its release. The situation now begs the question, is ICS still relevant?  What does JB have... more »
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Apple iPad Mini Coming Soon - Apple #Winning Against the Awesome Android Nexus 7 Tablet

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is planning on putting out a smaller iPad called the iPad Mini that will compete with the new Nexus Tablet 7 inch tablet.  Which has been getting great reviews (see review here). The new iPad Mini as reported by Bloomberg is directly attacking the new Android  7-inch tablet made by Asus that is running the pure Google “Nexus” version of Android. The first thing on the investor’s mind is of course: Will this stop the momentum of the Nexus 7.   The Nexus 7 Android tablet is a powerhouse that offers most of the iPad’s performance... more »
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The Father of SpringSource Rod Johnson Quits VMware

Rod Johnson is leaving VMware. Rod is known as the father of Spring and is also a SiliconANGLE.tv theCUBE alum. Rod wrote his goodbye in a blog post on springsource.org (full post embedded below). I had the pleasure to rattle sabers with Rod at VMworld 2010.  We had a great Cube Conversation that passes the test of time.  Rod is a very cool guy who knows his open source. As pointed out by George Reese via Twitter that the timing of his exit is consistent with the 3 year lock up period of a M&A transaction.  If you read the tea leaves it... more »
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Cloud Failure Is Inevitable: Learn From the Crash and Move On

Every time there's a major cloud outage, we have to have the same conversation around the reliability and the viability of the public cloud as an enterprise IT platform. And now that Amazon Web Services has released a detailed post-mortem on its outage over the weekend (Short version: An electrical storm in North Virginia caused a service disruption), it's back to the same old cloud debate. The thing with the cloud is that it's easy to forget that it's based in a data center similar to any other. Data centers fail every single day, in any number of ways, and you... more »
Video:  Steve Jobs on Failure - Most People Never Ask For Help

Video: Steve Jobs on Failure - Most People Never Ask For Help

As an entrepreneur I've been most successful when I ask for help and not being afraid to fail. Best startup advice - create action!! Watch this footage of Steve Jobs: Key takeaway: don't be afraid to get help and to be prepared to fail. Another cool video where Steve gets his juices flowing on his vision for product development. http://youtu.be/FF-tKLISfPE His advice:  Work from the user experience to the technology - the outside - in.    ... more »
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“Lost” Steve Jobs Interview Now Available on iTunes

A 70-minute interview with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dating back to 1995 is now available on iTunes for the first time. Robert Cringley interview Jobs for a for a PBS special titled Triumph of the Nerds, which aired just two years before the visionary’s legendary return to Apple, and only included about 10 minutes of the film. The story is that Paul Sen, the director of the documentary, found the original footage in his garage shortly after Jobs’ passing and decided to share it with the world. The film was played in Landmark theaters in November last year, and now users can rent it... more »
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BlackBerry Leak Unveils Two Phones, Hints at Microsoft Team Up

Research in Motion has made a lot of headlines today, but instead of more doom and gloom for the embattled smartphone manufacturer, today’s news actually has a rather positive spin for once. The biggest story in the news today is that Blackberry is planning a comeback – and when we say ‘plan’, we really do mean they have a blueprint to re-establish themselves as a player in the smartphone market. Yesterday’s leak of a document allegedly showing plans for the much vaunted Blackberry 10 contained quite a few surprises, not least the fact that RIM is planning on releasing not one,... more »
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Oracle Ruling Allows Second-Hand License Sales in the EU

Database giant Oracle sued UsedSoft a while back; a German firm that specializes in buying up software licenses from customers that purchased them straight from the source, and then reselling them for a discounted rate. That’s bad for business if you happen to own the rights to that software, but as the recent ruling in the case made plain the court didn’t really take that into consideration. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided that selling second-hand software is indeed legal, and this precedent extends far beyond Oracle’s singular case. Here’s the heart of a recently released statement... more »
Twitter Transparency Reports Reveals Huge Leap in Government Demands for Data

Twitter Transparency Reports Reveals Huge Leap in Government Demands for Data

On Monday, commonly tight-lipped Twitter released their first-ever transparency report revealing how often and who of governments make requests of the social media microblogging platform. From the report, it looks like not only are requests somewhat common; but their incidence is increasing to the extent that January to June 2012 saw twice as many requests as all of 2011. The transparency report contains a lot of interesting and juicy tidbits, including that the United States has made a total of 679 requests in 2012 (80% of all requests to Twitter for information.) The next closest is Japan at 98 requests (only... more »
ICS-CERT Reports Increased Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

ICS-CERT Reports Increased Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

DHS managed ICS-CERT, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team has recently released a report that informs a whopping increase in the number of infrastructure cyber attacks “cyber incidents” in the past few years. On its launch in 2009, ICS-CERT informed nine incident reports, out of which only four were confirmed as actual incidents. The number of cyber incidents increased to 41 in 2010 and jumped to 198 in 2011, which is a big leap. According to the report, among all incidents in 2011, around 41 percent were related to the Water Sector, and this was due to use of... 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.

- David Floyer

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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- 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.