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Wikibon to CIOs: Automate to Reduce Downtime

Wikibon to CIOs: Automate to Reduce Downtime

Scott Lowe, Wikibon analyst and founder of The 1610 Group, identified downtime as a major pain point for traditional IT shops. He advises CIOs who are struggling with system availability to adopt the following technologies and methodologies in order to “maximize their availability potential” of their infrastructure. Automation In Lowe’s experience, “the more that people have to touch things, the more likely it is that they will make mistakes.” These human errors can prove to be very costly when the availability of mission-critical systems is on the line. He recommends that CIOs deploy management systems, data center orchestration tools and other automation software... more »
Flickr Flaw Leaves Yahoo Mail Accounts Exposed to Hackers

Flickr Flaw Leaves Yahoo Mail Accounts Exposed to Hackers

Fresh security fears have been raised over Yahoo's email service since last month's update of Flickr.com, the photo-sharing website that's integrated with the wider Yahoo network. The concerns have to do with the way the services are inextricably linked together – i.e., when you log into one service, you're automatically logged into the other at the same time, something that many users probably aren't aware of. At the time of Flickr's overhaul, most of the attention fell on its new image-centric design, and the controversial new pricing model that doubled the cost of a premium membership to $49.99 a year (the... more »
Expect a Ripping Good YARN at Hadoop Summit

Expect a Ripping Good YARN at Hadoop Summit

Hadoop Summit 2013 kicks off tomorrow and expect YARN to be a major topic of conversation. Three years in the making, YARN is essentially a new operating system for Hadoop that will allow the open source Big Data framework to break free from the shackles of MapReduce. Perhaps that was a bit harsh towards MapReduce. As anyone following Big Data knows, Hadoop, was originally developed at Yahoo! to search and index the web. It is an extremely powerful framework, without which it would be a lot harder to find what you’re looking for online today. But Hadoop essentially was and still... more »
Education Is Marketing: Lowering RPO from Hours to Minutes | #mongodbday

Education Is Marketing: Lowering RPO from Hours to Minutes | #mongodbday

Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly spoke with Andrew Erlichson, VP Education & Cloud Services with 10gen, at MongoDB Days in New York. Andrew is in charge with marketing, sales and day-to-day operations of 10gen cloud services, as well as with designing and implementing the online education efforts around MongoDB. Having a passion for education, Andrew Erlichson was extremely happy when education platforms such as CodeAcademy emerged and actually managed to capture the interest of people, motivating them enough to graduate. Truly inspired by their success story, he approached 10gen with a proposition for an online education program regarding their products. To his... more »
Enduring Continuous Deployment Integration Using Depicted

Enduring Continuous Deployment Integration Using Depicted

Creating a killer websites is hard, but deploying them is sometimes even harder. Developing and deploying sites is best accomplished using a methodology called continuous deployment integration. By working towards automating all testing and deployment tasks, developers can generally avoid big surprises and a painful deployment experience--but perhaps there's a way to ease the learning curve and bring about smarter continuous deployment. Enter Depicted, a project developed by Brett Slatkin: not just another DevOps tool, but a way to visualize the changes between incremental web deployments to ease the strain of the continuous life-cycle. Introducing Depicted: Safe continuous deployment Brett Slatkin, the co-founder... more »
DataDog Ensures Everyone Has the Same Understanding of Data | #velocityconf

DataDog Ensures Everyone Has the Same Understanding of Data | #velocityconf

As part of the flagship program theCUBE, John Furrier talked at the recently concluded Velocity Conference 2013 with Olivier Pomel, CEO of DataDog, about some of the hot topics in the industry. DataDog is a Monitoring-as a-Service company, "connecting to all the tools, services, cloud providers, bringing all the data together and making it really easy for people - not only in Operations, but also in Development - to look at this data, alert on it, analyze it and collaborate." DevOps with Design   Metrics, Analytics, and Big Data are the hottest things in Furrier's view, but Velocity is not an event focused on... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 24 June 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 24 June 2013

NASCAR Turns to HP for World’s Best Racing Infrastructure NASCAR has selected HP to help it develop the technologies for an advanced racing infrastructure and organization. It named HP “Official Technology Partner” in accelerating innovation and adoption of cutting-edge technology in motor racing. It will build the collaboration around the Fan and Media Engagement Center (FMEC), which facilitates real-time response to traditional, digital, broadcast, and social media. NASCAR will also become a member of the HP Customer Lighthouse Program, giving it early access to newly developed HP technologies. More   IBM to Build Services Center in Lille, France, Plans 700 New Tech Jobs IBM... more »
A Name Change for Tivoli Proves New Focus on Smarter Infrastructure | #IBMEdge

A Name Change for Tivoli Proves New Focus on Smarter Infrastructure | #IBMEdge

Chris O’Connor, Vice President of Development of Tivoli at IBM, discusses changing the name of Tivoli and where the focus is now live inside theCUBE with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman from the floor of the recently concluded IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas. See the full, archived video of the broadcast below. Chris role at IBM is to help clients optimize their business infrastructures and technology through improved visibility, control, and automation across end-to-end operations. In an internal re-organization, IBM's Tivoli and its SmartCloud service management offerings are now to be clustered under IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure division. The... more »
CBC Mandate: Efficient Content Programming | #velocityconf

CBC Mandate: Efficient Content Programming | #velocityconf

From the recently concluded Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, John Furrier, theCUBE host and Silicon Angle founder, managed to talk with Barbara Bermes, Senior Architect Mobile Web with CBC. Picking a couple of ideas from her Keynote, Barbara Bermes declared: "We're trying to focus on performance because we're trying to deliver content to millions of people, and it's CBC's mandate to provide content programming in the most efficient means." To the IT team, that meant focusing on performance, so they started to create a "culture of performance", by setting up a bunch of tools that helped them monitor the web performance. "Velocity... more »
Ask DevOps: Nine Top DevOps Tools for Management of Cloud Applications

Ask DevOps: Nine Top DevOps Tools for Management of Cloud Applications

When it comes to DevOps a good team is essential but the tools will make-or-break the entire philosophy--so know the tools, to have the best tools on hand. The concept of “Dev” represents a software development and engineering aspect, and “Ops” has always stood for IT operations. The combination of the common “DevOps” tries to convey an intuitive alliance between software developers and IT operations. And indeed, this is the basic idea of DevOps and the trigger of the corresponding motion: a coming together of the two fundamentally different in the traditional areas of perception software development and IT operations. Somewhat simplified,... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.