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Weekly Cloud Review: Video Streaming & Xbox Trolls

Weekly Cloud Review: Video Streaming & Xbox Trolls

This past week featured a number of newsworthy cloud updates. Intel revealed that it’s entering the on demand media market, Qwilt raised funding for its online video streaming solution, and Microsoft made a splash with a new reputation algorithm for its next generation console. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Intel has assembled a 350-strong team of programmers, industrial designers, and video experts to develop a cloud-based DVR. The firm is laying down the foundations for a massive server farm that will store every piece of programming aired locally, nationally and internationally for at least three days. Users will... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Converged Analytics, Mobile Metrics Dominate Headlines

Weekly Big Data Review: Converged Analytics, Mobile Metrics Dominate Headlines

Several notable Big Data developments cropped up this week. GridGain raised funding for its in-memory analytics solution, Cisco and NetApp expanded their FlexPod portfolio with two Hadoop systems, and App Annie released the latest version of its application performance tracking tool. IBM also put itself into the limelight with a new PowerLinux server that combines the best of Watson and open-source database software. GridGain kicked off the week with a $10 Million Series B funding round led by Almazl. The firm said that it will use the capital to accelerate the development of its flagship in-memory analytics offering, which consists of... more »
This Week in Storage: Hyperconvergence, Flash + Next-Gen Optical Disc

This Week in Storage: Hyperconvergence, Flash + Next-Gen Optical Disc

Storage this week pretty much covered the gamut of the entire industry, from hyper-convergence to optical discs that blow Blu-Ray out of the water, it had a taste of all of the delicacies emerging technology has to offer.  Here's a recap of this week's top stories and news developments in the storage place.  Enjoy! Hyperconvergence: the Next Tidal Wave in IT Infrastructure . Organizations have traditionally acquired the biggest servers, storage and networking equipment money could buy, all to get the best performance and capabilities. But with virtualization now making its way into the enterprise, these traditional solutions are no longer enough. Enter... more »
What Does Self-Publishing on the Xbox One Mean for Indie Developers?

What Does Self-Publishing on the Xbox One Mean for Indie Developers?

Microsoft did it again. The company pulled a 180 degree stance on one of its policies, allowing small developers to self-publish their games on the new Xbox One console without a publisher. First, Microsoft was criticized from all corners of the industry following their DRM policies, which were then quickly revoked. Then, Microsoft stopped self-publishing of games from independent developers; but after confirmation from Sony that Sony will allow self-publishing on PS4, game developers became quite vocal slamming Microsoft’s decision. But then Microsoft later confirmed self-publishing on Xbox One and said that every game and experience can take advantage of all of... more »
Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes Vs Women in Video Games Part 3 Talks About Gender Roles in Games

Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes Vs Women in Video Games Part 3 Talks About Gender Roles in Games

The third video in Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series is out and she speaks in this one primarily about the role that gender generally takes in games and how the video game industry is doing a poor job of “growing out of” the last century. This is the third in a series that her original Kickstarter and the resulting backlash led her to produce. As usual, her videos are focused on the portrayal of women in video games and how, in general, women do not have a strong or bold role in many. In her critical examination... more »
Giving Never Felt So Tweetable: tinyGive's Big Fundraising Solution

Giving Never Felt So Tweetable: tinyGive's Big Fundraising Solution

Everyday charitable organizations are missing out on big funding opportunities online. In our digitally connected world, micro-donations and social media have forever changed fundraising strategies. At the same time, smartphones (now natural extensions of ourselves), are used to pay bills and share everything we experience. In this climate, tinyGive’s co-founders thought it was time to create a platform that made giving to charity as simple as sending a tweet from a smartphone. tinyGive harnesses the convenience of Twitter and innate human altruism to make giving and receiving donations quicker and more efficient. In this regard, tinyGive addresses an important void... more »
SmartWorld Roundup: Chromecast, New Smart Home Gadgets + Apps

SmartWorld Roundup: Chromecast, New Smart Home Gadgets + Apps

In this week’s SmartWorld Series, we covered everything from smart solutions for home entertainment, and apps and gadgets that would help you achieve the best version of yourself.  Here's a recap of the latest trends in smart apps for the home, health and fitness, as well as recent developments in the self-quantified movement. How Google + Others are Building a New Brain for Your Home   Google launched Chromecast, a USB key-like device that would allow you to stream online content to your TV and be controlled by your Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, or Chrome OS device while Revolv managed to make... more »
Kofax Picks Up Kapow to Bolster Enterprise Portfolio

Kofax Picks Up Kapow to Bolster Enterprise Portfolio

Kofax, a leading provider of enterprise process automation and content management solutions, has acquired Kapow Software for $47.5 million in cash. The data integration firm will continue to operate independently under the leadership of John Yapaola. Kapow’s flagship solution is Katalyst, a near real time application integration framework. The platform features a simplified graphic interface that enables users to manage APIs without doing any coding, and sports a tool that delivers API-level functionality where none is available. It achieves this by wrapping an interface around web applications’ presentation layer. Kofax will utilize Kapow’s technology to bolster its smart process application lineup with... more »
The Future of Ecommerce With Web 3.0

The Future of Ecommerce With Web 3.0

The internet continues to evolve and as such, new retail business strategies are constantly being developed that take advantage of internet technology. In the first two evolutionary phases of the internet, most retail strategies chased technology; however, as the internet has firmly established itself as an integral part of retail business marketing and sales success, a much more proactive approach is being taken by ecommerce business strategists. Developers who once waited for trends are now creating internet technologies instead. The enormous customer base created by social media has been realized and now the next evolutionary phase of internet, Web 3.0, is... more »
A Deeper Look into Data-Driven Advertising: If you can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em

A Deeper Look into Data-Driven Advertising: If you can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em

Traditional advertising agencies are fighting an uphill battle against Google and Facebook. Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group, two of the largest ad agencies in the world, recently announced that they will merge in a move that analysts view as an attempt to even the playing field. Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly outlined the trends that are reshaping the ad industry in recent piece entitled “Advertising Agencies Must Adapt to Big Data or Die Trying.” The way Jeff sees it, the likes of Publicis and Omnicom have no other choice than to scale operations and abandon the traditional one-to-many model. “In order... 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.