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Agile cloud seduces customers : Enterprises can't afford to be slow

Agile cloud seduces customers : Enterprises can't afford to be slow

AWS re:Invent 2013, the largest gathering of developers and technical leaders from the AWS community, took place between November 12 and 15 in Las Vegas. Eight thousand people joined the event, and most of them sat through the Keynotes, learning from the use cases and business experiences shared by the speakers. First to take the stage was Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President with Amazon Web Services who, unsurprisingly, started with a small history of AWS itself. "We started working on AWS a little over 10 years ago and we've been on the market for seven and a half years now," said Jassy.... more »
Secret signals for wearable tech boost Quantified Self movement

Secret signals for wearable tech boost Quantified Self movement

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a tracking device with a twist, and two new gadgets to help you keep an eye on your baby. TapTap   Tracking devices help you achieve the best possible you by charting your progress and motivating you to meet your goals.  But what if trackers could also bring you closer to the special people in your life? TapTap is an Indiegogo project that aims to bring people closer, even if they are thousands of miles apart.  With a simple touch on the bracelet, you can let your significant other know that you are thinking about them.  TapTap comes... more »
VMware virtualization exec hops over to OpenDaylight

VMware virtualization exec hops over to OpenDaylight

Software-defined networking is picking up considerable steam as open source technologies take hold in the enterprise, but fragmentation is proving to be a stumbling block for vendors seeking to catch up on the market. Not to be left in the dust, the network industry’s largest vendors have put their weight behind the Linux Foundation’s OpenDaylight Project, a community-led initiative that aims to create a set of common standards for SDN. The project received a massive boost last week with the appointment of Nicolas “Neela” Jacques as its new executive director. The industry veteran will “provide guidance for all aspects” of OpenDaylight,... more »
Salesforce crushes analysts' forecasts with $1B Q3 revenues

Salesforce crushes analysts' forecasts with $1B Q3 revenues

Cloud computing company Salesforce posted its third quarter earnings report today, proudly announcing that it had beaten analysts’ expectations. Salesforce posted total revenues of $1.08 billion, a 36 percent year-over-year increase.  The company admitted that the huge increase in its revenue was due to its acquisition of ExactTarget, which closed down back in July.  Wall Street was expecting revenues of just $1.06 billion for the quarter. Diluted non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.09, which excludes the effects of $142 million in stock-based compensation expense, $49 million in amortization of purchased intangibles, and $13 million in net non-cash interest expenses related to the... more »
NetApp doubles down on flash : Latest hybrid cloud push

NetApp doubles down on flash : Latest hybrid cloud push

Continuing on its quest to deliver a universal data platform for the hybrid cloud, NetApp today unwrapped two new storage arrays and an enhanced E-Series configuration. What's New   Most notable of the three is the NetApp EF550, a flash-accelerated system designed for mission-critical workloads such as databases, virtual desktops and web services that process a large number of user requests. The platform provides consistent sub-millisecond latency and built-in remote replication while delivering the performance of two full racks of traditional disk drives, NetApp says. The EF550 is joined by the E2700, which is built for use in branch offices and remote locations. The system is... more »
5 ways to free up storage space on iOS

5 ways to free up storage space on iOS

Are you an iOS user?  Have you upgraded to iOS 7?  If you answered yes to both questions, then you might find yourself lacking storage space on whatever device you happen to be using.  The reason behind this is iOS 7 takes up a whopping 3.3 GB of your storage space, and for anyone who's using an 8GB device or 16GB device, that's a pretty big deal.  That means less apps you can download, and less photos and videos you can take.  Sucks right? So how you can get more space back on your beloved iOS device? 5 Ways to Save Storage   Check... more »
IBM teams with NVIDIA to bring enterprise data centers up to par with supercomputers

IBM teams with NVIDIA to bring enterprise data centers up to par with supercomputers

IBM and chipmaker NVIDIA have joined forces to push the data center envelope with “supercharged” servers that feature the secret sauce behind how Watson processes information faster than any human. The pair plans to integrate NVIDIA's Tesla GPUs with the chips powering IBM’s Power line of enterprise servers to accelerate data-intensive workloads such as business intelligence and predictive analytics. The collaboration will move graphics chip “beyond the realm of supercomputing and into the heart of enterprise-scale data centers,” the companies predict, empowering customers to extract insights faster and more efficiently. Today, only the scientific community has the luxury of using GPUs for... more »
vBulletin forums hacked: Inj3ct0r Team tries to sell zero-day flaw

vBulletin forums hacked: Inj3ct0r Team tries to sell zero-day flaw

It's come to light that the makers of the popular web forum software vBulletin have admitted a major security breach last Friday, which saw their network successfully hacked and breached, with the hackers gaining access to customers' IDs and passwords. vBulletin said that it reacted immediately to the breach by resetting its users' passwords automatically, and is asking them to choose a new one that they don't use on other sites. So far, the company hasn't revealed how the hackers gained access to their systems, yet a well-known hacking group going by the name of Inj3ct0r Team has already claimed responsibility... more »
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IBM doubles down security with Fiberlink acquisition, aggressive academic partnering

IBM is continuing its acquisition streak with the purchase of Fiberlink Communications, a Philadelphia-based software company that develops mobile device management and security solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Fiberlink is best known for its MaaS360 platform, a cloud-based service that is used by banks, healthcare providers, and manufacturers worldwide to safely connect employee-owned devices to their corporate networks. The offering provides self-service BYOD capabilities while greatly simplifying deployment, enabling customers to roll out in a matter of minutes and cut costs, according to IBM. Big Blue will offer MaaS360 on its SoftLayer cloud infrastructure and as an on-premise solution. The... more »
Death by Bitcoin: Say hello to the anonymous, crowd-funded Assassination Market

Death by Bitcoin: Say hello to the anonymous, crowd-funded Assassination Market

Would you be prepared to kill for a small fortune in Bitcoin? Well, that's the reward on offer over at a new website called the Assassination Market, a sick and twisted take on crowd-funding that lets people donate the cryptocurrency anonymously to bring about an early demise for various political leaders. The existence of Assassination Market first came to light in Forbes, when Andy Greenberg received an encrypted email from someone going by the pseudonym of Kuwabatake Sanjuro, who claims to have established the site within the so-called "Deepweb". For those who're not familiar with the term, the Deepweb, (also called the... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.