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TV Price Fixing Suit Concludes with another $2M in Fines

Back in 2009 a lawsuit was filed against no less than seven different manufacturers of LCD monitors over alleged price fixing. In 2011 a court ruled that these companies have to pay $553 million in refunds and legal damages, and Samsung and Sharp were ordered to pay the lion’s share of it. The latter had to shed out $115.5 million to cover its mischief, and now the Japanese hardware vendor agreed to pay another $198.5 million to Dell and a couple other companies that filed suit against it. It was all a part of an out-of-court agreement. Here’s some background from Computerworld: “The company... more »
Emulex Pays Broadcom $58 Million to Settle Core of Patent Lawsuit

Emulex Pays Broadcom $58 Million to Settle Core of Patent Lawsuit

The disagreement between Broadcom and competitor Emulex reached a major milestone over the weekend, when the latter agreed to pay $58 million in order to take the fibre channel patents listed in the suit off the table. After it failed to push through with a hostile takeover of Emulex in 2009, Broadcom decided that its competitor violates several of its patents. In 2011 and one counter suit later, a judge found that Emulex’s BladeEngine2 and BladeEngine3 Ethernet controllers and Lancer chips do indeed infringe Broadcom’s IP and the case came to a standstill that lasted for three months. Fast forward to March... more »
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VMware Reveals Competing Multi-Node Big Data Infrastructure Systems

Google and VMware take very different approaches to solving the problem of rapidly provisioning large numbers of virtual nodes for production Big Data systems, says Wikibon CTO and leading Big Data Analyst David Floyer in his latest Wikibon Alert, “Google and VMware Provide Virtualization of Hadoop and Big Data”. Google's Compute Engine, announced at the Google I/O Developers Conference in June, is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) approach built on the Google Cloud Storage service and the KVM hypervisor on Linux. VMware takes an in-house approach based on vSphere with Project Serengeti, announced at the Hadoop Summit, also in June in San... more »
Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Security VP Curt Aubley Talks About Cloud Security at Intel Forecast 2012

Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Security VP Curt Aubley Talks About Cloud Security at Intel Forecast 2012

The adoption of cloud in the consumer market and especially the high-profile enterprise market has seen some inhibition, especially surrounding security. John Furrier brought Curt Aubley, Lockheed Martin VP & CTO Cyber Security & NexGen Innovation, into TheCube at Intel Forecast 2012 to speaks about cloud and its intersection with security. They interview was amazing and elucidating and cloud has a lot of places where security is a definite function of its model—beyond reliability, security is needed to bring in more business and allow people to accept and form trust and responsibility. You can watch this interview, and more, over at... more »
Internet Doomsday Bust: DNSChanger is Dead and We're Still Connected

Internet Doomsday Bust: DNSChanger is Dead and We're Still Connected

At 12:01 EDT today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation flipped the killswitch that enabled DNSChanger-affected computers to continue surfing the Internet.  The FBI commissioned a private entity to provide two clean servers to enable affected computers to continue using the internet but that service should’ve ended last March 8 but they filed for an extension to give everyone ample time to know if they’re infected and to do something about it.  The second deadline was today and they’re not giving any more extensions. So was there a massive Internet blackout? Blackout goes unnoticed Some expected that chaos would erupt when the killswitch was... more »
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Not Cool Enough to be Banned In UK

Today’s mobile news roundup features a UK judge declaring the Samsung Galaxy Tab “not as cool” as the iPad, RIM customers doubling up on their contingency plan, and a start-up Jolla with plans to revive Nokia’s software. Samsung tablet deemed “not cool” Though Samsung had a rough couple of weeks because two of their devices, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus, were banned from the US after the injunction filed by Apple was granted, they received some good news from the UK. Judge Colin Birss of a UK court ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe Apple’s iPad stating that it’s... more »
Lenovo Seeking Permission to Modify Microsoft's Mobile Operating Systems

Lenovo Seeking Permission to Modify Microsoft's Mobile Operating Systems

We recently discussed Lenovo’s quiet move to the top of the PC market. It seems the company also has its sights on the mobile space. Reports have surfaced that Lenovo is requesting approval to modify Microsoft’s mobile operating systems Windows 8 and Windows RT. Microsoft has granted Nokia permission to alter Windows 8, but otherwise prohibits device makers from altering Windows 8. Lenovo hopes to change that. Lenovo’s mobile efforts have almost exclusively focused on Android-based devices for the Chinese market, but last year Lenovo revealed plans to develop a Windows smart phone. Lenovo also invested $800 million to build a... more »
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Four Obstacles Digital Media Still Faces

Digital Media is still in its infancy. (There, got that out of the way).  With the explosion of instant mass-communications of Twitter, online presence of Facebook, and personal sounding board of blogs -- where did the days of AOL dial-up Internet go?  Web and Mobile are the new Brick and Mortar. And businesses are frantically shifting strategies like the 'cool kid' who showed up to a Toga party wearing his Halloween costume. There are 4 big obstacles that digital media still have to get over. 1. Paid vs. Free Content Newsflash: there is a lot of data on the Internet. In the... more »
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Kayak Doubles IPO Expectations After Solid Quarter, Mobile Growth

It’s taken them 21 months to get things organized, but travel website Kayak’s flotation plans finally seem to be back on track following the announcement of its IPO. Early Monday, Kayak updated its S-1, saying that it hopes to be able to raise a total of $100.6 million after setting its price range at $22 to $25 a share. Previously, Kayak had stated that it hoped to raise $50 million on its IPO. The news follows a solid start to the year for Kayak, who plans to go public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. At the same time it announced its... more »
Closing the Hadoop Skills Gap Requires A Two-Front Attack

Closing the Hadoop Skills Gap Requires A Two-Front Attack

We’re all familiar with the Hadoop skills gap by now, so I won’t delve into the details of why we’re facing this conundrum in this post. Rather, let’s focus on solutions to the problem. It’s human nature to see the world in black-and-white. In the Hadoop world, this means there is one camp that says the only way to spur Hadoop adoption and close the skills gap is to develop better, more intuitive, easier-to-use tools. Let’s lower the barrier to entry by making the tools so easy to use even a mediocre DBA could master them, goes this argument (no offense... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

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In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

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Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

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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.

- Stuart Miniman

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- 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.

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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

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