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Apple Defends E-book Pricing, Windows 8 Comes to the iPad

Apple Defends E-book Pricing, Windows 8 Comes to the iPad

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple's fierce defense of e-book pricing, Barnes & Noble’s new e-reader, and Windows 8 on iPad. Apple defends e-book pricing The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and five of the six big publishing houses wherein Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster Inc., and HarperCollins Publishers LLC agreed to settle.  Apple, Penguin and Macmillan opted to defend themselves in court. Apple and the publishing houses are being sued for allegedly conspiring to control e-book pricing.  In an e-mail, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris stated their stance on the case, defending their pricing methods. "The launch of the... more »
Dear Google Apps: Please Don't Pivot and Prove Microsoft Correct

Dear Google Apps: Please Don't Pivot and Prove Microsoft Correct

Rumors are starting to surface that Google may be de-emphasizing its Google Apps enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) play for a renewed focus on its core search/advertising business, and a reallocation of resources and expertise towards social networking. If that's true, "disruptive" is an understatement for the potential implications. Yes, Google Apps seems to be in a solid place right now, with four million businesses signed up at last count. But Google Apps is so relatively insignificant to the company's overall advertising-driven business model that it didn't even get a mention in the search giant's Q1 2012 earnings statement, released earlier today. Best estimates... more »
Brocade: VSPEX Gives The Channel More Options

Brocade: VSPEX Gives The Channel More Options

Reliability is the prerequisite for advocates of the private cloud (or the modern data center depending on what you want to call it). It's in contrast to the public cloud that views latency as a primary issue. The differences are significant and point to the deep differences of an Amazon Web Services (AWS) style cloud compared to an enterprise cloud that a company like EMC embraces. That's apparent in the interview with Brocade's Jason Nolet on theCube at the EMC VSPEX launch in San Francisco yesterday. Brocade does very well serving the community that keeps its primary focus on the traditional data... more »
Avnet: Customers Who Want VSPEX Need Services

Avnet: Customers Who Want VSPEX Need Services

After today's EMC VSPEX launch event, Avnet VP and GM Scott Look, along with Al Chin, VP of Sales and Marketing for Avnet reseller partner Dasher, sat down with Wikibon founder Dave Vellante in theCube to discuss how the channel actually helps a customer reap the benefits of converged infrastructure. Avnet's Look explains the rising importance of the channel by pointing out that as technology marches on, customers need help to achieve their goals. And while EMC specifically hasn't always had the best reputation in the channel, Look praised the efforts of EMC Channel Chief Gregg Ambulos as he's ramped up the company's reseller... more »
Intel's Jim Blakley Looks to the Future of Private Cloud and IT Growth

Intel's Jim Blakley Looks to the Future of Private Cloud and IT Growth

Dave Vellante and John Furrier in theCUBE at EMCVSPEX in San Francisco, CA brought in Jim Blakley, Director of Intel Architecture Systems Integration Division, to speak about the trends in IT towards cloud and big data. They asked questions relating to how the IT industry may approach the costs of going into the cloud, how that’s affecting data centers, and how the convergence and disruption to traditional infrastructure will drive future trends. According to Blakley the datacenter is now the system, “and we’re seeing that happening a lot more lately with cloud computing and cloud storage,” the second part is in... more »
OpenStack Foundation Gets Funded With Help From AT&T, HP, IBM and More

OpenStack Foundation Gets Funded With Help From AT&T, HP, IBM and More

In a move to build buzz ahead of next week's OpenStack Conference here in San Francisco, eighteen major technology companies have announced their intent to become paying members of the OpenStack Foundation, the open source cloud platform's governing body. AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat, and SUSE will become Platinum members once the foundation launches, while Cisco, ClearPath, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, ITRI, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, and Piston Cloud Computing will be Gold. Previously, project co-founder Rackspace Hosting was picking up OpenStack's tab, which the official wiki places at around between $4 and 5 million dollars annually. But the OpenStack Foundation is... more »
VSPEX is Channel Partner Friendly, says EMC CMO Jeremy Burton

VSPEX is Channel Partner Friendly, says EMC CMO Jeremy Burton

EMC revealed some big news this morning with VSPEX, a new package its formed around several of its existing products to make for a ready-made converged infrastructure solution that’s channel friendly.  Shortly after his keynote this morning, EMC CMO Jeremy Burton stopped by theCube with SiliconAngle founding editor John Furrier and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante  to discuss in detail the marketing and goals behind VSPEX, as EMC faces growing competition from IBM and other vendors in the CI space (see full video below). One of the main points Burton drives home is EMC’s commitment to their channel partners with VSPEX, addressing... more »
Cisco Building More Orchestration and Automation into UCS

Cisco Building More Orchestration and Automation into UCS

Today on our live show theCube, Cisco SVP Global Strategic Partners Wendy Bahr said that one of the keys to the success of Cisco's Unified Computing System is the embrace of orchestration and automation through integration with BMC, CA and Cisco's own UCS Manager. "The early adopters get an added lift of having both the hardware and software expertise," she said. Yesterday I wrote about the importance of converged infrastructure, and the sorts of automation tools that can be baked in like Cisco's process orchestrator and HP Matrix Operating Environment are great examples. UCS has certainly come a long way. Last... more »
Sumo Logic Brings Data Rock Stars to Advisory Board

Sumo Logic Brings Data Rock Stars to Advisory Board

Sumo Logic is a maker of a cloud-based log management and analytics platform that exited stealth earlier this year, after a $15 million second round of funding.  The company raised a total of about $20 million in capital to date and is now stepping into high gear with its new advisory board. Sumo Logic brought in three Silicon Valley veterans to the board: DJ Patil of Greylock Partners, one of Sumo’s original investors, and security experts Gerhard Eschelbeck and Nir Zuk. DJ Patil is Greylock’s resident data scientist, and happens to be credited with the co-invention of the term itself. He previously led LinkedIn’s... more »
EMC VSPEX: A Window into the Transformation of the Technology Stack

EMC VSPEX: A Window into the Transformation of the Technology Stack

All week, we've been looking at the convergence space. Yesterday, IBM introduced its Pure Systems. Today, EMC announced VSPEX, its version of a bundled system that pulls in storage, network and compute into one package. It's that turning point in the market that provides a window into the technology stack as we know it and its transformation to a hopefully simpler future for the customer trying to find some way to gain efficiencies in a world increasingly dominated by smart devices and all their offshoots. EMC VSPEX demonstrates EMC's leadership in the storage space. It comes with 14 different configurations from vendors... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.