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The Outlook for HTC Continues to Decline

The Outlook for HTC Continues to Decline

It may be summer in the US, but things are not looking so sunny for HTC. The mobile maker has amended its second quarter sales projections due to lower than expected demand for its devices within the US and Europe. The company has been working to regain market share, but a ban on US imports of the company’s new phones and tablets driven by Apple’s claims of patent violations isn’t making that easy. HTC stated via a press release, that its revised second quarter sales will be $3.05 billion, a 13.33 percent decrease of 13.33 percent from its forecast of $3.51... more »
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18 Months Later Microsoft’s Metro Still Advancing

Throughout the past 18 months Microsoft has been carving out a new niche in user experience with its Metro interface.  It’s used by Windows Phone 7 and will be the default UI setting in the upcoming Windows 8 release, but it hasn’t started to snowball just yet. Last month Metia’s Rich Blackwell wrote up a post that took a look at the exact reason behind this slow uptake. His explanation: Metro is simply too different for mass-adoption. Microsoft has no trouble throwing its weight around in the PC software market, but Blackwell’s reasoning is that the image its own products helped... more »
Better Stats, More Data for Revolution R Enterprise

Better Stats, More Data for Revolution R Enterprise

Revolution R unveiled the latest version of its flagship product this week – a commercial distribution of the popular mathematics-oriented programming language optimized use in the enterprise. R Enterprise R 6 introduces a number of new improvements on top of the ones the company has already been touting. One of the things that they’ve added is visualization at a massive scale: a built in tool named RevoScaleR can process and model terabyte-class data sets at “a fraction of the time of legacy products.” Support for Platform LSF grids is a part of the update as well, and users now running Microsoft... more »
Larry - The Oracle Cloud Is Seven Years Old? If So, it Sure Looks Like It

Larry - The Oracle Cloud Is Seven Years Old? If So, it Sure Looks Like It

Larry Ellison talked on stage today, squinting his eyes at a desktop and laptop screen to show the new social marketing tools Oracle has developed. I have so many questions after listening to Larry. My first question, though, is to all of us: How do you cut through this crap? I've heard the same inward looking themes from the big vendors all week. It's all about big hardware with software thrown in the mix. But Oracle takes first prize for pure ridiculousness. Larry stood on stage showing that the new Oracle platform can do everything. You can put a store on Facebook.... more »
The Future of the Converged Infrastructure and HP

The Future of the Converged Infrastructure and HP

The Cube is live from Las Vegas at this year’s HP Discover 2012. Dave Vellante sat down with Dave Donatelli, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard (full video below). HP created the new group about a month ago when it combined Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) with Global Accounts Sales. According to Donatelli, HP’s leadership is really focused on making long-term decisions about the company’s organizational structure. The formation of the Enterprise Group was an effort to simplify interaction for customers and internally for decision-making. Dave Vellante discussed Meg Whitman’s strong enterprise focus in her Tuesday keynote... more »
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Windows Phone to Surpass iOS by 2016, IDC Says

2012 is the year that will see highest number of mobile handsets sell in mobile history. IDC released its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report on Wednesday in which it provided the current market share values for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and other smartphone operating systems. According to the numbers, mobile vendors will ship a total of nearly 1.8 billion mobile phones this year, compared to 1.7 billion in 2011. IDC forecasts, the number will reach a whopping 2.3 billion by 2016. But although the figure is promising, there has been a slowdown in growth this year with just a 4 percent... more »
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Microsoft Windows Azure Makes Good With Linux Virtual Machines

Microsoft is spoiling its own party. Even though Microsoft was expected to deliver updates to its increasingly popular Windows Azure cloud platform at a webcast event tomorrow, the wizards at Redmond decided to steal some of Oracle's thunder by breaking the news early that it's adding real, honest-to-goodness virtual machine support to the offering,  bringing it into the infrastructure-as-a-service market. It's worth noting that as of tomorrow, all the services I mention here will be available in a preview state. Jury's still out as far as general availability. Windows Azure Virtual Machines are based on the virtual hard disk (VHD) open specification,... more »
Cyberthreat Weekly: Flame Virus Discovery and More Reports of Cyber Breaches

Cyberthreat Weekly: Flame Virus Discovery and More Reports of Cyber Breaches

The digital age has only made its ingress but the world has seen a great deal of nasty viruses infecting computers. The most recent one--and perhaps the most lethal--is Flame virus. It was detected by Russian security researchers from Kaspersky Labs, infecting units in Iran and other MidEast countries. Flame gathered private data from compromised computer systems in a very sophisticated manner that it is believed to be state-sponsored. It collected network traffic, take screenshots, remotely change computer settings, initiates and records audio, and intercepts the keyboard input. Another interesting fact about Flame is that it’s such a significantly large piece... more »
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Buffer Using MongoDB for Real-Time Analytics Without MapReduce

In a blog post, Tom Moor - co-founder and chief hacker at social media post scheduling app Buffer - describes how his company uses the NoSQL database MongoDB to gain real-time insight into internal analytics without noticably affecting front-end performance...and without MapReduce. While Buffer uses common solutions like Kissmetrics and Google Analytics for many metrics, it needs to keep track of custom benchmarks, too, for things like Firefox extension usage or API call endpoints. Using atomic 'inc' methods and so-called unsafe save states, Moor writes that he's seen lightning quick access to real-time analytics. The trick is that by Buffer's method, the... more »
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Is Airtime Worth Your Time?

Yesterday was the star-studded launch of Airtime, the social video chat service from Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, the brains behind Napster.  This new partnership aims to revolutionize video chatting as it would allow people to share interest with friends or even with stranger - haven’t we seen this before?  Yeah, the newly launched service has been already compared with Chatroulette and Google+’s Hangouts. To be fair, let’s look at Airtime on its own. What is Airtime? Airtime is an efficient, easy to use, browser-based video chat service between people via their existing Facebook accounts so users don’t need to download anything.  All... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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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.

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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.