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Hewlett-Packard’s Massive Job Cuts Won’t Affect India

Hewlett-Packard’s Massive Job Cuts Won’t Affect India

Back in May hardware giant HP announced plans to cut 8 percent of its global workforce, or 27,000 employees, by 2014. We ranked it as one of the worse tech layoffs in 2012, right up there next to the massive internal shuffles at Nokia, Sony and Cisco. At the time chief executive Meg Whitman said that the goal was to cut $3-$3.5 billion in spending, and reinvest that money in engineering.  During a recent visit to India the Hewlett-Packard CEO gave one local publication a follow-up interview, in which she elaborated a bit more about her company’s plans and disclosed that... more »
Hacking as a Lucrative Play: Malicious Hackers Making Over $10,000 a Week

Hacking as a Lucrative Play: Malicious Hackers Making Over $10,000 a Week

Why do you think why hackers are Lulzsec and Sabu are so active in their cyber attack activities? Is this just to satisfy their zeal for outraging someone’s privacy, or something else? Well, it’s about money as well. Recently, an interview surfaced up on Dendory.net, of a hacker who makes almost $10,000 per week. The interview was conducted IRC (Internet Relay Chat), with a hacker named ‘d0g’. As IRC is a common tool used extensively by programmers, hackers, and many other niches. “What I discovered however is that those channels are very easy to find, and they are some of the most... more »
SQL Injection Attacks Rise as Hackers Go for the Money

SQL Injection Attacks Rise as Hackers Go for the Money

Hacking used to be a much more honorable ‘profession’ back in the good old days, when spotty-faced teenage geeks would compete with each other to see how many websites they could deface with flashing messages like “H@X0rs Rulez”. But those days are long gone, and hacking has become an altogether shadier activity, with one goal in mind – to make steal data and use it to make money. This much is clear following a huge increase in the number of SQL injection attacks on websites today, as reported by FireHost last month.  According to the web hosting provider, the number of such... more »
Marginalizing Customers Hurts Brands: The Powerful Voice of Social Media

Marginalizing Customers Hurts Brands: The Powerful Voice of Social Media

We live in interesting times. Like most people in the world I know what it’s like to have received a poor customer experience from a large company and to feel powerless in receiving a positive outcome.  Traditionally, the balance of power in the customer-company relationship has been firmly in the hands of business and, like any one-sided relationship, the potential for abuse has been ever-present. There have been plenty of customer centric companies out there before social media but many have not and, whether they like it or not, more businesses are realizing that today a customer focused strategy is... more »
Gauss Becomes the Next Big Topic in Nation-state Cyber Surveillance Realm

Gauss Becomes the Next Big Topic in Nation-state Cyber Surveillance Realm

Accompanying Stuxnet, Flame, and Duqu, Gauss has become the latest cyber-surveillance operation in the entire cyber espionage scenario. Gauss is a nation state sponsored banking Trojan, and was discovered by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that was working toward mitigating the risks posed by cyber-weapons. Gauss derives its name from one of its important modules, named ‘Gauss’, which implements the data theft process. Besides, the authors of the malware, who are same as of the Flame malware platform, forgot to remove debugging information from some of the Gauss samples, which contain the paths where the project resides, as “projectsgauss”. The researchers, who were... more »
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The New Cloud Marketplace Makes for Very Driven Vendors

The tactic behind the one-stop shop is building up a lot of traction, not just for traditional IT but also the cloud, although it conveys a somewhat different meaning in this space. Specialized marketplaces enable customers to browse individual solutions from different vendors in one place, rather than having to skim through a bunch of corporate websites on their own. Better accessibility is coupled by actual filtering options.  The Cloud Computing Showplace is an example of one major marketplace that lists SaaS and IaaS offerings by relevant categories, and it’s not the only one out there. VMware also entered the fray... more »
Fresh iPhone 5 Rumors: Apple Press, Framework and Supply Chain Leaks

Fresh iPhone 5 Rumors: Apple Press, Framework and Supply Chain Leaks

Apple is rumored to hold a press release on the week of September 12, according to AllThingsD. Rumors about the iPhone’s framework have also been circulating. Although details about the expected agenda of the release have not yet been discussed, past Apple press releases indicate that the new iPhone will be introduced. Quarterly reports strongly back up AllThingsD’s claims. A large increase in component payments indicates that the company is preparing a supply chain of the new iPhone, as well as other devices, such as the new iPad mini. Rumors also indicate there is a higher demand for the iPhone 5 than any... more »
Global Outsourcing is Sluggish: European Debt Crisis and "In-Sourcing" to Blame

Global Outsourcing is Sluggish: European Debt Crisis and "In-Sourcing" to Blame

The Everest Group published its second Market Vista report for the 2012 fiscal year, which reports the state of global outsourcing based on public data that the consultancy collects. The Q2 installment reveals a slow-down in this space – only 411active outsourcing deals remain this quarter compared to 441in Q1 and 516 in the same quarter a year ago. The firm says that among these, 54 deals had a total contract value of over $50 million, including two “mega deals” with a TCV of $1 billion.  Annual contract value fell to $2.2 billion, less than the $2.6 Everest reported 12 months ago:... more »
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Classifieds Don't Come with Credit Checks but They Can Check Your PayPal

Vendalism, the free online classifieds and auctions site, announced the integration of PayPal verification features for buyers and sellers to link their verified PayPal account to eliminate scammers from the free sellers website. The new features make it easy for visitors to verify if the buyers or sellers are legitimate with just one click of a mouse. “One of the disadvantages of a free classifieds or marketplace site, versus paid sites like eBay, is that there’s no barrier to entry for scammers,” states Mateus Boyington, co-founder of Vendalism.com. “Users don’t have to put up money to sell, creating an environment where it’s... more »
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New Disney Tech Can See Through Your Big, Hairy Beard

Disney Research recently made headlines at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference, announcing a number of innovative new touch interfaces that can create virtual textures and even turn plants into interactive toys, but this isn’t the only new technology that the group is trying to get its head around. Last week at the conference Disney Research unveiled a new area of interest – facial capture technology. The group revealed that it’s been working on not one, but two completely unique systems, including one that is designed to better deal with the problems posed by facial hair. The new system goes beyond simply detecting features... more »

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- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.