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Sqlmap: Open Source SQL Injection and Penetration Testing Tool Builds Buzz

Yesterday saw the launch of Sqlmap, an open source vulnerability testing tool that can automatically detect and exploit SQL injection flaws for the takeover of database servers. It's a potentially valuable tool as developers, operations and DevOps move to leverage automation and protect web applications from the hive of scum and villainy that is the Internet. A few data points on Sqlmap from the project's site (emphasis theirs): Full support for MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, SQLite, Firebird, Sybase and SAP MaxDB database management systems. Full support for six SQL injection techniques: boolean-based blind, time-based blind, error-based, UNION query, stacked queries and out-of-band. Support... more »
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Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Note II at IFA 2012

Samsung Electronics Co. is feeling quite ambivalent as to whether there is cause for a celebration or concern.  Their smartphones are selling extremely well, better than expected, actually.  Their high-end smartphone Galaxy SIII is flying off the shelves and they had a bit of a struggle in keeping up with high demand for the device.  They expect to hit 19 million Galaxy SIII shipment this quarter. On the other hand, the chips and consumer electronics side of their business is in a bit of a rut as the euro continues to fall. "Europe is our biggest consumer electronics market and we may... more »
Big Data Appliance Firm Clustrix Raises $6.75M

Big Data Appliance Firm Clustrix Raises $6.75M

Clustrix is a startup that ‘NewSQL’ databases – its distributed DB software runs in a self-contained and pre-configured  box’s that can easily be added to an existing deployment, and don’t require any out of the ordinary in-house talent to maintain. Clustrix received $6.75 million from investors Sequoia Capital, USVP, and ATA Ventures. It raised $12 million prior to that. Robin Purohit, who took over as president and CEO of the company last October, notes that it’s a round of convertible debt being used as a bridge to an upcoming Series C round. Clusterix has had a good swing with the early adopter market, and... more »
Bittorrent Traffic a Rising Tide After Dutch ISP’s Block The Pirate Bay

Bittorrent Traffic a Rising Tide After Dutch ISP’s Block The Pirate Bay

Because the Internet, much like the universe, is fueled by irony it looks as if attempts by UK courts to stifle Bittorrent traffic have backfired. This week, the anti-piracy group BREIN succeeded in getting The Pirate Bay blocked from 90% of Dutch Internet users—however, much like the adage “the Internet sees censorship as damage and routes around it” TorrentFreak is reporting that many of those users have turned to proxies and VPN to run their torrents and circumvent the block. Dutch Internet provider XS4All has announced that not only have their subscribers not decreased their downloading habits but Bittorrent traffic... more »
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Who Will Lose Internet Connectivity on Monday and How to Protect Yourself

A lot of internet users may lose their connection by Monday, July 9, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation flips their killswitch. For months, the FBI maintained temporary clean DNS servers, so as not to disrupt the interwebs, giving ample time for users with infected computers to resolve the problem.  But they can’t do this forever, we as internet users, have a responsibility to make sure that the technology we are using is clean and won’t bring harm to others. Operation Ghost Click Domain Name System or DNS is a critical Internet service that converts user-friendly domain names, such as www.siliconangle.com, into numerical... more »
Video Program:  Impact of Big Data - Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey Moore Keynote & Interview

Video Program: Impact of Big Data - Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey Moore Keynote & Interview

Geoffrey Moore of Mohr Davidow Ventures and author of many books including Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, and Inside the Fault Line, delivered the keynote at the Hadoop Summit 2012. Hadoop is the main platform for big data and Hortonworks was the producer of this developer conference. Thanks to Hortonworks for putting on the event. Hadoop Summit 2012 Keynote by Geoffrey Moore 1:1 Interview with John Furrier - Founder of SiliconANGLE Moore also took time to talk with John Furrier and Jeff Kelly on SiliconANGLE.com. Note: More footage available from Hadoop Summit at http://www.youtube.com/SILICONANGLE Silicon Valley is a unique place and Geoffrey Moore has seen many... more »
Google is Definitely in the Big Data Business and Will Be Big

Google is Definitely in the Big Data Business and Will Be Big

At  Google IO developer conference in San Francisco last month, Google introduced a slew of new products including Google Compute Engine.  What wasn't talked was Google's big data play.   Google is definitely in the Big Data business and Google will be the 800lb gorilla in the space. Google has two major things going for it.  1) Google has an amazing infrastructure and network inside their core operations; 2) Google owns lots of data lets just say about 90% of the worlds data including information and people. Google's infrastructure strength and direction with big data will shape not only applications but the enterprise business.  Why?  Because... more »
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This Week in Cloud: M&A, Services and a Couple of Blunders

This week acquisitions were announced by VMware and Sony, Xeround announced a big product to its service and – most notably - Cisco and Amazon proved once again that the cloud is not bullet-proof. A few days ago VMware acquired DynamicOps, a firm that makes software that allows customers to manage multiple cloud environments from one centralized interface. That is, one deployment could be running vSphere, another could be running Hyper-V and the third could be an AWS instance – and you can  provision them all using DynamicOps’ platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier... more »
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Enkitec's Sumneva Acquisitions Means Enhanced Big Data Solutions

When it comes to realizing the potential of Big Data, clients need new technologies, tools and approaches. After several years of collaboration, Enkitec, an Oracle-centric IT solutions consulting firm, has acquired Sumneva, an Oracle Application Express (APEX) firm to offer enhanced data solutions to clients. Two of Sumneva’s proprietary products, now called eFramework and eSERT will become part of Enkitec’s offerings. Sumneva’s proprietary software development methodology and tools are used exclusively with Oracle APEX. eFramework is an APEX-based security framework that helps manage and monitor multiple applications. eSERT assists with targeting potential weaknesses in application security and offers suggestions for mitigation. Sumneva... more »
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What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Today's Culture?

Today we are living the era of ‘permanent revolution’ thanks to the configuration of new media, entertainment and culture. Without a doubt, the technological developments that are setting up in record time are creating a new ecosystem, where leading Internet-connected devices is changing the way consumers’ access content. Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, personal navigation devices, wireless products and gaming units are among the driving factors for creating new applications, products and services that can improve people's daily lives. Internet of Things The rapid transition to new content experiences online through the latest generation of devices has been given by several factors, among which are,... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- David Vellante

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.

- Luke Turchetta

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.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- 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.

- David Floyer

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.