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HP Discover 2012 Kicks Off with New Integration for ProLiant Gen8, NonStop and More

HP Discover 2012 officially kicked off today in Las Vegas, and will continue until June 7th.  The four-day event will showcase new innovations on Cloud Solutions, Security and Risk Management, and more. Here are some of the early announcements from HP Discover: Tributary announced the only native attachment of HP StoreOnce D2D De-Dupe to HP Nonstop Tributary Systems, the company that develops, sells and supports unified backup storage, remote replication and disaster recovery solutions, unveiled today the native attachment of the HP StoreOnce D2D De-duplication solution to HP NonStop Systems. "Now enterprises running mission critical applications on HP NonStop systems can take advantage of... more »
On the Storage Battlefield, IBM and HP Fight to Get Their Mojo Back

On the Storage Battlefield, IBM and HP Fight to Get Their Mojo Back

Everyone wants to tell the world how much better they are than Amazon Web Services. HP has Meg Whitman on stage tomorrow under the big tent at HP Discover.  Larry Ellison will make his own proclamations this week when I expect he will provide a new version of cloud-in-a-box. This time though, I expect that the cloud will now be a platform in a box. Microsoft has its own news. But look beyond the big tent theatrics and you find a war developing on another front. It's the storage wars, with HP and IBM on the chessboard. HP is announcing that it has... more »
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Turning the Spotlight onto IBM Edge 2012

Big Blue is holding the first ever IBM Edge conference this week, and SiliconANGLE is attending. The key areas of focus are storage and big data, two trends that are also be at the heart of the HP Discover gathering that’s being held this week as well. Today the events are kicking off simultaneously, and although it’s still early there are some safe assumptions that can be made about what IBM has in store for the next few days.  Big data is one field we can look at. Ahead of Edge the company released an eBook that covers Hadoop and analytics basics,... more »
A Big Data Analytic for the "New App Economy"

A Big Data Analytic for the "New App Economy"

Big data can help businesses garner or maintain competitive advantage, to the extent that their sectors understand and apply the most useful customer profit analytics.  In a recent Kontagent post, CEO Jeff Tseng suggests Customer Lifetime Value (CLTV) is an important measure in protecting and enhancing profitability in what his team calls the “new app economy.”  Simply put, CLTV is the revenue a customer is expected to generate for a company over a lifetime.  As the popularity of free-to-download apps continues to grow, businesses can use data analysis to re-think marketing and acquisition strategies in the long-term. In our “free download”... more »
E3: Sony’s SOEmote Will Add Emotions to Social Gaming

E3: Sony’s SOEmote Will Add Emotions to Social Gaming

Sony’s upcoming SOEmote will use webcams to track the facial expressions and voice of players and translate them onto gaming avatars in order to convey a further sense of emotion into online gaming. Currently, massively multiplayer online gamming is crammed into its own box of animations and body language from in game characters that are triggered only when the player picks from a list of emotes (short for emotion.) Looking at another player as they speak in a game lacks a sense of “thereness” due to a lack of emotion from the avatar—but a multitude of role players who use MMORPGs... more »
Microsoft's Default DNT Pisses Off Advertisers, and For Good Reason

Microsoft's Default DNT Pisses Off Advertisers, and For Good Reason

As the digital era looms on, every user's concern is over privacy.  It seems every gadget we use gives away our data, like web activities or location, and worse, even our e-mail addresses and other personal information. Some may argue that you can prevent your data from being acquired just by simply turning off a few of your browser’s functions.  But the question is, is everyone aware of this? Mozilla’s Firefox browser was the first to offer a “Do not track” option wherein the browser sends a signal to advertisers that the user chooses not to be tracked.  This limits advertisers' ability... more »
Juniper Adds Long List of Enhancements to Web Security Software Mykonos

Juniper Adds Long List of Enhancements to Web Security Software Mykonos

Juniper Networks has unveiled a long list of enhancements to its web security software, Mykonos. Juniper acquired the company back in February for $80 million. The new release includes over 30 new features and enhancements, protects against a wider range of attack techniques, has simpler configuration and can handle heavier traffic volumes. Networking providers like Juniper are continuing to acquire companies and add new services to differentiate themselves in the increasingly competitive networking market. It seems like almost weekly vendors in the space are releasing a new product. Earlier this month, Juniper announced enhancements to its Simply Connected platform, a suite... more »
ClickFox Update Lets Consumer Stats Skip the Data Scientist

ClickFox Update Lets Consumer Stats Skip the Data Scientist

ClickFox is a maker of consumer behavior analytics software that has become quite popular over time, and now it's rolled out the latest version of its flagship Customer Experience Analytics, or CEA platform. The 6.4 release aims to streamline the flow of data throughout an organization with new features that handle who gets access to what, and when: after the update a manager in a call center or an executive in a remote office can view statistics directly, rather than having to wait for it to trickle down from corporate. The package also covers a tool called ClickFox Plus that visualizes... more »
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Chrome OS Faces Obstacles in Merging with Android

Over the course of the last several months there have been whispers, some subtle, some not so much, regarding a merger of Android and Chrome, both of the powerhouse Google franchise.  Sundar Pichai, the Senior Vice President at Chrome, has admitted as much, telling CNET  “that his product and that other Google operating system, Android, may some day merge.” Yet, there are many things that would need to happen before a merger could successfully occur. But, it does look to slowly be occurring with the addition of the Chrome browser as a member of the WebKit browser engine product last summer,... more »
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Galaxy SIII On Sale Soon from 5 US Carriers

Today’s mobile news roundup features plans for the Samsung Galaxy SIII to hit the US this month, Microsoft's latest domain buys, Asus' unveiling of a new Windows 8 tablet, and Apple’s iOS Security revealed. Samsung Galaxy SIII's US launch Samsung Electronics Co., before they revealed their US plans, clarified that the Samsung Galaxy SIII will be known only as the Samsung Galaxy SIII even if various network carriers sell them unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy SII, which was called by various names depending on the network. As for the US launch, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, will start selling variants of... 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.