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Google Compute Engine: Three Things to Know

Right as the final buzzer was going to sound for last week's Google I/O conference, I had a really interesting chat with Craig McLuckie, the general manager of the just-launched Google Compute Engine (GCE) infrastructure-as-a-service offering. It's extremely early days for the platform, and Google's still working on refining the offering. But here are three things you should know about Compute Engine as you consider signing up for the closed preview. Google Compute Engine is best suited for large-scale workloads: There's a reason Apache Hadoop distribution developer MapR was prominently featured in the first wave of Google Compute Engine partner announcements. While McLuckie... more »
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Augmented Reality Makes the Best Personal Shopper

Technology is constantly evolving to be more efficient and innovative, which significantly alters our daily behavior. Among these technologies, we can assume that in the coming years the so-called “augmented reality” will take an increasing role in every aspect in our lives, including more integration with our purchasing decisions. Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, whose computing power continues to increase, now support  more powerful software. The smartphone boom is revolutionizing the world of electronic commerce and how we interact with it. Augmented reality, geolocation, and virtual testers are no longer a sci-fi vision of the future and, according to experts,... more »
Shutdown July 9th, DNSChanger Still an Issue for Fortune 500

Shutdown July 9th, DNSChanger Still an Issue for Fortune 500

DNSChanger, which has been a headache for users along with Fortune 500 companies, continues to be an issue--at least for 60 of them. With respect to the scheduled shut down of the Trojan's command-and-control servers on 9 July, the FBI's action will have Internet darkening results for 12% of Fortune 500 companies and 4% of US government agencies as they have not cleaned their systems yet. Ever since the DNSChanger hit the systems (back in 2006), more than 500,000 systems got infected, while six Estonians were arrested for running DNSChanger. So, the latest update is that 303,867 IP addresses are still... more »
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Play by Play & Commentary: Amazon AWS Outage Shows Public Cloud Warts - Boost for Private Cloud

Last week an Amazon data center went down due to a storm on the east coast. As Forbes reports "Amazon’s Cloud service is having a bad a couple weeks. For the second time in as many weeks Amazon’s East Coast cloud crashed during a severe storm that left 1.3 million in the Washington D.C. area without power. The outage brought down numerous high profile web sites hosted on Amazon including Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest, and Heroku.  Making things worse was the fact that other cloud services hosted in the area experienced no downtime." Amazon has been the most successful cloud computing platform in getting startups up... more »
Google’s Nexus Q Rolls Into the Living Room with 5 Potential Future Hacks

Google’s Nexus Q Rolls Into the Living Room with 5 Potential Future Hacks

Last week at Google I/O 2012, the Nexus Q was unveiled to a spellbound public. This interesting living-room device arrives with a price tag of $299 and boasts the capability of being extremely hackable with an Android OS and a micro-USB port to provide access to developers and Makers. No doubt, Google already has some ideas in what directions to they intend to take this device; but that’s no reason not to predict how Google and the horde of interested developers will take it. No doubt, this is a Trojan horse sneak-attack against Microsoft and their Xbox—even the shape is designed... more »
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Dish Drops AMC: Here's Where You Can Watch Mad Men Online

If you’re a Dish Network subscriber eagerly anticipating the next season of Mad Men or The Walking Dead, I’m sorry to inform you that you will no longer see these shows on Dish as they’ve cut ties with AMC Network. In their official announcement, Dish informed their subscribers that they will be replacing  three AMC Networks channels -- IFC, WE and AMC.  They will replace AMC with  HDNet Movies, and Style and HDNet to replace WE and IFC. "A significant portion of any pay-TV bill goes to fees for content providers like AMC Networks," said Dave Shull, senior vice president of programming... more »
Confirmation: Dell Buys Quest Software for $2.4 Billion To Boost Services

Confirmation: Dell Buys Quest Software for $2.4 Billion To Boost Services

Dell Computer confirmed that they are buying Quest Software, IT management software provider, for $2.4 billion. According to Dell release Dell recently announced the formation of its Software Group to build upon its existing software expertise. The Dell Software Group will add to Dell’s enterprise solutions capability, accelerate strategic growth and further differentiate the company from competitors by increasing its solutions portfolio with Dell-owned intellectual property. Quest’s family of software solutions and key technologies are strongly aligned with Dell’s software strategy. The acquisition provides critical components to expand Dell’s software capabilities in systems management, security, data protection and workspace management. In addition, Quest’s software... more »
Xeround Strengthens Strategy with Plan Changes, More Rackspace Options

Xeround Strengthens Strategy with Plan Changes, More Rackspace Options

Today cloud database software provider Xeround announced an update to all three versions of its offering. The free edition, which comes with a mere 10 megabytes of capacity, one megabyte of throughput and five connections, is now available for Rackspace Cloud users.  It’s not much and is only enough to allow any potential customer to test the waters before committing to a monthly subscription, but it represents a notable milestone for the company nonetheless. The two paid plans have also been upgraded. Xeround increased the maximum data size of the BASIC edition to half a gigabyte, and increased the cap on the... more »
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Beats Officially Acquires MOG as Music Cloud Consolidation Continues

Back in March, it was announced the Beats Electronics, the headset manufacturer founded by Dr. Dre, was eyeing MOG, the subscription-based music service.  Beats finally announced that the acquisition fell through and they’ve officially acquired MOG. “Beats is a company as obsessed with sound quality as we are and we share a common goal of creating a more premium sound experience and emotional connection with music in the digital era,” MOG founder and CEO David Hyman said. As for the reason why Beats chose MOG, it’s quite unclear.  Some say that MOG was looking for a buyer, while some say the Beats... more »
Google on Amazon, Apple, Microsoft: Napalm

Google on Amazon, Apple, Microsoft: Napalm

In the 1993 made-for-HBO movie "Barbarians at the Gate" there is a scene in which Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.'s Henry Kravis is being asked by his business partner George Roberts what to do about being rebuffed by RJR Nabisco's CEO Ross Johnson regarding taking part in the largest leveraged buyout to date. Kravis responds chillingly in one word: "Napalm." That aggressive declaration of war may just as well have applied to Google's declaration of war on Amazon, Microsoft and Apple delivered at its annual i/o conference last week. Google has as vast an array products and services as any of... more »

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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.