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Google Drive Ready to Take On Dropbox Next Week

Google Drive Ready to Take On Dropbox Next Week

SiliconANGLE has been keeping its eyes on Google Drive, or GDrive, since the first rumor of the company releasing a cloud storage service surfaced.  This year, rumors about the Google cloud service reemerged and more speculation about its release and features came to light.  Early this month, news stated that Google will be launching the service sometime this month.  And finally, after years of waiting, Google is said to be launching GDrive next week. A report from The Next Web states that the Dropbox rival is set and ready to take over the cloud storage scene as early as Tuesday next week. Dropbox... more »
Oracle Says Google E-mails Prove Guilt

Oracle Says Google E-mails Prove Guilt

Yesterday marked the first day of the Oracle-Google intellectual property battle. Oracle’s lawyer, Michael Jacobs, was first to give the opening statement, demonstrating how Google took Java copyrighted “blueprints” to develop Android applications, never acquiring any license to legally use them in Android's framework. "You can't just step on someone's IP because you have a good business reason for it," Jacobs said. Jacobs also displayed in court a few internal Google e-mails between co-founder Larry Page and Android chief Andy Rubin to show Google’s guilt of IP infringement.  One letter from Rubin states that if they were going to pay anyone for licensing,... more »
Infochimps an Early Supporter of OpenStacked RackSpace Cloud

Infochimps an Early Supporter of OpenStacked RackSpace Cloud

Big data marketplace operator (and app maker) Infochimps is now up-to-date with two of the most buzzed-about trends in IT. This week Rackspace announced that about two years after it fired up the OpenStack project with the support of NASA and a few others, their Rackspace Cloud – the company’s flagship service - is now powered by the young project. In that two-year period OpenStack has seen a total of five releases and hundreds of partners. The cloud OS’s achievement list managed to grow even longer immediately after Rackspace’s announcement, when Infochimps revealed it now supports the former’s hosting service via the... more »
Puppet Labs Announces OpenStack Support

Puppet Labs Announces OpenStack Support

Today at OpenStack Summit, Puppet Labs announced a set of modules for deploying and maintaining the open source private cloud system OpenStack. The free modules will work with both the free version of Puppet and with Puppet Enterprise. Puppet already supports Amazon Web Services and VMware, so an open source alternative is a welcome addition. As to whether there's actually a demand from customers for OpenStack support, Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies told me "We've been involved in OpenStack since the beginning, but only in recent months have customers come to us asking about production environments." The OpenStack modules were built... more »
Samsung Unveiling Official 2012 Summer Olympics Device On May 3?

Samsung Unveiling Official 2012 Summer Olympics Device On May 3?

Today’s mobile news roundup features Samsung’s Olympics phone, Apple’s e-book lawsuit, Microsoft’s secret weapon, product launches and more. Samsung to unveil official Olympics phone It was reported yesterday that Samsung is to unveil a new Galaxy device or a set of Galaxy devices on their May 3 event in London’s Earl’s Court.  And as the launch date nears, more speculations about the event and the Samsung product arises. Online reports are stating that Samsung is unveiling their new product/s in London because it will be the official 2012 Summer Olympics device.  But aside from that, there are rumors of a simultaneous launch in New... more »
Strange Big Data: From Earth and Beyond

Strange Big Data: From Earth and Beyond

Big Data has come to the aid of experts in analyzing many bewildering things that’s greater than any of us; our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, our origin. In our big data talk today, we’re going to look at some pretty strange information and statistics gathered about Earth and its neighboring planets. We hear people talk of the vastness of the galaxy; the universe if you may. Though we know that there are billions of planets in the Milky Way, and billions of galaxies in the universe, we don’t even know the size of our own Solar System. In this... more »
Dell, Rackspace Build OpenStack, Big Data Service Partnerships

Dell, Rackspace Build OpenStack, Big Data Service Partnerships

Dell and Rackspace Hosting  made announcements today that make partners a key part of their OpenStack and big data market plays. Dell's announcement is the more far-reaching. The Dell Emerging Solutions Ecosystem is a partnership program designed to integrate hardware, software and services from Dell and its partners as it seeks to bolster its Dell Apache Hadoop Solution for big data and  Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution for private cloud deployment. Essentially, Dell is leveraging partner technologies to expand the scope of its OpenStack and Hadoop services. "Program partners are carefully selected based on their ability to support unique customer needs in cloud and cluster computing,"... more »
Object Storage is Hot at NAB

Object Storage is Hot at NAB

The scale of data storage in demand by media and entertainment companies is taking new dimensions at this year's National Association Broadcast annual event in Las Vegas. One thing is clear: RAID Storage is on the way out and object storage is in. The issue in many respects comes down to the rebuild. Data flows at such a velocity that RAID systems can't keep up with it. Added to that is the bit error rates (BER) of conventional disc drives. As hard drives increase in size to 10 terabytes and higher, the failures become more likely. It's no longer a matter of... more »
Good News on Security: Cybercrime is Grossly Exaggerated

Good News on Security: Cybercrime is Grossly Exaggerated

"Damage caused by cybercrime is estimated at $100 billion annually, said Kilian Strauss, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)," New Scientist reported back in 2008. Where are those supposed billions going? According to a Cisco report: "In Russia, for instance, social networks were used to create an online marketplace for stolen credit cards. This has allowed the 'sellers' to specialize in areas such as acquisition, while the 'buyers' focus their efforts in exploitation." Journalists like me read these sorts of reports from vendors, analyst firms and law enforcement and pass along the information to our readers and... more »
5 Creative Ways to Use Facebook Timeline

5 Creative Ways to Use Facebook Timeline

This past March Facebook Timeline went live across all of its pages, bringing a few new ideas to the forefront. Now people are paying attention, either seeing Timeline as an opportunity to express themselves creatively or using it to entice the consumer. Utilizing tools such as the Cover for its sheer size alone (851x 315 pixels), users are getting the attention they crave.  Anyone trying to capture an audience could find a way to do so using Timeline as their platform.  We were curious as to what unique uses we might find for this new feature from Facebook and came... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.