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VMware Acquiring DynamicOps To Up the Cloud Game -  Price > $100m

VMware Acquiring DynamicOps To Up the Cloud Game - Price > $100m

VMware buys multi-cloud manager DynamicOps, a Burlington, Mass developer of software that handles the provisioning and managing of resources for cloud services. Amount was for an undisclosed sum. Rumblings on Twitter say it's well over $100 million. DynamicOps, Inc. originated as a spinoff of Credit Suisse's IT unit and has raised around $20m in financing. VMware has been rapidly expanding the reach of its vCloud platform, as it tries to stay a step ahead of Microsoft, Citrix, Red Hat, and other cloud infrastructure software rivals. DynamicOps is a provider of cloud automation solutions that enable provisioning and management of IT services across heterogeneous... more »
No More Apples Please… It’s Samsungs That’ll Keep The Doctor Away

No More Apples Please… It’s Samsungs That’ll Keep The Doctor Away

How are you feeling today, Samsung Galaxy S III fans? If you’re feeling a little bit under the weather this morning, then you might just be interested in the Korean firm’s latest new offering – the S Health application, which has been rolled out today exclusively for users of the new, high end Android smartphone. S Health, which was first announced at the same time as the SIII was unveiled, has been designed as a personal wellness application to help and encourage Galaxy SIII users to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The app, which is compatible with a number of other essential healthcare... more »
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Some People are Actually Relieved to Lose their Smartphone

We love our gadgets.  Our tablets, computers...anything that entertains or connects us to people, we love them - but we love our smartphones the most.  Even if you deny it, you can’t go on a day without checking your phone.   For most of us, our smartphones are the last thing we check before we go to sleep, and the first thing we check when we wake up.  And some of us even develop a sixth sense - we sense that there’s an incoming message or call even before it flashes on our gadget’s screen. This attachment to our gadgets is... more »
Dutch Opposition Party D66 Stands on "DDoS Legalization" Election Plank

Dutch Opposition Party D66 Stands on "DDoS Legalization" Election Plank

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) is a hot topic on for much of cybersecurity and a mainstay of Internet-based protests, and perhaps this is the reason that political parties have taken it up as their election manifesto! Yes, you heard it right. Dutch opposition party D66--a party that calls itself “a progressive liberal party”--has called for the legalization of DDoS, and says that it should be handled in the same way as other street demonstrations are regulated. According to the proposal given by D66, "Hacktivists should give prior warning of their action to allow companies to take whatever defensive measures... more »
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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 »

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- 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.

- 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.