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How To: Go Green with Clean Tech for Earth Day

How To: Go Green with Clean Tech for Earth Day

There are several things that organization leaders could conjure up when we talk of the path to sustainability. They could take a look into 401(K) or retirement plans, review company benefits and compensation and develop sustainability policies concerning environment, health and safety.  So in celebration of Earth Day, we are putting together a few ideas to help enterprises advance their strategies that can help businesses endure the sea of industry changes with the aid of green technology. Technology demands a certain level of exploitation when it comes to the environment, especially with consumption of energy and natural and mineral resources.  Metal... more »
Why Converged Infrastructure Matters to DevOps

Why Converged Infrastructure Matters to DevOps

This is a big week for converged infrastructure: HP announced the Converged Cloud, IBM announced its PureSystems today and we hear another major vendor will make a converged infrastructure announcement this week as well. DevOps teams should pay attention to what's going on here. Last year Greg Shields proposed referring to "converged infrastructure" as "hardware that is created with virtualization in mind." With that definition in mind, it's not hard to see how converged infrastructure relates to DevOps' goal of treating infrastructure as code - especially for teams working with on-premise infrastructure. Private clouds aren't just for conservative old enterprises any... more »
Instagram Rules the App Store as Petition Forms to Save the App

Instagram Rules the App Store as Petition Forms to Save the App

People still can’t get over the fact that Facebook bought zero-revenue Instagram for $1 billion.  Some say it was a smart move made by Facebook, some don’t agree since they're still lacking a clear business model for revenue generation. But who cares if Facebook spent $1 billion on Instagram?  They wouldn’t be spending that much if they didn’t have the money.  Last March Facebook they secured a $3 billion bridge loan that doubled their credit facility to $5 billion.  And as their IPO nears, they plan on raking in even more money. Instagram is #1! While pundits spar over the justification of Facebook's... more »
Cloud Foundry Team Announces New Deployment Tool Called BOSH

Cloud Foundry Team Announces New Deployment Tool Called BOSH

BOSH is a management/deployment tool for large Cloud Foundry implementations. It was just open sourced by VMware today. Mark Lucovsky, presenting at the Cloud Foundry anniversary event in Palo Alto today, described BOSH as "open source tool-chain for release engineering, deployment and lifecyle management large scale distributed services." According to Lucovsky, VMware is using BOSH for its own 500+ virtual machine Cloud Foundry cluster. He also says it's infrastructure-as-a-service neutral, meaning it can be used with multiple public or private cloud infrastructures. However, support for Amazon Web Services is not ready yet. VMware says that they want to integrate BOSH... more »
ServiceMesh, VMware Partner for Cloud Foundry/vFabric App Delivery

ServiceMesh, VMware Partner for Cloud Foundry/vFabric App Delivery

Cloud application management solution provider ServiceMesh took today's VMware Cloud Foundry one-year anniversary event as an opportunity to announce that it now supports the open source Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and the VMware vFabric application platform. The end goal: Helping enterprises leverage DevOps methodologies to reap the benefits of a shorter development cycle and lower management costs. The ServiceMesh Agility Platform, the company's flagship product, is designed to boost the business value of the cloud by securing, managing and governing applications across hybrid cloud environments. With this integration, ServiceMesh and VMware's mutual customers can manage and scale their Cloud Foundry instances and vFabric... more »
Juniper’s Upcoming Earnings Report as Rival Launches IPO

Juniper’s Upcoming Earnings Report as Rival Launches IPO

Networking solutions vendor Juniper  said today that it will be hosting the call for its first 2012 fiscal quarter on April 24, just a couple weeks away. Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation, today confirmed it will release preliminary financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, on April 24, 2012 after the close of the market and will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PDT, to be broadcast live over the Internet. The webcast replay will be available on the Juniper Networks website until June 14, 2012. The networking industry is a very crowded one, by the likes... more »
VMware Co-President Mark Peek Resigns to Become CFO at Workday

VMware Co-President Mark Peek Resigns to Become CFO at Workday

VMware CFO and Co-President Mark Peek is leaving the company to become the CFO of Workday. According to Forbes VMware also said that Carl Eschenbach, who had been co-president, customer operations, has been promoted to COO and co-president. Raghu Raghuram, who had been GM and senior VP, become executive VP of cloud infrastructure and management. VMware is looking for a new CFO to replace Peek, who will stay with the company until June 1. VMware said in its earnings call that Co-President Raghu Raghuram, who had been general manager and senior vice president, will become executive vice president of cloud infrastructure and management. What a... more »
Cloud9 IDE Announces One-Click Node.js Deploys to Cloud Foundry

Cloud9 IDE Announces One-Click Node.js Deploys to Cloud Foundry

Today cloud based integrated development environment Cloud 9IDE announced a partnership with VMware to enable one-click deployment of Node.js applications to any Cloud Foundry based platform-as-a-service environments. Through a simple interface within Cloud9, you can specify how many instances of an app to deploy, how much RAM to allocate and which version of Node.js to use. Cloud9 already features Node.js syntax highlighting, the Node Package Manager (NPM) support and Node-centric debugging and testing. It already supports one-click deployment to Joyent and to Microsoft Azure, so one-click deploys to Node.js PaaSes is a logical next feature. Cloud9 has also been supporting the... more »
Want Centralizes Buyer Intent with New Retail Partners

Want Centralizes Buyer Intent with New Retail Partners

Shopping online can be quite a pain, with so many retailers that offer things that you want or need, but it’s so seldom that you find exactly what you’re looking for.  There's several services and tools addressing the growing problem of e-retail overload, from curation to recommendations.  Social integration is key in this day and age, but there's a fine balance to walk when it comes to socially-driven marketing, search and recommendations. Want offers a new way for retailers to turn social interest and product curation into e-commerce purchase transactions, looking to give both consumers and retailers what they want--connection. Growing its... more »
Citrix Acquires Flexible Social Collaboration Service Podio

Citrix Acquires Flexible Social Collaboration Service Podio

Today Citrix announced the acquisition of Podio, an enterprise collaboration software-as-a-service company based in Denmark. Podio, one of our underdog startups to watch in 2012, offers a flexible platform that includes basic social applications such as microblogging. The twist Podio adds is a point-and-click system for quickly building simple social apps, along with an internal app store for sharing them. Customers can also use those custom built apps from a mobile device. The enterprise social collaboration market is maturing. Social is becoming a feature, not a product - look at the Atlassian is integrating activity streams, comments and social gestures... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.