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Netflix to Open Source Chaos Monkey and More

Netflix to Open Source Chaos Monkey and More

Netflix will open source Chaos Monkey and the rest of its Simian Army the company's Director of Cloud Architecture Adrian Cockcroft told Wired Enterprise. In fact, according to Cockcroft, Netflix will release "pretty much all" of its platform in bits and pieces through the summer and fall. Chaos Monkey is a program that randomly kills instances and services throughout the Netflix architecture. The idea is to make all of Netflix's components more robust - no one service should have any unnecessary dependencies. If the service that calculates a star rating for a user crashes, the user should still be able... more »
Where's the Data Fit into Social TV Platforms and Ads?

Where's the Data Fit into Social TV Platforms and Ads?

While the social element of television is not new, Social TV is a relatively new concept used to describe the emerging generation of television services that integrate with other communication platforms like voice, chat and social media on the web.  Social TV leverages the power of social networks to create a new type of highly interactive user experience. According to a report from Nielsen, 86 percent of U.S. smartphone owners and 88 percent of tablet owners use their devices to watch TV.  Moreover, about 69 percent of tablet owners use two screens regularly each week, and more than 26 percent use... more »
YouSendIt Seeks to Expand Enterprise Presence with New Partnership

YouSendIt Seeks to Expand Enterprise Presence with New Partnership

Despite all the news and speeches about Web 2.0 and advanced collaboration platforms, there’s a dirty little secret occurring right under the noses of the technical elite – most document collaboration and sharing is occurring via email. Most vendors attempt to discourage this wildly problematic practice with fancy screens and long lists of features - not YouSendIt. In March, the company primarily known for its online file sharing platform, introduced Workstream - an enterprise collaboration tool that allows users to share documents securely with people outside of their company right from Microsoft Outlook or SharePoint. YouSendIt has taken a step to... more »
Fusion-io Sees Real-Time and Small Analytics as Drivers in 2012

Fusion-io Sees Real-Time and Small Analytics as Drivers in 2012

2011 was a very successful year for a lengthy list of companies, including flash storage solutions maker Fusion-io. Reflecting on 2011, the company outlined three key areas of disruption related to its industry in a blog post late last month. The first area of growth Fusion highlighted is its own contribution to the flurry of developments that appeared around real-time trends. The demand for real time is increasing on both the consumer end, in the form of speedier web services and content streaming, and among vendors in the form of analytics. Real-time equals performance, and Fusion plays a big role here. “Aggregate... more »
Apple Defends E-book Pricing, Windows 8 Comes to the iPad

Apple Defends E-book Pricing, Windows 8 Comes to the iPad

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple's fierce defense of e-book pricing, Barnes & Noble’s new e-reader, and Windows 8 on iPad. Apple defends e-book pricing The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and five of the six big publishing houses wherein Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster Inc., and HarperCollins Publishers LLC agreed to settle.  Apple, Penguin and Macmillan opted to defend themselves in court. Apple and the publishing houses are being sued for allegedly conspiring to control e-book pricing.  In an e-mail, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris stated their stance on the case, defending their pricing methods. "The launch of the... more »
Dear Google Apps: Please Don't Pivot and Prove Microsoft Correct

Dear Google Apps: Please Don't Pivot and Prove Microsoft Correct

Rumors are starting to surface that Google may be de-emphasizing its Google Apps enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) play for a renewed focus on its core search/advertising business, and a reallocation of resources and expertise towards social networking. If that's true, "disruptive" is an understatement for the potential implications. Yes, Google Apps seems to be in a solid place right now, with four million businesses signed up at last count. But Google Apps is so relatively insignificant to the company's overall advertising-driven business model that it didn't even get a mention in the search giant's Q1 2012 earnings statement, released earlier today. Best estimates... more »
Brocade: VSPEX Gives The Channel More Options

Brocade: VSPEX Gives The Channel More Options

Reliability is the prerequisite for advocates of the private cloud (or the modern data center depending on what you want to call it). It's in contrast to the public cloud that views latency as a primary issue. The differences are significant and point to the deep differences of an Amazon Web Services (AWS) style cloud compared to an enterprise cloud that a company like EMC embraces. That's apparent in the interview with Brocade's Jason Nolet on theCube at the EMC VSPEX launch in San Francisco yesterday. Brocade does very well serving the community that keeps its primary focus on the traditional data... more »
Avnet: Customers Who Want VSPEX Need Services

Avnet: Customers Who Want VSPEX Need Services

After today's EMC VSPEX launch event, Avnet VP and GM Scott Look, along with Al Chin, VP of Sales and Marketing for Avnet reseller partner Dasher, sat down with Wikibon founder Dave Vellante in theCube to discuss how the channel actually helps a customer reap the benefits of converged infrastructure. Avnet's Look explains the rising importance of the channel by pointing out that as technology marches on, customers need help to achieve their goals. And while EMC specifically hasn't always had the best reputation in the channel, Look praised the efforts of EMC Channel Chief Gregg Ambulos as he's ramped up the company's reseller... more »
Intel's Jim Blakley Looks to the Future of Private Cloud and IT Growth

Intel's Jim Blakley Looks to the Future of Private Cloud and IT Growth

Dave Vellante and John Furrier in theCUBE at EMCVSPEX in San Francisco, CA brought in Jim Blakley, Director of Intel Architecture Systems Integration Division, to speak about the trends in IT towards cloud and big data. They asked questions relating to how the IT industry may approach the costs of going into the cloud, how that’s affecting data centers, and how the convergence and disruption to traditional infrastructure will drive future trends. According to Blakley the datacenter is now the system, “and we’re seeing that happening a lot more lately with cloud computing and cloud storage,” the second part is in... more »
OpenStack Foundation Gets Funded With Help From AT&T, HP, IBM and More

OpenStack Foundation Gets Funded With Help From AT&T, HP, IBM and More

In a move to build buzz ahead of next week's OpenStack Conference here in San Francisco, eighteen major technology companies have announced their intent to become paying members of the OpenStack Foundation, the open source cloud platform's governing body. AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat, and SUSE will become Platinum members once the foundation launches, while Cisco, ClearPath, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, ITRI, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, and Piston Cloud Computing will be Gold. Previously, project co-founder Rackspace Hosting was picking up OpenStack's tab, which the official wiki places at around between $4 and 5 million dollars annually. But the OpenStack Foundation is... more »

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- George Gilbert

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.

- 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

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.

- 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!