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A Powerful Case for Good Use of Big Data for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity via Splunk

A Powerful Case for Good Use of Big Data for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity via Splunk

When it comes to protecting an enterprise network or a government network there’s a great deal of discussion about what solutions exist to batten down the hatches and dog the doors against intruders; but often the same technologies we use to detect intruders (and insiders) can be used to predict failures. Amid the solutions the market has there’s Splunk who offer a number of extremely powerful products that provide both in-house security and security-as-a-service atop of numerous layers by looking at the data produced by a multitude of products. A series of events have brought public attention to the necessity of... more »
The Real Skinny About Amazon Web Services New Partner Network

The Real Skinny About Amazon Web Services New Partner Network

Amazon Web Services launched its partner network this morning. Without boring you with the details, let me just get to what really matters about this news. It simply means that AWS is making it a little bit easier for people to build apps or use the ones in the new AWS App Marketplace. It means that AWS is moving further up the stack. It's not just about the infrastructure anymore. It's about how to differentiate a core service to integrate PaaS and marketplace environments. For partners, the game is about giving them reason to bring their enterprise customers to AWS.  They want technology partners that... more »
What Special Skills Do You Need to Run a Big Data Startup? Q&A Series

What Special Skills Do You Need to Run a Big Data Startup? Q&A Series

Sumo Logic is still what you'd consider a startup, but already its demonstrated some useful life lessons for applying ideas to the big data industry, including the concept of harnessing the right talent.  Specializing in log data analytics, Sumo Logic emerged from stealth earlier this year to take on heavyweights like Splunk with a penchant for Google-style data mining.  And just this week the data company released a free edition of its core offering, giving admin a tasty dose of all they have to offer. But even in this short time, with a noteworthy debut and enticing updates, Sumo Logic has... more »
AI On The Rise Weekly: Big Data, Surveillance, and Chinese-Speaking Siri

AI On The Rise Weekly: Big Data, Surveillance, and Chinese-Speaking Siri

If still alive, Alan Turing turns a century old on June 23rd— the computer scientist that breathed life to algorithm and computation or computing. Some five decades ago, he perpetrated the infamous ‘Turing Test” which until now is the standard that defines artificial intelligence. But while no one has yet to be successful in passing this trial, there have been countless of innovations around AI that are deemed monumental; Siri being one of the hottest items of today. Other industries have also jumped into the bandwagon, hoping they could pioneer AI technologies. Siri, Search and Smartphone Market The undisputed queen of virtual... more »
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Red Hat Announces Freemium Business Model for OpenShift PaaS

Back in April, Red Hat announced the release of the OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) as open source. But the big question mark has been how Red Hat was going to apply its services-oriented business model to OpenShift and monetize the solution. Well, wonder no more, as Red Hat has announced a hosted OpenShift offering in free and paid tiers. The announcement came at this week's Red Hat Summit in Boston. OpenShift has been in a free developer preview since May 2011, but once the platform reaches the general availability stage, it's going to be offered in two tiers: FreeShift, the free tier, is... more »
Infineta Joins NetApp Ecosystem

Infineta Joins NetApp Ecosystem

Storage vendor NetApp is steadily getting more and more involved with big data. Earlier this month the company debuted an integrated box that is built to run Hadoop, and shortly thereafter announced a significant partnership with Infineta. Infineta makes software that reduces latency in big data environments, in which even the most minute networking delays can have a big and much more noticeable impact on performance. Now that the company is a part of the NetApp Alliance Partner Program, its solutions will be used to speed up a number of additional processes: the SnapMirror replication and SnapVault backup recovery functionality that NetApp... more »
LulzSec Hackers Admit DDoS Attacks on High Profile Sites, including CIA, NHS, and Sony

LulzSec Hackers Admit DDoS Attacks on High Profile Sites, including CIA, NHS, and Sony

Two of the LulzSec hackers, one of the most notorious internet hackers group, have entered the guilty pleas today for disabling some high profile websites and performing Distributed Denial of Service attacks. Ryan Cleary, 24, and Jake "Topiary" Davis, 19 have admitted hacking CIA, National Health Service, News International, Sony, Nintendo, Arizona State Police, and film studio 20th Century Fox websites, among several others. The hacker duo flooded these website with traffic to make them crash, resulting in DDoS. Some other websites that became a victim of attack included Westboro Baptist Church, Bethesda, Eve Online, HBGary, HBGary Federal, PBS Inc, and... more »
Photo Discovery Evolves With New Instagram Explore Update

Photo Discovery Evolves With New Instagram Explore Update

Instagram has received an update for the first time since Facebook snapped up the popular photo-filter app in a $1 billion deal back in April of this year. The upgrade has been rolled out on both the iOS and Android versions of the application, which is now available as version 2.5 and 1.1.4. The changes themselves are hardly groundbreaking, with the most notable being the replacement of the old “Popular” tab with an “Explore” tab, and the addition of a new compass-style icon that leads users to the highest ranked snapshots. So far, the explore feature isn't that great, with search options... more »
The Best of Faulty Gadgets: Is Your Smartphone On the List?

The Best of Faulty Gadgets: Is Your Smartphone On the List?

Hearing about the latest faulty phone, the self-combusting Galaxy SIII, made me think about how hazardous technology is for us.  This isn’t the first time a gadget's exploded.  Some even caused serious injuries and fatalities. So let’s take a trip down memory lane to recall some of technology’s darkest hours. Faulty gadgets . This segment includes faulty laptops, mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices. Samsung Aside from the self-combusting Galaxy SIII, European consumers who were able to get their hands on the Pebble Blue version of the device reported noticing a white substance that looked like it was splashed on the device.  People are now... more »
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The Booms (and Busts) of Last Year's Google I/O

Google I/O 2012 will kick off tomorrow, June 27th and run until the 29th.  The three-day event will most likely feature Google’s future plans and products that would hopefully see the light of day. Google is known for being a bit fickle: buying startups only to dissolve them or discontinue their services, and of course making major announcements that we often do not see or hear of afterwards. Let’s take a look at what Google promised at last year’s conference and see which announcements were a bust and which actually made it to the promised land. They exist!  Kind of... Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice... more »

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- 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.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.