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RIM Executives On the Run, Apple Working on 7.85" iPad

RIM Executives On the Run, Apple Working on 7.85" iPad

Today’s mobile news roundup features RIM executives abandoning their sinking ship, Google’s Sergey Brin sporting the Google Glasses, Apple working on a 7.85-inch iPad and more. RIM loses tops dogs amid market decline According to a spokesman for Research in Motion, Senior Vice President Alan Brenner will be leaving the company after a transition period while Alistair Mitchell, vice president for the BlackBerry instant-messaging service, has already left. The departure of the said execs is due to RIM’s fifth straight quarterly sales loss.  CEO Thorsten Heins said that they will be focusing more on their consumers since they failed to keep most from... more »
A Conversation with SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann: What Happens When 15,000 iPads Are Given to Employees

A Conversation with SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann: What Happens When 15,000 iPads Are Given to Employees

SAP has an estimated 54,000 employees. About 40,000 of those employees carry iPads, iPhones, smart phones and tablets. That equaties to about 80% of its workforce as mobile ready. "We are the second largest user of iPads globally," said SAP's CIO Oliver Bussman in an recent interview, He said  Korea Telecomm is first in the world with 32,000 employees using the most coveted device of our time. Here's a breakdown on SAP's mobile deployments: 15,000 iPads 10,000 iPhones 20,000 Blackberry phones 800 Samsung Galaxy Tablets (Androidd) Bussman is investing in mobile for several reasons: The computer power is there, especially with the iPads. With the increased processing power comes... more »
OpenStack Answers Citrix Defection with its Strongest Release

OpenStack Answers Citrix Defection with its Strongest Release

Call it fate, call it synchronicity, call it well-planned, but whatever you do, don't call it a comeback. Just as Citrix gave its CloudStack platform to Apache and left the still-fledgling OpenStack Foundation in the lurch, OpenStack has shown it's far from defeated with the launch of Essex, the fifth major release of the open source cloud platform. Essex is already being hailed by some OpenStack consulting firms and ISV partners as the most stable yet. I'll spare you the technical details, but OpenStack Essex brings a new management dashboard for self-provisioning, an identity service providing for one log-in across multiple... more »
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#Fail or #Pivot - Citrix Doing the Open Source Two Step Dance - Aligns with Apache

Citrix has really stepped on themselves with Openstack and Cloud.com. According to my sources and many blog posts around the web, Citrix really seems to have shot themselves in the foot.  Or did Apache just score a coup. I am hearing from insiders that Citrix is a mess (in PR but strong in the product groups). This Citrix mess might just be bad PR in action, but something doesn't smell right in Citrix land. Network Computing editor Mike Fratto has a good story on Citrix (read the comments - very telling). The big winner in all this mess is Apache who is running... more »
NTT Extends Big Data Services Practice with MarkLogic Partnership

NTT Extends Big Data Services Practice with MarkLogic Partnership

NTT Data has decided it best not to go it alone when it comes to Big Data. Smart move. The Japanese systems integrator and services firm has inked a reseller and OEM partnership with MarkLogic to extend its data management practice into Big Data territory. NTT will leverage MarkLogic’s non-relational database platform to assist customers in building scalable Big Data applications that can process both structured and unstructured data, according to the companies. MarkLogic Server is document-focused data store that can be used to support Big Data applications that require real-time search and discovery capabilities against large volumes of documents. Its schema-less... more »
3 Reasons Why a VMware/Rackspace Acquisition Would be Bad for Customers

3 Reasons Why a VMware/Rackspace Acquisition Would be Bad for Customers

Rumors have surfaced again that someone is trying to buy Rackspace. This time, according to The VAR Guy, rumors have been floating around that VMware is considering purchasing Rackspace to neutralize the perceived threat that the OpenStack project poses to VMware's vSphere and vCloud. It's not the first time acquisition rumors have floated, Dell is often cited as a suitor, but as The VAR Guy notes, Rackspace has always said it's not for sale. The VAR Guy doesn't think a VMware acquisition of VMware is likely. First of all, Rackspace doesn't control OpenStack - there are over 100 different companies... more »
The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Google Glasses: 5 Possible Innovations

The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Google Glasses: 5 Possible Innovations

By now, almost everyone watching Google—and the Internet—will be aware of the first prototype for the search giant’s sci-fi project X augmented reality glasses. They’ve changed somewhat from our first expectations (a bit less covering and more VISOR-like) but Project Glass continues to hold all the elements that are necessary to make them a good piece of hardware for the cognoscenti geek elite. As this is a still-burgeoning technology, will likely run on Android and therefore receive all the apps expected, it means we can guess that it will have access to Google Video and Google Maps and many other things.... more »
HelloWallet for iPhone v2 Arrives, Boosts Mobile Payments

HelloWallet for iPhone v2 Arrives, Boosts Mobile Payments

HelloWallet, an independent, online financial guidance service for employees has pushed through a major update to HelloWallet for iPhone v2, an iPhone application for mobile payment transactions. With this new app version, HelloWallet is all set to make the first time user experience even better, and give a mobile experience that has all the power and functionality of this application. HelloWallet for iPhone v2 lets users make their day-to-day financial decisions on the go, link bank and credit card accounts directly from the iPhone, set up additional budget categories, manually add spending transactions, and get ahead by tracking transactions while they’re... more »
The New School of Storage: Scality Rides the Unstructured Data Wave

The New School of Storage: Scality Rides the Unstructured Data Wave

The new school of storage is like any new artistic genre or intellectual movement. It grows out of organic disruption. It's the offshoot of chaos, having its own impact on our culture and way of life. For our purposes, data is the disruptor. The chaos is in the technology stack and the innovators are the upstarts of the new school of storage. Disruption tends to surface the ugly side of who we are. The older, more established players will often hide their illnesses and appeal to the power barons.  The young turn to the community. The trick is to build a... more »
Make Technologies Latest Acquisition on Dell’s Shopping List

Make Technologies Latest Acquisition on Dell’s Shopping List

Dell acquired a company called Make Technologies for an undisclosed amount – its fifth buy this year and the third for this week. This is compared with the eight deals Dell struck last year. Make offers services to enterprises that are upgrading their data centers but still want to use their legacy apps on a more modern infrastructure.  The company takes care of the whole code migration process, offering what is promised to be a more affordable alternative to either doing it all in-house or simply licensing new software. “The combination of Make Technologies and Dell provides the market with a single... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.