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Facebook Hacked: Once Again, Java Is The Weakest Link

Facebook Hacked: Once Again, Java Is The Weakest Link

The reputation of Java was dragged through the mud once again this weekend as hackers exploited yet another zero-day vulnerability in the plugin, this time to infiltrate Facebook in one of the highest profile hacks of the year so far. Facebook reported over the weekend that its database had been targeted in what was, in its own words, “a highly sophisticated attack” that took place last January. The social media site said that some of its employee’s laptops became infected with malicious code after visiting a third-party mobile developer’s site. The malware apparently exploited a security vulnerability in the Java plugin,... more »
Is It Cold In Here, Or Are You Just Trying to Steal My Android Data?

Is It Cold In Here, Or Are You Just Trying to Steal My Android Data?

In today’s mobile news roundup: FROST allows access to locked Android smartphone data; Samsung to compete with Nokia in emerging markets; LG unveils Optimus G Pro; and Apple’s ad laced weekend. FROST allows access to locked Android smartphone data Researchers Tilo Mueller and Michael Spreitzenbarth at Erlangen University in Germany discovered that PIN or pattern unlock security may not be enough to protect data on Android smartphones in case it gets stolen or lost. The researchers used FROST, or Forensic Recovery of Scrambled Telephones: a technique that involves cooling the phone to around five degrees Fahrenheit and quickly rebooting a Samsung Galaxy Nexus,... more »
Mega Embraces Bitcoin as BitTorrent Launches SoShare Rival

Mega Embraces Bitcoin as BitTorrent Launches SoShare Rival

The file-sharing wars are heating up, with Kim Dotcom announcing that his new storage service Mega has become the latest website to start accepting payment via the virtual currency Bitcoin (BTC). The news comes just days after the launch of a new rival service from BitTorrent which blows Mega out the water with a whopping 1TB of free storage space to entice new users. One of Mega’s biggest draws has been that up until now, it’s offered by far and away the largest amount of free space to its users, with the 500GB on offer being more than enough for the... more »
Oracle Virtualization Reduces Cores, Increases Utilization, Saves Money

Oracle Virtualization Reduces Cores, Increases Utilization, Saves Money

A new report from Wikibon.org CTO David Floyer, based on 15, hour-long interviews with Oracle users, brings good news for CIOs considering virtualizing large Oracle installations. Go ahead. Oracle's resistance is trivial, Oracle virtualization using popular third-party hypervisors is fairly straightforward, and the savings are very attractive. The 15 CIOs interviewed said that Oracle has taken a pragmatic approach to support. Despite its official line, the 15 interviewees reported trivial resistance at most from Oracle sales and support to their plans to virtualize. The Oracle sales team would suggest using Oracle VM or Exadata but retreat into resigned acceptance when that was... more »
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Why You Should Take a Services-Oriented Approach to Data Backup [VIDEO]

One of the "most pressing problems that plague IT since the dawn of computing."  That's how Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante explains backup, offering his view and solution in a featured segment this week (see full clip below). According to Vellante, the fundamental issue about backup is that it delivers no tangible business value – “it’s essentially insurance,” he says, and expensive insurance at that. For every dollar enterprises spend on primary storage between 50 and 60 cents are spent on backup and recovery.  To make things worse, the technology is also incredibly complex. “Why is it that backup is... more »
Virsto Buyout, Rumors and Passwords: This Week in the Cloud

Virsto Buyout, Rumors and Passwords: This Week in the Cloud

The past few days were an exciting period for both the enterprise and consumer space. VMware made a major acquisition, a password management startup existed stealth with $15 million in the bank, and Cisco announced record quarterly earnings. On Monday SiliconAngle founder and CEO John Furrier reported that VMware acquired Virsto, a California-based developer of storage management software for virtualized environments.  The deal gets VMware technology that it will be able incorporate into its solutions in order to drive down IO latency and add previously unavailable storage capabilities. On Tuesday, Oppenheimer’s Tim Horan proposed that Amazon should spin off its cloud business.... more »
API Analytics, Funding and Outsourcing This Week in Big Data

API Analytics, Funding and Outsourcing This Week in Big Data

This week in Big Data: a high-profile cloud firm announced an analytics offering; an emerging Big Data developer secured funding, and MasterCard struck a services deal that sheds new light on the challenges of data science in the enterprise. Apigee, the developer of an API management service used by major brands to optimize their web services, introduced a new offering named “Apigee Insights.” Users with deep enough pockets can leverage the service to monitor the data that flows through their APIs to identify patterns in traffic and information. HStreaming also had a big update this week. The San Francisco firm announced that... more »
Skype Rolls Out Video Messages, Welcomes Windows Messenger Live Users

Skype Rolls Out Video Messages, Welcomes Windows Messenger Live Users

Skype is rolling out a new feature that would allow people to leave video messages for their offline contacts. The feature is rolling out to iOS, Android and Mac users today, but ironically Skype's new video messaging is not yet available for Windows users.  Though it’s not yet available for Windows, users can still receive the video messages, just not make them. This is the second time Skype's rolled out a major update to iOS and Android users, but not for its parent company's products.  There's no word yet as to why the Windows platform has been left out given the fact that Skype... more »
Microsoft's Stance On Office For iPad Costing It $2.5 Billion A Year

Microsoft's Stance On Office For iPad Costing It $2.5 Billion A Year

Microsoft’s reluctance to develop an iPad variant of its industry-standard Office suite is both well-known and well understood, given that it has its sights set on gatecrashing the new computing environment with its own Surface Pro tablet, but its hardline stance could be costing it as much as $2.5 billion a year in lost revenues. Adam Holt, a senior analyst with Morgan Stanley, argues that while Microsoft has rigidly stuck to its guns so far, the widespread popularity of iOS devices may ultimately prove to be just too tempting for the software company to ignore, especially if sales of its Surface... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 15, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 15, 2013

Gartner Gives EMC Isilon Top Rating for Scale-Out System Storage EMC Isilon is the only product to get the highest rating of “Outstanding” in Gartner's new “Critical Capacities for Scale-Out File System Storage” report. Isilon was cited for providing capacity management, resiliency, and scalability, and for its rating in the designated use cases of commercial HPC, large home directories, and backup and archiving. The report evaluates nine vendors against nine critical capacities. More Deloitte Consumer Spending Index Down in January The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index, which tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future spending, declined for the third consecutive month in... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon examines why Public Cloud services has outpaced Private Cloud consumption for the past 3-5 years. By understanding the challenges of Private Cloud deployments, IT organizations can better align budgets and research towards True Private Cloud services than enable better business applications.

- Ralph Finos

The concept of Private Cloud has been in the market since 2008, but the ability of IT organizations to build Private Cloud services that match Public Cloud have been limited. Wikibon forecasts the Private Cloud market revenues from 2015-2026, as well as introducing the enhanced concept of "True" Private Cloud.

- Brian Gracely

The Oracle Storage Cloud enables Application and Infrastructure teams to leverage a Cloud platform that was designed for Enterprise Oracle applications. Wikibon looks at the integrations that bring simplicity and value to Oracle customers.

- David Floyer

Wikibon key findings include: - The breakeven for most migration projects from 7-Mode to Clustered ONTAP are poor at over 50 months - the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is anemic at 12% or lower; - For most workloads there are better strategic alternatives if a move must be made; - NetApp customers with 7-Mode running well should pass on converting to Clustered ONTAP, and focus on conversions to true private clouds and public clouds; - Storage vendors (and other component vendors) should no longer be considered as strategic partners by enterprise IT.

- David Floyer

This study and other Wikibon work shows very clearly that enterprise IT should deliver their software and solutions using true private cloud solutions where possible. The reduction in operational costs from reduced testing, lower operational maintenance costs enable either lower IT solution costs, or faster and more profitable value-based application deployment. Because of the additional integration of the Oracle hardware and database software, and the virtual licensing costs of the Oracle database, the Oracle Database Appliance is very likely to be the lowest cost solution, and give the fastest time-to- value when compared to bespoke component solutions.

- George Gilbert

Choosing a data preparation and integration tool is the first step in upgrading Systems of Record to Systems of Intelligence. If the goal is of the new Systems of Intelligence is highly differentiated functionality supporting a business strategy, specialized systems may have have an advantage. If the goal is matching the competition with the new systems and differentiating elsewhere, the greater simplicity of an integrated solution will probably be more competitive.

- George Gilbert

IT practitioners should collect the requirements from each of the constituencies that are going to be involved in building the new analytic pipeline. If an integrated product such as Informatica or Pentaho doesn't meet the requirements, they should evaluate just how much internal integration work they can support and whether the speed of the final pipeline can deliver on its performance goals. The more sophisticated enterprises with more specialized skills typically can support highly custom solutions.

- David Floyer

IT management practices must evolve to bring mature transaction systems and contemporary analytics capabilities together. The phrase "contemporary analytics" refers to Predictive Analytics (PA) and modern Decision Management (DM) systems that, when leveraged with existing Systems of Record (SoR), form a coherent, agile and new operating model we refer to as Systems of Intelligence (SoI). By incentivizing all levels of management and professionals to adopt this approach, organizations will be able achieve large and sustainable returns on investment. All other strategies, especially those requiring conversion of SoR to another platform or another package, will almost certainly add years to the project and add enormous business risk.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon delivers insights from the 2015 Future of Cloud Computing survey, including a look at how Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are becoming the dominant usage models. Gain insight into the trends, drivers and inhibitors that will shape IT spending and Cloud Computing over the next 12-24 months.

- Ralph Finos

The overall Worldwide Big Data market for products and services is in the midst of explosive growth, topping $27 billion in 2014, growing to over $61B by2020 – a compound annual growth rate of 15%. Professional services represented 43% of the market in 2014 and its use is widespread.