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Amazon Web Services Launches Export Service for VMs but Getting Application Data Out Remains Elusive

Amazon Web Services Launches Export Service for VMs but Getting Application Data Out Remains Elusive

Amazon Web Services has announced a service that allows customers to export previously imported EC2 instances back to on-premise environments. That's a shift that will send ripples throughout the market and bolsters the argument for a federated cloud that allows for the free flow of data across multiple clouds. But that is not exactly what AWS is promising in this announcement. AWS is offering the capability to export virtual machines to on-premise environments. Sure, it provides a counter to companies concerned about lock-in with AWS. But it does not address the full issue about allowing for the free flow of application data. Thomas-Hughes... more »
SuccessFactors Transitioning to HANA by Q3

SuccessFactors Transitioning to HANA by Q3

SAP’s HANA in-memory big data appliance has come a long way in the past twelve months, and HR subsidiary SuccessFactors evidently had enough confidence in the platform to migrate its Workforce Analytics and Workforce Planning solutions. “The benefits are immediate and real for HR executives and business leaders,” said Dmitri Krakovsky, vice president of global product management, SuccessFactors. “SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics and Workforce Planning is a pioneer in delivering the best practice metrics and benchmarks that companies need to truly understand their workforce. We can now significantly boost the access to business data, speed and performance – resulting in more insight... more »
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PayPal Changes the Game, but Isn't the Only Player

When PayPal debuted in cyberspace in 1998 it was a novel move towards a globally connected e-commerce society by allowing business and users to make and send payments directly through the internet.  PayPal radically changed the way business was done, no longer did you have to purchase money orders or write checks and worry about their deliverance, instead you could log into the secure website, type in the amount you wanted to pay and to whom, click send, and the record is immediately in your account and sent to you via email. It wouldn’t take a genius to deduce that following... more »
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EMC Far Ahead in Understanding Public, Private Cloud Services

When Colt Technology Services, a UK-based worldwide cloud service provider and on-premise systems supplier, talked to its EMC rep about what it really needed from its hardware provider, Colt was “fully expecting them [EMC] to look at us and think, 'You're really off on that one,'” says Colt CTO Matthew Yaeger. Instead within a week they were working with an internal EMC team that had been thinking along the same lines. The result, after months of work and “a few 180s,” was the mid-May's VMAX SP announcement. “I think the announcement was absolutely about a partner for the first time listening... more »
Sony Patent Reveals Weird Gameplay Rewind Advertisement Scheme

Sony Patent Reveals Weird Gameplay Rewind Advertisement Scheme

The folks over at ComputerAndVideoGames.com discovered an odd Sony patent filed last July that would enable an advertiser to display an advertisement while a video game is playing (allowing it to continue running in the background) and then rewind the game afterwards so the player could get back to business. It’s thought that this sort of technology might enable the production of further free-to-play gaming on the PlayStation and other Sony products, but looking at what the advertising mechanic will do to players, it’s hard to say it might turn off more gamers than it brings in revenue. To quote the article, The patent,... more »
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SMS Ads: Still Got It! Mobile Retail Trend Report

Mobile retail is an undeniable byproduct of our love for tablets and smartphones, and it's up to marketers and business owners to take advantage of this consumer trend.  Cellit, the mobile marketing division of ePrize, announced the release of a mobile study that highlights how mobile SMS are impacting some retailers’ loyal mobile subscribers, and driving in-store and online sales. The report is a result of 1,180 campaigns conducted by national retailers, including restaurants and other companies looking to create a deeper level of customer engagement.  The surveys were done over 450 days throughout 2011 and Q1 of 2012. According to their... more »
Microsoft, Google Cozy Up to iOS

Microsoft, Google Cozy Up to iOS

Apple’s dominion over the mobile market been undermined as Android, and later Windows Phone 7, started to gain popularity and set out on the growth path they’re following today. All this competition resulted in a great deal of innovation, and piggybacking on a competing OS’s popularity is one novelty that never gets old. Throughout 2011 and to a lesser extent this year as well, Microsoft’s mobile strategy relied in part on systematically suing Android OEMs for patent royalties.  This week an anonymous leak suggests that an upcoming battle with Apple may just prove to be not nearly as bloody, and iOS... more »
AI on the Rise Weekly: Invades Atmosphere and Ocean, Mimics Children’s Mind and More On Mobility

AI on the Rise Weekly: Invades Atmosphere and Ocean, Mimics Children’s Mind and More On Mobility

From a blurry mirage half a century ago, artificial intelligence has transcended several technological feats. Following a series of breakthroughs in mobility, big data, crowd computing and automotive, AI now moves outside the box to engage in environmental protection campaigns and large-scale aerial surveying to create maps. Researchers are also intrigued on how they can mimic AI technologies to how preschoolers think. Other updates relate to mobility and citations for AI-related ventures. Mimicking a Child’s Brain If you suppose that artificial intelligence is only concentrating on how to be superior of an adult human’s brain, then you will be surprised that studies... more »
EMC World: Day 2 Recap

EMC World: Day 2 Recap

The EMC World Conference in Las Vegas saw another exciting week with its continued support for the cloud, as this is the year of the cloud,  and its call for businesses to embrace the new technology as being a vital resource.  The cloud was not the only exciting news though, with Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante of theCube wrapping up the day’s highlights, seen here. The theme that EMC has utilized throughout this conference is "transformation," which is evident everywhere, from the t-shirts to the security guards and everything in between.  Transformation in the business realm is vital to a company's relevance and... more »
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Apple Still Rules Devices, Android Dominates the OS Scene

Millennium Media's published its latest Mobile Mix Index report for the first quarter of 2012, showing key advertising developments in device and manufacturer data, mobile operating system data, mobile developer trends and global tablet trends, along with other data that emerges from its vast network of mobile advertising. The Q1 Mobile Mix report highlights various mobile device advertising trends including top 10 mobile device manufacturers, leading mobile device operating systems, top 20 mobile phones and top mobile app categories ranked by impressions. Apple - the King According to the report, Apple iPhone topped the chart as the most dominant device and the leading individual... more »

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- 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.

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- 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.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- 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.