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What to Expect from Apple at WWDC 2012

What to Expect from Apple at WWDC 2012

Apple launched the landing page for WWDC this week – its annual developer conference that features workshops, various sessions and most importantly a keynote that is generally perceived as the main highlight of the event. This year Tim Cook will be filling Steve Jobs’ shoes for the first time, and will follow traditional by discussing the company’s latest product developments. The keynote is scheduled for 10 AM on June 11, and there is no shortage of rumors about what exactly Cook will pull out of his sleeve. High on the probability list is iOS6 – WWDC’s recent history revolved in great part... more »
Piecing Together Facebook Mobile: Acquisitions, Rumors, Ads and Android

Piecing Together Facebook Mobile: Acquisitions, Rumors, Ads and Android

Since going public, news surrounding Facebook has focused on mobile: how will Facebook roll out its mobile strategy?  How will Facebook justify its recent string of acquisitions, namely Instagram for $1 billion?  How do ads fit into Facebook’s rumored smartphone?  Is Android the right platform for the rival’s play? No one has an answer to these questions, but they spark ongoing speculation and debate nonetheless.  The latest rumor is that Facebook will take in European mobile browser maker Opera for its ability to dynamically run ads on the mobile web.  We’ve also come across other notions that Facebook would be smart... more »
"Flame" Virus is the Latest Greatest Cyber Weapon Discovery

"Flame" Virus is the Latest Greatest Cyber Weapon Discovery

Wired.com is reporting that Russian security researchers from Kaspersky Labs have found a sophisticated computer virus that is infecting computers in Iran and other Middle East countries.  Indications are that the virus appears to be designed to gather private data from the targeted computer systems.  Described by Kaspersky as sophisticated, the virus is known as “Flame” and was discovered as the security group was called in to analyze a different malicious threat. The origin of the virus reportedly dates back to 2007, and it is being considered a state-sponsored group at the heart of the virus.  Flame also appears to be much... more »
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The Goods on Open Source? It’s the Collaboration

If you ask me what the single most important benefit of an open source systems is, I would unhesitatingly say “accelerates collaboration and hence innovation” through extended communities. Not only is it fun to work within international communities, but if you want to build leading-edge software an open source approach is the best way to connect with experts wherever they are in the world. As Michael Nielson argues in his wonderful book Reinventing Discovery The Era of Networked Science, online tools make groups collectively smarter by harnessing micro-expertise, that is harnessing expert attention at just the right place and just... more »
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Mobile Web Explosion Changes the Internet Game

Smartphones have revolutionized the way that people use the internet, with phone manufacturers creating web browsers such as Safari for mobile devices.  Ina Fried of allthingsd reports that mobile devices make up nearly 20 percent of all web traffic in the US and Canada and this number is only going to increase as smartphones become more and more popular. While its undeniable Apple’s iPad and iPhone are leading the pack with 95% of traffic coming from one of their devices, Windows Phone accounts for a third more traffic as BlackBerry with its powerful browser and larger screen.  In an effort to... more »
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Brocade on the State and Future of Networking - Customer Choice is Key

The Cube’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Jason Nolet, Vice President Data Center and Enterprise Networking Group, Brocade, at this year’s EMC World about the state of the networking market and where the market is going (see full video below). Brocade helped pioneer the storage area networking market with EMC. Lately Brocade’s relationship with EMC has experienced a resurgence partially fueled by the launch of VSPEX, a small and medium business focused virtualization solution. Nolet explained that VSPEX provides the flexibility for customers to create best of breed solutions instead of constraining them to a single configuration. The capability... more »
Facebook’s Latest Acquisition Could be Face.com

Facebook’s Latest Acquisition Could be Face.com

Word has it that Facebook has caught the scent of yet another high-value acquisition target. It is rumored that the social network plans to acquire facial recognition startup Face.com for a sum ranging between 80 and 100 million dollars. If these early speculations have some merit to them then Face is a relative bargain at about a tenth of what the social network paid for Instagram. While its technology is somewhat more mature, the 5 year old company has yet to come up with a way to successfully monetize its offering either. Face labels itself as the number one facial recognition service... more »
Strange Big Data: Humans vs. Machines

Strange Big Data: Humans vs. Machines

Alongside the rise of technology spreads the dilemma that computers might one day take over and enslave humanity. That may sound a bit beyond the pale, but perhaps it can actually happen.  We’ve seen it in sci-fi movies such as The Matrix, Blade Runner, and Space Odyssey. But before we all lose our nerves thinking that our beloved technology may dominate us one day, let’s take a look at how close technology currently matches our own human capabilities. In this infographic by Dell, computers and humans are compared based on twelve aspects: vision, hearing, noise, smell/taste, touch, speed reading, memorization, games,... more »
10Gen Raises $42 Million to Bolster MongoDB and Battle for the Database Market

10Gen Raises $42 Million to Bolster MongoDB and Battle for the Database Market

The disruption in the database market is fully apparent today with the news that 10Gen has received $42 million in funding from New Enterprise Associates and existing investors. 10Gen develops MongoDB, the open-source NOSQL database. It provides a subscription service, support and training for the fast growing database technology. The investment marks a new chapter for the growing demand for database technology better suited to the demands that comes with new data workload demands. Relational databes are increasingly viewed as unfitting for the new world of big data due to the complexity, for instance, in making schema changes. That's the problem experienced by Craigslist... more »
ProInsights Tops this Week’s Tablet Business Apps

ProInsights Tops this Week’s Tablet Business Apps

This week Mint updated their app with new features from the site, and a LinkedIn visualization tool for Android called ProInsights made it to a top spot on the list. iPad Mint The company behind the popular personal finance service rolled out an upgrade to the iPad client that added a couple of features from the web-based version that users have been asking for. It’s now possible to set up budgets directly via the tablet, and the ability to separate purchases from a single transaction to any number of  the categories have been introduced. Calc XT Calc XT is a an aesthetic, fully featured scientific... more »

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.