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Tintri Takes On Cloning, VMware Integration

Tintri Takes On Cloning, VMware Integration

Tintri, the company that makes purpose-built storage appliances for virtual machines, rolled out an update to its flagship Tintri VMstore platform that adds several enhancements on top of the existing functionality. One of the new features is virtual machine cloning, which can help admins better cover a number of processes. Being able to fire up hundreds of clones makes testing and development considerably faster,  in addition to making provisioning a lot simpler. VMstore also added pretty extensive integration with VMware software. That includes full vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) support, which lets IT admin start cloning on Tintri appliances directly from the... more »
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Forrester: IT Needs to Make Way for the Social Business Analyst

A new Forrester survey of IT pros suggests that there's a clean split in the social enterprise space between "haves" and "have-nots" - 49 percent of respondents say that 2012 will see investments in social business tools. And of those who are going social, only 19 percent say that they're not expanding their use. Enter the so-called "social business analyst," an emerging IT role designed to maximize value of these tools even as adoption increases. That survey, answered by 1,332 IT "decision-makers" and executives, indicates that those who have yet to go social have a lot of catching up to do. In... more »
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After SEC Probe, Groupon Sued by Bitter Shareholder

Just yesterday we reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a probe on Groupon, the daily deals company that recently went public, due to their last minute revisions on their financial report.  The SEC may launch a formal investigation of the matter.  Now Groupon faces legal action as shareholders raise concerns over the daily deals business and the ongoing investigation. The reason behind the last minute revision was identified by Groupon as “material weakness in its internal controls,” which is related to their Groupon Promise that allows consumers to return one of their coupons.  The company did not expect that... more »
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ViaWest Raises $65M for Hosted Services, Plans Future Growth

Privately held data center operator ViaWest received  $65 million in debt financing to be used in ‘future growth initiatives,’ which presumably means  a continuation of the company’s past and current efforts to expand. The bulk of the sum came from RBC Capital Markets, and the remaining $10 million was provided by Barclays Private Credit Partners Fund and Solar Capital. ViaWest was acquired by Oak Hill Capital two years ago, and has since then expanded its network of cloud facilities to 22 after the opening of new centers in Portland, Oregon and Dallas, Texas. In addition it also runs a portfolio of... more »
Facebook Slaps Yahoo With Countersuit, Patent Wars Continue

Facebook Slaps Yahoo With Countersuit, Patent Wars Continue

In retaliation to Yahoo! Inc. filing a lawsuit for infringing 10-20 patents in March, social networking giant Facebook Inc. filed a countersuit alleging Yahoo is guilty of patent infringement as well. Facebook argues that Yahoo infringed their patents covering display advertising, content personalization and photo sharing which accounted for almost 80% or $4 billion of Yahoo!’s revenue last year. “From the outset, we said we would defend ourselves vigorously against Yahoo’s lawsuit, and today we filed our answer as well as counter-claims against Yahoo for infringing 10 of Facebook’s patents,” said Ted Ullyot, Facebook’s general counsel in an emailed statement.  “While we... more »
Your Guide to Choosing a Business Intelligence Tool

Your Guide to Choosing a Business Intelligence Tool

Business intelligence is fast becoming a significant contribution towards advertising strategies, crunching internal and external data to turn it into a propeller of the company’s marketing engine.  As a branch of the big data market, BI aims to turn analytics into strategies, and eventually more revenue.  But beyond mere analytics, BI serves several functions that include reporting, data mining, process mining, benchmarking, business performance review and multifaceted event processing.  The theme behind BI testifies the more data the better, and those that embrace the overwhelming quantities of data are able to uncover patterns and correlations that lend to better decision-making. For small businesses that... more »
Nimble CRM Adds App to Chrome Web Store

Nimble CRM Adds App to Chrome Web Store

Nimble is looking to revolutionize CRM at a scale that was previously associated, for the most part, with more legacy offerings. The company is essentially modernizing relations management, adding in factors from recent trends such as cloud and cross-platform support. The latter encompasses mobile, as well as web. Nimble launched an app on Google‘s Chrome Web Store this week, enabling a user to add the app as a browser shortcut. The CRM startup optimized its flagship platform specifically for Chrome and opened it up to Google’s audience, even though it can be accessed from any browser as well. “As a Google Apps... more »
Sony Executive Shakeup Continues with Kunimasa Suzuki as New Mobile President and CEO

Sony Executive Shakeup Continues with Kunimasa Suzuki as New Mobile President and CEO

Today’s mobile roundup features Sony’s new leader, Apple’s new patents, and a new quad-band LTE USB modem. Meet Sony’s new President and CEO Sony Mobile Communications announced that effective May 16, 2012, Bert Nordberg will no longer serve as the company’s President and CEO but will serve as Chairman of Sony Mobile Communications’ board.  Kunimasa Suzuki will take the role of President and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications.  Kunimasa’s new role will be added to his current role as Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation. "Kuni has a vast experience in product planning and management in the information technology... more »
From Services to Software, Still Waiting for Big Data Leadership from IBM

From Services to Software, Still Waiting for Big Data Leadership from IBM

At Strata Conference last month, my Wikibon colleagues and I had the pleasure of chatting with Anjul Bhambri, Vice President of Big Data in IBM’s software group. While we had a pleasant discussion, I expressed to Anjul that we as an industry are waiting for IBM to show a higher level of leadership in the Big Data space more befitting a company of Big Blue’s stature and expertise. My point was that IBM has a very broad and fairly deep portfolio of Big Data-related products and services – including its analytics services team, Watson unstructured analytics system, Netezza data warehouse appliance... more »
Nokia's Former Symbian Developers Leave En Masse from Accenture

Nokia's Former Symbian Developers Leave En Masse from Accenture

Last year, Nokia decided that it no longer needed Symbian anymore. Nope. The home grown mobile operating system needed to go. Instead, Nokia decided Microsoft would serve as its shining light to face the iPhone and Android onslaught. Nokia turned to Accenture to manage the Symbian sunset. As part of the deal, 1,200 Nokia employees joined the Accenture ranks. According to YLE News,  now it appears that all did not work out so well for those spun out to Accenture. About 400 employees have since left or are in the process of receiving severance agreements. Most of these people are developers who just got... 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.