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Tapping the 1 Percent of Twitter Data: FirstRain CEO Penny Herscher Gets It

There is such a thing as the global intelligence stream, and it's empowering consumers as much as it's providing valuable data sets to marketers and corporations.  It's a new kind of give-and-take that's blossoming around consumer-corporate interactions, but it's probably the first time such a relationship has so much potential to be equally, if not more beneficial to the consumer. And there's a segment of businesses cropping up around this potential, seeking out the best way to unearth consumers' true sentiment from the deep ocean of public web content, contextualizing it for business insight.  FirstRain is one of the newer companies... more »
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CyberWars: Caught in the Crossfire @CyberWars

Ed. note: This is the first in a three-part series on CyberWars that will explore what is happening, why businesses should be concerned, and what they should do. In the last five years the first shots in a new kind of conflict, dubbed CyberWars by the press but more accurately “advanced persistent threats” by data security experts, have been fired. The revelations of Operation Aurora,  the 2009 penetration of Google, Jumiper Networks, Rackspace and probably several other technologically sophisticated companies; Night Dragon,  the penetration of the major oil and gas companies; Shady Rat; the RSA penetration; and, of course, Stuxnet, revealed a... more »
Rally Acquires Agile Advantage, Raising the Bar for Development

Rally Acquires Agile Advantage, Raising the Bar for Development

Rally Software, the company that offers Software-as-a-Service--based Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform and products, announced the acquisition of Agile Advantage, a performance management solution that helps organizations maximize the financial return of Agile software development projects.  ALM is the union of business management to software engineering and a continuous process of managing the life of an application through governance, development and maintenance. “Just as Rally disrupted the project management market 10 years ago, it’s now disrupting the next generation of portfolio management with the same Agile principles that revolutionized how projects are managed,” said Tim Miller, Rally’s CEO. “Adding Agile Advantage’s... more »
Global Cyberthreats intensify, China and U.S. Primary Source of Malicious IPs

Global Cyberthreats intensify, China and U.S. Primary Source of Malicious IPs

AlienVault, the only open Unified Security Management platform that delivers built-in controls and full visibility, has released an infographic giving details of trends in malicious cyber activity. Named as “The 2nd United Nations”, the infographic gives out the latest threat data generated by the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX). Here are some key revelations from the infographic: • China and the United States rank one and two among the top five sources of malicious IP addresses, followed by South Korea, Russian Federation, and Taiwan. • Host scanning was the top most malicious activity, followed by malware domain, malware IP, spamming, and malicious... more »
Opscode Introduces Chef Professional Services For Cloud Infrastructure Automation

Opscode Introduces Chef Professional Services For Cloud Infrastructure Automation

Opscode, developer of the highly popular IT infrastructure automation tool Chef, is finding that as customers are managing larger, more heterogenous environments at greater and greater scales, they're turning to DevOps methodologies and tools to keep things under control - in fact, Opscode says its customer base has grown 50 percent in the last six months. And to help large enterprises meet that challenge, Opscode is launching a portfolio of professional services and solutions, with a special focus on cloud automation. The new Opscode services practice is headed up by one Paul Edelhertz, who comes to the company after a stint as... more »
Indian Cloud Market Grows Close to $1 billion

Indian Cloud Market Grows Close to $1 billion

The Indian cloud market grew significantly in 2011, reaching between $860 and $912 million, according to a report by Zinnov Management Consulting, a market advisory firm. A large portion of that market growth (78 to 80 percent) was in the private cloud, while 20 to 22 percent came from the public cloud. For India the public cloud accounted for about $160 to $190 million in 2011, and there is some indication that the push to the public cloud has just begun in India and will continue to grow. As companies become more comfortable with cloud subscription models such as SaaS (software-as-a-service),... more »
iCloud Hack Raises New Questions about Cloud Security

iCloud Hack Raises New Questions about Cloud Security

Over the weekend, Gizmodo writer Mat Honan witness the unpleasant experience of having his iCloud account hacked, all his devices remote wiped, and his Twitter account flooded with inappropriate posts. This is not the first time cloud data has been exploited, and it is certainly not as damaging as some other large scale attacks. But it does raise new questions (and many old ones) about cloud security. An Apple iCloud account allows users to keep a good portion of their data in sync across multiple devices: mac, iPad, iPhone, etc. When it works correctly, it makes life a great deal simpler.... more »
Wozniak: "I really worry about everything going to the cloud"

Wozniak: "I really worry about everything going to the cloud"

Don't count Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak among the fans of the shift to cloud computing, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). Wozniak made a special appearance after a Washington performance of Mike Daisey's "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," a controversial monologue on the conditions of Apple's factories and labor practices in China, to answer audience questions. And while the AFP reports that Woz  held court on topics ranging from Foxconn itself (he praised Apple's oversight of its factories and says he expects conditions to improve over time), his experiences as a public school teacher, and his appearance on Dancing With The Stars. But for likely... more »
Big Data App Start-up Incubator Signals Role-Reversal for SAP

Big Data App Start-up Incubator Signals Role-Reversal for SAP

For years SAP’s bread-and-butter has been developing application software to run on third-party databases, including archrival Oracle. With the advent of HANA, however, SAP finds itself in the unfamiliar role of soliciting outside developers to build applications for its own database platform. That’s what SAP has been up to since February when it began reaching out to start-ups to develop Big Data applications to run on top of HANA. According to the Wall Street Journal, SAP has talked with hundreds of start-ups since then and invited 37 of the most promising app developers to take part in a year-long incubator program.... more »
Mobile Round-Up: Apple's Sanction Request Denied By Court, Android Zombies 4 BRAINZ

Mobile Round-Up: Apple's Sanction Request Denied By Court, Android Zombies 4 BRAINZ

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Judge denies Apple request for sanction; Revamped Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to arrive later this month; Nokia fighting for shelf-space; HTC entering the phablet market; and Black Ops Zombies now on Android. Apple denied sanction in fight against Samsung Apple Inc. was requesting the San Jose court to grant them a win against Samsung Electronics Co. after the South Korean company leaked court inadmissible evidences to the media.  Apple stated in their letter that Samsung thinks they are above the law when they made the media leak and their sole purpose in leaking the evidence was to... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.