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Fandroids Turn Elitist as Instagram Reaches 5 Million Android Downloads

Fandroids Turn Elitist as Instagram Reaches 5 Million Android Downloads

Instagram, the photo-sharing/editing app, which recently received some animosity from iOS users when they launched the Android version of the app, is getting more popular as it boast of five million downloads in just six days after the Android launch.  That’s about 2,000 fandroids signing up every minute. Fanboys' smack-talking hasn't turned fandroids off from Instagram as Android users from all over the globe invaded their sacred ground.  Within 12 hours of Instagram's launch for Android, the app was already downloaded 1 million times.  And in just six days, the Android version has been downloaded 5 million times.  It took iOS... more »
NY Phone Booths and Cabs Get Mobile Makeovers with Tablets, Charging Stations

NY Phone Booths and Cabs Get Mobile Makeovers with Tablets, Charging Stations

Technology is used many ways to make our daily tasks easier to accomplish.  But the people behind our awesome gadgets aren’t done innovating.  They want technology to be part of our lives, every moment of the day.  Let’s take a look at how technology is or will be incorporated in our lives in the near future. Smart booths The city of New York is planning on transforming some 250 old phone booths across the five boroughs within the next month.  The phones will be replaced by  32-inch “smart screens” with Internet connections which will display local neighborhood information, including lists of nearby... more »
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How to Appeal to Your Developers in the Mobile Era? Team with Appcelerator Platform

Outsourced R&D provider GlobalLogic and Appcelerator, the developer of the Titanium mobile dev platform, announced a curious new alliance. The two companies will be integrating their engineering muscle, GlobalLogic’s 6,000 developers and Appcelerator’s massive partner and user ecosystems, to extend Titanium and as a result achieve a good bit of mutual benefit. GlobalLogic has implemented it as its main mobile development platform and is being certified to run extensions on it, while at the same time strengthening the core platform. In addition, clients of both IT firms will be offered new delivery integration and mobile services. “Partnering with an award-winning platform like Appcelerator... more »
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Buidling the Modern Enterprise - Advice for CIO's and IT Leaders for Rolling Out Convergered Infrastructure

We've been talking for some time on SiliconANGLE network of sites (see ServicesANGLE.com, CloudANGLE.com, and DevOpsANGLE.com) and on theCUBE on SiliconANGLE.tv about converged infrastructure.  Our research team at Wikibon has been deeply researching it via their open source and crowdsourced portal at Wikibon.org.  Top CIOs are going converged infrastructure in order to power the modern enterprise IT. Converged infrastructure is the future. It's where commodity hardware (servers, networking, and storage) all become integrated and software enables the new IT benefits - speed and performance.  Converged infrastructure is what is powering the modern enterprise where apps, software, and high performances always on... more »
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HotLink Upgrade Extends Cross-Hypervisor vCenter

HotLink offers a solution called SuperVISOR for VMware, a rather appropriate title considering what it does. It extends vCenter in a way that transforms it into a centralized platform that can be used to manage multi-hypervisor environments, with support for not only VMware software but also Hyper-V, XenServer and other alternatives. Today the company unveiled the newest version of its product, introducing three new features with the 1.5 release. A new tool lets admins manage snapshots in heterogeneous environments, who now also enjoy the same level of centralization when it comes to deploying templates. These can be rolled out across multiple... more »
Atlassian Keeps Banging the Social Drum with Confluence 4.2

Atlassian Keeps Banging the Social Drum with Confluence 4.2

Earlier this year Atlassian added social features to its bug tracking application JIRA. Now the company is adding Facebook-style quick comments and "likes" to its wiki software Confluence with the 4.2 release of the product. Also new in 4.2 is a system for surfacing popular content. Social is an increasingly important component of the Atlassian line. In addition to adding social collaboration features to its two flagship products, JIRA and Confluence, the company acquired private chat room application HipChat this year. The company recently integrated HipChat into its continuous integration tool Bamboo. Collaboration is an important part of DevOps, and wikis... more »
Nokia Sales Continue to Gain, Android Dominates China OS Market

Nokia Sales Continue to Gain, Android Dominates China OS Market

Today’s mobile news roundup features the Nokia Lumia line topping sales charts, Apple banking on wireless charging for future products, Android leading in Chinese market and more mobile news. Nokia saved by Lumia line Though the first day sale of the Nokia Lumia 900 was quite embarrassing because so many retailers were closed for Easter Sunday, it was a hit on Amazon’s online store.  On Sunday afternoon, it was already the fifth most in-demand phone, and on Monday it managed to top the sales chart with the black version at the number one spot and the cyan version at number three.  Today,... more »
QLogic Unveils 10GbE OEM with Fujitsu

QLogic Unveils 10GbE OEM with Fujitsu

Networking gear maker QLogic announced a reseller agreement with Fujitsu today that puts its 8200 Series 10GbE converged networking adapters into the latter’s ETERNUS storage systems. QLogic thinks very highly of its embedded target controller, and here some of the reasons why. The company says the fact its 3GCNA products are all one-chip-based means they’re easily programmable, so it’s easier for OEMs to integrate into their offerings. It also features some other more notable capabilities, mainly the patented FlexOffload protocol that takes packet processing off the storage to-do list. Another feature that the 8200 Series makes use of is something called ConvergeFlex,... more »
How In One Important Way Oxygen Cloud Has an Advantage Over Amazon Web Services

How In One Important Way Oxygen Cloud Has an Advantage Over Amazon Web Services

Oxygen Cloud is an infrastructure to access content from anywhere by connecting it to a customer's private storage system. That's a pretty simple offering. But for many companies, this is the overriding issue. They struggle with how to move data around between a corporate network and a device outside the firewall. This capability gives Oxygen enough distinction to compare it to Amazon Web Services. (AWS). AWS is far more sophisticated than Oxygen in its overall service. But in February, AWS launched its Amazon Gateway, which connects an on-premises software appliance with AWS cloud-based storage. That's quite similar to what Oxygen offers. The services... more »
Twitter Open Sources Its Secret MySQL Hacks

Twitter Open Sources Its Secret MySQL Hacks

Despite its reputation for being a big user of and contributor to open source NoSQL projects (including Hadoop, Cassandra, Storm and FlockDB), Twitter is highly dependent MySQL. According to a blog post from Twitter DBA and DB development team members Jeremy Cole and Davi Arnaut: "MySQL is the persistent storage technology behind most Twitter data: the interest graph, timelines, user data and the Tweets themselves." As you can imagine, Twitter has put a lot of work into making MySQL scale. And now the company has put its MySQL modifications on Github, under a BSD license, for all to use. According... more »

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- 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.

- 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!