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HyTrust Fills Major Security Gap in Virtualized Data Centers

HyTrust Fills Major Security Gap in Virtualized Data Centers

As data center virtualization moves beyond test and peripheral systems into mainstream production environments, enterprises face a major security gap. Maintaining and strengthening traditional security in the underlying physical environment remains important, but the virtualization layer itself also needs to be secured. The security built into commercial hypervisors such as VMware is rudimentary at best and leaves virtualized systems vulnerable. This creates compliance problems, but more than that, warns Eric Chiu, co-founder and president of HyTrust, it leaves companies very vulnerable to anybody who can gain access to the virtual system management layer. How bad can it be? Chiu cites the... more »
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FalconStor Pays $5.8M to Cover Up Old Mess

Backup and recovery solutions maker FalconStor is doing fine right now. It recently snagged an award for its popular Virtual Tape Library (VTL) offering, and according to an older update from earlier this month it had some big wins in the education sector this quarter. The only real catch is that this all labeled as recovery rather actual growth. The stain left by a number of serious fraud accusations dating back to 2010 hasn’t been washed out as of yet – that is, probably not until now. Reuters reports that a Brooklyn federal court ruled the company has to pay $5.8 million... more »
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No Red Hat for Hadoop Wikibon. Experts Agree

Will a Red Hat for Hadoop, that is a single commercial entity that represents the Hadoop ecosystem and sets direction for it, emerge? That is a question that Wikibon Chief Analyst and Co-Founder David Vellante raised during a discussion with Big Data analyst and Wikibon Chief Contributor Jeff Kelly in the SilionAngle Cube during a recent visit to Atlas Ventures in Boston. A year ago, when EMC announced its partnership with MapR, the speculation at Wikibon and SiliconAngle was that EMC was vying to become that company.  But at EMCworld 2012, EMC Information Infrastructure Products President and COO Pat Gelsinger said in an... more »
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RIM Suffers More Setbacks, BB10 Delayed to 2013

Today’s mobile news roundup features RIM’s latest woes, Google Chrome topping Apple’s App Store, and the iPhone's fifth birthday. RIM suffers a few more setbacks Research in Motion yesterday reported a loss of ¢37 per share as sales tumbled 43% percent to $2.8 billion, largely missing a prediction of $3.05 billion.  What’s worse, they’ve announced that 5,000 jobs will be cut. The company has been banking on the release of the BlackBerry 10 this fall, as it will dictate whether RIM needs to sell the company, according to some sources. Unfortunately, the release of BB10 has been pushed further back to the first quarter... more »
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Nexus Q: Top 5 Features

Aside from the Nexus 7, Google unveiled the Nexus Q, a small computer it's touting as the world’s first social streaming media player.  The point of the device is to allow users to stream media directly from the cloud (namely Google Play) to your living room, eliminating the need for a spiderweb of wires that masks the beauty of your home. So what would the Nexus Q bring to your home entertainment? Here are the Top 5 features: Made for Android - Using your Android phone or tablet, you can stream music and videos via Google Play or YouTube to your home’s entertainment... more »
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Future Big Data: What's to Be Paranoid About?

There have been plenty of columns written in the last few months about the amazing potential of Big Data and what it holds for the future, but little has been said about the dangers that could be lurking behind this mass of information. While stories about Big Brother being able to track your every move continually steal the headlines from a paranoid mass-media, Big Data has been quietly taking over every aspect of how our cities are run. Someday soon, Big Data could even become your city’s de facto governor. Don’t believe me? Well perhaps you’ll believe IBM, who along with networking... more »
The Launch List: The Partners Aligning with Google Compute Engine

The Launch List: The Partners Aligning with Google Compute Engine

Here's the initial list of partners aligning with Google for its news infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Opscode will offer its Chef tools with Google Compute Engine for infrastructure automation. This means server provisioning, configuration management and the delivery of infrastructure and applications. Opscode says it will leveraging its knife plugin for Google Compute Engine, businesses of all sizes can rapidly create, bootstrap and manage Google cloud resources. Puppet Labs Enterprise has a module available on Google Compute Engine. Download is available via Puppet Forge. Rightscale is offering a private beta for customers to manage Google Compute Engine with RightScale cloud management to deploy workloads... more »
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Pinterest Surpasses Tumblr, Google+ in Sharing: AddThis Fills the Gaps

AddThis, the online content sharing platform provider, has extended toolset to include Pinterest, arguably the hottest social sharing network on the market. The company introduces a new, easier way to share Pinterest content via their toolbar plug-in for a more seamless provision of social referral traffic to Pinterest, as well as to publisher’s own sites. The AddThis platform contains additional user options and support for publishers, which can increase Pinterest social sharing capabilities with the use AddThis’ existing sharing and engagement plugins.  It's a boost for brands and avid Pinterest users, as AddThis notes an additional 20 percent growth with the introduction... more »
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Drone p0wned by College Lab

Researchers at a university lab have successfully hacked a government DHS-owned unmanned aerial vehicle, known as a “drone” in a low-buck challenge.  The research team at University of Texas at Austin built a device that was able to spoof critical GPS systems on the drone craft with components totaling in the neighborhood of $1000.  The system apparently posed as legitimate GPS signals, and was able to submit new commands to the craft. After DHS gained control back, the challenge was made to the researchers to try the hack again.  That next attempt was also successful.  Professor Todd Humphreys, the lead researcher... more »
MapR Bringing Hadoop to New Google Compute Engine

MapR Bringing Hadoop to New Google Compute Engine

No sooner did Google announce its Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, Google Compute Engine, at Google I/O this morning, than MapR revealed it will offer its Hadoop distribution on-demand via the new Google cloud. The announcment with Google comes just two weeks after MapR inked a similar deal with Amazon to host M5 and M3, its enterprise and community Hadoop distributions, in the Amazon Elastic MapReduce cloud. Clearly MapR believes the cloud is its pathway to significant customer adoption. MapR CEO John Schroeder is scheduled to appear on theCUBE live from Google I/O later today where my colleague John Furrier will no doubt discuss the... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.