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33Across Launches Real-Time Personas

33Across Launches Real-Time Personas

33Across collects social data, lots of it, and sells it to publishers. It operates a ‘social graph’ that tracks the activities of 1.25 billion internet users worldwide, and  the sheer size of this data hoard is the main thing that earned the company a client portfolio of 375 Fortune 1000 marketers to the offering. This week the company extended its Brand Graph technology with the addition of 52 ‘Social Personas.’ As the name suggests this offering bundle is a collection of categories that divides audiences by demographics, location and other metrics, but there’s one twist that 33Across says make its solution is superior... more »
Can Smart TV Gaming Replace Game Consoles?

Can Smart TV Gaming Replace Game Consoles?

Television manufacturers are now focusing on making smart TVs as methods of connecting to the web and delivering content directly.  Smart TVs open up a whole new world of entertainment.  It allows you to enjoy media content straight from the internet without the need for a set-top box.  You can view movies or TV shows on services like Netflix, or update your Facebook status while watching your favorite program.  But aside from enjoying shows, video clips from YouTube or movies, smart TVs are opening a new world for gamers.  Before, you’d need game consoles such as an Xbox 360 or... more »
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Top iPhone and Android Apps Can Be BYOD's Biggest Threat

San Francisco-based mobile app security provider Appthority has released its App Reputation Report that unveils the hidden security risks for top mobile apps. The report discloses security issues raised by the BYOD movement, along with the top targeted app categories on the Android and iOS platform and the sensitive data that the apps can access. The Appthority Platform analyzed the top 50 free apps from Google Play and Apple’s App Store to find the risks involved in having BYOD mobile devices. The cloud-based Appthority platform is capable of identifying and grading risky activities in mobile apps including malware detection, corporate data exfiltration, and... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: Files, Alliances and $10M in Funding

A number of cloud updates cross the wired this week, and the ones coming from the direction of Google were among those that stood out the most. The search giant launched a partner program for vendors that want to get in on the Google Cloud Platform. That’s the name of several combined services including Cloud Storage, the Google App Engine and the BigQuery analytics engine  - offerings that have become extremely popular among developers. Equipped with new tools and resources courtesy of Google, partners will be able to expand the ecosystem with software and services that supplement the core Cloud Platform portfolio. Yesterday,... more »
Social Enterprise for Social Improvements

Social Enterprise for Social Improvements

If Coca Cola were a person, would it be your friend?  Or better yet, if it could talk, what would it say? Well, the truth is, companies such as Coca~Cola are very much like people in that they are doing what millions of people do everyday, and they are doing it big. Yes, I'm talking about social networking. Or, to put it in a business terms, marketing. Now, to answer our first question, yes, Coca~Cola would absolutely be your friend; all you have to do is log onto Facebook and like their page. As for the second question, what they would say is,... more »
Top NFC Vulnerabilities: Your Smartphone's Best Friend and Worst Nightmare

Top NFC Vulnerabilities: Your Smartphone's Best Friend and Worst Nightmare

At the Black Hat convention, researchers discussed how NFC tags can be used to exploit smartphone vulnerabilities.  It's a serious topic, as more and more devices are being shipped with NFC chips standard, and NFC technology is being leveraged for sharing content between phones, contactless payments and more. As a smartphone user, developer or retailer it's important to recognize the vulnerabilities that come with NFC technology.  It may be becoming a standard before it's been properly secured. Fuzzing Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner’s talk, entitled “Don’t Stand So Close to Me: An Analysis of the NFC Attack Surface,” described how NFC tags on... more »
Box Plays Nice with Microsoft, Comes to Windows Phone 7

Box Plays Nice with Microsoft, Comes to Windows Phone 7

Popular cloud storage service Box has not had many nice things to say about Microsoft or its popular Sharepoint platform. However, it seems Box likes the company enough to add support for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. The competition in the cloud storage space is enormous. If Box wants to come out on top, the company has to make its solution available on as many platforms as possible. It seems Windows Phone 7 is part of that equation. Box’s solution has long been touted as a viable and easier to use alternative to SharePoint, Microsoft’s enterprise collaboration software.  Box is used by companies such... more »
VMTurbo to Bring Workload Management to OpenStack

VMTurbo to Bring Workload Management to OpenStack

VMTurbo recently announced that it has joined the OpenStack community and plans to integrate its intelligent workload management solutions with the open source cloud platform. By becoming a member of OpenStack, VMTurbo joins approximately 180 other companies that have collaborated to produce an open source cloud computing platform and cloud standards for the industry. VMTurbo brings with it an automated and intelligent control plane for cloud computing and virtualization. Data centers can deploy the VMTurbo Operations Manager for infrastructure management and control. Features include the Economic Scheduling Engine that allocates resources based on business goals, as well as operations management, data... more »
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Oracle Finally Adds the Elastic to Exalogic

This week Oracle announced the second generation of its cloud in a box, Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. The newest release of the platform introduces several improvements, most notably, more virtualization capabilities. Oracle's improvements in version two may make the platform to finally live up to the elastic in its name. Exalogic includes a combination of hardware and software that according to Oracle is "engineered to work better together” (a fancy way of saying vendor lock-in). The platform includes compute, storage, operating system, infiniband networking and system management software and is specifically designed to run enterprise apps from Oracle. The company claims application... more »
Pentaho Extends Cloudera Big Data Partnership

Pentaho Extends Cloudera Big Data Partnership

Pentaho has announced plans for tighter integration of its Business Analyticis 4.5 with Cloudera Enterprise 4.0 and CDH4. This extension of its partnership with Cloudera is designed to create a complete solution for Hadoop-based data analytics and management. Pentaho also announced its plans to extend its visual studio to Sqoop and Oozie, components of Hadoop. Business Analytics 4.5 will now have complete, certified support for Cloudera Enterprise 4.0 and CDH4, forming what Pentaho calls a "complete Hadoop analytics platform". Features include: visual interfaces for Hadoop data ingestion data integration task orchestration visualization data manipulation By using a visual interface, users can reportedly boost productivity ten to fifteen... more »

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- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.