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24 Hours Ahead of Facebook’s IPO: It’s Time to Talk Clean Servers

24 Hours Ahead of Facebook’s IPO: It’s Time to Talk Clean Servers

In just a few years, social media behemoth Facebook managed to build up a $100 billion IPO valuation, and all the credit goes to the 800 million registered accounts on the network – 800 million users that the company’s IT infrastructure has to support. Facebook’s engineers got cracking, laying out the blueprints for a new breed of data center equipment that focuses on efficiency rather than hype, and a year later the Open Compute initiative is stepping into high gear. Open Compute is the initiative set up by the company to share the designs of its cost-efficient boxes and hardware with... more »
The Pirate Bay and Wikileaks Undergo Massive DDoS Attack from Unknown Source

The Pirate Bay and Wikileaks Undergo Massive DDoS Attack from Unknown Source

In what looks like some sort of punishment from an unknown source The Pirate Bay and Wikileaks have been hunkered under a sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for much of this week. Steve Ragan at SecurityWeek is reporting that TPB has gone to Facebook to say that the attack started on Tuesday and as a result much of the hullabaloo is focused on Anonymous. As it is unlikely the work of Anonymous (although a cell thereof may contain mischief makers who might do this) a few Twitter accounts and other sources have come out to distance the amorphouse, leaderless activists collective... more »
U.S. Government issues Warning of Specific Malware Exploit at Overseas Hotels

U.S. Government issues Warning of Specific Malware Exploit at Overseas Hotels

Software update notices at overseas hotels may actually be attempts to infect travelers' laptops with malware warns the U.S. government's Internet Crime Complain Center (IC3). In a recent Intelligence Note, the IC3 says travelers' attempting to connect to Internet hotspots in overseas hotels are receiving pop-up windows offering an update to a legitimate, popular application. When they accept the update, however, their laptops are actually infected with malware. The note does not identify the software or the countries involved or provide details on the malware. The FBI, which is actively investigating the incidents, recommends that business, academic, and government travelers update their... more »
Diablo III Online-Only DRM Strategy Leaves Players' Eyes Stinging, Throats Raw

Diablo III Online-Only DRM Strategy Leaves Players' Eyes Stinging, Throats Raw

The much anticipated Blizzard classic game Diablo III launched Wednesday to a great deal of fanfare and an equal helping of controversy. When all the servers (across the globe) green lit on 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, 15 May 2012 thousands of players who had pre-ordered the software rushed to log onto the servers and many found themselves rebuffed with errors, others found unbearable lag, and though the game is traditionally a solo-play game with multiplayer elements many found themselves unable to play the game altogether. As a result, players grabbed their torches, pitchforks (and keyboards), and besieged the listing for Diablo III... more »
BI Industry Spike Puts Tableau at the Helm

BI Industry Spike Puts Tableau at the Helm

Data visualization software maker Tableau Software is calling dibs on the BI market now that research firm Gartner ranked it as the number one vendor in that space in a recent, and most awkwardly pronounced, report.  The whitepaper, entitled ‘Market Share Analysis: Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management, Worldwide, 2011,’ looks at twenty different vendors, and places Tableau in the lead with over 86 percent revenue growth from 2010 to 2011. Gartner estimates that business intelligence revenue rose 16.4 percent last year, which made it the second fastest growing segment in the software industry at the time. That percentage also represents the exact sales... more »
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SAP Strives for Unified Experience, Even with Varied Underlying Systems [VIDEO]

In their ongoing coverage of SAP SAPphire at #theCube, John Furrier and Dave Vellante interviewed Dinesh Sharma, VP of SAP Cloud Marketing to discuss the company’s new directions (see full video below).  Sharma explained SAP’s new emphasis on money, people and suppliers, a shift from their earlier focus on integrated application.  The transition is a part of SAP’s aim to allow clients to tailor their own suites for more efficient cloud solutions. Furrier asked about the implications of Oracle’s 6-year Fusion project for SAP platforms and Success Factors.  Sharma responded: “[SAP] does not want to be religious in terms of platforms…trying... more »
Pure Storage Reveals Version 2 of All-Flash Array [Video]

Pure Storage Reveals Version 2 of All-Flash Array [Video]

Pure Storage’s engineering team has evidently been keeping busy in light of this week's news that the company is debuting the second generation of its flash storage array. FlashArray 2.0 with the new Purity Operating Environment software packs several extra features that are promised to add much more value to the solution. This latest release features a web-based GUI that simplifies a lot of admin tasks such as RAID configuration and provisioning, while adding analytics on top of it all to allow  historical performance assessment. A command line interface has been tossed in as well to make the platform more DevOps... more »
SAP Technology Adoption in the "7th Inning Stretch" says NetApp VP

SAP Technology Adoption in the "7th Inning Stretch" says NetApp VP

As part of their continuing SAP SAPphire 2012 coverage at #theCube, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Thomas Stanley, former baseball player turned tech Global Alliance VP for NetApp (see full interview below).  Vellante noted that SAP SAPphire messaging had changed since last year, now focusing more on “speed, simplicity, personalization [and] mobility.” Using the baseball analogy, Stanley explained in terms of new technology adoption and SAP, “we are definitely in the 7th inning stretch.”  Now the products are on the marketplace and the important questions according to Stanley are: “How does the ecosystem come together?...What are [the] workloads [and]... more »
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OpsCode Unveils New Chef Features, Trial Version

Now that the Chef has reached the 1,000,000 downloads mark, OpsCode released a major update to the open source systems integration framework. It now includes a whole new lineup of features, and there’s a free two-month trial available to those who want to test one the Private edition of the software. The tweaked-up Chef in turn features quite a few added capabilities that justify a trial.  Components written in the Erlang programming language have been introduced to realize a threefold increase in scalability, which is also credited to certain ‘proven relational database management system principles.’ In addition, OpsCode released an installer... more »
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5 Standout Features We Want for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

Google is working with several smartphone manufacturers to provide early access to its latest operating system -- Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.  The company is also developing a range of new smartphones and tablets that could be launched before the end of this year. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google plans to release the next Android OS version sometime in December in an attempt to prevent Apple from controlling the smartphone and tablet markets. The company has previously worked with only one manufacturer at a time (most recently Samsung) to produce a flagship phone like the Galaxy Nexus, but Google will soon... more »

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- 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.

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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.