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Windows 8: Meaner and Tougher On Security

Windows 8: Meaner and Tougher On Security

There’s so much hype regarding Microsoft’s Windows 8 which will be released later this year.  The new and improved OS boasts of a new interface that would streamline the experience across PCs and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. So what’s so great about Windows 8?  What makes it different from older Microsoft operating systems?  Well, for one, they’re getting tougher on malware and piracy. Tougher Windows OS Windows 8 will feature a picture password sign in option so unauthorized users, like pesky brothers/sisters/annoying roommate won’t be able to set their eyes on your secrets. As for those people who like using... more »
Accenture Closes Three Deals in One Week

Accenture Closes Three Deals in One Week

IT consultancy Accenture had a pretty good run last week, according to a Trefis report that says the company closed three high-profile deals in just seven days. Accenture’s first agreement was with Nordea, the largest banker in the Nordic region. The latter hired the firm to develop and maintain applications that will help improve its business over the course of the next five years: the deal covers risk management and HR applications, plus the upkeep of its existing compliance reporting tool. Accenture was also chosen by India’s Department of Electronics & Information Technology, which is looking to boost the nation’s role in the... more »
CPU Flaw Makes Intel Easy Target for Hackers, Cisco Patches Security Holes

CPU Flaw Makes Intel Easy Target for Hackers, Cisco Patches Security Holes

We have already entered the cloud era with several organizations joining the troop of public cloud adoption. But just like in any other transitions, there is the “fear” of something new or something unknown. To cloud and virtualization, concerns loom around security and/or vulnerability. It professionals are convinced that security threats largely emanate from within or the internal sources. This may not be just a simple case of an employee falling prey to viruses or attempting to access restricted company resources, it could be as significant as hardware and software problems. The last few weeks have been flickered with news... more »
Drobo Mini: A great idea with one big missing feature

Drobo Mini: A great idea with one big missing feature

This week, Drobo took the cover off of a product that’s been in development for quite some time: The Drobo Mini.  As is the case with all Drobos, the Mini features the company’s proprietary BeyondRAID technology, but it also does something more.  It allows an administrator to cram up to four 2.5” SATA disks into a 7.3” wide x 1.8” high x 7.1” deep space.  That makes the Mini a perfect traveling companion for pros that need their data on the go. No corners were cut Although the mini is pretty mini, it still boasts the full array of features found in... more »
UK Royal Society: Open Data is the Key to the Second Scientific Revolution

UK Royal Society: Open Data is the Key to the Second Scientific Revolution

The UK Royal Society is a fellowship of the world's most brilliant scientists. Founded in 1660, its members have included Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Distinguished thinkers Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee are current members of the society. It is arguably the most prestigious scientific community in the world. And so it is of note how strident it is about the importance of open data for the advancement of science. In Science as an open enterprise, a report published late last week, the UK Royal Society highlights six areas for action: Scientists need to be more open among... more »
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Skype for Android Hits 70M Downloads

Skype, the VoIP acquired by Microsoft last year that connects millions of people everyday, has been doing well in its mobile revival efforts.  It's  Android app alone has reached over 70 million downloads in Google Play. And because of the love they’re receiving from the Android community, they’ve added support for more Android devices.  Now, 1,300 Android devices from HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG and others, can enjoy Skyping with friends, colleagues and family.  It’s among the most popular VoIP app on Android with 25% of their top users using either Samsung or HTC smartphones.  Skype not only lets you... more »
Microsoft Acquires Yammer, Head-Scratching Ensues

Microsoft Acquires Yammer, Head-Scratching Ensues

In one of the worst kept secrets of 2012, Microsoft has announced today that it will be acquiring Yammer for $1.2 billion.  Yammer, a social enterprise software startup, is to become part of the Microsoft Office Division although Yammer employees will continue to report to CEO David Sacks.  Yammer will maintain its own path of developing its own products and services while “Microsoft pushes ahead to nudge further adoption alongside Sharepoint Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Skype.” In the statement released by Microsoft, they write, “The acquisition of Yammer adds best-in-class enterprise social networking to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud... more »
Boxopus Brings Torrents Out of the Cloud and Directly Into Your Dropbox

Boxopus Brings Torrents Out of the Cloud and Directly Into Your Dropbox

It’s strange that the function of peer-to-peer technology doesn’t often combine directly with cloud efforts because the strategy behind p2p fits so neatly into the jigsaw of the cloud. It certainly does combine behind the scenes more often than not, even though much of the media industry seems to be out to demonize BitTorrent, we can see that it’s the basis behind large distribution networks such as Pando and Scalify. Next on-the-spot is an app that hybridizes BitTorrent and Dropbox called Boxopus. It does this by hooking a users Dropbox up to a torrent initializer and allowing the download of torrents... more »
Cyberthreat Weekly: Blizzard Warns Cheaters, Last.fm Passwords Leaked, Internet Security Lessons from the Kobayashi Maru and More...

Cyberthreat Weekly: Blizzard Warns Cheaters, Last.fm Passwords Leaked, Internet Security Lessons from the Kobayashi Maru and More...

The cyberspace has experienced a myriad of nasty things since commencement and there appears to be no signs of stopping. In fact, the chain of attacks is just getting started and we have to brace ourselves for more to come. Our roundup of stories in the internet security space this week speaks of more cases of hacks and leaks, but we also see security experts doing more and more to deal with them. Blizzard Says No To Cheaters To start, Blizzard’s recently released game--Diablo 3--is anticipating cheaters to exploit the game. This is pretty rampant among popular games, as with the case... more »
Pinterest to Launch Android App at Google I/O 2012?

Pinterest to Launch Android App at Google I/O 2012?

Google I/O, the annual developers conference by Google held at San Francisco, CA, is all set for June 27-29 at the Moscone Center.  You can catch the live stream here. So what are we to expect at the event?  Well, for starters, you can expect a Pinterest app to be unveiled. Pinterest for Android Australian site, Ausdroid, was the first to notice in the recently released Google I/O app that Pinterest would be attending the conference.  Careful inspection revealed that Carl Rice, Mobile Engineer for Pinterest, and Cynthia Maxwell, Chief Officer of Awesome and Senior Software Engineer, would be the exhibitors for Pinterest... more »

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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.