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3 Reasons Why a VMware/Rackspace Acquisition Would be Bad for Customers

3 Reasons Why a VMware/Rackspace Acquisition Would be Bad for Customers

Rumors have surfaced again that someone is trying to buy Rackspace. This time, according to The VAR Guy, rumors have been floating around that VMware is considering purchasing Rackspace to neutralize the perceived threat that the OpenStack project poses to VMware's vSphere and vCloud. It's not the first time acquisition rumors have floated, Dell is often cited as a suitor, but as The VAR Guy notes, Rackspace has always said it's not for sale. The VAR Guy doesn't think a VMware acquisition of VMware is likely. First of all, Rackspace doesn't control OpenStack - there are over 100 different companies... more »
The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Google Glasses: 5 Possible Innovations

The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Google Glasses: 5 Possible Innovations

By now, almost everyone watching Google—and the Internet—will be aware of the first prototype for the search giant’s sci-fi project X augmented reality glasses. They’ve changed somewhat from our first expectations (a bit less covering and more VISOR-like) but Project Glass continues to hold all the elements that are necessary to make them a good piece of hardware for the cognoscenti geek elite. As this is a still-burgeoning technology, will likely run on Android and therefore receive all the apps expected, it means we can guess that it will have access to Google Video and Google Maps and many other things.... more »
HelloWallet for iPhone v2 Arrives, Boosts Mobile Payments

HelloWallet for iPhone v2 Arrives, Boosts Mobile Payments

HelloWallet, an independent, online financial guidance service for employees has pushed through a major update to HelloWallet for iPhone v2, an iPhone application for mobile payment transactions. With this new app version, HelloWallet is all set to make the first time user experience even better, and give a mobile experience that has all the power and functionality of this application. HelloWallet for iPhone v2 lets users make their day-to-day financial decisions on the go, link bank and credit card accounts directly from the iPhone, set up additional budget categories, manually add spending transactions, and get ahead by tracking transactions while they’re... more »
The New School of Storage: Scality Rides the Unstructured Data Wave

The New School of Storage: Scality Rides the Unstructured Data Wave

The new school of storage is like any new artistic genre or intellectual movement. It grows out of organic disruption. It's the offshoot of chaos, having its own impact on our culture and way of life. For our purposes, data is the disruptor. The chaos is in the technology stack and the innovators are the upstarts of the new school of storage. Disruption tends to surface the ugly side of who we are. The older, more established players will often hide their illnesses and appeal to the power barons.  The young turn to the community. The trick is to build a... more »
Make Technologies Latest Acquisition on Dell’s Shopping List

Make Technologies Latest Acquisition on Dell’s Shopping List

Dell acquired a company called Make Technologies for an undisclosed amount – its fifth buy this year and the third for this week. This is compared with the eight deals Dell struck last year. Make offers services to enterprises that are upgrading their data centers but still want to use their legacy apps on a more modern infrastructure.  The company takes care of the whole code migration process, offering what is promised to be a more affordable alternative to either doing it all in-house or simply licensing new software. “The combination of Make Technologies and Dell provides the market with a single... more »
DevOps Dossier: Rally Software's Virtual Kanban

DevOps Dossier: Rally Software's Virtual Kanban

Kanban boards are great, but what if you need to manage a remote team? Or retain records of your progress? That's where Kanban software comes in. Although there are many standalone application lifecycle management systemsare increasingly incorporating deployment/DevOps into their processes. If you want to do both Kanban and ALM, one option is Rally Software, which integrates Kanban into its agile ALM package. Rally was founded in 2002 with a focus on agile development, but as dev teams started to bring ops into the ALM system, Rally VP of Products Todd Olson says the company started to hear more... more »
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5 Million Galaxy Notes Sold as Samsung Enters Mobile Ad Business

When the Samsung Galaxy Note launched, it was met with a lot of criticism because of its size, and of course, the S-Pen that comes with it.  Everyone knew how the late Steve Jobs felt about the stylus - he hated it.  He even said that if anyone comes up with a device with a stylus, you already know they screwed it up.  So when the Galaxy Note came out with the S-Pen, everyone made fun of it. The funny thing is, the phablet has already sold five million devices.  How’s that for a “freak” device? So if everyone is criticizing the... more »
Another Executive Shakeup for Hewlett-Packard, Loses Labs Head & Senior Vice President Prith Banerjee

Another Executive Shakeup for Hewlett-Packard, Loses Labs Head & Senior Vice President Prith Banerjee

Executive shakeups have become quite frequent at Hewlett-Packard, the latest to leave being Prith Banerjee, the senior vice president who led its research and development organization - HP Labs. Banerjee's last day is April 15, for a company outside the U.S. While the hunt is on for another HP Labs executive, Chandrakant Patel, a 25-year old HP Fellow and director of its Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group, will head up the R&D division. Here is an interview that I did with Prith at HP Discover last year. http://siliconangle.tv/video/prith-banerjee-svp-director-hp-labs-hp-discover-2011 Prith is very smart and most likely got fed up with the HP board snafus.  In the end... more »
HTML5 Needs Frameworks to Transition Developers, Users into Mobile Future

HTML5 Needs Frameworks to Transition Developers, Users into Mobile Future

HTML5 is said to be “the one” that would dominate all forms of computer language from desktops to mobile devices, toppling Flash along the way.  Back in November, Adobe pulled the plug on their Flash for mobile to focus on HTML5, which was a hard pill to swallow since the late Steve Jobs was never really a fan of Flash, stating that HTML5 was the solution for everything and influencing the mobile sector's perspective of Flash overall. Though it seems Flash is already in its final stages life, some believe that HTML5 still has a lot of maturing to do.  A recent... more »
Super PACs and Social Media: Another Ploy for 2012

Super PACs and Social Media: Another Ploy for 2012

Traditionally, political communication is understood as the space in which the applicant sends a mass message to the public with the intent to persuade their decision to vote. Under this logic, voters had only opinion polls and surveys as the most direct routes to provide feedback to candidates. With the impact of social networks on the evolution in political communication (i.e., the tendency to conceive online users that facilitate interaction and collaboration between candidates and supporters), the layout of information exchange between senders and receivers have been modified. Bottom line, social networking sites help people communicate better, creating structured online human... more »

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- 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

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.