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DailyCandy CEO Puts Analytics to Work for Publishers with LinkSmart

LinkSmart is existing stealth today with a new product and $4.7 million in venture capital to finance its near term growth.  It’s backed by the Foundry Group, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Costanoa Venture Capital, and deservingly so.  LinkSmart is the brainchild of former DailyCandy CEO Pete Sheinbaum, who sought out to address a very specific pain point in the web publishing industry. LinkSmart does for links what vendors are doing for online ads: its platform makes them smarter, and boosts advertising indirectly rather than the other way around. Once a publisher embeds the app in their sites it tells them the number of... more »
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VMWare Makes Its Move in the Big Data Market

VMware is making progress on its goal to become a player in the big data market. Back in February, Richard McDougall, Application Infrastructure CTO and Principal Engineer in the Office of the CTO, blogged about the company’s plans for expansion into the big data market. Big data is definitely a growth area, but is it a smart investment for VMWare? VMWare is striving to create a leading platform for “big, fast and flexible data in the cloud.” VMWare released Spring Hadoop to help developers create applications with Apache Hadoop and the Spring framework to. Then in April, VMware purchased of online... more »
Five Years of iPhone Love - A Birthday Celebration for Apple

Five Years of iPhone Love - A Birthday Celebration for Apple

June 29th may just be an ordinary day for some - perhaps a typical Friday.  But that date is significant for others as it very well could be someone’s birthday, anniversary, or the day that changed the entire world of tech. For me, June 29th marks my first anniversary here at SiliconANGLE and that's awesome in itself.  But I’ll be sharing this special day with a huge company’s product launch: the Apple’s iPhone.  This date marks the fifth year anniversary of the first widespread, touchscreen smartphone. It was the 29th of June, 2007 when fanbois lined up to get their hands on... more »
75 Million Dollar Cyber Bank Robbery

75 Million Dollar Cyber Bank Robbery

Breaking this morning from Sky News is a report that a massive cyber fraud scheme has been uncovered on over 60 banking institutions around the world.  The scheme has pilfered an estimated 75 million dollars from a number of high balance accounts from the various institutions.  Automated software has infiltrated server systems and utilized a system of mule accounts in staged events.   Apparently the system was enabled by “an insider level of understanding” and was able to avert detection methods built in place for suspicious actions.  The attack is suspected to be infiltrating North and South American banking institutions. The study by McAfee... more »
New Partnership Harnesses Big Data for Citizen Engagement

New Partnership Harnesses Big Data for Citizen Engagement

Initiatives to harness Big Data to serve the public good are gaining momentum with increased partnerships and financial support. In the spirit of “Data for the Greater Good,” Civic Impulse is joining with LegiNation to exchange data that will provide individuals, advocacy groups, businesses and legislative professionals access to information to better engage with government. GovTrack.us, a 2006 Webby Award nominee, is a tool by Civic Impulse, which helps the public monitor activities in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, promoting and innovating government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology. LegiNation developed BillTrack50 a tool that tracks... more »
Pinterest Fans Will be Disappointed if No Android App Appears at Google I/O

Pinterest Fans Will be Disappointed if No Android App Appears at Google I/O

Pinterest, the popular social interest website, has been notably absent from Android phones up until now, but fans were hopeful that that was about to change following reports the online giant is set to make an appearance at Google’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco this week. The rumor was first sparked by Ausdroid, an Australian blog which reported on Sunday that Pinterest had been listed as an Android-related exhibitor during the two-day exhibition. Ausdroid even managed to produce a screenshot, which clearly states that Pinterest is “now available for Android”, although so far, that simply isn’t the case. Speculation has since... more »
Microsoft Fined Over $1 Billion By EU

Microsoft Fined Over $1 Billion By EU

The European General Court is making Microsoft Corp. pay €860 million ($1.07 billion) as fine for failing to comply with the European Union’s 2008 request that the software giant share their product information with competitors. Microsoft wasn’t happy with the decision stating that, in the first place, the EU should not have been allowed to impose a fine back in 2008.  That appeal was trashed by the court but was kind enough to lower the fine from €899 million to €860 million. "This is a vindication of the tough line that the Commission had taken in enforcing its decision," said Michael Reynolds,... more »
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Piston Cloud and GridCentric Unveil OpenStack-powered VDI

Piston Cloud, a startup that offers a commercial distribution of the OpenStack cloud OS, announced an OEM agreement with GridCentric to integrate its VMS technology with Piston Enterprise. Gridcentric’s Virtual Memory Streaming software is a virtualization solution developed for VDI that, among other things, offers a memory reduction of up to 50 percent. That means the number of virtual desktops in a deployment can be doubled, and now it ships with every single Piston Enterprise license. GridCentric also claims that VMS is geared to handle so called ‘boot storms’ –when a large number of concurrent users all log in at the same... more »
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Apple Wins - Samsung Galaxy Tab Banned from US

Earlier this week, US District Judge Richard Posner dismissed a patent suit filed by Apple against Motorola Mobility seeking to ban their devices from being sold in the US.  The case was dismissed with prejudice - both cannot refile the case but can appeal the ruling. This was an important battle for companies such as Apple who seek to hinder others’ progress by filing patent infringement claims.  But that was a small matter for Apple - they’ve won something big. Apple wins injunction over Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Apple and Samsung are the top competitors in the mobile realm though they once had... more »
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Google to Unveil Their Own Tablet with Android Jelly Bean Today?

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple being granted preliminary injunction in the US, Google's expected plans to unveil a Kindle Fire competitor, and Breezy's unveiling of print functionality for mobile apps. Apple granted injunction, Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the US Judge Lucy Koh finally granted the preliminary injunction Apple filed against Samsung over the “blatant copying” of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the iPad.  Though some argued that this would result in fewer choices for consumers, Judge Koh stated that Samsung cannot flood the market with products that resemble other companies’ products. Apple needs to pay a bond of $2.6 million... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- 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.