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Facebook Boosting Its Edge Network, Rethinking Data Center Design

Facebook Boosting Its Edge Network, Rethinking Data Center Design

Facebook has decided that its photo delivery needs to get even faster, and is building out its own edge network infrastructure to get there. That nugget comes from the GigaOM Structure conference by Facebook VP Frank Frankovsky, in conversation with GigaOM's Stacey Higginbotham. Netflix, of all companies, has been repeatedly brought up here at Structure as a proof point for one concept or another: Rackspace Hosting CEO Lew Moorman mentioned Netflix's recent call for a scalable Amazon EC2 clone during his argument for a more open cloud (more on that tomorrow), and now Facebook's announcement calls to mind Netflix's recent decision to build... more »
“Cascading Bug” Bites Twitter Drawing the Wrath of the Fail Whale

“Cascading Bug” Bites Twitter Drawing the Wrath of the Fail Whale

Today a lot of Twitter users found themselves unable to access their tweets and retweet their friends after Twitter suffered a bug that caused it to become intermittently inaccessible to their users. The fail whale once again reared its albino head with a huge splashdown starting at around 12pm ET and it affected almost all of its systems. After some bug wrangling the staff got the social media giant steaming along again by 2:10pm ET; but aftershocks continued to cause the site issues for a few hours after that. According to a blog post over at Twitter what awoke the fail whale... more »
These Hotspot Security Tools Address Leaky Data Problems

These Hotspot Security Tools Address Leaky Data Problems

According to a recent poll done by the Washington Post, 40% of their sample population takes precautions when using public WiFi, 22% never use a public WiFi at all, and a stunning 37% take no precautions in using public WiFi, putting their personal data at risk. Symantec is addressing the growing concern for security over public WiFi or hotspots with the Norton Hotspot Privacy.  The new security offering from allows consumers to connect to Wi-Fi securely by creating a virtual private network (VPN) on any public hotspot. Norton Hotspot Privacy lets users surf the Web privately and helps keep their identity, Web... more »
Sepaton Releases New Data Backup and Protection Solution

Sepaton Releases New Data Backup and Protection Solution

Sepaton, which specialized in disk-based data protection solutions, has released new software for backing up and restoring large databases. The new solution, DeltaStor DBeXstream, supports simultaneous deduplication and parallel processing across multiple ports, which give customers both fast backups and smaller backup sizes. Size and speed are typically mutually exclusive in backup solutions, the ability to achieve both at the same time make Septon’s solution stand out. Sepaton also got in a battle of words with Hewlett-Packard (HP) earlier this month over deduplication technology. HP announced it had enhanced its deduplication capabilities at HP Discover. HP claimed it could ingest data... more »
Security Loopholes in Face.com App Allows Hijack of Facebook, Twitter Accounts

Security Loopholes in Face.com App Allows Hijack of Facebook, Twitter Accounts

Face.com, the Israel-based facial recognition maker, and the recent acquisition of Facebook, has suffered a big security flaw in its functionality, resulting in hijacking of the Facebook and Twitter accounts of users. The popular Face.com mobile app KLIK that lets users tag faces in photos using Facebook allowed almost anyone to hack the Facebook and Twitter accounts of KLIK’s users. The security hole was discovered by Ashkan Soltani, an independent researcher specializing in consumer privacy and internet security. Here’ s what Soltani informed (Technically) about this security flaw: “Face.com was storing Facebook/Twitter OAUTH tokens on their servers insecurely, allowing them to be queried... more »
Be Not Afraid, But Big Data Analytics is a Game of Risk

Be Not Afraid, But Big Data Analytics is a Game of Risk

The definition of insanity, so said Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That applies to life, love and, yes, Big Data Analytics. Think about it. If you put a Toyota Camry engine in a Ferrari and expected it to perform like a Ferrari should, you’d be sorely disappointed. You’d be insane, however, if you tried the car again and again, day after day, expecting one day to hit zero-to-sixty in six seconds. But that’s just what Michele Chambers sees customers attempting in pursuit of Big Data Analytics. Chambers, GM and VP of IBM’s... more »
Xbox 720 Leak Confuses Press While Microsoft Uses Copyright to Suppress Document

Xbox 720 Leak Confuses Press While Microsoft Uses Copyright to Suppress Document

Over the weekend a strange document leaked from Microsoft that quickly spread into numerous cloud storage venues outlining a long-term plan for the Xbox 720. The video game console giant was extremely slow to move to do anything about the leak and also languorously began to send out copyright notices to various settings to have the document removed. The 56-page document is currently become a center point of a certain amount of speculation about the future of the Xbox; but now people are wondering if it was an intentional leak or not. The document at first looked interesting. Tom Warren at... more »
Garantia's New In-Memory NoSQL Service

Garantia's New In-Memory NoSQL Service

Garantia Data is an emerging startup that is among the 11 finalists of this week’s GigaOM Structure LaunchPad competition, and it brings a rather interesting new cloud service to the table. Garantia’s product targets Memcached and Redis, two of the most popular open-source memory caching systems out there. They’re used by Facebook, Twitter and many other companies to support NoSQL environments, and according to Garantia they also have their individual faults: Memecached is not as reliable as Redis, and the latter is rather hard to scale. The young company’s offering promises to solve these issues with its ‘dynamic-auto-sharding technology,’ which allows users... more »
IBM Leads the Enterprise Social Market

IBM Leads the Enterprise Social Market

IDC’s latest research has found that IBM leads the global market for enterprise social software for the third consecutive year. IBM has more market share than any other vendor based on its 2011 revenue. The company grew almost two times faster than overall market, and has counts over 35 percent of the Fortune 100 as customers. IBM’ s social software is now on its sixth release and earned $105.4 million in revenue, with a market share of 13.7 percent, almost doubling the performance of the closest competitor, Jive, which booked $65.3 million for an 8.5 percent market share. Communispace, Telligent and... more »
An Open API Debate: Pragmatism v. Federation

An Open API Debate: Pragmatism v. Federation

The open API debate burst into the GigaOM Structure conference this morning with a theme emerging that represents the paradox of today's open systems. It's now more about the pragmatists' view of connected systems, versus the advocates for federation and distributed power across a number of players that "shift the monopoly from the service providers to the platform," as Rishidot Founder Krishnan Subramanian wrote in a blog post last year. The players in the debate today at Structure included Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus, Chris Kemp, CEO of Nebula and Sameer Dholakia of Citrix. All three of those on stage today have intertwined... 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.