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Earlybird Takes On European VC Scene with $700M Milestone

Earlybird Takes On European VC Scene with $700M Milestone

Earlybird, the venture capital firm with an investment portfolio based in Europe, announced the $100 million first close of its fourth venture fund. That’s about the half way point for their target sum of $200 million, and brings the total amount of capital Earlybird handled since its foundation in 1997 to $700 million. The new fund neatly ties in with the VC’s name, dedicated to discovering early-stage startups in the European IT space, specifically in German-speaking nations. Earlybird says that it’s taking this direction because Germany’s capital is supposedly the fastest growing entrepreneurial hub behind Silicon Valley, which translates into a bounty... more »
Citrix Gives Cloudstack to the Apache Software Foundation and Turns its Back on OpenStack

Citrix Gives Cloudstack to the Apache Software Foundation and Turns its Back on OpenStack

Citrix is turning Cloudstack over to the Apache Software Foundation and aligning closely with Amazon Web Services in a move that will force the very green OpenStack movement to take another look at its governance model. The move by Citrix is a coup of sorts for AWS. The companies have no official partnership but Citrix will make Cloudstack fully compatible. Citrix move will force the entire market to consider if it should open its cloud infrasrtucture to the Seattle book purveryor turned server rental titan. That means Microsoft, VMware and any other service provider will need to consider this if they... more »
SecOps: Where Security Meets DevOps

SecOps: Where Security Meets DevOps

Today at DevOpsDay Austin Puppet Labs VP Tech Operations, author and recovering security professional James Turnbull gave a presentation on DevOps and Security. I've embedded his slide below, but the key point that he made that I'd like to emphasize is the importance of getting security into all IT conversations early. As Turbull puts it: security is often the last team you call when you have a problem because no one wants to have a security problem. It's a backwards way of looking at things - hoping you don't have a security related issue and putting off any resolution until... more »
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SAP Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Social Gestures, Internal Change

Business software maker SAP turned 40 years old today--four decades through which the company managed to adapt to the key changes in IT, transforming into the mega-vendor of enterprise software it's become today.  Quite notably, analytics received a big mention in an official statement from one of the company’s original founders. “When we began in 1972, our vision was to build real-time business applications and we did so in close cooperation with our first customers," said Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP and chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board. "Today, SAP continues to be the trusted innovator it was then. We are... more »
Yahoo Launches New Cross-Platform App Development Framework Mojito

Yahoo Launches New Cross-Platform App Development Framework Mojito

Yahoo today released Mojito, an HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript/Node.js framework for building cross-platform applications. Mojito is part of the Cocktail initiative Yahoo announced a few months ago. The other piece of Cocktail is Manhattan, a cloud hosting platform for Mojito apps. Here's how Yahoo explained Mojito when it was first announced: Mojito is a JavaScript web application framework that makes “your stuff run on both sides”, browser-side and server-side. With Mojito, developers will no longer have to write different code for the server backend and browser frontend. Not only that, but going forward there should be no more warnings on web pages reading “JavaScript... more »
Mobile Workers Present New Security Challenges for the Cloud

Mobile Workers Present New Security Challenges for the Cloud

Dropbox, Box, Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, SkyDrive, SugarSync ... the list of cloud organizations seems to grow every day. But given the attractiveness of this concept, there's also security risks of cloud-based services. Cloud computing has emerged in recent years to be one of the most interesting  developments in technology. When it comes to protecting data, many believe backup and saving data is what matters most. It was just last week we celebrated World Backup Day in an effort to raise awareness around the necessities of preserving our data. We can backup, but can we secure? One focus of current discussions in security cloud... more »
What DevOps Can Learn From Product Development

What DevOps Can Learn From Product Development

Today at DevOps Days Austin, Dell corporate strategist Michael Cote gave a presentation on what DevOps teams can learn from product development. You can find his slides here, but I'm going to try to summarize and synthesize his presentation as best I can. Cote is basing the presentation on work done by the Crowbar team at Dell. Crowbar is an open source deployment tool that can provision OpenStack from bare metal up to higher level Chef configuration. It can be expanded using plugins called "barclamps," which add support for tools like Cloud Foundry and Zenoss. Dell can then leverage this platform... more »
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A Few Noteworthy Social Media Campaigns

I am always on the lookout for interesting social media campaigns and initiatives.  I do this for two reasons: To fuel ideas for my work and motivate my team of social media practitioners, and to stay on top of how companies are integrating social media into their overall marketing and PR efforts to meet company goals.  Instead of keeping them all to myself, I am going to start sharing some of them here on my blog. Hopefully you will find some inspiration or at least gain fodder for new ideas. So without further adieu, here is a list of three cool... more »
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VMware Pulls the Private Cloud Back into the Enterprise, Plus Training

Virtualization solutions maker VMware is swiftly rounding out an expanding portfolio of personal cloud tools: from software that allows employees to ‘split’ their phones to a work profile and a personal profile, to a SaaS policy enforcement platform. These are already available in the form of the Horizon Application Manager, announced last May, and Horizon Mobile for Android devices.  And there’s also View for virtual desktops, among the other products that comprise VMware’s personal cloud puzzle. But it’s not complete just yet, and InfoWorld provided an early glimpse into what may be two of the final pieces. The first one is known... more »
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$44M Into the Future IBM Will Analyze Two Internets a Day

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy or ASTRON has been assigned with the task of setting up the backend for the Square Kilometre Array. When turned operational sometime in 2024 the telescope will capture at least one Exabyte worth of cosmic radiation on a daily basis, about twice the amount of data transmitted via the internet in 24 hours today. “The telescope will be used to explore evolving galaxies, dark matter and even the very origins of the universe,” IBM and ASTRON said in a statement. “Scientists estimate that the processing power required to operate the telescope will be equal to... 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.