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Iranian Nukes 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC malware?

Iranian Nukes 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC malware?

First there was Stuxnet, then there was Flame – cyberweapons allegedly designed by the U.S. along with Israel against Iran and their nuclear centrifuges.  Now there are reports that Iran has been “Thunderstruck” by a new attack that makes the target computer play the hard rock song “Thunderstruck” by the Australian rock group AC/DC at full volume “maxed out”.  The news comes from F-Secure's security figure Mikko Hyponnen, who reports receiving a series of email from an Iranian scientist working at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) “I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once... more »
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Wipro Profit Up 18 Percent, Outlook Disappoints

Wipro, the third largest outsourcing firm in India, reported results for the first quarter this week. Net income rose by 18 percent to $284 million on revenue of 15.8 billion rupees, less than the consensus estimate of 15.99 billion rupees. But revenue evened things out a bit at $1.92 billion24 percent more than what the company reported in the same period last year. That equals about 106.20 billion rupees, more than the $105.47 billion that Wall Street expected. Wipro’s core IT and service business generated $1.54 billion in sales, not falling short of the company’s guidance of $1.52 to $1.55 billion dollars.  In... more »
iPhone 5 Rumors to Blame for Apple's Slow Sales

iPhone 5 Rumors to Blame for Apple's Slow Sales

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple’s low iPhone sales; Samsung Galaxy SIII receiving an OTA update; and AT&T reporting increased profits. iPhone sales down as iPhone 5 rumors skyrocket Apple delivered their quarterly financial report and as expected, iPhone sales are down.  The culprit behind this is the skyrocketing rumors regarding the unveiling of the next iPhone, which everyone expects to happen sometime in late September or early October. "Our weekly iPhone sales continue to be impacted by rumors and speculation regarding new products," said Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. Apple stated that they sold 26 million iPhones in the quarter that ended... more »
Broadcom Beats Expectations for the Third Consecutive Quarter

Broadcom Beats Expectations for the Third Consecutive Quarter

Broadcom is up 5 percent. now that it managed to outdo what the market expected of it for the third consecutive quarter. The chip maker reported a net income of $435 million, or $0.73 per share, compared to last year’s income of $0.72 per share. Analysts expected Broadcom to report 67 cents a share. Revenue didn’t disappoint either. Sales rose to $1.97 billion from $1.8 billion in the same period a year ago, and on the high end of the company’s own range guidance of $1.9 billion to $2.0 billion. Wall Street proved to be slightly pessimistic again with a consensus estimate... more »
RIM No Longer Dominates BYOD Trend, Apple Makes Serious Gains

RIM No Longer Dominates BYOD Trend, Apple Makes Serious Gains

  According to DLA Piper’s CIO Don Jaycox, there’s a huge chance that more lawyers will be shifting to Android or Apple devices for office and personal use by the end of this year.  DLA Piper is among the largest law firms in the world with 77 offices across 31 countries and more than 4200 lawyers.  Jaycox is responsible for approximately 3,500 smartphone users with 80 percent of those using BlackBerry devices, and only 20 percent using Apple or Android touchscreen devices.  But Jaycox sees the number shifting to 50/50 by the end of the year.  Though Jaycox noted that business... more »
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Google Cloud Platform Ecosystem Expands With Partner Program

Google Cloud Platform - the currently-favored name for the division that includes Google BigQuery, Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage, and the just-launched Google Compute Engine - is expanding its ecosystem with a new partner program that's bringing service providers, systems integrators, and technology vendors into the search giant's cloud fold as it tries to build its ecosystem. For the channel, Google is providing "tools, training and resources" to get integrators and resellers up to speed with the portfolio and offer consulting and implementation services. In practical terms, that means providing these so-called Service Partners with tools for service provider partners to develop... more »
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SpringCM Debuts Enterprise-Ready File Sharing Feature

Enterprise content management system provider SpringCM has added a new file sync feature to its platform. SpringCM Business Sync is dubbed as a much more viable alternative to consumer-focused alternatives because it doesn’t focus on just working. It also adds a very comprehensive layer of control on top of the core file synchronization functionality that's likely important for enterprise. One of the main highlights of Business Sync is how it enhances file sharing options for file and folders beyond. The software adds a number of sharing options like  limiting sharing  to specific documents or a category of content like marketing material, this assures... more »
Romney And Iran Find Common Ground: They Can't Stop Internet Porn

Romney And Iran Find Common Ground: They Can't Stop Internet Porn

Mitt Romney probably doesn’t see himself as the kind of man who’s willing to make too many concessions to Iran any more than the rest of us do, but could it be that the two ‘entities’ have more in common than they like to admit? For one thing, Romney and the Iranian mullahs both share a great amount of fervor when it comes to their religion, and then there’s the violent tendencies – both seem to itching for a fight, with Romney promising to do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop the mad mullahs getting their hands on nuclear weapons, while the... more »
MapR, Talend Join Google Cloud Platform Partner Program

MapR, Talend Join Google Cloud Platform Partner Program

MapR Technologies announced today that it has joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program as a Technology Partner. MapR, which provides enterprise-level distribution for the open source database system Apache Hadoop, had already revealed plans to make that distribution available via the Google Compute Engine. The move to Google Cloud Platform Partner will give MapR greater ability to integrate the platform with Google's Compute Engine. MapR has recently made several over moves in the Big Data arena, including Drawn To Scale's announcement that MapR will partner with it to distribute MapR's M3 Edition with Drawn to Scale's Spire. MapR also named... more »
Y Combinator Backed Chute Gets $2.7M In Funding, Brings More Social for Developers

Y Combinator Backed Chute Gets $2.7M In Funding, Brings More Social for Developers

Chute, a Y Combinator backed company that helps apps and sites capture, manage and display media files, just closed a $2.7 million round of funding led by Freestyle Capital with the participation of  Battery Ventures, USVP and Salesforce.com, as well as individual investors Joe Fernandez, Binh Tran and Joshua Reeves. “The best brands and publishers in the industry are bringing user generated media alive and displaying it on their site, on their Facebook pages, in their mobile apps, or at live events; anywhere their content lives,” said Ranvir Gujral, Co-Founder of Chute. “Chute lets them do this. With Chute, publishers, brands,... more »

Premium Research

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.