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Yahoo To Acquire Foursquare? Here's a Few Reasons Why It Might Happen

Yahoo To Acquire Foursquare? Here's a Few Reasons Why It Might Happen

Could Foursquare be the next acquisition on Yahoo's shopping list? Maybe, maybe not, but All Things D's Kara Swisher has just made an extremely convincing case that CEO Marissa Mayer is at least thinking about buying up the location-based social network. Now Swisher gives a number of compelling reasons as to why Yahoo might be mooting such a possibility, including the fact that Mayer is such a big fan of the service that she once tried to buy it while she was still working for Google. Swisher also points to a recent talk in San Francisco, during which Yahoo's CFO Ken... more »
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What to Expect from #HP Discover 2013 : Flash, 3PAR + More

Hewlett-Packard has had an interesting year so far, facing the mounting challenges of a rapidly changing marketplace and working to justify its string of acquisitions in recent years.  At HP Discover 2013, which kicks off next week at the Venetian|Palazzo meeting center and Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas from June 11-13, 2013, we hope to hear more on HP's long term goals in the storage market, particularly as it pertains to Flash adaptability and fully integrating an earlier storage buy, 3PAR. But first, here's a few details for attendees. For attendees   This year HP Discover features several general and breakout sessions, along with hands-on... more »
GE & The Rise of the Industrial Internet

GE & The Rise of the Industrial Internet

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet that underlies it are two of the hottest topics in the tech world at the moment.  Some argue that the two terms pertain to similar things, while others state that the two are about different things that coincide. As SiliconANGLE’s Mike Wheatley pointed out in his article, the Industrial Internet refers to the connectivity of things, while IoT is about making sense of these connections by merging the physical and the digital world.  Simply put, the IoT will be the ultimate embodiment of the digital world that the Industrial Internet creates. And because... more »
NSA's Secret Verizon Data-Mining Operation Exposed

NSA's Secret Verizon Data-Mining Operation Exposed

Under highly classified orders from a secret court, Verizon has been passing on the phone call records of every single one of its customers to the US National Security Agency (NSA), UK newspaper The Guardian reported on Wednesday. Several weeks ago the court order, which was issued by an unknown federal court, granted the NSA a three-month window during which Verizon is compelled to hand over daily logs of all its customer's calls when either one or both parties are located in the United States. Glenn Greenwald, writing in The Guardian, adds that this window is still open: “The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance... more »
Microsoft Shuts Down World's "Most Aggressive Botnet"

Microsoft Shuts Down World's "Most Aggressive Botnet"

Working alongside the FBI, Microsoft has taken aim at one of the cyberworld's most notorious botnets, which is said to have made its hacker controllers as much as half a billion dollars in the last 18 months. Microsoft's operation focused on a botnet known as Citadel, which it terms the "most aggressive botnet operation to date". The firm's Digital Crimes Unit acted on a warrant from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina to shut down more than 1,400 extant botnets controlled by Citadel, which is said to have taken control of about five million computers worldwide.... more »
Google's Mobile Backend Starter: Android, Cloud, App Engine, DevOps

Google's Mobile Backend Starter: Android, Cloud, App Engine, DevOps

Google has released a new tool that would allow developers to reap the benefits of using a cloud backend for their apps without having to deal with the headaches of running their own servers, and it's being leveraged particularly for mobile developers. The Google Mobile Backend Starter is a one-click deployable, complete mobile backend that provides ready-to-deploy, general purpose cloud backend and a general purpose client-side framework for Android. “The new tool essentially provides developers everything they need for their apps with a robust enough system to handle virtually any load a mobile app can throw at it.  To get started, developers... more »
SDN, NFV, Network Virtualization All Different

SDN, NFV, Network Virtualization All Different

SDN, NFT, and network virtualization are all new terms that are sometimes used interchangeably, but they each have different meanings, writes Wikibon Networking Analyst Stuart Miniman in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert. While VMware's purchase of Nicira a year ago put a spotlight on Software Defined Networking (SDN) in particular, and by analogy Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and network virtualization, it also has led to confusing and vendors in particular get very loose with the terminology. The situation is not helped by overlaps among the three. In general all three solutions are designed to make networking more automated and scalable to support... more »
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Dell Sets Expectations for Downmarket at Dell Enterprise Forum - Breaking Analysis

Dell Enterprise Forum is in full swing this week, and Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman is at the event getting all the latest buzz from the company. One of Dell's more noteworthy announcements is a new product, Vertex.  It's a remote office or “data center in a box,” that updates to ActiveSystems, and benefits from a surprising partnership with Oracle. Not surprising  however, is the buzz Vertex generated at Dell Enterprise Forum, and Miniman explains that this is due to the fact that Dell is trying to drive server, storage  and network solutions downmarket. Vertex looks promising for converged infrastructure “Vertex really looks like a... more »
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As CIO : Start with Something You Know + Don't Make End Users Choose, Says Equinox CIO

As theCube was extracting signal from the noise at the recently concluded ServiceNow Knowledge 13 event, we got a chance to chat with Brian Lillie, CIO of Equinox. Equinox is a global data center provider with 97 datacenters in 15 countries, and over 500 cloud providers that host with them around the world. Aside from being high-end, operational, and reliable, the company prides itself for being network neutral with 900 carriers in their facilities. “If you’re a cloud provider or a content provider, and you wanna provide information and access in the lowest latency, highest reliability way to eyeballs all over the... more »
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What's HP's Strategy for Flash + 3PAR? Scale Up vs. Scale Out

HP Discover 2013 kicks off next week, running June 11th-13th. One of the stories we're looking for at HP Discover is going to be Hewlett-Packard's current position with 3PAR, a key acquisition from a couple years back, and 3PAR's role in HP's goals to update its Flash-based storage technology. On its earnings call last week, HP explained how demand for its converged storage solutions increased by 48 percent from last year to $349 million. Within that, sales of 3PAR equipment soared by 82 percent.  But even with all that growth, Flash storage isn't getting big enough, fast enough, to replace its... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.