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The Cloud is Not Cool Anymore and That's a Good Thing for the CIO

The Cloud is Not Cool Anymore and That's a Good Thing for the CIO

The cloud is not cool anymore. It no longer has the aura of something cosmic. It's mainstream. That's evident in a few ways: Citing the 2012 Future of Cloud Survey, sponsored by North Bridge Venture Partners, Barb Darrow points out that users accept that mission-critical apps will go the way of the cloud. Software-as-a-Service is more widely accepted. According to Gartner, SaaS and cloud-based services are forecast to grow in usage, expanding from 11 percent of enterprise application spending in 2010 to 16 percent in 2015. Security is still a concern but users are getting beyond FUD.  Core security services are emerging. We are starting to see... more »
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Core Microsoft Office 365 Exec Defects to Amazon Web Services

Tom Rizzo, the man who basically invented Microsoft's strategy for the Office 365 cloud productivity suite, is leaving Redmond behind after 17 years with the company in favor of a new position with Amazon Web Services. A hat tip to Geekwire, which noticed the update on Rizzo's LinkedIn profile. That profile update indicates that he now works at Amazon Web Services as of June 2012, working in the Amazon EC2 business as a general manager. His profuile says he is hiring. “Tom Rizzo brought a considerable amount of energy and passion to the teams he’s been a part of during his seventeen... more »
Obama as CyberWarrior - Flame in the Campaign?

Obama as CyberWarrior - Flame in the Campaign?

This country is clearly engaged in active digital warfare. That is by launching Cyber Atacks against another nation, we have effectively declared a digital war against that nation.  This is reinforced as according to Secretary of Defense Leon Panneta, “A crippling Cyber Attack would be ‘Act of War’”, echoing a similar statement made by the Pentagon.  So it is that the U.S. is now seemingly acknowledging or rather, not denying that the country led and collaborated on the development and deployment of the Stuxnet and Flame virus efforts. Hardly a revelation at this point, yet the story has reared its head... more »
Enterprise Storage Meets Mobility and the Cloud

Enterprise Storage Meets Mobility and the Cloud

TappIn and QNAP have announced a new partnership that will integrate TappIn’s content mobility solution with QNAP’s NAS devices. The integration allows users to securely access any content stored on QNAP’s NAS from a web browser or Internet connected mobile device. The TappIn and QNAP partnership is just another signal of the growing importance of anywhere access to enterprise content. Technology leaders are struggling to keep their content secure in an environment where users have access to thousands of free gigs of cloud-based storage. Service like Box and DropBox initially targeted consumers with freemium cloud-based storage, but now they are making... more »
An App to Test Apps: Telerik's Latest Move Into iOS

An App to Test Apps: Telerik's Latest Move Into iOS

App development solutions maker Telerik unveiled its latest project: a beta testing tool for iOS that can be downloaded directly from the App Store. The goal of the application is to drastically simplify beta testing and customer feedback by making it a much more straight-forward process for developers and end users alike. Test Studio for iOS supports the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and enables the developer to test both web-based and native apps. The latter category requires a recompile, but only with the addition of a relatively small component.  That's significantly less than what's required by third party platforms with device or... more »
Who Else Has Google Shut Down Besides YouTube-MP3?

Who Else Has Google Shut Down Besides YouTube-MP3?

Google's been known to shut down a service or two, especially since the return of Larry Page as CEO as he does a clean sweep of irrelevant apps and services to focus Google's goals.  But after this week's rampage against YouTube-MP3.org, we're reminded that Google won't hesitate to have a third party service shut down as well.  It's often a matter of non-compliance, when a service or product is allegedly going against Google's terms of condition or violates some copyright.  But for Google in particular, the search giant is often slow to act until some corporate head turns on the... more »
Bromium Raises $26 Million and Emerges from Stealth with a "Microvisor" That Takes the Human Factor into Consideration

Bromium Raises $26 Million and Emerges from Stealth with a "Microvisor" That Takes the Human Factor into Consideration

Bromium's Simon Crosby has done a masterful job in the past year of marketing a startup without revealing what it is. For months, the buzz grew to such an extent that Bromium even won an award for "Startup of the Year." Today, the company is having its coming out party with the unveiling of its Microvisor, an x86 specific technology that it describes as a second generation virtualization technology. Bromium provides a virtualized hardware that isolates and secures data running within the operating system that is hidden from the user. Bromium had $9.2 million in funding prior to today's news. Today the... more »
Social Enterprise Gets Gamed with New Bunchball Apps

Social Enterprise Gets Gamed with New Bunchball Apps

Bunchball is a company that made a name for itself by applying gamification, the idea that certain interactive components can be used in contexts that extend beyond just gaming, to the social enterprise. Its flagship offering is Nitro, a platform that enables organizations to implement this concept via pre-made widgets, toolbars and other gadgets that workers can use. Today Nitro is joined by Spark and Fuse, two new brands that add a lot of value to what Bunchball is offering. Spark is the name of a new application portfolio that supplements Nitro with additional features. The line-up currently features 10 of these... more »
The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Continues

The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Continues

The speedy mobile Internet connections that many US consumers take for granted may be about to hit a serious roadblock. Wireless traffic is pushing the boundaries of the current communications infrastructure, and consumption shows no signs of subsiding. Unfortunately, things are only going to get worse. Analysts predict US wireless use will double annually for the next three years. According to The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), this rapid growth will result in demand for wireless radio spectrum to exceed supply by 2013. By 2014, deficit will double. Why should you care? If wireless demand exceeds the spectrum capacity, end users will... more »
Security Expert Bruce Schneier Admonishes Antivirus Industry Over Flame, DuQu, and Stuxnet

Security Expert Bruce Schneier Admonishes Antivirus Industry Over Flame, DuQu, and Stuxnet

The subject of state-sponsored malware has become a major topic across the cybersecurity media lines, and for good reason: not only has it been caught in the nets of antivirus firms, but we’ve decompiled it and received confirmation from the states who released it. However, it turns out that the antivirus industry is poorly suited for detecting and stopping these threats even though it’s their job to capture, dissect, and prepare antivirus defenses against malware. Recently, Mikko Hypponen from F-Secure, a Helsinki-based Internet security outfit, published an apology about not discovering Flame earlier in Wired magazine. As it turns out, the... 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.