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NoSQL Company Basho Unveils New Cloud Storage Software

NoSQL Company Basho Unveils New Cloud Storage Software

Today Basho, the sponsor company of the open source NoSQL database Riak, announced Riak CS, a new software platform for building multitenant cloud storage systems. Riak CS can be used to build public clouds, on-premise private clouds or to build the foundation for Web applications. Riak CS is a proprietary system built on the open source Riak structure. "Riak CS includes software that will not be available via open source, particularly to handle multi-tenancy and large object support for data that is stored in a Riak database," Basho CMO Bobby Patrick told me. "In many ways, our distributed database technology... more »
The 5 Top Green Data Centers – HP is Getting There Too

The 5 Top Green Data Centers – HP is Getting There Too

In another one of those special posts on the Wikibon blog the research foundation looks into the seven most eco-friendly facilities out there. The green data center trend is picking up, thanks to vendor recognition from IBM and other hardware giants, along with adoption on behalf of some of the industry’s biggest names – from Facebook to Google, and Hewlett-Packard as well. First up is Yahoo. The web portal uses natural air cooling in its Niagara County, NY center to reduce the amount of energy that goes into keeping its servers nice and cool; about one percent of the electricity used. The... more »
Verizon Report: Cloud, Virtualization More Secure Than On-Prem

Verizon Report: Cloud, Virtualization More Secure Than On-Prem

Late last week, Verizon issued its Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report, highlighting IT security issues. And while the telecom's own summary of the report highlights the rise of hacktivism - 58 percent of data breaches in 2011 were attributable to hackers out to advance political or social agendas, the report says - there's some good news for cloud believers like yours truly: Only around 26 percent of all data breaches involved externally hosted assets. Verizon acknowledges in the report that there's a problem in defining "the cloud," but generally uses the term to mean any IT asset that's hosted and managed... more »
EMC Takes a Predictive Approach to Customer Service

EMC Takes a Predictive Approach to Customer Service

There’s no better way to handle product quality problems than to prevent them from happening in the first place. That’s just what IT giant EMC intends to do and it recently launched an ambitious Big Data predictive analytics project to do it. To understand the customer experience, EMC regularly survey’s its customers, talks with customer executives and benchmark’s its results against peers in the industry, according to Jim Bampos, Vice President of Quality at the Hopkinton, Mass.-based company. This allows EMC to identify and respond to customer pain-points, but only after they’ve become noticeable to the customer. Bampos told me EMC wants to... more »
Copperegg Updates Real-Time Monitoring SaaS

Copperegg Updates Real-Time Monitoring SaaS

Copperegg has just revealed the newest release of its RevealCloud real-time monitoring software-as-a-service. The company proclaims its client base is in the hundreds range, deployed across thousands of servers, thanks to several advantages its product includes to differentiate itself from alternatives.  Installation and setup is supposed to be pretty simple--there are customized alerts to automatically notify admins of any specific system changes, and the whole thing is pay-per-use, meaning Copperegg only charges for actual monitored usage. Version 3 adds to all that by introducing some new features, mainly the fact performance metrics have been extended to include processes on top of CPU usage,... more »
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Tracelytics Raises $5.2 Million For Web Application Performance Monitoring

Tracelytics announced today a a $5.2 million Series A round of funding led by Bain Capital Ventures. Tracelytics tackles the challenges of monitoring Web applications across an entire stack, between layers and hosts. In a blog entry, Tracelytics Chief Technology Officer Spiros Eliopoulos explains how their cloud-hosted, software-as-a-service (SaaS) application performance management (APM) platform stands out in a crowded marketplace. In short, Tracelytics takes its name from the smarter tracing it can do for requests to PHP, Ruby or Python applications. Github is already a customer. Rather than provide what Eliopolous describes as the bare minimum of data needed to solve a problem... more »
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The Hunger Games Wins Big: A Social Phenomenon

After Harry Potter and Twilight, there's Hunger Games.  Like the other Hollywood sagas, Hunger Games is based on the bestselling children's literature by Suzanne Collins. Now turned into an epic film, Hunger Games opened Friday on more than 10,000 screens across the nation,  already grossing $214.3 million globally, marking it as the third-highest film opening of all time. But will Hunger Games become the biggest hit for Lionsgate in history? Buzz around the film was helped along by social media. The extensive marketing campaign by the production company was aimed vastly at social media outlets like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, iPhone... more »
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DataDirect Reveals Two New Data Crunching Appliances

DataDirect Networks unveiled its two latest offerings today for general availability – the DDN SFA10K-M and SFA10K-ME appliances, designed to handle large data-driven workloads. “One of the key attributes of today’s Big Data is the lack of predictability of data growth across customer environments,” said Alex Bouzari, CEO of DDN. “Today’s announcement of our SFA10K-M and SFA10K-ME platforms is an important step in furthering the democratization of Big Data and enabling our customers to resolve Big Data unpredictability by starting small and growing incrementally into massively scalable Big Data technology.” The ME features homegrown in-memory processing technology, a method to get the data closer... more »
US Military Members Had More than 15,600 Accounts on MegaUpload

US Military Members Had More than 15,600 Accounts on MegaUpload

Megaupload proved to be an astoundingly useful resource for many people and fell quickly when they caught up in a feud with the big media industry in the form of the MPAA and RIAA. The picture painted by the entertainment industry is that Megaupload was a fraud site existing primarily to move illegal copies of copyrighted materials and little else—the return salvo against this portrait, however, comes from Kim Dotcom and TorrentFreak revealing that a multitude of users found MU useful including accounts connected to the Senate, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and NASA and even 15,634 belonging to the... more »
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The PC is Dead! Long Live the PC!

The recent proclamation that the PC is dead and we are living in something called a "Post-PC world" are little more than some self-serving hyperbole. Just to clarify: PC actually stands for personal computer and if we go with that accepted terminology, that should mean that given the proliferation of things like tablets, laptops, and smartphones; which can be considered to be the epitome of personal computing, we are entering a time when PCs have increased in popularity. Here’s an interesting infographic courtesy of visual.ly, with a few facts about the "Post-PC world."                             [Cross-posted at Winextra]... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.