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HP Begins Its Journey to Fill the Big Hole in Autonomy Leadership

HP Begins Its Journey to Fill the Big Hole in Autonomy Leadership

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has begun its search for new leader for Autonomy, which it acquired last October for $10.3 billion. The new executive will fill the role vacated by former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch who left in May. HP announced his departure at the same time as its poor second quarter financial results, which showed a 31.6 decrease in net profits. For many, Lynch’s departure was very unexpected. Only months before, he had proclaimed Autonomy was the future of HP.  In December, he gushed that his company had lost no significant members of its staff in its move to HP, and... more »
Samsung Continues To Investigate Self Combusting S III

Samsung Continues To Investigate Self Combusting S III

Today’s mobile news roundup features Samsung’s continuous investigation on the exploding SIII, Flipboard’ official Android app, and Nintendo's upgrades to the 3DS. Samsung continues to investigate exploding SIII An Irish consumer reported in a forum that while driving with his Galaxy SIII on his car mount, "suddenly a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone."  Initial investigation stated that there was nothing wrong with the phone, with the owner stating that the explosion may have been due to the combination of his car mount and his car’s heating system.  Samsung still replaced his device and is still investigating... more »
Could Google+ Find its Niche as a Twitter Alternative?

Could Google+ Find its Niche as a Twitter Alternative?

When I fired up Tweetdeck to participate in #innochat tweet chat yesterday, I was greeted by silence. At first, I thought I was having local network issues, but after a quick check of the Twitter API status I realized that it was not me. Twitter experienced a widespread service outage, actually two. Twitter was, down and out for more than ninety minutes. The outage was blamed on a "cascading bug" in one of it's infrastructure components. This is reminiscent of the old days of Twitter when these outages were much more common, albeit I did not remember them lasting so long. Immediately... more »
EMC Consulting Chief to CIOs: Beware The Cloud U-Turn

EMC Consulting Chief to CIOs: Beware The Cloud U-Turn

EMC Consulting Chief Operating Officer Tom Roloff came to GigaOM Structure this week armed with a brand new, service provider-focused study which indicates that from storage to VDI to eCommerce and everything in between, CIOs are ready to move to the public cloud in a big way. I caught up with Roloff after his on-stage presentation of the survey results to talk about how the modern CIO can reap the benefits of the cloud without falling prey to the pitfalls of a half-hearted migration. The EMC-sponsored study's results were drawn from 253 surveys and 20 interviews with enterprises that have between $250... more »
How Does Flipboard for Android Compare to iPad Version?

How Does Flipboard for Android Compare to iPad Version?

Flipboard, a social network aggregation that curates content from social media and other websites to present them in a magazine-like format to users, just released their app for Android smartphones. Flipboard is an app famous with iOS users.  It originally launched for the iPad but is now available for iPhones as well.  You can say that this is yet another iOS app that crossed over the Android planes.  I’m not sure though if Flipboarders will be as harsh as Instagram users were when the app launched for the Android platform. “They would love for us to be iOS exclusive from now until... more »
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Red Hat Reveals Mixed Earnings News Amidst Ongoing Changes, New Products

Red Hat had a busy week. The company released a brand new product, JBoss Data Grid 6 and new versions of its enterprise application platform and enterprise Linux distribution. However, this week wasn’t all about the code, the company also revealed its 2013 first quarter financial results. Red Hat had met or exceeded investor expectations four straight quarters. The company’s recent performance coupled with Red Hat’s deeper relationship with IBM, an aggressive stock repurchase program and the hire of Arun Oberoi as Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Services in May, created high expectations going into the Q1 2013 earnings report.... more »
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The Best of Google Street Views

Google revealed three major changes that take place in the future Google Maps with the introduction of an offline mode for Android phones and tablets. In offline mode, you can download maps on the device in areas you want to use when traveling abroad, or when you know the area you're headed to will have patchy reception on 3G or 4G. The maps in offline mode work as if they were still online, with a navigation system and management functions, and are even guided by the familiar blue dot representing your location using your GPS device connection. The second major development is the... more »
Did Microsoft Just Blow Up the Channel?

Did Microsoft Just Blow Up the Channel?

Microsoft blew up the channel this week.  They changed their business model. With Microsoft Surface, they now compete with the channel. And that's a good thing. But do the channel partners have any choice? No way. They have to sell Windows. What OS wold they adopt instead?  Will Dell go Linux? That was Leo Laporte's question on This Week in Google. On the show, Gina Trapani mentioned Chrome OS a an option, which is interesting though highly unlikely. Dell is actually investing quite  a bit in Ubuntu. Its working with Canonical on a Linux-based laptop for developers. Maybe that is what we will see as... more »
Facebook Boosting Its Edge Network, Rethinking Data Center Design

Facebook Boosting Its Edge Network, Rethinking Data Center Design

Facebook has decided that its photo delivery needs to get even faster, and is building out its own edge network infrastructure to get there. That nugget comes from the GigaOM Structure conference by Facebook VP Frank Frankovsky, in conversation with GigaOM's Stacey Higginbotham. Netflix, of all companies, has been repeatedly brought up here at Structure as a proof point for one concept or another: Rackspace Hosting CEO Lew Moorman mentioned Netflix's recent call for a scalable Amazon EC2 clone during his argument for a more open cloud (more on that tomorrow), and now Facebook's announcement calls to mind Netflix's recent decision to build... more »
“Cascading Bug” Bites Twitter Drawing the Wrath of the Fail Whale

“Cascading Bug” Bites Twitter Drawing the Wrath of the Fail Whale

Today a lot of Twitter users found themselves unable to access their tweets and retweet their friends after Twitter suffered a bug that caused it to become intermittently inaccessible to their users. The fail whale once again reared its albino head with a huge splashdown starting at around 12pm ET and it affected almost all of its systems. After some bug wrangling the staff got the social media giant steaming along again by 2:10pm ET; but aftershocks continued to cause the site issues for a few hours after that. According to a blog post over at Twitter what awoke the fail whale... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.