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A Metro Move for LinkedIn with Windows Phone Debut

A Metro Move for LinkedIn with Windows Phone Debut

As the market share for Windows Phone still lags far behind iOS and Android, promotional campaigns implemented by Microsoft and Nokia seem to pay off in their own way.  The Windows Phone Marketplace is home to many key applications, be it games (Angry Birds), utilities (Shazam) or community networks (Facebook, Twitter). And this weekend, social network LinkedIn has released its first full-featured application for Windows Phone. Less than 1 MB in size, the LinkedIn for Windows Phone app connects you to your LinkedIn networks. By design, it integrates seamlessly into Microsoft's Metro, an interface that's expected to empower developers in the... more »
Changes in the East Coast VC Scene - Atlas Ventures Adopting Andreessen Horowitz Playbook With Chris Lynch Hire

Changes in the East Coast VC Scene - Atlas Ventures Adopting Andreessen Horowitz Playbook With Chris Lynch Hire

Venture Capital has been under massive change over the past 5 years.  We've seen the emergence of new "products" from angel, super angel, to new institutional firms like Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen Horowitz business model is the "gold standard" in technology investing.  Andreessen in a short time has become the dominate venture capital firm on the west coast.  Their playbook is very simple.  Hire successful partners that are all ex-entrepreneurs and successful operators and invest in the best deals both early stage and growth stage. The Andreessen Horowitz model is coming to Boston in the form of Atlas Ventures and Chris Lynch. Today, I... more »
VMware Unveils vFabric Suite 5.1 With New Add Ons

VMware Unveils vFabric Suite 5.1 With New Add Ons

Virtualization solutions maker VMware announced the latest version of the vFabric Suite, a platform that’s meant to support Spring Java applications running on cloud infrastructure powered by the company’s power. vFabric 5.1 features several new capabilities, including the addition of support for open source tools such as  Postgres,  Apache Tomcat, Apache HTTP Server and the RabbitMQ messaging tool.  Most of these enhancements, however, will be made available in the form of standalone products, each designed to supplement the core platform. The first addition is SQLFire, an in-memory distributed SQL database that drives down latency, scales better and is purpose built to support large... more »
HOW TO: Export Your Instagram, Glancee and Lightbox Data

HOW TO: Export Your Instagram, Glancee and Lightbox Data

Facebook acquired quite a few companies these past weeks, and most of them were social content sharing  services that let you store huge amounts of data.  Not every acquisition means the end of their service, but after web 2.0 the savviest of users will at least back up their data. So far it's evident Facebook's purchased Instagram for its presence and popularity, while its latest buy, Lightbox, was for talent.  Whatever Facebook's reasons, it'd be a good idea on your part to save your photos and personal data. Here's how. Instagram There are a lot of ways to quickly export your data from Instagram.  One... more »
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NetSuite Introduces SuiteCommerce, Launches Commerce-as-a-Service

While theCube has been at SAP SAPphire 2012 this week, its competition at NetSuite used its own SuiteWorld event here in San Francisco to launch a new commerce-as-a-service (CaaS) product built on the brand new SuiteCommerce platform. NetSuite is traditionally known as an ERP company, but the hope is that connecting back-end data will set it apart in the eCommerce market. NetSuite SuiteCommerce is aimed at providing one central system that manages customer transactions and customer interactions across "touchpoints" like mobile devices, a traditional browser, or even in a brick-and-mortar store. It's also designed to handle business-to-business (B2B) and machine-to-machine (M2M)... more »
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PostgreSQL 9.2 Beta Adds JSON Support

The beta release of PostgreSQL 9.2, available to developers for testing as of yesterday, broadens its data type support to include the highly popular JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) open standard, according to a news item from the PostgreSQL Global Development Group. It's an especially well-timed announcement - as developers work to integrate legacy enterprise software with new cloud applications, the ability to deploy hybrid document-relational databases that supports both JSON and the ability to translate other data types into JSON will probably be welcomed. After all, JSON remains the data type of choice for many developers. Outside of that JSON support, PostgreSQL 9.2... more »
For SAP, It’s Now a Big Data World

For SAP, It’s Now a Big Data World

In his keynote at SAPPHIRE this morning, SAP Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe made three predictions. Two of them – that within five years we will live in a completely mobile, cloud-based world – were of the relatively safe variety. The third was a bit bolder. Within five years, he said, all the world’s data will live in main memory. I heard more than a few gasps – and I think one giggle – from the audience. That’s an extraordinary claim to make. Yes, the price of memory is dropping and, consequently, in-memory storage is becoming an increasingly attractive option for “hot” data,... more »
Hewlett-Packard Unveiles New Servers, Gets More Cloud Attention

Hewlett-Packard Unveiles New Servers, Gets More Cloud Attention

Taking a small break from all the buzz surrounding HP Cloud Services, Hewlett-Packard reaffirmed the plus side of being a large vendor with strong relations.  Just 24 hours after Intel’s new server chipsets were announced, HP unveiled a new lineup of ProLiant servers for the SMB market that ship with freshly baked Xeon under the hood. The product family includes the TroLiant DL360e 1U and DL380e 2U rack servers, the  BL420c, and the ProLiant ML350e Gen8 tower server.  The ML350 is more cost efficiency oriented, and all three are powered by Intel. In turn, the new ProLiant DL385p and BL465c Gen8 boxes... more »
More from SAPphire 2012: HANA, New Services and Cloud Strategy

More from SAPphire 2012: HANA, New Services and Cloud Strategy

It’s Day 2 of SAPphire NOW 2012, and the steady flow of updates streaming out of the event still persists.  HANA hasn’t disappointed yet, and is in the center of the three day conference as expected, while the ecosystem expands with each announcement and SAP is getting ready to make yet another major push into the cloud. One major highlight from today is SAP’s partnership with Opera Solutions. The two have teamed up to encourage the use of Opera's Signal Hub tech in combination with SAP’s in-memory analytics appliance. Signal Hub comprises Opera’s approach to passing a large data set through a... more »
More Facebook Talent Buys in Mobile. What's the End Goal?

More Facebook Talent Buys in Mobile. What's the End Goal?

Facebook acquires another mobile-centric photo sharing service, which begs the question, “What is Facebook really up to?” What’s Facebook’s plan? Facebook is getting aggressive with their acquisitions in recent weeks.  Aside from Lightbox, they also took in Instagram and more recently Glancee, the social discovery app for iOS and Android that lets users find new people based on their location.  Users can download their Glancee data here if they'd like to back it up. You can also export your Lightbox photos here. Glancee co-founders Andrea Vaccari, Alberto Tretti and Gabriel Grise will be joining the Facebook team at the Menlo Park HQ. So is everything just about talent acquisitions? I... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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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.

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