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Backup Dat Data! Box, Sugarsync Appear Ready for World Backup Day

Backup Dat Data! Box, Sugarsync Appear Ready for World Backup Day

Cloud storage news and products launches are seasoned fodder as World Backup Day approaches. It was first started  by a few people on Reddit last spring to raise awareness about regularly backing up data (a topic of great importance to SiliconAngle as we cover cloud trends). It was a huge success, so this year they teamed up with a plethora of media outlets to spread the word about data backup. To start the barrage of cloud storage news this week, Box unleashes OneCloud to compete with iCloud on the iOS platform. It boasts convenient features you won't find on iCloud, such... more »
Citrusleaf Introduces Smart Replication for Hadoop

Citrusleaf Introduces Smart Replication for Hadoop

Database solutions developer Citrusleaf launched a new offering for general availability today – a replication engine that runs on top of its flagship Citrusleaf 2.0 NoSQL platform. Cross Datacenter Replication (XDR) is unique thanks to the fact it addresses a couple of different points the company’s customers are undoubtedly looking at, and delivers a good deal of flexibility while doing so. The software supports multi-master ring topologies, enabling clients to easily spread around data between their facilities based on its respective users’ physical location. XDR allows admins to apply different replication policies to each of these ‘individual data elements,’ and also... more »
Zynga May Bring Titles to Xbox Amidst Increasing Competition

Zynga May Bring Titles to Xbox Amidst Increasing Competition

Zynga CEO Marc Pincus told GigaOm in an interview that the social gaming titan may add support for xBox 360. It’s currently developing cloud support for its games across multiple devices so the gaming console may get on the list. There’s no official announcement yet but Pincus’ message indicated that the two companies may collaborate in the future. "Right now we are building back-end technology, so that your game state can be saved and served up in difference screens/devices," Pincus said. "The interaction cues will take from the different devices. In other words, you can play a game on a computer... more »
Did SXSW Make uberlife a Success?

Did SXSW Make uberlife a Success?

Eight-week old, UK-based startup uberlife, the new location-based, socializing app, launched their iPhone app at the South by South West interactive festival this spring, earning them a place in the press as one of this year’s must have apps. CNET named uberlife as one of the “hottest new aps out of SXSW”, while the New York Times praised the app for helping users organize “pop-up hangouts” to get people together while in Austin during the conference. Before and during the SXSW, uberlife’s userbase and usage increased by 50% as attendees of the event signed up to discover and join SxSW “hangouts” to meet... more »
Cisco to Acquire ClearAccess by End of 2012

Cisco to Acquire ClearAccess by End of 2012

Cisco revealed its plans to acquire ClearAccess today, a well-known provider of customer premise equipment (CPE) management solutions that address the growing need for automatic subscriber activation, remote CPE management, and new incremental revenue streams.  Founded as a broadband application and solution provider, ClearAccess offers advanced broadband solutions to worldwide enterprises along with TR-069-based software for the provisioning and management of residential and mobile devices. This acquisition will bring ClearAccess’s capabilities of software development to Cisco’s premise, to work with its network management specialties. This will enable service providers to better deliver, manage and monetize their products, while helping to improve operational... more »
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Fresh, Personalized Mobile Apps Keep You Healthy and Fit

There is a growing fondness on mobile health and fitness applications in the market today. From staying in shape to looking after the whole family's eating habits, mobile developers are spurred to come up with solutions that address growing demands across the fitness and healthcare industry.  Especially for people on the go, these mobile apps are heaven-sent. The emerging market of mobile nutrition could actually improve and individual’s health according to a recent study. Here are some apps that might be just what you need to stay healthy. Shopwell 2.0 The healthy eating app recently launched version 2.0 of their iPhone app, enabling shoppers to quickly... more »
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IBM, HP, Cisco Lead Cloud Computing Equipment Market

A new report from Synergy Research Group issued this week indicates that when it comes to computing systems, storage systems and networking infrastructure, HP and IBM are vying for leadership, with Cisco fast closing the gap. Synergy's 4Q11 Cloud Equipment Market Share report says that in the fourth quarter of 2011, overall revenue in this field hit $10.6 billion, bringing the total for the year up to $39.4 billion - up fifteen percent from 2010. Interestingly, but not entirely unexpectedly, North America is still number one in cloud computing equipment purchases, accounting 43% of the market. But EMEA and Asia Pacific are... more »
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HP-Oracle Case May Be Nearing Court Trial

The Hewlett-Packard vs. Oracle case may soon be getting its much needed court time as both parties asked a Californian judge to rule in their favor. The two companies are arguing about the Itanium chip, used on certain exotic, high-end systems sold by HP, which Oracle declared that they would stop supporting.  HP argues that Oracle is bound by a contract to continue supporting the Itanium chip for a few more years.  Oracle claimed that Intel, which makes the Itanium chip, wanted to discontinue chip production for a long time as it was “nearing the end of its life.” HP fired the... more »
Apple Addresses iPad Issues In Australia and China

Apple Addresses iPad Issues In Australia and China

Today’s mobile roundup features Apple's address regarding concerns about the new iPad and China, Sprint's plans to offer 4G on the next iPhone, and more. Apple addresses Australian complaint and battery issue The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking legal action for Apple’s misleading 4G ads for the new iPad.  The ACCC wants Apple to offer refunds for those people who bought the new iPad thinking that it would work as advertised on Australian’s 4G network, and they want Apple to change their ads and clarify this misnomer. A report from the Sydney Morning Herald stated that Australian networks either operates on... more »
Puppet Enterprise Adds Support for Windows and More

Puppet Enterprise Adds Support for Windows and More

Today Puppet Labs announced version 2.5 of the configuration automation suite Puppet Enterprise. The new version adds support for Windows, integration with the Puppet Forge Marketplace and more insights into infrastructural changes. Windows support was added to the open source version of Puppet with version 2.7.6. "Puppet for Windows is one of the top search queries for our site," Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies told me. However, Puppet Labs isn't yet building integrations with Microsoft Operations Manager or other Windows management tools. "We're not sure who is going to use it yet," Kanies said. "We know that Linux/Unix admins will... 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.