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80% of Facebook Ad Clicks Coming from Bots?

80% of Facebook Ad Clicks Coming from Bots?

Businesses that want to advertise on Facebook had better think twice before getting their wallets out, following claims that as many as 80% of clicks on Facebook ads are coming from bots instead of humans. Limited Run, a start-up that offers a sales platform for musicians and record labels, says that it's halting its Facebook advertising campaign after learning that four out of five clicks on its ads are completely worthless. In addition, the company is miffed that Facebook is apparently trying to force them to commit to buying $2,000 worth of advertising in order to change its Pages name on... more »
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3 Reasons Pandora Radio Still Beats Spotify's

Back in June Spotify added a radio feature to their iOS app, giving iPhone and iPad users the ability to enjoy unlimited music on the go.  The only catch?  The radio stream is laced with ads, though paying Spotify customers won't be bothered with ads and can skip unlimited songs.  As for those who use the free version, they can skip only six songs per hour and endure two to three minutes of ads. But iOS users aren’t the only ones to get the radio feature.  Today, Spotify announced that Android devices will also have the radio feature, letting you create... more »
Veeam Explorer for Exchange is a necessary addition to the Exchange admin's arsenal

Veeam Explorer for Exchange is a necessary addition to the Exchange admin's arsenal

A few weeks ago, I was treated to an early look at one of Veeam’s new tools: Veeam Explorer for Exchange.  As a longtime Exchange administrator, my first thought was, “Where was this tool 10 years ago?!?” There are a number of things that might scare an Exchange administrator, but nothing quite so much as one simple question: “Hey, Exchange Admin… you can recover a message that our CEO accidentally deleted a while back?  He really needs it.”  Suddenly, the palms get sweaty and the heart starts beating a little faster and you hope… just hope… that the stars align and... more »
Hewlett-Packard Goes All-Flash with 3PAR

Hewlett-Packard Goes All-Flash with 3PAR

Hardware giant Hewlett-Packard announced a new commitment to SSD storage with a new 3PAR configuration, P10000. This variation of the single tier storage array runs on SSDs, and as a result offers several advantages including less overhead than its disk-based sibling – up to 80 percent reduced cost per kilowatt according to the company. More automation has been thrown in the mix as well, and the actual array has some impressive specs: 512 SSDs, 450K IOs per second and 1,900 300GB hard drives. "Before our move to HP 3PAR Adaptive Optimization Software with solid state, service levels were being compromised and substantial... more »
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Overdue SAP Trial Invites Developers to Play in their Ecosystem

Business intelligence kingpin SAP is looking to create a mobile ecosystem, and this week the company announced a new initiative that aims to incentivize developers who might be interesting in joining the program. SAP has a huge, global clientele that could benefit from both business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications. But the company wants to let third party devs do all the work, and it’s providing them with resources to do that. Developers that want to test the waters have access to a 30-day trial in the form of a hosted environment that runs the SAP mobile platform and the company’s ERP system, with... more »
Box Closes $125M Round as Consumer Cloud Attracts Investors

Box Closes $125M Round as Consumer Cloud Attracts Investors

Cloud storage is really getting huge on the consumer side.  Nowadays, you hear a lot of people talking about saving their files on Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync or any number of cloud storage platforms.  Though not all the users know what the cloud is and what it actually does, the main point is that people are using it.  And it’s not only consumers who are seeing the great potential of cloud storage service providers - investors are in on the fun. Box Box will be announcing a $125 million round of funding led by growth investment fund General Atlantic with two... more »
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Mobile Big in Travel, and Marketers Got It (Mostly) Right

Mobile ad network operator Millennial Media released its latest SMART report, outlining advertising trends in the travel industry – one of the fastest growing verticals in this space. The travel industry is currently the third biggest spender on Millennial’s network behind telecommunications and finance, and is also holding on to the third spot in the fastest growing verticals category.  Spending increased by 200 percent year over year. Millennial broke down these numbers a bit: 57 percent of marketers’ ad budget went to the ‘Booking Agents and Sites’ sub-category, while 18 went into “Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines” and 11 percent was spent... more »
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Apple-Samsung Trial: Jury Selection

The patent infringement trial between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. started yesterday.  Though it was scheduled that the two will deliver their opening statements yesterday, the jury selection process took longer than expected so by lunchtime, it was agreed upon that opening statements will be delivered today. The jury selection was an interesting process since a few potential jurors were dismissed for having connections with Apple.  One stated that he is an Apple employee and ultimately wants to see Apple win the case, another said his son worked in the legal department at Apple and one Google employee wanted to... more »
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iPhone 5 Launch Set for September 12: On Sale Sep. 21

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the iPhone 5 to be revealed on September 12; HTC removing a patent in the case against Apple; leaked court documents unveiling two new Samsung Windows phones; and an app for PTSD. Apple to unveil iPhone 5 on September 12 According to different but reliable media sources, Apple is getting ready to launch the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini within the second week of September with Wednesday, September 12th, as the most probable date of the launch.  iMore was the first to report the said Apple fall event, with AllThingsD and the Verge also reporting the... more »
Siri Meets Foursquare with Saga Roll Out: Priority Invite Code!

Siri Meets Foursquare with Saga Roll Out: Priority Invite Code!

Saga is not another Siri clone, per se. It’s more similar to Google Now and the recently launched Friday app, offering a utility that intelligently pins down data based on any number of metrics, most prominently your location, and displays it to the user with actionized intent.  The service is launching its public beta for iOS today.  We have priority invite codes here if you'd like to check it out: just use the code SILICONANGLE. Saga combines a number of different elements. For one, there’s the hyper-local aspect: the app is location-based at its core and the recommendations systems is tailored... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.