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Putting Big Data in the Cloud to Work for the Benefit of Humanity

Not to lead with the hyperbole, but it's going to be hard to argue with the promise of big data analytics and the scalability of cloud when the combinations starts to solve one world problem after another. Okay, maybe that's a ways off. But just yesterday, a pair of major cloud service providers made announcements that bring us one step closer. First off, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a partnership with 1000 Genomes, the "international public-private consortium that aims to build the most detailed map of human genetic variation available," brought the entirety of its 2010 pilot data set and most... more »
CloudLock Bags $8.7 Million Via Series B, Expands Cloud Security Portfolio

CloudLock Bags $8.7 Million Via Series B, Expands Cloud Security Portfolio

Security threats within the cloud territory are inevitable. Just like in any booming platform, the more popular you get, the more people  you attract, the more you are positioning yourself to be a potent target of cyber criminals. As the cloud turns into one of the biggest innovations of the last decade in technology, vulnerabilities are explored by opportunists. CloudLock, a cloud data security firm, knows this too well. Its enterprise-class products are directly symbiotic with cloud application providers. During the last RSA Security Conference, the company launched a next-generation enterprise-class security for Google Apps. Developments in their portfolio include security... more »
Tomorrow: Anonymous Threatens to Blackout the Internet on March 31st

Tomorrow: Anonymous Threatens to Blackout the Internet on March 31st

From the Internet’s heart, Anonymous stabs at thee. As we all know the hacktivist collective Anonymous released a threat to darken the Internet on March 31st by attacking the Domain Name Service root servers, according to a post on Pastebin from February. Further agitation from various sources on the Internet shows that at least the media is preparing to watch what happens. The Pastebin manifesto outlines a daring plan to strike at the DNS root servers with a distributed-denial of service attack: By cutting these off the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a  domain name look-up, thus, disabling the HTTP Internet,... more »
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Microsoft Study: Cloud Levels Playing Field for Small Businesses

A new study, commissioned by Microsoft and researched by Edge Strategies, indicates that cloud usage is on the rise amongst SMBs, with paid service adoption set to double over the next five years. Apparently, there's increasing belief in the notion that the cloud makes a company more competitive, adding features and functionality heretofore limited to the largest enterprises. That notion is reinforced by the first statistic Microsoft shares about its study: 59% of SMBs who have already adopted a cloud service report indicate that IT provides a significant boost to productivity, versus 30% of the have-nots. Similarly, 63% of cloud adopters expect to... more »
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Falconstor Aims to Be Apple's Time Machine for the Enterprise [VIDEO]

Falconstor is a maker of backup and recovery solutions that wants to transform the way enterprises handle their data, as chief executive Jim McNeil explains during a recent interview with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante (see the full interview below). In the last couple of years FalconStor has done a bit of recovery of its own. Founder and former CEO Reijane Huai got involved in a haunting investigation, which keeps rearing its head, even in the company’s most recent earnings report. But McNeil is anxious to move on, a goal he says will soon be realized, and Falcon’s fiscal performance indicates he has been... more »
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The New SAP is All about Apps, Cloud and Big Data

SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann took hold of the company just a couple of years ago, but are already transforming it into something far beyond just another legacy software provider. The co-leaders promoted an important message last year, one that the company has reiterated on several occasions since, which shares their plan for boosting SAP’s revenue to 20 billion euros in 2015. The core business will be expanded, they said, and there’s going to be a lot more investment in new areas. There have been more than enough indicators so far outlining the direction SAP is headed, but now... more »
US vs UK: Music Cloud Storms Brew Over Fees, Licensing for Spotify and Pandora

US vs UK: Music Cloud Storms Brew Over Fees, Licensing for Spotify and Pandora

The music cloud market is getting more crowded with each passing day, as several applications and services seem to appear from every corner of the world. Competition is getting tougher as companies are adamant about hopping on this lucrative bandwagon. Online streaming is one of the major crazes that has revolutionized our media consumption, and the music trend shows no signs of slowing down. Spotify Good news for Spotify fans in the United States—the app will remain free for an indefinite period of time.  The service will allow American music enthusiasts to enjoy unlimited streaming of their favorite songs from their favorite artists. There has... more »
Google To Sell Self-Branded Tablet

Google To Sell Self-Branded Tablet

Today’s mobile roundup features Google’s plan on selling their own tablet, Apple's $15 refund for the iPhone 4 antennagate, and more. The Google Tablet There are a lot of OEMs running on Google’s Android platform.  Google doesn’t really get paid for this, but they get their revenue through ads.  So instead of always being a platform for OEM devices forever, Google plans to sell their very own tablet.  Well, not entirely their own--it will be branded as Google but the hardware will likely come from Samsung and Asus. According to some sources, Google will sell their tablets in stores much like Apple’s and... more »
Facebook Timeline Becomes an Institution Today, But is it an Asset for Brands?

Facebook Timeline Becomes an Institution Today, But is it an Asset for Brands?

“Your life will no longer be the same,” said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in September last year at the f8 developer conference. There he presented Facebook's new Timeline, which will be going live for all users today. Facebook Timeline is a radical change the way we look and read Facebook pages. The social network said that a week after the initial Timeline roll out, about 8 million brands - about a quarter of all brands on Facebook - updated their profiles in compliance with the new design. Those who did not will be automatically transferred to that format on March 30. The... more »
3 Ways APIs are Changing IT Consulting

3 Ways APIs are Changing IT Consulting

In a time when entrepreneurs and VCs are the new rock stars, cloud computing, big data and consumerization have made even enterprise startups like Box, Cloudera and Yammer sexy. And now thanks to EMC's acquisition of Pivotal Labs and a massive new round of funding for Appirio, even consulting startups are starting to see some of that love. Phil Wainwright speculates that Appirio could even go public. "The last time we saw start-up services companies considered as IPO candidates was back in the dot-com boom days of now forgotten e-consultancies such as Viant, Scient, Razorfish, USWeb/CKS and Organic," writes Wainwright.... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.