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Foursquare's Amazon Move Highlights Hadoop Hurdles

Foursquare's Amazon Move Highlights Hadoop Hurdles

In a pair of customer case studies released today, Amazon Web Services hammered on the usual sales pitch for the cloud: Lower OpEx, higher ROI, better scalability and so forth. But what really stood out to me was the Foursquare Labs study, which went into some detail on how the cloud is helping the 10 million member location-based social network leverage big data analytics - and highlighting some problems with Apache Hadoop as it stands today. Foursquare's usage of AWS works something like this: The social network uses the open source Apache Flume to funnel "hundreds of millions of application logs"... more »
Hewlett-Packard Promotes Financial VP, Ramps Up Storage Efforts

Hewlett-Packard Promotes Financial VP, Ramps Up Storage Efforts

Enterprise hardware maker and consumer electronics giant Hewlett-Packard has appointed Marc Levin to the role of senior vice president and controller. He will officially begin to carry out his duties under the new title starting May 1. Levin has been with HP for 24 years, a long tenure through which he has fulfilled several different positions within the company. Today he’s the senior vice president of Finance, and before that he worked in the company’s Global Sales and spinned off medical units. The latter is now known as Agilent Technologies. As of next month he’ll be reporting directly to chief financial officer... more »
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HTML5 Hype: Apple’s Will is Bending the Rules

HTML5 is getting big. And not just because it saves developers precious time and resources that would normally been used to optimize an app for several different platforms. Apple first touted the idea of finding an alternative to Flash many years ago, citing power consumption issues on iOS.  And millions of iPads later, the company is helping to achieve just that. Citrix’s mobile predictions report, posted earlier this year, surveyed Apple’s influence on the development scene, and noted that now is the time for Flash site owners and developers to move on. As it turns out however, the answer as to why... more »
Dr. Who’s New Girl Becomes the Latest Twitter Clickjacking Theme

Dr. Who’s New Girl Becomes the Latest Twitter Clickjacking Theme

Britain’s longest running science fiction series Doctor Who welcomed Jenna-Louise Coleman as its newest cast. The actress’ name easily became a trending topic on Twitter—and became an easy target for clickjackers who exploited hashtags, and her name. Users were tricked with a combination of a lewd decoy and malicious technique into unsuspectingly following a Twitter account. In his blog, Graham Culey shared details and screenshots of Twitter clickjacking activities: "The webpage you are taken to doesn't have any content (pornographic or otherwise) related to the Time Lord's latest sidekick. Instead, you'll find what appears to be a portal for an Asian... more »
Symantec: There's A New Duqu In Town

Symantec: There's A New Duqu In Town

It appears that Duqu keeps evolving even as researchers an experts continue to capture and research it. A new variant has been uncovered by experts slumming around Iran, hiding its  veteran authorship in a saboteur's shell as it works its way through computer networks. History of the bug (recap): Duqu is a worm identified last year that opens a back door and downloads more files onto a compromised computer which also features rootkit functionality and has the ability to steal information, from a compromised machine, which can be used to launch another Stuxnet-like attack. Stuxnet is a malicious program released in 2009 that... more »
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New Media Minute: Social TV Buzz Doubles Year over Year; New Program Guide Weaves in Real-Time Buzz

  The growth of social activity in conversations and check-ins around TV programming has grown by about 91% year over year, according to a study by social TV tracking service Trendrr.TV. The company also uncovered several interesting trends regarding social activity for shows, news and live events, such as how Facebook is a more popular social venue for animated shows than Twitter is. Meanwhile, electronic program guides are starting to incorporate social buzz about shows, such as the iPad app from TV listings service Veronica Magazine in Holland, which might prove an interesting template for how to weave social buzz into a program guide. In related news, video discovery service Digitalsmiths... more »
If a Tree Falls In the Woods, Will Android Send You an Ad for Stump Grinders?

If a Tree Falls In the Woods, Will Android Send You an Ad for Stump Grinders?

If you’re wondering why Android apps have more in-app ads than iOS, the answer is simple: Android developers rely on ads for their revenue.  But what’s troubling with in-app ads is the fact that it makes users’ information available for advertisers to see and use. "Due to the fact that ad libraries are incorporated into the host apps that use them, they in essence form a symbiotic relationship," said a study from North Carolina State University. "Based on such relationship, an ad library can effectively leverage it and naturally inherit all permissions a user may grant the host app, thus undermining... more »
3 Tutorials on Using R with Hadoop

3 Tutorials on Using R with Hadoop

Jeffrey Breen of Atmosphere Research Group presented at tk how to use Apache Hadoop with the statistical programming language R using RHadoop. Hadoop has become practically synonymous with big data and R has become the language of choice for data scientists so it's natural to want to use the two together. Breen has made his presentations available on SlideShare and the code and configuration files available on Github. The first tutorial explains how to install Hadoop on a local virtual machine to help you get familiar with Hadoop: Big Data Step-by-Step: Infrastructure 1/3: Local VM View more presentations from... more »
10Gb Ethernet Finally Coming of Age?

10Gb Ethernet Finally Coming of Age?

For a decade, network analysts have touted 10Gb Ethernet as the next step in internal network technology. But until now various factors including the cost, the added complexity and need to retrain network personnel, and simply a lack of perceived need have confined 10Gb to SANs and other niches where pure network speed ruled. For most of that time CPU power rather than network speed was the gating factor in server performance. Now, says McLeod Glass, director of marketing for industry standard servers & software at HP and Greg Scherer, VP of storage & strategy at Broadcom, 10GbE's time may finally... more »
Facebook Arms Itself With IBM Patents, but Are Facebookers Safe?

Facebook Arms Itself With IBM Patents, but Are Facebookers Safe?

In preparation for the lawsuit filed against them by Yahoo! Inc., Facebook bought 750 patents from International Business Machines Corp.  The freshly acquired patents will cover a broad range of technology, ranging from search to semiconductors. The terms of the patent acquisition were undisclosed.  Representatives from both Facebook and IBM have yet to comment on the matter. “This is a very big deal,” said  Erin- Michael Gill, chief intellectual property officer at MDB, an investment bank focused on intellectual property. While it’s not clear how strong the patents are, “Facebook is now where it’s supposed to be.” Facebook currently has  56 issued patents... 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.