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ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 4, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 4, 2013

Online Superstore Standardizes on EMC AutomationDirect.com, an online superstore of industrial control products, has standardized on EMC VMAX 10K with FAST VP (fully automated storage tiering for virtual pools) and other EMC software. AutomationDirect is leveraging these EMC technologies to drive rapid business expansion and reduce costs while rolling out strategic initiatives, including disaster recovery, virtualized desktop computing, and Big Data analytics. More   IBM CIO Honored for Leadership HMG Strategy, an organization of CIOs at leading IT and consumer companies, has honored IBM VP and CIO Jeanette Horan as one of the “top performing CIOs who have shown unparalleled leadership to drive innovation... more »
Oracle Acquires Network Solutions Provider Acme Packet In $1.9 Billion Deal

Oracle Acquires Network Solutions Provider Acme Packet In $1.9 Billion Deal

Oracle will bolster its communications portfolio with the acquisition of Acme Packet, which makes networking gear for data, voice and unified communications services, in a deal reportedly worth some $1.9 billion cash. The company announced that it will acquire Acme Packet for $29.25 a share, a significant 22% mark up on its Friday share price of $23.93. The deal amounts to some $2.1 billion in diluted equity value, giving Acme an enterprise value of $1.7 billion. Acme Packet specializes in next-generation solutions for services, applications, voice and data communications across networks. According to Oracle’s press release, Acme shareholders still have to approve... more »
Strange Big Data: Can We Really Predict Everything?

Strange Big Data: Can We Really Predict Everything?

Anyone who knows anything about Big Data understands that, at the end of the day, it all boils down to guesswork. The reason we accumulate so much data, and store it, and try to glean insights from it, is so we can guess what happens next. So far, much of the emphasis has been on how Big Data can help big business to make more money, but experts are just beginning to explore the much wider impact that this knowledge could have on the world… Predicting Outbreaks of Disease One of the most tantalizing possibilities that has emerged recently is the ability... more »
Minecraft Success Made Notch Richer by $101M

Minecraft Success Made Notch Richer by $101M

Minecraft has become one of the revelations in the world of video games in recent years. The creative freedom provided by this title has created large communities of players who are dedicated to recreating with great detail. The year 2012 ended with a bang literally to Mojang AB, creator of Minecraft. The game Xbox 360 Edition sold more than 5 million copies in last year December only, maintaining its average of about 50,000 copies sold every week, with a peak of 453,000 in the well only on Christmas Day. The company has sold more than 20 million copies of Minecraft, which... more »
Top 5 Open Source Projects in Big Data - Breaking Analysis

Top 5 Open Source Projects in Big Data - Breaking Analysis

Big Data is a booming area that is receiving more widespread attention, especially since technology research company Gartner has projected that Big Data will drive $34 billion in IT spending in 2013. Abhishek Mehta, founder of Tresata, joined Kristin Feledy on the Morning NewsDesk Show to give his perspective on what's happening in Big Data. Abhi noted that there are a number of emerging open source projects in Big Data and shared his top five list, which included Trevni, Spark, D3, Impala and H Catalog. Abhi gave a brief rundown of why these projects are important and explained that he would... more »
HP Chromebook: Sleeker, Bigger, and -- Worse Off

HP Chromebook: Sleeker, Bigger, and -- Worse Off

Hewlett-Packard is following in the footsteps of Acer, Lenovo, and Samsung as it releases its own version of Chromebook. Most notable is the 14-inch screen, which is by far largest for laptops that runs Google's Chrome OS. Dubbed the HP Pavilion 14, it features 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, and has 2GB of RAM and integrated graphics. It also boasts a more spacious keyboard and added ports. Pavilion 14 is part of HP’s efforts in expanding its PC and workstation offerings, and giving consumers more option when it comes to operating systems with its multi-OS approach. "Google's Chrome OS is showing great appeal... more »
Amazon Needs More than Cheap Cloud Prices to Tackle the Enterprise

Amazon Needs More than Cheap Cloud Prices to Tackle the Enterprise

Amazon Web Service owns 70 percent of the $2.5 billion public cloud IaaS market, and its business is expected to nearly double this year – is there any hope left for the competition? The answer is yes. AWS was absolutely groundbreaking when it launched in 2006. Amazon’s killer combo of effective scaling and competitive rates attracted SMBs en masse, and companies with less than 250 employees now account for 90 percent of its cloud income. The market  has gotten much bigger in the last seven years, but Amazon’s lead has only gotten smaller. Google and Microsoft are both gaining share in the... more »
Is Google Being Racist?

Is Google Being Racist?

A new study of Google’s search engine has found that searches for names typically associated with black people are far more likely to throw up ads relating to criminal activity, leading one Harvard professor to suggest that the search engine could be “racially biased." For example, a search on Google for names primarily given to black babies, such as DeShawn, Jermaine or Darnell, was far more likely to show up ads such as “Jermaine Jones, Arrested?...”, linking to sites that perform criminal record checks. Professor Latanya Sweeney studied search results on both Google.com and Reuters.com, which also displays Google ads. In particular,... more »
Android Malware Infects PCs, Records Conversations

Android Malware Infects PCs, Records Conversations

Kaspersky Labs identified a new kind of Android malware that does more than infect your mobile phone, as it also infiltrates your Windows PC. In January, Kaspersky identified two apps on Google Play that pretend to clean your phone’s system: Super Clean and DroidCleaner.  If you download the apps, it pretends to do some legit work when it is launched.  The app lists running processes on your device and restarts them in the foreground, giving the appearance of a legit app.  But the worst of it is what's going on behind the scenes.  While you’re busy thinking that you’re freeing up... more »
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The Ultimate Smart App is One that Anticipates + Answers

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from a recent interview with LucidWorks CEO Paul Doscher, who touches on an important consumer trend that's hit the enterprise: Smart Apps.  Doscher discusses the enterprise's growing need for software that anticipates end users' needs, and answers their questions with contextualized data, noting the web as a template for designing an interface for businessmen and women.  His company, known for delivering data-centric application development platforms, sees firsthand what end users need, and how their consumer expectations around information accessibility and usability are impacting enterprise IT. . Big Data makes every employee smarter . What we're seeing as it... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon examines why Public Cloud services has outpaced Private Cloud consumption for the past 3-5 years. By understanding the challenges of Private Cloud deployments, IT organizations can better align budgets and research towards True Private Cloud services than enable better business applications.

- Ralph Finos

The concept of Private Cloud has been in the market since 2008, but the ability of IT organizations to build Private Cloud services that match Public Cloud have been limited. Wikibon forecasts the Private Cloud market revenues from 2015-2026, as well as introducing the enhanced concept of "True" Private Cloud.

- Brian Gracely

The Oracle Storage Cloud enables Application and Infrastructure teams to leverage a Cloud platform that was designed for Enterprise Oracle applications. Wikibon looks at the integrations that bring simplicity and value to Oracle customers.

- David Floyer

Wikibon key findings include: - The breakeven for most migration projects from 7-Mode to Clustered ONTAP are poor at over 50 months - the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is anemic at 12% or lower; - For most workloads there are better strategic alternatives if a move must be made; - NetApp customers with 7-Mode running well should pass on converting to Clustered ONTAP, and focus on conversions to true private clouds and public clouds; - Storage vendors (and other component vendors) should no longer be considered as strategic partners by enterprise IT.

- David Floyer

This study and other Wikibon work shows very clearly that enterprise IT should deliver their software and solutions using true private cloud solutions where possible. The reduction in operational costs from reduced testing, lower operational maintenance costs enable either lower IT solution costs, or faster and more profitable value-based application deployment. Because of the additional integration of the Oracle hardware and database software, and the virtual licensing costs of the Oracle database, the Oracle Database Appliance is very likely to be the lowest cost solution, and give the fastest time-to- value when compared to bespoke component solutions.

- George Gilbert

Choosing a data preparation and integration tool is the first step in upgrading Systems of Record to Systems of Intelligence. If the goal is of the new Systems of Intelligence is highly differentiated functionality supporting a business strategy, specialized systems may have have an advantage. If the goal is matching the competition with the new systems and differentiating elsewhere, the greater simplicity of an integrated solution will probably be more competitive.

- George Gilbert

IT practitioners should collect the requirements from each of the constituencies that are going to be involved in building the new analytic pipeline. If an integrated product such as Informatica or Pentaho doesn't meet the requirements, they should evaluate just how much internal integration work they can support and whether the speed of the final pipeline can deliver on its performance goals. The more sophisticated enterprises with more specialized skills typically can support highly custom solutions.

- David Floyer

IT management practices must evolve to bring mature transaction systems and contemporary analytics capabilities together. The phrase "contemporary analytics" refers to Predictive Analytics (PA) and modern Decision Management (DM) systems that, when leveraged with existing Systems of Record (SoR), form a coherent, agile and new operating model we refer to as Systems of Intelligence (SoI). By incentivizing all levels of management and professionals to adopt this approach, organizations will be able achieve large and sustainable returns on investment. All other strategies, especially those requiring conversion of SoR to another platform or another package, will almost certainly add years to the project and add enormous business risk.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon delivers insights from the 2015 Future of Cloud Computing survey, including a look at how Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are becoming the dominant usage models. Gain insight into the trends, drivers and inhibitors that will shape IT spending and Cloud Computing over the next 12-24 months.

- Ralph Finos

The overall Worldwide Big Data market for products and services is in the midst of explosive growth, topping $27 billion in 2014, growing to over $61B by2020 – a compound annual growth rate of 15%. Professional services represented 43% of the market in 2014 and its use is widespread.