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Famous Hacker Kevin Mitnick Joins Forces with KnowBe4

Famous Hacker Kevin Mitnick Joins Forces with KnowBe4

Clearwater, FL-based cybersecurity outfit KnowBe4 provides training for business and enterprise groups on what to expect when an attacker (be it malware or a person) attempts to gain access to their systems. They have joined forces with previously famous hacker Kevin Mitnick—well known for penetrating the Army and the Pentagon in 1983 when he was the tender age of 16. He has since made a name and a brand for himself, training people to understand how hackers think and exploring how their systems may be exploited and security could be overcome. He has joined KnowBe4 to bolster their products and training... more »
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Looking Back at Dell Storage Forum 2012

Dell held its second annual Dell Storage Forum in Boston last week June 11-13 and attracted over 700 attendees, a larger turnout than last year’s inaugural conference in Orlando. The event featured a long list of announcements, lots of deep-dive sessions and plenty of positioning statements by Dell executives. It was clear that Dell, like IBM at IBM Edge, saw the event as an opportunity to showcase its progress toward evolving from its small and medium business emphasis to successfully competing in the enterprise storage market dominated by vendors like EMC and HP. Dell spent a lot time focusing on its... more »
HOW TO: Go SoLoMo with Your Local Mobile Marketing Strategy

HOW TO: Go SoLoMo with Your Local Mobile Marketing Strategy

Local ads are a growing segment of the advertising realm, with SoMoLo – social-mobile-local – currently leading the field in local advertising.  Google took a stab at local ad promotion last year with GoMo, a mobile app that meant to make business owners’ websites mobile friendly. One of the goals of GoMo is to drive more traffic with Google’s Mobile Ads, which, according to Google, “reach targeted audiences across different platforms and devices,” with Google Mobile Ads appearing on mobile devices in Google search results, both on websites and apps. “Digital-ad spending by local businesses last year reached $21.2 billion, a... more »
Examining Hewlett-Packard's Software Business

Examining Hewlett-Packard's Software Business

The Cube’s Dave Vellante  had an opportunity to speak with Mark Potts, HP Fellow and CTO, HP Software at this year’s HP Discover to discuss the future of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) software business. The complete video is available after the article. Vellante began by asking Potts what is the converged cloud. Potts explained that HP has built on the concept of converged infrastructure combining networks, server and storage and virtualizing them into a “fabric” for cloud computing. Potts went on to say, this is just one level of convergence. HP also focuses on the convergence of private, public and hybrid cloud delivery... more »
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How One Bank Finds Efficiency with Dell Compellent

Dan Marbes, Discipline Lead – Systems Engineering for Associated Bank, has been going to the Dell Storage Forum “since it was the Compellent C-Drive conference in Minneapolis. I've been to them all.” In the process, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston, he has seen the technology grow and prosper (full video below). “For me last year was a chance to see what Compellent's acquisition by Dell meant. There was a little trepidation in 'Okay, you've gobbled up this intellectual property, what are you going to do with it?' It's a little... more »
Another Yahoo Exec Shakeup: Michael Barrett Hired From Google

Another Yahoo Exec Shakeup: Michael Barrett Hired From Google

Yahoo! Inc. announced that they’ve hired  Michael Barrett as their new Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.  He will be in charge of Yahoo’s advertising revenue and operations globally, with Americas, EMEA and APAC regional leads reporting to him. “Michael Barrett is regarded as one of the most successful and influential executives in media and technology, and I am thrilled to have him join Yahoo! in this critical role,” said Ross Levinsohn, Interim Chief Executive Officer.  “I am confident that his deep industry experience and relationships will help us drive our strategic vision, taking Yahoo!’s industry-leading position to the next... more »
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Will Microsoft Reveal an iPad or Kindle Fire Rival Today?

Last week we were greeted with Microsoft’s invite for their event, which takes place today.  Though the invite itself was vague, just containing the date, time and venue, speculation over its product details quickly took over. First was the rumor of a Microsoft Windows 8 tablet, as in their very own tablet not manufactured by another OEM.  Next was the Nokia Windows 8 tablet, thanks to the teaser on Nokia’s Facebook page, which makes it seem like the upcoming announcement is not solely Microsoft related, but dealing with the availability of the Nokia 808 PureView in the US. But the latest rumor is that... more »
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Hadoop Summit Recap: Posturing and Consolidation with Entrepreneurial Undercurrents

The fifth annual Hadoop Summit in San Jose has come to a close. As one would expect, theCube was streaming live coverage and analysis directly from the conference, hosted by SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly. Often called the “ESPN of tech”, theCube was onsite, extracting the big data signals from the conference noise. The Hadoop Summit is definitely a conference geared toward technology-seeking individuals, comprised of a number of technical sessions with hints of business cases and use cases trickling throughout. A successful event on many fronts, Furrier gave this year’s conference a score of 8.5 points... more »
Monday Mobile Roundup: Games on TV, More NFC and an Acquisition for MoMo

Monday Mobile Roundup: Games on TV, More NFC and an Acquisition for MoMo

Today's mobile news roundup features Draw Something’s future in TV, HTC’s mobile banking phone, Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Psion, and more. Draw Something to become a TV show The popular guessing game Draw Something by OMGPOP, previously acquired by Zynga, will soon become a television show. CBS Broadcasting Inc. purchased the pilot of the show which will feature celebrities and players competing at home for prizes.  The Draw Something TV show is a joint project of Sony Pictures Television, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Embassy Row. “Television has to compete with other screens now; people are sitting at home with laptops, tablets and phones,” Dr... more »
Facebook CTO Leaves Shortly After IPO, Works on Startup with Google Exec

Facebook CTO Leaves Shortly After IPO, Works on Startup with Google Exec

Bret Taylor, Facebook’s chief technology officer, announced that he will be leaving the social networking giant for a startup company with his friend Kevin Gibbs, head of the Google App Engine Project. Here’s Taylor’s post on his Facebook profile: I wanted to let you all know that I'll be leaving Facebook later this summer. I'm sad to be leaving, but I'm excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs. While a transition like this is never easy, I'm extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place. I'm very proud of our recent accomplishments in our platform and... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.