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Twitter Evolution Yet to Spawn a Solid Business Plan, Faces Security Concerns

It seems incredible to think that Twitter, a social network that many consider almost indispensable in our daily life, just take a few years with us. More amazing is to think as how this network has come to stand out from the rest and become a real social speaker. Therefore the twitterers around the world come together to congratulate Twitter on its sixth birthday. The story began on a day like any other in 2006, when Jack Dorsey published what would be the first public tweet, a brief message that simply said “just setting up my twttr” (“installing my twttr”). He... more »
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Big Money Data: How Much Does Crime Really Pay? Billions.

In this week's big data series we look at moneyed criminals, the richest and poorest cities in the U.S., and ridiculous fees that practically snatch the cash right out your back pocket. The facts, whether typical or downright crazy, prove just how powerful money can be. Crime does pay . Whoever said that crime doesn’t pay probably didn’t know Amado Carillo Fuentes, or Pablo Escobar, or Take Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar. These are among the richest criminals of all time. Amado Carillo Fuentes is the leader of the notorious Mexican Juarez cartel which sneaks in four times more Cocaine into the United States than any... more »
Latest in Hadoop: MapR Extends Support, Partnerships

Latest in Hadoop: MapR Extends Support, Partnerships

Commercial Hadoop distributer MapR had some big news today from the Stracture big data conference. It revealed a whole new line-up of data connectivity options that extend the range of applications and database clients running its platform can connect to. The functionality is available in multiple forms. One is an ODBC driver MapR developed in collaboration with  Simba Technologies, which enables users to import and export their data to every app that supports the DBMS interface. In addition, MapR announced partnerships with three big data firms through which it  offers connectivity to HDFS, HBase, Hive, Pig and its own Direct Access NFS.... more »
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Angry Birds Flies Off to Space - Game and Toys Launch Today

Rovio Entertainment, an industry-changing entertainment media company based in Finland best known for the Angry Birds franchise, announced the launch of Angry Birds Space.  The new space franchise features 60 interstellar levels, with regular free updates in the pipeline,  many hidden goodies, secret levels and cool space content. Angry Birds Space lets you experience floating through space in zero gravity, using the gravity of nearby planets to set up spectacular trick shots, charging up shots with new superpowers, meeting new birds, and exploring a whole new galaxy packed with awesome graphics. "This is Rovio at its finest, and we are more than... more »
Not Much Difference in Strata and Structure Conferences: It’s All about Data, Again

Not Much Difference in Strata and Structure Conferences: It’s All about Data, Again

Hadoop can easily be named one of the fastest growing open source technologies in IT. The big data ecosystem is also growing like crazy, and the industry has been paying attention. The Strata conference was held earlier this month, an event dedicated to unstructured analytics. SiliconANGLE and Wikibon both attended the annual gathering, and in a follow-up post Jeff Kelly described how this year’s Strata evolved from last year’s.  One of the first things he pointed out was the fact some pretty big sponsors signed up, which comes to show exactly how far the big data ecosystem has expanded in just... more »
The New iPad's Chargegate Issue Adds to the Heatgate Problem

The New iPad's Chargegate Issue Adds to the Heatgate Problem

Today’s mobile roundup features the new iPad’s charging issue, Verizon defending their spectrum buy, RIM losing in their own turf, and more. From heatgate to chargegate Yesterday’s mobile roundup included Apple’s new iPad’s heatgate issue wherein users reported that their newly acquired new iPad is heating up.  Some say it wasn’t too uncomfortable, but one user stated that the heat burnt her thigh. Now, aside from the new iPad heating up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit, the battery apparently barely charges up when in use.  Some reports state that the battery fails to charge only when performing processor-intensive tasks, such as displaying videos and... more »
Global eCommerce Marketplace Ruled Largely by US Women

Global eCommerce Marketplace Ruled Largely by US Women

Alibaba unveiled some interesting site data that shows US women dominate the surge of female entrepreneurs in the global eCommerce scene. This report comes about, naturally ,as National Women’s History Month disembarks. Between 2008 and 2011, the population of US-based women doing business on Alibaba increased by 72 percent, reaching 1.1 million. It’s the highest in the world, surpassing the UK with 261,000 female registered users, and India with 168,000.  Alibaba is convenient for women who want to hit the global market scene with minimal start-up costs and massive reach. “Entrepreneurs drive America's economy and Alibaba.com is a great resource for many... more »
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Amazon Web Services, Eucalyptus Partner For Private Cloud Portability

Amazon Web Services, the cloud services arm of e-retail giant Amazon.com, and Eucalyptus Systems, purveyors of the namesake infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) private cloud platform, have announced a partnership that enables the easy migration of workloads between public and on-premises clouds. Just don't call it a hybrid cloud. The short version is that Amazon is supporting Eucalyptus as it extends usage of its API, allowing users to easily shunt workloads from their own data centers up to the AWS public cloud. In other words, applications running on the Eucalyptus platform can take advantage of AWS resources like Amazon S3 cloud storage or Amazon... more »
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Gartner Server Virtualization Trends: Competitors Threaten VMware's Reign

In a blog post, Gartner analyst Tom Bittman identifies the top server virtualization trends to watch out for in 2012 as the market matures. Short version: VMware's dominance in this space is threatened as competitive choices mature and customers begin to fear the ramifications of getting locked into its ecosystem. Here are Bittman's points, distilled: Competitive Choices Mature: Bittman doesn't name names, but he does acknowledge that VMware's competition in server virtualization is rapidly maturing, and that price is starting to become a key differentiator. In other words, virtualization environments like Citrix Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V and especially Red Hat KVM are catching up... more »
Datastax Integrates Solr and More in Latest Release

Datastax Integrates Solr and More in Latest Release

Datastax annuonced the new version of its commercial Apache Cassandra distribution today. The biggest new feature in DataStax Enterprise 2.0 is the integration of Solr on top of the Cassandra stack. Since Cloudant announced Cloudant Search for BigCouch and Basho rolled out Riak Search, enterprise search is becoming a must have for distributed NoSQL databases. Datastax is a client of analyst Curt Monash, who notes that he "[likes] the core DataStax story — and indeed had some influence on it — but roll my eyes somewhat at the work-in-progress as to how it is phrased and told." Here's Monash's no-nonsense... 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.