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Microsoft: Outlook RT, Fingerprint Scanners for Windows 8.1 & Free Office For "Small" Devices

Microsoft: Outlook RT, Fingerprint Scanners for Windows 8.1 & Free Office For "Small" Devices

It's been a busy 24 hours for Microsoft, which has announced a slew of changes regarding its new Windows 8.1 tablets. First up is the news that Microsoft's popular Outlook email client will now be available on Windows RT, the 'dumbed-down' version of Windows that's run by ARM-based machines only. Previously these devices, which include the Surfade RT, only supported Microsoft's basic productivity suite of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, allowing with its email, calender and people apps. "We're always listening to our customer and one piece of feedback was that people want the power of Outlook on all of their Windows... more »
iPad Games List Boosted by Knights of the Old Republic Release

iPad Games List Boosted by Knights of the Old Republic Release

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is without doubt one of the best Star Wars games and role-playing games of all time. Launched for the first time in 2003 on the Microsoft Xbox, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is considered as one of the best games in the gaming world. Knights of the Old Republic received much praise for saying solid story that really balanced between the light and the dark. It is almost course of a game that takes place in a universe where the battle between the good Jedi and the dark side is a very important... more »
GOV.UK Colophon Stack Redefines Open Source Adoption

GOV.UK Colophon Stack Redefines Open Source Adoption

Government services have to be so good that people want to tell their friends about them. These services should be easy to find and simple to use and also be cost effective and SME-friendly. Open source technologies used in GOV.UK government site has been establishing itself. The data site is a watershed in how government approaches open source Web design, both in terms of what you see online and how it was developed. The diversity of open source components, tools and services used was surprising. They use “at least five different programming languages, three separate database types, and two versions of... more »
The Short but Meaningful Life of Andrew Reisse, Oculus VR Co-founder

The Short but Meaningful Life of Andrew Reisse, Oculus VR Co-founder

On Thursday, May 30, 2013 another brilliant mind was taken from the tech industry. Andrew Reisse, the co-founder of Oculus VR, was struck by a car while crossing a crosswalk and killed in the incident.  The car responsible for his death was involved in a high-speed chase with the authorities when it happened. According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle and other suspects were members of a gang and are on probation.  The driver will be facing murder charges. The Oculus team posted a tribute to Reisse on its site to inform others of this tragic demise and his contributions to the... more »
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Is Facebook to Blame for Zynga's Mobile Failures?

  Zynga's glory days met a bitter end when the company announced that it will be laying off 18 percent (250 employees) of its workforce. In addition to the layoffs, the company is shutting down its operations in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. The move comes as Zynga struggles to deliver more mobile games such as Running With Friends, which has an average app star rating of 4.5 from 22,700 players in less than one month after being launched. In fact, it's the first game since Words With Friends in its 'With Friends' series to gain any significant buzz. The 'franchise' model... more »
AWS Summit 2013 Germany Roundup--It’s Much About Big Data and DevOps

AWS Summit 2013 Germany Roundup--It’s Much About Big Data and DevOps

AWS Summit 2013 took place last month, and recently Amazon published the slides for the event. The primary focus of the event was on cost effectiveness, security, big data, and DevOps. Clearly, it targets the entire IT industry, especially the developer community. The keynote at AWS Summit 2013 Germany was delivered by Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com., who talked about the transformational impact of AWS. He said that one of the principles of AWS is driving cost down to a point so that you don't have to think about it, and that the company has done 31 price reductions over the... more »
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Could Apple's iRadio Become Big Data's Big Debut In Music?

Apple’s WWDC 2013 developer conference is all set for next week, and rumors about what the company is launching are abundant.  Many have taken iDevices off the list of expected announcements, which leaves the much rumored streaming music subscription service front and center. According to earlier reports, Apple will be unveiling iRadio, a new streaming music service for iTunes.  Rumors for the big reveal were fueled when news surfaced that Apple signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group for rights to its recorded music and music publishing for 10 times the amount Pandora is paying major music publishers.  Apple’s deal with... more »
The Power of Private PaaS in DevOps with Gene Kim

The Power of Private PaaS in DevOps with Gene Kim

When it comes to cloud computing, IT staff finds it challenging to adapt the changing project requirement, budget changes, change in the cloud model and in terms of how they manage IT. Luckily, Private Platform as a Service (PaaS) empowers IT and DevOps to take control and develop, deploy, and shift applications from one cloud environment to another on a multitenant architecture. Last week, Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project gave insights on how private PaaS  enables development on various cloud infrastructures in a webinar with Steven Witkop, John Skovron, and Elis Booker. Kim said how organizations can create stronger... more »
The Internet of Things: Connected Devices Driving Storage Requirements

The Internet of Things: Connected Devices Driving Storage Requirements

The Internet of Things is growing at an accelerated pace. Connected devices already number in the billions, and they will soon number in the tens of billions if the more optimistic predictions come true. This ever-expanding ecosystem is driven by two powerful global trends: the adoption of Big Data in the enterprise, and the rise of mobile in emerging markets. On the enterprise side, companies of all sizes are leveraging analytics to gain insights into their products, customers and operations. Last month, Virgin Atlantic announced plans to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft with 787s, highly sophisticated airliners that... more »
Software-defined Storage: Our Take

Software-defined Storage: Our Take

by Dheeraj Pandey of Nutanix (@trailsfootmarks) Startups Strike Where it Hurts the Most   The history of enterprise computing is replete with hype cycles. From video servers and object databases to AI and machine learning, fads have charmed media and analysts alike for decades. In contemporary times, four such aspirational buzzwords pepper our vernacular: Software-defined, Big Data, Cloud, and Mobility. CIOs break bread by exchanging strategy notes on these “disruptive shifts.” Funnily enough, you can take any combination of these and it might be newsworthy to some portion of the impressionable media. For example, Software-defined Big Data Cloud Mobility is grammatically correct and not... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.