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Windows 8.1 Drives Developer Love for Microsoft Windows Store Apps

Windows 8.1 Drives Developer Love for Microsoft Windows Store Apps

While most application developers are inclined toward Google Play and iTunes app store, Microsoft has geared up to grab some love for its Windows Store. Earlier known as Metro, Windows Store is attracting developer community to create applications with tablet-style functionality. Though the platform is still in infancy as far as building a base of apps is concerned. Microsoft Windows Store has around 100,000 apps. In comparison to other platforms, however, this is a scant and low number. But from all appearances Windows 8.1 is attracting developers due to better navigation, modern UI interface, and live tiles for accessing functionality. In... more »
Microsoft and Time Warner Cable Join to Bring 300 Live TV Channels to Xbox

Microsoft and Time Warner Cable Join to Bring 300 Live TV Channels to Xbox

In a surprising business move to push Xbox as an entertainment center, Microsoft has signed a major agreement with Time Warner Cable to offer live TV contents directly through the Xbox 360 console. As part of the agreement, Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold membership will now be able to watch and stream more than 300 live TV channels directly from their Xbox 360. The deal will offer subscribers of Time Warner Cable to watch different programs directly on the Xbox 360 with channels such as AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network,... more »
Express Metrix CEO Weighs in on the Pros and Cons of SAM Software

Express Metrix CEO Weighs in on the Pros and Cons of SAM Software

Software asset management (SAM) becomes an increasingly important priority for IT departments as their organizations grow. Beyond a certain point, it’s impossible to comply with all the licensing terms of each version of every single application without a proactive and comprehensive SAM strategy. Kris Barker, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Express Metrix, highlights that CIOs must choose the right tool in order to effectively meet his or her company’s compliance requirements and avoid “unacceptable risk.” In Barker's view, only two kinds of SAM solutions merit consideration: enterprise suites that list asset management among their many features, and specialized point... more »
Google's GCE Adds Cloud-Based DevOps with Boundary

Google's GCE Adds Cloud-Based DevOps with Boundary

One thing we all know for sure is that the cloud market keeps on changing – nothing stays the same for very long.  Heavyweights in this business keep on putting out more, better, cheaper products.  Flashback to May of this year (a lifetime ago), Google threw its hat into the ring alongside Amazon AWS and Azure to compete in the cloud market with the public launch of Google Compute Engine (GCE).  How this ends up is anyone’s guess, but Google is an all-out machine and a prime competitor.  Among the biggest points of value to the industry are the partner... more »
Hadoop Grows Up : Big Data No Longer Limited to Web Scale Companies

Hadoop Grows Up : Big Data No Longer Limited to Web Scale Companies

Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly has been on the road with theCUBE jumping from one event to another, including SAP Sapphire, HP Discover, GE Industrial Internet, MongoNYC and Hadoop Summit, all in an effort to separate the signal from the noise within the booming Big Data industry, particularly the rising prominence of Hadoop. Kelly notes that in the events that he and theCUBE team covered, Big Data seems to be the growing theme. He states that the industry is now starting to see prduction deployments of Big Data, and Big Data technology itself, such as Hadoop, is maturing.  Big Data in general... more »
Windows 8 Gains Traction as Users Anticipate 8.1 Update

Windows 8 Gains Traction as Users Anticipate 8.1 Update

Windows haters may snide at this one, but the platform is gaining traction whether they like it or not.  Yup, you read that right.  More users are now installing or buying devices running Windows 8. According to the numbers posted by NetMartketshare, Windows in general commands a mammoth 91.51 percent marketshare, while Mac has 7.2 percent, with Linux bringing up the rear with just 1.28 percent. When you break down Windows’ share of the PC market, XP is still being run by a somewhat disturbing 37.17 percent of all PCs, with Vista at 4.62 percent, Win 7 at 44.37 percent, and Win... more »
Winklevoss Twins File Plans for $20m Bitcoin Trust IPO with the SEC

Winklevoss Twins File Plans for $20m Bitcoin Trust IPO with the SEC

The Winklevoss twins—famous for suing Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook—have unveiled plans to fund a Bitcoin-related trust. The application, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 1st, 2013 outlines a trust that will initially sell approximately $20m worth of shares to investors. The trust is sponsored by one Math-Based Asset Services, a Delaware-based LLC that is wholly owned by the Winklevoss twins. And from reading the submission to the SEC will function by holding bitcoins. From the filing: The Trust holds “Bitcoins,” a digital commodity based on an open source cryptographic protocol existing on the online, end-user-to-end-user network hosting the public... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 2 July 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 2 July 2013

EMC Names Former Accenture CEO, Chairman to Board of Directors EMC Corp. has announced the appointment of William D. Greene, former chairman of Accenture plc., to the EMC Board, effective immediately. His appointment expands the EMC BoD to 12. He served as Chairman of Accenture from August 2006 until his retirement in February 2013. From September 2004 to December 2010 he served as Accenture’s Chief Executive Officer. He joined Accenture in 1977 and became a partner in 1986. He has been director of McGraw-Hill Financial Inc. since 2011. More   Worldwide Vehicle Customizer Moves to PureSystems-Powered Cloud Brabus GmbH will move its external communications... more »
Microsoft Loses Trademark Dispute Over Skydrive

Microsoft Loses Trademark Dispute Over Skydrive

Microsoft found itself on the receiving end of copyright law enforcement on Friday after a London judge ruled that its popular Skydrive service is in violation of the “Sky” trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group. Sky is the largest satellite television provider in the UK and Ireland with over 10 million subscribers. Microsoft argued that that the broadcaster’s trademark should not apply to Skydrive because consumers can easily distinguish cloud storage solutions from pay-TV packages on “grounds of descriptiveness,” but Judge Sarah Asplin would have none of that. Asplin said although “there was no use of the Sky get up or... more »
Big Data Goes Green: How Data Analytics Is Saving the World's Forests

Big Data Goes Green: How Data Analytics Is Saving the World's Forests

Big Data's going mainstream and at the same time it's rewriting the rules of forestry management. Tree farmers, logging companies, plantations and conservation groups tasked with managing forestry assets can use Big Data analytics to dig up all kinds of insights that can help them achieve their goals of sustainability. Predictive modeling is nothing new to the forestry industry. For years, its been used to forecast the impact of controlled burns, harvests and other forest management strategies. But until recently it's been a slow and cumbersome process, involving thousands of man hours spent pouring over custom-made spreadsheets, with a whole lot... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.