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Another Blue Ribbon Supercomputer for IBM

IBM’s Sequoia is now officially the fastest supercomputer in the world, beating down Japan’s Fujitusu-made K Computer into second place by some distance, according to a new list published by Top500. Sequoia, which is installed at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, sees the US return to the pole position it occupied two years ago before being unseated by China in 2010. The supercomputer will be deployed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to assist with its nuclear weapons management, with its primary goal being to extend the life of America’s aging nuclear weapons stocks. Thomas D'Agostino, administrator... more »
The Spring of Convergence

The Spring of Convergence

What a spring season. We saw more news about converged infrastructure than any time before. That makes it an appropriate time to do a recap of the market. For reference, I am turning to Wikibon's Stuart Miniman, who wrote a post last week about the convergence market and where it is right now. To start, why now? Data is starting to flood the enterprise. It is creating two pressures. One comes from the need to invest more in infrastructure as the data load increases. The other comes from the labor needed to manage all that new data and the infrastructure that comes with it. It's... more »
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FalconStor Shines in Emerging Markets Amidst Plans for Recovery

Data protection firm FalconStor received a Network World Asia Information Management Award this month in recognition of its virtual tape library solution. The company managed to come out on top in the backup category, one of the 21 industries that were reviewed by panelists. “We wish to congratulate FalconStor for developing a backup-and-recovery solution that our editors and the majority of the 100 Asian CIOs we surveyed voted as the leader in this category,” said Victor Ng, South-East Asia bureau chief of Network World Asia. “The FalconStor VTL solution fared exceptionally well, especially in terms of its widespread reputation and acceptance... more »
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Spotify Finally Brings Radio To iPad

Music streaming service Spotify is adding a new feature to their iPhone and iPad app: free radio.  Yes, Spotify gearing up to take on Pandora in the mobile space. Spotify updated their iOS app, which includes a new radio feature that gives their free users access to unlimited amount of music while on the go.  The only catch is, it comes with ads. Paying customers, of course, won’t be bothered with ads from Chevrolet, Durex, Heineken, Red Stag by Jim Beam, Lipton Iced Tea, Macy’s, McDonalds, Progressive, Red Bull, Taco Bell, Verizon Wireless, and Warner Bros, all of whom are Spotify... more »
How Microsoft Surface Could Take Advantage of SmartGlass and Kinect Technology

How Microsoft Surface Could Take Advantage of SmartGlass and Kinect Technology

The mystery Microsoft tablet Surface is out and it has nothing to do with the Xbox—not a disappointment to anyone, although the mystery still continues across some elements of the tablet’s technology. Looking at other developments across Microsoft’s technology line, it’s about time we start speculating about how the software giant intends to differentiate themselves from major competitors in the scene such as Apple and Google. Tablet technology represents an almost-bridge between small mobile devices and on-desk PCs, and with the advent of Microsoft’s SmartGlass, it can also represent another connection in the entertainment cloud. It will fit nicely into a... more »
Google Takes the Fight to YouTube Rip-Off Sites

Google Takes the Fight to YouTube Rip-Off Sites

Yet more court action looms large on the horizon, this time from search engine giants Google, who apparently decided enough is enough and threatened legal action against one of the biggest Youtube download websites. According to a report in TorrentFreak, Google wrote a letter to the owners of YouTube-MP3.org, pointing out that it’s in violation of YouTube’s terms of service, and that if such action continues, it’s determined to have its day in court. For those who haven’t yet checked it out, YouTube-MP3.org is a very simple tool that allows us to convert any video from YouTube into an MP3 file, before... more »
Microsoft Surface vs. iPad

Microsoft Surface vs. iPad

Microsoft unveiled Surface yesterday and though it’s not yet available in the market, it’s already being compared to Apple’s iPad.  So let’s look at how the tablets compare with each other. Physical Appearance Surface: The RT and Windows 8 Pro both have a 10.6” ClearType Full HD DIsplay.  The RT weighs 676g while the Pro weighs more at 903g.  The RT measure 9.3mm in thickness while the Pro is at 13.5mm.   And both are encased in VaporMg which gives both devices a sleek finish while offering more comfort in holding it as it is easier to grip. New iPad:  The WI-FI and Cellular... more »
The Genius Behind Foodie Data: Q&A with Food Genius CEO Justin Massa

The Genius Behind Foodie Data: Q&A with Food Genius CEO Justin Massa

If you know anything about Walmart, you know their in-store cameras track your every move, feeding the mega-store enough data to help them design aisles, strategically place products and even play the right music.  There's an enormous amount of data in the grocery industry alone, and moving down the line, from supply and demand to shipping costs and schedules, organic movements and flavor du jour, there's a great deal of planning that goes into every grocery run we make. Then there's the data yet to be uncovered, tapping social networks and restaurant reviews for food-related insight, and layering in public data... more »
SAP Eyes Banking Sector for HANA Growth

SAP Eyes Banking Sector for HANA Growth

SAP announced a number of Rapid Deployment solutions assembled specifically for the banking and financial services industry, an area that the company is also targeting with its HANA in-memory analytics platform and other products.  These latest offerings bring together hardware, software and services in pre-set packages that individually target different areas. SAP is offering two of these Rapid Deployment solutions under the title Loan Management: one is a regular configuration that sets up the infrastructure that would manage this part of operations, and the second also covers migration from an existing environment.  There’s also SAP Deposit Management, and a couple other... more »
The Irony! Android Malware Poses as Premium Security App

The Irony! Android Malware Poses as Premium Security App

Today’s mobile news roundup features a new Android vulnerability found, the US arrival of the Nokia 808 PureView, and Cvent's acquisition of CrowsCompass. Android malware poses as security app Kaspersky Labs identified a new variety of the Zeus malware that disguises itself as a premium security app.  By masquerading as a top shelf security service and growing consumer concern over flourishing Android malware, it’s all the more likely that people will download such a convincing app, putting themselves at great risk.  Another growing problem with this is that more people are using their own devices in workplaces, so more company data may... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.