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Millennial Media Raises Expected IPO Price to $13 per Share

Millennial Media Raises Expected IPO Price to $13 per Share

Millennial Media, the last independent mobile advertising and data company that filed its S-1 documents for Initial Public Offering (IPO) earlier in January, has increased price range per share for its upcoming IPO to $11 to $13 per share. Originally, Millennial Media set the price range at $9 to $11 per share. Accordingly, Millennial Media will raise a total of $152.5 million from this IPO compared to the earlier amount of $129 million. So far, the company has been doing great and currently serves ads to 200 million unique users worldwide. Since 2009, we have seen its revenue only continue to... more »
Viralheat Adds Social Publishing in 2.0 Release

Viralheat Adds Social Publishing in 2.0 Release

Social media management company Viralheat announced the launch of Viralheat 2.0, the update to their robust platform for understanding and analyzing social media. Viralheat 2.0 boasts broad enhancements to the user interface, social platform integration and patented Human Intent technology. The insights provided by the latest version are making analytics accessible and actionable to businesses by offering seamless social media management, monitoring, engagement in one unified dashboard. Now, you only need Viralheat  for monitoring social media mentions and sentiments and publishing content.  Posting to social networking site is as easy as clicking on a virtual button.  The button is at the... more »
When Cloud Services Shut Down

When Cloud Services Shut Down

The cloud can bring a lot of value to the enterprise that knows how to leverage it properly. But it comes with its own set of dangers, and in many ways, it's still the wild frontier out there. Case in point: This week, Microsoft and HTC both announced the shutdown of cloud services, leaving dubious migration plans and frustrated customers in their wake. Microsoft announced as far back as October 2010 that it was hitting the power switch its Office Live Small Business (OLSB) tool, which enables the creation and hosting of public-facing websites, as of May 1st, 2012. With that... more »
Dell Fits Flash into its Hybrid Cloud Vision

Dell Fits Flash into its Hybrid Cloud Vision

Dell is one of several IT mega-vendors trying to modernize its portfolio in order to catch up with the competition, coming both the big vendors and the smaller companies spearheading innovation. Cloud is one of the areas the manufacturer is focused on, and its latest initiative is realized via a partnership with Morphlabs. The firm is introducing a new enterprise-grade PaaS called mCloud, which is destined to compete with Amazon over the hearts of the clients that are particularly jealous of their data protection. Public cloud options often depict the potential risk in storing data remotely rather vividly, and it’s this... more »
Australians Not Happy With iPad 4G, Temple Run Now On Android

Australians Not Happy With iPad 4G, Temple Run Now On Android

Today’s mobile roundup features Australians angry over “4G,” the arrival of Temple Run on Android, Avira's new security app and more. Australians Confused About iPad’s 4G The third generation iPad boasts that it is capable of connecting to a 4G network, but unfortunately, Apple did not clarify that it is only compatible with 4G in North America.  In short, even if your country has 4G, you can’t expect your iPad to perform at that speed.  And this is exactly what Australians are angry about. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission argues Apple has misled with its “iPad WiFi + 4G” name “because it... more »
Next Generation Monitoring Solution Boundary Hits General Availability

Next Generation Monitoring Solution Boundary Hits General Availability

Today, Boundary announced the long awaited general availability of its application monitoring solution for big data architectures. Boundary uses network data to determine the health of applications and is delivered as a software-as-a-service. Boundary's service has been in beta since last year, during which time the company received over 1,000 requests to join. It's currently in use by companies such as the real-time messaging service Spire.io and the game platform Minefold - companies where the slightest changes in performance can have a serious impact. Boundary boasts the ability to detect even the smallest change in an applications performance within seconds. It's designed... more »
NoSQL Company Basho Unveils New Cloud Storage Software

NoSQL Company Basho Unveils New Cloud Storage Software

Today Basho, the sponsor company of the open source NoSQL database Riak, announced Riak CS, a new software platform for building multitenant cloud storage systems. Riak CS can be used to build public clouds, on-premise private clouds or to build the foundation for Web applications. Riak CS is a proprietary system built on the open source Riak structure. "Riak CS includes software that will not be available via open source, particularly to handle multi-tenancy and large object support for data that is stored in a Riak database," Basho CMO Bobby Patrick told me. "In many ways, our distributed database technology... more »
The 5 Top Green Data Centers – HP is Getting There Too

The 5 Top Green Data Centers – HP is Getting There Too

In another one of those special posts on the Wikibon blog the research foundation looks into the seven most eco-friendly facilities out there. The green data center trend is picking up, thanks to vendor recognition from IBM and other hardware giants, along with adoption on behalf of some of the industry’s biggest names – from Facebook to Google, and Hewlett-Packard as well. First up is Yahoo. The web portal uses natural air cooling in its Niagara County, NY center to reduce the amount of energy that goes into keeping its servers nice and cool; about one percent of the electricity used. The... more »
Verizon Report: Cloud, Virtualization More Secure Than On-Prem

Verizon Report: Cloud, Virtualization More Secure Than On-Prem

Late last week, Verizon issued its Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report, highlighting IT security issues. And while the telecom's own summary of the report highlights the rise of hacktivism - 58 percent of data breaches in 2011 were attributable to hackers out to advance political or social agendas, the report says - there's some good news for cloud believers like yours truly: Only around 26 percent of all data breaches involved externally hosted assets. Verizon acknowledges in the report that there's a problem in defining "the cloud," but generally uses the term to mean any IT asset that's hosted and managed... more »
EMC Takes a Predictive Approach to Customer Service

EMC Takes a Predictive Approach to Customer Service

There’s no better way to handle product quality problems than to prevent them from happening in the first place. That’s just what IT giant EMC intends to do and it recently launched an ambitious Big Data predictive analytics project to do it. To understand the customer experience, EMC regularly survey’s its customers, talks with customer executives and benchmark’s its results against peers in the industry, according to Jim Bampos, Vice President of Quality at the Hopkinton, Mass.-based company. This allows EMC to identify and respond to customer pain-points, but only after they’ve become noticeable to the customer. Bampos told me EMC wants to... more »

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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.