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Amazon Steps Up Cloud Support as Rivals Play Catch Up

Amazon Steps Up Cloud Support as Rivals Play Catch Up

Amazon is rapidly embracing its new persona as a tech vendor following the initial success of its Amazon Web Services. Yesterday, the company offered up a whole new host of improved support offerings for its public cloud-based web services, including lower costs for its premium support plans, as well as improved chat functionality, security features and system performance. It became pretty clear to observers that Amazon was getting serious about its public cloud software ventures when it rolled out new premium paid support options last January, together with a Trusted Advisor service that monitors AWS usage and recommends new services and... more »
Applicasa Rolls out Backend-as-Service for Android

Applicasa Rolls out Backend-as-Service for Android

Applicasa is a new mobile startup that is trying to address an area that is being targeted increasingly nowadays: server-side scripting.  The creation of an app that connects to the web doesn’t end at just coding – it also means setting up the environment that will support a range of functionality.  It's a tedious task that involves a great deal of work, necessitating a familiarity with an entirely different set of languages and frameworks; something that most developers wouldn’t mind circumventing. What Applicasa is banking on is that some may even be willing to pay in order to automate all this... more »
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Dell Storage Forum Recap: The Strategic Shift and Latest Wave of Innovation

This week’s Dell Storage Forum can definitely be categorized as a big milestone for the company's hardware line, which is currently undergoing a major shift across multiple fronts. First and foremost, storage is becoming a much bigger focus for Dell, and it shows. Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman talked about the relatively fast-paced shift in the vendor’s approach that we’re witnessing now. Dell’s enterprise business used to be similar to its PC group in that the company acted, for the most part, as only a reseller of other brands’ data center equipment.  This has changed in the past few years, thanks... more »
Gmail Accounts Hijacked by ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ via IE Zero-Day

Gmail Accounts Hijacked by ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ via IE Zero-Day

Both Microsoft and Google have been at the press to warn users that attackers are using a new zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer being used to hijack Gmail accounts. The flaw is currently unpatched (fitting any zero-day exploit) and enables an attacker to create a drive-by attack that could hook most users with little or no interaction with anything except a rigged web page. Most of this was published yesterday to the Microsoft Security Advisory and the Knowledge base and reported by ZDnet’s Ryan Naraine. The advisory from Microsoft mentions “active attacks” and references a warning submitted by Google earlier this... more »
Yammer Would Be The Best $1 Billion Microsoft Could Ever Spend

Yammer Would Be The Best $1 Billion Microsoft Could Ever Spend

The rumor mill is working overtime with suggestions that Microsoft might be purchasing social networking provider Yammer for as much as $1 billion. But given Microsoft's near-absence from the social landscape, that billion could be a bargain if it ensures the company's relevancy as the social enterprise market accelerates. Business Insider first broke the story that Yammer employees were discussing a possible Microsoft purchase since Monday - a claim substantiated by Bloomberg News today, which now says that the deal could be announced as early as tomorrow. Neither company is saying word one. Yammer, for its part, is a well-funded ($140 million since... more »
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Dell’s Storage Chief Talks Migration, Convergence and the future

Day Two of the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston included a sit-down with Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell Enterprise Storage. Meeting with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of The Wikibon Project, Thomas discussed the evolution and strategy of the company’s storage business, key differentiators that have attracted customers to its platforms, and technology advancements that are coming down the pike. Thomas, who joined Dell in 2003, said the “revolution” of the firm’s storage vision began shortly after his arrival. At the time, Dell was committed to its reseller partnership with EMC, while also heavily focused on... more »
SAP Makes a Move on End Users with Collab and Analytics

SAP Makes a Move on End Users with Collab and Analytics

Business software make SAP is targeting business users and entrepreneurs in particular with a number of newly announced initiatives that rely heavily on partnerships. The firm revealed an update for the SAP StreamWork enterprise sharing app, introducing integration with Mikogom, a different kind of collaboration service that has the potential of introducing a lot of added value. What’s new is that users can now schedule and host video conferences or ‘cyber meetings’ from within the software, rather than using an alternative service from a competing vendor. The second thing that the update brings is iPad support. There’s now a tablet-optimized StreamWork client... more »
Foreign Remittances Go Digital: Celebrating Families

Foreign Remittances Go Digital: Celebrating Families

Nothing says family like money and - probably - the quintessential American experience is captured by the immigrant worker who sticks a few dollars in an envelope, glues on an airmail stamp and sends that $5 or $20 off to Mumbai or Lahore. We now are in National Family Month  which means it is especially apt to revisit remittances which, for the record, are hugely important to tens of millions of family budgets.  The World Bank, in its 2011 remittance report, estimated that $483 billion crossed borders in remittance payments in 2011.  $351 billion went to developing nations such as India... more »
Keys to Cloud Success: Security, Flexibility, Reliability and Management Simplicity

Keys to Cloud Success: Security, Flexibility, Reliability and Management Simplicity

During the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston today, Brocade Global Solutions Architect Roger Bouchard met with Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org as part of theCube’s conference coverage (full video below). Bouchard, the author of the book “Security Fibre Channel Fabrics,” talked about the importance of bridging the gap between storage and security when it comes to the cloud. “In talking to customers about SAN security, it used to be that storage administrators would have their eyes glaze over when asking them about security,” Bouchard said. “And when talking to the security team, they saw the SAN as a black box that they... more »
Klout and Hadoop, the Pros and Cons

Klout and Hadoop, the Pros and Cons

Everybody wants to improve their Klout score, a value that represents a user’s influence across their social network. And while Klout describes to its users how the number is calculated, few people understand how the platform behind the score really works. To lend some insight, Dave Mariani, vice president of engineering at Klout, joined John Furrier and Jeff Kelly at The Cube, broadcasting during Hadoop Summit 2012 in San Jose, Calif (full video below). Mariani explained how Hadoop’s distributed file system has enabled his start-up to not just process, but also store data cheaply. Hadoop is horizontally scalable, meaning if an organization... more »

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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.