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PureSystems: Not Just About Storage but a Foundation for IBM Software and Cloud Strategy

PureSystems: Not Just About Storage but a Foundation for IBM Software and Cloud Strategy

PureSystems will become a foundation pillar of IBM's software and cloud strategy, even more so than the company's effort to offer true multi-tenant services through the IBM SmartCloud.That much became apparent in the last week as IBM began to talk through what role Pure Systems will play in its Websphere strategy. "IBM is far more comfortable selling products for internal data centers than it is with selling cloud services," said John Rymer, a software industry analyst with Forrester Research in a recent interview. "SmartCloud’s biggest obstacle to success in my view is IBM’s business model. Simple as that." You can see what... more »
Umbel Hires More Industry Talent After $3.6M Funding Round

Umbel Hires More Industry Talent After $3.6M Funding Round

An up-and-coming big data startup called Umbel appointed a top-notch expert on media relations to serve as its new Director of Agency Solutions, a title that covers a variety of duties. Umbel works with publishers that want to tap into the social media audiences that are exposed to their content. The creative, small team uses market research and large scale analytics to identify consumer behavior trends, reactions and other insightful metrics. Amy Bickers is the latest team member, an industry veteran now in charge of handling the way media buyers and sellers will communicate with each other via Umbel’s platform.  She will... more »
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Facebook's Ecosystem Provides Jobs, Business Tools

Here at SiliconANGLE we’ve extensively discussed how Facebook helps companies get noticed by becoming a platform where they can advertise their brands, products or services.  These days it seems all anyone can think about is Facebook's upcoming IPO or their billion dollar Instagram acquisition.  But there’s more to Facebook than just the IPO, or their ad platform, or their insatiable appetite for acquiring startups.  Facebook actually generates jobs through its booming ecosystem. Facebook for startups Facebook was once a startup company looking for investors.  Now, they’re a social networking giant that helps startups get on their feet and possibly go public in... more »
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Google Apps Developer BetterCloud Raises $2.2M in Seed Funding

BetterCloud has raised $2.2 million in seed funding from angel investors (and CEO David Politis himself) as the developer looks to take its Google Apps security and management tools to the next level. In a larger sense, this round of funding speaks to the growing maturity of the Google Apps developer ecosystem, and to that of Google's cloud platform as a whole. This move represents a major VC vote of confidence in the Google Apps ecosystem. BetterCloud, an ISV founded by veterans of Google cloud services giant Cloud Sherpas, has taken a leadership role in the developer community, with BetterCloud CEO... more »
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Everyone's Copying Apple's Game Center

Facebook just unveiled the App Center - a platform that would carry apps from both iOS and Android app developers, which will roll out in a matter of weeks. App developers who want their apps to be included in the launch are urged to submit their apps and have all the necessary prerequisites ready before May 18. The App Center would serve something like a directory for the apps, since users will still be redirected to Google Play or the App Store if they wish to purchase or install an app. Facebook is giving an opportunity for app developers to offer paid... more »
Cisco Stock Down After So-So Quarter, Cautious Guidance

Cisco Stock Down After So-So Quarter, Cautious Guidance

Networking gear maker Cisco reported net earnings of $2.2 billion or 40 cents per share in its third quarter ended April 28--a rise of just under 20 percent over the $1.8 billion, or 33 cents per share the company reported for the same period last year. Revenue rose 6.6 percent from last year to $11.6 billion from $10.9 billion. Both sales and profit remained almost completely flat quarter-over-quarter, but at the same time the company managed to meet the market’s expectations. These figures break down to minimal growth across its core verticals – Cisco’s next-generation networks unit remained flat at $2.1 billion, with... more »
The Pirate Bay Delivers Tongue-lashing to Anonymous over Virgin Media DDoS

The Pirate Bay Delivers Tongue-lashing to Anonymous over Virgin Media DDoS

The Pirate Bay is unhappy with hackers from Anonymous who have taken it upon themselves to punish Virgin Media for following the edicts of the UK High Court. Cells of the hacktivist collective have recently placed the ISP in their sights for a massive DDoS after the decision requested that ISPs censor TPB. Virgin Media was one of the first ISPs to comply with the order—but didn’t do so without criticizing the High Court’s decision and pointing out that it would ultimately fail. Anonymous set in shortly using their favorite weapon, the distributed denial of service attack, to show their dismay and... more »
Oracle VDI Update Means Less Vendor Lock-In?

Oracle VDI Update Means Less Vendor Lock-In?

Database behemoth Oracle upgraded three applications in its desktop virtualization portfolio with the addition of new features spread across a number of different areas, from storage and security to video playback quality. Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4 now offers a bit less vendor lock-in with support for not only Sun ZFS appliances but also storage solutions from third party vendors. In addition, the Global VDI Centers included with the latest version enable admins to create several deployments which automatically redirect users to the designated server group. In turn, Sun Ray v5.3 features a few improvements as well. Sun Ray now ‘accelerates‘ Adobe... more »
Microsoft Criticized by Mozilla, Google over IE Favoritism

Microsoft Criticized by Mozilla, Google over IE Favoritism

Microsoft is readying the Windows 8 OS for commercial release later this year.  They’ve already released the developer and consumer preview so people can tell them if there are any kinks in the system.  And it looks like there is. Mozilla and Google are complaining that tablets and PCs using ARM Holding’s chip design prohibits the use of other browsers aside from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Harvey Anderson, Mozilla General Counsel, expressed the company’s disappointment regarding the issue in a blog post, recalling how there used to be one browser for Windows PC, and that was IE.  It was just a few years... more »
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BYOD Users Can't Be Trusted [Report]

Juniper Networks, the network, data center and cloud provider, today released findings from its first-annual Trusted Mobility Index. The study reveals mobile technology adoption is outpacing confidence, and some variation is needed to create greater trust in mobility technology to reach its full potential for both individuals and businesses. Juniper Networks conducted the survey in March 2012 across 4,037 mobile device users and IT decision-makers in the US, UK, Germany, China and Japan, looking at mobile security and reliability trends. More Connected Devices and BYOD Trends According to Juniper Networks’ survey, mobile users own an average of three internet connected devices. Nearly one... more »

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- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.