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Verizon Fined for Electrocuted Technician, Google Questioned for Cookies

Verizon Fined for Electrocuted Technician, Google Questioned for Cookies

Today’s mobile roundup features Samsung and Verizon's latest fines, while Google faces questions for its cookies. Samsung fined for obstructing justice Samsung  was fined a massive 400 million won (US$356,000) for obstructing an inquiry from South Korea's trade regulator investigating deceptive mobile phone pricing practices. According to the Fair Trade Commission, Samsung’s management and employees initially denied access to Samsung's wireless division in Suwon, deleted data on computers and submitted false data. Last week, the FTC announced fines for SK Telecom, KT, LG U+, Samsung Electronics, Pantech and LG Electronics due to improper mobile phone pricing practices.  The collective fine amounts to 45.8 billion... more »
Mobile Developers Prefer Google Over Facebook [Report]

Mobile Developers Prefer Google Over Facebook [Report]

Appcelerator and the International Data Corporation (IDC) released the results of a joint survey they conducted on Appcelerator developers worldwide. The survey centered on developers’ plans around HTML5, their interest around social features, and their  priorities for 2012 as compared to last year.  The results speak of a maturing market where there will be key shifts in platform strategies, using plenty of social-local leverage. In the social mobile space, developers see Google and its broad range of assets assets (i.e., Google+, search, Gmail, Android, Google Play, etc.) as key to implementing their social strategies in 2012, and prefer it over Facebook... more »
Zayo Acquires AboveNet in its Biggest Deal Yet

Zayo Acquires AboveNet in its Biggest Deal Yet

Bandwidth behemoth Zayo has entered into an agreement to acquire AboveNet, another fiber infrastructure company, for a massive $2.2 billion.  Zayo  is a publicly traded company but its latest investment is not; investors were ecstatic after the news hit and ABVT skyrocketed 13 percent to $83.93. The Wall Street Journal picked up some of the extra details involving the deal: “Zayo has been acquisitive in recent years and the latest proposed deal would be the largest for the company. The deal also includes an equity investment by private-equity firm GTCR and an additional investment by Charlesbank Capital Partners. Further details weren't disclosed. "The acquisition,... more »
Associated Press Taps Big Data to Monetize News Content

Associated Press Taps Big Data to Monetize News Content

Whether for compliance reasons or simply because they didn’t know what else to do with it, enterprises have been storing large volumes of data for ages. With the advent of Big Data, those large volumes have grown to gargantuan volumes thanks to social media data, machine-generated data and unstructured content. The promise of Big Data approaches like Hadoop and No SQL database technologies is the ability for enterprise to access, analyze and, most importantly, monetize all that data that’s just been sitting around for all those years. Media companies in particular are in a position to capitalize on Big Data to... more »
Windows 8 Slated for October Release, OEMs Primed

Windows 8 Slated for October Release, OEMs Primed

Micorsoft is said to be hosting an event in early April for their industry partners where they will reveal their release strategy for Windows 8, such as when it will be released as well as their marketing strategy. Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the company is targeting an October release for Windows 8 so that OEMs could release a Windows 8-based tablet in time for the holidays. Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows business, has been vocal from the start that they aim to release Windows 8 to be able to run on both Intel and ARM chips.  They have no problem... more »
New IBM Analytics Package Comes With 9,000 Consultants Stirring the Cauldron

New IBM Analytics Package Comes With 9,000 Consultants Stirring the Cauldron

IBM has so many analytics potions that it sometimes seems  like they pour from a faucet. But let's face it.  You can serve a lot of drink when you have 9,000 consultants stirring the cauldron. That's just the consultants. IBM now employs the most PhD mathematicians in the world.  The company has 400 researchers dedicated to helping implement its solutions.  It has global analytics solution centers in Berlin, Beijing, Dallas, London, New York, Tokyo, Washington and Zurich. In the past ten years the company has bought 28 companies with a specialty in analytics. So the news today that IBM has a new analytics package seems... more »
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Microsoft Reveals Dynamics to Azure Cloud Transition Roadmap - Sort Of

Microsoft delivered a much-awaited update on its roadmap for moving its cornerstone Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP applications to its Windows Azure cloud at these week's Microsoft Convergence conference. But that "update" amounts to little more than a hedge, promising that it's coming before year's end, but providing scant few other details for when it's finally going to move its ERP enterprise applications to the cloud. In a press release, Microsoft says that SMB-focused ERP application Dynamics NAV 2013 will see a beta release in May 2012, and will be "cloud-enabled" for deployment on Windows Azure. Meanwhile, the similarly Azure-friendly Microsoft... more »
Whatever Happened to _why?

Whatever Happened to _why?

Last week Slate ran a lengthy piece by Annie Lowrey on Ruby, learning to program and the long lost Ruby rock star known as "_why the lucky stiff." _why created three important resources for learning Ruby: Hackety Hack, an interactive programming tutorial for kids. TryRuby, a non-graphical interactive Ruby tutorial and predecessor to Codecademy. why's (poignant) Guide to Ruby, a book for those who already know how to program but want to learn Ruby. In 2009, seemingly out of nowhere, _why committed "infosuicide" by deleting his Twitter account, Github account and all of his websites. His digital disappearance has been a mystery ever since,... more »
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IBM Study: Optimize Your Data Center, Spend 50% More On Innovation

It seems pretty simple: A better, more efficient data center means a better, more efficient platform for modern IT services like cloud, mobile and big data, which translates to more productivity and more time to innovate. But according to an IDC study commissioned by IBM itself, only 21% of the 300 "global IT leaders" surveyed are operating their data centers at peak levels of efficiency. How do you measure "maximum efficiency," anyway? In his blog entry summarizing the survey IBM VP of Global Site and Facilities Services Steve Sams says that the survey calculated metrics for "facility operations and management, systems,... more »
CloudBeam Picks HP for Cloud Infrastructure

CloudBeam Picks HP for Cloud Infrastructure

Data center operator and cloud services provider CloudBeam released a use study today describing the advantages it gained by upgrading its infrastructure to HP 3PAR. CloudBeam ran its hosted CRM, collaboration and storage plans on EMC CLARiiON storage area network before the rip and replace. It wasn’t specified exactly which generation of the now discontinued product line the company used, but it falls under the legacy category nonetheless – and HP VirtualSystem proved to be a warmly welcomed substitute. According to CloudBeam the 3PAR hardware and HP ProLiant BL460c G7 server blades increased storage throughput tenfold, while shrinking the costs associated with the storage... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.