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Uplifting Optimism and Excitement in the Venture Community — A “Perfect Storm” of Opportunity

Uplifting Optimism and Excitement in the Venture Community — A “Perfect Storm” of Opportunity

The new optimism among technology venture capitalists of all sorts has never been seen before, as witnessed in my chairing of the venture panel at Digital Hollywood to a standing room only crowd last Wednesday.  In many ways, this explosion of capital and opportunity is built on the past 30 years of infrastructure build, technology standardization, and sophistication in investing, as I wrote a few days before this panel. It is distinctly different from the excitement of the dot com boom of the late 1990s, in that the investors (following the investor shake out of the dot com bust) are more experienced and rational. Many... more »
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AppSense Acquires RAPsphere to Secure Mobile Enterprise

AppSense is looking to expand its foothold in the mobile enterprise, and in order to establish such a position it needs to pull several things together. One element is security, which the VDI solutions provider addressed this week for the acquisition of RAPsphere. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and is expected to officially close later this quarter; the redirect message is already up on RAPsphere’s site. The  Redwood City, CA startup develops monitoring and data management software designed to supplement corporate BYOD initiatives, which require a lot of security and admin control. The entire RAPsphere team will be preserved ... more »
55,000 Twitter Accounts and Passwords Leaked Partially Spambots, Duplicates, Old LulzSec Leak

55,000 Twitter Accounts and Passwords Leaked Partially Spambots, Duplicates, Old LulzSec Leak

Yesterday, a gigantic leak of over 55,000 account credentials (usernames and passwords) from Twitter were leaked to Pastebin by an unknown benefactor. According to a CNET article on the event, Twitter is looking into the problem right now---and, after some investigation, found some oddities in the list. The first to break the story was the blog AirDemon.net—who posited that Twitter had been hacked, putting a multitude of users’ security at risk. The Pastebin leak was so huge that it couldn’t be contained in only one post (page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, and page 5.) "We are currently looking into the situation. In... more »
Dizzion Dazzles - Cloud meets Desktop

Dizzion Dazzles - Cloud meets Desktop

Some exciting things are happening from the mile high city.  The Bring your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon has seen a rapid growth of adoption and is fundamentally changing the way enterprises handle computing.   The folks over at Dizzion are offering a solution that delivers across the spectrum of devices, environments, and most importantly in user experience.    Put together as a complete service, the results are astounding, and provides unparalleled access, security, and productivity from any device, anywhere. It was maybe a couple of years ago that these new, powerful and dynamic personal devices such as smartphones and tablets started to seep... more »
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How Big Data Helps Ericsson through Mergers, Deals and a Solo Future

Ericsson’s coming into its own after a split with Sony and decreasing sales in CDMA and network operations, having been selected by T-Mobile USA as their first North American partner for the Ericsson Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) solution.  It’s an LTE initiative expected to transform T-Mobile’s network, deploying LTE technology across the carrier’s key US market with Release 10 capable hardware.  And it’s a $4 billion network overhaul for T-Mobile, which is on a solo path all its own after a failed merger with AT&T, left to compete in an LTE-anxious world alongside Verizon and other rival carriers. With the deal,... more »
Zettaset and Hyve Collaborate on Red Hat-Powered Hadoop

Zettaset and Hyve Collaborate on Red Hat-Powered Hadoop

Big data firm Zettaset and Hyve Solutions, a company that makes custom servers with a focus on data driven-workloads, announced they’ve started working on a new Hadoop appliance. The collaboration between the two firms will produce a solution comprised of Hyve-developed boxes running the Zettaset Orchestrator management platform on  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2. Hyve will be the exclusive distributor. “Businesses and organizations that want to adopt Hadoop as an enterprise-grade solution which manages the demands of extremely large amounts of data need to run it on enterprise hardware with an enterprise operating system,” said Roger Egan, vice president, North America Channel Sales &... more »
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Exploring the Storage Hypervisor

There’s been a lot of talk lately about storage hypervisors.  Server hypervisors are allowing us to wring a lot more out of our server resources, but the storage in virtual environments is being used even less efficiently than it was when it was attached only to physical servers.  The goal of a storage hypervisor is to bring the same types of improvements to storage that server hypervisors brought to servers. What Is A Storage Hypervisor? The concept of a storage hypervisor tracks pretty closely with that of a server hypervisor.  Server hypervisors did two things:  they allowed us to get much higher... more »
Flipboard for Android Leaked to All: Here's How To Download

Flipboard for Android Leaked to All: Here's How To Download

After Instagram there is another killer iOS app headed to Android. During the launch event for the Samsung Galaxy S3 in London’s Earl’s Court last week, the Flipboard app was announced exclusively for the new device, with plans to ship to other smartphone later. But even before the first shipments of the Galaxy S III, someone has leaked the early implementation of Flipboard's social news reader, giving all Android users access to the exclusive app. The unofficial version of Flipboard was released on XDA developers forum, and you can download the 2.32mb Flipboard.apk on any Android device.  To install the app, download the file from XDA... more »
Rackspace Open-Sources A Node.js Library for Creating and Parsing XML Documents

Rackspace Open-Sources A Node.js Library for Creating and Parsing XML Documents

The issues that come with connecting the legacy enterprise to the cloud mean dealing with heavyweight technologies such as XML. To that end, Rackspace developers have built and open-sourced a library for creating XML documents called "node-elementtree," a Node.js Library to build and parse XML documents. Tomaz Muraus writes on the Rackspace blog that none of the developers really care for XML but they have to support it as some of its API customers still use it. They prefer JSON instead, the chosen lightweight service for developers everywhere. The need for node-elementtree came as Rackspace started building out a monitoring-as-a-service (MaaS) platform.... more »
Adaptly Raises $10.5M as Facebook Ecosystem Faces Rival in Pinterest

Adaptly Raises $10.5M as Facebook Ecosystem Faces Rival in Pinterest

Social networking sites have a huge impact on businesses.  A lot of web traffic for brands is generated when people see interesting ads on social sites like Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook is still leading the ad ecosystem as brands utilize the broad reach of the social site.  Among all the social sites, Facebook has the largest user base, and brands want to leverage this edge for their own products and services. Facebook's ecosystem has become a success because of the companies like Adaptly, which  manages their ad campaigns as well as help other marketers buy ads across social platforms, like Twitter and... more »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.