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Cisco's New Startup Coming While Hot Startup is Already Out There - VCE Quietly Smoking the Competition

Cisco's New Startup Coming While Hot Startup is Already Out There - VCE Quietly Smoking the Competition

Quinten Hardy of the NY Times has a good story here for Cisco about an internal startup that three of Cisco’s top engineers have conceived to create a new type of network switch for data centers. The product they are discussing, called Insiemi, would be designed to work in high-end computer centers that use “software-defined networking.” This type of data center, increasingly used in cloud computing, typically carries out much of its computing with cheaper off-the-shelf semiconductors, while complex software handles tasks that were previously done using expensive machines full of custom semiconductors. Silicon Valley startup scene is littered with small ideas these... more »
Facebook's Updated SRR Favors Ads

Facebook's Updated SRR Favors Ads

Facebook, the social networking giant, is proposing some changes in their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities - an important document that describes their relationship with users and others who interact with Facebook.  According to Facebook's anounement, most of the changes that would take place are administrative, such as changing “Privacy Policy” with “Data Use Policy” and “Share Links” to “Social Plugins”.  But the main point of the change is to make their policies clearer for users. Some of the changes are: Sharing Your Content and Information. We’ve updated this language to be clearer and consistent with what has long been reflected in... more »
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Sosh on iPhone Expands Social Discovery Trend

San Francisco startup Sosh extends its offerings to the iPhone after launching an Android app last summer.  With Sosh you can discover events using technology and a team of local curators, giving you personalized recommendations. It helps users weigh which event to attend from the dozens going on every day. “People come to a city like SF because it’s full of interesting people, cultural events, standout restaurants and more. But it’s a lot of work to keep up with it all,” said Rishi Mandal, co-founder and CEO of Sosh. “We’re social creatures, but we’re also busy. So people end up doing... more »
FAA Takes a Fresh Look at Gadget Use on Planes

FAA Takes a Fresh Look at Gadget Use on Planes

Today’s mobile roundup features AT&T’s loss Against Spaccarelli, Apple’s iPad, a new Android app to help tablet owners find the right app and more. FAA - Gadgets on a plane If you’re one of those plane passengers who get irritated when the flight attendant tells you that you have to turn off your electronic device during take-off, taxi, and landing, there’s a possibility that you no longer have to turn them off during those times. According to a report from the New York Times, the Federal Aviation Administration is going to take a “fresh look” with regards to using electronic gadgets in airplanes. “With... more »
Former Oracle Executive Kicks Off Genwi's Asian Invasion

Former Oracle Executive Kicks Off Genwi's Asian Invasion

Genwi is expanding its market to India, and there is no better way to start things off than by hiring an able man to spearhead the growth in this Asian powerhouse. A global leader and inventor of mobile publishing in the cloud, Genwi brings in the services of Oracle veteran Ven Singh as its Vice President in the region. The company is not only looking at India, but would also like to explore growth opportunities in South East Asia. Singh will be the one to convert this blueprint into reality. CEO & Co-Founder of GENWI, PJ Gurumohan expresses his delight as he welcomes Singh to... more »
This Week in Big Data: From Cloud Crossroads to Crosswinds

This Week in Big Data: From Cloud Crossroads to Crosswinds

This week in big data was full of commentary, in addition to some notable product updates, which provides a glimpse at the future of this industry-wide movement. Flow’s launch is the first update on our list, which I also discuss in my cloud roundup. The reason for this is that the startup has come up with a rather interesting idea that brings together big data with cloud-based apps, a concept recognized by pundits – some of whom stopped by The Cube on several occasions – as the key for a whole new level of service. That in turn results in competitive... more »
Weekly Tablet Business Apps Roundup: Collaboration on iPad, Analytics on Android

Weekly Tablet Business Apps Roundup: Collaboration on iPad, Analytics on Android

This week we feature iOS and Android apps to help you work more efficiently from your tablet. First on the list is Roambi Viewer, which is specifically optimized for the new iPad’s high quality monitor. We also look at two apps from the revamped Android Market, now known as Google Play. Woopra is the highlight of this list: it’s essentially a mobile version of G-Analytics, giving business users insight into what’s happening in their web-based storefront and how visitors are engaging it. iPad Roambi Viewer Developer MeLLmo promptly released new versions of two of its most popular apps after the new iPad launched,... more »
Forthcoming Class and Meetup in Silicon Valley: DevOps and Kanban

Forthcoming Class and Meetup in Silicon Valley: DevOps and Kanban

Kanban is a popular method for agile development, and I've started hearing of more IT operations teams using it to stay organized. Those in Silicon Valley interested in learning more about how to use the Kanban method for getting dev and ops teams on the same page can check out a forthcoming>class and meetup on the subject. On March 22-23 John Willis (of Enstratus) and Gene Kim (author of Visible Ops) will teach a course Kanban for Devops in Sunnyvale. If the $1,200 per person price tag puts you off but you're interested in discussing the topic with your... more »
This Week in Cloud: Storage and Big Data Making Moves

This Week in Cloud: Storage and Big Data Making Moves

This past week in the cloud has seen a string of notable updates, and the four most interesting highlights come from two of the hottest areas in this area: PaaS and big data. First up is Microsoft’s Azure Storage price cut. The company is facing a lot of pressure from competing services, mainly AWS, in addition to many other emerging platforms such as Cloud Foundry. This was made especially true when Amazon announced its latest price cut a few days ago; one of several announced throughout the past two-three years. This week Microsoft decided to retaliate with hourly rate trims of at... more »
EMC Reported To Be Buying Pivotal Labs - Extending Consulting Services

EMC Reported To Be Buying Pivotal Labs - Extending Consulting Services

EMC is buying Pivotal Labs, extending its consulting services into the realm of agile development. It's a smart move for EMC, which needs to better position itself with companies seeking to build agile development processes and leverage the ever growing demand for Web and mobile apps. Om Malik of GigaOm reported the news today, citing sources close to the deal. Pivotal Labs is a San Franciso based consulting service. In addition to consulting it has developed a strong reputation for Pivotal Tracker, its agile project management application. Its clients include Engine Yard, Groupon and New Relic. According to the Pivotal Labs Web... 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.