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Clojure Creator Launches Datomic, a New In-Memory Database

Clojure Creator Launches Datomic, a New In-Memory Database

Clojure creator Rich Hickey has launched a new startup called Datomic, a spin-off from the consulting firm Relevance, Inc. Datanomic offers a cloud-based database of the same name that combines consistency and transactions with a flexible schema and scalability. It's an in-memory transactional database. Users get a set of tools to use locally, but the storage and processing takes place on Amazon Web Services. AWS' recently launched DynamoDB is used to store all of the data. Here are some of the features: Real-time updates ACID compliance Minimal schemas Immutable data (non-update-in-place) Its own declarative query language Data is stored in the cloud Distributed full text search There are extensive... more »
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Kapow Delivers Real-Time Integration With Salesforce

The rapidly increasing amount of social content within the borderless internet drove Salesforce to penetrate the market, taking its place forefront of big data trends, the cloud and the mobile revolution. A week after Marc Benioff’s tweets on how boring the “new iPad” event was, the CEO brought an exciting big data and social revolutionist to the stage at the Salesforce CloudForce conference in San Francisco to share realistic thoughts on social enterprise and how cloud meets unique challenges of various platforms. The enterprise is Microsoft’s world, but social enterprise is Salesforce’s. The company has connected customers and employees like never before.... more »
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The New iPad Effect: an Opportunity for Android, Rivals

Now that the new iPad has gone on sale, we're left asking what it all means for competitors? Android In terms of operating systems, Google’s Android is Apple’s number one competitor since almost every device in the market is running on the search giant’s mobile platform.  Though there are a lot of Android devices trying to compete with Apple products, through nothing has really changed with the OS--it’s still fragmented. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich launched way back in October of last year but until recently, very few ICS-compatible devices have been updated.  And the fragmentation problem is rooted from the fact that Android... more »
The Top 25 VMware-Focused Blogs

The Top 25 VMware-Focused Blogs

vSphere-Land recently did its annual poll to determine the best VMware blogs for 2011. In total, the results feature 180 blogs. There were about 80 new blogs on the ballot this year, which is testament to the rich blog community surrounding virtualization.  About 1,200 people voted in the poll. Last year about 800 people voted. Duncan Epping, who writes the Yellow Bricks blog received the top ranking. Scott Lowe came in second. NTPro.nl by Eric Sloof came in third. Chad Sakac's Virual Geek was fourth and Frank Deneman's blog came in fifth. (See below for an image of the top 25, courtesy of... more »
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Context in Content: Thismoment Leverages a Social Distribution Model

thismoment.com, a provider of social content management software for brands, today announced that it surpassed 650,000 user generated content (UGC) submissions through its flagship product, the Distributed Engagement Channel (DEC). Thismoment's UGC contest engine allows brands to collect video, photo, and text content from users directly through YouTube, Facebook, and brand site pages, and offers full moderation and workflow controls to manage submission data. Big brands can use YouTube, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Instagram as viable content and sales channels. Thismoment customers can build and deploy creative and engaging UGC brand channels on YouTube at a faster rate than ever before. Since... more »
Iranian DDoS on BBC has FBI On Alert for Further Cyberattacks

Iranian DDoS on BBC has FBI On Alert for Further Cyberattacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is keeping their eyes peeled for cyber attacks as they deem it might be used by terrorists to cause massive destruction. "While to date terrorists have not used the Internet to launch a full-scale cyber attack, we cannot underestimate their intent," FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Thursday while testifying to a Senate Appropriations subcommittee who pressed him about what additional measures, such as funding and laws, may be necessary to combat cyber threat. The FBI’s testimony is related to the recent attack on the British Broadcasting Corporation wherein they suffered a sophisticated cyber-attack following a campaign... more »
Millennial Media Revises IPO Plans, Raises the Stakes

Millennial Media Revises IPO Plans, Raises the Stakes

Millennial Media is currently the largest independent mobile ad network; its competitors have long been bought out by Google, Apple and other big fish looking to strengthen their hold on respective mobile ecosystems. That, however, will no longer be the case after the company’s upcoming initial public offering, which looks to surpass all expectations. Reuters reports that the company is hoping to sell 10.2 million shares for $9 to $11 each, and has upped its previous maximum estimate of $75 million to $129 million. Millennial, currently the largest privately-held ad network operator in the market, will be listed under the ticker... more »
Microsoft Demonstrates “Beamatron” Augmented Reality via Kinect-Projector Duo

Microsoft Demonstrates “Beamatron” Augmented Reality via Kinect-Projector Duo

As a device that “sees” the world, Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral has been providing a lot of potential methods for delivering augmented reality. In this particular demo, Andy Wilson from Microsoft Research shows off the “Beamatron”—a Kinect attached to a motorized pan-tilt armature affixed to a projector (which he says, “You might find one of these in a night club projecting beams of light.) The projector is used to display images on the floor (and potentially walls) using the Kinect to determine how to display the projection so that it appears correctly on the projected surface. In this sort of augmented reality,... more »
Google Shifts Focus from Trusted Products to Social Platform as Security Probe Pushes On

Google Shifts Focus from Trusted Products to Social Platform as Security Probe Pushes On

Back in February the Wall Street Journal published an expose on how Google used codes to bypass Safari’s security measures for tracking users’ browser activities.  Since then, Google stopped using the code, denying the allegations.  Republican Representatives Cliff Stearns of Florida and Joe Barton of Texas, and Democrat Edward Markey of Massachusetts urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the incident. Now, regulators in the U.S. and European Union are investigating Google to which the search giant stated that they will fully cooperate. "We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions," a Google spokeswoman said. "But it's important to... more »
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Dell to Setup 20 Data Centers in APJ

Dell is looking to open 20 new facilities to power private and public cloud services throughout the Asia Pacific-Japan region. The company says that the driver behind the initiative is demand from customers based in the region, mainly China and India, which is why the first data center will likely be located in the latter nation. “Dell plans to set up over 20 data centers in Asia to meet growing demand from customers for a mix of private and public clouds," the head of the company's Asia Pacific and Japan region said Amit Midha, Dell's president for APJ. "The company's first data center... 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.