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Google Apps Banned In China?

Google Apps Banned In China?

Today’s mobile roundup features China clarifying Google apps ban, Nokia addressing the latest tablet rumors and more. Google apps banned in China China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a statement last Friday to address the issue that Chinese manufacturers were given an order not to install any  Google applications on their devices. “We never delivered an order to ban the usage of Google logo and applications on mobile terminal products. The news online was against the truth,” the ministry said in a statement on its official website. The clarification came after numerous Chinese news websites published a note from Shenzhen Guozhengtong... more »
This Week in Big Data: Acquisitions, Jive and Jaspersoft

This Week in Big Data: Acquisitions, Jive and Jaspersoft

This week we’ve seen a couple of major IT vendors dive further into big data, along with updates from two providers that managed to introduce analytics to the cloud, and vice versa. IBM acquired Tealeaf, which makes solutions for consumer-facing retailers that need to spot consumer trends in time to keep their merchandising efforts on par with that of their peers.  This is nothing new for IBM, which is steadily building out its range of big data tools and services, and Tealeaf certainly isn't Big Blue’s first big data buy in the past few months, but the deal does mark an... more »
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AppSense Upgrades Virtualization Platform - Quietly Becoming Big Player In Tech Field

AppSense is quietly becoming a big player in the enterprise tech community.  They have been profitable from the start with year after year growth.  In 2011 AppSense locked up a cool $75 million from Goldman Sachs – the second largest venture raise they’ve delivered to a company besides Facebook – to further drive global expansion while maintaining profitability.  This strong player in the virtualization space has been active in the early part of the second quarter of 2012 announcing new products and enhancements to its flagship User Virtualization Platform. In April, the company announced a new product – DataNow – a... more »
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This Week in Cloud: DEV Highlights

As usual this week had a bounty of updates from the cloud, and a big portion of those were news from development and engineering tools makers. ActiveState rolled out version 1.2 of Stackato, its fast-growing PaaS that follows the mantra of supporting as many languages as possible. In addition to the enhanced filesystem functions, admin features and other updates, the latest release is also integrated with the Komodo IDE, meaning that developers can debug their code directly from within Stackato. Next up is Panaroma9, a startup that offers a cloud service of its own to IT, which is now available to clients... more »
How Data Will Change the Role of the CIO in the Next Decade

How Data Will Change the Role of the CIO in the Next Decade

Two stories this week illustrate how much data will change the role of the CIO in the next decade. The first comes from CIO.com, with a story about how the role of the CIO will change by 2020. In every example, it's data that drives the change through apps, the cloud and services. The apps will replace the software and even the SaaS services we know of today. The cloud will no longer be something you manage. It will become the platform for what you do. And services will define the way the CIO interacts with the community. Some examples: Microsoft will lose... more »
What to Tell Your Boss If You Partied Too Much at IBM Impact

What to Tell Your Boss If You Partied Too Much at IBM Impact

"The beer was so awesome I could not find my room." That's not exactly what you want to tell the boss when you get back from Vegas after a week at a conference like IBM Impact. Here's what you do want to do. Give some good reasons why the conference rocked and why the both of you should go next year. I did go to IBM Impact. There were three core technology themes: Mobile Development, Business Process Management and expert integrated systems. With those three as context, here are some themes you can point to in that report: Automation: Simplicity was the number... more »
Vert.x Brings Node.js Style Development to the Java Virtual Machine

Vert.x Brings Node.js Style Development to the Java Virtual Machine

There's a new alternative to Node.js for Java Virtual Machine (JVM) developers: Vert.x, a an asynchronous development framework based on the Netty framework. Vert.x can applications can be built with JavaScript, Ruby, Groovy or Java. Developer Tim Fox, who works for VMware, explains in an interview with InfoQ: "Vert.x actually uses Netty. But vert.x is a complete platform for writing asychronous applications. Vert.x also provides a component model, file IO, and various other things you won't find in Netty. I'd say, in the JVM space Vert.x competes more with, say, something like Akka (akka also uses Netty), i.e. it's a... more »
QLogic Profit Rises, Revenue Declines in Q4

QLogic Profit Rises, Revenue Declines in Q4

Networking equipment maker QLogic reported mixed results for its fourth quarter, beating analysts’ estimates with its profit but in light of increased spending and lowered sales to top it off. QLogic earned GAAP income of $29.5 million or 29 cents per share, four cents above the Zacks Consensus Estimate, on revenue of $166.2 million. The latter figure represents a decline of 7.5 percent from what the company reported for the same period last year – a figure that beats what QLogic expected, but failed to please the market. Overall the firm slid by 15 percent – the company’s core business saw sales... more »
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Re-Invent Cloud Computing with IBM Solutions [Video]

Randy Arseneau, Platform Strategy Consultant at IBM responsible for go-to market strategy formulation, global storage platform sales enablement, portfolio positioning and analyst relations, stopped theCube not too long ago to give his take on the future of cloud computing.  He also discussed IBM's role in the cloud, and the growing concerns around security. He shared his insight with Wikibon.org founder Dave Vellante (see full video below). Arseneau expressed his view on the future of cloud computing in response to Vellante’s perspective on industry adoption of cloud computing.  Going by the latest signs, “we believe 2012 is going to the year of the cloud,"... more »
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Facebook IPO Buzz Spurs Investor Enthusiasm Across Verticals

Here's a hefty number for ya: $96 billion. That’s the valuation amount Facebook, the massive social network with a user base of over 900 million, is hoping to reach after its May 18 initial public offering. “The filing starts the clock for Facebook's executives to persuade investors ahead of a scheduled May 18 initial public offering that the social network deserves such a lofty price," reports the Wall Street Journal.  "Eight-year-old Facebook would become the most valuable U.S. technology company at the time of an IPO, exceeding Google Inc.'s $23 billion valuation in 2004.” As a matter of fact, if Facebook succeeds in raising the... 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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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.