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VMWare's New Social Enterprise Sales Strategy: Make SocialCast Free

VMWare's New Social Enterprise Sales Strategy: Make SocialCast Free

VMWare announced its enterprise social network platform, SocialCast, is now free for up to 50 users. VMWare acquired SocialCast last summer as a component of its larger strategy to drive modernization in enterprise collaboration. VMWare may still be working toward  the grand strategy, but in the interim the company has to deal with increasing competition within the enterprise social space. VMWare’s price drop for SocialCast is clearly an effort to draw attention for the platform that must compete with giants like Oracle and Salesforce, smaller pure play vendors like Jive, Yammer and Telligent as well as a growing number of social... more »
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HP's Cloud and Big Data Priorities

As part of Silicon Angle’s continuous coverage of HP Discover, Dave Vellante spoke with Chris and Greg Tinker, HP Discover Master Technologists, about trends in Cloud and Big Data. The Tinker’s noted the big issue for customers as they grow their businesses is the new options to consider in light of cloud convergence.  Clients must determine whether to stay with traditional IT departments or move into the cloud environment.  HP’s main goal with this new direction is to provide data protection. Virtualization changes the notion of data protection, making it a double-edged sword.  While it enables new process, it brings new challenges... more »
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Microsoft Windows Azure Grows Up With PaaS From AppFog and Apprenda

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers AppFog and Apprenda are teaming up with Microsoft to bridge on-premise .NET applications with the Windows Azure cloud platform. It's all part of Microsoft's master plan to win the hearts and minds of cloud application developers with an increased friendliness towards open source. But the benefits go beyond language selection. AppFog and Azure Lucas Carlson, CEO of AppFog, says that this is a match made in cloud heaven. Microsoft and the Cloud Foundry-based AppFog share a common vision of the platform-as-a-service layer being the lingua franca between developers, hosting environments and clouds - it doesn't matter the infrastructure on which... more »
Will We See an iPhone 5 at WWDC? Probably Not. Try an Apple TV.

Will We See an iPhone 5 at WWDC? Probably Not. Try an Apple TV.

The much awaited Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is set to begin next week, June 11-15 in San Francisco.  Attendees won’t even have to bring their Mi-Fis, as a Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections will be available throughout the venue.  Wi-Fi users just need to select the “WWDC2012” network and enter “wwdc2012” when prompted while Ethernet users just need to bring their USB Ethernet adapter. A WWDC 2012 app is available for download in the App Store allowing attendees to browse the conference's schedule of sessions, labs, and special events as well as mark and view favorites, get notified on the latest news,... more »
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Millennial Stands Behind WP7 with New SDK

Windows Phone 7, along with the Metro user-interface that it an elemental part of the OS and Microsoft’s broader consumer outlook, are picking up momentum. Telerik recently announced some new development tools for the software, and IDC  just released a new report that seems to concur with the uptick in adoption we’ve been seeing lately. The research firm expects that Microsoft's Windows Phone platform will take iOS’s spot as the second most popular mobile platform by 2016, and this feat would be achieved one step at a time. A lot of mileage is going to be accounted for by the ecosystem, and... more »
eHarmony Users Left Unprotected - Dating Site the Latest to Get Hacked

eHarmony Users Left Unprotected - Dating Site the Latest to Get Hacked

Yesterday news came out that 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked in a Russian forum when the alleged hacker bragged about his efforts.  It wasn’t clear though if the usernames of the acquired passwords were also taken but some believe that they have been.  LinkedIn released a statement on their blog yesterday confirming the breach and installed advanced security measures to protect uncompromised accounts, and those compromised accounts who were quick to change their passwords. The following was taken from LinkedIn Director Vicente Silveira’s post:: We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as... more »
Big Data and the Cloud – Take the Lead or Be Disrupted

Big Data and the Cloud – Take the Lead or Be Disrupted

Intel is a company driven by Moore’s law and possessing a culture that eats, drinks, and breathes innovation; they are always looking ahead, continuously moving forward, and constantly pushing itself to the next level. This doesn’t happen by accident – it is driven by the mission of a company organized and managed by leaders who embrace the mission and strive to uphold it. HP Discover is a conference that attracts some of these bright and shining stars from across the industry, and the 2012 conference held in Las Vegas this year was no different. During this year's conference, theCube, hosted by... more »
Microsoft Snubs HTC For Windows 8 Release

Microsoft Snubs HTC For Windows 8 Release

Today’s mobile roundup features Microsoft's snubbing of HTC for upcoming Windows 8 devices, a new Android app from Microsoft, and Yellow Pages goes green with a new Android app of their own. HTC left out of the Windows 8 mania According to some sources, Microsoft is not including HTC in the launch of Windows 8 devices as the software giant is not happy with the low sales of the Taiwanese company.  According to the sources who chose to remain anonymous, Microsoft is concerned that HTC is not selling enough hardware and that the company is not well-versed in producing tablets, which would... more »
Big News, Big Data and Smart Storage: IBM Edge Recap

Big News, Big Data and Smart Storage: IBM Edge Recap

IBM kicked off the inaugural year IBM Edge on Monday in Orlando, FL. It’s been a busy two days at the new conference that Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante has dubbed IBM storage’s coming out party. The conference is a strong signal that IBM is committed to transforming its storage business and possibly challenge market leader EMC. It seems everyone is optimistic about the potential for IBM to gain momentum in the storage market, but as Vellante noted in his video recap of the first day of the conference, the company will need to be more aggressive. The company needs to... more »
The Outlook for HTC Continues to Decline

The Outlook for HTC Continues to Decline

It may be summer in the US, but things are not looking so sunny for HTC. The mobile maker has amended its second quarter sales projections due to lower than expected demand for its devices within the US and Europe. The company has been working to regain market share, but a ban on US imports of the company’s new phones and tablets driven by Apple’s claims of patent violations isn’t making that easy. HTC stated via a press release, that its revised second quarter sales will be $3.05 billion, a 13.33 percent decrease of 13.33 percent from its forecast of $3.51... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

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.