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Square Enix Unveils New Gaming Engine

Square Enix Unveils New Gaming Engine

As we all know, E3 is currently in full swing and we’ve extensively tackled Microsoft, Nintendo, OnLive, Sony and Ubisoft’s offerings.  But there’s still more to unearth. So let’s look at some of their other offerings announced at E3. Square Enix Square Enix, the Japanese video game developer, distributor, and publisher, unveiled their next-generation gaming engine - Luminous Studio.  The engine is still in development but they’re seeing it as a solution for a more flexible internal game development environment. "This game engine is still under development, it's not completed yet. So partially, we've started to have discussions with several different people doing... more »
HP is “That Partner You Need” Says DAS CIO

HP is “That Partner You Need” Says DAS CIO

Diversified Agency Services (DAS), the largest company in the Omnicom Group, is the ultimate in federated organizations, made up of more than 100 totally independent agencies that provide customer relationship management, public relations/public affairs, and specialty communications. As CIO of DAS, Jason Cohen has been unifying the IT groups from each of these agencies into a single IT group with a unified architecture. This, he says, “allows us to provide state-of-the-art IT offerings” that the agencies' customers need, while allowing the agencies to continue operating independently. Essentially, he says, “we are a private cloud service provider.” This huge project has been... more »
After 6.5 Million Passwords Leaked from LinkedIn Experts Urge Password Change

After 6.5 Million Passwords Leaked from LinkedIn Experts Urge Password Change

Earlier today, numerous reports hit blogs and news sites that a large file full of hashed passwords from LinkedIn has been released at the web. A Russian blog became the recipient of 6,458,020 hashed passwords from the social networking site LinkedIn with a user bragging about the one who breached their site and released them. As of this posting, LinkedIn is still looking into the veracity of the claim and the actuality of the passwords. However, the clarion reply from security experts across the web is that people should change their passwords immediately. If you have a LinkedIn account and haven’t changed... more »
The Evolution of Instagram’s Breakout Success

The Evolution of Instagram’s Breakout Success

“We’re a bit disappointed here…We were aiming for $2 billion and they only gave us one…But, you know, sometimes s--- happens.”  Although Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom kept a serious tone when offering this sarcastic response, he finally erupted in laughter.  It’s still unclear how Facebook will leverage it’s recent acquisitions and, despite it’s announcement of the Camera app, critics are unsure why Facebook paid $1 billion for a company with only one product, which it gives away for free.   What is certain, however, is that Instagram has been the breakout leader in artistic photo-sharing apps and mobile technology.  KISSmetrics details... more »
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Dell Boomi Summer 12 Adds Crowd-Powered Analytics

Dell Boomi is a cloud-based service that helps enterprises link their applications to data and other applications, for a monthly subscription. That fee is still considerably less than what an organization would have to spend to achieve the same end result via alternative routes. This week the company announced that the Atomsphere 12 Summer edition is rolling out, bringing with it a host of new features. The most notable one among these is something called Assure, which leverages the crowdsourcing model and the goodwill of customers in hopes of improving the platform. It lets users submit their integration processes, and as a... more »
Server Virtualization Not the Answer says DR Planning Consultant

Server Virtualization Not the Answer says DR Planning Consultant

Is server virtualization the answer to utilization and IT budgetary problems that it is widely purported to be? No, says prominent blogger, consultant and 26-year DR planning veteran John W. Tiogo, founder of Tiogo Partners International. “The preponderance of virtualized systems are low-traffic Web servers and file servers that don't need virtualization at all,” he argues. “Many companies are abandoning their server virtualization projects when they are about 20% complete, which is good news. I don't trust virtualization with my most mission-critical applications, and neither do my clients.” Virtualization, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from IBM Edge 2012, is... more »
Why is Larry Ellison's Twitter Account Featured on the Oracle.com Home Page?

Why is Larry Ellison's Twitter Account Featured on the Oracle.com Home Page?

The Oracle.com home page today features the Larry Ellison Twitter account with his picture, the Twitter icon and today's date: 6/6/12. Larry Ellison Twitter has not updated his Twitter account but this may be the day he gets started. Speculation has been rampant all week. What will he tweet? Will he tweak a rival? Will he talk up the cloud? Larry has found new faith in the cloud. Today he is expected to announce a new platform-as-a-service strategy. We'll be watching the webcast and his Twitter account, too.... more »
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A View of IT Infrastructure Delivery from Inside IBM #IBMEdge

IBM has kicked off its very first Edge conference, focused on its storage technology, in Orlando, FL. Of course the Cube is there providing live coverage and insightful commentary. Dave Vellante and John McArthur sat down with Mike Sylvia, a Distinguished Engineer, CIO Office, IBM. Sylvia is an IBM employee, but his role is within the internal IT organization, not delivering services to IBM clients. This makes Sylvia similar to other conference attendees; he is defining strategy and implementing technology - albeit very close to the source. Dave Vellente began by discussing the increasing trend of IT moving from traditional to... more »
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Google Warns Email Users of State-Sponsored Attacks

Google issued a warning to their users yesterday in a blog post, as they believe some of their users may be vulnerable to state-sponsored attacks directed at human-rights activists, journalists, officials and military personnels. Eric Grosse, Google’s VP Security Engineering, stated how the company is always on the lookout for malicious activities on their system, particularly attacks from third parties performing unauthorized access to users' e-mail accounts.  Grosse assures users that they do not issue warning without ample evidence to support their claim. Here’s the rest of Google’s warning: Today, we’re taking that a step further for a subset of our users, who... more »
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Getting Active/Active with Email Compliance: An IBM Customer Story

Customer stories are almost always good to hear; they can provide insight into how and why things are done a certain way, expose details on how challenges are overcome, and even describe why certain vendors and technologies are selected over others. During the IBM Edge conference, live from Orlando, FL, theCube was able to capture a number of customer stories, including a session hosted by Wikibon analysts John McArthur and David Floyer in which they engaged with Tim Harvey, CEO of Perimeter E-Security, both an IBM customer and partner. Given that Perimeter E-Security’s main line of business provides a variety of... 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.