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SpaceX Plans For Affordable Trip to Mars

SpaceX Plans For Affordable Trip to Mars

Elon Musk, known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, finally figured out how to cutback the cost of a trip to Mars to only $500,000.  Though he hasn’t unveiled the details of his plan, Musk stated in an interview with BBC that he will disclose his money-saving plans late this year or early 2013. "My vision is for a fully reusable rocket transport system between Earth and Mars that is able to re-fuel on Mars - this is very important - so you don't have to carry the return fuel when you go there," Musk said. "The whole system [must be]... more »
Amazon.com's New Robots and the Limits of IT Services

Amazon.com's New Robots and the Limits of IT Services

It was announced this week that Amazon.com is dropping no less than $775 million to purchase Kiva Systems, a company that manufactures robots for use in warehouses (Kiva prefers the term "material handling technology," but you get the point). On the one hand, it's a way for Amazon to improve its efficiency, and thus its margins, in the e-retail giant's rapidly-expanding network of warehouses. On the other, it's a case in point on how even Amazon, a major player in the infrastructure-as-a-service cloud space and no stranger to technological innovation, understands that there are simply some problems that improved and efficient  computing... more »
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Zayo Acquisitions do a Double Take: Arialink Buy Beefs Up Networking Rivalries

The networking industry’s M&A scene has been very active recently, with several major deals announced throughout the past few weeks. The Zayo Group, a fiber infrastructure solutions provider, can now account for not one but two of those items. This morning, shortly after a previous deal was revealed by the company, we learned that Zayo has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Arialink, one of the largest fiber optics services firm in Michigan. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Arialink has built a great business by extending their fiber-based Ethernet network to key businesses and government agencies in Michigan," says... more »
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Top Tweets from the Grave and Other Ways We're Celebrating Twitter's 6th Bday

It's Twitter's 6th birthday, and now that the popular microblog is emerging from its elementary years, we're taking the opportunity to look at Twitter's influence as an international network, maintaining the pulse of nations. Trending on Twitter What are people talking about on Twitter's 6th birthday?  The lucky athlete to grace the next Madden cover, for starters.  Every year builds more curiosity around this tradition, which has turned into more of a curse.  One user tweets, "whose career shall we collectively decide to end this year??" #MaddenCoverVote #1DTOURNORTHAMERICA #hoezfavoriteline Etch a Sketch Lesean McCoy Trapped In The Closet Jeb Bush S Club 7 Victor Cruz Happy Birthday Twitter Users With The Most Popular Tweets For... more »
How Can We Use Big Data to Enable Better Cybersecurity?

How Can We Use Big Data to Enable Better Cybersecurity?

The path to 2011 has been filled with numerous new security threats—and some old ones that have learned new tricks—as the Internet continues to expand, computers get faster, storage gets smarter, and connectivity increases these threats will continue to evolve and security must do so as well. This is the classic Red Queen’s race and the next stage will probably involve the deployment of massively-structured analysis of behavior overseeing systems security. Conventional security is designed around a paradigm of watching traffic flowing through a gate, or training users to spot potentially untrustworthy transactions in relationship to them—that’s the level of firewalls,... more »
Lockheed Martin Unveils Cyber Fortress As Millions Of Gov't E-mails Go On Sale

Lockheed Martin Unveils Cyber Fortress As Millions Of Gov't E-mails Go On Sale

Currently, there are millions of US government and military e-mail addresses up for sale.  Specifically, 2,462,935 U.S government email addresses, and another 2,178,000 U.S military email addresses.  So where are they from? The e-mail addresses for sale are legit, they are actual e-mail addresses from the US government and military acquired by a criminal enterprise and being sold in the black market.  So the question is: Why would anyone want these e-mail addresses? The answer is quite simple, really.  These legit e-mail addresses can be used for phishing as well as spreading malware.  If you see a message on your inbox and... more »
8,000 Student E-mails Leaked in Loan Company Security Blunder

8,000 Student E-mails Leaked in Loan Company Security Blunder

It’s not always the hackers that you need to worry about: ordinary human error can do just as much damage. This is the moral of a story coming out of England from a student loans facilitator named Student Finance England who inadvertently leaked the details of over 8,000 students during a mass e-mail distribution blunder. According to Graeme Paton of The Telegraph, the breach contained only e-mail addresses of the students in question and not other information. On Monday, it emailed more than 8,000 students – due to start university this autumn – to remind them to complete grant application forms. The... more »
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EU Admits Mistake Over ACTA as Internet Freedoms are Debated

Avaaz, an organization which uses the internet to campaign on various issues, submitted a petition to the European Parliament to trash the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.  The petition calls for the parliament "to stand for a free and open internet and reject the ratification of ACTA which would destroy it." The petition must have knocked some sense into the heads of members of the European Commission as they now admit that they made a mistake with ACTA. ACTA garnered a good amount of negativity from Europeans as critics believe it undermines the basic freedom of expression and privacy. Protesters gathered on the streets... more »
Thought Leaders: JP Rangaswami - Chief Scientist At Salesforce.com

Thought Leaders: JP Rangaswami - Chief Scientist At Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com recently held its Cloudforce conference. I caught up with its Chief Scientist JP Rangaswami, who's based in the UK. I first met Mr. Rangaswami several years ago when he was Chief Scientist at British Telecom. And I've been an avid reader for many years of his blog confused of calcutta where you can find insights into the nature of enterprise technologies, food, copyright, and music in equal measures. When he joined Salesforce in late 2010 I wrote that the company had made an important and astute hire. I asked why he joined Salesforce? "Salesforce's Chatter is what convinced me that the company understood... more »
IncrediBuild-XGE Speeds Up Virtual Working Environments

IncrediBuild-XGE Speeds Up Virtual Working Environments

Virtualization has enabled a new way of working and BYOD is steadily going mainstream. These growing trends have spawned companies like Xoreax, a provider of software acceleration technology to eliminate lagging in virtual working environments. Xoreax recently unveiled its new signature product: IncrediBuild-XGE. This answers customers’ need for picking up the pace of their application run-time. IncrediBuild XGE is a software-based, distributed computing solution that accelerates time-intensive computational processes, transforming PCs and servers into a private computing cloud. It enables utilization of unused computing power to create a “Virtual Supercomputer” minus the need for additional resources. From Xoreax: “XGE technology transforms a network... more »

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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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

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- 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.