Top Stories

How Internet of Things & Looming Transition in Compute Landscape Affect Storage

How Internet of Things & Looming Transition in Compute Landscape Affect Storage

The Internet of Things is moving the Internet from people to things. The technology world is experiencing and influencing massive market shifts in some key industries, such as retail and financial services. What was once just data siloed in spreadsheets (basically as good as “lost”), is now becoming actionable data and data requests in real-time. More importantly, sensors and software are creating petabytes of new information every day that need to be stored and analyzed. The Internet of Things is putting the storage of both Big Data and personal data in the forefront of this conversation. As the next source of... more »
AI On The Rise Weekly: IBM’s AI Chef, Robots Discerning Bad Breath and More on Google Glass

AI On The Rise Weekly: IBM’s AI Chef, Robots Discerning Bad Breath and More on Google Glass

The first time the public laid eyes on Google Glass, there were more questions than praise. The main concern would be security and privacy. How can you feel safe partying in a club when a man wearing Google Glass walks in and stealthily take photos and videos of what’s happening inside? Theater owners would also be apprehensive of letting a man sporting this Jarvis-like eyewear inside the cinema houses for fear of easily recording contents. Google has some work cut out for them in terms of making sure they do not violate community standards. Peter Cohan wrote on his Forbes.com blog,... more »
Chrome Launches Roll It Experiment

Chrome Launches Roll It Experiment

Want to play Skee-ball in a whole new way? Google has launched yet another Chrome experiment, called Roll It. Basically a virtual Skee-ball game, this Chrome experiment allows players to compete with friends on their mobile devices. Roll It is a modern version of the classic boardwalk game that you can play on the Chrome browser using your phone, desktop or laptop computer. The difference between the mobile and desktop versions is that Chrome on the phone lets you aim and roll the ball with a flick of your wrist, while Chrome on the computer renders the 3D graphics of the Roll... more »
Complete User Guide for #WWDC 2013

Complete User Guide for #WWDC 2013

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be in full swing come June 10 and the event will last until the 14th at the Moscone West in San Francisco, California. If you were one of the lucky ones who were able to grab a ticket as soon as it went on sale, good for you!  The tickets quickly sold out so better luck next year. For Attendees   Transportation and Accommodation Here are some quick tips on how you can maximize your experience: First if you’re not from SF, better get your plane tickets soon.  There are three airports ready to accommodate travelers: San Francisco International Airport... more »
Looking for Entrepreneurial Inspiration? Meet your New Media Guru

Looking for Entrepreneurial Inspiration? Meet your New Media Guru

Think big and go hard. Combining an international perspective and “by any means necessary” business models, offshore web development and digital marketing agency New Media Guru is developing a new inspiring campaign for entrepreneurs. To commemorate its 8th anniversary, New Media Guru is making monthly updates to its blog with case studies of entrepreneurs who have “ignited an idea, outsourced the execution and multiplied the returns and, as a result, elevated the idea to a whole new level.” I spoke with New Media Guru Partner and PR Specialist, Mohit Maheshwari, about which entrepreneurs the company hopes to reach through their blog... more »
Soon All Development will be Mobile Development, says Appcelerator CTO

Soon All Development will be Mobile Development, says Appcelerator CTO

Appcelerator's built one of the most recognized and accessible platforms for building mobile applications, and with last month's update, the third-party developer tool is heading to the enterprise.  It's become an undeniable fact that the workplace is becoming more mobile, and that means more apps need to be developed for smartphones and tablets.  This presents a unique challenge for the enterprise, where apps have historically been built in-house, and IT has full control over the app's distribution and end user devices.  In turn, Appcelerator faces specialized challenges in crafting a platform with BYOA in mind (Bring Your Own App). Below is... more »
iRadio Signs Record Labels & Tech-Savvy Pigeons - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

iRadio Signs Record Labels & Tech-Savvy Pigeons - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Apple just signed an agreement with the world’s third largest record label, Warner Music Group, to supply music for their upcoming streaming music service. Apple closed a similar deal with Universal Music, the world’s largest record label, last month. Sony is the only major label that has yet to sign on for Apple’s new music venture. Apple’s streaming music service, commonly referred to as iRadio, could be extremely profitable for the music labels. At one time, the labels had agreed to let Apple pay a rate that was half of what they get from Pandora.  Sources are now saying that the final... more »
What Does Vine for Android have on iOS?  ZOOM

What Does Vine for Android have on iOS? ZOOM

Fandroids rejoice! Twitter has finally released the Android version of Vine, it’s popular mobile app that let’s users take and share six-second video clips. It may not be a huge deal for most Android users, but socially-inclined Fandroids will surely say otherwise. When Twitter launched Vine earlier this year it garnered a lot of attention, especially when users quickly learned that it is a great tool for sending explicit content, something that caused it to almost be blocked in the App Store (it was later given a reprieve, although Facebook blocked Vine users from finding contacts using the app). So what’s up with... more »
Samsung, Asus and Acer All Unveil New "Mini" Tablets

Samsung, Asus and Acer All Unveil New "Mini" Tablets

Three tech companies unveiled new tablets today that they hope will add another nail into the PC industry’s coffin. Samsung unveiled two new variants of its popular Galaxy Tab 3, an 8-inch  and a 10.1-inch model, whilst Asus popped out a new Nexus 7 with rear camera, plus the latest iteration of its flagship Transformer Pad Infinity. Finally, not to be outdone, Acer showed up with the first ever 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. Before we pit these tablets against one another, let’s first look at what these new comers have to offer. Samsung Tablets   8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 The device features an 8-inch screen with... more »
Mozilla Plans Radical Overhaul of Firefox, Makes It More Chrome-Like

Mozilla Plans Radical Overhaul of Firefox, Makes It More Chrome-Like

Mozilla is said to be preparing a radical design overhaul of its popular Firefox browser, which will eventually lead to a new and (we hope) improved browsing experience for all of its users. TechCrunch recently had an inside peek at what we can expect from Mozilla as they attempt to change the face of their web browser in the coming months. According to TechCrunch, the redesigned browser will be the result of an ongoing project called "Australis", the fruits of which will soon be seen in Firefox's release channel, beginning with an update known as "Nightly" once version 25 of the... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.