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3 Things You Probably Love (or Hate) About the iOS 7 Redesign

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is all set for June 10-14 in San Francisco and talks about its new iOS is abundant. It was previously reported that Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive have redesigned the iOS to sport a flat look and a more black and white color theme. Codenamed Innsbruck, iOS 7 will include redesigned native apps - the apps such as Notes, Calendar, and Mail will have a general white appearance but with colored outlines, and the Game Center app will lose the chess piece and the green felt.  The notification bar will lose its linen texture... more »
Anonymous Reveals News Site Plans; Launches #OpTurkey

Anonymous Reveals News Site Plans; Launches #OpTurkey

Almost six weeks after the hacktivist group Anonymous announced that it had raised some $55,000 on Indiegogo to fund its own independent news site, the group has finally given some details about what we can look forward to. In a note posted on Pastebin, Anonymous said that its team was "working hard to design something clean, practical and also fun to use", with the idea being to create a site that engages ordinary people away from mainstream news services. As explained on the original Indiegogo page, Anonymous already has a sizeable audience on sites like Twitter and its Your Anon News... more »
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3 Things We Learned About EMC's Growing Federation at #EMC World 2013

EMC is no longer just a storage company on its own.  It has expanded to become a federation of companies in the EMC family, including VMware and the newly launched Pivotal and ViPR initiatives. As EMC President and COO David Goulden describes it, a federation is different from a conglomerate in the sense that it’s about interconnected businesses with better synergies and it’s not all about spinning off and making money. But how was EMC able to transform itself to what it is now? Sitting down with SiliconANGLE CEO and founder John Furrier and Wikibon Senior Chief Analyst Vellante at theCube, Goulden touched on... more »
How ViPR Simplifies Data Management

How ViPR Simplifies Data Management

Surya Varanasi, Vice President of Engineering at EMC, joined theCube hosts Dave Floyer and John Furrier at the recently concluded EMC World to talk about the storage firm's recently launched entity, the ViPR Group. In November 2011, Surya Varanasi was the first employee of Project Born. Back then the biggest trend was converting storage to a private cloud and taking things to the next level, offering this service to service providers. Initially Project Born started out as Storage OS, an underlying platform. The plan was to build a platform that could do two things: provide automation and meet the demands for new... more »
"Object was designed for a world of limitless scale," says Manuvir Das, EMC VP of Engineering

"Object was designed for a world of limitless scale," says Manuvir Das, EMC VP of Engineering

Manuvir Das, Vice President of Engineering at EMC, was interviewed by  David Floyer, CTO and Co-Founder of Wikibon and Dave Vellante, Wikibon Chief  Analyst at the recently concluded EMC World, talking in depth about Object. There is a lot of interest in this topic, and many perceive it as the very future of the business. To understand the hype, Manuvir Das explained how Object is different from the File. The two are somewhat similar, but the semantics of files is a sequence of  operations heading down the directory structure, and that has  limitations. When video files started to proliferate, and billions of... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Google Revamps Gmail, Yahoo Submits Bid for Hulu and More

A number of major cloud developments cropped up this week. We’ve learned that a major Gmail upgrade is in the works, Yahoo agreed to shell out over $500 million to buy Hulu, and Hewlett-Packard announced a set of platforms, apps and products for enterprise developers. A number of ambitious startups also earned themselves a spot in the limelight at the O’Reilly Fluent Startup Showcase. On Monday, the blogosphere erupted over screenshots of what appears to be a new Android client for Gmail. Early reports indicated that the Google plans to roll out the patch to the iOS and web versions of... more »
CIO Challenge: Lower Cost, Increase Value + Innovate

CIO Challenge: Lower Cost, Increase Value + Innovate

With firsthand experience that spans media, telecommunications, government, banking and finance, Craig Wishart, CIO of ServiceStream, joined theCube hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick at ServiceNow's annual Knowledge conference in Las Vegas to talk about innovation, leadership and instrumenting the business. According to Wishart, Service Stream is Australia's leading provider of end-to-end solutions in the telecommunications and utilities sectors, representing the link between many of Australia's largest utility companies and millions of their end users. ServiceNow has three unique business divisions: telecommunications, (responsible for rolling out and managing fiber), mobile (building 15,000 towers as we speak and upgrading old technology) and energy.... more »
"Broadcom lays the foundation... where software meets the hardware," says Greg Scherer

"Broadcom lays the foundation... where software meets the hardware," says Greg Scherer

Greg Scherer is Broadcom’s Vice President of Server and Storage Strategy for the Infrastructure and Networking Group. A technology industry veteran with nearly thirty years of experience in engineering and business development, he sat down with theCube hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon, to talk about the server virtualization and the future changes in the infrastructure at EMC World 2013. For the discussion with theCube hosts, Greg highlighted that server virtualization kicked off a wave of change in infrastructure. This change is riplling through storage and networking as well. In the beginning, this business simply meant combining a couple... more »
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Brad Paubel: "IT Needs to Innovate, Cut Cost and Automate"

Brad Paubel, IT Practitioner with Maritz, specializes in end-user management dealing with the IT touch-point to the business, dropped by at theCube at the recently concluded ServiceNow Knowledge 13 event with show host Jeff Frick to discuss how his company is utilizing ServiceNow, and how it has helped transform Maritz in to what it is today. Maritz is a company that delivers integrated performance improvement, travel, and marketing research services and has about 4,000 employees. According to Paubel, ServiceNow has helped Maritz evolve into something that delivers a “weekend experience” during the week, and ServiceNow tools and products allowed the company to... more »
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How Target Uses ServiceNow to Promote Mobility Amongst Employees

ServiceNow’s Global User Conference, Knowledge13, is almost concluding in Las Vegas, Nevada. theCube, SiliconANGLE’s premier video production, is at the event with Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick to extract the signal from the noise. One of the highlights of the annual event is the Innovation of the Year Award where ServiceNow customers present their work, such as applications, built on their platform.  ServiceNow’s Director or Product Marketing Craig McDonogh compares it to kids presenting their artwork to their parents and the parents putting them up on the fridge.  The customers present their projects/products, and ServiceNow then takes a look at... more »

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- 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.