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Structure Data Part 2: From Datastax to EMC, Hadoop Still Prominent

Structure Data Part 2: From Datastax to EMC, Hadoop Still Prominent

The Structure big data conference hosted by GigaOM is underway this week, and many industry insiders have shown up to share their insight or pitch their company’s new offerings. A sizable portion of those who fall under the former category have also visited theCube on a few occasions during previous events, and we decided to compare their opinion to create a metric of where things stand then, and now. One of the first on stage at Structure Day 2 is Robin Schumacher, the vice president of products at DataStax who will be lecturing about the five biggest elements for enterprises to consider... more »
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InfoGraphic: The Social Web Pattern of E-Commerce

Social commerce was an undeniable trend in 2011 and will continue to impact our economy in the coming years.  Now more than ever consumers are online, sharing and exchanging ideas on products and services they want to buy or sell. The act of buying online has become inherently social - the consumer is extremely influenced by his friends and their extended network. Increasingly, businesses are incorporating social aspects to online retail with the ability to log in on their sites with their social network credentials. As this infographic from bsite testing and personalization firm Monetate shows (see full infographic below), the interest of... more »
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Business Guide: Top Mobile VoIP Tools of the Week

VoIP is widely used by companies all over the globe to communicate with their customers in order to quickly address their concerns.  With mobile devices flourishing in the market, VoIP providers like RingCentral are also adapting to the rapid changes happening in order for businesses to keep up and stay reachable by customers.  Here are some of the recent innovations in VoIP. Zingaya Enterprise Zingaya, developer of scalable, high-quality web-based VoIP applications for enterprises, developers and customer service call centers, recently announced Zingaya Enterprise, a new platform and API enabling VoIP calls from a browser or a mobile app with a single... more »
Compelling Behavior

Compelling Behavior

I’ve been thinking a lot about what compels people to behave a certain way. In business. In personal relationships. In life. I’m certain there are countless books espousing countless metaphors for thinking about the issue. For me it comes down to some common themes. Perspective Perspective is perhaps one of the most important human traits. Along with tool building and self-awareness, it’s one of the core things that separate us from the animals. It allows us to switch angles, points of view, lenses, frames of reference or ways of thinking in order to evaluate an idea or circumstance in multiple ways. Often times when you’re feeling... more »
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Gartner Names Top 5 Virtualization Trends in 2012

Thomas Bittman, vice president and distinguished analyst at research firm Gartner, wrote up a list of five changes in the virtualization market trending this year. The bottom line is that there’s a lot of competition out there, and even more at stake as enterprises invest more in the cloud. VMware is now far from being the only option. And the top trend Bittman names is exactly that: the competitiveness of the market. It’s more of an intro to the rest of his insight than a category of its own, considering it encompasses a very big portion of the following items in his... more »
Bitcoin May Find a Fulfilling Market in Africa

Bitcoin May Find a Fulfilling Market in Africa

As Internet technology continues to make deeper inroads into regions that lack infrastructure to support a strong banking system, very quickly virtual currencies can become more successful than banks. One region of the world that reflects this is Africa, where banks are weak, but mobile devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous in everyday life. Recently, the Technology Review published by MIT ran a story about German software developer Rüdiger Koch, a consultant to the U.K.-based bitcoin exchange Intersango, who spoke at the Mobile Money Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria who sees Africa as a fertile ground for Bitcoin development. There, Koch... more »
Mad Men Gadgets for Today's Sleek Geek

Mad Men Gadgets for Today's Sleek Geek

AMC’s award-winning series, Mad Men, is back for its fifth season premiering on Sunday, March 25th.  After more than a year of absence, fans are dying to find out what will happen with Don Draper’s proposal to Megan, or to Joan Harris’ baby with Roger Sterling.  Will Greg ever find out?  Will this end their marriage? A lot of questions waiting to be answered, but fans have to wait four more days before the show premiers.  So to help pass the time, here are some apps and retro-style gadgets to bide your time. Mad Apps . Mad Men Cocktail Culture - this app helps you... more »
Truce! Microsoft and TiVo Call Off the Lawyers after Two Years

Truce! Microsoft and TiVo Call Off the Lawyers after Two Years

Microsoft and TiVo have announced their mutual agreement to drop patent infringement charges against each other, officially ending a dispute that has begun in 2010. The Wall Street Journal provided some of the background behind the story: “Microsoft first sued TiVo in a San Francisco federal court in 2010 as part of a broader attempt to provide legal cover for partner AT&T Inc. (T), a customer of its Internet video platform. It claimed TiVo illegally used technology related to purchasing and delivering video and the ability to display programming information. TiVo had launched its own strike against AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc.... more »
The Anonymous Impact: Hacktivism in 2011 Exceeded Criminal Breaches

The Anonymous Impact: Hacktivism in 2011 Exceeded Criminal Breaches

While 2011 wasn’t the beginning of hacktivism, it was when the global media caught fire with attention for the phenomenon—and, according to a report [PDF link] released by American mobile company Verizon, 2011 is also the year that security breaches and data losses due to hactivism surpassed those from actual criminal enterprise. Last year’s cybercrime statistics show that more than half of the 855 recorded incidents represented hacktivist style attacks. The Rise of the Hacktivist [Infographic] indeed. Out of all the targets 79% were targets of opportunity and 96% were not complicated or extremely difficult in nature and this is revealed to... more »
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Zynga Acquires "Draw Something" Maker, Grantoo Lets You Play For College Tuition

There’s plenty going on in the social gaming sector these days.  With the launch of Rovio’s Angry Birds Space, gamers have a lot to take in, such as Zynga’s acquisition of Draw Something maker, and a bunch new games primed for a social, mobile marketplace. Zynga Acquires “Draw Something” Maker Zynga Inc., maker of popular social games on Facebook, acquired OMGPOP Inc., the company behind the popular game Draw Something.  The deal was for approximately $200-$250 million, making it Zynga’s largest buy to date. The acquisition will not only add potential ad or in-game sales revenue, it will also grant Zynga access to... more »

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- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!