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VMware Cloud Gets an Upgrade with Socialcast, View and Project Octopus

VMware has been upping its cloud game by launching one initiative after another in recent weeks, and it all adds up to some notable developments in the enterprise space. Today VMware reveals the fruits of its labor with the integration of Socialcast, the social enterprise company it acquired May of last year.  Socialcast's core technology has been tied into Lithium's social customer suite and now has several things in common with Salesforce, with the exception of a more apparent emphasis on collaboration among employees. Socialcast will be connected to Lithium via its native APIs and the Reach integration tool. "While we see social... more »
Amazon Seeks Their Own Sitcom Television Programs

Amazon Seeks Their Own Sitcom Television Programs

The pioneer of e-commerce is going to greatly expand their range of video content. Amazon on Wednesday announced plans to launch its own comedies and children's television programs to digital transmission, and requested contributions from developers. The Internet giant also said that their division Amazon Studios now aims to develop comedies and children's series. Amazon has started to create television programs for their own online distribution system, but its latest announcement realizes its plans to include sitcoms comedies and children's programs. “Amazon Studios wants to discover great talent and produce programming that audiences will love,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios.... more »
VMTurbo Updates Offering, Adds Partners

VMTurbo Updates Offering, Adds Partners

VMTurbo is a company that makes some pretty sophisticated workload management software for virtualized environments. Its flagship product is VMTurbo Operations Manager, which is available in version 3.1 as of this week. The platform works by leveraging a patented Economic Scheduling Engine, or ESE, to maintain the performance of mission critical applications. The model allocates resources and capacity based on priority using a pretty nifty approach to managing infrastructure relatively to usage. Operations Manager v3.1 extends this functionality by integrating with the application delivery control. This allows the program to better prioritize by doing load balancing depending on application demand, adding virtual machines... more »
BYOD and Mobility Shape Big Data, Cloud Revolution

BYOD and Mobility Shape Big Data, Cloud Revolution

Mobile devices and the BYOD movement are elements of a significant wave of proliferation of a whole new infrastructure paradigm.  Virtual offices and remote employment scenarios continue to take hold in the enterprise.  The ubiquitous availability of mobile applications on smartphones, televisions, game consoles, tablets and all sorts of consumer products has created an expectation of what amounts to a rising challenge for many organizations.  This is one look at the consumerization of IT. Way Back and Fast Forward At first, it started happening as employees started bringing their own technology products in.  Using it to conveniently check email, or social network,... more »
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5 Creative Ways to Use Pinterest, from Work Out Guides to Tutorials

Pinterest is an online pin board where you can show off photos by “pinning” them for the purpose of sharing them with others. It serves as a great tool because unlike other picture sharing sites, members can leave comments and re-pin your photos. This type of photo sharing forum allows for a multitude of varying uses. You can use it as yet another way to expand the reaches of your business, show off your collection of action figures or even as an exercise tool. Let’s take a look at a handful creative and unique ways to utilize Pinterests features. Storefront These days it... more »
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The Problem with “Open” Science

One of the tragedies of the modern age is that we have to prepend the word “open” onto science in order to differentiate Open Science from the regular kind -- you know, the kind that’s overrun with IP restrictions and practiced by way too many academic and research organizations. It should never have come to this considering science is about reproducible results under controlled conditions, a process that intrinsically demands transparency and openness. Fortunately, the alarm bells have gone off and many in the research community are taking matters into their own hands. In my experience IP barriers in science come... more »
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Malware Hits the Mobile Web, Targets Android Handsets

Fandroids are plagued with malware left and right.  Their device can get infected from downloading apps in Google Play but especially from unofficial third-party app stores.  But the worst part is, drive by download malware is now attacking Android devices. NotCompatible Lookout Mobile Security recently identified a drive by download malware dubbed as NotCompatible.  Drive by download is common in PCs.  When a user visits an infected site, the malware secretly infects the computer if it doesn’t have updated security measures. NotCompatible works in a similar manner: if someone used his Android device in visiting an infected site, their web browser will automatically... more »
Evernote Raises $70M Ahead of IPO as Public Fever Heightens

Evernote Raises $70M Ahead of IPO as Public Fever Heightens

IPOs seem to be the "in" thing these days.  But aside from going public, these companies are also busy with other matters to improve their offerings, making investors' interest worthwhile.  Lets take a look at some recent happenings for companies aiming to go public or have recently gone public. Evernote Evernote, the company that helps the world “Remember Everything”, announced a $70 million Series D funding led by Meritech Capital and CBC Capital, with participation from funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Harbor Pacific Capital, Allen & Company, and several other investors. This round of funding will be used... more »
Jaspersoft Offers Data-Driven Development with Foundry Integration

Jaspersoft Offers Data-Driven Development with Foundry Integration

Many companies are jumping aboard the OpenStack bandwagon, quickening speed as of late, including its Cloud Foundry counterpart as well.  The latest vendor to do so is Jaspersoft, which is looking to bring smart reporting and analytics to VMware’s open-source PaaS. Big data is a catchphrase that is associated with more and more verticals as it gains in popularity, and data-driven application development is one of the many emerging categories out there. The need to achieve a business edge in this area translates into the pressure of offering a higher level of service, and Jaspersoft is looking to come to the... more »
More Products Dropped to Make Way for Windows 8, Nokia Tablet Expected

More Products Dropped to Make Way for Windows 8, Nokia Tablet Expected

According to the latest report from Net Applications, among Microsoft’s line of operating systems, Windows XP is still the most used OS in the end of April, though the software giant already announced that they would stop releasing support and updates for the said OS.  But a report from StatCounter shows that more people are using Windows 7 than Windows XP.  The discrepancy over the two reports is said to be due to different methods used in totaling the numbers. But the dominance of both OS versions may soon be overthrown when the commercial release of the Windows 8 OS become... more »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.