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HP and Dell Prepare to Revive Tablet Business

HP and Dell Prepare to Revive Tablet Business

Tablets have gained market traction faster than almost any other computing device. It seems everyone loves tablets. Actually it seems everyone loves Apple iPads. According to data from ABI Research, Apple’s tablet has a commanding 65 percent market share. Many of the established PC providers like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have attempted to capitalize on their manufacturing prowess to break into the tablet market, but to date the attempts have been less than successful. However, PC makers are not admitting defeat. Meg Whitman spent an entire week discussing HP’s strategy for the future in conjunction with the company’s annual HP Discover... more »
Bloom Energy's Latest Funding Round Spurs Clean Tech Data Centers

Bloom Energy's Latest Funding Round Spurs Clean Tech Data Centers

Sunnyvale, California based fuel cell maker, Bloom Energy, has raised another $150 million venture capital investment – making the clean tech firm one of the valued pure-play companies in the market. According to DowJones VentureWire, the Series G round is being marketed by Advanced Equities. Should the capital come in, Bloom Energy will have raised $800 million on a reported valuation of $2.7 billion over its 11-year history from investors that include Alberta Investment Management Corp., DAG Ventures, GSV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mobius Venture Capital, Madrone Capital, Morgan Stanley and New Enterprise Associates. Bloom Energy fuel cells produce a... more »
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This Week in Big Data: HP Makes a Move; Oracle and ClickFox Follow Suite

This week featured the usual handful of analytics updates, although one particular vendor stood out.  Hewlett-Packard, or to be more precise on of its subsidiaries, unveiled not one but two new big data solutions that correlate on certain levels. Three days ago the sixth release of the Vertica analytical database was announced, along with a few additions. For one, it now supports the increasingly popular R statistical programming language, and integration with outside data sources have been improved significantly. Officials promise that, thanks to what is referred to as Vertica’s 6.0 FlexStore architecture, data stored in Hadoop and other platforms can now... more »
Angel Caller Tops This Week's Best BYOD Apps for iPad, Android

Angel Caller Tops This Week's Best BYOD Apps for iPad, Android

This week’s top app is the new Angel Caller First Analytics client for the iPad. The mobile software supplements Angel’s other call center solutions and allows workers to access call-in data on the go.  iPad Angel Caller First Analytics Caller First is a call center analytics app that offers much more than a stripped-down means of accessing BI software remotely. Users can customize their app and choose what data to display, whether it’s usage, performance issues or the call historically of any individual customer. SugarSync SugarSync is one of the more popular personal cloud storage services out there, and that can be credited to any... more »
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Looking Back at HP Discover 2012

The annual HP Discover conference held June 4-7 in Las Vegas has concluded. This year’s event attracted around 10,000 attendees and had a broad focus including technology convergence, information optimization, security and risk management, application transformation, mobility and services. However, the real purpose of HP Discover was convincing anyone that would listen (including the invited investment community) that Hewlett-Packard (HP) has a strong future ahead. HP had an even larger than typical presence at Discover 2012. The event’s tagline “make it better” was an effort to communicate that HP is all about solutions. Meg Whitman reinforced this message in her keynote... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: Integration, VMs and Offloaded Gaming

A number of major cloud updates crossed the wire this week, starting with the update to the Dell Boomi cloud-based integration platform. Boomi lets developers connect apps with data and other apps for less than what they would have to invest in more traditional alternative services. The 12 Summer edition introduces a number of new features to the mix in order to sweeten the deal even more, including a Hadoop connector and more automation. What’s also rolling out is a crowdsourcing tool called Assure that allows companies to share their integration processes with Boomi so that the platform can be tailored... more »
Citrix Bites into Mobile Infrastructure Sector with Latest Buy

Citrix Bites into Mobile Infrastructure Sector with Latest Buy

Citrix has announced that it is expanding its business into the mobile infrastructure sector. Citrix is beginning the effort by acquiring Bytemobile, a company that provides mobile traffic optimization solutions. Bytemobile is a little over 10 years old and only has 300 employees. The company may be small, but it’s reach is large. 130 mobile carriers in 60 countries use Bytemobile’s technology to process more than 20 petabytes of data each day. Bytemobile’s solutions use content caching, policy management, analytics, deep packet inspection and other optimization technologies to shape traffic as it moves across an operator’s network. The company’s various platforms... more »
Anirban Banerjee on Five Reasons a Website Gets Blacklisted

Anirban Banerjee on Five Reasons a Website Gets Blacklisted

Zappos.com, Sony PlayStation Network and Citibank—they’re strange bedfellows. But if you hadn’t guessed, what these three have in common is the scarlet “H” they’ve been slapped with in recent headlines: Hacked. One consequence of a website hack is that it can infect thousands of visitors who trusted the website enough to visit it. The personal information of thousands can be compromised—not to mention damage to the site’s reputation—and you can bet consumers will think twice before coming back, especially if credit card numbers were stolen. It’s a growing problem that hurts thousands of organizations and individuals each year, from blog owners... more »
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Cisco's New Platform Prepares for the Internet of Things

With the expectation of increased mobile Internet traffic worldwide, going up by nearly 18 times between 2011 and 2016, Cisco announced the basis for a new generation of mobile Internet networks - the Cisco ASR 5500 platform. The ASR 5500 platform, apparently the first elastic packet core solution capable of integrating signaling, data, in-line services, and policy and charging control, is designed to capitalize on software architecture to optimize new purpose-built hardware.  Cisco is really addressing the BYOD movement, explosive growth in next-generation applications,  and the rise of the Internet and mobile ecosystems. The Cisco ASR 5500 range provides the flexibility and... more »
Success Factors Updates BizX Again with New Mobile, UI Elements

Success Factors Updates BizX Again with New Mobile, UI Elements

Cloud HR firm SuccessFactors has been very busy tweaking its Business Execution suite throughout the past few weeks. Late last month it announced that it’s migrating the lineup to HANA and adding iPad support, among other things, and now the SAP subsidiary is rolling out a few equally substantial improvements to the platform. One feature they’ve added is called Touchbase, a mobile productivity tool that’s built around the idea of making meetings more straight-forward. The app allows workers to access items and receive notifications from others within the organization, allowing them to prioritize better. Another addition is a social feature nicknamed Who’s... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.