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Cyberthreat Weekly: A $75 Million Cyber Bank Job, Anonymous Mars Japanese Websites, and Spammers Aim for London Olympics 2012

Cyberthreat Weekly: A $75 Million Cyber Bank Job, Anonymous Mars Japanese Websites, and Spammers Aim for London Olympics 2012

Looking at the cybersecurity goings-on last week, it’s safe to assume that hacking is taken to new heights. Cybersecurity is not just an issue of stealing personal information and defacing websites, it can cause very serious financial and political damage as well. Cyber Bank Job Compromises $75 Million Perhaps the most alarming known cyber security nose-dive recently, Sky News reported a cyber fraud scheme that affected high-balance accounts from 60 banking institutions worldwide. The casualty amounted to an estimate of 75 million dollars. Investigators strongly believe that the crime was carried out with “an insider level of understanding,” therefore marking the biggest... more »
Cisco Releases Patches for Multiple Vulnerabilities in TelePresence Endpoint Devices

Cisco Releases Patches for Multiple Vulnerabilities in TelePresence Endpoint Devices

Cisco has acknowledged bugs in multiple versions of their TelePresence devices software, which would allow a remote attacker to take control of videophones by injecting arbitrary code and malicious commands. The company has released four separate advisories bulletin on the risks and advice customers to apply the security patches immediately. A total of five vulnerabilities have been fixed. The vulnerabilities products are Cisco TelePresence Manager, Cisco TelePresence Recording Server, Cisco TelePresence Multipoint Switch, and Cisco TelePresence Immersive Endpoint System. Security Advisory #1: Cisco TelePresence Recording Server contains the following vulnerabilities: Cisco TelePresence Malformed IP Packets Denial of Service Vulnerability Cisco TelePresence Web Interface Command Injection Cisco... more »
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Zuckerberg Expects Facebook Mobile Roll Out to be a Breeze

In a recent interview, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed how penetrating the mobile scene proved to be a challenge but it wasn’t that different in setting up Facebook in the first place.  Zuckerberg stated that getting married was a greater change than shifting their focus on Facebook for mobile devices. Though the shift isn’t as smooth or as fast as people want it to be, it’s getting there. In June, Facebook launched the App Center - a market for iOS and Android apps that are tied up with Facebook.  It helps promote the more popular apps, debuted with over 600 apps, and they... more »
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Google+ for iPad Tops This Week’s Business Tablet App Roundup

A couple days ago Google debuted a G+ app for the iPad that is not merely a tablet-optimized social networking client, but also a very viable tool for business users thanks to one powerful feature. Hangout is a built-in video conferencing widget that allows for high-quality communications between peers using the network, and is joined by several other capabilities that put it on the top of this week’s list. iPad Google+ Google+ features not only video conferencing but also image syncing – it’s possible to upload a pic from your phone to a G+ album, all from within the app’s reworked interface for... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: Funding, VMware and Open-Source

A number of updates were revealed this week, and out of the ones in this roundup three of them involve VMware in one way or another. The first one, however, comes from Cloudability, and it doesn’t involve the virtualization firm in any way. Cloudability makes software that monitors usage across IaaS and PaaS accounts. It aims to mitigate human error by tracking and notifying the admin of any unused cloud resources, and this concept earned the startup $8.7 million  from a Series A funding round it announced this week. It was led by the Foundry Group with participation from Trinity and... more »
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Google: The World's Chauffer

If Google has its way, there's no telling what will become of Driver's Ed teachers and their classic advice: "You drive the car, don't let the car drive you." At this year's Sun Valley conference, sponsored by investment bank Allen & Co., Google executive chairman, Eric Shmidt shared new observations on Google's self-driving car. With artificial intelligence on the rise, consumers are increasingly more comfortable with computers performing tasks typically reserved for humans. In the future, we may realize Schmidt's hope that "self-driving cars [become] the predominant mode of transportation in our lifetime." Matt Peckham explains the "vehicles utilize intelligent driving software,... more »
Instagram Patches Privacy Vulnerability, Hammers a Quick Fix

Instagram Patches Privacy Vulnerability, Hammers a Quick Fix

Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing network recently suffered a flaw in its image application, recently discovered by Spanish researcher Sebastián Guerrero. As described in the advisory published by Guerrero, there was a logical flaw in the authorization that he called ‘friendship vulnerability’. Accordingly, an attacker can perpetrate a brute force attack in the context of user application and add himself as a friend of all the users on Instagram, being possible in this way to get access to private albums and profile information. As soon as Instagram discovered the flaw and a public disclosure was made, the developers hammered out a quick fix. “We... more »
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Cloud, Big Data, DevOps: Three Action Items for Today's CIO

Earlier this week, SiliconAngle's analyst partners at Wikibon released the results of the inaugural edition of the annual IT Transformation Survey, with data on how the market landscape is changing drawn from 261 respondents. And while there's ton of granular data to draw from, here are my picks for the three most pressing CIO action items to come out of the report, across cloud, Big Data and DevOps initiatives. Action Item #1: 2012 is the year of the cloud, so keep up or get left behind. "By 2015, 95% of organizations will have a clear cloud computing strategy and hybrid cloud... more »
Dell Upgrades OpenStack Cloud Solution; Canonical, Mirantis, enStratus Partner Up

Dell Upgrades OpenStack Cloud Solution; Canonical, Mirantis, enStratus Partner Up

Dell, one of the very first backers of the OpenStack project (and soon to be one of the founding members of the OpenStack Foundation), has refreshed its creatively-named Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution with an update that brings the reference architecture and services up to Folsom, the latest release of the open source cloud platform. And on the services side, Dell has recruited Canonical, Mirantis and enStratus to layer support and software on top of its cloud architecture. That's in addition to Dell's own recently open-sourced Crowbar tool for OpenStack deployment and configuration. According to a blog by Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution Product... more »
ACTA Provisions Reach from the Grave in CETA (But Don't Panic Yet)

ACTA Provisions Reach from the Grave in CETA (But Don't Panic Yet)

It seems that the rejection of ACTA, Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement by the European Parliament has not discouraged the EU anyways, and this is why the European Union is putting up efforts to push yet another anti piracy agreement, called CETA. The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) is better known as the Trojan Horse of ACTA, and the EU is accused of pushing it by the back door. If this controversial deal cracks, it may force the internet service providers to hand over the personal details of anyone suspected of infringing copyright online. The worst thing is that the CETA includes all... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.