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The Strange and Wonderful Second Life of Microsoft Windows Azure

The Strange and Wonderful Second Life of Microsoft Windows Azure

At today's Meet Windows Azure webcast, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie expanded significantly on yesterday's major Windows Azure platform improvements, including persistent virtual machine support - and while the technical details are definitely interesting, the real news is Microsoft's newfound dedication to eliminating cloud vendor lock-in and platform dependence as it promotes openness and developer partnerships. It's a second lease on life for Microsoft's cloud platform play. It's something I already discussed a little bit earlier today, when talking about AppFog and Apprenda's newfound partnerships with Microsoft and Windows Azure. But early in the presentation, Guthrie highlighted the new Azure... more »
IBM in the Real World and Into the Future - Watson Was Only the Beginning From IBM Research

IBM in the Real World and Into the Future - Watson Was Only the Beginning From IBM Research

David McQueeney, VP of Software at IBM Research, dropped in on the theCube for a discussion on Watson and other projects.  McQueeney covered the range of IBM’s worldwide software research in the discussion, sharing history, goals, and accomplishments along the way.  The video can be seen here. Watson and Deep Blue On the topic of what business reasons had brought Watson to light, McQueeney talked about going back to the infamous Deep Blue chess match, where a machine beat a famous chess master.  The use case being that IBM at the time felt computing had advanced to the point that analytics could... more »
Samsung Appoints New CEO as Court Battle Looms

Samsung Appoints New CEO as Court Battle Looms

As Samsung gets ready to square up to Apple over the latter’s attempt to have its new Galaxy S III device banned from US markets, the electronics powerhouse has appointed Kwon Oh-hyun as its new CEO. The current chief of Samsung’s hugely successful chips and display components arm, Kwon takes over the top job at Samsung Electronics having cemented the company’s position as the world’s leader in memory chips, having accumulated almost 50% of the global market share. Kwon, 59, replaces the outgoing incumbent Choi Gee-sung, who is all set to assume the role of head of corporate strategy at Samsung Group,... more »
Microsoft Makes Big Azure Changes, Can't Keep Mum on the Cloud

Microsoft Makes Big Azure Changes, Can't Keep Mum on the Cloud

Cloud computing is the talk of the town this week. Oracle made major announcements about their cloud strategy. Hewlett-Packard announced it is working on a new offering called Enterprise Cloud Services – Virtual Private Cloud, which comes only a few weeks after the company announced a new public cloud service. Even Red Hat had cloud news this month; it took a step away from its promises to deliver a complete infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform with CloudForms and repositioned the offering as a management layer for IaaS. Not to be outdone, Microsoft announced its own long list of cloud news yesterday. The company... more »
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HP Reveals New Autonomy-Powered “Meaning” Platform

Hewlett-Packard has invested over $10 billion in British analytics firm Autonomy, and soon after that its software was integrated with Vertica infrastructure. The offering is touted as a hybrid platform that covers both unstructured and structured streams, and has faced some criticism along the way. This week HP reaffirmed its plans for its massive investment in big data with the debut of the awkwardly -named HP Autonomy Optimost Clickstream Analytics software. The premise is that Clickstream doesn’t just structure and quantify data, but rather extracts more valuable meaning, or insight if you will, out of user behavior. Autonomy CEO Andrew Joiner, who... more »
Cloud-Gaming Service Gaikai Inks Deal With Machinima

Cloud-Gaming Service Gaikai Inks Deal With Machinima

It looks like cloud-gaming service Gaikai is looking into being more than just a game-streaming service for gamers—but they’re looking at a foray into gaming centered TV scheduling. Earlier this week, the cloud-gaming outfit announced a deal with gaming video network Machinima; together they will seek to bring popular gaming-related entertainment to Gaikai’s open platform. Reported by GamePolitics, Machinima has a broad audience and a notable impact that they’ve gathered through being a YouTube channel with a multitude of partners. According to Gaikai, the channel reaches an audience of 168 million gamers, who viewed more than 1.61 billion videos in the... more »
How To Avoid Android Apps that Sneak Past Google's Bouncer

How To Avoid Android Apps that Sneak Past Google's Bouncer

Google prides itself with Bouncer, the security measure they launched early this year to filter malicious apps on Google Play before they can be downloaded by Android users.  If you’re an Android user, knowing this fact makes you feel secured that apps on Google Play will not bring harm to you or your Android device.  But unfortunately, Bouncer is not flawless, as some malicious apps are still able to sneak past Google's security checks. Bouncer is flawed In an interview with Forbes, security researchers Charlie Miller and Jon Oberheide discussed how Bouncer actually works and how malicious apps gets through security check. Google... more »
AI On The Rise: Getting a Piece of Siri and Glimpses of the Future

AI On The Rise: Getting a Piece of Siri and Glimpses of the Future

Ever since the inception of computers, tech enthusiasts have striven to improve how these machines interact with the world around them. To some extent, improvements have sprung from the idea of mimicking the creator’s way of thinking that gave birth to what we know now as artificial intelligence (AI). As the gap of “intelligence” gets smaller and smaller, several industries have nurtured interest in this technology. Future For weeks, we have reviewed innovations around AI. But day by day, there seems to be no stopping the experts on delivering new discoveries and innovations. One article is not enough to roundup countless of... more »
Public Networks Facing a Capacity Crisis, Warns Intel GM

Public Networks Facing a Capacity Crisis, Warns Intel GM

Just about the only thing that Intel Data Center Group General Manager Pauline Nist worries about in the future of IT is that the Internet is facing a capacity crisis. And with the huge growth in traffic from mobile devices, and the carriers promising 4G and 5G service, she only expects the problem to get worse. “It's not getting fiber to my home that concerns me, it's whose handling the backhaul and what capacity they have,” she says. The public network is already showing signs of maxing out. “Remember in March Madness when they had to cap the number of people who... more »
VMWare's New Social Enterprise Sales Strategy: Make SocialCast Free

VMWare's New Social Enterprise Sales Strategy: Make SocialCast Free

VMWare announced its enterprise social network platform, SocialCast, is now free for up to 50 users. VMWare acquired SocialCast last summer as a component of its larger strategy to drive modernization in enterprise collaboration. VMWare may still be working toward  the grand strategy, but in the interim the company has to deal with increasing competition within the enterprise social space. VMWare’s price drop for SocialCast is clearly an effort to draw attention for the platform that must compete with giants like Oracle and Salesforce, smaller pure play vendors like Jive, Yammer and Telligent as well as a growing number of social... 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.