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Cisco Revamps its Video Strategy, Buys NDS for $5BN

Cisco just announced the latest multi-billion acquisition in the IT industry: they've revealed their plans to buy out NDS Group, a provider of video streaming technology, for a resounding $5 billion. Cisco had several video-related initiatives up until a few months ago, when it pulled the plug on its Flip unit and more recently, announcing that it will no longer be shipping any new umi videoconferencing units. Nevertheless video remains a big focus for Cisco in the enterprise sector, and this latest development seems to take things to a whole new level. NDS names British Sky Broadcasting and DirecTV among its high profile... more »
Don't Be a Hero, Be Good At Your Job

Don't Be a Hero, Be Good At Your Job

"The guy who sucks, is somehow the hero, because it takes time," writes Michael Stahnke, a community manager at Puppet Labs. "The guy who doesn’t look busy, because he did it right the first time, is overlooked, upset, and eventually changes jobs; which really only validates the hero." That's Stahnke's take on what he calls "hero culture" and along with the pro-stupid attitude of many IT managers, it's one of the worst problems in IT teams. " One place I worked at went from fire-fighting to very proactive in about 2 years," Stahnke writes. "In the end that team was... more »
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Salesforce.com: Social Isn't Just For Sales and Marketing

Here at the San Francisco stop of the Cloudforce touring conference, Salesforce.com is extending play to be all things cloud to all people with the introduction of its Salesforce Rypple social performance management and Salesforce Site.com social-backed, CRM-integrated website building tools. It's all part of what the company bills as the second generation of social enterprise tools - a generation that brings social from sales and marketing into the business at large. It's important to note that Salesforce.com does not have the lock on social tools and their use across the various silos of the modern organization. Activity stream technology is really... more »
EMC Leading the Storage War with Record Sales, IDC Says

EMC Leading the Storage War with Record Sales, IDC Says

Storage giant EMC has earned its title, according to the latest IDC report on the storage market. The research firm found that sales in this particular industry reached an all time high of almost $3.8 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. The yearly revenue of $14.16 billion is also the highest recorded to date. IDC dug deeper, looking into how these numbers break down between the largest vendors out there: EMC came up first, accounting for 25.7 percent of total sales.  Symantec followed with a margin of over 10 percent at 15.4 per cent, and IBM snatched up 14.2... more »
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Presidential Candidates Are Doing the Obama

The U.S. Presidential election is just a few months away, and campaigning has come a long way since 2007.  Before, during the campaign period, you’d see thousands of fliers, posters, leaflets etc. making their way to the streets, but now, these candidates are heading to the streets of cyberspace, particularly social networking sites, paving their campaign trails with digital diligence. Do the Obama Since President Barack Obama’s win in 2008’s Presidential election, candidates are now looking to “Do an Obama” - meaning they want to leverage social networking sites to gain supporters.  But using social media as a platform for election campaign may... more »
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New Media Minute: One-third of U.S. Adults to Own a Tablet by 2016; What it Means for Online Video Ads

Forrester expects that 112.5 million adults, or one-third of the adult population, will own a tablet by 2016, a revision of its previous forecast of 82.1 million. That's a huge jump, but it's not just from the iPad3 announced last week. The increase is due to the success of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet too, Forrester says. But what do these figures mean for online video? For more details on how tablets may usher in an era of high engagement and completion rates for online video, check out this week's New Media Minute. [Thanks, Daisy.]... more »
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Infineta Gets Thumbs Up from Ovum

Infineta Systems, a WAN optimization company that set its eyes on ‘big traffic,’ managed to impress Ovum – an independent research firm that provides IT analysis. The latest Ovum Technology Audit  focuses on Infineta, and the way it aims to differentiates itself from other offerings. Principal Analyst Roy Illsley said this in an official quote commenting about the company’s Data Mobility Switch: “We decided to profile Infineta’s approach to WAN optimization because it approaches the key challenges faced by the WAN optimization industry in terms of serving high-end enterprises, and provides organizations with a solution to accelerating their critical traffic between data... more »
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Tips for Waiting in Line for the New iPad and Other Mobile News

Today’s mobile roundup fetures Samsung’s blocked bid for Apple product injunction, fanbois preparing for the new iPad to hit shelves, Nokia’s upcoming tablet, and more. Samsung Samsung was denied by a Hague court to pursue their injunction against Apple for infringing standards-essential patents. "The Dutch court said on Wednesday it cannot be said that Apple didn't comply with the clauses on FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms, so Apple is allowed to sell their products (in Netherlands) but that also means Apple should negotiate with Samsung on royalties," said Samsung Electronics' spokesman James Chung. Samsung is also awaiting the result of European Commission’s investigation as... more »
Support Meets Immersion in HP Mobile App-Driven Service [Video Interview]

Support Meets Immersion in HP Mobile App-Driven Service [Video Interview]

Computer game developers like to talk about the “immersive experience” their products provide. HP has come close to creating its own immersive experience mobile app for customers, but instead of a game this free app turns the customer's tablet into a window into his IT environment and HP's service and support. The app provides direct access to information on the systems HP is monitoring, ranging from the status of the service contract or warranty on each covered device in the customer's environment to the status of any active trouble tickets, to direct chat connections to the right service person, in the... more »
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FalconStor Looks to New Horizon, Reports Growth for 4Q11

Backup appliances maker FalconStor Software reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, displaying growth after the turmoil the company has been through in the past couple of years. “We are very pleased that we exceeded $25.0 million in total revenue for Q4 2011, an increase of over $6.5 million, or 35% from Q3 2011,” said Jim McNiel, president and CEO of FalconStor. “This reflects continued growth and momentum in our business and the markets we serve.” In 2011 the company generated in $82.9 million, just marginally more than the $82.8 million it reported for the previous year.  GAAP net... more »

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- 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!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.