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Anonymous Members Spoke At SXSW About "We Are Legion" Documentary

Anonymous Members Spoke At SXSW About "We Are Legion" Documentary

March 6, 2012 was a dark day for the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous.  It was the day that the world learned the identity of “Sabu”, a leader of LulzSec whose real name is Hector Xavier Monsegur, and that he was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an informant which led to the arrest of five others.  Members of anonymous were outraged rather than frightened, and that led to various cyber attacks such as the defacement of Panda Security’s website, taking down of the Vatican website, and the unleashing of Symantec’s Norton Anivirus 2006 source code. As unreal as finding... more »
Pano Logic's 2011 Milestones, New Client-Facing Group

Pano Logic's 2011 Milestones, New Client-Facing Group

Virtual desktop solutions maker Pano Logic issued a couple of releases today, reporting some official figures indicating its growth in the past year, along with a major internal change. First up is Pano Logic’s performance for 2011. According to the company, it has seen more than  25 percent increase in revenue last year, thanks to a series of milestones including the launch of Pano System 5.0. We covered the update last year, the most notable addition being the added support for VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop, which opened up the solution to a much broader range of prospective users. “We reached a number... more »
Planning the Future is All About Flexibility, Says Producteev CEO [Q&A Series]

Planning the Future is All About Flexibility, Says Producteev CEO [Q&A Series]

Producteev is one of the many companies looking to the cloud in order to make our lives a little simpler.  With a task-management tool that integrates a series of prompts around the actions needed to complete your tasks, Producteev takes your to-do list and helps you execute around it.  Producteev is the difference between seeing your tasks and having the tools to complete them, all centralized into a single service. In today's Snapshot Profile we hear from Producteev's French-born founder and CEO Ilan Abehassera who discusses how his company leverages the cloud, his vision of the perfect artificial intelligence system, and a surprising collection... more »
Double Fine Adventure Crowdfunds $3.44M in Funding with KickStarter

Double Fine Adventure Crowdfunds $3.44M in Funding with KickStarter

Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site for creative projects, pooled a donation of $3,335,265 for Double Fine Adventure--crowdfunded and fan-driven, downloadable, point-and-click adventure game, making it their most funded project up-to-date. Kickstarter’s goal was to raise $400,000 for Double Fine but hit that in just eight hours since the fundraiser launch, it already achieved that and gotten $1 million in just 24 hours.  Double Fine now holds the record for the fastest and most funded project in Kickstarter’s portfolio. And because of the amount of funding Double Fine generated, Kickstarter announced that the game will launch on Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android in addition... more »
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Intel to Sell Chips for Tablets Amidst Shaken Up Chip Industry

Intel COO Brian Krzanich announced that the world’s biggest chipmaker, which largely manufactures chips for PCs, is going to get into the tablet chips business as well. They’ve already negotiated with suppliers to meet growing demand. Krzanich is known to speak with authority being one of the men on top of a global chip-manufacturing operation. “We will start to see more and more of our capacity and our output go to things that are mobile, like phones and tablets and other devices,” he tells the global newswire. While Intel remains on top of the chip market with 300 million units manufactured a year,... more »
Hacker Group The Consortium "Exposes" 72,000 Users from Porn Site Digital Playground

Hacker Group The Consortium "Exposes" 72,000 Users from Porn Site Digital Playground

If there’s anything that we’ve learned from 2011, it’s that hackers like pornography… Or at least they like to hack into pornography websites, steal the usernames and passwords, personal information, and credit card numbers. This is possibly because as an industry, these websites attract a great deal of users and also possibly it’s because they’re not often run with the best security in the business thus making them low hanging fruit. Almost 72,000 users of the porn website Digital Playground had their personal data “exposed” and the hacker group The Consortium claims responsibility for the theft, reports technology website Techworld. The stolen... more »
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Why SSD Based Arrays and Storage Appliances can be a Good Idea (Part II)

This is the second of a two part post about why storage arrays and appliances with SSD drives can be a good idea, here is link to the first post. So again, why would putting drive form factor SSDs be a bad idea for existing storage systems, arrays and appliances? Benefits of SSD drive in storage systems, arrays and appliances: Familiarity with customers who buy and use these devices Reduces time to market enabling customers to innovate via deployment Establish comfort and confidence with SSD technology for customers Investment protection of currently installed technology (hardware and software) Interoperability with existing interfaces, infrastructure, tools and policies Reliability, availability and... more »
How Ironic - Social Media Companies Have the Lowest Customer Service Rankings

How Ironic - Social Media Companies Have the Lowest Customer Service Rankings

Zendesk runs help desks for 15,000 customers. The company recently crunched the data from these customers, analyzed it and as a result has set benchmarks for what companies should strive for in their customer service efforts. The results are reinforcing in what you might think of in terms of what works with customer service. But more interesting is who is doing a great job and who is not. As part of its report, Zendesk cites global survey developed by Genesys that found customer service costs companies $338 billion per year. About 82% of Americans said they stopped doing business with a company... more »
DevOps Dossier: OrangeScape

DevOps Dossier: OrangeScape

OrangeScape is a platform-as-a-service, but unlike "general computing PaaSes" like Heroku or Google App Engine, OrangeScape Studio provides a point-and-click interface for building business apps, most comparable to Salesforce.com's Force.com platform. Apps built with OrangeScape can be deployed automatically either on-premises using Eucalyptus or to Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine or Windows Azure. While DevOps is typically focused on getting developers and operations on the same page, what about IT and business users? The enterprise's bog of Lotus Notes or Microsoft Access databases and advanced Excel spreadsheets can eventually create IT headaches. IT doesn't know how to support these... more »
Former Yahoo Employee Sides with Facebook in Patent "Envy" Dispute

Former Yahoo Employee Sides with Facebook in Patent "Envy" Dispute

Andy Baio, a former Yahoo employee, is siding with Facebook in the Yahoo-Facebook patent dispute. In an article on Wired, Baio relays his story of how his patents, which he thought would be used to defend Yahoo, are now being used as a missile against Facebook.  In 2005, Yahoo acquired Upcoming.org, the collaborative events calendar Baio launched two years prior, followed by the acquisition of Del.icio.us and Webjay.  They were asked by Yahoo to “file patents for anything and everything we’d invented while working on Upcoming.org.” Baio claims that “Yahoo assured us that their patent portfolio was a precautionary measure, to defend... 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.