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Cloud in a Box? Meet IBM's PaaS in a Box

Cloud in a Box? Meet IBM's PaaS in a Box

The IBM Impact event this week is a clear reminder that the big enterprise technology vendors are banking on customers consolidating their data centers with the DevOps movement playing a focal role. But it's IBM's take that will sure to create much debate. IBM is pushing the integration of business process management and development tools with APIs to connect to apps.  And it all gets wrapped into IBM's new PureApplication System,  a new age mainframe it calls "PaaS in a Box," that combines development and virtualization environments into one box. It gives the customer what they need, namely, optimization, consolidation, a... more »
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RIM CEO Rocks BlackBerry World 2012, Demos New Prototype

BlackBerry World 2012 is in full swing at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Florida.  The three-day conference opened today and will run through Thursday, May 3. Though Research in Motion already announced that they won’t be unveiling any new devices during the event, people are still curious as to what RIM had prepared for the event. New CEO delivers keynote Thorsten Heins is RIM’s new CEO and this is his first BlackBerry World - there’s a world of expectations.  Will he give a boring keynote speech?  Will he be able to deliver?  Will he be able to capture the interest of the crowd... more »
HOW TO: Spot the Right Consumer Cloud for Your Media

HOW TO: Spot the Right Consumer Cloud for Your Media

The entrée a big name like Google is confirmation of the unwavering demand for cloud storage.  The evolution of data and technology has brought us to the new school of storage, accessed via web service APIs, cloud gateways and web-based interfaces. Today we present a multi-dimensional comparison of cloud storage heavyweights and the unanswered questions surrounding the booming market. What the experts say In lieu of the much awaited launch, Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome and Apps enumerated some of the capabilities of Google Drive and how to install it, in his Google Blog. “Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google... more »
Flashback Trojan Sought $10,000 Per Day in Google Ad Revenue Fraud

Flashback Trojan Sought $10,000 Per Day in Google Ad Revenue Fraud

According to the security outfit Symantec, the Flashback Trojan discovered to be infecting over 600,000 Mac OSX machines has a variant that may have net the botnet owners potentially up to $10,0000 a day. The malware targets Google advertisements in a click-fraud scheme that redirects users clicks from the targeted at to the botnet’s accounts. Symantec dubbed the variant OSX.Flashback.K and it used some wily controls to manipulate browser clicks to Google advertisements by loading itself into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari where it intercepts GET HTTP commands from the browser. A blog post in Symantec explained how the malware functioned: “Flashback specifically... more »
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Webby Awardee Pinterest Still Plagued By Spammers and Scammers

Pinterest was a big winner at the Webby Awards, taking the medal for best social media app, as well as the people's voice award for best functioning visual design by the The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The awards just shows how much people love and use Pinterest,  but is that really a good thing in this day and age?  With spammers taking advantage of popular web outlets, Pinterest's success has its downside. Spammers and scammers plague Pinterest Pinterest is plagued by a lot of spammers and scammers who trick people into doing things like downloading applications, injecting malware that acquires a... more »
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The Social Good of Facebook Reiterated with Organ Donor Status

If you thought that Facebook is just a waste of your precious time and no one really benefits from the social networking site, then Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement may just change your mind. Connecting organ donors with recipients In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg  discussed how the a new Facebook tool could actually save lives. Finding organ donors is not easy even for the wealthy, because if you can’t find a match, not even money can save your life.  Talking to his med-student girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, mostly about Facebook and the kids she deals... more »
ActiveState Adds Control, Debugging with Stackato 1.2

ActiveState Adds Control, Debugging with Stackato 1.2

ActiveState, a software development solutions maker, launched the latest version of its so-called private, development-centric PaaS. The multi-stack, platform-agnostic moto persists, only with a few extra touches that aim to make Stackato a bit better than what it used to be. Version 1.2 features several new additions. One of the major updates is support for file-system services, which means that an application like Drupal can more easily share data across multiple instances within the cloud environment. ActiveState also added ‘app store features’ for admins to better manage applications’ lifecycle. That includes a simplified deployment console and a configurable Stackato App Store that... more »
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RIM Bets on Blackberry 10, HTML5 for Survival

To guarantee its survival, BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has decided to stake everything on the future Blackberry 10 platform. RIM on Tuesday presented initial software tools for developers, BB10 beta development toolkits and the BlackBerry 10 Developer Alpha device, looking to develop applications for its new Blackberry 10 platform. The BlackBerry 10 platform announcement is perhaps the most crucial launch in its mobile ecosystem to date, expected to hit the market later this year. RIM's BlackBerry World 2012 event kicked off today in Orlando, Florida is the most important annual event for the BlackBerry ecosystem, and is the place... more »
Is Microsoft Hyper-V Free?

Is Microsoft Hyper-V Free?

What is the real effective cost of Microsoft Hyper-V for data centers using Microsoft Windows Server-based products? Scott Lowe, former CIO, founder and managing consultant of The 1610 Group, and Wikibon.org analyst, argues that effectively Hyper-V is free in his latest Wikibon post, “Leveraging Hyper-V economics to simplify the CIO role”.  And he proves his point with an analysis of Windows pricing. Of course Hyper-V is free in the sense that Microsoft gives away a basic version of Hyper-V. The problem is that while that version might be sufficient for small installations, it does not provide the advanced features that large,... more »
The Future of the Smartphone Market: Getting Smarter

The Future of the Smartphone Market: Getting Smarter

Have you noticed  how feature phones are becoming obsolete as people turn to smartphones?  It seems everything today revolves around smartphones, but these consumer-centric devices impact our personal lives and the global economy much more than we think. What is a smartphone? According to the newest report from Juniper Research, a smartphone is “a handset which can download and install applications via a cellular network which are native to their operating system, with a dedicated storefront for distributing these applications to all users of the OS. So dissecting Juniper’s definition, a smartphone is not simply defined by QWERTY keyboards, a touch-screen,  access to... more »

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- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.