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Google Relies on Social + Local Search in Latest Ad Push

Google Relies on Social + Local Search in Latest Ad Push

There are two sectors search and advertising have yet to dominate: social and local.  But recent rumors indicate that Google's hoping to kill two birds with one stone, beating Facebook to the punch by leveraging its widespread products and building on its long-standing dominance in the search advertising space. Google in the past has tried to capture the local business ad market with several attempts, but most of them suffered from one misstep or another. The search engine giant is at it again, planning as early as July the launch of its small business services, Business Builder, to crack the local... more »
Can IBM Get Back their Storage Mojo? Truskowski Tells All [Video]

Can IBM Get Back their Storage Mojo? Truskowski Tells All [Video]

IBM takes a unified approach to storage, servers, software, and service, IBM General Manager for Storage and Networking Brian Truskowski said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube at IBM's first formal storage conference, IBM Edge (see full video below). “We're focused on innovation and integration at the same time.... Our ability to integrate our broad software portfolio, our broad services portfolio, is a unique value-add we can bring to our clients and … our business partners. That's where the real value is delivered to our clients.” The recent IBM PureSystems, announcement, IBM's Expert Integrated Systems reference design, is designed to... more »
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Facebook to Settle Yahoo Patent Dispute, Give Access to Kids, and Let Users Vote on Privacy Policy

Facebook has been in the headlines since their IPO and Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding.  Some were quite disappointed with their initial public offering, stating that that ship sailed in 2009 and the 2012 IPO was way too late.  Still, it’s quite early to say if Facebook’s IPO was amiss. Aside from the IPO and Zuck’s wedding, Facebook continues to stir the cauldron making people question the social networking giant’s future. Facebook and Yahoo! to settle patent dispute According to a report from AllThingsD, Facebook and Yahoo execs have been hammering their brains in order to end their ongoing patent dispute. Yahoo filed a lawsuit against... more »
Vodafone Xone Hackathon Brings Expertmaker AI Insights to Mobile

Vodafone Xone Hackathon Brings Expertmaker AI Insights to Mobile

The information ecology is a wild one, a jungle mired with millions of information sources bombarding people from every direction, each one vying for their attention. Storage and networking are no longer the bottlenecks to getting the information now we’ve even got a term for it: “information overload.” News sites, blogs, social media—Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr—all of them contain a vast continuum of newsworthy and interesting information and now filtering that molten miasma of informatics at the personal level is becoming a problem. Enter the Vodafone AI Hackathon happening the weekend of June 8to 10 in Redwood City, CA to bring... more »
Nintendo to Bring Something Unique to E3 With the Wii U

Nintendo to Bring Something Unique to E3 With the Wii U

Ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, Nintendo already unveiled details about their upcoming gaming console Wii U.  The company needs to make a huge comeback after disappointing sales for the DS3 and the 2006 Wii console.  They need to prove that they’re still in the game. In a video released on their YouTube channel, Nintendo president Saturo Iwata discusses how their company is bringing something unique for gamers at E3 on Tuesday. We can’t deny the fact that today’s technology is driving us away from each other as it keeps us together.  Confusing right?  Well, it’s not really.  If there’s... more »
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SAP Expands Its Amazon Web Services Play With All-in-One

SAP knows that pound-for-pound, it can't compete with Oracle and IBM in the cloud on its own, and so it's been using a partnership with Amazon Web Services to great effect rather than build something itself. That strategy expands into the SMB today with the announcement that SAP Business All-in-One is available for Linux and Windows, according to a blog entry by AWS evangelist Jeff Barr. That's not all the news SAP is announcing: the German database giant is now offering expanded certification programs for SAP Rapid Deployment and SAP Business Objects on Microsoft Server 2008 R2. But going back to Business... more »
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Zillow Makes a $40M Move into Rentals as Trulia Rivalry Heats Up

Real estate search engine Zillow has identified a big opportunity in the rental market, and was willing to pay $40 million in RentJuice to kick start its plans. Historically Zillow focused more on mortgages and homes for sale, but as rentals started taking up a bigger and bigger chunk of the pie, the company decided to adapt.  RentJuice, founded in 2009, currently lists one million units essentially that mark its parent company’s first big entry into this space. “Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff argues that he sees “a huge market opportunity in rentals. More than seventy percent of movers each year are renters and... more »
What We Talk About When We Talk About DevOps

What We Talk About When We Talk About DevOps

In a talk at the Atlassian Summit 2012 in San Francisco, DevOps Days founder (and current Atlassian contractor) Patrick Debois gave a talk called "DevOps Is A Verb," giving the best context on the history, position, and role of DevOps I've heard to date - while hinting that DevOps is simultaneously game-changing and a passing trend. Debois kicked off his talk with a historical analogy, likening DevOps to a commander in charge of anti-aircraft gunnery during World War II. The engineers can tell you the angle at which to fire the gun to maximize offense. The gunnery crew can aim and fire... more »
E3 Rumors: Is Microsoft Launching an AirPlay-Like Service?

E3 Rumors: Is Microsoft Launching an AirPlay-Like Service?

The E3 gaming industry conference is scheduled to kick off tomorrow, and word has it Microsoft has something big in store for Xbox 360 users. Word has it that the software giant has been working on something called Smart Glass, which will almost certainly be debuted at the conference. Last Friday it acquired 20 domain terms that related to this term – including XboxSmartGlass.com – and there are some reports that hint towards what could be behind the name. One rumor is that Smart Glass is in fact a tablet or some sort of other touch-screen that somehow supplements the console.  A... more »
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HP Discover 2012 Kicks Off with New Integration for ProLiant Gen8, NonStop and More

HP Discover 2012 officially kicked off today in Las Vegas, and will continue until June 7th.  The four-day event will showcase new innovations on Cloud Solutions, Security and Risk Management, and more. Here are some of the early announcements from HP Discover: Tributary announced the only native attachment of HP StoreOnce D2D De-Dupe to HP Nonstop Tributary Systems, the company that develops, sells and supports unified backup storage, remote replication and disaster recovery solutions, unveiled today the native attachment of the HP StoreOnce D2D De-duplication solution to HP NonStop Systems. "Now enterprises running mission critical applications on HP NonStop systems can take advantage of... more »

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- 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.

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- 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.