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Google Drive Sparks Security Concerns but It’s Not that Different From Other Personal Cloud Offerings

Google Drive Sparks Security Concerns but It’s Not that Different From Other Personal Cloud Offerings

The much-anticipated, somewhat anticlimactic launch of Google Drive has finally landed on the digital shores amid the personal cloud market. Like every other cloud-storage service available to individuals such as Dropbox, Box.net, Skydrive, and similar it comes with a privacy policy and a terms of service that has raised some eyebrows about how their data might be treated in the personal cloud. We’ve already seen these concerns before crop up when the FTC made a brief foray towards investigating Dropbox’s practices and then the cloud-storage service modified its Terms of Service. Much of the problems that people have had with the... more »
HotelTonight Expands Last Minute Hotel Deals Internationally

HotelTonight Expands Last Minute Hotel Deals Internationally

HotelTonight, the iPhone and Android app for hotel booking, is going international. The made-for-mobile app is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android in Canada with initial hotel booking offerings in Toronto and Vancouver and plans to add other Canadian and international cities later this year. The app is built for last minute travelers who decide to stay in the city for the night rather than head home.  The mobile app offers hotels ranging from luxurious rooms to basic rooms when you just need a place to crash. With Canadian support, you can now pay for the room using Canadian... more »
Bye Bye Box Vendors, Hello Cloud - Google Drive's Big Threat

Bye Bye Box Vendors, Hello Cloud - Google Drive's Big Threat

The Google Drive formula is one often repeated these days by startups. Provide a dead-simple service that anyone can use. Open it up to developers. And make it something the business customer will find enticing due to its low price and fit with other services. Google Drive is already proving to be a well-executed service. It poses an obvious threat to the small players. But the big strategic threat is to the legacy, big box storage vendors. Google Drive is robust enough that differentiation will need to be considerable by its competitors. Google Drive's pricing and collaboration strengths give it a clear edge.... more »
Vibanko.com Closure Imminent: Move Those Bitcoins Before May 1st

Vibanko.com Closure Imminent: Move Those Bitcoins Before May 1st

It looks like the Bitcoin e-wallet service Vibanko.com by Bitcoin Consultancy—who also run the Bitcoin exchange Intersango —will be shutting down by May 1st 2012. An e-mail from Vibanko CTO Patrick Strateman has been sent out to warn about the imminent closure. A short warning appears on the Vibanko.com website as an announcement: Vibanko is no longer being maintained. Please move any remaining funds to Intersango by April 30th. Originally started as a response to what happened to Mybitcoin.com when the site went AWOL with over $250,000 worth of Bitcoins, Vibanko was implemented in order to fill the niche of a trustworthy e-wallet service that... more »
60% of STEM Students Change Majors and 43% of STEM Graduates Work In Other Fields [Infographic]

60% of STEM Students Change Majors and 43% of STEM Graduates Work In Other Fields [Infographic]

Of those that graduate with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees 43% end up working in other fields. Those figures are from an infographic that draws on reporting from The New York Times and a study from Georgetown University. The statistics paint a dismal picture. According to The Times: "Studies have found that roughly 40 percent of students planning engineering and science majors end up switching to other subjects or failing to get any degree. That increases to as much as 60 percent when pre-medical students, who typically have the strongest SAT scores and high school science preparation, are... more »
How To: Take Advantage of HTML5 Trends and Tools

How To: Take Advantage of HTML5 Trends and Tools

HTML5 is already making its mark on today’s internet era by overcoming the limitations of its Flash and HMTL predecessors. The unification of HTML and XHTML syntax and the introduction of application programming interfaces (APIs) are good examples. HTML5 also simplified multimedia and graphical content management without having to rely on proprietary plugins and APIs. Simply put, the videos and photo apps that we enjoy using today are predominantly being supported by this platform. Created by Opera Software, HTML has been a core technology of the internet. The 5th revision, or HTML5, has made multimedia more readable by humans and understandable... more »
AmazonLocal Upgrade Addresses "Daily Deal Fatigue"

AmazonLocal Upgrade Addresses "Daily Deal Fatigue"

I’m an avid fan of daily deals sites.  I just love getting great deals on spas and restaurants.  But the one thing I hate about offers from daily deals sites is that they aren’t target specific.  I really don’t like getting deals for power drills and I doubt that guys enjoy getting offers for bikini or armpit waxing. Good thing Amazon listens to their consumers. Targeted deals Amazon is bringing their famous recommendation technology to AmazonLocal, their daily deals arm.  AmazonLocal now lets users create a profile where they can denote preferences  (like, dislike, neutral) for a number of categories, ranging from entertainment... more »
Instagram: Rise of the Billion Dollar App [Report]

Instagram: Rise of the Billion Dollar App [Report]

This week Distimo published its latest report on Instagram. “The Rise of Instagram and the Significance of the First Billion Dollar App Acquisition” highlights how Facebook's acquisition marks a significant achievement in the mobile app store landscape. Launched in October 2010, Instagram's app grew from less than 10,000 daily downloads upon its release to more than 100,000 over several days in April 2012. The US saw an increase with seven times more downloads than normal up to and including March 2012. The number of shares to Twitter also increased more than 10 fold. After the acquisition by Facebook and the release of  theirAndroid app, Instagram downloads... more »
Google Admits to Removing Java Code from Android after Oracle Lawsuit

Google Admits to Removing Java Code from Android after Oracle Lawsuit

The “copyright phase” of the Google-Oracle trial reached its end with Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt giving his testimony.  They will move on to the “patent phase” of the trial after the jury decides whether Google is guilty or not of copyright infringement. Rubin, Day 3 Before the "copyright phase" of the trial ended, Android chief Andy Rubin, appeared for the third time in court along with another Google witness, former Google engineer Dan Bornstein. Bornstein stated that he removed some elements of Java from Android last year after Oracle filed their case in court.  He explained that the Java elements came... more »
Wiggio Gains 1M Users for Student-Driven Cloud Collaboration

Wiggio Gains 1M Users for Student-Driven Cloud Collaboration

Wiggio is a Boston-based cloud collaboration startup that’s working its way up the same niche market that helped spawn at least one other incredibly fast-growing network – students. And Wiggio is surprisingly similar to Facebook in that its hosting service puts a huge emphasis on the social element and collaboration. The Boston Herald reported that the company has officially crossed the one million user milestone as of this week, now that the cloud firm is expanding outside the campus population, though students remain the focus for Wiggio. “Our thing is to give students the functionality they need to get things done,” a... more »

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- George Gilbert

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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.

- 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.