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Panorama9 Launches IT Dashboard, New Feature in the US

Panorama9 Launches IT Dashboard, New Feature in the US

Panorama9 is a Danish startup that focuses on general-purpose IT solutions in the cloud.  And that has been working out pretty well for the company so far. Their platform is targeting small to midsized enterprises’ IT administrative tasks, covering a pretty long list ranging from inventory management and distribution, to the more creative obligation of monitoring the monitoring system. Now Panorama9 is making this solution available to US customers, a big milestone that the web-based dashboard has passed after finally gaining an adequate international user base to support it. The announcement is coupled with  the news that a startup added a  new... more »
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Future of Data Storage and Supercomputing: See-Thru Silicon & Diamond Quantum Computers

If you think about the technological promise of the future, you could say that our  innovative advancements have just begun. There’s still so much more to look forward to, and what happens in science fiction stories may not be so farfetched after all. Researchers at Rice University are currently working on transparent, flexible memory chips that could bring see-through mobile devices to life. “The new type of memory could combine with the likes of transparent electrodes developed at Rice for flexible touchscreens and transparent integrated circuits and batteries developed at other labs in recent years,” says chemist James Tour. See the entire Future Big Data... more »
Revision3-Discovery Deal Not Likely to Go Down

Revision3-Discovery Deal Not Likely to Go Down

Revision3 is a veteran independent broadcasting site that shares some common ground with Hulu, with the exception that the startup produces and streams its own content. Web users are showing their appreciation with over 100 million views every month, and they’re also clicking more ads than ever – revenue increased by 53 percent in 2011, according to Revision. This makes the company a potentially very strong acquisition target, and that’s the rumor Eric Eldon picked up this week. Citing his sources, Eldon says that Revision3 has been involved in acquisition talks for the past couple of weeks, and an agreement may... more »
Correction:  Violin Memory Raises $90 Million at $850m Valuation, IPO Due Soon

Correction: Violin Memory Raises $90 Million at $850m Valuation, IPO Due Soon

{Update:  According to SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier, the reported numbers by AllThingsD is a bit low.  SiliconANGLE has learned from sources close to the company that Violin's latest round was actually $90 million at $850 million valuation.  Violin is filling a big unmet need in flash memory for new converged infrastructure devices and networks.  It's storage that is the biggest bottleneck in creating a faster experience for apps and users.  Violin and FusionIO hope that spinning disks will soon be a thing for backup only.} The flash market is heating up, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned.  Violin... more »
Nokia to Sell the Well-Appointed 808 PureView this Month

Nokia to Sell the Well-Appointed 808 PureView this Month

Today’s mobile news roundup features Nokia's plans to start selling PureView by May, Barnes & Noble's plans to incorporate NFC in stores, another New York city that gets free AT&T WiFi and more. Nokia PureView available in May 2012 At the Mobile World Congress last February, Nokia unveiled the 808 PureView, which features a large, high-resolution 41-megapixel sensor with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology.  The device is able to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of detail.  It works very well in low-light, and has the ability to save... more »
Web Pioneer Jon Mittelhauser Signs On With OpenStack Service Provider Nebula

Web Pioneer Jon Mittelhauser Signs On With OpenStack Service Provider Nebula

Jon Mittelhauser, a former member of the team that created original web browser MOSAIC and a founding engineer at Netscape Communications Corporation, is bringing his experience  to OpenStack-based private cloud appliance vendor Nebula, the company started by former NASA IT executives and OpenStack project founders, as its new VP of Engineering. Mittelhauser's resume is one of the most impressive in the tech sector: Not only did he helm MOSAIC, as I mentioned before, he was also responsible for the initiatives that made browser plug-ins, Java and JavaScript integral to the modern web experience, especially within the enterprise. Before landing at Nebula, Mittelhauser... more »
Signpost Raises $3.5M, Hires Sales VP

Signpost Raises $3.5M, Hires Sales VP

Signpost offers an advertising platform to small and medium businesses that resembles Google AdWords in a lot of areas, with the expectation of a fancier-looking dashboard that offers different functionality. That includes metrics with deeper location integration, or at least a bit more visualized than you would expect.  There's also some built-in CMS features such as social page and newsletter management, and a ‘Merchant Center’ for coupons. Signpost has a publisher network that covers 35 million users, and is looking to appeal to SMBs by offering the service for a fixed fee of $99/month rather than a revenue share. This idea... more »
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IBM Leaders Discuss Impact and Vision of IBM Storage Portfolio [Video]

There’s plenty of buzz around the storage portfolio, particularly how storage technology can lower costs, improve performance, and provide higher-quality services to business. That’s where IBM storage technology comes into play. IBM’s Storage Portfolio Strategist Randy Arseneau and VP of storage portfolio Ed Walsh talk to Wikibon’s Chief Analyst Dave Vellante about IBM's commitment to storage technology, their culture and vision. Arseneau started the conversation with IMB’s future commitment to storage technology business unit in response to Vellante's question.  Arseneau said IBM’s storage portfolio was not on track for several years, but after the acquisition of Essex and leveraging their products... more »
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 »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.