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Microsoft Launches Government Office 365 Cloud

Microsoft Launches Government Office 365 Cloud

As the US Government's appetite for cloud services hits a marked upswing, Microsoft has opened a Microsoft Office 365 community cloud specifically for federal agencies to move their productivity and collaboration apps to the cloud. Office 365 for Government, as Microsoft is calling it, contains the entire roster of Microsoft productivity solutions, including Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Professional Plus. Microsoft can already boast compliance with ISO 27001, SAS70 Type II, EU Safe Harbor, EU Model Clauses, the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the US Federal Information Security Management... more »
Mass Governor Creates Big Data Initiative Announces Supports for R&D and Big Data Incubator HackReduce

Mass Governor Creates Big Data Initiative Announces Supports for R&D and Big Data Incubator HackReduce

Governor Deval Patrick today announced the creation of the Massachusetts Big Data Initiative, a number of steps and initiatives that will expand Massachusetts’ position as a world leader in the rapidly expanding Big Data sector. Massachusetts houses some of the biggest industries that can leverage so called "big data" - biotech, information technology, healthcare, academic, the hottest areas hyperscale mobile, social and cloud tech, and defense verticals. Big data is about the intersection between people and machines.   As commented at EMCWorld on SiliconANGLE.tv, Big Data represents a disruptive, wealth creation, society changing historic inflection point that is comparable to the PC revolution... more »
Amazon Instant Video Streaming Arrives on Xbox 360

Amazon Instant Video Streaming Arrives on Xbox 360

In it’s continuing gambit to insert itself into the living room as the center of entertainment, Microsoft has brought Amazon’s instant video to its Xbox 360 video game console.  This is part of an ongoing trend of bringing the already nearly-ubiquitous video game console into the Internet-streaming market. We’ve seen a lot of shifting going on when it comes to set-top-boxes, especially in the vein of looking at the cable market. While Xbox already has a great deal of downloadable content, they’ve also been wheeling and dealing with cable companies in order to give Xbox LIVE gold members better access to... more »
Cisco Study Projects Internet Traffic will Quadruple by 2016

Cisco Study Projects Internet Traffic will Quadruple by 2016

Cisco issued the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2011-2016) that shows the growth and trends in the global IP traffic.  According to the forecast, the volume of information circulating the Internet is expected to multiply by four, reaching 1.3 zettabytes by 2016. The report reveals an increase in IP traffic expected to travel by public and private networks, including managed IP networks, Internet, and mobile traffic generated by consumers and business users. This year Cisco has also conducted a complementary study, Cisco VNI Forecast-Service Adoption, offering the expected growth rate in services for the residential market segment and consumer mobile... more »
Apple Buys Redmatica - First Move of Their 'Secrecy' Era?

Apple Buys Redmatica - First Move of Their 'Secrecy' Era?

Unofficially substantiated rumors abound today that Apple has bought Redmatica, an Italian music app developer.   These reports follow Apple CEO Tim Cook’s widespread discussions at the Wall Street Journal D10 conference, loaded with promises of ‘incredible’ products, and a glimpse of Cook’s role as CEO.  The move is in contrast to Cook’s statements that no major acquisitions were planned, and appears to be a strategic play to augment their pro audio features and offerings.   Cook is quoted as talking about "doubling down" on secrecy, adding "We buy companies We don't like to make it public. It depends on the amount.... more »
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Productivity Booster! Free Tools for IT [Infographic]

A recent infographic posted on WhatsUpGold is something most of the companies we cover don’t want you to know – you can get some of the stuff for free.  This applies to productivity tools for IT professionals among other things, and the graph covers five of the more popular freely downloadable utilities out there. Number one is IP Tracker, an internal IP discovery solution that’s followed by Visual TraceRoute. This second networking app tracks connectivity problems by inspecting packet routes within the corporate network, all while providing the admin on the other end of the monitor with real-time updates. The third name... more »
Facebook to Chrome and Safari Users:  "You Are Using a Browser We Do Not Support"

Facebook to Chrome and Safari Users: "You Are Using a Browser We Do Not Support"

Facebook has a message on its site for people who use Google Chrome or the Apple Safari browser: You’re using a web browser we don’t support. Try one of these options to have a better experience on Facebook. The browsers Facebook does support: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. That's interesting, huh? Facebook supports neither the browser with the most market share nor the standard for Apple devices. The options, though, tell the story. Microsoft is an investor in Facebook. Mozilla Firefox is a non-threat. And Opera is the browser that Facebook is rumored to be buying for its big mobile push. Google is building out its... more »
Salesforce Hops on Latest Cloud Marketing Trend with Buddy Media Buy

Salesforce Hops on Latest Cloud Marketing Trend with Buddy Media Buy

According to sources, cloud CRM provider Salesforce.com has entered into an agreement to acquire social media services provider Buddy Media for $800 million. The company helps enterprise clients optimize their online presence on Facebook with the promise of achieving improvements in merchandising, support and other areas that tie with consumer interactions.  The social networking firm has officially stated that it plans to expand to Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter as well sometime in the future, and there’s no apparent reason why it would not push through with this after the merger. AllThingsD cited some earlier speculations that Buddy Media would be acquired by... more »
University of Nebraska Student Records Breach Exposes 650,000 Individuals

University of Nebraska Student Records Breach Exposes 650,000 Individuals

The University of Nebraska is investigating a breach of their student information database discovered late Wednesday night last week. The security intrusion affected the Nebraska Student Information System, the University said in a statement late last week, it was caught by an IT administrator at the facility and the attempt was quashed by immediate and appropriate action. The statement by the University quotes Joshua Mauk, NU information security officer, who makes it clear that there’s no evidence that the database was accessed or downloaded; but just to stay on the safe side, they want all students to know that their information... more »
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BumeBox CEO on the Impact of Real-Time Data for Social Marketing [Q&A Series]

Real-time interaction is something that can be applied to just about any industry, creating a hub of connected activity that works for sporting events, fashion shows and even movie premiers.  In fact, if you've been following the marketing around Charlize Theron's latest flick Prometheus, you may have come across BumeBox's live social stream, pooling the best questions and comments from Facebook and Twitter for the red carpet event. Another recent project for BumeBox was a team-up with eBay Fashion UK, powering an online "style off" for fashion bloggers and viewers from across the world.  Integrated social media marketing only continues to grow... more »

Premium Research

- 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.