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Red Hat Finally Open Sources OpenShift PaaS

Red Hat Finally Open Sources OpenShift PaaS

Red Hat, known for keeping its enterprise distribution completely open source and still becoming the first $1 billion open source company, finally released the source code for its OpenShift platform-as-a-service. Red Hat launched the OpenShift beta in May 2011, but despite the company's open source pedigree, it has remained closed source until now. Part of the foundation for OpenShift came from Red Hat's acquisition of the Java PaaS Makara in November 2010, not long before Salesforce.com acquired Heroku. The two acquisitions brought the spotlight to PaaS, which had been somewhat in the shadow of its cloud siblings infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and... more »
LG Enters Mobile Cloud Race with Real-Time Streaming Transcoding

LG Enters Mobile Cloud Race with Real-Time Streaming Transcoding

It's time for LG to join the ranks of other electronics manufacturers, many of which seem to be launching their own cloud service.  LG Cloud is the latest entrant to the consumer cloud market, launching tomorrow.  The free beta service will be available initially in the US and South Korea. The release comes just four days before the expected launch of Samsung's own cloud service, S-Cloud. LG Cloud will tie its whole ecosystem of devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions, computers, etc. under one platform, where the user has direct access to photos, videos, music files, etc. The service automatically synchronizes all mobile content... more »
VMware Teams with Piston to Create BOSH for OpenStack

VMware Teams with Piston to Create BOSH for OpenStack

Earlier this month VMware debuted BOSH, an open-source tool (or tool-chain, in the words of the developer) for deploying Cloud Foundry.  It also announced plans to make the solution platform agnostic so that the user base won’t be limited to the Cloud Foundry alone, and today we got the first confirmation that the virtualization software maker is sticking to its promise. VMware has partnered up with Piston Cloud to make BOSH available for another major open-source cloud pack out there: OpenStack.  That’s a pretty ideal choice on behalf of the former, considering that Piston’s flagship product is based on the cloud... more »
Top Mobile Trends Beyond HTML5, According to Usablenet VP [Q&A Series]

Top Mobile Trends Beyond HTML5, According to Usablenet VP [Q&A Series]

Mobile has become an ubiquitous experience these days, as companies seek consumer access across platforms and devices.  Usablenet recognizes the need to have a strong mobile presence through design and uniformity, crafting strategies for some of the biggest brands.  With a focus on HTML5 and a penchant for innovation, Usablenet's led the charge in mobile's revolution. In today's Snapshot series we hear from Jason Taylor, Usablenet's VP of Platform Strategy.  He share's mobile's biggest trends beyond HTML5, identifies the biggest mistakes brands make when pushing a mobile strategy, and his favorite iPhone app. What trends besides HTML5 are shaping the mobile industry? One... more »
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Google Drive’s Biggest Virtue May Be its Ecosystem

Google Drive became one of last week’s most talked out tech updates, and a couple of interesting discussions about the launch sprung up as a result. Our very own Kit Dotson raised the issue of piracy and how certain features of the new cloud service could be exploited, potentially leading to a lot of legal trouble for Google. A question more relevant to Drive’s near-term outlook is whether or not it will be able to gain sufficient traction, considering that its biggest competitors have a head start of several years. Charlie Wood, the found CEO of Spanning, a company that bases its offerings... more »
VC Firms' Latest Shakeups

VC Firms' Latest Shakeups

A venture capital firm is comparable to the human backbone for startups - they need it in order to stand up.   It’s quite rare for startups to thrive without a good VC firm’s support.  But like any company, VCs also need to shake things up to remain competitive and keep the trust and confidence of their clients.  So let’s take a look at some of the recent happenings in the VS sector. New partner for Greylock Greylock Partners, one of the oldest VC firms in the US, named Dev Ittycheria, former CEO of BladeLogic and former president at BMC, as the... more »
Google Comes Clean with Controversial Street View Project

Google Comes Clean with Controversial Street View Project

Last week the Federal Communications Commission finally closed their Google Street View probe after the search giant agreed to pay the $25,000 fine requested by the FCC. Unfortunately, not everyone was happy about this, wanting Google to pay more or be put on trial for gathering Wi-Fi data in their Street View project. So over the weekend, Google published a copy of a document which details the scope of the Street View project, drafted in response to the FCC’s letter of inquiry.  When the FCC first released the document, a lot of information was redacted so Google released the full document but... more »
Fusion-io Boosts Webair’s Cloud

Fusion-io Boosts Webair’s Cloud

Flash storage provider Fusion-io recently released another one of its case studies, this time outlining how ioMemory helped data center operator Webair address the growing demands of its customers. Webair previously used traditional disk-based storage systems throughout its facilities in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Amsterdam. “One of the key factors in our decision was breaking through the speed barriers typically found in existing cloud environments. We have found that with Fusion-io, our cloud database servers are significantly outperforming traditional physical configurations. With Fusion ioMemory, we can now offer the benefits of the cloud to industries and applications that previously... more »
Microsoft Invests $300M in Barnes and Noble, Wants Windows 8 Nook Apps

Microsoft Invests $300M in Barnes and Noble, Wants Windows 8 Nook Apps

Microsoft  announced their plans to invest in Barnes and Noble Inc., the brick-and-mortar bookstore that also produces e-book readers and tablets in order to keep up with the digital age. “The shift to digital is putting the world’s libraries and newsstands in the palm of every person’s hand, and is the beginning of a journey that will impact how people read, interact with, and enjoy new forms of content,” said Andy Lees, President at Microsoft. “Our complementary assets will accelerate e-reading innovation across a broad range of Windows devices, enabling people to not just read stories, but to be part of... more »
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Big Data Helps Find the Cause for MS

The University of Buffalo leverages technology from Revolution R and IBM Netezza to drastically accelerate their research of the potential factors that may be contributing to Multiple Sclerosis, according to a case study the former published last week. Revolution R develops a commercial version of the highly mathematical programming language after which the company was named. It adds a number of propriety elements to R including performance enhancements and Hadoop integration, as well as a server-side deployment framework. The researchers at the University of Buffalo took advantage of these tweaks – along with the language’s natively broadened set of variables – to rewrite the... 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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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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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.