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Write for Android Tops the Business Tablet Apps List this Week

This week’s featured app is Write for Android. There are plenty of apps designed for note-taking, on the go project management and other organization-related tasks, but there are considerably less that are dedicated to pure creativity. Write is one such platform, and seems to have nailed a lot of features the mobile worker needs, from the quick updating to the auto save. Android Write: Tablet Notepad/Journal Write’s developer has put a lot of effort into standing up to the name. Features such as entry management and optimization for external keyboards make for welcomed additions, but the most important aspect is the app’s minimalistic... more »
More Details on Juniper Earnings: Profit Taking a Big Hit

More Details on Juniper Earnings: Profit Taking a Big Hit

Juniper Networks is facing tempered market reaction four days ahead of its first quarter earnings call – the stock is already trading at $21.16, a decline of no less than eight percent. The main reason behind the share price drop is a consensus estimate of 7 centers per share in Q1 -- a 72 percent decrease compared to last year, and 14 cents less than the average estimate just three months ago. The forecast of Juniper’s annual earnings is a bit more cheery at 68 cents per share. Revenue is also expected to disappoint at $998, or about 11 percent less than... more »
This Week in Big Data: Splunk IPO, Deep-Space Funding and Cloud

This Week in Big Data: Splunk IPO, Deep-Space Funding and Cloud

This week in big data has certainly been a very exciting one for Wall Street, not to mention the two companies that managed to earn themselves a huge financial boost. The first one is Splunk, which went public this week.  It offers solutions that analyze machine data and logs, aggregate it all, and reformats the datasets into metrics and other visualized forms that make more sense to the business user.  Evidently, this concept caught the eye of not only clients but also of investors. Splunk and its stakeholders made about 13.5 million shares available on the stock exchange, quickly gobbled up by... more »
EMC Sales Down Due to New Product Expectations, CEO Says

EMC Sales Down Due to New Product Expectations, CEO Says

"Customers expecting that will not be disappointed, and it's coming soon” said Joe Tucci, the chief executive of EMC during his company’s earnings call today. Tucci was referring to a decline in demand for high-end storage equipment; what EMC says is a direct result of companies supposedly holding off their purchases in anticipation of a new product due later this year. CFO David Goulden noted during the conference that revenue coming from the high-end market “has been growing faster than normal for the past couple of years,” and that it is only now returning to normal levels. The fact EMC’s midrange... more »
VMware CEO Paul Maritz on OpenStack

VMware CEO Paul Maritz on OpenStack

VMware CEO Paul Maritz took a question about OpenStack from an analyst this week during the company's earnings call. His response provides insights into VMware's views about the open cloud effort and how he sees his company's efforts in comparison. Richard G. Sherlund of Nomura Securities asked Maritz about the large enterprise companies that have joined OpenStack including IBM and Red Hat. He specifically referred to Maritz and his discussions about the breadth and depth of its data centers: ...How often does OpenStack come up as a competitive consideration as you're talking about infrastructure and management and how you might expect that to... more »
OpenStack Open Source Cloud Needs To Pick Up The Pace

OpenStack Open Source Cloud Needs To Pick Up The Pace

The OpenStack open source cloud platform is maturing rapidly, as evidenced by the just-concluded OpenStack Conference here in San Francisco. But OpenStack has a few bridges to cross and hurdles to jump before it becomes a real market force. As I wrote on Thursday in my first thoughts from the OpenStack conference, the OpenStack platform itself isn't designed to take on either Amazon Web Services or VMware. It's designed to meet a rising need for an open cloud platform that ensures standardization and intercompatibility across private and public environments and service providers. Philosophically speaking, that's laudable. But it understates the importance of service providers... more »
Cybersecurity Bill CISPA With Massive Privacy-Flaws Goes to House Vote Next Friday

Cybersecurity Bill CISPA With Massive Privacy-Flaws Goes to House Vote Next Friday

The United States needs an intelligent, thoughtful front on policy involving cybersecurity but the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA or HR 3523) promotes a blunder that would open numerous citizens to untold violations of their privacy—and therefore their security. The bill has been rewritten a few times and the current draft still fails to take into account the necessity of narrowly tailoring information retrieval and sharing to fit investigations and crimes, using instead a veil of “cyber threat” to divide and conquer opposition. CISPA is going to a vote before the House of Representatives next Friday, but it still... more »
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The Cost of Bad Customer Service [Infographic]

It's hard to put a dollar value on good customer service. But bad customer service will send a once-loyal customer to the competition, undermine a company's reputation, and generally irritate and alienate people. But for those companies willing to take on the challenge, good support carries its own set of rewards: Apple's AppleCare warranties are a perfect example of how customers are willing to pay for premium levels of support, and a happier customer is one more likely to recommend a product or service to their friends and colleagues. Service providers are increasingly stepping in to help businesses meet the challenge. Just... more »
Google to Drop Sync Support for Blackberry

Google to Drop Sync Support for Blackberry

Can you smell blood in the water? It looks like Google does. In a blog post released today, the company announced that on June 1, it will drop support for Google Sync for BlackBerry. The news came as part of what Google calls a "spring cleaning." It looks more like a power play. Blackberry market share is dropping. Stopping support means that customers who use the syncing service will have to find other ways to access Google. While e-mail will presumably still be available via the Blackberry's browser, it would obviously be easier to just buy an Android phone. Google Sync is a BlackBerry... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: Rackspace, Big Data and Titanium 2.0

This week in the cloud was a fairly unusual one, in that we have seen not one but three big announcements marketing the convergence of at least two trends in the cloud. First up is Rackspace’s news.  The web host revealed a massive commitment to OpenStack, an initiative it conceived only two years, by migrating its flagship services to the platform. In 24 months OpenStack managed to build an ecosystem with hundreds of partners, produce five different versions and become one of the largest cloud companies’ solution of choice. The update stirred a lot of buzz, and not just from the blogosphere.... more »

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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.

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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.

- 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.