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Instagram Patches Privacy Vulnerability, Hammers a Quick Fix

Instagram Patches Privacy Vulnerability, Hammers a Quick Fix

Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing network recently suffered a flaw in its image application, recently discovered by Spanish researcher Sebastián Guerrero. As described in the advisory published by Guerrero, there was a logical flaw in the authorization that he called ‘friendship vulnerability’. Accordingly, an attacker can perpetrate a brute force attack in the context of user application and add himself as a friend of all the users on Instagram, being possible in this way to get access to private albums and profile information. As soon as Instagram discovered the flaw and a public disclosure was made, the developers hammered out a quick fix. “We... more »
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Cloud, Big Data, DevOps: Three Action Items for Today's CIO

Earlier this week, SiliconAngle's analyst partners at Wikibon released the results of the inaugural edition of the annual IT Transformation Survey, with data on how the market landscape is changing drawn from 261 respondents. And while there's ton of granular data to draw from, here are my picks for the three most pressing CIO action items to come out of the report, across cloud, Big Data and DevOps initiatives. Action Item #1: 2012 is the year of the cloud, so keep up or get left behind. "By 2015, 95% of organizations will have a clear cloud computing strategy and hybrid cloud... more »
Dell Upgrades OpenStack Cloud Solution; Canonical, Mirantis, enStratus Partner Up

Dell Upgrades OpenStack Cloud Solution; Canonical, Mirantis, enStratus Partner Up

Dell, one of the very first backers of the OpenStack project (and soon to be one of the founding members of the OpenStack Foundation), has refreshed its creatively-named Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution with an update that brings the reference architecture and services up to Folsom, the latest release of the open source cloud platform. And on the services side, Dell has recruited Canonical, Mirantis and enStratus to layer support and software on top of its cloud architecture. That's in addition to Dell's own recently open-sourced Crowbar tool for OpenStack deployment and configuration. According to a blog by Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution Product... more »
ACTA Provisions Reach from the Grave in CETA (But Don't Panic Yet)

ACTA Provisions Reach from the Grave in CETA (But Don't Panic Yet)

It seems that the rejection of ACTA, Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement by the European Parliament has not discouraged the EU anyways, and this is why the European Union is putting up efforts to push yet another anti piracy agreement, called CETA. The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) is better known as the Trojan Horse of ACTA, and the EU is accused of pushing it by the back door. If this controversial deal cracks, it may force the internet service providers to hand over the personal details of anyone suspected of infringing copyright online. The worst thing is that the CETA includes all... more »
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CumuLogic Reveals PaaS Building Platform for the Enterprise

CumuLogic debuted Cloud Application Platform v1.0 this week, a software solution that allows companies to build a PaaS for Java applications based on their existing virtualized environment. Application Platform can run on VMware vSphere, OpenStack and Citrix CloudStack. “As one of the first CloudStack partners to be certified Citrix Ready, CumuLogic remains an important ecosystem partner for us. We believe that Platform-as-a-Service is a key element to driving greater cloud ROI for our customers, and we’re very pleased to see that market maturing even further with this product release from CumuLogic,” says Peder Ulander, VP of Product Marketing, Cloud Platform Group at... more »
Relay Improves Drug Development with TIBCO Tech

Relay Improves Drug Development with TIBCO Tech

Relay dubs itself as a life sciences big data company. It applies insight from unstructured and structured data sets to the pharmaceutical process, and offers value in the laboratory rather than directly from the business angle. Relay’s product is called Business Development Live, a real-time visualization solution that is now powered by TIBCO’s in-memory analytics software. BD Live collects information from over 27 million data points according to its maker, which are updated on a daily basis and facilitate a lot more agility in a business where regulations and copyright law have a huge presence in the priorities list. The platform pulls all that... more »
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SAP Reports Strong Q2 Results

This week business intelligence software maker SAP held an earnings call for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The company generated a profit of €0.92 billion, 7 percent more than in the same period last year, on revenue of €3.90 billion. That’s about 4.75 billion US dollars - 12 percent more than what SAP reported for the second quarter of 2011, and higher than Wall Street’s consensus estimate of €3.3 billion, or roughly $4 billion. Software income rose by 26 percent to $1.06 billion and software and software-related services sales increased by almost as much, 21 percent, to €3.12 billion. The full... more »
Desire to Tap Outside Expertise and Sheer Necessity Driving Professional Services Engagements

Desire to Tap Outside Expertise and Sheer Necessity Driving Professional Services Engagements

Enterprises turn to third-party professional services providers for two reasons more than any others. One is due to a desire to tap service providers’ external expertise that the enterprise lacks internally. The other is good, old necessity. These were among the findings of a recent Wikibon survey, whose results were released this week, of a cross section of IT professionals. Most were from North America, but their titles varied widely, from CIO on down through admin. Click here to read the full methodology used for the survey. So let’s dig in, shall we. The survey gave respondents a handful of multiple choice answers... more »
Can Windows 8 Revive The PC Era?

Can Windows 8 Revive The PC Era?

According to a recent report from Gartner, sales of personal computers declined by 0.1% compared to last year’s.  The decline in sales is said to be influenced by a PC saturated market as well as consumers are more interested in purchasing other technologies such as smartphones and tablets.  Though there was high hopes for Ultrabooks or thin and light netbooks, the demand for those was also minimal. “Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth. Despite the high expectations for the thin... more »
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QLogic Earnings Call Due in Two Weeks

Networking equipment maker QLogic announced that it will be reporting its results for the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year on June 26. Here’s the official statement that the company sent out today. “Following the press release, QLogic will conduct a conference call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). Simon Biddiscombe, president and chief executive officer, and Jean Hu, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will host the call.” Last quarter QLogic reported a profit of $29.5 million on revenue of just over $166 million. Earnings didn’t disappoint and managed to beat Wall Street’s consensus forecast of... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.