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What Apps Are You Using at SXSW?

What Apps Are You Using at SXSW?

Over the next few days I will do a "Question of the Day," here at SXSW. Today: What Apps Are You Using at SXSW?" The responses today may surprise you. Services Angle What company does not have an app these days? Every startup, with few exceptions at SXSW, is a services company. And any modern services company of any kind has to have some mobile strategy. What is yours?... more »
The Week in Big Data: Citi Meets Watson, HBaseCon Announced, SAS Loves Hadoop

The Week in Big Data: Citi Meets Watson, HBaseCon Announced, SAS Loves Hadoop

With all the media attention being directed towards Big Data these days, it can be hard to keep up with the latest news and developments. That’s especially true for you Big Data practitioners out there who have your heads down writing code and crunching data all day. To help you keep pace with what’s going on in the Big Data community, I thought it would be helpful to provide a rundown of the week’s Big Data news in brief. So beginning today and continuing each Friday (or as close to it as I can manage) I’ll provide a summary of The... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Analytics, VDI and PaaS

This Week in the Cloud: Analytics, VDI and PaaS

This week in the cloud has been – once again – a very interesting one overall. The first update comes from Scala, which is introducing the cloud and analytics to a market that is making good time catching up with IT: the digital signage industry. The firm introduced a new hosted/on-premise app this week that brings retail site marketing to a whole new level with the addition of more targeting. The platform looks at customer trends and behaviors to determine the best approaches, most worthwhile inventory items and so forth. Next up is Nimble Storage, not to be confused with the hot... more »
Anonymous Unleashes Symantec Antivirus 2006 Source Code

Anonymous Unleashes Symantec Antivirus 2006 Source Code

Today, The Pirate Bay came to index a torrent containing the leaked source code of Symantec Norton Antivirus 2006 after a long, strange journey including hackers, intrigue, and (failed) police stings. The entire thing started in January when a hacker with the handle Yama Tough threatened via Twitter to release the code. Then 1.27 gigabytes of data were released by said hackers after an attempted sting failed and that source code was revealed to be from Symantec’s PCAnywhere—which Symantec scrambled to patch their most recent version to make sure their customers wouldn’t suffer. Now the code released is thought to actually be... more »
Anonymous Takes Down Vatican Website Alleging "Corruption"

Anonymous Takes Down Vatican Website Alleging "Corruption"

Not willing to sit on their heels, Anonymous recently decided to bag the Vatican. They did so through claims of retaliation against “corruption in the Roman Catholic Church,” and Wednesday morning, they took down the Vatican’s website Among the darkened websites include www.vatican.va and the hacker group also claimed to have taken out several others, including the website of the Vatican’s newspaper. The hacker group responsible for downing the website is reported by AFP as posting a statement on an Italian-language Anonymous website, “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic... more »
Pundits Talk About the New iPad

Pundits Talk About the New iPad

People have different reactions of the new iPad. Some are impressed, some are disappointed, and some are just downright confused. Apple has yet to announce the name of the new device and just went on addressing it as “the new iPad”. There aren't any radical technology upgrades either despite iPad having so much room for improvement. "We are surprised that the new iPad does not take advantage of Apple’s previous acquisition of Polar Rose, an artificial intelligence company for advanced facial recognition, and that they have not evolved the Siri experience more," said Rakuten Buy.com CEO Neel Grover. "There is an... more »
OCZ Announces Drovo Integration in Storage Update

OCZ Announces Drovo Integration in Storage Update

The OCZ Technology Group said this week that its OCZ Talos SAS solid-state drives have been certified to run inside Drobo’s B1200i iSCSI SAN family of products, which are resold by the latter’s partners. OCZ makes all the regular claims of offering energy efficiency and increased performance, in addition to availability. “Drobo is a leader in data storage products for both professionals and businesses and we are thrilled that they have qualified and selected our enterprise-class Talos SAS SSDs for their business oriented solutions,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “This collaboration is a perfect example of extending the benefits... more »
Healthy Big Data: Top Lady Killers in the US

Healthy Big Data: Top Lady Killers in the US

Big data plays a major role in analyzing past and current data to calculate future probabilities. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the status of women’s health. It’s disheartening how women in the US are still at high risk of disease despite the fact that raising awareness is easier than ever. These diseases are surprisingly serious, which includes heart disease, cancer and strokes. The American Heart Association said the health risk factors –obesity, cholesterol, blood pressure, and smoking--- are triggered by lifestyle, and are therefore manageable and avoidable. To give you an idea of how much lifestyle habits are overlooked,... more »
30,000 Wordpress Installs Compromised In Newest Round of Malware

30,000 Wordpress Installs Compromised In Newest Round of Malware

This week Websense Security Labs reported a massive infection of numerous Wordpress installations by a new wave of malware distributing fake antivirus software. In their report, they cite that as of Monday, over 200,000 infected web pages had been discovered and close to 30,000 unique hosts had been identified. The installed Trojan hijacks the browsing session and redirects users to the site where it attempts to trick users into downloading and installing the fake antivirus software. Websense posted their analysis of the infection on their blog, and concluded that it’s a simple series of redirections that culminates in a social engineering... more »
MapR and Informatica Integrate Offerings

MapR and Informatica Integrate Offerings

Commercial Hadoop distributor MapR and BI software maker Informatica announced a big data partnership through which they have integrated their offerings to provide a few additional advantages to customers. MapR’s Hadoop distro is integrated with the Informatica Platform, which translates into several things. Data being processed by MapR automatically reaches Informatica PowerCenter and PowerExchange, while Informatica FastClone is used for replication and the Ultra Messaging tool for data streaming. This is all coupled with the parallel data munching MapR’s software offers. In addition, the HParser Community Edition will become available for download as a part of the MapR distribution. “By using MapR and Informatica... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.