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Personal Cloud Gets Fluffed with Dropbox's $250M Series B

Personal Cloud Gets Fluffed with Dropbox's $250M Series B

It’s raining cash in the personal cloud storage space. Brought forth by the idea of massive cost savings, cloud storage has become one of the hottest items in the market today. People are becoming more mobile, and their content must follow suit.  With growing consumer demand around being able to save, access and collaborate anytime and anywhere, this very idea fuels the cloud storage engine. One of the recognized enterprises in this field is DropBox, which has just been awarded $250 million in Series B Funding. Some of the investors who placed their trust to DropBox’ talent and potential include... more »
AppSense and App-DNA Partner for VDI Migration

AppSense and App-DNA Partner for VDI Migration

Virtual desktop solutions provider AppSense and application migration services firm App-DNA teamed-up to offer customers a joint migration service, designed to help companies move Windows-based apps to Windows 7 and VDI platforms. App-DNA currently assesses a customer’s infrastructure as well to be able to offer an insight on how to achieve end user experience goals.  In addition,  the App-DNA AppTitude management platform is also made available alongside AppSense's own VDI technologies. “Virtually every corporate and enterprise organization is in some phase of planning or deploying new desktop infrastructure. In every case, this includes various combinations of Windows 7, virtual desktops and remote... more »
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The Blame Game: Does Cloud Storage Result in Data Loss?

I recently came across a piece by Carl Brooks over at IT Tech News Daily that caught my eye, title was Cloud Storage Often Results in Data Loss. The piece has an effective title (good for search engine: SEO optimization) as it stood out from many others I saw on that particular day.  What caught my eye on Carl's piece is that it reads as if the facts based on a quick survey point to clouds resulting in data loss, as opposed to being an opinion that some cloud usage can result in data loss. My opinion is that if not... more »
RIM’s Top Dog Answers Customers' Concerns

RIM’s Top Dog Answers Customers' Concerns

If Research in Motion thought that free premium apps and tech support would compensate for the three-day service outage that their consumers experienced last week, they’ll have to think again.  Customers want to know what really happened with the BlackBerry service failure, and if there’s a chance that it will happen again.  And everyone's a little curious as to what RIM plans on doing to prevent future incidents and network interruptions. Good thing one of their top dogs decided to speak on behalf of the company and take the massive artillery of questions from consumers and investors.  RIM's UK managing director, Stephen Bates... more »
Cisco's Major Portfolio Expansion: Adapted for Big Data

Cisco's Major Portfolio Expansion: Adapted for Big Data

Networking giant Cisco has had a rough ride this past year, undergoing a major restructuring in its efforts to return to its core business.  Today Cisco took an important step forward, adding new switches to its networking portfolio and updated several existing offerings. The emphasis is on virtualized deployments and big data. Cisco introduced the second generation Nexus 7000 Series, including the new Nexus 7009. The company claims the new line-up comes with a major capacity and performance boost: it exemplified in a release that it would be possible to simultaneously stream 4.5 million Netflix movies at an average of 3.5GB each, download... more »
Q&A with Tableau Software Chief Scientist and Co-Founder Pat Hanrahan [Part 1]

Q&A with Tableau Software Chief Scientist and Co-Founder Pat Hanrahan [Part 1]

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Pat Hanrahan, chief scientist and co-founder at Tableau Software, a leader in the data visualization field. In part one of our two part Q&A, Hanrahan discusses how data visualization has changed, the hindrances people face and the rise of data analytics technologies. Here's an excerpt from the interview: Question: How would you say data visualization has changed in the past year? It is becoming a little more mainstream and more widely accepted in the business community. It is driven by the amount of data that people have. You hear about big data. Now you are hearing... more »
Virginia Tech’s Software: No More Data Walking Out of Android’s Door

Virginia Tech’s Software: No More Data Walking Out of Android’s Door

It seems like the end is near for modern-day mobile cheating in schools. Virginia Tech researchers have developed software that will impose tailor-made policies on Android OS depending on what room you are in. this feature is something that healthcare, military, and the academe could benefit from, in terms of protecting confidential data from intrusions. Security has long been a hot item in the mobile avenue, especially for one of its most globally embraced members, Android. This inspired Virginia Tech to pursue a study on creating an instrument to secure Android OS stored data. But instead of harmonizing GPS signals which could... more »
VMware Takes on Spiceworks with New VMware Go Pro Features

VMware Takes on Spiceworks with New VMware Go Pro Features

Today at its VMworld Europe event, VMware announced new features for VMware Go Pro, an entirely cloud based IT management system. Go Pro will soon be able to scan and inventory customers IT infrastructure, including both physical and virtual systems. These features will take it into direct competition with Spiceworks, which offers a free client for IT systems scanning and monitoring along with other features such as its hosted help desk and asset management system. Unlike Spiceworks, VMware Go Pro isn't free - it will cost $12 a year per system monitoring (a buck a month for each system). But... more »
Round 2: Google Vs. Viacom

Round 2: Google Vs. Viacom

YouTube’s unique viewership grew 1%, from 147.1 million to 149.2 million because of the massive video collection available on their site making them the largest video site in the world.  And this doesn’t go well with Viacom. Back in 2007, Viacom, the leading global entertainment content company and parent company of MTV, VH1 and COMEDY CENTRAL, sued Google and YouTube in federal court for “massive intentional copyright infringement.”  Google used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to protect itself and YouTube from Viacom’s claims.  The DMCA gives Web sites a huge allowance as they can’t be held responsible for videos that are uploaded... more »
Tintri Launches Latest Storage Appliance: More Capacity, Automation

Tintri Launches Latest Storage Appliance: More Capacity, Automation

Tintri, a maker of storage solutions specifically designed for virtualized environments, announced the new Tintri VMstore T540 VM-aware storage appliance at the VMware Europe conference, held this week in Copenhagen. The T540 features several enhancements, mainly increased capacity and a couple of what the company called industry-first capabilities in an emailed press release. The new offering is a dual-controller storage system meant to support high-availability configurations, and doesn’t require a reboot for Tintri OS updates. It also addresses bottlenecks, one of the biggest issues in virtualized environments, by visualizing system performance down to the storage layer. This makes it easier for... more »

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- 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

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.