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FCC to Allocate Additional Wi-Fi Spectrum

In a vote on Wednesday, the Federal communications commission moved forward with a plan to reserve additional frequencies for Wi-fi devices, an effort to reduce congestion in high traffic areas such as airports, hotels and the like.  It also intends to increase capacities in homes, which often have many devices in use. The change would mean freeing up an additional 195 megahertz of spectrum, which according to the FCC, would increase the available Wi-Fi spectrum in the 5 GHz band by 35 percent. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski touted the plan in saying, "Today, the FCC takes a big step to ease congestion... more »
IBM Announces MobileFirst Mobile Computing Initiative

IBM Announces MobileFirst Mobile Computing Initiative

IBM has announced a major mobile computing initiative, named MobileFirst, backed by new and upgraded app development, security, and management systems backed by consulting and cloud services and designed for both IBM's large enterprise customers and the SMB market. The products and services are user-device agnostic, with a write-once, run-on-everything approach where everything means “all the major device platforms (iOS, Android, Windows 8, Blackberry) and whatever that blood pressure cuff is running on,” says Jerry Cuomo, VP of Mobile Strategy and CTO. MobileFirst is backed by a major commitment and multi-year investment by IBM and based on its experience working with... more »
Alteryx Publishes “Big Data Analytics for Dummies”

Alteryx Publishes “Big Data Analytics for Dummies”

Given the lack of data scientists and analytics specialists with the technical skills and business acumen to glean insights from Big Data, there’s a growing need within the enterprise for some kind of idiot-proof tool to help smaller businesses get around the problem. And so companies like Alteryx have a real chance to plug this gap and carve themselves a sizeable niche in what is one of the fastest-growing movements in IT at the minute. Yesterday, Alteryx took another step forward with its plan to “humanize” Big Data, releasing the Big Data Analytics for Dummies special edition guide that aims to... more »
FCC Puts Forward Plan To Ease Wi-Fi Congestion

FCC Puts Forward Plan To Ease Wi-Fi Congestion

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday took its first concrete steps towards heading off the so-called “data spectrum crunch”, announcing plans to free up more wireless bandwidth to ease congestion in hotels, airports and cities, and hopefully boost Wi-Fi speeds. The five-member FCC yesterday announced the approval of a plan to release an additional 195Mhz of wireless spectrum within the 5Ghz band specifically for use by unlicensed Wi-Fi networks. This represents a sizeable 35% increase in the total amount of unlicensed spectrum available in the US – the largest such increase in almost ten years. In addition, the FCC has also drawn up... more »
O Sony Playstation 4, Where Art Thou?

O Sony Playstation 4, Where Art Thou?

As promised Sony announced the Playstation 4 today, their next generation game console.  There were details galore and a real good look at the controllers.  Then we got to see the console itself in all its design glory.  Wait.  I don't seem to remember seeing it.  Did anyone see it?  Maybe "make. believe" is "make believe" -as in we will have to make believe this wasn't a low-grade stunt. I watched the whole thing, I scoured through the miscellaneous coverage that was out there, and nope - not one picture or hint of what it looks like.  Surprised?  I was.  Just... more »
HP’s Officejet Pro X: Is Innovation in Printing Back?

HP’s Officejet Pro X: Is Innovation in Printing Back?

I really didn’t think I’d ever say that the anachronistic printing space would be something that I would be writing about in the age of the ubiquitous mobile device.  After all, who needs to print anything anymore, right? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question.  Years ago, people envisioned a future that included a paper-free office.  That utopian future has been supplanted by one with millions of trees crying out all at once as they’re turned into the weekly TPS report. Long gone are the days of any kind of real innovation in printing, right?  Now we just deal with managing these devices and... more »
It Looks Like this Java Patch 7u11 Will Need to be Patched - OOPS

It Looks Like this Java Patch 7u11 Will Need to be Patched - OOPS

It's been just over a month since Oracle released their latest update for Java.  The updates were needed to cover a very public and very ugly giant vulnerability.  Recall that it was just before that time that there was continued advice and calls to disable and even uninstall Java on your systems.  As it turns out, one of the components, an exploit code for Patch 7u11 turned up on Pastebin about 13 hours ago.  The code has been accessed close to 3500 times at this time.  If it's on Pastebin, then who knows how long this has been out in... more »
Hortonworks Announces New Apache Projects with Stinger Initiative, TEZ, & Hadoop Gateway

Hortonworks Announces New Apache Projects with Stinger Initiative, TEZ, & Hadoop Gateway

Hortonworks today announced the submission of two new incubation projects to the Apache Software Foundation and the launch of the Stinger Initiative, three efforts aimed at enhancing the security and performance of Hadoop applications. Hortonworks is fully supporting Hive as the standard query engine of Hadoop while not pursuing any other alternative architectures in establishing Hadoop beyond a batch environment.  Hortonworks main competitor Cloudera announced Impala at the recent Hadoop World / Strata last fall.  Cloudera's Impala is an alternative query engine for Hadoop that some say is very much needed for real time while others say "Pure Hive" is the right... more »
Cyber Espionage - Of Course China is Behind This and We Need to Respond

Cyber Espionage - Of Course China is Behind This and We Need to Respond

Cyberattacks are leading the headlines today as China has naturally denied the accusations that these attacks came from them.  This is hardly a surprise as these attacks are persistent and the getting right now is just so good for them.  The outrage emerged with a confluence of events that transpired this week.  First there were the incredible details made public by Mandiant on the investigation of China’s Cyberwarfare operations.   We then got hit with the hack stories of U.S. bluechip technology giants, Facebook, Apple, and Twitter – and of course this has gotten massive attention.  Today the Obama administration is delivering... more »
PlayStation 4: the Rumors, the Speculation, and the Hype

PlayStation 4: the Rumors, the Speculation, and the Hype

Here we are! Later today almost all doubts about the mysterious presentation of PlayStation 4 will be stripped of for all. And then hours before the start of the conference, there comes a heavy rumor from Kotaku, which said it had learned from a reliable source (the same one that revealed the code names of the new console) that PlayStation 4 will be launched in United States in November in two different models, which cost $429 and $529. In addition to the release date, of course, there is talk that the new PlayStation will be able to be controlled via smartphone... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.