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Zynga Valued At $7B After $1B IPO

Zynga Valued At $7B After $1B IPO

Zynga, creator of popular massive multiplayer online games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, and CityVille had their initial public offering last night, Thursday, December 15.  They offered 100 million shares, about 11% of diluted shares, initially priced at $8.50 - $10 but eventually sticking to $10 per share.  They were able to raise $1 billion in funding and at $10 per share, their value was at $7 billion. According to report from Reuters, “certain of Zynga's stockholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15 million shares to cover over-allotments, Zynga said in a statement... more »
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Judge Says Twitter Isn't Enough To Put "Cyberstalker" in Jail

These days, with social media platforms available to everyone, we’ve heard plenty cases of cyberstalking and cyberbullying.  They're no laughing matter, as these actions could lead the person on the receiving end to commit suicide.  But the thing is, threats made on the intertubes aren’t enough for the court to put these people behind bars. In 2007, William Cassidy was involved in a religious group led by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo or Alyce Zeoli, an enthroned tulku, or reincarnate master, who was enthroned in 1988 as a reincarnate llama, but eventually went their separate ways.  In 2010, Cassidy started harassing Zeoli on... more »
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HP Cuts Execs’ Exit Packs

HP’s shareholders have expressed concern about the compensation the two previous CEOs received after leaving the company. Leo Apotheker received 156, 000 shares of restricted stock worth about $3.6 million at the time, and prior to that Mark Hurd received much more-- a decision that in turn resulted in several on-going investor lawsuits. This week The Wall Street Journal reports that HP finally responded by changing its policy concerning severance payments for executives, according to papers filed with the SEC. The new rules state that execs dismissed from the company due to poor performance or inappropriate actions won’t get to keep any... more »
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How Can Google's Majel Outsmart Siri? With Apps

When Apple revealed the iPhone 4S, some people weren’t that impressed by the device.  It looks exactly like the iPhone 4, so why would you buy something that could easily be mistaken for an older version?  But when the iPhone 4S went on sale, people couldn't wait to get their hands on it, reserving their handsets online and lining up at Apple stores around the world just to get the latest smartphone. There are three factors why people were in such a rush to get the iPhone 4S: 1) it’s the newest iPhone, everyone wants one; 2) Steve Jobs just passed... more »
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Is Google+ the Social Network of the Year?

Your favorite Mountain View Company announced, as usual, the Google Zeitgeist 2011, namely the user queries the most common in 2011 on its search engine in over fifty countries. True to custom, the Internet giant opted for a multimedia way to publicize more what people looked at on the site during the year. Zeitgeist, the classification which is intended to describe the “spirit of our time,”  comes in its eleventh edition of extrapolating meanings that exude the queries made ​​on the most important search engine in the world. According to the website, worldwide, most people were looking for the 13-year-old Rebecca Black,... more »
Facebook "Friends" Renewable Energy

Facebook "Friends" Renewable Energy

Back in April, Greenpeace,  the non-governmental environmental protection and conservation organization, published a report entitled: “How Dirty Is Your Data?”  The report pointed out how companies are using more energy as they move to the cloud.  Some were able to use clean energy while others, like Facebook, were scrutinized for not adhering in using clean energy. The report stated that Facebook uses 53.2% of dirty coal energy, was given a D for transparency,  an F for infrastructure siting, and a D for mitigation strategy.  It doesn’t take a genius to know what this means: Facebook isn’t taking the necessary steps in... more »
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Trips to the South Seas, Free Kindles and Other Impressive Perks Startups Offer To Get the Best Talent

Talk to anyone in tech and the biggest challenge these days is finding talent. The competition is forcing startups to find more creative ways to attract employees. I saw a Reddit post that reflects on this trend. The question: "What are the coolest startup job perks that you've ever hear of?" Here are some of the more impressive ones that the community submitted. Party on a tropical island MindValley is a startup based in Malaysia. Most of its employees live in the United States. Once a year, the company flies its employees and their spouses to a tropical island such as Bali. Over the span of... more »
Salesforce.com Buys Rypple and Gives it Another Name Sure to Taunt its SAP Rival

Salesforce.com Buys Rypple and Gives it Another Name Sure to Taunt its SAP Rival

Less than two weeks ago SAP bought human resources/human capital management software-as-a-service company SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion. Salesforce.com followed suit today with the purchase of Rypple, an employee performance management SaaS, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close April 30, 2012 . Rypple will then be relaunched as "Successforce" as part of a new HCM division at Salesforce.com led by John Wookey, an enterprise software veteran with 20 years of experience at companies including Oracle and SAP. Rypple, in use by companies such as Facebook, Rackspace and Spotify, isn't a replacement for a full HCM solution like... more »
Storage Wars Part 3: How is HP Doing with 3PAR?

Storage Wars Part 3: How is HP Doing with 3PAR?

The continuation of Wikibon’s Storage Wars series (see here for Part 1 and Part 2) looks into how Hewlett-Packard managed to integrate 3PAR into the company in relation to today’s storage market. Overall, they’ve done a pretty good job. Wikibon covered six areas where it’s essential for HP to invest in to maintain its current position as a complete storage array provider. The first area is flash. Hewlett-Packard needs to go beyond SSDs; a goal it has partially achieved with the implementation of flash cache across its portfolio, though the company still needs to expand here. Services is another area where it needs... more »
Amazon Burns Through 1 Million Kindle Fires a Week

Amazon Burns Through 1 Million Kindle Fires a Week

Amazon said on Thursday it has sold more than 1 million Kindle devices in a week, in an unusual announcement from the largest Internet retailer, which comes in the wake of some negative reviews about their new tablet, the Kindle Fire. The latest entrant to the tablet market said that consumers are buying “well over” a million Kindles a week. This level of sales occurred for three weeks uninterrupted, the company added.  The number of sales includes the tablet Kindle Fire and all versions of the Kindle electronic reader.  Amazon did not disclose the numbers of the Kindle tablet separately. However, the... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.