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Premium food delivery service Deliveroo raises $70m Series C

Premium food delivery service Deliveroo raises $70m Series C

UK based premium food delivery service Deliveroo (Roofoods Ltd.) has raised $70 million Series C in a round led Greenoaks Capital and Index Ventures that included previous investors Accel Partners and Hoxton Ventures. Founded in 2012, Deliveroo pitches itself as a technology company that is focused on marketing, selling and delivering restaurant meals to the household or office. The company says that their technology platform optimizes food ordering and delivery by integrating web and mobile consumers with restaurant tablet-based point-of-sale order management terminals and their logistics optimization algorithm via their delivery driver smartphone software. The short, and far more understandable version is like... more »
Counterfeit operation responsible for 41k fake iPhones valued at $19M shut down in China

Counterfeit operation responsible for 41k fake iPhones valued at $19M shut down in China

Beijing police have raided and shut down a factory responsible for producing in excess of 41,000 fake iPhones worth around 120 million yuan ($19.4 million) over a five-month period, reports Reuters. Among the nine people arrested by police were a husband and wife who were the alleged ringleaders of the counterfeiting operation. The factory – which police raided on May 14 but only shared details on now – was operating under the guise of a gadget maintenance business. The authorities seized 1,400 fake iPhones as well as accessories during the raid. It appears the couple at the head of the operation bought... more »
Google to disentangle forced Google+ account use with products, starting with YouTube

Google to disentangle forced Google+ account use with products, starting with YouTube

Google, Inc.'s winding down of its mostly unused and unloved social networking platform Google+ took a new step Monday with the company announcing it would stop forcing users to use a Google+ account with Google products, with the first disentanglement being delivered to YouTube. The choice of YouTube being the first Google owned service to be removed from the clutches of Google+ isn't a coincidence as it was YouTube users who protested the loudest when forced Google+ integration was thrust upon them back in 2013, a move that removed the ability for users to participate in the site in an anonymous... more »
Samsung Unpacked August 13, expected to reveal Galaxy Note 5, S6 Plus, S6 Edge Plus

Samsung Unpacked August 13, expected to reveal Galaxy Note 5, S6 Plus, S6 Edge Plus

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s latest range of smartphones and phablets now has an official launch date, with the company announcing an "Unpacked" event for Thursday, August 13th. Samsung Unpacked events have traditionally been events held by the company to unveil new products, and a teaser shown with the invite would indicate edges, suggesting that among the products to be unveiled will, obviously, come with edges. The event, which is reported to be being held at 11am that day in New York City, will likely see the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5, along with enlarged versions of Samsung's flagship phones:... more »
Upheaval in the Big Data installation market | #HadoopSummit

Upheaval in the Big Data installation market | #HadoopSummit

The Big Data market continues to undergo dramatic changes. Aidan O'Brien and Chris Harrold, members of EMC’s Solutions Group, sat down with theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team, at Hadoop Summit to discuss these changes. O’Brien, senior director at EMC, said the company is seeing a wide range of consumers with vastly different needs. Confusion in the Big Data market “A great variety of different levels of maturity [in the Big Data market] … a lot of customers who know it’s important, but really don’t know where to start," he said. "Other customers who, they know what they want to do, but they lack the... more »
Fallout 4 stole the show at QuakeCon | #QuakeCon2015

Fallout 4 stole the show at QuakeCon | #QuakeCon2015

What started as a small fan event at a La Quinta Inn event hall in Garland, Texas, has grown into one of the world's largest gaming events, and this year's 20th anniversary of QuakeCon was bigger than ever thanks to the excited buzz surrounding two upcoming games: Bethesda Softworks LLC's Fallout 4 and Id Software's Doom. Id surprised fans by announcing at the start of the event that QuakeCon attendees would get to be the first people to try out the multiplayer for its upcoming reboot of the Doom franchise. Hundreds of gamers lined up for the chance to explode people with rockets and snap some... more »
Big Data: Same song, faster tempo | #HadoopSummit

Big Data: Same song, faster tempo | #HadoopSummit

Let’s face it: Big Data solutions aren’t always enterprise-ready. Joe Goldberg, a member of the Solutions Marketing team at BMC Software, Inc., talked with theCUBE at Hadoop Summit 2015 about how his team is leveraging decades of experience in IT to offer better Big Data options. “BMC is coming at Hadoop or the Big Data market from the enterprise perspective,” Goldberg told theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team. "We’re kind of a traditional IT management company. The solutions that we’re talking about here, we’ve had them out in the field with thousands of customers for over 30 years." Accelerating the delivery of Big Data... more »
CD Projekt's final gift to The Witcher 3 fans is a free New Game Plus DLC

CD Projekt's final gift to The Witcher 3 fans is a free New Game Plus DLC

Over the last two months since the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Warsaw-based CD Projekt RED has released over a dozen free DLC for players that have included new quests, weapons, armors, character customizations, and more. Now the Polish game maker has revealed that the final free DLC it will be releasing will be one of fans' most requested features: a new game plus mode. In video games, new game plus refers to a game type that allows players to start a new game with all of the upgrades and gear they gained in a previous playthrough. While most players... more »
Analyst sees positive future for innovative security companies | #Infa15

Analyst sees positive future for innovative security companies | #Infa15

Informatica Corp. continues to find new ways to move technology forward. And according to John Myers, managing research director for Enterprise Management Associates, Inc., Informatica’s decision to go private — as evidenced by its decision to accept a $5.3 billion offer to be acquired by private equity firm Permira and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — builds on its commitment of fostering innovation. “Going private allows a public company like Informatica more freedom without having to meet quarterly revenue targets,” he said. “It might enable them to do some things that they couldn’t have as a quarterly reporting company.” Eliminating the... more »
Growing pains: Open source ubiquity raises ownership, governance issues

Growing pains: Open source ubiquity raises ownership, governance issues

CIOs and business leaders long have treated open source as an esoteric source of code that is used deep in the IT infrastructure and that has no real impact on business. With the possible exception of Linux, which is supported by Red Hat, Inc., Canonical, Ltd. and IBM, open source tools have not raised alarm over issues like support and interoperability. However, as open source solutions such as Android, Docker, Hadoop and OpenStack are rapidly being adopted into business production environments, that attitude is rapidly changing, writes Wikibon Senior Analyst Stuart Miniman. In his latest Professional Alert, “Open Source Ubiquity Leads... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.