Paul Gillin

Paul Gillin is the Senior Editor for Wikibon’s micro-analysis team. He is the author of five books and more than 300 articles on the topic of social media and digital marketing. Gillin has 23 years experience in tech journalism, including his time as founding editor-in-chief of B2B technology publisher TechTarget as well as editor-in-chief and executive editor of the technology weekly Computerworld. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research and a member of the Procter & Gamble Digital Advisory Board.

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Report says Verizon testing major “white box” SDN deployment

In a move that could have big implications for network equipment vendors, Verizon Communications, Inc. is reportedly testing a large-scale software-defined networking (SDN) implementation for its core telecommunications services using off-the-shelf “white box” servers. The Rayno report, an investment newsletter focused on communications and digital media, is quoting several sources saying the U.S.’s largest telecom provider ...

Dell rollouts span converged infrastructure from small business to enterprise

In a message to the market that a grueling leveraged buyout hasn’t dampened its innovative spirit, Dell Inc. used its Dell World 2014 conference today to roll out a range of server and storage products aimed at both corporate and small business customers. The new products include a Dell PowerEdge FX server enclosure that packs ...

Analysis: IBM-Twitter deal marks Big Data ascendancy

IBM’s landmark alliance with Twitter, Inc. is a symbol of the changes that are sweeping through the IT industry, transforming both the role of technology and who uses it inside corporations. The deal also shows how important IBM’s Watson question answering technology is to the company’s future. Under the terms of the partnership, which was announced ...

In seeding strategy, MapR bundles its database into free community edition

In a February research report that analyzed Hadoop distributions from nine vendors, Forrester Research concluded that MapR Technologies, Inc. “has a leading solution; it must now make more noise in the market and accelerate its partnerships and distribution channels.” This week, MapR aims to do just that. The company is announcing today that its MapR-DB NoSQL ...

Opinion: EMC-HP merger rumors a microcosm of an industry in crisis

When Florian Leibert, co-founder of the hot infrastructure start-up Mesosphere, Inc. told theCUBE last week that consolidation is coming to the infrastructure market, he probably didn’t expect his predictions to come true quite so quickly. Leibert was talking about the long-term impact of commodity components and open source software, but an impatient Wall Street is ...

Mesosphere cofounder envisions future data center as ‘one big computer’ | #OpenStackSV

The data center of the future will be fully virtualized, with everything from power supplies to storage devices consolidated into a single pool and managed by software, according to an executive whose company intends to lead the way. Florian Leibert, cofounder and CEO of hot Silicon Valley startup Mesosphere, Inc., said new applications will help ...

Startup Aviso aims to take the guesswork out of sales forecasting

Silicon Valley startup Aviso, Inc. is applying predictive analytics to a task that has until now stubbornly resisted statistical rigor: sales forecasting. The company yesterday announced Aviso Insights, a cloud-based analytics tool that sucks in data from popular customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and uses it to advise sales managers on ...

Opinion: IoT feeding frenzy beginning to look a lot like dot-com

Remember the dot-com craze of the mid-1990s, when startups like Webvan Group, Inc. raised more than $1 billion for services that barely got off the ground? It’s all about to happen again. The Internet of Things (IoT) is gearing up to inspire an investment craze like we haven’t seen in two decades. All the elements ...

Opinion: When not to use Big Data

The news that Facebook tried to manipulate users’ emotions by fiddling with the content of their news feeds and that dating website OKCupid intentionally matched incompatible people to see how they would interact with each other is unsettling, but at least no lives were affected. What really gives me the creeps is the growing likelihood ...

Our top 10 stories of the first six months of 2014

It isn’t until you sift through hundreds of stories published over a six-month period that you realize how much happens in this industry. We asked our reporters to nominate their own best work of the first half of 2014 and paired that up with the news that leapt out at us. Below are the results: ...