Software Eats the WorldDid you read that Uber, the mobile application
company, received $1.2 billion in additional VC investment this month? Why
would investors be willing to invest so much? Investors believe that Uber is
among a group of mobile app companies capable of disrupting entire
industries. They are a data driven start-up enabled by mobile devices.
For insight into this innovative and transformative company read their
description, "Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly
connecting riders to drivers through our [mobile] apps, we make cities more
accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for
drivers. Now that is an ambitious "About" statement!
Do you know how many taxis Uber maintains? NONE! They are a company using
data in innovative ways to make money. Data on drivers, riders, locations,
history, payment infor... (more)
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By D. Bruce Johnston, President and CEO, DBJ Associates
Commerce on the Internet continues to skyrocket.
Chad Levitt, author of the “New Sales Economy Blog,” recently wrote a
post, “Sales Reps, Are You Ready for the Digital Universe?,” based on
information he gleaned from a recently released IDC report on predictions for
the year 2020.
Here are some of the major findings from the IDC report:
Between now and 2020, the amount of digital information created and
replicated in the world will grow to an almost inconceivable 35 trillion
gigabytes as all major forms of media – voice, TV, radio, print – will
complete the journey from analog to digital. Last year despite the global
recession, the Digital Universe, set a record. It grew by 62% to nearly
800,000 petabytes. A petabytes is a million gigabytes. Picture a stack of
DVDs reaching from the earth to the moon and back. ... (more)
As Katherine Maher pointed out on Twitter, no one gets credit when
contingency plans work. And it is truly amazing how much government-citizen
information collaboration has evolved–not to mention the growth of data
journalism even in the most traditional news outlets. The average citizen had
a wealth of accurate (and useful) hurricane information to choose from. There
was also plenty of data to be used for those seeking to tinker, and very
useful Twitter/Flickr/YouTube overlays on Google Earth interfaces. Anyone
unlucky enough to turn on their television was assaulted by an overwhelming
wave of hysteria and action shots of news anchors bravely intoning into the
camera that it was windy and raining–an astonishing revelation,
undoubtedly, to the millions told to evacuate.
Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar has a very helpful list of Hurricane Irene
tracking links from bo... (more)
DR sites are typically built as an exact replica of the primary site.
Application and database software is installed on DR site and sits there
mostly unused, waiting for a disaster to happen. DR site is very expensive
proposition than only large companies are able to afford. Amazon AWS is an
interesting alternative to having your own DR site.
Oracle databases on DR side are in Data Guard configuration with a primary
site and actively apply archive log files shipped from there. Pay per use,
scalable Amazon Cloud model makes it an attractive alternative to creating
and maintaining your own DR site. During normal usage you will use only as
many resources CPU, memory) as is required to keep Oracle Data Guard
active. Once disaster strikes you can switch over to DR site, add CPU and
memory to your database and make it able to withstand regular load until
primary site be... (more)
COSTA MESA, Calif, May 8, 2012 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today
announced the introduction of a family of new OneConnect® Network
Xceleration™ solutions for the High Performance Networking (HPN) market.
Emulex is bringing its new family of OneConnect (OC)e12000 10Gb Ethernet
(10GbE) Network Xceleration solutions to market in partnership with Myricom,
an industry leader in delivering high performance, latency optimised Ethernet
solutions for vertical market applications. This multi-generational marketing
and development partnership leverages Myricom's deep expertise in HPN,
specifically low latency, high packet-rate, vertical application
optimisations, and Emulex's broad enterprise reach, high volume,
enterprise-hardened hardware roadmap, and global go-to-market channels.
"By partnering with Myricom, Emulex is offering I/O connectivity solutions
that broaden our... (more)
By: Steve McMaster
This past weekend, I presented the idea of a self-defending network at Ohio
LinuxFest 2012. The accompanying slides are now available here. So let’s
talk about network security. You’ve got a firewall and a DMZ, you’re all
set, right? Not so fast slugger. We preach a theory called “defense in
depth” here at Hurricane Labs. And that means you need something to defend
you when your firewall admins make a mistake. And something to protect you
when that layer fails. And so on. So what are these other layers? Well one of
them is having a good IDS/IPS system. An IDS/IPS listens to network traffic,
generally the traffic inside your firewall, and either alerts on (IDS) or
drops/blocks altogether (IPS) traffic that meets specific rules defining
“bad traffic”. But what else can you do?
A coworker and I put a couple pieces of open source software (OSSEC and ... (more)
Lost in the hurricane last Monday you might have missed Google’s unveiling
of the their complete line of mobile capabilities The Nexus 4 is a
stunning mix of form and capabilities provided by Google’s most recent
Android partner, LG. The Nexus 7 has been updated by Google and Asus to offer
more storage (16/32GB models) as well as a HSDPA+ modem. Google released
details on the Nexus 10, a ten-inch tablet with a high-resolution 2560×1600
pixel display, powered by Samsung’s most recent silicon. I wrote recently
about the new Google Chromebook, and I think it still deserves mention in
this article, because between the four devices, Google has created a powerful
competitor in the key mobile markets; smartphone, 7″ tablet, 10″ tablet,
and ultrabook. As well, as their ecosystem grows, the cross-device
capabilities are ever increasing.
The Nexus 4
LG rece... (more)
Watch CloudViews Unplugged!
Watch the November episode of CloudViews Unplugged – a monthly video blog
analyzing the top cloud news stories.
Oracle is acquiring Instantis, a cloud-based and on-premise project portfolio
management (PPM) solution, according to this GigaOM blog. Oracle plans to use
Instantis capabilities with its Fusion and Primavera applications.
Recent forecasts on enterprise software and cloud computing reveal that
analytics, mobility, security, and integrating legacy systems are influencing
IT buyer’s decisions, according to this Forbes article. The article rounds
up ten of the latest predictions on market growth and trends.
Amazon opened a new data center in Sydney, Australia, according to this
InformationWeek article. The data center will lower latency for the 10,000
AWS customers in Australia and New Zealand.
In the November episode of C... (more)
The Innovative CIO!
The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation – the
new book from Andi Mann and George Watt
The APM group recently warned that competing cloud computing standards could
harm the market, according to this ComputerWeekly article. There are
currently around 20 competing cloud standards and APM argues that without an
industry-wide standard, organizations may be hesitant to move to cloud.
The Weather Channel recently experienced its highest traffic ever during
Hurricane Sandy and a recent switch to the cloud allowed their real-time
radar mapping system to scale with the increased demand, according to this
NetworkWorld article. During the hurricane, they scaled up from 20 to 175 AWS
nodes to meet the demand of 450 million users.
Savvis, a managed hosting provider, has launched Savvis Direct, a beta
compute service, as w... (more)
Non, il ne s’agit pas d’annoncer une catastrophe économique qui ferait
que les entreprises arrêteraient d’investir en Informatique.
Il s’agit au contraire d’une excellente nouvelle pour des dirigeants, les
directeurs financiers et les informaticiens : la grande majorité des
« investissements » que l’on retrouve dans un budget CAPEX (Capital)
vont passer dans un budget de fonctionnement OPEX (Operations).
Ce Tsunami financier va toucher tous les domaines de l’informatique,
infrastructures et usages.
Réseaux, serveurs et postes de travail, les trois composants principaux
d’une infrastructure informatique sont impactés par cette révolution.
Depuis longtemps, l’immense majorité des entreprises achètent leurs
réseaux externes à des opérateurs et sont déjà en OPEX. Ce mouvement
c’est étendu aux réseaux mobiles, qui deviennent le moyen d’acc... (more)