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August 24, 2015  8:57 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (8/17 – 8/24)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Android, Docker, Magic Quadrant, Windows 10

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Can Windows 10 save the slumping PC market? Find out in this week’s roundup.

1. Windows 10 no savior for slumping PC market – Ramin Edmond (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

Windows 10 adoption won’t spur the PC market as many users rely on tablets and other Windows mobile devices.

2. Gartner debuts Magic Quadrant for group video – Katherine Finnell (SearchUnifiedCommunications)

A market evolution has led Gartner to create a Magic Quadrant for group video systems, as enterprises focus not only on endpoints, but infrastructure and interoperability with their room system deployments.

3. Millions left at risk as Android Stagefright fix pushed to September – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

The Android Stagefright vulnerability continues to put millions of users at risk because Google’s first attempt at a patch did not work, and a new fix likely will not come until September.

4. Cloud, mobile apps remain major tech issues for Gartner Catalyst-goers – Jason Sparapani (SearchCIO)

IT professionals gathered at Gartner Catalyst to bone up on bleeding-edge technology and apply what they learned to tech issues at home.

5. Coho Data adds Docker containers inside storage – Garry Kranz (SearchVirtual Storage)

A Coho Data DataStream software upgrade lets Docker containers execute directly on DataStream storage arrays.

August 16, 2015  8:34 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (8/10 – 8/17)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Big Data, SDN, Windows 10, Yammer

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What are some of the largest big data failures to watch out for? Find out in this week’s roundup.

1. Seven big data failures to watch out for – Nicole Laskowski (SearchCIO)

At this week’s Gartner Catalyst conference, a session on big data failures drew a crowd of IT leaders eager not to commit the same mistakes.

2. Windows 10 gets its first Patch Tuesday updates – Ed Scannell and Tayla Holman (SearchWindowsServer)

Microsoft wastes no time delivering its first critical Windows 10 Patch Tuesday fixes, along with critical updates for its Edge and IE browsers.

3. Microsoft refreshes Yammer mobile – Antone Gonsalves (SearchUnifiedCommunications)

Microsoft has made it easier for corporate employees to use Yammer mobile for team collaboration.

4. Analysts: SDN wouldn’t have prevented United Airlines network outage – Alissa Irei (SearchSDN)

Some speculate that SDN could prevent a network outage like the one that brought United Airlines to a screeching halt. Others, however, say the industry needs an SDN reality check.

5. Bitdefender hack the latest cyberattack on security vendors – Olivia Eckerson (SearchSecurity)

Bitdefender suffered a data breach in which a hacker stole a small number of unencrypted usernames and passwords for active customers. The hacker then demanded $15,000 in ransom.


August 11, 2015  6:21 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (8/3 – 8/10)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Agile, Black Hat, HP, IBM, Windows 10

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Is Internet freedom and openness really dying? Find out in this week’s roundup.

1. Black Hat 2015 opens with bleak view of Internet freedom – Robert Richardson (SearchSecurity)

Legal expert Jennifer Granick kicked off Black Hat 2015 with a warning to conference goers that Internet freedom and openness are dying.

2. As its legacy software stalls, IBM cloud service revs engine – Ed Scannell (SearchCloudComputing)

IBM’s cloud service, thanks to SoftLayer and subscriptions, is making some headway but hasn’t made up for lagging legacy software sales.

3. HP hyper-converged product upgraded, EVO:RAIL dropped – Carol Sliwa (SearchVirtualStorage)

HP launches new ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual appliances, as hyper-convergence strategy shifts to one product.

4. Rework the user story to improve Agile security – Valerie Silverthorne (SearchSoftwareQuality)

At Agile2015, discussion turned to how a user story can offer a different approach to Agile security.

5. Windows 10 builds on positive launch – Simon Quicke (MicroScope)

According to the latest figures, users are moving to the latest Microsoft operating system.


August 3, 2015  10:04 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (7/27 – 8/3)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
BlackBerry, cybersecurity, Juniper Networks, OpenStack

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Have we finally seen the end of BlackBerry? Find out in this week’s roundup.

1. BlackBerry devices face extinction amid continual losses – Jake O’Donnell (SearchMobileComputing)

BlackBerry’s smartphone revenue dropped 31% last quarter from the previous year and it could begin a sharper pivot from devices.

2. Rackspace, Intel launch OpenStack training center – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)

Enterprises are interested in OpenStack, but can’t find enough IT pros with open source cloud expertise. Rackspace and Intel hope to change that.

3. Protests lead to drafting new Wassenaar Arrangement cybersecurity rules – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

Major IT companies like Black Hat and Google spoke out against the proposed Wassenaar Arrangement rules for cybersecurity software, and those protests have caused the U.S. Dept. of Commerce to commit to drafting new rules.

4. Juniper rise could be good news for enterprise tech buyers – Antone Gonsalves (SearchNetworking)

Juniper Networks is selling to more enterprises, a trend that could heat up the competition for the wallets of tech buyers.

5. Football club hopes to score with SAP cloud-based applications – Chris Maxcer (SearchSAP)

New York City FC president Tom Glick says global soccer group needs SAP cloud innovations to continue its rapid growth.


July 27, 2015  8:30 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (7/20 – 7/27)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Cisco, HP, OpenStack, Oracle

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HP image via Shutterstock

Do you think HP was right to disclose Windows Phone vulnerabilities? Find out in this week’s roundup.

1. HP scares IT teams with Windows Phone vulnerabilities – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

HP’s Zero Day Initiative has disclosed four critical vulnerabilities found in Internet Explorer that could lead to remote code execution, but mistakenly labeled them as affecting Windows desktop not Windows Phone.

2. Cisco sheds set-top box business to develop cloud-based video delivery – Antone Gonsalves (SearchNetworking)

Cisco is selling its set-top box and cable modem business as pay TV delivery shifts to cloud-based video.

3. Google Kubernetes extends to OpenStack hybrid clouds – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)

Google has made some moves to bolster the future of Kubernetes, the open-source cluster scheduling tool Google has declared production ready.

4. Oracle Sales Cloud update aims to boost sales, efficiency – Lauren Horwitz (SearchCRM)

Oracle updates its Sales Cloud to increase sales; Infer announces new lead gen product; and Xactly Strategic Services aims to drive workforce management.

5. DataCore Software chairman lauds EMC’s ViPR strategy – Carol Sliwa (SearchVirtualStorage)

DataCore Chairman Ziya Aral shares opinions on the state of the storage industry and trends with flash, hyper-converged and software-defined storage.


July 20, 2015  9:46 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (7/13 – 7/20)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Cloud strategy, Microsoft, Oracle, Seagate

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Microsoft image via Shutterstock

What does Microsoft’s new cloud strategy look like? Find out in this week’s roundup.

1. Microsoft cloud strategy turns competitors into partners – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)

For a company once known for its closed ecosystem, the Microsoft cloud strategy is increasingly reliant on the competition.

2. DOJ takes down Darkode, but for how long? – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

The U.S. Department of Justice, in coordination with 20 countries, has taken down the computer hacking forum known as Darkode, but experts say the community is already rebuilding.

3. Seagate Technology extends enterprise storage reach in backup, HPC – Carol Sliwa (SearchStorage)

Seagate Technology extends its enterprise storage reach with new and updated products in data protection portfolio, additional partnerships in HPC.

4. Xamarin to work with Oracle on Mobile Cloud Services – Jessica Sirkin (SearchOracle)

Oracle recently partnered with startup Xamarin. Oracle also released the Oracle Commerce Cloud and got a court date for its lawsuit with Rimini Street.

5. IEEE group advocates random MAC addresses for Wi-Fi security – James Maimonis (SearchTelecom)

An IEEE group advocates random MAC addresses for increased Wi-Fi security, while networking pros say enterprise security isn’t strong enough for moving applications to the cloud.


July 13, 2015  9:17 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (7/6 – 7/13)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Azure, Citrix, Data breach, Google Drive

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How will the White House respond to the OPM data breach? Find out in this week’s roundup.

1. OPM hackers stole 21.5 million records, 1.1 million fingerprints – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

Investigators for the OPM data breach find that 21.5 million personal records were stolen in the attack, including 1.1 million fingerprints. The White House is still considering its response.

2. IT fears some Citrix products, services may disappear – Jake O’Donnell (SearchVirtualDesktop)

Citrix’s business model is shifting, as the company moves into new technology areas. And some IT pros worry about what that means for certain products.

3. NYSE outage highlights need for IT automation – Robert Gates (SearchDataCenter)

The NYSE outage has been pegged on gateways that were misconfigured for a software release, something that can be prevented with automation.

4. Azure price hikes unlikely to impact U.S. customers – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)

Currency fluctuations are behind an Azure price hike from Microsoft, but it’s more of a blip in the market than a larger trend.

5. Indian government leaked shadow data through Google Drive – Maxim Tamarov (SearchCloudSecurity)

Researchers at Elastica recently discovered an Indian government agency had its employees’ email addresses and passwords exposed through Google Drive.


July 6, 2015  9:42 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (6/29 – 7/6)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Cisco, Data Center, Internet of Things, Mobile security

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Have organizations scratched the surface when it comes to mobile security? Find out in this week’s update.

1. New Pulse Secure CEO on what mobile security lacks – Jake O’Donnell (SearchConsumerization)

Mobile security has come a long way, but organizations still have to address many sizable gaps.

2. Cisco acquires OpenDNS to fight IoT threats – Antone Gonsalves (SearchNetworking)

Cisco plans to acquire OpenDNS and use its security-as-a-service products to reduce the number of IoT threats customers face.

3. Fobber: Drive-by financial malware returns with new tricks – Maxim Tamarov (SearchFinancialSecurity)

Drive-by financial malware Fobber is the evolution of the popular Tinba — with better encryption, a newer format and a focus on the Netherlands.

4. Data center spending continues climb, led by power, DCIM – Robert Gates (SearchDataCenter)

Purchases of racks, cabling, power equipment and data center infrastructure management software top the list for data center spending.

5. Service for Apps brings in-app support to Salesforce Service Cloud – Tim Ehrens (SearchCRM)

Service for Apps allows Salesforce Service Cloud users to embed live agent support and a knowledge base within their applications and other CRM news.


June 29, 2015  8:57 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (6/22 – 6/29)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
AWS, Big Data, Oracle, VMware

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Can Oracle take on AWS in the cloud market? Tune into this week’s roundup to find out.

1. Oracle’s cloud plans for world domination start with AWS – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)

Oracle’s cloud is now complete and in its typical bravado style, plans to take on Goliath AWS right out of the gate with IaaS, PaaS, cloud storage and more.

2. VMware containers go soup-to-nuts for cloud apps – Alex Barrett and Ed Scannell (SearchServerVirtualization)

VMware adds a few more pieces to its cloud-native apps and open source initiatives, this time with Docker container tools to reel in developers.

3. Stolen passwords to blame for OPM breach; director may take the fall – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

The OPM director told a Senate hearing that passwords stolen from a contractor led to the OPM breach. Now, her job is on the line and the number of breached records could be on the rise.

4. Juniper introduces peering router for content providers – Antone Gonsalves (SearchTelecom)

Juniper Networks has introduced a compact peering router aimed at service providers looking to speed up content delivery.

5. Big data Summit panelists: Petabyte data stores fuel data science – Dave Raffo (SearchStorage)

Data scientists who study topics such as disease and climate change require robust storage systems to hold petabytes of crucial research.


June 25, 2015  7:46 AM

Spark as a fit-for-purpose big data component

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Big Data, Spark

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By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

Big data analytics infrastructures are growing more hybridized than ever. Every new technology—such as Hadoop, in-memory databases, and graph databases—finds its specific niche in terms of use cases, deployment modes, and applications for which it is best suited.

Even as Apache Spark pushes more deeply into big-data environments, it won’t substantially change this trend. Yes, of course Spark is on the fast track to ubiquity in big-data analytics. This is especially true for the next generation of machine-learning applications that feed on growing in-memory pools and require low-latency distributed computations for streaming and graph analytics. But those use cases aren’t the sum total of big-data analytics and never will be.

As we all grow more infatuated with Spark, it’s important to continually remind ourselves of what it’s not suitable for. If, for example, one considers all the critical data management, integration, and preparation tasks that must be performed prior to modeling in Spark, it’s clear that these will not be executed in any of the Spark engines (Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, GraphX). Instead, they’ll be carried out in the data platforms and elastic clusters (HDFS, Cassandra, HBase, Mesos, cloud services, etc.) upon which those engines run. Likewise, you’d be hardpressed to find anyone who’s seriously considering Spark in isolation for data warehousing, data governance, master data management, or operational business intelligence.

Above all else, Spark is the new power tool for data scientists who are pushing boundaries in the emerging era of in-memory big data analytics in low-latency scenarios of all types. In a recent column, I commented on the likely sweet-spot deployment roles—fog, stream, and cloud–where Spark will prove its value as a development tool for the new generation of data scientists building the in-memory statistical models upon which it all will depend.

Let’s not fall into the delusion that everything is converging toward Spark, as if it were the ravenous maw that will devour every other big-data analytics tool and platform. Spark is just another approach that’s being fitted to and optimized for specific purposes.

And let’s resist the hype, such as in the headline of this recent article, that treats Spark as Hadoop’s “successor.” This implies that Hadoop and other big-data approaches are “legacy,” rather than what they are, which is foundational. For example, no one is seriously considering doing “data lakes,” “data reservoirs,” or “data refineries” on anything but Hadoop or NoSQL.

After all, you can’t spark an analytic combustion engine if there’s no data fuel in the tank.


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