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April 28, 2014  7:29 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (4/21 – 4/28)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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More news on Heartbleed? That’s right as several of the biggest tech firms are joining forces to take on the bug. Check out what they’re doing in this week’s roundup.

1. Heartbleed response: Tech giants to fund OpenSSL, other projects – Brandan Blevins (SearchSecurity)

A dozen of the biggest tech companies (Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft) have pledged financial help to OpenSSL and other open source projects after the Heartbleed bug exposed numerous issues.

2. VMware’s Horizon 6 faces uphill battle against Citrix XenApp – Jake O’Donnell (SearchVirtualDesktop)

VMware is trying to usurp Citrix’s throne with Horizon 6, but the suite faces some challenges, including Citrix’s years of app remoting experience.

3. IBM servers’ woes continue, cloud services show promise – Ed Scannell (SearchDataCenter)

The hits just keep on coming for IBM as the company again reported disappointing overall revenues of $22.5 billion, down 4% compared with last year’s first quarter. Will its software and cloud services bring some relief for IBM?

4. Project Ara: How Google wants to revolutionize the smartphone – Vince Font (Brighthand)

Google’s Project Ara initiative aims to bring affordable modular phones to the masses, and let users to upgrade their phone at will, part by part. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

5. BI experts from Fortune 500 sound off on the future of analytics – Nicole Laskowski (SearchCIO)

Experts from Cisco, Caesars, Schneider, and GE give their two cents on how BI and analytics trends will evolve in the next two years.

April 21, 2014  7:42 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (4/14 – 4/21)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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What has the Heartbleed done to the Internet? All sorts of things, which the TechTarget writers have covered in this week’s roundup.

1. Revoked certificates cause issues after Heartbleed – Robert Lemos (SearchSecurity)

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability, the massive deluge of revoked certificates could cause palpitations across the Internet.

2. Heartbleed repairs threaten to cripple the Internet – Warwick Ashford (ComputerWeekly)

Security experts have warned that the Heartbleed bug could severely cripple the Internet as numerous organizations try to fix the security vulnerability in some versions of the OpenSSL encryption library.

3. Dell, Red Hat offer IT a refined PaaS strategy on OpenShift – Beth Pariseau and Adam Hughes (SearchCloudComputing)

Companies unite! That’s what happen when Dell and Red Hat formed a PaaS coalition based on OpenShift. But still enterprise deployments of such technologies are still few and far between.

4. What does Windows Phone 8.1 mean for business? – Jamison Cush (Brighthand)

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 has a host of business-minded goodies for IT departments. But what will that mean for business users? No more smartphone camera?

5. CIOs should prepare for the battle between old BI and new BI – Nicole Laskowski (SearchCIO)

BI and analytics will experience rapid adoption in 2014 as BI vendors face a changing market. Who will win: Old BI or new BI?


April 14, 2014  8:28 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (4/7 – 4/14)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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With the Heartbleed bug being the hot topic in the IT world last week, the TechTarget writers shared their stories about the vulnerability and more in this week’s roundup.

1. OpenSSL vulnerability ‘Heartbleed’ may have exposed encrypted traffic – Brandan Blevins (SearchSecurity)

The researchers that discovered the ‘Heartbleed’ OpenSSL vulnerability say it could have exposed encrypted Internet traffic for millions of systems.

2. End of Windows XP support brings IT to a fork in the road – Diana Hwang (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

Microsoft has officially ended Windows XP support, and those IT organizations who have yet to move off of the old OS stand at the junction of traditional PC upgrades, DaaS or VDI.

3. VMware finally takes on Citrix XenApp with Horizon 6 app remoting – Jake O’Donnell (SearchVirtualDesktop)

IT professionals finally have an alternative to Citrix for remote application publishing services with VMware firing its first salvo in the space: Horizon 6.

4. Apps for wasting time on your tablet smartphone – Sarah White (TabletPCReview)

Yes, apps have around millions of users to pass time throughout the day. But sometimes it can be overwhelming to find the best apps around so here are some of TabletPCReview’s best choices.

5. Cloud computing issues and challenges: The GRC factor – Emily McLaughlin (SearchCompliance)

In our latest #GRCchat, tweet jammers discussed cloud computing issues and challenges and explained how governance, risk and compliance factor in.


April 7, 2014  8:10 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/31 – 4/7)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Even though Microsoft promises to create universal apps to run on Windows devices, will that be enough for IT shops? That’s what the TechTarget writers are trying to figure out in this week’s roundup.

1. Are universal apps, Windows 8.1 updates enough to entice IT shops? – Diana Hwang (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

After Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8.1 update, the company promised to help developers create universal apps that will run across Windows devices, ranging from smartphones to the Xbox One. But is it enough to entice IT shops?

2. International data center expansion fuses foreign with familiar – Meredith Courtemanche (SearchDataCenter)

The U.S. data center building industry is well-established, but it’s literally a whole new world when companies expand IT operations internationally.

3. Twitter Roundup: Interop Las Vegas 2014 – Ryan Lanigan (SearchServerVirtualization)

As Interop 2014 drew some of the world’s top tech companies to show off their latest high-tech offerings, Twitter was in full effect as attendees shared their thoughts on the conference.

4. Apple and Samsung beat all other phone makers in brand loyalty – Hannah Becker (Brighthand)

This may not seem as a surprise, but a new report recently came out that said Apple has the highest rate of brand loyalty among smartphone manufacturers with 76% of iPhone users replacing their smartphones with a newer iPhone model. Does that surprise you?

5. AirWatch CEO address IT concerns, discloses VMware EUC plans – Jake O’Donnell (SearchConsumerization)

AirWatch CEO John Marshall offers up some details of the VMware EUC roadmap, including how his company’s mobility management products will integrate with Horizon.


March 31, 2014  2:22 PM

Extract maximum insights before you purge your data

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

Data is overrated. You don’t actually need data in order to generate brilliant insights. At the logical extreme, you can get by with sheer intuition. This is the human mind’s ability to grasp intrinsic patterns that are revealed by little or no a priori data. However, data isn’t completely outside the intuition equation. If your intuition isn’t subsequently confirmed through data (such as the evidence of your own senses), then it was simply a bad guess. And if your intuitions, over time, are right roughly 50 percent of the time, then they are guesswork, rather than the insights of a perceptive mind.

When our thoughts turn to retaining data, we tend to forget that its payload, not the physical or logical representation of that payload, is what we should hold onto. The true payload of data consists of the real-world entities, properties, and relationships that it denotes (e.g., customer purchases, employee profiles, financial accounts), and the correlations, trends, forecasts, and other statistical patterns it describes. Anything in the data that is superfluous, tangential, or irrelevant to any of this can safely be discarded. And that latter rule is essentially what guides data professionals’ routine decisions to purge, deduplicate, and compress the data they hold.

Compression involves reducing your retained data’s bitload down to its irreducible payload. But some data resists efficient compression, for the simple reason that it contains no significant patterns that would allow further reduction without sacrificing payload. As this recent article by Vincent Granville notes (http://ow.ly/tUHlr ), “any algorithm will compress some data sets, and make some other data sets bigger after compression. Data that looks random, that has no pattern, cannot be compressed…. In fact, the vast majority of all data sets, are almost random and not compressible.”

Actually, I take issue with that last statement. Most structured data sets have patterns, either at the row or column level, and can thereby be compressed to varying degrees. Most unstructured data sets can be compressed using dictionary encoding. And most video, audio, and image files can be compressed through extraction and encoding of their patterns. None of these objects are random in any true sense of that word.

And many complex data sets are reducible to the statistical models that a data scientist might extract from them. Conceivably, you might purge the bulk of the data that you used to build and train these models. The models themselves are the core insights–the patterns–that you were amassing all this data for in the first place.


March 31, 2014  9:31 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/24 – 3/31)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Last week, all the hype was about Microsoft’s release of Office for the iPad. But there’s a catch and the TechTarget writers have it covered in this week’s roundup.

1. IT shops get Microsoft EMM suite, Office for iPad – with a catch – Diana Hwang (SearchConsumerization)

Yes, Microsoft finally delivered an enterprise mobility management suite for IT professionals as it launched the long-awaited Office for iPad last week. But there’s a catch…

2. Will Azure Active Directory Premium boost cloud adoption? – Jeremy Stanley (SearchWindowsServer)

When Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium rolls out next month, cloud users will have granular access controls, single sign-on and more but security still remains a huge barrier for users.

3. Green data centers fail to live up to cost-savings promise – Ed Scannell (SearchDataCenter)

Green data centers promised significant cost savings, but that has been a dream deferred. So far, power-efficient chips have proved more effective.

4. Apple, Samsung, Amazon top U.S. tablet sales, but is interest in these tablets slowing? – Hannah Becker (TabletPCReview)

According to new research by a market-analysis firm, Apple, Amazon and Samsung are the top three tablet brands in the United States, but will these companies keep enjoying huge annual increases in shipments? Maybe not.

5. Target breach lawsuit pins partial blame on security vendor Trustwave – Brandan Blevins (SearchSecurity)

In a lawsuit filed by two banks, it cites Target for negligence in its massive data breach, and accuses Trustwave of not spotting the incident in a timely manner.


March 24, 2014  8:11 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/17 – 3/24)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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What? Steve Bennett out as Symantec CEO? Our TechTarget writers dig into what happened to the former CEO and more in this week’s roundup.

1. Bennett out as Symantec CEO – SearchSecurity staff (SearchSecurity)

Big news in the security world last week as Symantec fired its CEO, Steve Bennett, only lasting  less than two years on the job. He also stepped down from Symantec’s board of directors.

2. IBM Watson to aid in brain cancer cures through big data analytics – Ed Scannell (SearchDataCenter)

IBM’s collaboration with The New York Genome Center is built around its supercomputer, Watson, which could help with both brain cancer cures and big data problems.

3. Rejuvenated IBM cloud computing commitment forces major layoffs – David S. Linthicum (SearchCloudComputing)

Even though IBM has made a major commitment to cloud computing with major acquisitions of Softlayer, BlueMix and others, it forced the company to cut around 25% of its workforce, mostly in the technology and systems group. But it is rehiring on the cloud computing side.

4. Social UC tools help remove productivity fears around ‘social’ tools – Gina Narcisi (SearchUnifiedCommunications)

At Enterprise Connect 2014, a panel discussed how the combination of social and UC can help remove enterprise fears around ‘social’ tools.

5. HTC’s new One is good. Will it be good enough? – Jeff Dunn (Brighthand)

HTC will be unveiling its next-generation HTC One flagship at events early next week in New York and London. It’ll be good, but can it beat what’s coming? Here’s what the Brighthand staff knows.


March 17, 2014  7:40 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/10 – 3/17)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Wait, companies don’t value data privacy? That’s what consumers believe according to the latest online survey and the TechTarget writers dig deeper into the story in this week’s roundup.

1. Consumers: Companies don’t take data privacy and security seriously – Brandan Blevins (SearchSecurity)

According to an online survey by the cloud security vendor HyTrust Inc., nearly three out of four say companies don’t value data privacy and security. But experts say to see change, consumers must vote with their wallets.

2. Microsoft moves deeper into cloud with Office Graph, OneDrive updates – Jake O’Donnell (SearchConsumerization)

Microsoft continues its emphasis on new approaches to social collaboration and file sharing via the cloud with updates to OneDrive and a new tool tied to Yammer.

3. Talking Data podcast: Professional athletics adopts sports analytics – Ed Burns (SearchBusinessAnalytics)

Professional teams are moving quickly to adopt sports analytics to give them an edge over their competition. But not everyone is sold on the benefits of data analysis.

4. How to watch NCAA Basketball “March Madness” on your tablet – Hannah Becker (TabletPCReview)

With over 67 games and 150 hours of live coverage, the NCAA March Madness Live app will allow tablet users to not miss a minute of every game during the tournament. The app is available through the Amazon Appstore, Apple App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

5. Microsoft delivers critical IE, DirectShow fixes on Patch Tuesday – Toni Boger and Jeremy Stanley (SearchWindowsServer)

Windows Server administrators can plan for a lighter month of security updates in the latest Patch Tuesday cycle as Microsoft released five updates, including two critical.


March 10, 2014  7:35 AM

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

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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With Microsoft ending support for Windows XP within the next month, how will IT shops move forward? As it turns out, many are sticking with the operating system and the TechTarget writers explain why in this week’s roundup.

1. Where will XP stalwarts go after the end of Windows XP support? – Robert Sheldon (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

Don’t worry IT professionals, the end of official Windows XP support is not all bad news. Many IT shops will continue to stick with the OS, with many third-party options for security support.

2. Surface tablets with digitized pens gain a toehold in healthcare – Diana Hwang (SearchConsumerization)

Just 19 months after Microsoft released its Surface tablets, the company has gained a competitive foothold in the healthcare industry as many IT professionals see the Surface as a good fit for their business.

3. Target’s CIO resigns after massive data breach – Warwick Ashford (ComputerWeekly)

Target’s chief information officer, Beth Jacob, has resigned two-and-a-half months after a data breach impacted about 40 million credit and data debit cards.

4. Tablets replacing PCs in online shopping – Hannah Becker (TabletPCReview)

A recent report from online payment company Adyen indicates consumers are turning to their tablets instead of their PCs to make high-value purchases online.

5. Google IaaS to add reserved instances, autoscaling to take on AWS – Beth Pariseau (SearchCloudComputing)

Google is raising the stakes in the IaaS industry as the Google Compute Engine will soon include important features which will put it on the same playing field as Amazon Web Services.


March 4, 2014  3:58 PM

The Exabyte era is rapidly streaming our way

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

Streaming media has become so pervasive that the future is unimaginable without it. Streams are powering entertainment, advertising, marketing, education, music, community and practically every other aspect of today’s online culture. They’re also moving into the heart of business cultures everywhere.

Before long, streams will carry every digital TV program, every digital motion picture, every digital radio station, every digital musical recording, every online course, every video over IP session, every voice over IP call, every YouTube post, every digital camera feed, and every sensor feed on the face of the Earth. Many of these media streams are monetizable vessels of intellectual property. As such, people and institutions will save more of them to nonvolatile storage.

Contrast this to early days of commercial television, when very few commercial TV broadcasts were filmed for posterity. Considering that the typical streaming object will represent hundreds of megabytes of storage and that before long we will have millions of these streaming-media objects floating around, the storage requirements will be mind-boggling. Petabytes will quickly give way to exabytes and beyond.

The era of exabyte storage has already arrived, according to this recent article. One of the storage vendors the author spoke to said estimated that there are 7,000 new petabyte-scale deployments every year throughout the market now, up from 60-70 new petabyte-scale deployments per year 10 years ago. Not just that, but it says it has 5-10 customers this year who are likely to deploy at exabyte scale. Many of these deployments are being driven by ballooning video storage requirements, as well as by web-scale storage outsourcing and user-generated content.

According to the article, video storage requirements will grow still further as soon as a new ultra-high-resolution technology called 8K takes hold. As this article notes, “8K video also demands a frightening amount of resources. The combined audio and video stream alone eats up around 350 million bits per second…..and requires substantial processing power to decode.” Compare these 8K bandwidth requirements to the hundreds of thousands of bits per second on today’s video streams.

As storage costs continue to plummet, exabyte-scaling will some day be affordable for the mass business market. Let’s give it 20 years before that day arrives. For now, though, you need a highly lucrative application–such as premium video delivery–to justify the mega-million-dollar outlay for these mega-storage resources.


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