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October 21, 2013  9:36 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (10/14 – 10/21)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Between SAP TechEd 2013 and the ISSA International conferences, the TechTarget writers are traveling all over the world to cover the best IT events. And we have their stories in this week’s roundup.

1. Attendees heading to SAP TechEd 2013, looking for answers – Todd Morrison (SearchSAP)

With SAP TechEd getting prepared to get underway on Tuesday, developers, programmers and other IT professionals are hoping to hear more information about newer products, from SAP HANA to SAP Fiori.

2. ISSA conference attendees talk identity systems and security roadmap – Emily McLaughlin (SearchCompliance)

During last week’s 2013 ISSA International Conference, the SearchCompliance covered several sessions on a number of cybersecurity topics including access management, security roadmap development and identity systems.

3. IT pros call out Healthcare.gov for lack of cloud computing prowess – Beth Pariseau (SearchCloudComputing)

Many IT experts believe that the launch of Healthcare.gov this month was hurt by a byzantine, “old-school” infrastructure. The question now becomes: Could cloud computing have solved the site’s performance issues?

4. 10 key Windows 8.1 features: Start button, better search & more – Jacqueline Emigh (NotebookReview)

As of last Thursday (October 17th), the final version of Windows 8.1 was finally released with hundreds of new features including the return of the infamous “Start” button and SkyDrive integration.

5. Gartner: Low-cost devices set to dominate worldwide market – Alex Scroxton (ComputerWeekly)

Due to content consumption models and buying habits, low-priced smartphones, tablets and ultramobile hybrids are beginning to drive the global device market this year, according to new numbers from Gartner.

October 16, 2013  3:55 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: Steve Ballmer’s farewell address

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

The final days of Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft are ticking away. With the search for his successor currently underway, Ballmer thanked all of his employees one last time as he led his last Microsoft meeting as CEO. Teary-eyed and full of energy, he said goodbye to the company he built. Here’s video of his last meeting, courtesy of The Verge.

Tell us in the comments below on how you would rank Ballmer’s tenure at Microsoft.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 14, 2013  10:10 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (10/7 – 10/14)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Cloud Computing was all over the news last week and the TechTarget writers had it covered. Learn why it was such a hot topic and more in this week’s roundup.

1. Will privacy issues in the U.S. cloud services market topple Amazon? – David S. Linthicum (SearchCloudComputing)

While U.S. providers continue to dominate the cloud market, PRISM has given users a reason to be wary (particularly privacy issues). Could this spell major trouble for Amazon, one of the biggest cloud providers?

2. Facing threat from competitors, Microsoft spells out cloud plans – Ed Scannell and Jeremy Stanley (SearchWindowsServer)

Microsoft is hoping to lure corporate users away from its competitors and to its own cloud environment, the company will start offering discounts on its Azure cloud services starting November 1 to all those who have signed enterprise agreements.

3. IBM exec explains Big Blue’s approach to cloud professional services – Jessica Scarpati (SearchCloudProvider)

In a recent interview with SearchCloudProvider, IBM vice president of cloud services, Ric Telford, explains how the company has gained the edge in the cloud professional services market.

4. Dear Editor: Shame on Nikon – Laura hicks (DigitalCameraReview)

In the following letter to DigitalCameraReview, a user hoped to make some headway with Nikon to recall the D600 due to dust and oil issues. Do you think Nikon owes D600 owners a recall?

5. Gartner Symposium forecast: Cloud with a good chance of 3-D printing – Karen Goulart (SearchCIO)

After spending the past few days at Gartner’s Symposium /ITxpo 2013, Karen Goulart shares the information, insights and CIO stories she gathered from the conference and more.


October 10, 2013  2:12 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: The original voice of Siri

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Ever since Apple released its iPhone 4S, a certain voice has accompanied its smart phones. Whether you’re trying to make a phone call, send a text message, search for a location or even find a place to “hide a dead body”, Siri has become a personal assistant for you. Now, we might now who Siri actually is….her name is Susan Bennett. While Apple will not confirm it, CNN recently talked to Bennett about her famous job.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 7, 2013  11:33 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (9/30 – 10/7)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Has Dell finally gotten its mojo back? Is all data safe in the cloud? The TechTarget writers covered all this and more in this week’s roundup.

1. Is Dell getting its mojo back with new tablets and notebook PCs? – Diana Hwang (SearchConsumerization)

It looks like Dell is trying to get its “mojo” back as the company attempts to make strides and become a leader in tablets and notebook PCs with the PocketCloud and new Android / Windows 8.1 tablets and notebooks.

2. Windows Azure success cloud determine Microsoft’s cloud future – Ed Scannel (SearchWindowsServer)

It all comes down to Windows Azure. That’s what Microsoft is banking on for Windows Azure success in the cloud but are enterprise shops being slow to adopt the service?

3. Devastating Adobe breach affects 2.9 million customers; source code stolen – Brandan Blevins (SearchSecurity)

Adobe Systems Inc. has confirmed the report of a massive data breach involving the compromise of nearly 3 million customer records and source code from an as-yet-undetermined number of Adobe software products.

4. Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order – Jeff Dunn (TechnologyGuide)

Great news Microsoft fans as boxed copies of Windows 8.1 are now available to pre-order from the Microsoft Store. Pre-ordered copies will ship on October 18th, the same date the update arrives in retail stores.

5. Is all data safe in the cloud? Some lack cloud confidence – Emily McLaughlin (SearchCompliance)

In SearchCIO’s latest tweet jam, participants weighed in on cloud costs as they pertain to researching the cloud, developing cloud exit strategies and everything in between.


October 4, 2013  1:20 PM

Big data rapidly evolving away from rotating storage

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

Big data is intimately tied to data storage. One storage technology does not suffice for all data types within most enterprise big-data infrastructures. Each data type–ranging from structured to unstructured, at-rest to in-motion–has distinct storage, compression, and retrieval requirements. Structured data in batch environments traditionally use hard disk drives (HDD). More real-time requirements might use solid state drives (SSD)–especially flash storage–and cache memory.

Big data thrives on “fit-for-purpose” storage deployed differentially by functionally differentiated tiers. In a multi-tier big data architecture, you should mix and match them. Put SSD in front-end query/access nodes for high-performance and hi-capacity HDD in hub and staging nodes. SSD is best for real-time, interactive, fast query & exploration, whereas rotating disk is best for lower-speed, batch I/O. The newer in-memory platforms are also essential for real-time decision-support applications.

The optimal mix of HDD vs. SSD/in-memory storage for big data is rapidly tipping toward the latter. SSD is coming into big-data environments very rapidly, pushing HDDs and other traditional rotating media ever further to the periphery.  Likewise, in-memory platforms for analytic and transaction computing are becoming the principal approach for business intelligence and data science applications, which thrive on low-latency speed-of-thought architectures.

The new era of all-SSD big-data environments is fast approaching. SSD is proving to be more cost-effective approach over the data management lifecycle. In terms of acquisition cost–SSD vs. HDD–on a per-TB basis, I predict the tipping point toward SSD will be in 2015. To support my prediction, I call your attention to the following recent article: SSD Flash Storage At Tipping Point: IBM.

Another corroborating article is this, which provides strong evidence that flash storage is reaching the tipping point against HDDs. Chief among this evidence: “NAND flash drives are proving themselves to be both performance- and endurance-worthy in production situations–making them a better buy over time than mechanical hard drives.”

As HDD technology rapidly tips toward obsolescence, enterprise big-data platform managers will need road maps for migrating their data to the all-solid-state and all-in-memory platforms that replace them. By the end of this decade, these newer, faster, more cost-effective technologies will have almost entirely pushed HDD-based platforms into the computer history museums of the world.


October 2, 2013  8:20 AM

A variety of events in October 2013

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Whether it’s CIO, cloud, storage or even security related, there’s a variety of events and conference to check out in October. Check out our list and see if you can make any of them.

1. Texas CIO Institute (October 2-4, Austin, Texas)

2. SYNNEX National Conference (October 2-5, Greenville, South Carolina)

3. TechTarget: New Thinking on Cloud and Big Data (October 3, New York, New York)

4. Captivate Conference (October 6-8, Austin, Texas)

5. TechTarget: Information Security Decisions (October 8-9, Boston, Massachusetts)

6. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 (October 6-10, Orlando, Florida)

7. TechTarget: Integrating Cloud Storage (October 10, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

8. TechTarget: Desktop Virtualization 2013 Seminar (October 10, Seattle, Washington)

9. Best of Breed Conference (October 15-17, Tampa, Florida)

10. BigData TechCon (October 15-17, San Francisco, California)

11. DEMO Fall 2013 (October 15-17, Silicon Valley, California)

12. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 (October 15-17, Tokyo, Japan)

13. TechTarget: New Thinking on Cloud and Big Data (October 16, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

14. IP EXPO (October 16-17, London, England)

15. Forrester’s Forum For Application Development & Delivery Professionals  (October 17-18, Indianapolis, Indiana)

16. 2013 VTN Invitational Events (October 20-23, Palm Springs, California)

17. TechTarget: Tackling Next-Generation Network Security Challenges (October 22, St. Louis, Missouri)

18. TechTarget: CW500 Security Club (October 23, London, England)

19. N-able Summit (October 23-26, Scottsdale, Arizona)

20. Computer Midwest: Imagine The Future (October 25-27, Kansas City, Missouri)

21. NexTI 2013 (October 27-28, Las Vegas, Nevada)

22. Big Data World Middle East 2013 (October 28-29, Dubai, UAE)

23. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 (October 28-31, Gold Coast, Australia)

24. TechTarget: Storage Decisions 2013 (October 30, San Francisco, California)


September 30, 2013  3:28 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (9/23 – 9/30)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Did you hear about Tim Cook’s thoughts on Android tablets? Find out what he said and more in this week’s roundup.

1. IBM cloud VP talks SoftLayer and OpenStack – Beth Pariseau (SearchCloudComputing)

IBM’s cloud VP, Dennis Quan, discusses Nirvanix and Cloud Foundry partnerships, as well as IBM’s roadmap plans for software-defined environments.

2. SkyDrive Pro offers another corporate cloud storage service option – Diana Hwang (SearchConsumerization)

With cloud-based storage being in such high demand, data security concerns may become mute when Windows 8.1 ships integrated with SkyDrive next month users begin sharing business files on the free consumer version of the company’s cloud-based file-sharing service.

3. Apple CEO Tim Cook optimistic about tablets, unless they run Android – Ed Hardy (TabletPCReview)

In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his thoughts on tablets including some smack talk about Android-based models. Cook told Businessweek “I think if I bought [an Android tablet] and used it, and I thought that was a tablet experience, I’m not sure I would ever buy another tablet. The responsiveness isn’t there. The basic touch is really off. The app experience is a stretched-out smartphone kind of experience. It’s not an optimized experience.”

4. OpenWorld attendees learn best practices for upgrading Oracle Solaris – Mark Brunelli (SearchOracle)

During a session at this year’s OpenWorld, attendees learned the best practices for making sure the switch to Oracle Solaris 11 goes smoothly as possible.

5. BlackBerry’s shriveled fortune a sign mobile innovation is drying up? – Karen Goulart (SearchCIO)

In this week’s SearchCIO searchlight, is BlackBerry’s demise a sign of mobile innovation dying? Plus, what will it take for U.S. officials to regain the trust of the technology industry post-Snowden?


September 25, 2013  2:09 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: Comedian Louis C.K hates smartphones

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Mobile has been all over the news in the recent weeks from Apple’s incredible weekend of selling over 9 million iPhones to BlackBerry being bought out by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. However in a lighter approach to the mobile world, comedian Louis C.K shows his displeasure of smartphones on The Conan O’Brien Show.

Tell us in the comments below if you agree with his ‘comedic’ opinion on smartphones.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


September 23, 2013  11:37 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (9/16 – 9/23)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Between Microsoft’s follies in the mobile device market and the continued demise of the once-great smartphone giant BlackBerry, the TechTarget writers had plenty to write about in this week’s roundup. Check out their stories and share your comments below.

1. Ballmer confesses Microsoft’s mobile device missteps in final financial call – Diana Hwang and Ed Scannell (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

In his final presentation to Wall Street analysts last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted the company missed a huge opportunity to be more competitive in the now successful mobile market.

2. BBM for iOS and Android delivered amidst more BlackBerry layoffs – Bridget Botelho (SearchConsumerization)

In a good news/bad news week for BlackBerry, the company is reportedly eliminating more jobs while also rolling out its Z30 smartphone and delivering BlackBerry Messenger to Apple and Android devices.

3. ‘Appification’ nation coming soon to a file near you – Karen Goulart (SearchCIO)

In this week’s Searchlight, the ‘appification’ nation is in full effect after Box announced it’s moving squarely into Google Docs and Microsoft Office territory by creating its own word-processing online content collaboration tool.

4. Microsoft confirms Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets – Jeff Dunn (TechnologyGuide)

In New York City this morning, Microsoft finally unveiled its follow-ups to the Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets: The Surface Pro 2 and the Surface 2. Both devices will be available in the U.S. on October 22nd.

5. Magic Quadrant: Network services wanted for wired and wireless networks – Gina Narcisi (SearchNetworking)

Enterprises want sophisticated network services for their wired and wireless networks, according to the Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report.


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