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9 key enterprise tech trends for 2015 and beyond

Here’s the crazy thing about looking ahead at this particular point in time: Quite a bit of enterprise tech that got traction this year was barely on the map last year. How much of it has legs? A whole lot of it, I’m betting, which indicates a pace of change that’s much quicker than usual. This fresh crop gives me the luxury of not repeating myself. Most of the tech trends I talked about last year already seem passé — the triumph of JavaScript, identity as the new security, memory as the new storage, the ascendance of developers in the enterprise, and so on. Ring in the new!…” Via Eric Knorr, InfoWorld



A Good Hybrid Cloud Case Study–Asheville Shows How Hybrid Should Be Done
…The Amazon sponsored “City In A Cloud” competition is one of those dime-a-dozen vendor competitions, but the Asheville case study, as detailed by its CIO, Jonathan Feldman, is certainly food for thought nonetheless. Feldman had something of a problem. Recently arrived to the CIO position, he took a look at the way the city provided for recovery from a disaster. …Feldman first looked to a build out of Asheville’s own regional DR facility. Once this project was cancelled, he went back to the drawing board to look whether the cloud could help with Asheville’s issue. …Feldman looked to the cloud to give as much geographic spread as he wished for. …as an example of moving to the cloud, putting an organization’s faith in a small startup, and believing that cloud migration is actually possible, the Asheville case study is highly illustrative.” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

‘Watson AI, cloud, mobile’, says payments firm, trousering £49m
Mobile payments company Monitise has raised £49m via partners Telefonica, Santander and MasterCard to invest in global payments tech. The company said it will use IBM’s cognitive computing engine, Watson, to support its “cloud-based mobile commerce” applications, which it intends to flog to businesses across the world. Monitise’s co-chief executive Alastair Lukies said the partnerships will help the company capitalise on the “global phenomenon” of the mobile money market. …” Via Kat Hall, The Register


A Digital Healthcare Argument For Net Neutrality

The federal agency regulating communications is at a crossroads in establishing the rules of the road for how the Internet operates. Many commentators are rightfully concerned that the FCC could adopt rules that will give cable and phone companies the opportunity to discriminate against website providers and/or content, which would potentially put some sites in a paid fast lane and leave other sites in a slow lane. This possibility has prompted massive public backlash… This new concept of tiered pricing based on the type of content being delivered would disrupt the internet as we know it and would harm doctors, patients, and smaller startup Internet companies working diligently to upgrade our nation’s digital healthcare infrastructure…” Via Mathew Douglass, TechCrunch

Why You Need NoSQL For The Internet Of Things
Your relational database is great. Really, it is. But it’s not going to help you with your Internet of Things project. Really, it isn’t.  At least, not according to a study by Machina Research, which looks at the management of data in the coming network of billions of smart devices. It finds that while relational databases will play a role for “processing structured, highly uniform data sets,” NoSQL databases are critical for the far bigger task of “managing more heterogeneous data generated by millions and millions of sensors, devices and gateways.” If you’re a developer, in other words, you need to add a NoSQL database or two to your arsenal. …” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite


AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

“…The problem was global and has been noticed as far away as Australia, where posters to the AusNOG mailing list reported problems lasting for up to two hours. Chat on the list suggests Amazon has re-routed traffic over different submarine cables to address the issue. With North Americans about to shop themselves silly at online sales, this wobble has very poor timing…” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register

In Response To Azure Outages, Amazon Has Its Day Of Doom–AWS Cloudfront Suffers Global Issue
“…That would today appear to have been a wise strategy as AWS itself suffers a serious outage on the day before Cyber Friday. Amazon’s Cloudfront DNS service is suffering issues which, in turn, are creating serious page load times for many major websites that utilize the service. …I wonder whether the other DNS providers will be as understanding about AWS’ bad day as AWS was about Microsoft’s?” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

It seems Microsoft is buying email app Acompli
An overeager Microsoft exec, Rajesh Jha, created a post on the official Microsoft blog with the URL, as reported by Mark Wilson, which as the URL indicates, makes it look like Microsoft has acquired Acompli. Acompli is an email application with integrated calendar that some have called the mobile Outlook that Microsoft should have made. …” Via Stowe Boyd, GigaOM Research

Azure has put new life into Active Directory
Active Directory is dead: long live Active Directory. While Microsoft’s Windows Server Active Directory (WSAD) is unable to meet the needs of today, its younger sibling Azure Active Directory (AAD) looks set to take the world by storm. …Despite my concerns, it is hard to argue with AAD’s utility. It provides needed functionality for today’s joined-up world, and does it simply and robustly. The early versions had many teething problems but most of those have been worked out. AAD is a fully modern federated identity service ready to handle the applications of yesterday, today and tomorrow.” Via Trevor Pott, The Register

Citrix clambers aboard GPU-powered app-delivery bandwagon
Desktop virtualisation’s year has been marked by a growing number of insistences that the technology is now mature, doesn’t require more storage than you first planned for and can handle even graphics-intensive, workstation-grade workloads. Hence announcements like Google and Nvidia suggesting Chromebooks can run anything if they get can their hooks into NVIDIA GPUs, and VMware showing up at HPC conferences to talk GPU-powered VDI. And Citrix? The company’s had GPU sharing for a while now, but has now announced that XenApp now supports NVIDIA GRID vGPUs. …” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register


There’s no magic in PaaS, only trade-offs

“It seems ever so many magical solutions are available to us these days. “Want to build the Next Big Web App? Open an account with WhizBang PaaS Services and we’ll take care of everything for you — all you need to do is upload your code!” …As many people are coming to understand, there is some legitimacy to these claims — to a point, and with significant caveats. …” Via Paul Venezia, InfoWorld

Docker CEO: Commercial management software in the pipe
Three months after last appearing on theCUBE at VMworld 2014, Docker Inc. CEO Ben Golub returned to the mobile studio on the occasion of another major partner’s conference to provide an update on what changed at the industry’s hottest cloud startup in the last quarter. The veteran executive shared a by-now familiar story of breakneck growth and a continuously expanding vision. …” Via Maria Deutscher, SiliconANGLE



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