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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

SAP Drives Openness and Choice for Virtualization and Cloud Computing

As cloud computing and virtualization rapidly evolve, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) is working in a preferred three-way strategic collaboration with partners EMC (NYSE: EMC) and VMware to develop tools and services that make it easier for customers to adopt cloud and run SAP systems in next-generation cloud infrastructures with increasing levels of automation. The company is deepening its partnerships with EMC and VMware to deliver even more business agility and scale efficiencies by taking advantage of two key transformational technologies: cloud computing and in-memory technology. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE® NOW + SAP® TechEd, being held as a co-located event in Madrid from November 8-10. In Collaboration With SAP, EMC and VMware Accelerate the Journey to Cloud Computing As a next step to extensive and ongoing innovation with partners to unleash the benefits of ... (more)

With Cloud, The PaaSibilities Are Endless…

I read a very interesting article from ZDNet UK this morning titled “Amazon Cuts Off Stack at the PaaS” The gist of the article is that according to Werner Vogels (@werner,) AWS’ CTO, they have no intention of delivering a PaaS service and instead expect to allow an ecosystem of PaaS providers, not unlike Heroku, to flourish atop their platform: “We want 1,000 platforms to bloom,” said Vogels, before explaining Amazon has “no desire to go and really build a [PaaS].” That’s all well and good, but it lead me to scratch my head, especially with regard to what I *thought* AWS already offered in terms of PaaS with BeanStalk, which is described thusly in their FAQ: Q: What is AWS Elastic Beanstalk? AWS Elastic Beanstalk makes it even easier for developers to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS Cloud. Developers simply upload their application, and Elastic Be... (more)

Telmap integrates South Africa’s Eat Out restaurant guide into the Telmap Mobile Location Companion

Partners with New Media for new ultra-local content LONDON, 7 June, 2012 - Telmap, pioneers in mobile location-based services, announced today a partnership with New Media, for the integration of its Eat Out brand, the most definitive, credible restaurant guide of South Africa into the Telmap Mobile Location Companion. Eat Out is accessible via a variety of media channels. At the centre of the brand is the website, supported by a weekly e-newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, an annual glossy magazine and the much-anticipated Eat Out Restaurant Awards held in November of each year. The website lists over 3,500 restaurants in cities and towns in all nine provinces. Users of the Telmap powered Cell C Xplorer are now able to enjoy Eat Out content on Blackberry devices for free with Android device availability already in the pipeline. Users can access Eat Out informa... (more)

Brands providing poor customer experience face a tough festive season

Survey of festive spenders reveals that consumer shopping experience online and in-store can make all the difference London, 21 November, 2012 - More than half of adults online (53%) admit that their online and in-store experiences with brands are likely to affect who they choose to shop with for gifts and presents this festive season, according to an online YouGov survey commissioned by Emailvision, the leader in customer intelligence and relationship marketing. It's the last pay check before the festive season commences, and this year UK shoppers are set to spend a total of £87 billion[1]. In a noisy market filled with attractive offers, retail brands will need to work hard to keep their customers happy and loyal. Retailers need to make the most of available customer data and take advantage of this last consumer splurge before the New Year's resolutions kick in; m... (more)

Cisilion and Easynet present a unified front

Easynet launches new Unified Communications solution with Cisilion London, 22nd November 2012 - For businesses to be effective, integrated communications enable employees, customers, suppliers and partners to work in the most efficient way. By enabling collaboration and centralising critical services such as the address book, shared document repositories and instant messaging, businesses can drive efficiency but also transform the work environment. Easynet today builds on its existing smart solutions set by offering a tailored consultative approach to the implementation of unified communications. This solution starts with a thorough, comprehensive audit of the business and delivers a unified communications environment that is fully integrated into the customer's infrastructure. Easynet is partnering with the award-winning integrator Cisilion, whom Easynet selected du... (more)

CWCS US arm Supreme Servers opens unique, high-spec data centre facility in Dallas

Expansion part of wide-reaching company updates, including improved Cloud Server Hosting configuration and higher capacity Microsoft Hosted Exchange plans 28th November 2012 - CWCS, the UK's leading managed hosting and support firm, has expanded its US operations with the launch of a new data centre facility. The Supreme Servers arm of the company has established the facility in Dallas, Texas to give customers, both in the USA and those elsewhere who want US hosting, another location option for their Virtual Private Servers (VPS). The unique, high-tech centre features SSD storage, which is up to 136x faster than standard storage, and is LEED Gold certified and SOC2 Type 1 audited. This backs up established data centre facilities in Miami, Florida and Toronto, Canada. Customers can order a VPS online at www.supremeservers.com. Karl Mendez, CEO at CWCS, said the new da... (more)

Battlespace Awareness and Unmanned Vehicles: Common Control Services

By ChrisScott As the White House struggles to define the roles and authorities related to unmanned vehicles (see Predator Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) NY Times 25 November), DoD struggles to clean up years of haphazard acquisition of these systems for the warfighter. The appetite for the game-changing capabilities of a system that can penetrate deep into the battle space and accumulate limitless reams of data will only continue to grow. The budgets will be rationalized to account for the transition of forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but the warfighter will not easily give up these valuable tools. Money will have to be saved without reducing capabilities. The most obvious place to start is in unmanned vehicle control services. Every system cannot be delivered with platform specific requirements to command and control the vehicle. The sheer expense o... (more)

Over Half Of Chief Information Officers Fail To Test Cloud Vendors’ Security Systems & Procedures

Only 45% of CIOs report that they test security systems and procedures provided by cloud vendors Security issues remain the biggest concern for CIOs migrating their systems to the cloud Vast majority (84%) of CIOs are either concerned or very concerned about cybersecurity LONDON, 5 December, 2012 - Cybersecurity tops CIO's concerns, with 84% of CIOs stating that they are either concerned or very concerned about the risks associated with IT security breaches. Yet while security issues remain the biggest concern that CIOs have about migrating their technology functions to the cloud, less than half (45%) test cloud vendors' security systems and procedures. The news follows a report by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), which found that the rate of adoption by UK organisations is accelerating. Its study of 250 IT directors in private and public sector organisations found... (more)

Avnet, Inc-owned Magirus International becomes 1st EMEA distributor with EMC VSPEX Assembly Services Capability

Adds to portfolio of EMC Velocity Services Implement capabilities and provides business partners access to flexible data centre solution implementations STUTTGART, GERMANY - Today, Magirus International announced that it is the first distributor in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to offer assembly services for EMC VSPEX. The assembly services capability will help the company better support many of its reseller partners by delivering pre-built, multi-vendor solutions such as VSPEX that include EMC technology. Magirus International was acquired recently by Avnet Technology Solutions, a leader in global IT solutions distribution and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT). Through Magirus International's data centre expertise, Avnet will now be able to support business partners by assembling VSPEX as well as integrating this technology with other data cent... (more)

Dr. Dobbs: Getting Web Navigation Right

When putting together your website pages and menu structure, you have to decide how to organize the content and figure out what goes where and under which menu and topic labels. In the past this was mostly an ad hoc process that involved a few people sitting around a table guessing at how your content should be organized. But now there are online tools that can help you test your website to see if your choices were the right ones, or if there is some other organizational structure that would make more sense for your visitors. I talk more about how to use two broad categories of tools, card sort and tree testing, in my post today on Dr. Dobbs’ Develop in the Cloud here. ... (more)