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The Cloud Winners and Losers?

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The cloud is revolutionising IT. However there are two sides to every story: the winners and the losers. Who are they going to be and why? If you can’t wait here are the losers: HP, Oracle, Dell, SAP, RedHat, Infosys, VMWare, EMC, Cisco, etc. Survivors: IBM, Accenture, Intel, Apple, etc. Winners: Amazon, Salesforce, Google, CSC, Workday, Canonical, Metaswitch, Microsoft, ARM, ...

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Instant Big Data Stream Processing = Instant Storm

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Every 6 months at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, I work on something technical to test our tools first hand and to show others new ideas. This time around I created an Instant Big Data solution, more concretely “Instant Storm”. Storm is now part of the Apache Foundation but previously Storm was build by Nathan Marz during his time at ...

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The next IT revolution: micro-servers and local cloud

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Have you ever counted the number of Linux devices at home or work that haven’t been updated since they came out of the factory? Your cable/fibre/ADSL modem, your WiFi point, television sets, NAS storage, routers/bridges, media centres, etc. Typically this class of devices hosts a proprietary hardware platform, an embedded proprietary Linux and a proprietary application. If you are lucky ...

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How to successfully attack a software dinosaur?

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We all have “enjoyed” working with some software that was purchased because “You can’t get fired because you bought…”. This software is known for being the industry leader. Not because it is easy to use, easy to integrate, easy to scale, easy to do anything with,… It often is quite the opposite. So why do people buy it? First of ...

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Software Defined Everything

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The other day Taxis in London where on strike because Uber was setting up shop in London. Do you know a lot of people that still send paper letters? Book holiday flights via a travel agent?  Buy books in book stores? Rent DVD movies? 5 smart programmers can bring down a whole multi-billion industry and change people’s habits. It has long been ...

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How the Cloud makes Windows irrelevant

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Windows has been running on the majority of PCs for many years now. Microsoft successfully translated its client monopoly into a stronghold server position. However times are changing and it is no surprise that the new CEO of Microsoft is a Cloud expert. Cloud can make Windows irrelevant. Why? On the cloud you no longer use a client-server architecture. HTML5 ...

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The future of Big Data is linked to Cloud

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Data volumes are growing exponentially. Unstructured data from Twitter, LinkedIn, Mailling Lists, etc. has the potential to transform many industries if it could be combined with structured data. Machine learning, natural language processing, sentiment analysis, etc. everybody talks about them, hardly anybody is really using them at scale. Too many people when they talk about Big Data unfortunately start with ...

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Big Data 2013 Predictions

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If you just invested a lot of money in a Big Data solution from any of the traditional BI vendors (Teradata, IBM, Oracle, SAS, EMC, HP, etc.) then you are likely to see a sub-optimal ROI in 2013. Several innovations will come in 2013 that will change the value of Big Data exponentially. Other technology innovations are just waiting for ...

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5 Strategies for Making Money with the Cloud

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Everybody is hearing Cloud Computing on the television now. Operators will store your contacts in the Cloud. Hosting companies will host your website in the Cloud. Others will store your photos in the Cloud. However how do you make money with the Cloud? The first thing is to forget about infrastructure and virtualization. If you are thinking that in 2013, ...

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