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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)

Japanese Government Gets into the Cloud

Over the last week I've been away at my cottage on vacation so I'm trying to catch up on my massive backlog of emails (about 5k worth). One of the more interesting was one sent earlier in the week from Masayuki Hyugaji in Japan. (I have a call with Hyugaji later this week, so I should be able to provide more details afterward) According to Hyugaji, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan has embarked in a series of new research and development activities including launching a Global Inter-Cloud Technology Forum. For those who don't speak Japanese (my wife does) the primary focus of the Global Inter-Cloud Technology Forum is on Cloud Federation and currently includes several large Japanese companies. The aim of the forum is to promote standardization of network protocols and the interfaces through which cloud systems "interwork" with each other, ... (more)

How Garbage Collection Differs in the Three Big JVMs

(Note: If you’re interested in WebSphere in a production environment, check out Michael's upcoming webinar with The Bon-Ton Stores) Most articles about Garbage Collection ignore the fact that the Sun Hotspot JVM is not the only game in town. In fact whenever you have to work with either IBM WebSphere or Oracle WebLogic you will run on a different runtime. While the concept of Garbage Collection is the same, the implementation is not and neither are the default settings or how to tune it. This often leads to unexpected problems when running the first load tests or in the worst case when going live. So let’s look at the different JVMs, what makes them unique and how to ensure that Garbage Collection is running smooth. The Garbage Collection ergonomics of the Sun Hotspot JVM Everybody believes to know how Garbage Collection works in the Sun Hotspot JVM, but lets take a c... (more)

Parabon Appoints Lance Howden as Director of Federal Sales

To support its growing presence in the Federal arena, Parabon Computation, a veteran provider of extreme-scale grid computing software and services, has appointed Lance F. Howden as Director of Federal Sales. In his new position, Mr. Howden will lead Parabon’s government sales and business development initiatives. Mr. Howden joins Parabon with a proven track record in solution sales, with particular experience in delivering innovative technologies and solutions to the Intelligence Community (IC). For the last four years, Mr. Howden worked for Teradata Corporation, where he was Senior Account Manager for the IC. He built repeatable “footprint” solutions for IC customers, and created the Federal Systems New Business Council. While there, Mr. Howden managed all the resources required to build a completely new territory, from messaging to contracts management. Prior to... (more)

Snaptu Attracts Investment From Sequoia Capital

MENLO PARK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/10 -- Snaptu, a leading mobile application company, today announced it has secured funding from Sequoia Capital. Snaptu's unique mobile service incorporates a suite of popular social networking, news, informational and sports applications, including Facebook, Twitter, Picasa and Flickr. The application works on virtually any phone -- not just smartphones -- and has been downloaded to over four million phones worldwide. "We're excited by Snaptu's technology and vision and look forward to working with them to fulfill it," said Sequoia Capital partner Gili Raanan. "We see huge value for consumers and mobile operators in Snaptu's unique approach to bringing mobile applications to virtually any phone." Snaptu CEO Ran Makavy: "With Snaptu, millions of people around the world can now use their existing phones to access their most po... (more)

Bersin & Associates Anticipates Global Spending on Integrated Talent Management Systems to Grow 22 percent to Nearly $4 Billion in 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bersin & Associates, the leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning, today announced new research that shows the market for integrated talent management technologies is hot, with global spending on these complex systems anticipated to grow 22 percent to nearly $4 billion in 2012-2013 – almost double the growth rate of 12 percent in 2011-2012. Detailed findings are included in Bersin & Associates' new comprehensive research report, Talent Management Systems 2013: Market Analysis, Trends and Provider Profiles, available now to Bersin & Associates WhatWorks® members via BersinInsights™, the personalized and integrated member information platform, and for sale to non-members. Summarized in a Bersin & Associates complimentary WhatWorks brief, the research looks at in... (more)

SumTotal Named Leader in Human Capital Management and Talent Management Reports

SumTotal® Systems, LLC, a global leader in Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced it had been named a leader in HCM solutions by Nucleus Research and a market share leader in Talent Management by Bersin & Associates. In its “Technology Value Matrix – Second Half 2012: Human Capital Management” report, Nucleus Research identified vendors as HCM leaders if they have invested in both functionality and usability features most likely to deliver the greatest initial return on investment and long-term value. The firm based usability and functionality scores on factors such as application intuitiveness, availability of role-based interfaces, productivity impact, breadth and repeatability of functionality, and investment in innovative functionality outside of the core that delivers additional benefits. “SumTotal offers a complete range of modules... (more)

Investcorp acquires office properties in Greater Houston and Chicago valued at $120 million

NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced two portfolio acquisitions comprised of 16 high-quality office properties in the Greater Houston and Chicago metropolitan areas. The combined 900,000 square foot portfolio is valued at approximately $120 million. The two acquisitions include 11 properties at the Oak Creek Center located in suburban Chicago's East-West corridor in Lombard, Illinois, and five properties known as Pin Oak Park in Houston's West Loop (Bellaire submarket), less than four miles from the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. The properties, with a combined occupancy rate of approximately 90 percent, are leased to a diverse roster of tenants, many of whom are involved in the healthcare industry.  These transactions are consisten... (more)

Blue Medora secures $1.25 million in growth capital from West Michigan investors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based technology firm Blue Medora announced they've received an additional $1.25 million in growth capital from two West Michigan-based angel investment groups: Start Garden and the Grand Angels. The company plans to use the new funding to fuel its continued rapid expansion and go-to-market activities for its unique set of virtualization and cloud monitoring and management plugins that extend the functionality of popular enterprise management systems like Oracle Enterprise Manager and IBM Tivoli. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130109/DE39834LOGO) The investment includes $500,000 from Start Garden, a Grand Rapids startup seed fund started by Rick DeVos as well as $750,000 in funds from the Grand Angels, a regional angel investment group. While Start Garden typically provides $5,0... (more)

Adminovate Further Strengthens Sales and Marketing Team with Two Key Additions

Adminovate, a privately-held consulting and solutions provider for the life, health and annuity industry, today announced two insurance industry veterans have joined the Adminovate Sales & Marketing Team. The addition of Jim Rourke as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Rich Yeni as Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) provide greater depth and proven industry experience to the Adminovate team as the company prepares for the formal launch its forwardPAS solution. In his new position, Jim will focus on establishing and spearheading the Adminovate sales and marketing strategy, while Rich will be responsible for driving global revenue through new sales and business partnerships. Chris Doggett, Adminovate CEO commented, “I have worked with both Jim and Rich in the past and I greatly respect their proven track records and extensive industry experience. With the upcomi... (more)

Catavolt Reaches New Milestones as Company Expands to Address Market Demand

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/29/13 -- Catavolt, Inc., a recognized market innovator in enterprise mobility, announced significant company milestones in revenue, customers, partners, employees and industry recognition in 2012. Last year, Catavolt's monthly recurring revenue rose by 236 percent while subscribers increased by 268 percent. Fueled by its first round of venture funding in the third quarter, the company solidified its market position by establishing partnerships with other market leaders such as Verizon Wireless and Oracle. In addition, Catavolt has added key features to the platform such as barcode reading, advanced geographic mapping capabilities and business intelligence integration that have opened up advanced use cases in more industries. Catavolt's Extender solution is a cloud service that securely provides real time access to all enterprise d... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
The technologies behind big data and cloud computing are converging quickly, offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging access to data. However, to capitalize on the cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities of analytics in the cloud, big data and cloud technologies must be integrated and managed properly. Pythian's Director of Big Data and Data Science, Danil Zburivsky will explore: The main technology components and best practices being deployed to take advantage of data and analytics in the cloud, Architecture, integration, governance and security scenarios and Key challenges and success factors of moving data and analytics to the cloud
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addresses many of the challenges faced by developers and operators as monolithic applications transition towards a distributed microservice architecture. A tracing tool like Jaeger analyzes what's happening as a transaction moves through a distributed system. Monitoring software like Prometheus captures time-series events for real-time alerting and other uses. Grafeas and Kritis provide security polic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value extensible storage infrastructure has in accelerating software development activities, improve code quality, reveal multiple deployment options through automated testing, and support continuous integration efforts. All this will be described using tools common in DevOps organizations.
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like "How is my application doing" but no idea how to get a proper answer.