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LG add-on makes old fridges smart, Amazon rethinks the connected kitchen

LG add-on makes old fridges smart, Amazon rethinks the connected kitchen

This week’s Smart Living roundup features a new sensor that makes dumb appliances smart, an online retailer’s secret smart kitchen project, and a smart memory spoon that's really stirring things up. LG debuts smart sensor, appliances at IFA The IFA 2015 show is just a few days away and some in the tech industry are revealing early plans for what they have in store for attendees. LG Electronics, Inc. announced that it will be showcasing the SmartThinQ sensor at the event. The sensor can be attached to many traditional home appliances to add some smart functionality, such as getting a notification when the... more »
Nintendo digital game downloads can now be bought through Amazon

Nintendo digital game downloads can now be bought through Amazon

It has taken them quite a while, but it looks like Nintendo Co. Ltd. is finally learning how this internet thing works. Today the Japanese game company launched a new digital storefront on Amazon.com that will allow users to purchase and download a small selection of Nintendo games for Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. Using the new storefront seems surprisingly straightforward compared to Nintendo's usual complicated online systems. After buying one of the eligible games through the Amazon site, you will be given a link to a page that will ask for your Nintendo Network login. Once you are signed in... more »
Pass the bong: Google launches a new san-serif logo for change's sake

Pass the bong: Google launches a new san-serif logo for change's sake

Google has stepped forward Tuesday in its evolution as a brand to great new territory with a "brave" new logo that kicks off Google's past and encapsulates a new beginning for a company that wishes to do amazingly new things in the decades ahead. LOL, just joking. Google has instead simply changed the font for their logo, although at the time of writing it's only showing in the United States at Google.com and hasn't been rolled out to other Google properties. Despite the fact that it sounds like a badly implemented April Fools Day joke, Google confirmed the change in a post to... more »
The calm before the storm: VMworld 2015 Day 1 recap | #VMworld

The calm before the storm: VMworld 2015 Day 1 recap | #VMworld

With an important VMware, Inc. announcement expected on Day 2 of VMworld 2015, Dave Vellante and John Furrier of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, wrapped up day 1 at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco by calling it the "calm before the storm." Tick tock On Tuesday, hedge-fund giant Elliott Management Corp.’s timeclock expires on the standstill provisions made with EMC Corp.'s (the holding company for the Federation’s assets) CEO Joe Tucci. Elliot wants to spin VMware off into a standalone company, while EMC would like to keep it as part of its Federation. Vellante and Furrier expect to hear many details from... more »
Birst's 'Networked BI' lets users play but keeps data safe

Birst's 'Networked BI' lets users play but keeps data safe

Fast-growing analytics startup Birst, Inc. is announcing a new way for organizations to democratize business intelligence, enabling individual users to customize their views and applications without compromising the central data store. A concept the company calls “Networked BI” is designed to “virtualize the entire BI ecosystem, transforming every aspect of an organization’s approach to analytics,” Birst said in a press release. The features are likely to have the greatest immediate value in geographically dispersed organizations, where local and corporate data need to be combined, and in vertical markets. In a conventional analytics scenario, customization would require the corporate IT group to make... more »
Apple partners with Cisco to provide a wireless “fast lane” for corporate iPhones

Apple partners with Cisco to provide a wireless “fast lane” for corporate iPhones

The corporate network is about to get a lot faster for iOS users thanks to a new partnership between Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. that will see traffic from iPhones and iPads receive priority treatment from the latter’s widely-deployed switches. It’s the latest of the mobile giant’s efforts to strengthen its hold over the workplace through alliances with established vendors. Apple has previously teamed up with IBM Corp. for a one-stop-shop procurement service meant to make it easier for large organizations to introduce Macs into their traditionally Windows-dominated offices. That deal built on an earlier agreement to develop over 100 vertical-specific... more »
We've seen the post apocalyptic future, and it's Uber

We've seen the post apocalyptic future, and it's Uber

The vehicles from Mad Max went beyond Thunderdome this week, all the way to Seattle, Washington. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc., went all out to promote the new Mad Max video game that went on sale today. In what can only be described as a brilliant cross promotional partnership, Warner Bros. teamed up with Uber Inc. to give the sharing economy a taste of post apocalyptic transportation. The aggressive-looking muscle cars were familiar to anyone who watched Mad Max: Fury Road, the successful series reboot that featured Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. They looked completely out of place on Seattle... more »
Back to basics: Why we need hardware-agnostic storage | #VMworld

Back to basics: Why we need hardware-agnostic storage | #VMworld

In a world full of hyper this and flash that, George Teixeira, president and CEO of DataCore Software Corp., explained how going back to to the basics will improve enterprise-level storage solutions. Teixeira and Dustin Fennell, VP and CIO of EPIC Management, LP, sat down with Dave Vellante on theCUBE from the SiliconANGLE Media team at VMworld 2015 to discuss the evolution of architecture and the need to move toward hardware-agnostic storage solutions. Pure VM VMworld 2015 offers a refreshed look at virtualization and its focus on I/O and storage performance, but as Teixeira explained, “I am worried about the fundamentals, because virtualization in the early days was... more »
Deus Ex is offering an awful tiered pre-order scheme called "Augment your Pre-order"

Deus Ex is offering an awful tiered pre-order scheme called "Augment your Pre-order"

With the growth of digital distribution systems like Steam and PlayStation Network, game publishers can't rely on the fear of limited supplies to convince consumers to pre-order new titles. Instead, they have to offer all kinds of incentives like discounted prices, merchandise, and exclusive downloadable content (DLC) to bribe – or in some cases extort – players to convince them to pre-order. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd. is taking a somewhat underhanded approach to pre-order bonuses for the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the much anticipated follow-up to the 2011 game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. For... more »
Startup Reduxio launches a new kind of hybrid array that makes snapshots “obsolete”

Startup Reduxio launches a new kind of hybrid array that makes snapshots “obsolete”

Between the roughly half a dozen startups leading the transition towards flash storage and all the traditional vendors that have jumped aboard the bandwagon, there isn’t much room left for new contenders. But Reduxio Systems Inc. thinks that the industry could make do with another hybrid array.  The venture-backed startup is entering the game with the HX 550, a hybrid system that launched this morning with the promise to up the ante on the efficiency of flash storage several notches, starting at the most fundamental system level. The homegrown software that powers the array. dubbed TimeOS, automatically compresses data as it’s written to disk. That... more »
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- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.