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Get liquor quicker with Amazon's alcohol delivery service

Get liquor quicker with Amazon's alcohol delivery service

Life is hard. Some people turn to alcohol to take the edge off, or to make their existence a little more tolerable. For folks who live in Seattle, Washington, Amazon.com Inc. is now available to help get alcohol down your throat. Amazon Prime members in the Seattle area will find three new delicious categories of products in the Prime Now app: Cold Beer, Wine, and Spirits. Pick your poison. Prime Now is the app that makes a limited selection of Amazon products available with free 2 hour delivery, or you can have it on your doorstep in an hour,... more »
Blue Box is optimistic about move to IBM | #OSSV15

Blue Box is optimistic about move to IBM | #OSSV15

It was a hectic 90 days from acquisition to the announcement that Blue Box would integrate with IBM’s OpenStack private Cloud options, where it would sit with subsidiary SoftLayer. In addition to personnel integration, the companies worked together on the technical integration. “It’s a real testament to the technical and engineering staff at Blue Box to be able to take a standard, well-built platform for data centers and deliver it in SoftLayer,” said Tyler Britten, technical marketing manager for Blue Box. “It was exciting to see how quicky everything could come together.” Britten joined John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the... more »
OpenStack is ready for prime time — with caveats | #OSSV15

OpenStack is ready for prime time — with caveats | #OSSV15

OpenStack is ready for prime time, but that comes with cost — and challenges — said Nati Shalom, CTO and founder of GigaSpaces Technologies, which provides software middleware for deployment, management and scaling of mission-critical applications on Cloud environments. “The barrier to adoption for OpenStack is a lot of moving parts. A good approach is to use appliances or prepackaged solutions,” Shalom told John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015. Established companies often have a mix of legacy systems and new products. When considering how to balance this infrastructure, Shalom recalled the common... more »
Facebook was used by 1 out of every 7 humans on Monday

Facebook was used by 1 out of every 7 humans on Monday

Facebook has been spreading across the planet over the last decade like a particularly infectious disease, infecting both young and old alike. As of the end of June, the social network boasted a monthly active user base of over 1.49 billion people, and Facebook topped yet another milestone on Monday when it was used by over 1 billion people in a single day. For reference, the total world population is estimated to be a around 7.3 billion people, meaning that on Monday, roughly 1 in 7 people alive today were using Facebook at some point. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but... more »
Build less, assemble more, says Apcera CEO | #OSSV15

Build less, assemble more, says Apcera CEO | #OSSV15

The big disruptor now is the lightweight nature of container technology, according to Apcera, Inc. CEO Derek Collison. The bleeding-edge companies, such as Netflix, which use AMIs and containers, fuel this disruption. Collison talked with John Furrier, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during OpenStack Silicon Valley. “If it’s a container, it’s extra lightweight, and there’s a repository of them supported by the vendor,” he said. “I can build faster by building less and assembling more. To me, that’s the disrupting thing that’s happening.” But as developers consider lightweight, is OpenStack too heavy? “It’s fun to geek out about container technology,” said Collison.... more »
'Hybrid Cloud is everything' | #OSSV15

'Hybrid Cloud is everything' | #OSSV15

OpenStack Silicon Valley was all about the Cloud and major shifts that are taking place in the industry. Cutting straight to the point, John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, sat down with Monty Taylor, director of OpenStack innovation with IBM, to talk about his move to IBM and the Cloud opportunities that are becoming more available with the evolution of the technology. The Cloud is a 'mindset, an opportunity' The question of the day from John Furrier was, “What is the deal with hybrid Cloud?” “I think it is a mindset and an opportunity,” explained Taylor, who runs... more »
People aren't playing mobile games as much as they used to, says Flurry Analytics

People aren't playing mobile games as much as they used to, says Flurry Analytics

While the mobile device market may be reaching the saturation point where even two-year-olds know how to swipe right, the way people use their smartphones and tablets is still constantly evolving. Mobile gaming may have led the charge in the early days of smartphones, but not it seems that people are spending quite as much time slicing fruit or hurling birds to their death as they used to. According to a recent study by Flurry Analytics, Americans now spend only 15 percent of their smartphone or tablet usage playing mobile games. This is a dramatic drop from the 32 percent found... more »
Google's self-driving car and the future, with Lew Tucker | #OSSV15

Google's self-driving car and the future, with Lew Tucker | #OSSV15

Google’s self-driving car is a prime example of the multiple capabilities that are emerging in today’s move toward Cloud computing. Like the body, new technology will be taking input from receptors, as well as be controlled by a centralized system – that means tomorrow’s systems have to be even more advanced, operate in real time and process more data. Lew Tucker, VP and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems, Inc., joined John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015 to talk about the direction of Cloud technology and how advances will better... more »
OpenStack from the trenches | #OSSV15

OpenStack from the trenches | #OSSV15

The digital marketing space is always changing, and it takes someone in the trenches to make the strategic decisions that will influence a company’s trajectory. From OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015, John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, sat down with Lisa-Marie Namphy, HP Helion & OpenStack Solutions Marketing Manager at HP Enterprise, to ask what she is hearing from the inside. What are people ready for? One of the top trends is that people are ready to get into production and move their ideas into final form. As Namphy put it, “People are ready to move on;... more »
Blue Box Cloud integrates with IBM OpenStack | #OSSV15

Blue Box Cloud integrates with IBM OpenStack | #OSSV15

Only 90 days ago, Blue Box Group became part of the IBM family. Now, Blue Box integrates with IBM’s OpenStack private Cloud options where it will sit with subsidiary SoftLayer. “This gives Blue Box access to the whole network of SoftLayer locations,” said Todd Moore, vice president of open technology for IBM. “Enterprises have access to private Cloud as a Service through Blue Box and have its ease of getting onboarded and set up.” Moore spoke to John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during OpenStack Valley 2015. OpenStack provides much-needed functionality OpenStack serves as the latest example of IBM’s long... more »
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- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.