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Gartner sees SaaS driving application software sales

Gartner sees SaaS driving application software sales

Growth in the enterprise application software market is being driven by cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, and will soon reach $150 billion in annual revenues, according to new research from Gartner Inc. The market watcher revealed its revenues forecast last Thursday, saying that application software sales would grow by 7.5 percent in 2015, before exceeding $200 billion in 2019. Driving this growth will be “key IT upgrades to core enterprise applications”, plus the shift towards subscription-based software models, Gartner said. According to Gartner, “alternative consumption models” to traditional on-premise lincenses now count for over fifty percent of new software implementations. Together with SaaS,... more »
Geopolitical gambit: U.S. considering sanctions against Chinese companies for cyber-espionage

Geopolitical gambit: U.S. considering sanctions against Chinese companies for cyber-espionage

The United States Government may be about to get tough on Chinese companies that benefit from State sponsored cyber-espionage with the Administration said to be planning to announce unprecedented sanctions. According to reports, what form the sanctions will take has yet to be decided, but "a final call is expected soon—perhaps even within the next two weeks," according to several administration officials quoted off the record. The issuing of targeted sanctions at Chinese companies is described as being a significant expansion of the Administrations response to an alleged wave of cyber-espionage that is said to have stolen everything from "nuclear power plant designs... more »
Lenovo to restructure mobile business around Motorola

Lenovo to restructure mobile business around Motorola

It's no secret that China's Lenovo Group Ltd. has big ambitions to become a leader in mobile, as its done so in the PC business. But that didn't stop eyebrows being raised when it made the decision to purchase Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., the failing smartphone business owned by search engine giant Google, for a whopping $2.91 billion in 2014. Once one of the world's most recognizable mobile phone companies, Motorola has been bleeding cash for years, and even under Google's stewardship it saw several consecutive quarterly losses. Now, Lenovo, who's own smartphone brand has lost market share in recent quarters, has... more »
UK bank Barclays to start accepting Bitcoin payments to charities by the end of the year

UK bank Barclays to start accepting Bitcoin payments to charities by the end of the year

British financial services company Barclays Bank PLC is jumping on the Bitcoin bandwagon with news that it will start facilitating Bitcoin payments. According to The Sunday Times (paywall) Barclays has a announced that it will start supporting the use of Bitcoin for payments to charities as an alternative way for those non-profits to raise funds. The report wasn't entirely clear on exactly how the support for Bitcoin would be handled but noted that the bank had entered into partnership with a 'Bitcoin exchange, or spending platform,' and aims to begin the experiment by the end of 2015; potentially this suggests that the... more »
New Apple TV to get serious price hike, may be justified due to introduction of gaming

New Apple TV to get serious price hike, may be justified due to introduction of gaming

The 4th generation of Apple, Inc.'s Apple TV will be getting a price hike along with a serious boost under the hood, a report claimed over the weekend. 9to5Mac claims that the new Apple TV will retail for "below $200" before further noting that it will go on sale for either $149 or $199, significantly higher that the third generation of the Apple TV which is sold for $69. The report further confirms that it will be announced along with the new Apple iPhones September 9, but adds that it will go on sale in October. Of interest, given that competing devices from... more »
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 »
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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.