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Microsoft acquires VoloMetrix to boost organizational analytics capabilities

Microsoft acquires VoloMetrix to boost organizational analytics capabilities

Microsoft is getting serious about something it calls “organizational analytics” with the acquisition of VoloMetrix, a service that analyzes organizational performance using anonymized data gathered from corporate networks. In a blog post announcing the move, Rajesh Jha, Microsoft corporate vice president in charge of Outlook and Office 365, said the newly acquired technology would help Microsoft in its efforts to make employees more effective at work. The plan is to integrate VoloMetrix's technology with Microsoft's own forthcoming Delve Organizational Analytics service, which will soon become a part of Office 365. Companies use VoloMetrix to gain a better understanding of how their business... more »
IBM's IoT platform arms itself to the teeth with ARM chips

IBM's IoT platform arms itself to the teeth with ARM chips

IBM is teaming up with silicon chip manufacturer ARM Holdings Plc in a deal that will see its cloud platform watch and analyze data from billions of connected “things”. IBM said it will integrate its Internet of Things (IoT) technology with ARM's chips, which means devices running on ARM mbed chips will be able to connect directly to the IBM IoT Foundation analytics platform. All products and devices powered by ARM mbed-enabled chips can automatically register with the IBM platform, allowing for data to be delivered to the cloud for analysis. In addition, manufacturers now have the option of delivering events... more »
New Barnes & Noble Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

New Barnes & Noble Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

On Thursday, Barnes & Noble Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. unveiled the latest iteration of the Galaxy Tab NOOK series of e-reader-cum-tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK. The Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK is a co-branded version of the recently launched 8-inch Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab S2 with a few bells and whistles tailoring it to eBook consumption. Although now nearly two years old, the third-generation Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HDX, is the most likely competitor to Barnes & Noble’s latest offering. The Kindle Fire HDX is available in two sizes, one with a 7-inch display, the other 8.9-inch display, and an... more »
Cloud SaaS security firm Netskope raises $75m Series D

Cloud SaaS security firm Netskope raises $75m Series D

Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) security firm Netskope, Inc. has raised $75 million Series D in a round led by Iconiq Capital that included previous investors Accel Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and the Social + Capital Partnership. Founded in 2012, Netskope describes itself as a cloud access security broker with its Netskope Active Platform providing discovery, deep visibility, and granular control of sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud apps. Customers can use the platform to direct usage, protect sensitive data, and ensure compliance in real-time, on any device, including native apps on mobile devices and whether on-premises or remote, and with what is claimed to be... more »
Amazon Web Services snaps up video solutions startup Elemental Technologies for $500m

Amazon Web Services snaps up video solutions startup Elemental Technologies for $500m

Online video solutions and distribution company Elemental Technologies Inc. has been acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. division Amazon Web Services (AWS) for a figure believed to be $500 million. Founded in 2006, Elemental is a leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. The company claims to have pioneered the use of software-based video processing to distribute and monetize video over IP networks, providing flexibility, scalability and performance to transform high quality video into new revenue streams via turnkey, cloud-based and virtualized deployment models. Elemental's main Delta solution offers just-in-time packaging, origin services, intelligent caching, dynamic ad insertion and replacement, and end-to-end... more »
Report: Apple to launch 21.5" iMac with 4k screen in October

Report: Apple to launch 21.5" iMac with 4k screen in October

Apple's all-in-one desktop range is set for a shakeup with a report Thursday that the company will be launching a new 21.5 inch iMac with 4k screen. 9to5Mac claims that Apple is planning to announce the refreshed version of the smaller iMac by the end of October alongside the new version of its operating system OS X known as "El Capitan," with shipping of the new iMac beginning in November. The new 21.5 inch iMac’s 4K display is said to have a resolution of 4096 x 2304, up from the current model’s screen resolution of 1920 x 1080; by comparison the top of... more »
Dev pulls controversial "Slave Tetris" minigame from Steam after backlash

Dev pulls controversial "Slave Tetris" minigame from Steam after backlash

There does not seem to be any way that the phrases "Slave Packing" and "minigame" could be used in the same sentence without sounding horribly wrong, and Danish studio Serious Games Interactive learned this lesson firsthand after sparking widespread outrage with a Tetris-like minigame that tasked players with packing as many people into the bowels of a slave ship as possible. The game at the center of this controversy is Playing History 2: Slave Trade, a sort of educational game for students to learn about the horror's of the slave trade. "Travel back in time to the 18th century and witness the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave... more »
vCloud Air poised to become a market competitor for enterprise IT? | #VMworld

vCloud Air poised to become a market competitor for enterprise IT? | #VMworld

The theme of one cloud – any application, any device – has been the line from VMware, Inc. consistently throughout this year’s VMworld 2015. Ajay Patel, SVP of product development for VMware’s Cloud Services, sat down with Dave Vellante and Brian Gracely of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to discuss the cloud offering from VMware, where it currently stands and the challenges it faces going forward. Becoming relevant When asked about the past two years, Patel said that “we started with just three data centers in North America and have expanded to five,” noting that the geographic reach of vCloud Air today is now... more »
SanDisk is playing nice in the ecosystem | #VMworld

SanDisk is playing nice in the ecosystem | #VMworld

SanDisk Corp. is in a unique position in the storage space. The company works with provider partners and is now competing for a spot to service the enterprise client. Rich Petersen, director of software marketing at SanDisk, spoke with Dave Vallente and David Foyer of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco about its partnership with VMware, Inc. and where the company is going in the future. A valued partner Over the past five years, SanDisk has been expanding its focus to serve enterprise customers in what the company sees as an opportunity to utilize flash technology. SanDisk’s most recent partnership with... more »
Revolutionizing networking speeds | #VMworld

Revolutionizing networking speeds | #VMworld

How can you move data without utilizing much of the most expensive part of your server? Kevin Deierling, VP of marketing at Mellanox Technologies, has the answer … RoCE (pronounced Rocky), an RDMA over Converged Ethernet mechanism. Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media, spoke to Deierling during VMworld 2015 to discuss industry trends, as well as uncover the developments at Mellanox as it seeks to revolutionize networking speeds. Moving data – no easy task “Moving data is hard,” according to Deierling, who said that when Siri makes a search, it involves very little data transmitting between your phone and the hyperscaled environment. But,... more »
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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.