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Driving flash performance, affordability | #VMworld

Driving flash performance, affordability | #VMworld

These days, more companies are turning to flash storage to power their most critical real-time applications. When performance is an issue, flash storage wins hands down over traditional spinning disk media, but at the cost of capacity. Now, industry giant HP is working with flash to change the data storage world. To help open a window on these developments, Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, talked with Vish Mulchand, senior director of product marketing and management at Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Storage Division, during the VMworld 2015 conference. Mulchand explained that data storage comes down to architecture. The goal is to create a... more »
‘EMC will be reborn, rebooted, with VMware at the center’ | #VMworld

‘EMC will be reborn, rebooted, with VMware at the center’ | #VMworld

theCUBE and SiliconANGLE’s coverage for the final day of VMworld 2015 kicked off at the Moscone Center in San Francisco with theCUBE cohosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante welcoming Wikibon’s Big Data & Analytics Analyst George Gilbert for a special discussion on Big Data trends. Gilbert talked about the evolution of the data stack and analyzed the battle between Apache Spark and Hadoop. He sees Spark’s shared processing engine as superior to Hadoop’s Distributed File System (HDFS) file system and YARN cluster resource manager. “Spark fits in because you can have one engine that does everything all on the same data stack,”... more »
LinkedIn previews upcoming enhancements for Apache Kafka

LinkedIn previews upcoming enhancements for Apache Kafka

The engineering team at LinkedIn Inc. hasn’t been sitting idly since contributing its homegrown message broker to the open-source community three years ago. The volume of data flowing through its network has since ballooned to over 1.34 petabytes per week, which required making some major modifications that are slated to become available in the next major release. One of the most important additions previewed in the blog post that announced the forthcoming update this morning is a feature that allows administrators to set limits on the amount of traffic from applications. That expanded control is meant to help avoid situations where... more »
Putting the disk back into the server | #VMworld

Putting the disk back into the server | #VMworld

“It’s the right time, it’s the right thing to be happening ... to put the disk back into the server,” said Springpath, Inc. CEO Terry Cunningham. Cunningham spoke to Stu Miniman and Brian Gracely of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Cunningham thinks it’s about time storage took advantage of the benefits of virtualization. “Other areas like virtualized computing have been enjoying those aspects for years — storage hasn’t," he said. "So that’s why now, finally, the opportunity is here to reinvent storage." Hyperconvergent Lego Springpath’s hyperconvergence software allows customers to have the server of... more »
Finding connection in a world of fragmented Clouds | #VMworld

Finding connection in a world of fragmented Clouds | #VMworld

These days, more and more of the tech world is moving to the Cloud, but there is no single Cloud out there. Instead, businesses find a world of fragmented Clouds, some public, some private, but all only loosely connected, if connected at all. Much of the recent innovation in the Cloud has come from bringing these loose connections closer together. To help shed some light on the subject, John Furrier and Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, spoke with Steve Herrod, managing director at General Catalyst Partners, at the VMworld 2015 conference. The discussion started off with a look at the concept of... more »
Intel launches Skylake chips to bolster flagging PC sales

Intel launches Skylake chips to bolster flagging PC sales

Intel Corp. officially unveiled its next-generation of microchips at the IFA electronics show in Berlin earlier today. The new Skylake processor family was introduced alongside a number of new laptops and ultrabooks using the new chips to show off their capabilities. According to Intel, the Skylake processors give a 10 percent better performance than its previous generation Broadwell chips, 30 percent better graphics performance, and up to an hour of extra juice in the battery. Intel famously follows a Tick/Tock cycle strategy when it rolls out its chips – Skylake is the “tock” part, which means it uses the same 14-nanometer architecture as... more »
What’s new in WAN: Keeping the enterprise connected | #VMworld

What’s new in WAN: Keeping the enterprise connected | #VMworld

As with most providers attending this year’s VMworld event, Ramesh Prabagaran, VP of product management for Viptela, Inc., is answering to his enterprise clients' demands for growing bandwidth and keeping costs low. Prabagaran spoke with Dave Vellante and John Furrier on theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco about WAN and the issues facing the enterprise. Enterprise demands “The transformation (in the industry) right now is about how to optimize network connectivity to access services that are no longer in one place,” according to Prabagaran. He contended that cost is the number one contributing factor for most CIOs. The second issue is agility... more »
BYO flash to the Datrium party | #VMworld

BYO flash to the Datrium party | #VMworld

When Brian Biles, CEO and cofounder of Datrium, Inc., partnered with other industry vets, the company found a gap in the market in the scalable storage within the virtual machine (VM) space. Three years later, Datrium is making its inaugural tradeshow appearance. Biles sat down with Dave Vallente and David Floyer on theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco to address the missing piece of the puzzle in the VM storage world. A new path Addressing the issues with the two types of storage, arrays and hyper-converge, Biles explained that each method is expensive and inflexible. Datrium is creating a third... more »
Top dollar for old iPhones: Gazelle promises best trade-in value

Top dollar for old iPhones: Gazelle promises best trade-in value

If history is any indication, Apple is set to launch its new iPhones come September 9, 2015, with the handsets expected to be available for pre-order on the 11th and in stores by the 18th. Current iPhone owners who wish to upgrade to the newer models can lessen the cost of upgrading by trading their old device for cash and there are a number of institutions that will give you a great deal. Some can offer as much as $442 for an iPhone 6 Plus, and you even get cash for very old and even broken handsets. If you're looking for a place... more »
Slaying the data dragon with Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

Slaying the data dragon with Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

Data and storage have been intertwined from the beginning of recorded history, when bureaucrats in Mesopotamia around 3,000 B.C. used primitive tablets to record the allocation of rations (beer was one of the most popular items, according to the British Museum) and to inventory goods. For thousands of years, the same basic concept held true: More information meant simply adding more places to put it.  That’s how the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, has ended up with more than 37 million books. The same model has applied to the computer age. Until now, when that paradigm has broken down. The... 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.