Top Stories

Apple Watch supplier falls short of break-even point in Q2, sales volume remains a mystery

Apple Watch supplier falls short of break-even point in Q2, sales volume remains a mystery

Speculation continues as to how many Apple Watches were sold during the wearable’s first three months of availability. Apple has shared a few metrics by which we can guess, analysts have a wide range of estimates and others warn of slowing demand. Now a new report from The Wall Street Journal further muddies the water with an Apple supplier contributing to the debate by reporting on its own performance in relation to the Apple Watch. It appears a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) has failed to break even on Apple Watch components during the second quarter. ASE is contracted... more »
New leaks reveal Galaxy Note 5 tech specs, Galaxy S6 edge+ image

New leaks reveal Galaxy Note 5 tech specs, Galaxy S6 edge+ image

With less than two weeks to go until the August 13 unveiling of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s new range of Galaxy smartphones and phablets, two new leaks surfaced over the weekend to give us a glimpse at what we can expect from the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. On Saturday, known tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) shared technical specifications for the Galaxy Note 5 and an image showing off the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. According to Blass, the Galaxy Note 5 will feature a 5.66-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and Samsung’s own octa-core... more »
Mt. Gox founder admits to Japanese police he created fake Bitcoins

Mt. Gox founder admits to Japanese police he created fake Bitcoins

In an extraordinary development Monday, former Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the now bankrupt Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange, Mark Karpeles, has admitted to Japanese police that he had indeed created fake Bitcoins. According to The Japan Times Karpeles, who was arrested over the weekend following reports Friday that local police were filing charges, is alleged to have manipulated data on the exchange’s computer system in 2013 to artificially create about $1.0 million in bitcoins; Karpeles admits to having created fake Bitcoins, but claims the actual amount was "in the range of several thousand yen or several tens of thousands of... more »
Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange Coin Republic acquired by meXBT

Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange Coin Republic acquired by meXBT

Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange Coin Republic (Rapid Net Profits Lte.) has been acquired by Mexican Bitcoin exchange meXBT (Exchange of the Americas SAPI de C.V.) for an undisclosed amount. News that Coin Republic was potentially being acquired first emerged July 19, with founder and former ESL teacher David Moskowitz suggesting they had undertaken discussions with various parties, while at the same time the official company account was saying they weren't commenting. Founded in 2013 to provide both a Bitcoin exchange and Bitcoin educational services, Coin Republic offers Bitcoin exchange services for a flat rate of 1.9 percent, a rate claimed as straight commission... more »
Wikibon CTO urges caution over 3D XPoint memory tech

Wikibon CTO urges caution over 3D XPoint memory tech

Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc., set the IT world abuzz this week when they unveiled their new 3D XPoint memory tech that offers up to 1,000 times the performance and endurance of regular NAND flash. The companies are touting 3D XPoint as a “breakthrough in technology”, but big question marks remain over its ability to surpass DRAM, NAND flash and processor chips in the enterprise, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest piece, “Intel and Micron take the Plunge with Non-volatile 3D XP”. 3D XPoint is being lauded by its creators as a “new class of memory tech,” but Floyer... more »
Microsoft investment helps push Uber valuation up to $50 billion

Microsoft investment helps push Uber valuation up to $50 billion

Despite all of its regulatory headaches and almost being involved in a new French Revolution, ride sharing company Uber Technologies Inc has continued its meteoric rise as one of the most disruptive services in recent history, and now sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal claim that the company's valuation now exceeds $50 billion, matching Facebook's record valuation as a venture backed startup in just six short years. Sources told WSJ that Uber has just closed its latest funding round for $1 billion, bringing its total funding up to $5 billion. Companies said to be included in the investment round include Microsoft Corp and Indian... more »
Telcos challenged by transition to Cloud | #HPDiscover

Telcos challenged by transition to Cloud | #HPDiscover

With the "ITification" of telcos an ever-present hot topic in the industry, Hewlett-Packard Co. continues to address the needs of the communications and media industry. "We’re putting a bunch of assets together to go after this business," Saar Gillai, SVP and GM for HP's Communications Solutions Business, told theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media production team, at HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas. "It’s a big business for HP, a big opportunity." Telcos challenged by decreasing ROI According to Gillai, telcos have built good solutions and good networks over the past two decades but are now challenged by decreasing ROI. Outsiders, such as WhatsApp and Apple,... more »
IONU says it has a better idea about data encryption

IONU says it has a better idea about data encryption

IONU Security, Inc. (pronounced “eye on you”) thinks it has a better way to make data encryption viable in the enterprise while plugging one of the persistent holes in the ways in which most organizations implement encryption. The flaw in most current schemes is that data is typically decrypted once it arrives on a host machine or cloud server for use by local programs. That forces organizations to use firewalls, proxies and gateways to block intruders. However, many security experts now believe that intrusion prevention is all but impossible. The only effective approach to security is to make the data unreadable... more »
Storage, social media expert sees positives in HP split | #HPDiscover

Storage, social media expert sees positives in HP split | #HPDiscover

The HP split into two companies — HP Inc., for personal systems and printing, and HP Enterprise, for technology infrastructure — continues to create buzz in the industry. But according to Calvin Zito, noted blogger and storage and social media expert for HP, the breakup will have a positive outcome. “The spit lets HP Enterprise focus on what we do, and focus is a good thing,” said Zito. “It’s going to allow us to do things with profits that align to the gross margin of that business instead of having to look at a lower gross margin business, potentially holding back... more »
Nvidia forced to recall 88,000 Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard

Nvidia forced to recall 88,000 Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard

Nvidia Corp is instituting a recall tens of thousands of its Android-based Shield Tablets due to concerns that the device's batteries could pose a serious fire hazard. According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nvidia has received reports of at least four cases where the batteries in the Shield Tablet overheated, damaging the device and, in two of the reports, the floor below it. Both the CPSC and Nvidia warn consumers to stop using the tablets immediately until a replacement can be obtained. The recall affects 88,000 devices that were sold in the U.S. and Canada between July 2014 and July... more »
1 2 3 4 2,764

Premium Research

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.