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Wikibon: Latency/capacity tradeoff a growing storage issue

Wikibon: Latency/capacity tradeoff a growing storage issue

Storage was simple when spinning disks ruled the world, but today distinctions are drawn along such lines as disk versus flash, logical versus physical and local versus cloud. Underlying each category are the issues of latency versus capacity. That last distinction is becoming more important as data volumes, sources and types grow, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer.  Latency storage is high-performance and read-oriented. It stores data that is in high demand, where very high speed access is vital. Traditionally this data was on high-speed disk. In the last few years high-speed flash has been taking this market as the cost of... more »
“vCloud Air is pretty much dead” as executives flee VMware

“vCloud Air is pretty much dead” as executives flee VMware

A new rumor making rounds in the industry suggests that VMware Inc. has drastically scaled back development on its public cloud just over two years after its launch and may soon pull the cord altogether. The revelation comes amid what is shaping up as most significant wave of executive departures since co-founders Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum were forced out in 2008. That dramatic exit was reportedly set off by disagreements with the management of EMC Corp., which had bought VMware four years prior. There are some comparisons to be found with the present situation, which comes in the wake of... more »
Facebook is working on new features to fight video piracy

Facebook is working on new features to fight video piracy

Content theft is a constant concern for digital content creators, and while they will probably never be able to stop it completely, every major sharing platform on the internet is continuously searching for ways to prevent users from posting content they do not own. This is especially true of video sharing sites like YouTube, and now that Facebook is pushing video content more than ever, it is becoming an issue for the social network as well. Today, Facebook announced that it would be rolling out new updates aimed at preventing users from using its platform to host media content they do not own, an... more »
Top smart cities in Canada, India and beyond

Top smart cities in Canada, India and beyond

This week’s Smart City roundup features Australia’s need to focus on smart infrastructure, Canada's lead in the race for smart infrastructure deployments, fresh smart city solutions to be featured in Ecobuild 2016, and India's new list of cities included in the 100 Smart Cities project. Australia’s need to focus on smart infrastructure The population in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne is set to double by 2050 and now officials are looking at how to better approach infrastructure planning and operation to accommodate this growth. Professor Bob Williamson, CEO of NICTA, Australia's Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence, submitted his recommendation to the House... more »
Intel bets big on drones with $60 million Yuneec investment

Intel bets big on drones with $60 million Yuneec investment

Intel Corp. has made its biggest investment into drone technology yet, injecting more than $60 million into China's Yuneec International as it looks for ways to compensate for the declining PC market. The two firms took the rather unusual step of producing a short video to explain the collaboration, saying that they're going to work together to build future products for both consumer and industrial use cases. They didn't provide any details beyond that, however. What we do know about Yuneec is that it's already built a range of drones that specialize in aerial photography and imaging. Yuneec also develops technology for... more »
Enterprise server market beats the odds to grow 6.1 percent

Enterprise server market beats the odds to grow 6.1 percent

The enterprise server market has defied all the odds to grow by 6.1 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the year before, according to International Data Corp. (IDC)'s latest Worldwide Quarterly Tracker for servers, ethernet switches and routers. Things are looking pretty rosy revenue-wise too, with total server sales of $13.48 billion making Q2 2015 the second-best quarter in the last five. According to IDC, there was good news for server shipments as well, as they recorded a 3.2 percent rise to 2.29 million units for the quarter. The analyst firm said the numbers show that enterprises are... more »
New smartphones, smartwatches we expect to see at IFA 2015 next week

New smartphones, smartwatches we expect to see at IFA 2015 next week

With so much attention focused on Apple’s upcoming iPhone – now confirmed for launch on September 9 – you’d be forgiven for being duped into thinking that’s all we have to look forward to before the end of the year. One of the year’s biggest consumer electronics trade shows, IFA 2015, takes place in Berlin September 4 – 9 and will companies like Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Huawei, and more introduce new smartphones and wearables. With pre-event press conferences slated to kick off on September 2, we take a look at the smartphones and smartwatches some of the top brands intend to announce... more »
Images of Microsoft’s new flagship Lumias leaked

Images of Microsoft’s new flagship Lumias leaked

Leaks of Microsoft’s new flagship Lumias have been trickling into the web for some time, and it’s expected that the devices, along with the Surface Pro 4 and Band 2 will be launched at an event in October. The images came courtesy of Evleaks via Twitter, showing the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL (Cityman) as the blue device and the Lumia 950 (Talkman) as the black device. The images themselves are largely unprepossessing, although the sideways shot shows a slight bump at the rear camera lens. We’re already pretty sure about the specs, but perhaps one detail that might sway folks to buy the larger Cityman (5.7-inch... more »
No longer hip to be square as Instagram adds landscape and portrait upload support

No longer hip to be square as Instagram adds landscape and portrait upload support

Square is no longer hip if you're a keen Instagram user with the Facebook, Inc. division announcing Thursday long overdue support for uploading photos in more standard photography shapes. While not doing anything as extreme as going into odd shapes, the app maker did formally announce that users will be able to upload pictures via the app in both landscape and portrait modes; if you're not an Instagram user previously users had to crop pictures to a square. "Square format has been and always will be part of who we are," a post on the Instagram blog reads. "That said, the visual... more »
IDC report shows Apple Watch still a flop despite sycophants spinning otherwise

IDC report shows Apple Watch still a flop despite sycophants spinning otherwise

A new report released by International Data Corporation (IDC) has confirmed that the Apple Watch has turned out to be a flop for Apple, Inc., despite the spin from various sycophants in the tech media saying otherwise. The report covering second quarter sales shows Apple shipped 3.6 million units after going on sale April 12, some 800,000 units behind market leader Fitbit, Inc. who moved 4.4 million units in the quarter. Apple's market share of the wearables market came in at 20 percent. The report makes no mention as to when most of the Apple Watch sales occurred, neither confirming, but more importantly... more »
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- 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.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.