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New leak confirms LG Nexus 5 specs: Snapdragon 808, 5.2” 1080p display, USB Type-C, more

New leak confirms LG Nexus 5 specs: Snapdragon 808, 5.2” 1080p display, USB Type-C, more

It is expected that Google will unveil two new Nexus devices before the year is out, a 5.2-inch device from LG Electronics Inc. and a phablet-sized 5.7-inch device from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. On Monday, a “reliable source” provided Android-dedicated blog Android Police with “basic” details for LG’s upcoming Nexus device. Dubbed the LG Nexus 5, Android Police admits to not knowing if that will, in fact, be the official name at launch. Another unknown is the price. The publication speculates it will be comparable to other “sub-flagship” handsets – something the sub-flagship specs seem to confirm. As for the specs shared... more »
VMware, Rackspace build interoperable OpenStack cloud  | #VMworld 2015

VMware, Rackspace build interoperable OpenStack cloud | #VMworld 2015

VMware Inc. and Rackspace Inc. have teamed up together to create a new, interoperable OpenStack cloud platform that was unveiled at #VMworld 2015 yesterday. The new architecture is aimed at helping customers do away with the complexity of spinning up OpenStack clouds, particularly when it comes to hybrid and multi-cloud environments. VMware's senior product marketing manager Amr Abdelrazik spilled the beans in a blog post on Monday, saying the interoperable OpenStack cloud architecture allows customers to spin up a choice of VMware's Integrated OpenStack or Rackspace's Private Cloud powered by OpenStack. The platform further allows customers to create infrastructure automation using... more »
VMware intros "Microvisors" in new container embrace | #VMworld 2015

VMware intros "Microvisors" in new container embrace | #VMworld 2015

VMware Inc. showed it's deadly serious about containers during day one of VMworld yesterday, with the launch of two new technology previews that enterprises can use to build and run containerized applications. Containers are becoming increasingly popular among 'hip' enterprises as an alternative to virtualization, a technology VMware dominates, and one which has become almost standard in the enterprise. The new vSphere Integrated Containers are built to run atop of the existing vSphere technology that allows virtual machines to be run on on-premise data centers. “VMware vSphere Integrated Containers represent a complementary set of cloud-native technologies featuring Project Bonneville, Project Photon OS, and... more »
Samsung unveils Gear S2, Gear S2 3G, plus bonus ‘classic’ version

Samsung unveils Gear S2, Gear S2 3G, plus bonus ‘classic’ version

After merely teasing its Gear S2 smartwatch at an event last month, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Monday officially announced two versions: the Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic. While much of what Samsung revealed matches previous rumors, the announcement details key differences between the two versions, how the bezel and UI navigation works and the inclusion of NFC for mobile payments. According to Samsung, the Gear S2 classic (in black above) was “made for users who prefer a more timeless watch design, offering an elegant Black finish with a matching genuine leather band.” The Gear S2 (in white above), says... more »
IBM supporting storage for oceans of data | #VMworld

IBM supporting storage for oceans of data | #VMworld

The digital transformation of business is powered by data, and that information must be stored in safe, high-performance storage solutions. IBM has entered the data storage market with a number of offerings to meet the changing needs of tech businesses. To get an inside look at IBM's data storage plans, Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, talked with Eric Herzog, VP of marketing at IBM Storage, at the VMworld 2015 conference. The conversation started off with a question about the experience of partnering with Cisco Systems, Inc., another industry giant. Herzog replied that he was very happy with their relationship, as Cisco... more »
Changing storage market demands scalable solutions | #VMworld

Changing storage market demands scalable solutions | #VMworld

Every tech business needs storage to handle the vast amounts of data brought about by the digital revolution, but the old solutions aren't always the best choice in today's ever-changing environment. New technologies have opened the possibilities for storage, and created a great deal of opportunity in a market once dominated by a few industry giants. To bring these developments into perspective, John Furrier and Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, talked with Andy Warfield, CTO and founder of Coho Data, Inc., at the VMworld 2015 conference. The discussion opened up with Warfield explaining how enterprise-level storage has seen a great change... more »
Doing more with less: A shrinking IT footprint with Nutanix | #VMworld 2015

Doing more with less: A shrinking IT footprint with Nutanix | #VMworld 2015

When Bob Dussault, information security officer for Hallmark Business Connections, joined the company a few years ago, it had a mandate to do more with less. Dussault found a solution in the IT space with infrastructure delivery company Nutanix, Inc.. “We had to untangle a traditional three-tier infrastructure and make it more scalable,” Dussault told theCUBE cohost Stu Miniman. “We wanted to leverage the concepts of DevOps and realize its value chain.” An established company such as Hallmark obviously has ample capital tied to legacy products. Dussault sought out additional technology that would help shrink its footprint. Virtual desktop infrastructure didn’t fit... more »
Back-up and data protection changing dramatically | #VMworld

Back-up and data protection changing dramatically | #VMworld

As storage options grow and become more accessible on a consumer level, tailoring those options to the needs of clients on an individual level is becoming more achievable and efficient. That's the position advanced by Eric Bassier, director of product marketing at Quantum Corp. Bassier spoke with Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at the VMworld 2015 conference. Consumer shift "The nature of back-up and data protection is completely changing," Bassier said, who went on to discuss Quantum's emphasis on tiered solutions, which keeps high-usage data quickly accessible while moving low-usage or archived data off of the primary storage. "When... more »
Using Big Data analytics and FlashSoft for IT storage issues | #VMworld

Using Big Data analytics and FlashSoft for IT storage issues | #VMworld

The IT operations and infrastructure management environment has evolved over the past 10 years, and it’s becoming increasingly complicated to understand what’s going in these systems. SIOS Technology Corp. is solving these complications by taking first-generation analytics tools to the next level, and SanDisk Corp.’s FlashSoft technology is offering innovative storage solutions. Jerry Melnick, COO of SIOS, and Tom Matson, director of Software Soultion Sales at SanDisk, sat down to talk to Dave Vellante on theCUBE's (from the SilconANGLE Media team) live coverage of VMworld 2015 US. Applying Big Data analytics SIOS is applying Big Data analytics that has been used in fields like biological sciences and financial... more »
Pillars of Eternity dev: "I don't think it was worthwhile developing for Linux"

Pillars of Eternity dev: "I don't think it was worthwhile developing for Linux"

It seems like every year someone proclaims that the time of Linux gamer has finally arrived, and tomorrow we will all wake up to an open source wonderland where the rivers overflow with shell scripts and the Super Users rule the world. Unfortunately, it does not look like that techie Utopia has arrived yet, and even a few of the game developers who actually support Linux do not really see much value in it. This includes Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment, a gaming studio with more geek cred than most thanks to its veteran game creators who trace their lineage back to Black Isle Studios. "I... 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.