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Stressed out: Lizard Squad takes down UK law enforcement website in latest DDoS attack

Stressed out: Lizard Squad takes down UK law enforcement website in latest DDoS attack

Notorious hacking group Lizard Squad is back in the news with reports that they managed to take down a United Kingdom law enforcement site. Described by some as a hack, the group appears to have launched a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) attack against the website of the National Crime Authority (NCA), the UK's lead agency against organized crime; human, weapon and drug trafficking; cyber crime; and economic crime that goes across regional and international borders. The inclusion of cyber crime in its purview isn't incidental with the NCA being the lead investigative authority in the UK into Lizard Squad's activities,... more »
Good: Google to penalize sites that use full-page interstitial ads to push app installs on mobile pages

Good: Google to penalize sites that use full-page interstitial ads to push app installs on mobile pages

In a move likely to be rejoiced by anyone who has ever used their smartphone to access a website, Google has announced that it's cracking down on companies who use full-screen overlay app install interstitial ads on their sites. The move will see Google kick sites who use this form of advertising where it hurts by penalizing those sites in Google's search results; the sites aren't being removed from Google but instead moving further down in the results, a move that could be a traffic killer for sites that either are featured in the first page of Google search results, or... more »
A deafening silence permeates VMware | #VMworld

A deafening silence permeates VMware | #VMworld

As day 2 of VMworld 2015 was winding down, theCUBE hosts John Furrier, Dave Vellante, Stu Miniman and Brian Gracely sat down to digest the underlying themes of the conference. A free for all Some of the anticipated buzz surrounding VMware, Inc.’s fate with a spin-off and the Federation did not happen. However, one thing is apparently clear, “It feels like a free for all,” remarked Furrier, referring to the opportunities that are wide open in this space. Missing pieces theCUBE hosts' focus on Pat Gelsinger’s keynote address was more about what they did not hear as opposed to what they heard. Miniman had some questions about... more »
E-commerce cloud SaaS firm Apptus raises $108m Series C on a unicorn valuation

E-commerce cloud SaaS firm Apptus raises $108m Series C on a unicorn valuation

E-commerce cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm Apptus Technologies AB has raised $108 million Series C in a round that included Iconiq Capital, K1 Capital, KIA and Salesforce Ventures. According to reports the new round was raised on a valuation of more than $1 billion, giving the company unicorn status for the first time. Founded in 2000, Apptus describes itself as a "category-defining Quote-to-Cash software company," that drives business processes between the buyer’s interest in a purchase and the realization of revenue. The company offers a variety of e-commerce related SaaS solutions, including search software that allows its customers to manage, search, share,and distribute their... more »
Report: A data-driven culture is critical to Big Data success

Report: A data-driven culture is critical to Big Data success

Organizations have made big advances in Big Data analytics, but there's still a long way to go even though many are already starting to see a significant impact on their bottom line. That's the biggest takeaway from a new survey conducted by Forbes Insights, sponsored by Teradata Corp., in partnership with McKinsey & Company. Teradata quizzed 316 senior data and IT executives in its report with the goal of better understanding the current Big Data landscape, the level of investment and the level of return on that investment, and the results were highly encouraging. The survey reveals that most organizations are putting... more »
A seamless and silent infrastructure for enterprise solutions | #VMworld

A seamless and silent infrastructure for enterprise solutions | #VMworld

EMC Cloud Solutions set out with the vision of a seamless enterprise Cloud solution. But the critical questions include how has it worked to deliver on that vision and where is the company heading now? Peter Cutts, VP of cloud solutions at EMC, talked with Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2015 in San Francisco. A unified cloud solution The hybrid Cloud theme at VMworld has been a focal point, and according to Cutts, EMC Cloud Solutions has shown its customers that it can deliver applications, align with their security policies, and create a “holistic and inclusive offering,” something that allows for a high... more »
A 10-year journey into public Cloud | #VMWorld 2015

A 10-year journey into public Cloud | #VMWorld 2015

VMware, Inc. showed the more than 23,000 VMworld attendees how it plans to dominate the Cloud infrastructure market and embrace new technologies. Of the latest buzzwords, such as hyper-converged and containers, VMware President and COO Carl Eschenbach said, “We don’t look at them as competitive threats. We look at them as marketing extension opportunities. They all run on the same platform that we brought to market for the past several years.” Eschenbach spoke to John Furrier and Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2015 in San Francisco. According to Eschenbach, part of VMware’s vision for the next year includes expanding its... more »
'One Cloud … any application … any device' | #VMworld

'One Cloud … any application … any device' | #VMworld

The message at this year’s VMworld 2015 in San Francisco, "ready for Any," is intentional, according to Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, Inc. She explained that the company needs to “reinvent and be relevant” for customers, application developers and IT professionals. John Furrier and Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, talked with Matlock about how this year's VMworld is helping to relay the message that VMware is a more forward-looking company than ever before. Matlock pointed to the various keynotes and speakers during VMworld as proof of this change. VMware is not only taking on the “12-, 18-, 24-month view” of past events, but also taking... more »
SDN: From marketing hype to openness and programmability | #VMworld

SDN: From marketing hype to openness and programmability | #VMworld

Although the power of data is changing the business world every day, all that information wouldn't be of much use if it couldn't travel across networks. Networking is seeing as much change and innovation as any other part of the digital revolution, and smart businesses are keeping an eye on this market. To gain some insight into these changes, John Furrier and Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, spoke with Jayshree Ullal, president and CEO of Arista Networks, Inc. at the VMworld 2015 conference. The interview opened up with a question about Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Ullal replied that SDN had gone... more »
VMware and Microsoft partner for ProjectA2 | #VMworld

VMware and Microsoft partner for ProjectA2 | #VMworld

In a symbolic gesture marking the new friendship between VMware, Inc. and Microsoft, VMware’s Sanjay Poonen, executive VP and GM for end-user computing, welcomed Jim Alkove, Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows enterprise and security, to the stage during the VMworld 2015 general session for on Tuesday, September 1. Windows 10 + AirWatch = Project A2 “IT simplified. That’s our vision for Windows 10,” said Alkove, who explained how Windows 10 and VMware’s AirWatch have combined to create Project A2 (A squared), which allows simple movement of apps from previous Windows operating systems into the Windows 10 environment. Users at all levels across the globe... 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.