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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 unites 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 »
Report: new iPhone 6s to get long overdue camera upgrade to 12MP, animated wallpaper

Report: new iPhone 6s to get long overdue camera upgrade to 12MP, animated wallpaper

Apple, Inc.'s forthcoming new iPhone may finally up the megapixels with a new camera, according to a report Thursday. According to 9to5Mac "sources" the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will come with a 12 megapixel camera, the first increase in an iPhone camera since the range moved to 8 megapixels with the iPhone 4s launched way back in 2011. Along with the long overdue increase in megapixels, the new cameras are said to provide support for 4K video recording, allowing users to record video that works on the latest ultra high definition televisions, delivering improved stability and clarity; The report... more »
Customer focus, hybrid Cloud, and the 'tech bubble'  | #OSSV15

Customer focus, hybrid Cloud, and the 'tech bubble' | #OSSV15

OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015 wrapped up its second day, and theCUBE’s team of John Furrier and Jeff Frick summed up the event by saying that the conference was really about the vendors. “It’s about the industry players who are making it happen,” said Furrier. “The people who are the newsmakers, the thought leaders and the people building products. There’s some customers here, but for the most part, it’s mostly the players, the tech athletes.” Frick hopes that more customers will be coming in the future. According to Frick, there needs to be a shift from just talking about how to build and... more »
Success with public and private Cloud | #OSSV15

Success with public and private Cloud | #OSSV15

Public or private Cloud? This is the question companies are asking about implementing Cloud computing. Lithium Technologies is a highly innovative company implementing both public and private Cloud for its clients with great success. At OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015, Lachlan Evenson, team lead for Cloud Platform Engineering at Lithium Technologies, and Joe Sandoval, director of Cloud Platform at Lithium Technologies, sat down with John Furrier of theCUBE to talk about Cloud implementation. Utilizing private and public Cloud Sandoval began the conversation by talking about implementing both public and private Cloud computing for the company's clients. "As the Cloud space has matured, we really wanted to be... more »
Cloud 2.0: The 'Container Cloud' | #OSSV15

Cloud 2.0: The 'Container Cloud' | #OSSV15

Containers are the passion of Rancher Labs, Inc.’s CEO Sheng Liang, who visited theCUBE cohosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick during OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015. “I think container service is the next generation of an application development platform," he said. "It’s going to be very popular.” But Liang expressed his disappointment in the rate of cloud technology adoption. He sees the challenge not as how to install Clouds, but how to stimulate adoption. “Containers are an application-packing program that developers are gravitating toward,” said Liang, but “people who use containers don’t use all the capabilities of the underlying infrastructure Cloud platform." He believes a solution to... more »
Navigating the future of Cloud | #OSSV15

Navigating the future of Cloud | #OSSV15

Cloud is the future, and learning to navigate this new market is a question IT companies are seriously pondering. During OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015, Boris Renski, cofounder and CMO of Mirantis, Inc., and Jonathan Donaldson, VP & GM of  Software Defined Infrastructure at Intel, sat down with theCUBE's John Furrier. OpenStack is the future The future of Cloud integration is inevitable. Both Renski and Donaldson have been in the thick of discussing this inevitability with costumers. Navigating the murky waters of a new market can be tricky. “The open Cloud fabric of the future is OpenStack,” said Renski. “According to a recent market survey,... more »
Hybrid Cloud is a category, not a product | #OSSV15

Hybrid Cloud is a category, not a product | #OSSV15

"I think hybrid Cloud is a descriptor of a large way in which Cloud is being used today," said Mark Interrante, senior VP of Engineering for Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Cloud Business Unit, who spoke to theCUBE cohosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick during OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015. But does the hybrid Cloud exist? According to Interrante, "I think it’s a category. I don’t think it’s a product." Evolution of OpenStack Interrante went on to discuss the hybrid Cloud, and the evolution of OpenStack. He believes that as OpenStack evolves, it will continue to become more internally compartmentalized with build out of smaller and smaller independent services driving higher quality.... more »
Proudman: IBM will have public Cloud | #OSSV15

Proudman: IBM will have public Cloud | #OSSV15

Just 90 days ago, Blue Box became part of the IBM family. At OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015, IBM announced that Blue Box will integrate with IBM’s OpenStack private Cloud options, where it will sit with subsidiary SoftLayer. Blue Box founder and CTO Jesse Proudman said that despite the company’s independent success, merging with IBM was a natural step forward. “Of the companies we talked with in the OpenStack space, IBM had the most coherent story,” he told theCUBE cohosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick. “Public-dedicated-local is the model. They deliver the entire story as a service. Cloud is an experience. IBM is a... more »
Far Cry 2 director Clint Hocking dumps Amazon to return to Ubisoft

Far Cry 2 director Clint Hocking dumps Amazon to return to Ubisoft

Amazon Inc has been trying to poach top gaming talent from other developers for its own Amazon Game Studios for some time now, but the online retail giant seems to be having trouble holding on to some of them. News broke last week that three high level game design staff had simultaneously left the company, including former Far Cry 2 director Clint Hocking, and now it appears that Hocking has found his way back to Ubisoft Entertainment SA, where he had previously worked for over 10 years. After making the decision to leave Amazon and return to his native Canada, Hocking said that he had several... more »
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Premium Research

- 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.

- Ralph Finos

Public cloud is a disruptive technology changing the face of enterprise IT. By providing infrastructure services (IaaS), applications service (SaaS) and overall platform services (PaaS), cloud service providers are changing IT procurement from capital investment to operational expenditure, and allowing traditional IT to be by-passed. As the Internet of Things grows and as Internet data streams become a larger proportion of enterprise data processing, the locus of IT will shift closer to the cloud, and reduce the friction for IT adoption. Wikibon expects public clouds to comprise about one third of total enterprise IT spend by 2026. Wikibon expects that this move will significantly impact on traditional IT hardware and software vendors.