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Slaying the data dragon with Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

Slaying the data dragon with Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

Data and storage have been intertwined from the beginning of recorded history, when bureaucrats in Mesopotamia around 3,000 B.C. used primitive tablets to record the allocation of rations (beer was one of the most popular items, according to the British Museum) and to inventory goods. For thousands of years, the same basic concept held true: More information meant simply adding more places to put it.  That’s how the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, has ended up with more than 37 million books. The same model has applied to the computer age. Until now, when that paradigm has broken down. The... more »
LotusFlare raises $6M to bring the mobile web to the masses

LotusFlare raises $6M to bring the mobile web to the masses

Most Americans these days take the Internet for granted. People are always connected, whether it's at home, in the office, on their smartphones, they rarely miss a status update. But that's not the case everywhere in the world – in some places, Web access is few and far between. That's why companies like Google are trying to deliver Wi-Fi via hot air balloons, to give more people in developing countries the opportunity to get online. And now, a startup called LotusFlare has burst on the scene to take advantage of that trend. Founded by three former Facebook engineers, Sam Gadodia, Terry... more »
Solving the 'copy creep' problem | #VMworld

Solving the 'copy creep' problem | #VMworld

“When you hear VMware talking about run, build, deliver, that’s what we do but on the copy data side, on the storage side,” said Ed Walsh, CEO of Catalogic. Walsh spoke with Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at VMworld 2015 on how compatible Catalogic is with VMware’s vision of the Unified Hybrid Cloud. “We are very complementary to what VMware is doing," Walsh explained. "We give you the flexibility and openness, just like VMware.” Joining Walsh on theCUBE was Charles Fan, SVP/GM of VMware, Inc.'s Storage Business Unit. From VMware’s perspective, “It’s not only about data protection, but about building apps and testing apps, and deploying... more »
Smart World Events we're watching in September 2015

Smart World Events we're watching in September 2015

If you missed the Internet of Things (IoT) events in August, don’t fret, as more events are coming your way. From tradeshows in Europe to conferences in the U.S. and even in Asia, there's plenty of new and exciting product announcements, demonstrations and panel presentations upon us. As an extension of SiliconANGLE’s daily coverage of Smart World developments, we’re now including a monthly calendar of worthy events. Here’s what we’re watching for the month of September: IFA 2015 When: September 4-9, 2015 Where: Berlin ExpoCenter City, Messedamm 22, D-14055 Berlin, Germany What it is: IFA is one of the world’s largest and leading tradeshows for... more »
'Divinity: Original Sin 2' Kickstarter surpasses the funding of the original in under a week

'Divinity: Original Sin 2' Kickstarter surpasses the funding of the original in under a week

Belgian game company Larian Studios had a great run on Kickstarter with Divinity: Original Sin, which raised over $900,000 in 2013. Now the game's sequel has blown past its predecessor, raising over $1 million in just a few days, and with 28 days remaining in its campaign, Divinity: Original Sin 2 might be a little bigger than the studio anticipated. "It’s crazy enough that we blasted through our original goal of $500,000 in just 12 hours, but now we’ve hit $1,000,000 on just Day 5? Unbelievable!" Larian wrote in an update to its Kickstarter campaign on Friday. "The support we’ve received from you... more »
HP's new security technology looks for malware phoning home

HP's new security technology looks for malware phoning home

Reflecting the growing realization that traditional signature-based approaches to malware detection aren’t working any more, Hewlett-Packard Co. today is rolling out an analytics-based tool that identifies infected hosts by inspecting an enterprise’s Domain Name System (DNS) traffic. The HP DNS Malware Analytics (DMA) service inspects all of an organization’s DNS records and applies a Big Data approach to detecting malware according to its behavior, rather than characteristics of its code. HP says its approach, which the company has been using internally for several months, reduces false positives by a factor of 20  compared to other malware detection systems. The technology was originally... more »
We won’t pay: Microsoft joins other tech giants in developing next-gen royalty free video format

We won’t pay: Microsoft joins other tech giants in developing next-gen royalty free video format

Some of the tech industry’s biggest names, including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Mozilla and Netflix have got together in an alliance to develop next-generation media formats. The group, called the Alliance for Open Media, will combine its collective technology to bring high quality royalty-free still images, audio and video to commercial and non-commercial consumers. The Alliance describes its mission as pursuing, “A new, open royalty-free video codec specification and open-source implementation based on the contributions of members, along with binding specifications for media format, content encryption and adaptive streaming, thereby creating opportunities for next-generation media experiences.” It further goes on to say... more »
Hortonworks brings Hadoop to the Land of the Rising Sun

Hortonworks brings Hadoop to the Land of the Rising Sun

Hortonworks Inc. is plotting a big expansion into Asia through a team up with Japanese electronics giant NEC Corp., that will see them work together to distribute the Big Data processing platform throughout Japan and other Asian markets. Brian Burns, Hortonworks' Regional Vice President for North Asia, said the new partnership was timely because demand for Big Data technologies is rapidly increasing in Asia's advanced digital economies. He added that NEC is one of the leading IT and networking hardware providers in the region, and a natural partner for Hortonworks as it looks to help Asian firms expand their Big Data... more »
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 »
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Premium Research

- 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.