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Wikibon analysts see merit, peril in EMC re-assimilation of VMware

Wikibon analysts see merit, peril in EMC re-assimilation of VMware

  Could EMC cross up its critics and spin VMware, Inc. back in to the mother ship instead of spinning it out as activist investors have demanded? That’s the scenario being floated by Arik Hesseldahl, senior enterprise editor at Re/code in an article published today. Hesseldahl cites no sources with inside knowledge of EMC's plans, but notes that recent comments by CEO Joseph Tucci (above) indicate that a re-assimilation is possible. Tucci told investors in the most recent earnings call that EMC plans to cut about $850 million in annual operating cost by the end of 2017. Hesseldahl says it’s likely those savings could... more »
The all-flash datacenter: Just a pipedream? | #HPDiscover

The all-flash datacenter: Just a pipedream? | #HPDiscover

All-flash datacenters are still somewhat controversial. Is it the future or just an unnecessary expenditure? Rick Hegberg, VP of Americas Commercial Sales at SanDisk Corp., talked with Jeff Frick and Dave Vellante on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media production team, at HP Discover 2015 about the future of flash. “We’re one of the innovators in the NAND [flash] technology,” Hegberg said. “We’ve spent over $2.1 billion in making a series of investments to build up a portfolio of solutions that we can offer to our customers like HP. And those are software acquisitions, as well as hardware acquisitions.” Hegberg  added, “Most recently we acquired... more »
Implementing a digital supply chain environment | #HPDiscover

Implementing a digital supply chain environment | #HPDiscover

Digital transformation’s reach has extended from business apps all the way to media companies. At HP Discover 2015, Patrick Osborne, senior director of product management & marketing - Storage at Hewlett-Packard Co., and Bill Walker, executive director of Enterprise IT at 20th Century Fox, joined theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media production team, to talk about the infrastructure changes involved in digital media. theCUBE cohost Dave Vellante, chief analyst at Wikibon, pointed out that the show has changed its focus over the years from pure technology to business solutions. Osborn agreed. “At the end of the day, I think the messaging to the customers is,... more »
Nintendo's Amiibo sales soared to 10.5 million in less than a year

Nintendo's Amiibo sales soared to 10.5 million in less than a year

This past year has been good to Nintendo Co Ltd, at least financially. Earlier this month, the 126-year-old Japanese game maker released an earnings report showing that the company had  achieved its best Q1 in three years. One of the biggest contributors to that success is Nintendo Amiibo, the insanely popular toys-to-life collectibles that can interact with Nintendo systems through NFC, and this week Nintendo revealed that it has sold an amazing 10.5 million Amiibo figures between their release in November 2014 and the end of March 2015. Despite or perhaps because of their popularity, some Amiibo figures have been notoriously hard to get... more »
Where did Bashiok go after leaving World of Warcraft? Probably Wildstar [UPDATED]

Where did Bashiok go after leaving World of Warcraft? Probably Wildstar [UPDATED]

Last week, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. employee and Community Manager for the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game World of Warcraft Micah "Bashiok" Whipple tendered his resignation to hundreds of replies on the WoW forums. There he announced that he would be leaving his employer to pursue other opportunities. Today, Bashiok tweeted under his personal, non-Blizzard, Twitter account under the hashtag #FirstDay. Astute viewers easily spotted a particular plush creature sitting on his car’s dash. Alright, let's go buddy. #FirstDay pic.twitter.com/UdQqPhnO0l — Micah Whipple (@micahwhipple) August 3, 2015 The strange plush critter visible in the photo is called a rowsdower—and it’s a creature native to Carbine Studio,... more »
It's hard to go digital: Report reveals new business challenges

It's hard to go digital: Report reveals new business challenges

Business transformation for the Digital Era is a major topic of conversation throughout the tech business community. Recently, Headspring conducted a survey of 258 business leaders and employees to find out just what the digital transformation means for companies and the people involved. The findings of the Headspring survey, combined with a discussion hosted by IBM Big Data on the popular CrowdChat website, help shed some light on the state of this changing industry. Stepping away from legacy systems One of the first discoveries of the survey was that business transformation is considered a top priority. This is in line with the thoughts... more »
Autodesk is launching its own game engine called Stingray

Autodesk is launching its own game engine called Stingray

Design software company Autodesk Inc has unveiled its new game engine, a cross-platform development suite called Stingray that integrates with Autodesk's own modelling and animation software. Autodesk had first announced plans to create its own game engine at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and Stingray is aimed at developers who already use Autodesk's other design suites such as Maya and 3DS Max. "Designed for the most visually demanding games of today and tomorrow, Stingray offers a powerful rendering system that can deliver superb visuals," Autodesk said on its website. "In addition to the core rendering technology, Stingray includes an variety... more »
What you missed in the Smart World: Amazon Dash goes live, Apple hints at smart home

What you missed in the Smart World: Amazon Dash goes live, Apple hints at smart home

This week’s Smart World Series features the latest developments in transportation tackling congested roads and ports with the Internet of Things (IoT), Apple’s latest possible plans for the smart home, what you need to know about the Amazon Dash button, a new developer community and more. For those who missed last week’s Smart World Series, here’s a chance to catch up on the exciting developments in the connected world.  Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the top news trends regarding smart homes and cars, smart data centers and IT, smart infrastructure and all things related to IoT. Untangling world’s biggest traffic jams: Where IoT meets... more »
5 reasons Google+ failed: One power user's observations

5 reasons Google+ failed: One power user's observations

Editor's Note: The following is an Op-Ed post originally published by Thomas Hawk on Facebook.com, republished here with permission. Mashable has the top story out on Techmeme right now and it's about Google+. It paints a pretty negative picture of Google+ as a failure of epic proportions for Google. I joined Google+ on the very first day it opened to the public. I may have missed a few days here or there, but I think I have posted every single day since it launched over four years ago. I've been very active on the site and truly believe that it could have been something great. I... more »
Zscaler scores $100 million to expand its cloud-based security service

Zscaler scores $100 million to expand its cloud-based security service

Zscaler Inc. moved $100 million closer to its long-anticipated public offering this morning after announcing the completion of an oversubscribed round led by private equity giant TPG Capital. The investment is the latest sign of the venture capital community’s unprecedented interest in cloud security amid the accelerating migration of corporate data beyond the firewall. That trend has helped more than half a dozen startups land funding over the past few quarters, many with similar value propositions to Zscaler.  Bitglass Inc. raised $25 million on occasion of its launch from stealth late last year for a proxy that watermarks files on their... more »
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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.