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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 »
Hack typeface 2.0 presents a robust font for programmers, UI design

Hack typeface 2.0 presents a robust font for programmers, UI design

In the world of the web, mobile and app UIs, nobody really notices fonts—until something goes wrong. Bad antialiasing, too small to read, or if a font is just too complex for the eyes to rapidly make out characters. While an elegant font can make a app looks stylized or interesting, in the long run it may turn off users who must spend too much time to decipher “Options” or “Open.” Hack, developed by programmer Chris Simpkins and other contributors, is designed to be a highly legible font for programming, but it has features that make it worthwhile for almost any... more »
Can subscription games survive in the era of free-to-play?

Can subscription games survive in the era of free-to-play?

Less than a decade ago, it looked liked the subscription based model was the way for game developers to really cash-in, with behemoths like Blizzard Entertainment Inc's World of Warcraft leading the charge. At its peak, WoW boasted over 12 million subscribers, and at roughly $15 a month, it is easy to see why the model was so attractive. More than anything else, subscriptions are a steady, relatively predictable revenue stream, and if you charge for the base game as well, as is the case for WoW, then you also get a nice little signing bonus each time someone new comes on board. Nowadays, the subscription... more »
Google OnHub full specs, reviews: Worth $200 for fancy design?

Google OnHub full specs, reviews: Worth $200 for fancy design?

What makes Google's OnHub router different from the others, besides good looks? Remember the good old days when you tied down in front of a computer or laptop that has a LAN cable that connects you to the Internet? Most teens won’t be able to fathom that idea now that everything is going wireless. Today there's a plethora of routers to choose from an established and very crowded market, which Google has just entered. The search giant has taken another step into the consumer networking business, adding a router alongside its Fiber and Project Fi initiative, having recently joined the router market after partnering with TP-Link Technologies... more »
Making infrastructure invisible | #VMworld

Making infrastructure invisible | #VMworld

One of the biggest disruptions in the tech industry is the idea that technology should be easy to use, not only for the customer, but also for the developer. Infrastructure companies are discovering there's a big market for technology that's so easy to use it becomes almost invisible for their clients. To talk about this change in infrastructure design, John Furrier and Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, sat down with Dheeraj Pandey, CEO of Nutanix, Inc., at the VMworld 2015 conference. The conversation started with the concept of Cloud-native companies and technologies. Pandey explained that going Cloud native was a... more »
Wikibon analyst says flash snapshots will revolutionize information management

Wikibon analyst says flash snapshots will revolutionize information management

A major advantage driving the trend to all-flash storage environments is the prospect of replacing most database copies with snapshots, in the process cutting total storage needs in half. However, the danger is out-of-control snapshot proliferation that quickly grows beyond the ability of manual methods to manage adequately. The answer, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer, is automated cataloging and policy management that tracks all snapshots through their lifecycles. Flash, with its orders-of-magnitude advantages in I/O speed and density, is clearly the future for active data. It improves application performance and end-user productivity and cuts operating expenses (OPEX). In this future scenario, snapshots create... more »
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- 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.

- 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.