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Flagship battle rages on: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5/S6 edge+ vs. LG G4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Flagship battle rages on: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5/S6 edge+ vs. LG G4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Sony Mobile Communications Inc. on Wednesday unveiled its next-generation Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, alongside “the world’s first 4K smartphone,” the Xperia Z5 Premium. Along with the 4K display, the Xperia Z5 features Sony’s new 1/2.3 Exmor RS for mobile 23-megapixel sensor and F2.0 G Lens. Sony said this is its first “completely re-imagined” smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1. Being a flagship offering, the Xperia Z5 Premium has to compete with other flagship offerings available right now. Below we compare the Xperia Z5 Premium to four rivals. Note: On September 9, Apple is expected to unveil its next-gen iPhones, the iPhone... more »
Round-faced smartwatches fight it out: Huawei Watch vs. 2015 Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2

Round-faced smartwatches fight it out: Huawei Watch vs. 2015 Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2

Taking place this week in Berlin, IFA 2015 has seen the launch of a range of new smartwatches yesterday. Two of those, the Huawei Watch and second generation Moto 360, are round-faced Android Wear devices. Below we compare the three latest round-faced smartwatches to hit the market to see how they stack up against one another. Huawei Watch vs. Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2: Design and dimensions Huawei Watch: The case measures 42mm in diameter and features a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass with the crown at the two o’clock position. Case color options include gold, silver and black, all customizable with over 40... more »
Bitcoin exchange Paymium raises €1m seed round, founder bitches about it not being enough

Bitcoin exchange Paymium raises €1m seed round, founder bitches about it not being enough

Bitcoin exchange and payments service provider Paymium has raised a seed round of €1 million ($1.12 million) that included Newfund, Kima Ventures, Galitt and a number of unnamed individuals. Founded in 2011, Paymium offers a Bitcoin exchange which they claim offers a secure, reliable, high-performance trading platform that is in compliance with European regulations. On top of the traditional buying and selling of Bitcoin, the company also offers payment services that allow merchants to accept payments in Bitcoin with instant conversion to Euros; some of its clients include popular European online retailer Showroomprive and point-of-sale solution provider Ingenico. "We intend to increase our... more »
Report: Chinese unicorn smartphone maker Xiaomi may be launching a laptop in 2016

Report: Chinese unicorn smartphone maker Xiaomi may be launching a laptop in 2016

Chinese smartphone maker and leading unicorn Xiaomi, Inc. may be expanding its horizons into the laptop market according to a report published Wednesday. Bloomberg Business quotes "people with direct knowledge of the matter " stating that Xiaomi’s notebook may go on sale in the first quarter of 2106 and will compete with such premium computers as Apple’s MacBook Air and Lenovo’s ThinkPad. The company is said to be in talks with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to supply memory chips for the planned device, and could potentially tap Samsung to provide displays as well. Other details of the laptop were not provided, but if... more »
ASUS ZenWatch 2 vs. Apple Watch: Design, specs, pricing, more

ASUS ZenWatch 2 vs. Apple Watch: Design, specs, pricing, more

At IFA 2015 on Wednesday, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. unveiled its new ASUS ZenWatch 2 smartwatch. The ZenWatch 2 is a rectangular Android Wear smartwatch and, since Android Wear for iOS was announced earlier this week, it may be a viable option for iPhone users who have not splurged on the more expensive Apple Watch. Below we take a look at how the ASUS ZenWatch 2 stacks up against the Apple Watch. ASUS ZenWatch 2 vs. Apple Watch: Design and dimensions ZenWatch 2: The rectangular ZenWatch 2 is available in two stainless-steel case sizes and three case colors (Silver, Gunmetal, and Rose Gold). Personalization options... more »
Twitter acquisition rumors re-emerge as CEO hunt drags on

Twitter acquisition rumors re-emerge as CEO hunt drags on

The winds of change are reportedly brewing at Twitter. Of course we knew that already – it was only last June that Dick Costolo quit the role of CEO, and the company is still searching for a replacement. But there could be bigger changes afoot, if the latest reports are anything to go by. Bloomberg yesterday reported on Twitter’s CEO hunt, saying that the micro-blogging site is coming under increasing pressure to settle on a candidate from shareholders, who're getting jittery about the company's declining share price. Twitter’s shares have slumped by 22 percent since Costolo jumped ship, and his departure... more »
Google's mobile app ad study was "flawed"

Google's mobile app ad study was "flawed"

While all the attention has been on its new logo, Google courted a bit of controversy this week when it said it will tweak its mobile search algorithm to demote sites that run full screen ads for apps that effectively take over the whole screen. Google points to the findings of an internal study it carried out to justify the decision, saying that “Our analysis shows that it is not a good search experience and can be frustrating for users because they are expecting to see the content of the web page.” But while the move might be welcomed by consumers, some... more »
One more thing: Apple may reveal the iPad Pro at iPhone/ Apple TV event September 9

One more thing: Apple may reveal the iPad Pro at iPhone/ Apple TV event September 9

The newest member of Apple's iPad family may be coming sooner than expected with a report claiming that the iPad Pro may be revealed September 9 at an Apple launch event along with the new iPhone and Apple TV. According to 9to5Mac who is usually pretty spot on with these things, the reveal of the iPad Pro, along with an updated version of the iPad mini, will come next week, with pre-orders in October and shipping in November. The report though does note that although Apple is currently considering including the iPad Pro at the September launch event, it may change its... more »
VMworld 2015 leaves the industry guessing | #VMworld

VMworld 2015 leaves the industry guessing | #VMworld

As VMworld 2015 came to a close today, John Furrier, Dave Vellante, Stu Miniman and Brian Gracely of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, went around the table to discuss the important takeaways from VMworld 2015. Rumors, intrigue and no answers Much of the conversation centered on the future of VMware, Inc. and the storage industry in general. The conference began with anticipation of an announcement that never came. There was much speculation about the fate of VMware at the hands of Elliot Management, but the show closed leaving the industry still guessing. The panel voiced many opinions regarding the Federation vs. standalone issue. Who is... more »
Hands-on labs from 'any modern browser' | #VMworld

Hands-on labs from 'any modern browser' | #VMworld

The partnership between VMware, Inc. and XtremIO is a match well made. Powered by XtremIO’s flash storage network, VMware has been able to create a catalog of over 40 labs that it offers to its users, customers and the general world … all for free. Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, spoke to Pablo Roesch, director of technical marketing for VMware, and Sakthi Chandra, director of solutions marketing at EMC XtremIO, about the true extent of the use of its hands-on labs and just how much consumers and the companies themselves are benefiting from the partnership. According to Roesch, VMware's offering of... 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.