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VMware taps startup Vera to provide “military-grade” data governance for virtual environments

VMware taps startup Vera to provide “military-grade” data governance for virtual environments

Organizations using VMware Inc.’s virtualization software to power their infrastructure now have a powerful new option for data governance thanks to a partnership with Vera Inc. announced at its annual customer conference this morning. The alliance marks a major step forward for a technology that has already proven itself highly effective in the public cloud. The venture-backed Vera uses a reverse proxy implemented at the edge of the customer's corporate network to tag outcoming documents with special metadata that defines how and when its contents can be accessed. Administrators are thus able to ensure that sensitive files don’t end up in... more »
What you missed in the Smart World: New wireless dimmer, sun exposure tracker + more

What you missed in the Smart World: New wireless dimmer, sun exposure tracker + more

This week’s Smart World Series features reports on the latest from Apple Watch, a smart toothbrush that offers dental insurance with perks, a new wireless dimmer from Philips for renters, Canada leading the smart city initiative, new health wearable trackers 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 the Internet of Things. Apple planning a sensor band for Apple... more »
Watch LIVE: VMworld 2015 broadcast assesses vCloud Air and more | #VMworld

Watch LIVE: VMworld 2015 broadcast assesses vCloud Air and more | #VMworld

VMworld 2015 kicked off August 30 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The five-day event brings together enterprise IT technical professionals and decision-makers looking for the latest in cloud technology and virtualization. Don’t miss theCUBE broadcasting live from the event from August 31-September 2. Live interviews on theCUBE from VMworld 2015 include Dheeraj Pandey, CEO, Nutanix, Inc.; Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware, Inc.; and Jayshree Ullal, president & CEO, Arista Networks, Inc.; as well as many more industry execs. Where to watch Watch theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, live during VMworld 2015, and make sure to join theCUBE’s CrowdChat to voice your... more »
CloudPhysics brings data-driven monitoring to VMware environments

CloudPhysics brings data-driven monitoring to VMware environments

Keeping with tradition from previous years, CloudPhysics Inc. is debuting a major new iteration of its monitoring service at VMworld 2015 this morning that promises to help virtualization administrators become a lot more proactive in their work. That means catching risky configuration settings and stopping emerging problems before they have a chance to spread. CloudPhysics, the brainchild of former senior VMware Inc. executives, facilitates that through a web-based monitoring console that provides insights into the operation of virtual environments. The individual metrics with which that’s tracked can now be manually correlated to identify links between changes to the infrastructure and outages,... more »
5 ways Boomerang for Outlook can save time dealing with emails... and cut down on stress

5 ways Boomerang for Outlook can save time dealing with emails... and cut down on stress

We recently reported a slew of new features that have arrived to Microsoft Outlook and this included Boomerang, a cross-platform email and calendar productivity solution available for Office 365 and Outlook 2013. The add-in, which is already available for Gmail, was basically conceived as a time-saver, and less so a stress reliever. While the add-in has obvious benefits to anyone using email, it might best be described as foremost a business solution. How does it work? In short Boomerang for Outlook can schedule messages so that they arrive in someone’s inbox at a specific time, and if that email is not responded to,... more »
What you missed in Big Data: Storage first and foremost

What you missed in Big Data: Storage first and foremost

The prerequisite to tapping the vast amounts of data coming off the connected universe is an economic way to store that information while the analysis performed, which is what earned a startup called Scality Inc. $45 million in funding last week. The investment caps off two years of tremendous growth that saw sales of its storage platform more than quadruple. The software decouples capacity and management operations from the underlying hardware, allowing organizations to use cheap off-the-shelf equipment for their environments to lower costs. Scality claims that this allows its platform to efficiently accommodate up to petabytes of data with the same... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Hybrid flexibility

What you missed in Cloud: Hybrid flexibility

The hybrid cloud model became a lot more appealing last week after Google Inc. officially launched its container service into general availability following nearly a year in beta testing. Organizations can now seamlessly move containerized workloads from their on-premise infrastructure to its cloud platform and vice versa as their requirements change. But the ability to physically move an application from one environment to another is only one of the prerequisites for cloud interoperability. Administrators also need a way to migrate the associated data and management policies to the new location, an issue that has given rise to numerous new startups in the last few quarters... more »
Where some see cloud, Equinix sees “interconnections”

Where some see cloud, Equinix sees “interconnections”

Today’s cloud infrastructure services work pretty much the same way that corporate data centers have worked since the 1960s: Large, centralized server farms deliver information over far-flung networks. But Equinix, Inc. believes it’s come up with a better way to support the exploding amount of data and processing coming from the cloud, while delivering faster response times and greater user flexibility. The $2.5 billion co-location provider is hanging its hat on a concept it calls “interconnections,” in which processing is managed over a large number of federated data centers spread across the globe. Equinix has assembled a constellation of more than... more »
Gartner sees SaaS driving application software sales

Gartner sees SaaS driving application software sales

Growth in the enterprise application software market is being driven by cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, and will soon reach $150 billion in annual revenues, according to new research from Gartner Inc. The market watcher revealed its revenues forecast last Thursday, saying that application software sales would grow by 7.5 percent in 2015, before exceeding $200 billion in 2019. Driving this growth will be “key IT upgrades to core enterprise applications”, plus the shift towards subscription-based software models, Gartner said. According to Gartner, “alternative consumption models” to traditional on-premise lincenses now count for over fifty percent of new software implementations. Together with SaaS,... more »
Geopolitical gambit: U.S. considering sanctions against Chinese companies for cyber-espionage

Geopolitical gambit: U.S. considering sanctions against Chinese companies for cyber-espionage

The United States Government may  get tougher on Chinese companies that benefit from State sponsored cyber-espionage, with the Administration said to be planning to announce unprecedented sanctions. According to reports, what form the sanctions will take has yet to be decided, but "a final call is expected soon—perhaps even within the next two weeks," according to several administration officials quoted off the record. The issuing of targeted sanctions at Chinese companies is described as being a significant expansion of the Administration's response to an alleged wave of cyber-espionage that is said to have stolen everything from "nuclear power plant designs to search engine... 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.