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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 »
Making waves with storage as a service | #VMworld

Making waves with storage as a service | #VMworld

Data storage is fast becoming one of the most vital parts of business in the modern digital world, but not every company has the resources to handle a massive storage array. To help fill this void, a number of companies now offer storage as a service, allowing their clients to buy what they need, as they need it, without the overhead. To help explore the world of storage as a service, Dave Vellante and David Floyer of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, spoke with Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage, Inc. at the VMworld 2015 conference. Nahum explained that storage as a service brings... more »
Upstart companies vie for a piece of the storage pie | #VMworld

Upstart companies vie for a piece of the storage pie | #VMworld

Narayan Venkat, CMO of Tegile, Inc., sat down with Dave Vellante and David Foyer of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco to discuss his company’s position in the marketplace and to explain the benefits of the company's latest product. Intelligent flash performance Tegile launched its IntelliFlash HD Flash Platform at VMworld this week. According to Venkat, the new product is a single platform with the ability to deploy flash and hybrid in the same system. The company’s focus is on providing “economics and performance” to the enterprise. Tegile is poised to change the requirement for sustainable storage. With a dramatic wave... more »
Federation is key for Canadian medical record management | #VMworld

Federation is key for Canadian medical record management | #VMworld

Ninety-five percent virtualized and with more than 1,000 production machines and just over 800 production servers, eHealth Saskatchewan has been though the virtualization journey. But Jay Benson, manager of IT Architecture at eHealth Saskatchewan’s, joined Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2015 that this only presents a new set of challenges. Benson is excited to be at VMworld 2015 to connect and learn from the 23,000+ other IT professionals in attendance. “What I like to do is talk to others that are doing the same things I am trying to do,” he said. 'Architecting for cost' Although Canadian healthcare is very... more »
HP won’t force-feed hyperconvergence | #VMworld

HP won’t force-feed hyperconvergence | #VMworld

“It’s a piece of the puzzle, but it’s not the whole puzzle from our perspective,” said Rob Strechay, director of product marketing and management for Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Storage division. Strechay joined Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to "talk hyperconvergence" during VMworld 2015. At HP Storage, hyperconvergence is seen as an extension of ease of management and ease of deployment. It is embodied by HP’s StoreVirtual storage line. Strechay said that HP is still relevant in the storage space because, “We’ve had eight years working with our customers on this and getting it right.” He believes that customers still need... more »
HP unveils strategy for the future of storage | #VMworld

HP unveils strategy for the future of storage | #VMworld

Many major companies have been making moves in the data storage world to position themselves as leaders in the digital revolution. One of those is Hewlett-Packard Co., who comes to the fight with a portfolio of products and services designed to stake their claim in the storage market. To get an inside view on HP's strategy for the future of digital storage, Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, brought Yogesh Agrawal, VP of strategy, solutions, and tech marketing at HP Storage, to the table at VMworld 2015 to discuss the topic. After a brief talk about his role at HP, Agrawal... more »
Catalogic extends support to IBM platforms | #VMworld

Catalogic extends support to IBM platforms | #VMworld

VMworld 2015 attendees had many discussions about hybrid environments and industry transformation, according to Bina Hallman, VP of IBM Storage and Software Defined Systems. “We talk to clients about some of the business transformations, the dynamics in the industry, new applications, and new workloads,” Hallman told Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2015. “Clients also have concerns around investment protection: how to take their existing environment and transform it. We focus on helping our clients transform their existing infrastructure and adopt new applications.” IBM storage platforms now have support from Catalogic Software, Inc., which recently announced that its ECX 2.2... more »
'Lara Croft GO' devs on capturing the way fans remember 'Tomb Raider'

'Lara Croft GO' devs on capturing the way fans remember 'Tomb Raider'

The Tomb Raider franchise is one of the most iconic and beloved game series of the past two decades, and millions of gamers remember exploring sunken temples filled with low polygon crocodiles and devious traps. Turning such a memorable franchise into a mobile game is just asking for a mob a rabid fans to harp on about the destruction of their childhood, but the developers of the recently released turn-based mobile game Lara Croft GO say that they set out to keep the childhood memory of Tomb Raider alive while still making a fun modern game. Rather than using the hyper realistic style of Square Enix's... more »
VR needs to be "fashionable" before it really hits, says Oculus creator

VR needs to be "fashionable" before it really hits, says Oculus creator

Let's face it: As cool as virtual reality technology is getting these days, you still look like a dork with that big electronic visor strapped to your head. Even Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey admits that the lack of cool factor might be a bit of a turn off for the general public, and he believes it may be some time before the devices and the world of fashion change enough for your average joe to consider plugging in. "VR headsets will get smaller over time, and that will help," Luckey said in a recent interview with GamesRadar. "I also think that... more »
Revolutionizing the way enterprise connects with the cloud | #VMworld

Revolutionizing the way enterprise connects with the cloud | #VMworld

Enterprise IT is stuck and needs a lever, according to Mark Lewis, CEO of Formation Data Systems. In a compelling segment with John Furrier and Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2015, Lewis made the case for how his company is best poised to revolutionize the way enterprise connects with the cloud. The trend Lewis sees the megatrend as being the “data as a service” model rather than the network storage and legacy models of the past. However, he acknowledged the tendency for legacy to seemingly last forever. His company was built explicitly with the notion of helping enterprise... more »
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- 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.