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Meet Project Storm, Facebook's SWAT team for disaster-proofing data centers

Meet Project Storm, Facebook's SWAT team for disaster-proofing data centers

When Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey on Oct. 29, 2012, flooding streets and subways several feet deep, the news also hit engineers at Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley hard -- in a very different way. “Hurricane Sandy was a wakeup call,” said Jay Parikh (pictured), Facebook’s vice president and head of engineering and infrastructure. Although Facebook’s two data center complexes in North Carolina and Virginia were fine, engineering leaders suddenly realized that could change on the whim of a storm front -- and that they needed to prepare ways to keep a billion people online in the event of a... more »
Dropbox hack was far bigger than thought, specialists say it's a cloud security wake up call

Dropbox hack was far bigger than thought, specialists say it's a cloud security wake up call

A hack of online storage provider Dropbox, Inc. in 2012 has been revealed to be much larger that previously disclosed, with the details of some 68 million account holders finding their way online. Motherboard obtained a selection of files that were being traded on a "database trading community" (likely on the dark web), and found that across four files that came in at 5GB contained details of email addresses and hashed passwords for 68,680,741 Dropbox users. Well regarded researcher Troy Hunt also confirmed the validity of the data posting details that included his own Dropbox account, and that of his wife. When the... more »
Will VMware eat its young? How a mature company withstands disruption | #VMworld

Will VMware eat its young? How a mature company withstands disruption | #VMworld

Another VMworld event has wrapped, and word on the street is that, while it is still the conference of the infrastructure industry, this year there was nothing especially sexy about it. Maybe we have just gotten used to an atmosphere of flashy disruptors threatening to shift the sands, so now the established is associated with the boring. The reality, according to theCUBE analysts, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, is that VMware, Inc. simply doesn't have to try as hard as up and comers because they've already proven so much. Keith Townsend (@CTOAdvisor) of The CTO Advisor, said, "For me, I don't think VMware is in a... more »
The synergy of VMware and hyper-converged platforms | #VMworld

The synergy of VMware and hyper-converged platforms | #VMworld

The ability to easily create virtualized resources is a fast-growing customer market. And Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) is partnering with VMware, Inc. on its hyper-converged platforms in order to quickly create state-of-the-art composable infrastructure. Cullen Ruegemer, senior director of Product Management at HPE, sat down with John Furrier (@furrier) and John Walls (@johnwalls21), co-hosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld in Las Vegas, to talk about the company's foray into Virtual Machines (VM) vending through the HPE-VMware collaboration. Hyper-converged and VM vending The underlying technologies of converged infrastructure are not new, and HPE has been in the market for almost 10 years. Hyper-converged infrastructure systems... more »
Making flash scale-out storage easier for end users | #VMworld

Making flash scale-out storage easier for end users | #VMworld

EMC XtremIO is bringing flash scale-out storage and making it easier for end users -- something no one else seems to be doing, according to Rami Katz, senior director of Product Management at EMC. Katz spoke with John Wallis (@JohnWalls21) and John Furrier (@furrier), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld US 2016. EMC XtremIO and ease for end user EMC XtremIO is bringing all-flash storage with innovations like data placement and dual-stage metadata -- and its priority is ease for the the end user. "You really unleash the power of this technology when you give it to the users," said Katz. With XtremIO, it's all about the enormous... more »
Could your software be working twice as hard for you? | #VMworld

Could your software be working twice as hard for you? | #VMworld

With a new vendor trying to sell a software service any given day, it's getting difficult for companies to know what is worth it and what is just a gimmick. Even taking stock of the software they already have can raise more questions than it answers; you sure are paying for that, but are you using it? It can get mighty confusing, so a service has sprung up to help customers understand and manage their software portfolios. Lawrence Schwartz, CMO of SoftwareONE AG, said that software portfolio management is "when you think about if a lot of customers -- from small customers who... more »
Is HPE becoming an arms dealer to the cloud? | #SeizeTheData

Is HPE becoming an arms dealer to the cloud? | #SeizeTheData

At the end of day two, with wall-to-wall coverage of the HPE Big Data Conference in Boston, MA, Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Paul Gillin (@pgillin), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, closed the event discussing how Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) will define the company in the future. Low key about hardware Vellante began by saying that the event was low key. There was a great deal of discussion about HPE's Vertica 8 and the open-source community ethos around HPE Haven OnDemand, as well as swirling rumors about private equity. “We’ve heard nothing about HPE hardware during this conference. This was about software; it was about... more »
Reducing the legacy gap with Cloud and SaaS solutions | #VMworld

Reducing the legacy gap with Cloud and SaaS solutions | #VMworld

The tech world changes, but legacy systems endure. That’s simply the truth of the modern business environment. Companies know they must transform in this digital revolution, but they’re also tied to ancient systems filled with custom applications. To solve this problem, companies turn toward partners who can help them navigate these strange new waters. To shed some light on the issue of upgrading systems, John Furrier (@furrier) and John Walls (@JohnWalls21), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, visited the VMworld conference in Las Vegas. There, they joined Mark Ward, chief operating officer at Cobalt Iron, and Tim Conley, owner... more »
Roll the tape: How IBM plans to remaster storage | #VMworld

Roll the tape: How IBM plans to remaster storage | #VMworld

An enterprise today has a number of choices when it comes to effective long-term storage. Most want to go digital and find ways to move everything to the cloud, but one company believes there's a better option. IBM Enterprise Storage suggests using tape for long-term storage, and promises to save companies money while doing so. Calline Sanchez, VP of IBM Enterprise Storage, talked with John Furrier (@furrier) and John Walls (@johnwalls21), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during this week's VMworld conference about IBM Enterprise Storage and the revival of tape. Why tape? It may be shocking to learn that 90 percent of Fortune 500... more »
The Nutanix-VMware partnership; industry diversity | #VMworld

The Nutanix-VMware partnership; industry diversity | #VMworld

In a recent interview with theCUBE, Nutanix, Inc. reps not only talked about the importance of teamwork, but also the value of building diverse teams. Stu Miniman (@stu), cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, sat down with Venugopal Pai, VP of Alliances at Nutanix, and Julie O'Brien, VP of Corporate Marketing at Nutanix. Miniman first wanted to know, in light of publicized conflicts, how Nutanix and VMware, Inc. really work together. Pretty darn well, it seems. Despite the occasional challenges that would occur with any partnership, the two companies work together to meet customer demands. “We work closely with VMware on all... more »
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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.