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Gelsinger: The magic of the Cloud | #VMworld

Gelsinger: The magic of the Cloud | #VMworld

Cube alum Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, Inc., sat down with Dave Vellante and John Furrier of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at VMworld 2015 to discuss the topics in his visionary and futuristic keynote speech from Day 2 at WMworld, as well as to lay out VMware’s position in the industry. Looking toward the future, Furrier asked Gelsinger, “What is hybrid Cloud?” Gelsinger considers hybrid Cloud as the culmination of bringing together SaaS capabilities to the enterprise level in a homogenous way, offering scalable workloads and an environment in which to run them. Moore’s Law for the Ccloud Applying Moore’s Law to... more »
Amazon Prime now does something Netflix can’t: Members can watch movies offline

Amazon Prime now does something Netflix can’t: Members can watch movies offline

Going on a long plane ride or a car trip across country and want to take your favorite TV show or movie with you for entertainment? Well, for most consumers this either meant buying a digital copy and putting it in some sort of storage, because most streaming services would eat up a lot of charges (can you say “Roaming?”) Recognizing this problem, Amazon now offers members the ability to download a TV show or movie to their mobile device that can be watched with or without Internet connectivity. Amazon Prime is a premium subscription service offered by Amazon for $99... more »
A new vision for data centers: Isolated, monolithic and Cloud-independent | #VMworld

A new vision for data centers: Isolated, monolithic and Cloud-independent | #VMworld

Ravello Systems, Ltd. was founded in early 2011 with the sole purpose of changing the way companies consume the public Cloud. “We are coming from a very rich virtualization background, networking background, and some storage,” according to Benny Schnaider, cofounder, chairman and president of Ravello Systems, Ltd., who spoke with Stu Miniman and Brian Gracely of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team, at VMworld 2015. Ravello is using that experience to invent a new vision of how the future of data centers should look. "And the new vision is basically based on the isolation of the application and the infrastructure that the application is running... more »
Cloud is a 'thorny' issue for medical facilities | #VMworld

Cloud is a 'thorny' issue for medical facilities | #VMworld

Backing up data is critical for any organization, but for the healthcare industry, this process takes on another level of importance. Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas, serves a 200-mile radius area and is the official disaster management center for a 10-country area. According to Jonathan Stinson, system administrator for Hendrick Medical Center, there is “always a lot in motion, a lot changing.” Speaking with Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco, Stinson said that his largest challenge is maintaining cost effectiveness and “providing high-quality services without creating a management nightmare.” Stinson described the current systems at Hendricks Medical, which are... more »
BitFury releases report on Bitcoin block size debate

BitFury releases report on Bitcoin block size debate

BitFury Group (Bitfury Holding B.V.), Bitcoin blockchain infrastructure provider and Bitcoin mining hardware maker, recently released a research report [PDF] into what the company believes an increase in the Bitcoin blockchain block size will do for the network. The Bitcoin blockchain is the distributed ledger that securely stores all transactions made with bitcoins on the network and over the past few months discussions have arisen in how the blockchain functions with regards to the volume of transactions. One claim is that currently the blockchain will be unable to keep up with scaling with greater transactions and a proposed solution has been... more »
Data reduction optimizes storage for the digital revolution | #VMworld

Data reduction optimizes storage for the digital revolution | #VMworld

The VMworld 2015 conference has been all about data storage, the key to the modern data-driven tech industry. New technologies keep data storage on the cutting edge of innovation. One of those advances is called data reduction, a term that's been spreading through the market. To help understand this data reduction technology, and also to shed some light on the storage industry in general, Dave Vellante of theCUBE, SilconANGLE Media's roving news desk, spoke to Tom Cook, CEO of Permabit Technology Corp. The conversation started with a discussion of Permabit as a business. Cook explained they worked with business leaders across the industry to... more »
Are you ready for ANY? What is VMware's Unified Hybrid Cloud platform? | #VMworld

Are you ready for ANY? What is VMware's Unified Hybrid Cloud platform? | #VMworld

Carl M. Eschenbach, VMware, Inc.’s president and COO, kicked off the general session on Day 1 at VMworld 2015 from the Moscone Center in San Francisco. “What if we, at VMworld 2015, could enable you to run, build, deliver and secure any app, anytime, anyplace?” Eschenbach asked the crowd. He then promised, “Our goal for VMworld this year is to make sure you’re ready for ANY - any challenge or business opportunity that lies ahead.” Introducing the four main categories for today’s session, Eschenbach claimed that the Unified Hybrid Cloud will solve the most common challenges encountered by IT professionals: RUN: Any application on... more »
Easing data management pain points: Freedom from silos | #VMworld

Easing data management pain points: Freedom from silos | #VMworld

Day two of VMworld 2015 in San Francisco kicked off with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, who sat down with David Flynn, cofounder and chief technology officer of Primary Data. Free your data Primary Data is a relatively new company providing the DataSphere platform for data management for the Cloud. According to Flynn, Primary Data is targeting the enterprise-level consumers to help manage and solve the real pain points of managing data in several storage systems. “We are managing data in different storage systems by freeing the data from the silo environment and serving it from the... more »
Syncsort open-sources Spark connector for mainframes

Syncsort open-sources Spark connector for mainframes

The clash between old and new gripping the analytics world moved up yet another notch this morning with the release of a connector from Syncsort Inc. that aims to make it easier for organizations to tap records in their mainframes using Apache Spark. It’s being made available under the same open-source license as the data crunching engine. The launch comes two months after IBM Corp., the leading producer of big iron, committed a cool billion dollars and some 3,500 engineers to accelerating the development of Spark. The two technologies represent two entirely different eras in data processing that have been in... more »
SAP debuts an in-memory query engine for Spark in renewed IoT push

SAP debuts an in-memory query engine for Spark in renewed IoT push

While the who’s who of the industry are at San Francisco's Moscone Center for VMworld 2015, SAP SE is throwing an event of its own just over a over a mile away to introduce a new tool that promises to help organizations take better advantage of Apache Spark. The launch comes as the competition likewise moves to embrace the data crunching engine. IBM Corp. pledged to invest a billion dollars into Spark earlier this year as part of an effort to push ahead in the analytics race that also will see several thousand of its engineers take an active role in... 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.