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Spending on Converged Infrastructure Will Hit $17.8 Billion in 2016

Spending on Converged Infrastructure Will Hit $17.8 Billion in 2016

According to a recent IDC study, the research firm estimates that the overall spending on converged systems in the data center will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 54.7 percent, from $2.0 billion in 2011 to $17.8 billion in 2016. Converged infrastructure will account for 12.8 percent of total storage, server, networking and software spending by 2016, up from only 3.9 percent in 2012, the IDC estimates. Often referred to as "hardware that is created with virtualization in mind," converged infrastructure is particularly important to an organization's operations. Wikibon has earlier research that supports the IDC projections... more »
Ask DevOps: How to Work As a Software Developer from Home

Ask DevOps: How to Work As a Software Developer from Home

Perhaps everyone would love the convenience of working from home. Though there are several professions that allow you to work remotely, it is not commonly heard that software developers work from home. They are expected to work on high-end systems, latest technologies that are usually available at work places, coordinate with other teams and clients, etc. So, if you are wondering how to work remotely as a software developer, here are some tips for you coming from Matt Campbell, who has worked remotely for a long time. Work area Your workspace should be free from distraction and comfortable for you to spend... more »
LulzSec Hacker Pleads Guilty to Stratfor Hacks

LulzSec Hacker Pleads Guilty to Stratfor Hacks

Jeremy Hammond aka "Anarchaos" pled guilty in a federal case today to the December 2011 hacking of Strategic Forecasting, Inc, known to most as Stratfor.  The private intelligence firm was compromised under Anonymous operations that just preceded the early LulzSec days.  In the massive hack, 60,000 credit card numbers were stolen, and $700,000 in fraudulent charges were run up on some of those.  One million dollars was donated to various charities using the credit information.  Five million email messages were also stolen, 200 gigabytes of data, and much of the information was quite sensitive. In that Stratfor is a global intelligence group... more »
What Can You Make with a 3D Printer? Toys, Bone Plates, and Pizza?

What Can You Make with a 3D Printer? Toys, Bone Plates, and Pizza?

3D printers recently gained a bit of a bad reputation when some used the technology to print gun parts or make their own home made guns; but don't write off 3D printing as the devil’s device since it can be used to end world hunger, help people get better, and speed up the creation of new technologies from testing labs to mass production, and help harness the creative genius in your kid. 3D printed food NASA awarded a $125,000 grant to Anjan Contractor’s company,  Systems & Materials Research Corporation, to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer or a 3D food... more »
PC Industry Continues to Bleed Out

PC Industry Continues to Bleed Out

The PC business might not be dying, but it's certainly very sick right now, and the IDC has the numbers to prove this diagnosis. Last month, the IDC released its latest quarterly report, stating that the PC market had slumped a record 13.9 percent in the previous quarter, before further stating that PC shipments this year would decrease by 1.9 percent. But now, things have taken a sharp turn for the worse, with IDC releasing revised figures showing that the PC shipments will in fact drop by a massive 7.8 percent in 2013, double the decline from the previous year.  But that's... more »
CloudMunch’s New Hangout on Agility and DevOps, Watch It Friday May 31st

CloudMunch’s New Hangout on Agility and DevOps, Watch It Friday May 31st

“Increasing Agility w/ DevOps, Cloud and Continuous Delivery” That’s the title of CloudMunch’s first Google Hangout, which it is hosting on air with CEO Pradeep Prabhu and "The Phoenix Project" author Gene Kim. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 31 from 10-10:45 AM. CloudMunch, a provider of SaaS based DevOps tools will discuss about DevOps, cloud, and continuous delivery on the Hangout and the agenda will be to inform audience about how IT can implement this increase its agility and get-to-Market faster. The company is yet to announce the URL of the hangout. Earlier last month, it launched the CloudMunch DevOps platform, first-of-its-kind... more »
Wikibon Reviews Oracle ZFS Appliance, Gives Strong Positive Recommendation

Wikibon Reviews Oracle ZFS Appliance, Gives Strong Positive Recommendation

“CIOs, CTOs and senior storage executives should position the Oracle ZFS appliance as an ideal strategic fit for high streaming environments such as database backups,” writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in the conclusion of his review of the new hybrid flash/disk storage appliance from Oracle. “As well, the product can be successfully integrated into high-performance Oracle database workloads. In write-intensive and heavy IO workloads, the ZFS appliance will likely prove the best-of-breed, lowest cost solution. Outside of that sweet spot, traditional midrange arrays and filers will often be a better economic fit.” The full, detailed review is available without charge... more »
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PopcornApps’ Samvit Raina Discusses Mobile Big Data

PopcornApps founder and CEO Samvit Raina attended the recent Appcelerator Platform launch event in Mountain View, California to represent his firm, an Appcelerator Partner and Utility Industry Expert. SiliconAngle correspondent Jeff Frick seized the opportunity to get the executive’s take on the new solution and discuss mobile adoption in the enterprise. Raina cuts right to the chase. He says that Appcelerator’s new mobile development suite has helped his company realize improvements across the board, and calls it "the only full service platform” on the market. He names four features that distinguish it from competing development environments: - Support for a wide variety... more »
4 Things CIOs Must Know : Google Compute Engine (GCE) + the Public Cloud

4 Things CIOs Must Know : Google Compute Engine (GCE) + the Public Cloud

Last week I did a series of what CIOs need to know and consider for Google Compute Engine (GCE). Our coverage touched on four areas of importance as noted by Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman: Google Compute Engine's market position (specifically how it compares to Amazon Web Services), Service Level Agreements (SLAs), the public cloud pricing wars, and pros and cons for CIOs. Who's gaining market share? Who has a game-changing model to differentiate in this growing market? Storage is becoming more and more complex, and the CIO is facing a lot of important decisions in their pipeline. Here is a recap of... more »
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Review: Nokia's Flagship Windows Phone on Verizon

Microsoft is desperately trying to make a dent into Google's dominance in the mobile computing business. Even Apple has been ahead of Microsoft for five years now, and BlackBerry's smartphone market share is approximately equal to Microsoft's. Verizon already is selling two Windows Phone 8 smartphones -- one from HTC  and one from Nokia . Most recently, Verizon  has launched a second Nokia Windows Phone, this time the highest-end Windows Phone currently on sale in the U.S. market. The model number is 928. Let's start with the hardware. This is one thick, heavy and square brick. Fortunately, it is not too slippery,... more »

Premium Research

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.