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How to Hyperscale Visual Effects? Consider AWS Like a Utility Bill, says Atomic Fiction

How to Hyperscale Visual Effects? Consider AWS Like a Utility Bill, says Atomic Fiction

*Update: two numbers corrected* Have you seen Transformers 3? Star Treck Into Darkness? Flight? Looper? Underworld Awakening? Boardwalk Empire? Well then you've seen the handy work of Atomic Fiction. With around 35 employees based in Emeryville, California -- Atomic Fiction is by no means small in production value. With a slew of huge projects already under its belt, it is a well known name in the visual effects community. Setting itself apart from the rest, Atomic Fiction is one of the first studios to tap into the cloud with AWS. Co-Founder Ryan Tudhope stopped by theCUBE to talk with co-hosts Dave... more »
Cloud Is Disruptive to Traditional Storage, But It's what Customers Want  #AWSsummit

Cloud Is Disruptive to Traditional Storage, But It's what Customers Want #AWSsummit

Chris Archinaco, Product Marketing Manager at Avere, Avere Systems, discussed the company's move from traditional storage to a cloud solution theCube hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick, live at the Amazon AWS 2013 Summit. Avere is an established network-attached storage (NAS) provider and is now demonstrating its cloud storage prototype. "We really think that [ours] is the only architecture that can deliver high performance," Archinaco said, explaining the move. The prototype was developed after determining what problems the customers wanted to solve in the cloud, and delivering solutions for them. Asked about the value of Avere in AWS, Chris Archinaco explained that the issue with... more »
Codero's Disruptive Storage Pricing and Free Backups for Life

Codero's Disruptive Storage Pricing and Free Backups for Life

It’s easy to like today’s news from Austin’s Codero Hosting.  With all new NAS and SAN storage options, they are taking on their competitors and beating the competitor’s prices by a significant margin. The promotional pricing for the services gets customers storage at 4¢ per gigabyte.  You know we sit here, we pick the news, then report on those that are significant, that are driving the way on a number of technology fronts.  Codero as a company is one that is constantly emerging with new options and products in the ultra-competitive high-value hosting game.  This storage announcement is further confirmation... more »
Amazon EC2's Dave Ward Reveals AWS Culture, Pricing + More [EXCLUSIVE]

Amazon EC2's Dave Ward Reveals AWS Culture, Pricing + More [EXCLUSIVE]

Dave Ward, AWS Senior Manager EC2, discussed Amazon's pricing options and strategies with theCube hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick, live at the Amazon AWS 2013 Summit Dave Vellante asked Ward, "the resident expert on compute pricing," to discuss the different pricing options and giving a quick overview of what's available. He explained that the main pricing philosophy for AWS is that the client wants to pay for what they use. The three available options are On-Demand, Reserve and SPOT Instances. 3 main options : AWS With the On-Demand option, customers pay by the hour for any service they need to use. It is... more »
Hot Data for NetApp : Smart Flash Cache from SanDisk Picks ONTAP

Hot Data for NetApp : Smart Flash Cache from SanDisk Picks ONTAP

SanDisk announced this morning that FlashSoft has been certified to run on systems powered by NetApp Data ONTAP, the vendor’s homegrown storage operating system. FlashSoft is a software-based flash caching solution that eliminates I/O latency and enables users to rapidly process frequently-accessed information, also known as hot data. The solution is named after the original developer of the software, a startup that SanDisk acquired in February 2012. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s safe to assume that the transaction delivered a handsome return on the $3 million Thomvest Ventures and Divergent Ventures injected into the developer. SanDisk says that FlashDisk... more »
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iOS Gets Google Now & Microsoft Announces IllumiRoom - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

In today’s NewsDesk news roundup: Google Now on Google Search iOS app; Twitter co-founder says smartwatches will be a hit, not Glass; Nokia teams up with Pelican to improve mobile camera; Outlook.com now supports Skype; BlackBerry Q10 selling by the millions; British reform act prevents orphans from being exploited in commercials; Samsung guilty of deceptive advertising; Yahoo! to organize growing original web shows; and Microsoft unveils IllumiRoom. Google Now on Google Search iOS app The Google Search iOS app has been updated and includes Google Now, an intelligent search product that attempts to provide relevant answers before the questions are asked. Based... more »
Why Choose Amazon's CDN? CloudFront Talks Cloud Economy at #AWSsummit

Why Choose Amazon's CDN? CloudFront Talks Cloud Economy at #AWSsummit

Nihar Bihani, AWS Senior Product Manager, discussed CloudFront, one of the Amazon services, with theCube host Jeff Frick, live at the Amazon AWS 2013 Summit. Offering an overview of what CloudFront is, Bihani described it as a content delivery service that provides customers with "an easy way to deliver their content globally,"  and that integrates well with other AWS services to make delivery even faster. Why Amazon's CDN? . Asked how AWS came to the decision it needed to add a CDN to their offering, Bihani explained it all started "because of a usage pattern that we noticed." When S3 was launched, a lot of customers... more »
Apple Wants App-ealing Services with Flat iOS 7 Redesign, Rivals Android + Windows Live

Apple Wants App-ealing Services with Flat iOS 7 Redesign, Rivals Android + Windows Live

According to sources, Apple is implementing a new design to its latest mobile operating software, but those who have seen the redesigned iOS are calling it “very, very flat.” Codenamed “Innsbruck,” iOS 7 will include new icons for native apps, as well as newly designed toolbars, tab bars, and other fundamental interface features, plus polarizing filters for added screen privacy. Then there’s talk of adding ‘glance-able’ information, like a widget, or live windows or tiles and system options panels, like a Notification Center, to the software, which can be accessed by swiping right or left on your screen. From what was said, it... more »
Trend Micro on AWS Security : Moving to the Cloud Is about Info-structure, Not Infrastructure [VIDEO]

Trend Micro on AWS Security : Moving to the Cloud Is about Info-structure, Not Infrastructure [VIDEO]

JD Sherry, Global Director of Technology and Solutions at Trend Micro, discussed the aspect of security in cloud adoption with theCube host Jeff Frick, live at the AWS 2013 Summit today. The issue Trend Micro set out to explore is that of securing assets when a company adopts the cloud. The main issue to consider is "what you need to take a look at when you move your security assets into the cloud." When it comes to protecting assets, JD Sherry pointed out that cloud providers such as AWS have done and excellent job at "baking security in their solutions". Yet there is a shared... more »
Naughty Vine's Front-Facing Camera Makes Selfies a Lot Easier

Naughty Vine's Front-Facing Camera Makes Selfies a Lot Easier

Vine, the photo/video sharing app from Twitter, gained popularity especially after users discovered how easy it was to share and discover naughty photos via mobile devices.  And with the latest update, Vine now has new features to make the app more fun (and naughty) for users. Jack Dorsey, the  creator, co-founder, and Chairman of Twitter, tweeted, “Vine now has a front-facing camera and you can mention people! Thanks Dom Hofmann and team.https://vine.co/v/bx9xuwgAnqF” Yup, you read that right.  Vine now supports the use of your device’s front camera which will make it easier to take selfies, or Velfies, as some have come to... more »

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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.

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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.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.