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AppliedMicro on the X-Gene ARM Server Platform and HP Moonshot - #theCUBE video

AppliedMicro on the X-Gene ARM Server Platform and HP Moonshot - #theCUBE video

Mike Major, Applied Micro’s VP of Corporate Communications dropped in on theCUBE at the HP Moonshot 2013 announcement with John Furrier and Dave Vellante to share some of the Moonshot news. Applied Micro is a major manufacturer of embedded processor products and part of the HP Moonshot effort. Their concept for the System on a Chip (SOC) that underlies the HP Moonshot series was conceived back in 2009. Applied Micro was one of the first to acquire an ARM architecture license for 64-bit. The reason behind that is their aim was to develop a product that would have the capability... more »
Bloodhound Graduates From Apache Incubator as Top-Level Project

Bloodhound Graduates From Apache Incubator as Top-Level Project

After spending much time in the incubator of Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, Bloodhound has finally graduated to officially become a top-level project. A highly flexible, open-source tool for collaborating on software development projects, Bloodhound comes with a whole bunch of tools including issue tracking, wiki and repository browsing based on Trac, the Open Source, Web-based project management and bug tracking system. It is basically a fork of the widely used Trac, and adds multiple project hosting and an improved user interface. "When Bloodhound entered the incubator it was... more »
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Applications are Creating the New Server : Five Things to Know about Software-Defined Infrastructure

The Hewlett-Packard ecosystem is a key cog in the Moonshot wheel. So much so in fact, that Mark Potter, Senior VP and GM, Industry Standard Servers and Software, Enterprise Group, at HP spent the bulk of his interview with the guys detailing its involvement in the announcement. While on theCUBE with hosts John Furrier, Founder, SiliconANGLE and Dave Vellante, Chief Analyst, Wikibon, Potter described a very intricately woven community element to HP's announcement and productization of Moonshot. In conjunction with this event being covered by SiliconANGLE's theCUBE, HP had events all around the world including a co-broadcast event in London. Along... more »
Icahn Threatens "Proxy Fight" as Dell Buyout Drags On

Icahn Threatens "Proxy Fight" as Dell Buyout Drags On

There’s been another twist in the Dell buyout saga, with hawkish activist investor Carl Icahn making it quite clear that the company’s board doesn't have a chance in hell of ‘buying him off’ for a few million dollars in order to play by their rules. Icahn wants what Icahn wants, and that’s the end of it. Icahn’s message comes in response to an offer by the special committee of Dell’s board that’s been charged with examining the various buyout possibilities to determine what’s best for the company. The committee offered to cover the costs associated with Icahn’s bid, as it has... more »
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The Powerful Partners Behind HP Moonshot 1500 : Intel, ARM + More

Hewlett-Packard has finally unveiled the latest from Project Moonshot yesterday, a new class of hyperscale servers that feature low-power consumption and are more cost-effective than conventional data servers. Reinventing the wheel . The HP Moonshot 1500 Chassis houses 45 Atom Server Cartridges, network switch, management components, dual power supplies and cooling fans.  The servers could use chipsets from Intel, ARM, AMD, and Texas Instruments.  The first server cartridges used in Moonshot 1500 are based on the Intel S1260 Atom chipset, which has a 64bit processor with 2 2GHz cores, 4 threads cost only $65, and has a lower power requirement of 8.5 Watts compared... more »
HP Moonshot Leaves an Elephant in the Room

HP Moonshot Leaves an Elephant in the Room

In many ways the HP Moonshot announcement April 8 was an amazing event. HP executive David Donatelli rightly called it “the day the industry changed”. But in some ways it, and in particular Cube interview of Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate VP and GM of the Server Business at AMD, was as notable for the elephant left unremarked in the room as for anything that was said. For some months now Wikibon.org CTO and industry guru David Floyer, has made no secret of what he sees for the future of Intel versus AMD. In his latest analysis of this future, “Intel's Nightmare Worsens....”, he... more »
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HP Leads the Hardware Industry into the Hyperscale, Commodity Hardware, Software-Defined System Future

HP has always been an innovator. In the 1970s its founders, literally working in a garage, brought out the first minicomputer, designed as the first local system that could be used in a lab or small office in an era when computers still filled large rooms. In the early 1980s it pioneered desktop printing, still a major market for the company, to go with the first desktop computers. In the mid-1980s it developed one of the first Unix versions designed for production environments. Then it turned on a dime in 1989 and brought out the first x86 server. Industry analysts... more »
Rackspace Courts App Developers with Mobile Cloud Stacks

Rackspace Courts App Developers with Mobile Cloud Stacks

Rackspace is making a move to mine a rich vein of developer services, teaming up with mobile-focused enterprises in a new scheme that sees it offer free “mobile cloud stacks” service for developers. Essentially, the scheme involves a package of open-source technologies commonly used with mobile applications, run on top of one of Rackspace’s OpenStack cloud-servers. The mobile cloud stacks consist of a standard LAMP stack, with Linux, MySQL, PHP and Apache, alongside MemcacheD, the Varnish PHP accelerator and several undisclosed technologies that facilitate mobile applications. Once deployed, these mobile cloud stacks will serve as the foundation for mobile applications built... more »
WhatsApp Not for Sale : Virgin Pays $100 to Dump T-Mobile : Vine #1in App Store

WhatsApp Not for Sale : Virgin Pays $100 to Dump T-Mobile : Vine #1in App Store

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: WhatsApp not selling to Google; Virgin Mobile wants to “retrain your brain”; Fairsearch Europe launches formal complaint against Google Android; Apple kicks out another app; and Vine hits #1 on the App Store. WhatsApp not selling to Google Reports yesterday stated that Google is eyeing WhatsApp, the cross-platform messaging app, for an acquisition.  Sources stated that WhatsApp is demanding $1 billion, but that price sounds way too high from what is actually being offered by the search giant.  The news came from Digital Trends. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s business development head, cleared the rumors during an interview... more »
Facebook Home : A Brilliant Software Strategy Paving the Way for Twitter + LinkedIn?

Facebook Home : A Brilliant Software Strategy Paving the Way for Twitter + LinkedIn?

Last week Facebook unveiled Home, a social interface "launcher" for Android that turns your phone into a full-blown social media hub, complete with a notifications, instant messaging and a real-time activity feed.  The company also announced a partnership with HTC to release a midrange phone specifically built for its upcoming app suite, which will launch on April 12 in the U.S. In his latest entry on the Wikibon blog, 1610 Group founder Scott Lowe writes that Home has potential to be more than just a more than just a pocket appliance for Facebook addicts. He predicts that if the product manages... more »

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- 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.