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Cloud Strategies in the AWS Era : Exclusive Interview

Cloud Strategies in the AWS Era : Exclusive Interview

John Treadway of Cloud Technology Partners (also called CloudTP), discussed the state of the industry in an interview with SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Stu Miniman. Furrier opens the discussion by asking Treadway if the growing number of cloud acquisitions is a sign that the market is consolidating. The executive says that it’s too early to know. The vertical is at its infancy, he highlights, and while it’s true that the big whales are gobbling up emerging providers, new and promising start-ups are also entering the fray. Treadway goes on to say that infrastructure is a big focus today... more »
EMC’s Software-defined Storage Strategy Centers on Isilon, Says Wikibon

EMC’s Software-defined Storage Strategy Centers on Isilon, Says Wikibon

EMC's got a lot of moving parts, building what it calls a federation of companies all working together to serve a cohesive set of tools for building your data center.  Wikibon co-founder and CTO David Floyer named Isilon storage a “key component” of EMC’s scale-out cloud storage architecture. The company’s goal is to support a broad range of cloud and Big Data solutions, including its own products, competing offerings and open-source frameworks. EMC has incorporated the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) into OneFS, Isilon’s recently upgraded NAS operating system, with this objective in mind. At EMC World 2013, the company revealed that... more »
The Industrial Internet - The New Front Line in the Battle for the Enterprise

The Industrial Internet - The New Front Line in the Battle for the Enterprise

Information flows follow a similar route within most organizations. Proprietary information builds up in databases, from where its funnelled into reports that rise up the chain of management. Then there's external data, that which is gathered from public sources, accumulated from feedback, purchased from information suppliers, or simply harvested from the internet. Most Big Data follows this route at present, but these pathways are changing as the physical world around us slowly transforms itself into the primary source of our information. This concept - the Industrial Internet - refers to the vast number of connected 'things' – actuators and sensors that... more »
Google I/O 2012 Recap

Google I/O 2012 Recap

Google I/O 2012 did not disappoint.  The search giant introduced a number of new products and services, and some upgrades to existing ones. So before you head onto the Moscone West Convention Center on May 15-17, 2013 got Google I/O 2013, provided that you were able to snag a ticket early as the event is already sold out, here’s a quick recap at what happened at last year’s event: Google showcased three products: the infamous Google Glass which Google co-founder proudly showed off its basic features using skydivers using the device to take photos or videos, and how lightweight the device is.... more »
The Pocket Scavenger App is Here!

The Pocket Scavenger App is Here!

Penguin Group has been working on an impressive suite of creativity apps lately, and now launched The Pocket Scavenger for iOS and Android. The Pocket Scavenger app is an interactive adaptation of Keri Smith’s THE POCKET SCAVENGER book that encourages users to actually look up from their phones and interact with the world around them. An interesting thing about Smith’s books is that these are not only about creativity, but actually encourage readers through a series of unusual games and exercises. The Pocket Scavenger is the third creativity app based on a Keri Smith book. Just like the book, the app... more »
Your Complete Guide to Google I/O 2013

Your Complete Guide to Google I/O 2013

Google I/O 2013 will be kicking off on May 15-17, 2013 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, CA. Google invites attendees to be inspired by the tech world’s latest web, mobile and social breakthroughs to better the lives of people with simple, life-improving technologies and viable businesses among a rich and diverse community of cutting edge developers. Expect to see the latest developments in Google products and technologies such as Android, Google+, Google Chrome, Google Glass, Google Apps, App Engine and other Google Cloud Platform products, Maps, Commerce, Google TV, and more. Unfortunately, if you weren’t able to purchase tickets... more »
Splunk and Cloudera Join Forces for Big Data Expertise

Splunk and Cloudera Join Forces for Big Data Expertise

Big data analysis is still not perfect. Companies are recognizing that the technology still has a lot of room to grow: from SQL analysis options to deeper analytics needs to even faster real-time performance. So in order to answer the today’s most pressing big data questions across the enterprise, the industry is growing further as two of the industry’s biggest names have announced a partnership that is expected to answer. Splunk and Cloudera are joining forces, and the relationship will ensure best-in-class integration of Splunk Enterprise to Cloudera Enterprise using Splunk Hadoop Connect, which provides bi-directional integration to easily and reliably... more »
Teen Designed Emergency App Keeps Your Loved Ones At Ease and Reflects Importance of Youth Innovation in Tech

Teen Designed Emergency App Keeps Your Loved Ones At Ease and Reflects Importance of Youth Innovation in Tech

  There was a bad weather storm. You were stuck in traffic. You were running late. One of these things happened at the worst time possible – when your friends, family and loved ones were wondering if you were ok. Unfortunately, they couldn’t reach you because your cell phone battery faded. The recently launched Oh My Battery's Dead (OMBD) app for android will put you and your loved ones at ease by automatically texting your location to a friend, family member or loved one when your battery drains to a predetermined level you set. Not surprisingly, this app was created by tech-savvy... more »
Nexus Q, Google Glass, and Other Gadgets We Expect at Google I/O 2013

Nexus Q, Google Glass, and Other Gadgets We Expect at Google I/O 2013

Google I/O 2013 will be kicking off on May 15-17, 2013 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, CA, but Google has already announced some recent changes and new services. Google Play recently celebrated its first anniversary and it do so with special offers on games, songs, TV shows, movies and books.  Soon, it introduced Google Keep,  a service that lets you jot down notes on the go on your mobile devices which you can also access and edit on the web.  Then Google unveiled an offline language pack so even if you’re stuck in a foreign land with no... more »
3D Printer Gun Ban : Too Little, Too Late?

3D Printer Gun Ban : Too Little, Too Late?

Last week, Cody Wilson, founder of non-profit group Defense Distributed, fired the first-ever 3D printed gun.  The 3D gun was made with a Dimension SST printer from 3D printing company Stratasys and is mostly made out of ABS plastic with the exception of a nail that serves as the firing pin, and a six ounce chunk of steel into the body to make it detectable by metal detectors in order to comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act. Defense Distributed attained a federal firearms license back in March so when it released the 3D-printable CAD files for “the Liberator,” everything ws legal,... more »

Premium Research

- 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.