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On the adoption + obstacles of virtualization | VMware @ #EMCworld

When server virtualization was first introduced, there was some resistance as a result of Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation, also known as FUD. Oracle was one of the biggest opponents to such changes, stating that it wouldn’t support it. Since the initial blowback, and thanks to articles such as Wikibon’s “Damn the Torpedoes, Virtualize Oracle ASAP,” adoption of such new technologies has greatly increased. Speaking with Don Sullivan, staff engineer and database specialist with VMware, Dave Vellante of theCUBE at EMC World 2014 asked him about how VMware has helped to dispel some of the myths and fears that surround the cloud... more »
The "real" impact of China's war on US tech

The "real" impact of China's war on US tech

The row between the US and China over cyber-espionage allegations could cause some real headaches for American firms, fostering suspicions and mistrust that could impact on tech trade between the two nations. That much was evident last week when China turned up the heat on IBM, announcing it was “reviewing” whether local banks should dump the company's servers in favor of alternative suppliers. The move followed an earlier warning from China that it intends to start vetting all US-made technology in the future, and comes after the country banned certain government agencies from buying Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, without specifying... more »
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Intel storage : Open source + software-defined expectations | #IBMEdge

Intel is known for small component parts like smartphone chips, but the storage division is one aspect of its business infrequently discussed. In an interview with Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick at IBM Edge, Andrea Nelson, Director of Storage for Intel, talked about the current state of the company’s storage division, its conversion from RISC, open source contributions and its future. Nelson explained that the storage group at Intel is currently working on influencing Intel’s standard server CPUs to include features and functionality that provide data security in the performance for storage workloads. She also mentioned that at the end of... more »
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Concurrent lands $10M to catalyze the Big Data app economy

Concurrent, a San Francisco-based startup working to simplify the development of applications atop Hadoop, announced on Monday that it has raised $10 million in Series B financing led by new investor Bain Capital Ventures. Existing backers Rembrandt Ventures and True Ventures also participated in the round, which brings the firm’s total funding to nearly $15 million. Concurrent said that it will use the capital to accelerate the development of its flagship Cascading framework, an open source library hatched up by founder Chris Wensel to make it easier for organizations to operationalize their vast troves of unstructured information. It acts  an abstraction... more »
iOS 8 boldly goes where no iOS has gone before

iOS 8 boldly goes where no iOS has gone before

Apple caused a bit of a stir in its keynote at WWDC yesterday, with the introduction of several new features developed with enterprise IT users in mind. During the keynote, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said that iOS 8 would be a “huge hit in the enterprise”, as the company finally comes to recognize that its products are used by 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies in one way or another. This is a big deal for enterprise users, as it means many of the iPhone and iPad's features will be tailored specifically for them, as opposed... more »
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VMware responds to AWS stealth attack: 'Don't be fooled'

VMware has hit back at Amazon's sneaky “stealth attack” on its vCenter management console in a carefully worded blog post that aims to dissuade users from embracing its new rival. It follows last week's announcement of a new AWS Connector for vCenter plug-in that makes it easier for admins to manage and migrate workloads from vCenter to AWS' cloud. The free software is a direct rival to VMware's own vCHS, which delivers more or less the same functionality, only with the company’s own private cloud. Unsurprisingly, VMware is less than impressed with what AWS is up to, and said as much in... more »
The developer's guide to Hadoop Summit 2014 | #HadoopSummit

The developer's guide to Hadoop Summit 2014 | #HadoopSummit

Hadoop Summit, now in its third year, is the leading conference for the Apache Hadoop community. The Apache Hadoop community project took its brands to Europe in April this year in Amsterdam. Hadoop Summit Conference in Amsterdam doubled its audience in a year, illustrating the growing interest in the framework in Europe and showcasing use cases, sharing development, education, networking opportunities and a vendor exhibition featuring the latest on Apache Hadoop. Hortonworks and Yahoo! will now host the 7th Annual Hadoop Summit from June 3-5, 2014, at San Jose, California. The event, which sold out in two weeks, confirms the interest... more »
The methods behind Intel's futurist visions + investments | #IBMEdge

The methods behind Intel's futurist visions + investments | #IBMEdge

Apart from direct competitors, Intel seems to sell to and work with everyone in the business. Considering the way the industry is now evolving, the question is how Intel determines what to focus on. In an interview with Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick at IBM Edge, Jim Larsen, Business Development Manager of Comms & Storage for Intel, said that Intel makes strategic investments into what the company thinks is going to happen in the future. He also said that there are always trends with each platform launch, and Intel understands that pretty well. Pushing the Envelope vs. Calculated Innovation  . There are those, like... more »
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Smart World Review: Apple's smart home dream, trade fairs + more

Last week’s Smart World Series featured rumors of Apple’s home automation platform to be unveiled this week, security concerns regarding smart pills, trade fairs for smart city solutions, and how traditional utilities company can cope with the shift in demand towards clean energy sources. For those who missed last week’s Smart World Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments in the connected world.  Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the top news trends regarding smart homes and cars, smart data centers and IT, smart infrastructure and cities, and all things related to the Internet of Things. Apple, smart home... more »
A sleeping storage giant awakes : Is IBM ready to take on EMC? | #IBMEdge2014

A sleeping storage giant awakes : Is IBM ready to take on EMC? | #IBMEdge2014

The big questions at IBM Edge 2014 this year were, did IBM mean what it said a year ago about becoming aggressive in the storage industry, and if so, can it actually win back a significant share of the market that it once dominated and lost to EMC? The answer to the first question is yes. IBM announced a complete refresh of its storage portfolio highlighted by a strong emphasis on software-defined storage (SDS) and flash. Highlights included its new Elastic Cloud SDS and increased flash inclusion throughout its storage portfolio. Wikibon CTO David Floyer called Elastic Cloud “ServerSAN for the... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.