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EMC Sees More Interest in Windows Server Virtualization, Says It's On Par with VMware  #emcworld

EMC Sees More Interest in Windows Server Virtualization, Says It's On Par with VMware #emcworld

Adrian Simays, Microsoft Global Applications Technical Enablement EMC, discussed the long-standing partnership between EMC and Microsoft with theCube hosts Dave Vellante and David Floyer live at EMC World (watch the live broadcast at SiliconAngle.TV or right here on SiliconAngle.com). The two companies share a "unique but very healthy relationship," Simays said, talking about the strategic partnership Microsoft and EMC shared for over a decade. EMC has brought a lot of value to Microsoft through this relationship, he explained, mostly to their Hyper-V, cloud and application offerings. Asked by Dave Vellante to share what customers need to know about Microsoft's Windows Server 2012, Simays deemed it... more »
High Expectations for Software-Led Storage at #EMCworld - Breaking Analysis

High Expectations for Software-Led Storage at #EMCworld - Breaking Analysis

The 2013 EMC World Conference kicked off this morning at the world famous Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada, and the energy at the event is only rivaled by its size. But of course people didn't come to EMC World to walk around a convention center, but rather, they came to see what the Hopkinton-based big-data company is coming up with next.  And boy, do they have some exciting things in the works... "This is an opportunity for the company to present its view and its strategy from the top," said Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante, "This event is bigger... more »
BYOD Policy: Is It About the User or the Device?

BYOD Policy: Is It About the User or the Device?

There is a misconception that a BYOD policy should be limited to mobile phones, tablets, and portable media devices. But what about the rest of the devices an employee may use? Their laptop and desktop are hardly different from those “BYOD devices” today. If your plan is to have separate policies based on device type, then be prepared for an inefficient and expensive experience. Based on my organization and the overall trend today, the typical employee uses multiple devices including smartphones, tablets, and usually a laptop or desktop computer. This expansion of device type can leave IT grappling with a growing... more »
Why Did EMC's Project Propel Work? Kate Parson Explains, and Offers CIOs Advice

Why Did EMC's Project Propel Work? Kate Parson Explains, and Offers CIOs Advice

On July 4, 2012 EMC deployed project Propel, an SAP application stack that replaced the legacy Oracle environment it relied on for the greater part of the last two decades. Kate Parsons, a senior director and project management officer at EMC IT, provided her unique perspective on the initiative in a recent interview with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. Parsons says that the motivation behind the upgrade was scale. The old system was designed for a “very different EMC”, she explains, and the company has grown a great deal over the years. Her crew started deleting data a quarter before the launch because... more »
Israel's Pissed At Google's Support For Palestine

Israel's Pissed At Google's Support For Palestine

Google can be quite opinionated when it comes to sensitive matters to do with international politics. Last year it took a lot of heat in Cambodia due to its controversial border demarcations with its neighbor Thailand, while it has a long track record of conflict the Chinese government. Last week though, Google pushed the boat out much further than it usually does, taking the controversial decision to officially recognize "Palestine" by placing that name under the banner of its Palestinian territories search page. Naturally the Palestinians were delighted at the news, and promptly celebrated Google's decision as a kind of "virtual... more »
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EMC’s Bernhard Schulzki Breaks Down SAP Migration + Virtualization [VIDEO]

Bernhard Schulzki, vice president of technology partner management at EMC, plays a key role in his company’s ecosystem. Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante caught up with the executive at SAP Week to discuss a few of the more important issues facing organizations that leverage SAP in their environments. Schulzki says that customers are pursuing opportunities to lower the TCO of their infrastructure and inject more flexibility into their deployments. There’s a lot of chatter about SAP’s HANA in-memory database, but migration from UNIX to x86 and application virtualization remain the most prominent two trends on the field. Schulzki says that... more »
Malaysia's Web Heavily Censored Before Controversial Elections

Malaysia's Web Heavily Censored Before Controversial Elections

In the wake of highly controversial elections that were narrowly won by Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, evidence is emerging that the government there employed tried and tested internet 'bullying' tactics in a bid to silence the opposition and manipulate the vote. Sunday's election was billed as the most hotly contested vote in Malaysia's history, with the BN facing the most serious challenge yet to its 55-year rule from the People's Alliance coalition. Yet as Malaysia's citizens headed out to the polls, the country saw a wave of attacks and blocks strike opposition and independent media sites. Whoever was behind these... more »
Pivotal Chief Shares Its Open Source History, Details on Leading VMware's New Initiative

Pivotal Chief Shares Its Open Source History, Details on Leading VMware's New Initiative

Today, large enterprises handle and analyze data far more efficiently than most enterprises. If you look at the way they do IT, it is significantly different than things were five years ago. Dr. Muddo Sudhaker, VP, Cetas Cloud and Big Data Analytics, VMware had the opportunity to speak with SiliconAngle’s Founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly on SiliconANGLE.tv’s premier video production, theCube, to discuss the new trends surrounding Pivotal's analytics capabilities, Big Data and Hadoop development at the 17th Stanford-Accel Symposium event. (Full video below.) Dr. Sudhaker briefed us on his role of leading the Pivotal team... more »
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How EMC's Ecosystem + SAP Aid the Transition to Cloud [Exclusive Video]

Terry Breen, the senior vice president of global strategic sales for EMC, attended the recently concluded SAP Week and shared his take on the cloud, HANA and a couple other topics in an interview with Wikibon chief analyst Dave Vellante. Breen says that the event is an opportunity for EMC, VMware, SAP and VCE to sit down with customers and discuss opportunities to transform their businesses. He adds that companies are leveraging many different technologies to adopt this goal, but two in particular stand out: HANA and x86 cloud environments. Migrating to the latter from traditional UNIX environments helps organizations drive... more »
YouTube Subscriptions On The Way As Google Fights Netflix

YouTube Subscriptions On The Way As Google Fights Netflix

Google is reportedly getting ready to announce a new subscription service for some of the specialized channels on YouTube, a move that will allow it to finance a much wider range of content and add a second source of revenue to the world's No.1 video website. The Financial Times is reporting that Google may announce its new service later this week. It's basing its claims on an email sent to it from a source inside YouTube, which states that its " looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.

- Ralph Finos

Public cloud is a disruptive technology changing the face of enterprise IT. By providing infrastructure services (IaaS), applications service (SaaS) and overall platform services (PaaS), cloud service providers are changing IT procurement from capital investment to operational expenditure, and allowing traditional IT to be by-passed. As the Internet of Things grows and as Internet data streams become a larger proportion of enterprise data processing, the locus of IT will shift closer to the cloud, and reduce the friction for IT adoption. Wikibon expects public clouds to comprise about one third of total enterprise IT spend by 2026. Wikibon expects that this move will significantly impact on traditional IT hardware and software vendors.