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What Merchants Need for Mobile Payments : Tips + Insight from Braintree CEO

The CEO of Braintree, Bill Ready, sat down during Accel Partners Symposium 2013 on theCube with SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Jeff Kelly. Braintree is a payment platform for online and mobile commerce companies. Ready feels that the next move in mobile devices will revolve around context driven experiences. In the past, the mobile experience was limited to merely being on the go with a device. Now with the GPS/location-determining capabilities of devices it adds more contexts to the experience. More is known about the consumer than was previously able. Consumers will want relevant things available to them in a... more »
Smarter Cars : Headlights, Carpooling and More Siri

Smarter Cars : Headlights, Carpooling and More Siri

Driving a vehicle is one of the best ways to get to your destination, putting you in the driver's seat, literally, freeing you of public transportation schedules (they're usually late, anyway). Automobiles have already made our lives more convenient, but because of the latest technological advancements, car manufacturers continue to make car-ownership even more enticing. Smart headlights Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up with Intel to perfect the smart headlights that help people see while driving in the rain or snow.  The project was published last year and the smart headlights are comprised of a camera, projector and a beam-splitter.  The scientists at Carnegie... more »
Defining Software-Led Storage in a Software-Led Infrastructure World

Defining Software-Led Storage in a Software-Led Infrastructure World

We are breaking out a new 'ANGLE' here at SiliconANGLE. Apply named StorageANGLE, the section will cover any and all things storage. The goal of the new 'ANGLE', as with all of our channels, is to give you the most in-depth coverage of storage analysis there is available on the web. Between the writers at SiliconANGLE, and the partnership with research-leader Wikibon, we strive to become your go-to source of storage news and most importantly analysis. So let's set the scene, what exactly is software-led storage? Software-led storage (SLS) lives in what we describe as software-led infrastructure (SLI). The traditional infrastructure... more »
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Your Complete Guide to EMC World 2013: Transitioning to the Cloud

When theCUBE first began broadcasting live events, EMC World 2010 was our first big show.  Three years later, we're excited to return to EMC World, following a timely evolution in the datacenter.  EMC has taken the road less traveled in its disruptive tactics to stay ahead of trends, creating what Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman calls a "federation of companies," comprising VMware and the newest addition, Pivotal.  The growing conglomerate is able to adopt startup tactics within a larger firm, helping EMC remain relatively nimble in a rapidly evolving marketplace. One disruptor in the datacenter is software, and EMC along with... more »
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Drowning in Java : An EMC Architect's Journey from Oracle to HANA [Video]

Mike Harding, the systems architect for EMC’s IT department, discussed his firm’s internal SAP deployment (Project Propel) in a recent interview with Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante at the recently concluded SAP Week. Before Project Propel went live in July 2012, EMC employees were dependent on an Oracle-based platform that was collapsing under the weight of two million lines of Java code. The fact that the software ran on an aging UNIX system didn’t make things any easier. The vendor opted to replace this crumbling setup with a Vblock-based deployment that leverages a combination of VSPEX and speedy flash. The... more »
Cloud Security Industry Changes Key to Amazon Cloud Ambitions

Cloud Security Industry Changes Key to Amazon Cloud Ambitions

It's obvious watching this week's Amazon event that security was a pretty hot topic. It is probably one of the most significant obstacles in Amazon's push for the enterprise cloud market. Both Amazon and its ecosystem of partners, vendors, and developers have been working hard to tell a new security story - one where the best in proactive systems, layered security strategies, and a bevy of what's next cloudified security products work together to provide the best security posture possible for Amazon and its cloud customers. One of those products is Alert Logic. I've had the opportunity to discuss the state of security products in the cloud with Alert Logic's VP of Emerging Products Misha... more »
Five Reasons to Adopt Virtualization-aware Storage : vStorage Isn't Enough

Five Reasons to Adopt Virtualization-aware Storage : vStorage Isn't Enough

Tegile Systems, a maker of medium-range unified hybrid arrays, says that traditional technologies don’t deliver the functionality that’s needed to optimize storage infrastructure for modern workloads. Mainstream solutions such as VMware’s vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) and Windows Server 2012, which only delivers a limited amount of support for hyperscale environments, simply don’t cut it anymore according to the company. Tegile stated in its findings that users require a “new class” of virtualization-aware storage arrays to realize the maximum return on their hardware investments. This approach offers more transparency and manageability than siloed alternatives. The vendor touts that virtualization-aware storage enables... more »
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How Virtualization Cut Complexity & Time for SAP Apps in the Cloud

SAP principle architect Dominic Uliano took some time off to chat with Wikibon chief analyst Dave Vellante during EMC’s recent partner event, SAP Week, at its Executive Briefing Center in Hopkinton, MA. He discussed the impact of virtualization, cloud computing and other trends on traditional SAP deployments. Uliano starts the interview by noting that SAP’s role within the EMC ecosystem is a supportive one, as is his. He credits his company’s success in the enterprise to a strong focus on innovation that is not limited to research and development alone. Vellante asks the executive about how SAP customers are approaching virtualization and... more »
AWS Summit: How the Cloud and DevOps Begin to Mingle

AWS Summit: How the Cloud and DevOps Begin to Mingle

The leap to the cloud has dramatically changed how both development and operations work in the enterprise; but one thing that it’s done in a very fundamental sense is bring down the overhead from the mesosphere of expensive in-house private infrastructure into the troposphere with the cloud. Amazon Web Services puts startups and small groups of developers in a position where they can purchase, provision, and run their own little virtual data centers without needing to rent out massive buildings or get tied to specific vendors. This month at the AWS Summit, numerous speakers from different services came out to talk... more »
SAP Unveils Rapid Deployment Tools For The Enterprise

SAP Unveils Rapid Deployment Tools For The Enterprise

SAP has announced the availability of new rapid-deployment applications designed to speed up and simplify scoping, configuring and implementation in enterprise technology. The new online tools will allow companies to speed up deployments through collaborative designs of their systems, before SAP supplies them as complete packages. Once set up, companies will be able to deploy the packages on-premise or alternatively, temporarily host them in the cloud before going live. Bernd Welz, Senior Vice President of SAP, said that the tools have been designed to address enterprise's concerns about time and cost, and the uncertainties that come with implementation any new solutions: "SAP now... more »

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- 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.

- 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.