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Bitcoin Weekly 2013 May 1: Jeremy Liew on BTC, CEO of Braintree dismisses Bitcoins, BBC UK publishes awesome segment

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 May 1: Jeremy Liew on BTC, CEO of Braintree dismisses Bitcoins, BBC UK publishes awesome segment

This has been a relatively calm week for Bitcoin, but even as there’s no storm, no sudden bubble in price, or massive volatility to report—there’s a great deal of media attention simmering in the pot. Not only has major reportage become a mainstay of looking at BTC coverage, but outfits such as Wall Street Journal, BBC, and others have continually delivered new segments on the cryptocurrency. Interviews, videos, and even infographics are becoming more accessible and this might mean that laypeople (listening to these broadcasts and reading these articles) will have an easier time understanding what Bitcoin is and how it... more »
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Flash Back: The Perils of Siloed Storage + Thinking Beyond Just Performance

IT organizations have adopted virtualization to improve server utilization, and the move is also driving changes in storage architectures. These organizations are looking beyond the traditional siloed approach to storage, in which storage is dedicated to a specific application or a small set of applications, toward shared storage architectures. Shared storage systems allow numerous applications to store data on the same system and access that data more quickly and efficiently. With shared storage architectures, organizations can simplify operations, drive efficiencies, grow infinitely, enable business agility, and offer nonstop operation. Flash memory technology is having a profound impact on storage architectures thanks... more »
Security’s Tricky Relationship with Amazon Cloud : How One Company Transitioned IT Delivery

Security’s Tricky Relationship with Amazon Cloud : How One Company Transitioned IT Delivery

At the Amazon Webservices Summit this week (#AWSsummit), Alert Logic’s VP of Emerging Products, Misha Govshteyn, stopped by theCube to discuss the security company’s partnership with AWS with hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick. Dave Vellante opened the discussion by asking what solutions Alert Logic, as a small, but established, company, is offering its customers. Govshteyn explained that AL, as a security-as-a-service provider, offers several layers of security, but what they focus on is “cloud-enabled infrastructure, any environment that is being transitioned from traditional enterprise to cloud delivery model.” Govshteyn, showing how Alert Logic is on its toes, agreed wholeheartedly with Dave about... more »
How EMC Took on Virtualization : Rewriting the Datacenter for New Technology

How EMC Took on Virtualization : Rewriting the Datacenter for New Technology

Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante caught up with Chris Ritter, a principal systems engineer for EMC, during the EMC SAP Week meeting at the company’s EBC headquarters in Hopkinton, MA. The two discussed virtualization and Amazon Web Services, the other elephant in the room (full video below). Vellante starts the interview by asking Ritter about his role within EMC. Ritter states that his job is to help users realize the best possible return on the integrated solutions that his firm develops and sells in collaboration with Cisco, VCE and VMware. Vellante recalls speaking to EMC chief strategist and Pivotal Initiative... more »
REVIEW: Zadara’s Noam Shendar on Amazon Storage Service Options

REVIEW: Zadara’s Noam Shendar on Amazon Storage Service Options

Noam Shendar, Vice President of Business Development for Zadara Storage, visited theCube during the Amazon Webservices Summit this week, sitting down with hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick to discuss Zadara’s services, and their positioning with Amazon. Shendar took the opportunity to define Zadara Storage as a storage-array-as-a-service company. “At Amazon, we’re positioned as the premium alternative to Amazon’s native storage services,” Shendar explained, “When you need something that’s bigger, faster, better—that’s when you turn to us.” Compared to other options available to you with Amazon, Shendar stated that Zadara has the edge. For example, there’s Amazon Simple Storage Services (S3), which... more »
Could This Be a Solution to the Big Data Enigma?

Could This Be a Solution to the Big Data Enigma?

While enterprises are suffering headaches from managing and harvesting their own Big Data sets, they've probably forgotten there's a whole ocean of it out there, in the form of free public data that's accessible to one and all. What's more, this publicly available data often provides just as many useful insights, if not more so, than some company's own data. Few will argue that government data isn't a valuable resource, but the question is, how do companies go about collecting it? The answer might just lie with Enigma, an information discovery startup with incredibly lofty ambitions that recently pitched itself at... more »
LIVE: Are You as Confident in EMC as Joe Tucci? Q1 Breakdown Ahead of EMC World

LIVE: Are You as Confident in EMC as Joe Tucci? Q1 Breakdown Ahead of EMC World

Last Wednesday EMC Corp. reported first-quarter revenue of $5.39 billion, a 6 percent increase compared to the same period last year, but a figure that still fell below analyst expectations. Analysts estimated the data storage company’s average revenue to reach $5.42 billion in the first quarter of 2013. EMC’s net income fell slightly more than 1 percent to $580 million, down from $586.8 million during the same period last year. Despite the lower than expected numbers, EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci described the company's first quarter results as solid, saying “I am incredibly energized by the strength of our business... more »
Privacy Concerns: Who's Got Your Back?

Privacy Concerns: Who's Got Your Back?

What with all of the fuss about the recently rejected CISPA bill, which would have given authorities the right to demand user information from web companies without notifying the individual's concerned, more than a few people will be on heightened alert about their privacy. As such, they might just be interested to know which web companies they can safely trust their data with. One of the unfortunate aspects of living in this connected world, is that it's almost impossible to avoid passing on information about yourself to such companies, or at least it is if you want to enjoy the benefits... more »
The Stupidest Characters on Game of Thrones : Best of Quora

The Stupidest Characters on Game of Thrones : Best of Quora

HBO’s Game of Thrones is hugely popular. Some watch it because of the boob count per episode, some because they were fans of the book, and some just because they like absolutely anything that has to do with warring kingdoms. Then of course, there are people like me, who just love to hate the stupid characters on this show. I’m a fan of Game of Thrones all right, precisely because there are more than a few characters I want dead, or failing that to get a serious ass kicking because of their sheer stupidity.  First on the list is Joffrey Baratheon,... more »
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LIVE: Digg Says Thank You to Google, Releasing a Paid Reader

Much of the bleeding 1 percent of social media (read: marketers and techies) were up in arms that Google Reader was going to be sunset. Digg quickly started collecting email addresses of people who were interested in a Google Reader replacement. It found that over 40 percent of respondents are willing to pay for a Google Reader replacement. The company also revealed what sharing and “Read Later” services it will integrate into its offering, and that a beta of its reader will be launching in June. Nestled into the release were details on just how many of its users it... more »

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- 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.