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Revving up innovation in Fibre Channel | #EMCWorld

In their interview with Rob Davis, CTO at QLogic, John Furrier and Stu Miniman of theCUBE got an insider view of QLogic's current goals and roles in the quickly accelerating IT marketplace. Furrier began by asking "What's going on with QLogic and EMC World?" "All kinds of changes at QLogic," David replied, citing the new CEO, and QLogic's recent acquisition of Broadcom's Ethernet business and Brocade's HPA business. Davis shared the "play-by-play" of the Broadcom and Brocade acquisitions. "We had a Fibre Channel switch business for many years," Davis began, "When we decided to back out of that space, it made working with... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 June 6: Dish to accept Bitcoin, Coinsetter adds features, Voorhees settles with SEC over securities trading

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 June 6: Dish to accept Bitcoin, Coinsetter adds features, Voorhees settles with SEC over securities trading

Dish Network announced its intention to become the biggest company to start accepting bitcoins. Andreas Antonopoulos published a Bitcoin beginner’s guide on Boing Boing. Coinsetter is adding new features for customers and app developers. And Erik Voorhees of SatoshiDice has settled with the SEC over unregistered securities trading. Welcome to this Bitcoin Weekly. Read on to find these news bits and more. Dish Network joins other businesses in accepting Bitcoin Dish Network announced on Thursday that customers would be able to make manual bitcoin payments by the third quarter of this year. With over 14 million subscribers, the direct-broadcast satellite TV service provider... more »
Apple HomeKit vs. Samsung, Google + Comcast

Apple HomeKit vs. Samsung, Google + Comcast

On Monday, Apple finally revealed its rumored home automation platform at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.  Were the details of the rumors true, and does Apple's latest foray meet fanboys’ expectations?  Most importantly, how does HomeKit stack up to rival offerings in the smart home space? Apple HomeKit   HomeKit is a platform that connects home accessories to manage the home via the iPhone or iPad.  The new service from Apple offers a common protocol, secure pairing, and the ability to control individual or group of devices throughout the house. Not surprisingly, HomeKit is integrated with Siri for voice commands, triggering actions such... more »
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The three core principles behind EMC's new partner program

EMC has implemented a new Business Partner Program, according to Fred Kohout, VP of Global Partner Marketing at EMC. Completely retooled from previous years, the Partner Program was developed to help train EMC’s reseller partners. It rewards partners with increased revenue opportunities and expanded market penetration. Based on four tiers, the program offers additional benefits and rewards based on a partner’s revenue, training, and any special achievements. The program is expected to go live in January 2015. Kohout recently spoke with Dave Vellante and Steve Miniman of theCUBE at EMC World 2014. And when asked how the program changed, Kohout responded... more »
Picking the best tool for the job: Hybrid vs. all-flash

Picking the best tool for the job: Hybrid vs. all-flash

Flash storage offers a number of compelling advantages over traditional disk. As Wikibon detailed in a February research alert, solid-state drives not only outperform their mechanical counterparts but require less power and space as well. And since they don’t have any moving parts, SSDs also generate less heat, which translates into a longer lifespan. Yet despite the overwhelming functional benefits, enterprise adoption of flash continues to lag behind that of disk due the simple fact that it’s more expensive.  That, however, is changing with the rise of hybrid arrays from the likes of Tegile, which claims to have achieved a middle... more »
The new conversation on Hadoop's business outcome|#HadoopSummit

The new conversation on Hadoop's business outcome|#HadoopSummit

The Hadoop world should focus on business outcomes, as cool visualizations and queries are nothing if the data does not generate value for the organization. Oliver Ratzesberger, the SVP of Software at Teradata, explained that the new conversation on Hadoop's business outcome should indeed be the new focus of the industry in a live interview yesterday with theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Frick and John Furrier. As conversations at the Hadoop Summit circle business outcome, Ratzesberger agreed "it's very important to focus on business outcome. I spent years integrating Teradata, Hadoop, and others to create business outcome. If you just create core visualizations, if you just... more »
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What data is "ripe for deletion?" | #IBMedge

Thanks to Marc Andreessen, the tech industry has known since 2011 that "software is eating the world." Steve Wojtowecz, VP of Storage and Network Management in the software development side of IBM, visited theCUBE to discuss just how much software can benefit compute, network, and especially storage, to help businesses cut their costs drastically.   The world is going software-defined   Wojtowecz laid out the core of software-defined compute, storage, and network: the abstraction layer. This layer acts as an intermediary between the hardware and its applications and the users. It allows IBM clients to "mix and match hardware," to "write the application to... more »
Top interviews + convos from Hadoop Summit 2014

Top interviews + convos from Hadoop Summit 2014

Day 1 of the Hadoop Summit 2014 conference is in the books, with an ongoing CrowdChat covering the conversations from theCUBE capturing the top threads from the event.   The Summit, a leading Apache Hadoop industry conference, has grown significantly over the years, and throughout the day, theCUBE, led by hosts John Furrier and Jeff Kelly, featured the best of thought leaders, use cases, data scientists, data analysts, and developers at the event. Top guests   Early on, a surprise guest Inhi Cho Suh, Vice President of IBM Big Data Integration & Governance lit up the CrowdChat with a highly voted conversation.  Among the favorable points... more »
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China stirs up more Windows 8 hate: 'It's a big challenge for our cybersecurity'

China really doesn't like Windows 8. Not only has it supposedly banned certain government agencies from using the operating system, it's now resorting to using scare tactics in its local media, running a news report that questions its security. A one and a half minute segment ran on China's CCTV News channel reports that government officials are concerned Windows 8 could be insecure, and are stepping up their own efforts to develop a rival operating system. Yang Min, a professor at China's Fudan University, told CCTV News that Microsoft was refusing to open the source code for Windows 8 to the Chinese... more »
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VMware kills off vCenter Heartbeat

VMware has somewhat interestingly announced the end of availability of its vCenter Heartbeat product, which is designed to protect vCenter Server against application, operating system, hardware and network failures, and other kinds of outages. The news is somewhat unexpected, and will leave some wondering if that leaves a gap in VMware's security. vCenter Heartbeat wasn't a critical component, but it's always good for management tools to pack some extra resilience. But the point is that loss of access to vCenter isn't a catastrophic failure. Just because vCenter's out of action, it doesn't mean vSphere will stop running. Indeed, vSphere comes with a... more »

Premium Research

- 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.