Top Stories

No thumbnail available

Rackspace Develops a Taste for NoSQL, Buys Redis to Bolster Lineup

Rackspace shelled out an undisclosed sum for Exceptional Cloud Services, a San-Francisco-based startup that develops solution for Redis. Redis is a popular open source key-value store that is designed to support large databases which process transactions at very rapid speeds – in other words, Big Data. As a part of the deal, Rackspace is acquiring the rights for Exceptional Cloud Services’ three software products: the Exceptional.io error tracking engine, a supplementary visualization platform called Airbrake.io, and the Redis to Go management automation framework. The company says that these solutions are used by over 50,000 developers worldwide. Besides acquiring the IP, Rackspace is... more »
When’s the Best Time to Buy an Apple Device?

When’s the Best Time to Buy an Apple Device?

There's those that camp outside Apple stores, queuing up nights before a product launch. And then there's those that don't.  Apple fans reside in both of these camps, some choosing to pre-order devices, other's waiting a few weeks (or months) after launch day to cave.  And let's not forget the budget-conscious Apple fans that don't mind an older model at a cheaper price. Each buyer is justified in his Apple-purchasing rationale, buying at different points of the product life cycle.  But when's the best time to buy an Apple device, all things considered? A month won't hurt . The general rule nowadays: if you’re looking to buy... more »
Mike Lazaridis Leaves BlackBerry After Selling 1M Z10s

Mike Lazaridis Leaves BlackBerry After Selling 1M Z10s

In today’s mobile news roundup: BlackBerry reports profit as co-founder departs;  Google Glass will be made by Foxconn in the US; Google Maps now includes real-time subway departure data; India toughens up tax laws, plows through companies such as Nokia; and Google Translate gets updated with offline language pack. BlackBerry reports profit as co-founder departs The company formerly known as Research in Motion has proved that it still has a lot left in the kitty, despite falling behind other mobile manufacturers in recent years.  BlackBerry has posted its fiscal fourth quarter report, impressing analysts.  Though BB subscribers fell from 79 million to... more »
Big Data Deep Dive Conclusion: The Future of Analytics

Big Data Deep Dive Conclusion: The Future of Analytics

Big Data''s been quite the buzzword this past year, but what's next for this most promising technology?  In the sixth and final episode of the Big Data Deep Dive series, SiliconAngle CEO John Furrier and Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante discuss the future of Big Data with EMC TV anchor Richard Schlesinger (full video below). Vellante kicks things off by saying that in the old days, the information in an organization’s data warehouse was the “only version of the truth” available to that company’s decision makers. Big Data technologies are changing all that: mathematical analysis makes it possible to weed out bad... more »
Oracle’s is in Big Trouble : Big Data is to Blame

Oracle’s is in Big Trouble : Big Data is to Blame

In Wikibon’s March newsletter, analyst Jeff Kelly takes a look at the factors that have transformed the database market  into a fiercely competitive ecosystem where small startups are standing up to legacy vendors - and winning. It wasn’t always like this. Up until recently, Larry Ellison’s Oracle dominated the database market with an appliance-led business model that was (and still is) meant to lock the customer in. This status quo reigned for decades up until mobile became a trend, and enterprises started waking up to the fact that relational databases cannot address today’s new set of business requirements. Kelly describes this phenomenon, dubbed... more »
5 Tips to Keep IT Teams Sane During March Madness

5 Tips to Keep IT Teams Sane During March Madness

Have you been inflicted with March Madness?  You know, the temporary insanity experienced during the month of March brought about by the NCAA Division I championship college basketball tournament?  Symptoms include excessive basketball talk, trash talking your team’s opponent, making up fantasy brackets, betting, and some are even said to experience productivity loss in the workplace due to streaming the game on their computers. Some say loss in work productivity during March Madness is just a myth -- no big deal.  According to Clay Herbert of the Washington Post, instead of avoiding March Madness, companies should embrace it. Herbert also pointed out... more »
Egypt Arrests Divers "Trying To Sabotage Undersea Cables"

Egypt Arrests Divers "Trying To Sabotage Undersea Cables"

In one of the more ‘hands on’ examples of cyber-espionage we’ve seen in a while, Egypt’s military has reported that it’s managed to arrest three scuba divers in the process of trying to sever an undersea cable that connects the country to the World Wide Web. Speaking on the Egyptian armed forces Facebook page, Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali, said that a navy patrol vessel caught the three men red-handed as they were working from an inflatable dinghy, attempting cut through the undersea cable, just north of the port city Alexandria. The claim was later verified by Telecom Egypt, the country’s largest telecommunications firm,... more »
US Slaps China With Cyber-Security Law; Huawei, ZTE & Lenovo Will All Suffer

US Slaps China With Cyber-Security Law; Huawei, ZTE & Lenovo Will All Suffer

There was quite a kerfuffle late last year when a US congressional panel warned that the Chinese government might be using hardware from manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE to spy on government agencies and other institutions. The Chinese angrily denied the accusations, but by then the damage to its reputation had already been done, leading to moves by Canada and others to ban the hardware. Now it’s the turn of the US itself, which has just signed into law new rules that restrict the purchase of Chinese-made computer equipment. In what is the first real sign of retaliation by the US over... more »
Mojang Pens Deal With Egmont to Publish Minecraft Books, Manuals

Mojang Pens Deal With Egmont to Publish Minecraft Books, Manuals

Minecraft fans will surely rejoice with this bit of information: official books about the game are coming out soon. If you have no clue as to what Minecraft is, it is a game in which your primary goal is build anything you like using blocks and stay clear of the monsters that comes out at night.  It’s been a huge success because gamers use this as an outlet to show off their creative side or just spend hours trying to figure out what best to build using blocks. Egmont, the UK children’s books publisher, has been given the global publishing rights for... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 27, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 27, 2013

Infosys Wins Work Placement of the Year Infosys has won a top accolade in the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Awards 2013, making it one of the U.K.’s best internship providers. The NCWE awards have been rewarding employers who provide high-quality internships to students and graduates for  a decade. Categories cover large and small organizations in all sectors including charities and government. The Infosys InStep program, which offers students a three-month placement in India, won the Work Placement of the Year award for Best Large Organization. More Wipro Wins Three-Year Contract from Emirates NBD Wipro Infotech, the India & Middle East IT... more »

Premium Research

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.