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Splunk Rolls Out The Enterprise Security App

Splunk Rolls Out The Enterprise Security App

Splunk, leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, has just rolled out its latest 2.4 version of the Splunk App for Enterprise Security. The USP of this app is the Statistical Analysis for Threat Detection, making it the next generation of security intelligence. With Splunk App for Enterprise Security, users will now be able to accurately identify the ever-important unknown threats in real time with out-of-the-box content, new searches, dashboards and visualizations. “Statistical analysis is the new weapon of the security warrior defending against threats that bypass traditional security detection systems. This is one of the reasons why more than 1,500... more »
Microsoft Wants A Piece Of Nook: Lets Read Between The Lines

Microsoft Wants A Piece Of Nook: Lets Read Between The Lines

Reports today have surfaced saying that Microsoft's looking to splurge a billion readies on Barnes & Noble's Nook Media business. The report, which came from the website TechCrunch, was based on leaked internal documents that were later confirmed as being genuine by the New York Times. What's more, the documents also disclose the fact that Barnes & Noble is intent on discontinuing its line of Nook tablets next year, though it plans to continue with its dedicated e-readers for the time being.Can The Surface Cut It As An E-Reader? The acquisition is an interesting one. At a first glance, the move... more »
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VCE Chief on the Datacenter's Evolution : A Complex Challenge for Converged Infrastructure

During theCube’s live coverage of EMC World 2013, Praveen Akkiraju, CEO of VCE, sat down with hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante to discuss the company’s progress in accelerating deployment of Cisco and EMC technologies with their converged infrastructure, Vblock. It’s almost been a year since Akkiraju was appointed CEO of VCE, and he shared what he’s learned in that time. “What I’ve found was, given the amount of change we have going on in the technology space, a lot of our customers are dealing with tremendous amounts of complexity.” In this non-stop disturbance environment, VCE steps in, delivering a “fundamental... more »
Nutanix Hits $80M Run Rate in Six Quarters

Nutanix Hits $80M Run Rate in Six Quarters

Nutanix, a San Jose-based provider of software-defined storage appliances, has achieved an annualized run rate of over $80 million. The company boasts of reaching this milestone a mere six quarters after shipping its first box in late 2011. Nutanix’s flagship Virtual Computing Platform is a converged infrastructure solution that leverages hyperscale technologies pioneered by Facebook and Google to eliminate the need for network-based storage architectures such as storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS). Each U2 appliance serves as a single cloud module so the users can start out small and gradually scale their environments based on their needs. According to... more »
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Optimizing the Network: How One Company Leverages Infrastructure + Services #emcworld

Tim Stephenson, Senior Sales Engineer a First National Technology Solutions, visited the theCube during EMC World 2013 to discuss the current state of his company, managed and cloud hosting services with host Stu Miniman, Senior Analyst, Wikibon. Full Video below. Stephenson began his discussion on his company profile and briefing on First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) by stating FNTS provides hosted and remote managed IT services to customers worldwide. FNTS had built a solid business based on its IT services skill sets, top client services and advanced technologies. FNTS hosts the servers, systems and hardware required for Hosted Virtual Desktop. To help improve... more »
Data Protection as a Service : FedEx's Digital Care Package

Data Protection as a Service : FedEx's Digital Care Package

An enterprise architect for FedEx, Viljay Banga talked in depth with theCube hosts Dave Vellante and David Floyer of Wikibon about the technical aspects of backup at EMC World this week. In the past, there were certain challenges regarding backup, but things have come a long way. Even though data domains were used around 10 years ago, they were mostly used in a testing and development environment. It was only in the last couple of years that the adoption of 10Gb was successful in data centers, where it is used in databases and operating systems. Working for the VP of IT, Banga's... more »
You Need the Right Tools for Many Jobs - IBM Attacks Data, Analytics and Everything Else from Every Angle

You Need the Right Tools for Many Jobs - IBM Attacks Data, Analytics and Everything Else from Every Angle

Bernie Spang, Director of Strategy and Marketing for Database Software Systems at IBM, sat down with Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante on theCube to talk about Big Data in memory. Spang first states that IBM has such insights into enterprise solutions because they look at the complete problem when aiding their customers. He says that instead of focusing on just data, just analytics, or any one technique to solve a problem they encompass all angles of attack. In regards to the lifespan and relevance of relational databases management systems (RDBMS) in the Big Data age, Spang highlights that just because there... more »
Three Reasons Why Facebook is Paying $1B for Waze

Three Reasons Why Facebook is Paying $1B for Waze

Facebook, no doubt, is the leading social networking giant, but with its recent efforts in the mobile sector, will it soon become the mobile giant as well? A report from The Next Web states that Israeli publication Calcalist claims Facebook is in the final stages of acquisition talks with Waze, a crowd-sourced app that gives users community generated real-time traffic and road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, and more. According to the report, the acquisition is going to be a huge one - somewhere between $800 million to $1 billion. Clearly, the deal is seen by Faceboook as a vital one... more »
LIVE: Cyber Attack Leads to Largest Bank Robbery In History...Is Your Money Safe Online?

LIVE: Cyber Attack Leads to Largest Bank Robbery In History...Is Your Money Safe Online?

On today's SiliconANGLE's Live NewsDesk Show, (see embed feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we learn about what is believed to be the largest bank robbery in history: A crime ring is accused of stealing $45 million from financial institutions from around the world. Joining us now to tell us more about the heist is SiliconANGLE Founding Editor Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins. (See the live broadcast, embed below ~ if you missed today's topic, check our YouTube channel for archived clips.) Some of the things we'll be discussing with Hopkins include, how this group was able to steal $45 million with... more »
LIVE: DOJ and FBI to You: We Can Search Your E-Mail & Twitter DM's Whenever We Want

LIVE: DOJ and FBI to You: We Can Search Your E-Mail & Twitter DM's Whenever We Want

On today's SiliconANGLE's Live NewsDesk Show, (see embed feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we learn about how The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they don't need a search warrant to review Americans' e-mails, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and other private files, internal documents obtained by the ACLU reveal. Joining us now to tell us more about the beliefs of the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casarreto. (See the live broadcast, embed below ~ if you missed today's topic, check our YouTube channel for archived clips.) Some of the things... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.