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What comes after non-stop Hadoop? | #HadoopSummit

What comes after non-stop Hadoop? | #HadoopSummit

Providing continuous availability to its customers is WANdisco's principle concern, according to the company's CTO, Jagane Sundar. In a live interview with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante from this year's Hadoop Summit, he explained that these concerns have led to what the company now calls non-stop HBase, the next step after non-stop Hadoop. Talking about the innovation brought on top of HBase by WANdisco, Sundar explained that "the biggest problem is regent server failure." If the server fails, all its regents have to be moved to other servers. That process takes time. WANDisco's solution is to store data on three different servers.... more »
Hadoop Summit 2013 DevOps Recap: Simplicity and agility drives future seamless experience

Hadoop Summit 2013 DevOps Recap: Simplicity and agility drives future seamless experience

Hadoop Summit 2014 is just around the corner. But before we get a chance to see what has been happening in the world of Hadoop, let’s take a look back at some of the developers development at last year’s conference. Announcements came from tools across the industry including Hortonworks support of YARN, MapR and Fusion-io performance upgrades, Continuuity tools for developers, along with Hadapt, Kognitio, and Hunk. One overarching theme of last year summit was that Hadoop is crossing the chasm, becoming the key component of the next generation data architecture. Hortonworks unveiled the community preview of the next release of its... more »
Hyperscale's new kids have a few tricks to teach the Enterprise | #IBMEdge

Hyperscale's new kids have a few tricks to teach the Enterprise | #IBMEdge

Companies like Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Google have pioneered the notion of a hyperscale operation. They have mastered available technologies to solve problems specific to their day-to-day operation. With these and other companies as the example states Swamy Kocherlakota, Managing Director of Infrastructure and Architecture for BNY Mellon, a large financial services organization, enterprise of the future will take the lessons learned and use them to transform themselves similarly. With their legacy of investment and innovation, Kocherlakota believes vendors like IBM are at the forefront of the revolution, able to exploit their existing elements for the creation of a market-ready product... more »
Flash + tape = 50 percent savings for IT

Flash + tape = 50 percent savings for IT

While numerous new technologies, from virtualization to converged infrastructures, have promised, but not always delivered, saving in IT operational costs, one radical architecture can tame the IT budget. Providing 50 percent savings in the area with the most cost growth – storage – and help CIOs shift resources from keeping the lights on to investing in innovation, that architecture, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in “The Emergence of a New Architecture for Long-term Data Retention”, is a combination of flash and tape in a software-defined environment that he dubs “flape”. The basic argument he presents is that while flash and tape technologies... more »
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A relentless drive to innovate leaves no time for complacency | #IBMEdge

Intel has applied a relentless pace to drive more and more innovation, striving for success in the data center business. This approach enables Intel to look at industry disruptions and challenges from a different perspective. At IBM Edge last month, Dylan Larson, Director for Xeon Product Lines at Intel, sat down with Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick and discussed Intel’s take on mega trends and the competition. Disruption is good for Intel  . With so many disruptions going on, Vellante asked Larson to explain how these mega trends have affected Intel’s operation, behavior and other aspects of business. Larson said that these trends... more »
Living smart : Philips' newest lights, friendly doorbells + connected bikes

Living smart : Philips' newest lights, friendly doorbells + connected bikes

This week’s Smart Living roundup features a new cost-effective indoor flood light, a smart doorbell that recognizes your face, and a connected bike thats gets you where you need to be. Philips introduces SlimStyle  . Philips, one of the most recognized brands for smart lights, has introduced a new member to its SlimStyle family of energy-saving LED bulbs.  The SlimStyle BR30 has a slimmer shape that offers the uniform light distribution of an incandescent floodlight, but has eliminated the the heat sink commonly found in LED lights. The 9.5-watt bulb is equivalent to a 65-watt incandescent floodlight, which means it is able to give... more »
Bright future ahead of Cloudera and Intel after mammoth $900M funding round

Bright future ahead of Cloudera and Intel after mammoth $900M funding round

Just ahead of the third annual Hadoop Summit, which kicks off later this morning in San Jose, Cloudera revealed that it has  closed the unprecedented $900 million round of funding it announced back in March. The financing includes a $160 million investment led by financial giant T. Rowe Price and another $740 million thrown in by Intel, which increased its stake of the firm by 18 percent and appointed its CIO, Kim Stevenson, to the board. While it may seem like an unusual investing decision at first,  Wikibon Senior Analyst Jeff Kelly pointed out in a recent column on SiliconANGLE that... more »
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On the adoption + obstacles of virtualization | VMware @ #EMCworld

When server virtualization was first introduced, there was some resistance as a result of Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation, also known as FUD. Oracle was one of the biggest opponents to such changes, stating that it wouldn’t support it. Since the initial blowback, and thanks to articles such as Wikibon’s “Damn the Torpedoes, Virtualize Oracle ASAP,” adoption of such new technologies has greatly increased. Speaking with Don Sullivan, staff engineer and database specialist with VMware, Dave Vellante of theCUBE at EMC World 2014 asked him about how VMware has helped to dispel some of the myths and fears that surround the cloud... more »
The "real" impact of China's war on US tech

The "real" impact of China's war on US tech

The row between the US and China over cyber-espionage allegations could cause some real headaches for American firms, fostering suspicions and mistrust that could impact on tech trade between the two nations. That much was evident last week when China turned up the heat on IBM, announcing it was “reviewing” whether local banks should dump the company's servers in favor of alternative suppliers. The move followed an earlier warning from China that it intends to start vetting all US-made technology in the future, and comes after the country banned certain government agencies from buying Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, without specifying... more »
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Intel storage : Open source + software-defined expectations | #IBMEdge

Intel is known for small component parts like smartphone chips, but the storage division is one aspect of its business infrequently discussed. In an interview with Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick at IBM Edge, Andrea Nelson, Director of Storage for Intel, talked about the current state of the company’s storage division, its conversion from RISC, open source contributions and its future. Nelson explained that the storage group at Intel is currently working on influencing Intel’s standard server CPUs to include features and functionality that provide data security in the performance for storage workloads. She also mentioned that at the end of... more »

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- 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.