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GE's Pivotal Plans Could Make Big Data Available to Big Industry

GE's Pivotal Plans Could Make Big Data Available to Big Industry

Yesterday, industrial giant GE announced that it will invest $105 million into EMC & VMware’s lovechild: Pivotal, that is focusing on the new modern era of developers and cloud. But what does this announcement mean for Big Data applications? And why is GE's investment in Pivotal such a huge deal? Joining this morning’s Live NewsDesk Show with Kristin Feledy is Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante with his Breaking Analysis. GE, as previously described, is an industrial giant trying to instrument industry and drive massive gains, efficiency, productivity and new value everywhere such as appliances, locomotives, airplanes and even health care. “The combination of GE,... more »
CA Technologies Acquires Nolio, Unveils CA LISA Application Delivery suite

CA Technologies Acquires Nolio, Unveils CA LISA Application Delivery suite

CA Technologies, a leading provider of IT management solutions that help customers manage and secure complex IT environments to support agile business services, recently announced that it has acquired Nolio. Nolio is a recognized leader in continuous application delivery with a strong and growing international base of large enterprise and service provider customers. The Nolio acquisition is a part of CA Technologies’ efforts to address the critical DevOps challenges to help IT accelerate innovation, and bringing continuous delivery capabilities to its service virtualization business. Reportedly, the acquisition price is somewhere between $40 million and $42 million. “Winning in today’s world of rapid... more »
CIOs, Beware of Cloud Sprawl : But One Arrow in the Quiver

CIOs, Beware of Cloud Sprawl : But One Arrow in the Quiver

Scott Lowe, the founder of The 1610 Group, writes that the buzz around cloud computing has subsided a great deal in recent years. As a result, IT departments are no longer pressured by the proposition that the cloud is an “immediate replacement” for on-premise infrastructure, but CIOs face new challenges that have to be addressed in order to effectively integrate with the cloud on an organization-wide scale. Cloud is but one arrow in the quiver Lowe writes that the public cloud is “capable of unlocking new kinds of innovation that simply isn’t possible or feasible in the traditional on-premises data center model”.... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 25, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 25, 2013

Dell Announces Portfolio of Mobile Solutions for BYOD At Dell’s “Power to Do More -- Accelerating Results” event in San Francisco yesterday, the vendor showed new mobility tools to streamline enterprise mobility management, endpoint security enhancements, and tools to expedite application upgrades and cloud adoption, with new migration systems and partner program enhancements to reinforce their software commitment. Customer-led discussions focused on Dell’s integrated technologies and scalable design point for addressing emerging business demands and technology megatrends, including the consumerization of IT, cloud computing, data insights, security, and business intelligence. More Dell Services Announces ProSupport Enterprise Suite to Improve Performance of Critical... more »
Nintendo's Sales Free Fall as Smartphones Shoot Into Space - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Nintendo's Sales Free Fall as Smartphones Shoot Into Space - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

In today’s NewsDesk news roundup: Nintendo sales drop further than anticipated; Utah approves iProvo fiber network transfer to Google; Amazon to release TV set-top box; SNL now exclusively featured on Yahoo!; Zynga beats analyst expectations but still at a loss; New Xbox set for May 21 reveal; Verizon to buyout Vodafone for $100B; Google acquires Comex; NASA launches PhoneSats; Mars One now accepting applicants for the 2022 one-way Mars trip. Nintendo sales drop, worse than anticipated Quarterly reports from Nintendo say company-wide sales dropped nearly $6.5bn. Though analysts expected a drop in sales, Nintendo's actual figures undercut the predicted losses by over... more »
Who Owns Your Developers?

Who Owns Your Developers?

Just as you wouldn’t build a house without a door, you wouldn’t launch a new web platform or mobile service without an API. Organizations have now strategically recognized the importance of APIs as a means of giving developers programmatic access. By giving developers access to new data or functionality, organizations get a way to extend reach and revenue. Developers extend platforms that make them deeper integrated and more firmly placed within an IT ecosystem, and they unlock value from big data by putting it to work inside their mobile app or website. The ROI on APIs will depend on the volume... more »
WhatsApp on BlackBerry vs. iPhone, Android and Dedicated Nokia Button

WhatsApp on BlackBerry vs. iPhone, Android and Dedicated Nokia Button

WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging service that is available for a variety of platforms.  When you install this app, the service is free to use for one year, after that, you need to cough up $0.99 per year to continue using the service.  If you think about it, it’s a really small price to pay for being able to connect with your friends and family, as it doesn’t add additional charges to your phone bill by using data plan, or if you have access to WiFi, then that would be even better. Best of all, WhatsApp doesn’t have a catch -... more »
Windows 8 Tablets Hit The Ground Running, 3 Million Sold So Far

Windows 8 Tablets Hit The Ground Running, 3 Million Sold So Far

The doom and gloom merchants have been banging away about the imminent death of Microsoft for months now, but could it be that the Redmond firm is actually on the verge of making a stunning comeback? That depends who on who you believe. Until now, Microsoft has been suspiciously quiet about the number of Windows-based tablets its sold, leading cynics to suggest that the reason is because there's just not that much to say. Of course, very few analysts have seriously considered that Redmond's coyness might just be some kind of smokescreen to hide how well it's been doing. It's probably a... more »
ITOs Need to Reorganize Around Services or be Left Behind

ITOs Need to Reorganize Around Services or be Left Behind

One of the biggest lessons from the April 23 Wikibon Peer Incite Meeting on the impact of cloud services on the ITO is that IT needs to become a services-led organization like the competition to survive. This means much more than just creating a menu of IT business services figure out what each costs per seat, although that is a good start. As I write in my latest Wikibon Professional Alert, ITOs need to completely reorganize around those services. This means breaking down the traditional technical silos and retraining -- or where necessary replacing -- IT staff to handle a... more »
Big Data and the Public Cloud Make a Perfect Couple, says Analyst

Big Data and the Public Cloud Make a Perfect Couple, says Analyst

Analyzing external Big Data in the cloud makes more sense than bringing it in-house, says Wikibon’s Jeff Kelly. He outlined the reasons organizations should trust third party data with their cloud provider in his latest piece on the Wikibon blog. The public cloud offers an optimal environment for testing proof-of-concepts, but moving sensitive corporate data to a provider’s remote facilities is an entirely different matter. Organizations prefer to keep data in their own private facilities because this option allows them to retain full control over their information, but Kelly says that the benefits of the cloud outweigh the drawbacks when it... more »

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- 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.

- 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.