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LIVE: Zynga Monthly User Continue to Decline - Can It Find Success on Mobile?

LIVE: Zynga Monthly User Continue to Decline - Can It Find Success on Mobile?

Zynga isn't your Zynga of two years ago. On their earnings call, Zynga reported 253 million monthly active users, which is down from the nearly 300 million MAUs the company reported as of last earnings. A stat that is worth noting even more is that Zynga’s daily active users (DAUs) are at 52 million, an all-time low for the company. So how are they doing in the mobile arena, are those numbers down too? Yep. Zynga's recent mobile active users count is at 65 million. That’s down from the 72 million MAU reported last quarter. MAU, DAU, AAU (All Active... more »
Fusion-io Grabs NexGen Storage, Sets Sights on SMEs

Fusion-io Grabs NexGen Storage, Sets Sights on SMEs

Fusion-io has just signaled its intention to break even further into the SME market, announcing the acquisition of hybrid flash/disk array vendor NexGen Storage in a deal worth $119 million. UT-based Fusion-io announced the news in a prepared statement earlier this morning. The startup, which was founded in 2010, has already enjoyed a long relationship with Fusion-io, using its flash cards in its n5 arrays that are primarily targeted at small and medium enterprises. It previously secured around $12 million in funding in series A and B rounds, making today's acquisition a nice little pay out for its early investors. About 50 employees... more »
LIVE: Cisco Makes News With Storage Area Networks Upgrades

LIVE: Cisco Makes News With Storage Area Networks Upgrades

Cisco made news yesterday with its announcement of new services for storage area networks (SANs) that aim to deliver higher performance, scalability and reliability. There are two new offerings: the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director and the Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch. Both are fairly significant upgrades to the Cisco's storage networking portfolio, and Cisco is hedging its bets on "better late than never" to the 16gigabit fiber channel. On today’s Live NewsDesk Show with Kristin Feledy (see live stream below) we’ll be hearing from Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman. How does Cisco's offering compare to the competition? What about... more »
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LIVE: The GE Pivotal Deal Signals the Next Big Wave in Big Data Applications

GE, the world’s leader in industrial technology and solutions, yesterday cannonballed into the pool with a $105M investment announcement into Pivotal, the EMC/VMware spinout. Pivotal is focusing on the new, modern era of developers and cloud. In the industrial Internet arms race, Pivotal is now an instant superpower in the cloud wars. "The strategic investment in the VMware and EMC spin-off will allow GE to speed up development of advanced analytic services for the Industrial Internet," said SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier. The “Internet of Things” or the “Industrial Internet” just found it's leading lady: By leveraging the Pivotal platform, GE... more »
Ubuntu Server 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" Brings Focus To OpenStack & Hypervisors

Ubuntu Server 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" Brings Focus To OpenStack & Hypervisors

Canonical has just taken the wraps off its latest Ubuntu Server release, with version 13.04 coming out later today. “Raring Ringtail” isn't one of the long-term support (LTS) releases – that won't be out till April of next year – instead offering just six months of support. It's more of a stepping stone towards the 14.04 LTS,  but nevertheless, Raring Ringtail does contain a few interesting new features, especially for those using it in cloud deployments. The biggest change for Ubuntu Server this time around is its tight-knit integration with the new Grizzly release of OpenStack, which comes by default with... more »
What’s Flash Mean for the Everyday IT Guy?

What’s Flash Mean for the Everyday IT Guy?

At the recently concluded FlashCUBE mini event, Wikibon CTO David Floyer shares his thoughts on clients' perspective on flash technology, as well as flash-related issues that the average IT person deals with on a daily basis. “The everyday IT guy is interested in making the applications that they have on the floor work better, work faster. The most difficult applications to get around faster are always the database applications. The first area that these are being applied to is allowing database applications to run faster, to take away the issues with the storage admin, the DBAs etc; fighting about who’s got... more »
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Not Just Lipstick on a Pig. IBM's Billion-Dollar Flash Initiative Puts Innovation Back on Track

As an introduction to Steve Mills’ interview at our recently concluded FlashCUBE, John Furrier shared his thoughts about IBM’s move to invest a billion dollars in flash (full video below). This is the third time the company invested a billion-dollar amount to a specific space; first with open source, and then with analytics. “I was really impressed,” shared SiliconAngle founder John Furrier. “Clearly, he’s the leader of the ship and he’s setting down the strategic objective. I think they’re putting their money where their mouth is. I think the marketplace noticed heavily. When you look at that acquisition, IBM is putting a... more »
HP Launches New Enterprise-Ready TippingPoint IPS Security Appliances

HP Launches New Enterprise-Ready TippingPoint IPS Security Appliances

Today’s real world security challenges call for the highest capability solutions. In the enterprise, its as critical as anything else on your plate. The demands of the modern infrastructure cover the data center, remote office and branch locations, WAN deployment, cloud deployment, the classic perimeter, wireless and more. We always talk about security layers, but in a lot of ways, there is always the need for faster and faster security systems that have higher port density, enterprise-grade features, with excellent visibility and minimal downtime – A pretty nice checklist of must-haves. To answer that call, HP has launched a new... more »
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Hacked Twitter Account Shakes-Up the Stock Market, Alerts the FBI

"Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured," the Associated Press tweeted yesterday. If you were one of the many who read the tweet, I’m pretty sure you were alarmed and concerned, since the news came from a legit news source.  But lo and behold, the news was not real, as the Twitter account was apparently hacked. Unfortunately, before it was revealed that the tweet was not real, the mischievous post has already done its damage, the Dow plummeted nearly 100 points following the tweet, briefly losing $100 billion.  Though it quickly recovered, people can’t help but think... more »
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Amazon is Stirring the Cloud Pot, but Rivals Still In the Mix

Jason Mendenhall, executive vice president for cloud at Switch Communications, the collocation provider that operates the "ginormous" SuperNap data center in Las Vegas, says that Amazon Web Services is not growing at the expense of the enterprise market – quite the opposite. During this week’s Wikibon Peer Incite event, he discussed how the public cloud giant is disrupting the industry by pressuring the competition to differentiate. Mendenhall tells Wikibon’s Dave Vellante that “there is not going to be one cloud to rule them all”.  Amazon is gaining a lot of traction in the enterprise, but many analysts believe that one size... more »

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- 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.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.