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Why Microsoft Debuts Hadoop Offering a Year Behind Schedule [VIDEO]

This week Microsoft finally unveiled HDInsight, its long-awaited Hadoop service. Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly discussed the launch and what it means for cloud-based analytics with Kristin Feledy on the SiliconAngle NewsDesk show. Microsoft promised that it would roll out the offering at this time last year, but it was only made available to select testers a few days ago. Kelly explains that the delay was the result of an overly aggressive release schedule that the company failed to meet due to a preexisting commitment. Prior to announcing the Azure-based Big Data service in 2011, the software giant was working on an analytics engine... more »
Android Seems to Think We Need Another Smartwatch in the Mix

Android Seems to Think We Need Another Smartwatch in the Mix

In today’s mobile news roundup: Google creating Android smartwatch; Google applies for new Google Glass patents; BlackBerry remains positive for US market; EC monitors Apple for antitrust complaints; Apple strengthens security; and Microsoft’s revamped speech recognition for Windows Phone. Google creating Android smartwatch After Samsung’s revelation that its team is working on a smartwatch that would compete with the rumored Apple iWatch, Google has now entered the picture. According to reports, Google’s Android team is busy working on a smartwatch that would be closely tied to other Google products and services.  Last year, the search giant secured a patent for a flip-up display... more »
From Primer to Pro : Software-Led Infrastructure for John Doe & CIOs

From Primer to Pro : Software-Led Infrastructure for John Doe & CIOs

Welcome to the second-to-last week of March, and Software Led-Infrastructure is the best horse out of the gate in the tech industry. For CIOs this is a big deal—and for non-CIOs in the audience here’s a very good primer into what SLI is, and what it means for us. On the SLI front, Oracle is not standing tall, having taken some sales hits from the open source market; but IBM, on the other hand, has taken to SLI to deal with the need for continuous maintenance. HP’s shares appear to be soaring as well with some wise decisions made placing SLI core to their business plan (also... more »
Can QLogic Turn FabricCache into a Cash Cow?

Can QLogic Turn FabricCache into a Cash Cow?

QLogic just started shipping FabricCache, the first solution that’s built on its revolutionary Mt. Rainer technology. Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman discussed the new product, and the competition, on this morning’s SiliconAngle NewsDesk show with Kristin Feledy (full video below). Server-side flash delivers better performance and less latency than traditional solutions, but it does have its downfalls: like with all direct-attached storage, capacity cannot be shared between servers. Miniman says that FabricCache changes all that by making it possible to connect embedded SSDs with SAN - he elaborates by outlining how the new offering will impact QLogic’s market position. “QLogic is an arms... more »
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Concurrent Secures $4M to Simplify Big Data Vision

More money being thrown at Big Data solutions.  Concurrent, Inc., the enterprise Big Data application platform company, secured $4 million in Series A funding led by True Ventures and Rembrandt Venture Partners. “After our initial investment, we have watched Concurrent grow substantially and lead the Big Data application development market. The promise of its core technology, combined with the management team’s pedigree and Cascading’s success, continue to make this an exciting investment opportunity,” said Puneet Agarwal, Partner, True Ventures. The $4 million Series A funding follows a $900,000 seed investment in 2011.  The new round of funding will be used to “fuel... more »
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Google Dresses Up DNS Lookups with Enhanced Security Features

When we talk about DNS lookup, security becomes a common concern. Having considered the same, Google has fully implemented a security feature that ensures a person looking up a website isn't accidentally directed to a fake one. Launched in 2009, Google’s Public DNS is a free DNS lookup service that helps translate a domain name, into an IP address that can be called into a browser. Due to increased problem of “cache poisoning” attacks, DNS systems can be tampered with by hackers, which leads to directing users to a different website, usually malicious. To cope with the problem, ISPs and other network... more »
Oracle's Database Empire Facing Deadly Threat From SLI

Oracle's Database Empire Facing Deadly Threat From SLI

It's been a bad day at the office for Oracle, which has just posted disappointing Q3 earnings that saw revenues fall by 1% and profits remain flat. The company has moved quickly to paper over the cracks, saying that its poor sales execution strategy is to blame for its recent poor performance, but this flimsy excuse does little to disguise the fact its database business is coming under increasing threat from Software-Led Infrastructure (SLI). Whether it admits it or not, there's little doubt that Oracle's being left behind by the emergence of new Big Data technologies. Its scale-up, proprietary hardware and... more »
Tradehill Revives With Business-Focused "Prime" for Bitcoin

Tradehill Revives With Business-Focused "Prime" for Bitcoin

Tradehill is making second attempt to revive itself, aiming at making money off Bitcoin. The renowned, second largest exchange for experimental virtual currency Bitcoin had to close down due to a protracted regulatory dispute and a string of payments fraud charges. As a part of this attempt, Tradehill is ready for a re-launch with a new team and a design reboot. The new site will go live today with a new business-focused product dubbed “Prime.” The new team, based in San Francisco, has raised a small seed round of funding from angel investors and expects to close a first round of... more »
HTML5 Wins Over Native for Cross-Platform Development - Kendo UI Survey

HTML5 Wins Over Native for Cross-Platform Development - Kendo UI Survey

A recent survey conducted by Kendo UI revealed that the global developers prefer HTML5 over native SDKs. Conducted among 5000 developers, CIOS and technology executive; the Global Developer Survey also found that developers love Win 8 and Android over iOS and BlackBerry for ease-of-use. Whats interesting though is HTML5 beating out Native SDKs as the preferred choice for developers across the board, regardless of company size. 90 percent of more than 5,000 app developers and IT decision makers saying they will develop apps using HTML5 in 2013, and only 15 percent preferring a native-only approach. “There have been many predictions around... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 21, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 21, 2013

Mediaprint Transforms IT, Streamlines Editorial, with EMC Mediaprint, Austria’s largest newspaper and magazine publisher, has transformed its IT infrastructure with EMC VNX unified storage, EMC VPLEX Metro virtual storage, and VMware virtualization solutions. They have allowed Mediaprint to increase application performance by 300%, achieve five-nines availability for critical publishing, editorial, and production systems, and accelerate virtualization of its IT infrastructure. More HP Increases Dividend by 10 Percent HP has announced that its board of directors has authorized a 10 percent increase in the amount of its regular quarterly dividend to $0.1452 per share. The increase will take effect when the BoD declares HP’s... more »

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- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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.