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Storage Needs to Be Pure Software, Says Nutanix's Dheeraj Pandey | #VMworld

Storage Needs to Be Pure Software, Says Nutanix's Dheeraj Pandey | #VMworld

Dheeraj Pandey, President & CEO of Nutanix, discussed his company's innovative approach to storage and the disruption cloud and software-defined trends brought to the IT world, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at VMworld 2013. "Every 10-15 years, there's a disruption of some kind," Pandey said. The current one is is around flash, software defined, and cloud. The velocity of consumption is changes and there is no longer a need to wait for months to have the machines up and running. "Gross margin is actually up for grabs. That perhaps is the biggest disruption," he added. Asked to share... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Virtualization at the Center Stage

Cloud vendors spent the last week gearing up for VMworld. Managed service provider NaviSite revealed an infrastructure-as-a-service offering for vCloud Director users, Dell added three new solutions to its virtualization lineup, and Piston Systems announced that it has taken its partnership with Pivotal to the next level. In other news, Appcelerator acquired API startup Singly. On Wednesday NaviSite introduced NaviSite Cloud, an IaaS platform that was developed in collaboration with VMware to extend vCloud Director. The offering provides developers with API access to AppCenter and vCloud Director, along with the ability to customize network architectures and integrate their environments with other... more »
IT Is Becoming a Broker of Services, Says EMC's Mike Koehler | #VMworld

IT Is Becoming a Broker of Services, Says EMC's Mike Koehler | #VMworld

Mike Koehler, COO, EMC Global Services, discussed the IT transformation in the enterprise as companies adapt to the virtualized, hybrid ecosystem, with theCUBE co-host John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at VMWorld 2013. "It's really all about IT transformation," Koehler said, as the conversation moved into "how you talk about IT and change the fundamentals of rigid structures." VMware and virtualization across the entire stack created new opportunities for businesses, and EMC helps them focus on how they transform and adapt, and support them in accelerating that journey. People + processes : the heart of IT transformation "The process and the people side, that's... more »
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Cleversafe and Panzura Join Forces to Deliver Enterprise-Hardened NAS Service

Data storage vendors Cleversafe and Panzura have entered a strategic partnership to help large enterprises address the massive growth in unstructured data and connected devices. The fruits of their labor were announced at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in San Francisco. The two companies unveiled an enterprise-hardened network attached storage (NAS) offering that is built atop the former’s Dispersed Storage (dsNet) system, an object store appliance that utilizes erasure codes to split data into multiple “slices” that can be written to separate storage devices. The combined solution distributes these slices across multiple geographical locations using Panzura’s cloud-based file system, which lets... more »
Tony Scott Named New VMware CIO

Tony Scott Named New VMware CIO

To kick off VMworld 2013, VMware announced a new addition to its executive lineup that would help them push efforts to compete with Amazon. Today, the company announced that former Microsoft CIO Tony Scott will be joining the company filling up the same role as well as carry the senior vice president title. See a comprehensive timeline of top-level shakeups at Vmware here! Though this may seem like a case of adding fresh talent to the mix, there’s more to it, especially when public cloud considered. Most critics see VMware as a leader in selling virtual server technology to large companies but has yet... more »
A Bear of Many Colors : Teach Kids to Conserve Energy + Other Smart Home Solutions

A Bear of Many Colors : Teach Kids to Conserve Energy + Other Smart Home Solutions

In this week’s SmartHome roundup, we’ll be featuring a sad polar bear that teaches kids to conserve energy, a way for people to automate their homes and offices, and several new security gadgets to keep your home safe. Bobo the polar bear   It’s hard to teach anyone the importance of conserving energy, let alone kids.  So CareToSave has come up with a product that will help parents teach their kids the importance of conserving energy.  Bobo is a plastic polar bear that monitors your home’s energy consumption and glows different colors based on your behavior.  If the light is white, it means... more »
GitHub Developers and Figures: Programming Languages That Pay Big Income

GitHub Developers and Figures: Programming Languages That Pay Big Income

ActionScript and Java appear to be high demand programming languages, thanks to their role in enterprise software and in cloud computing management. As a result, IT professionals with these skills are pulling down amazing salaries. But what sort of cross-section of the industry can developers expect from what languages they write in? Ben Podgursky, a Software Engineer at Liveramp, posted a blog article where he shared some interesting figure on average household income based on programming skills--specifically language use. His report listing is on 20+ of the most common programming languages alongside with the average yearly income for developers in those languages. He... more »
CIOs Need a Corporate Plan for the Cloud

CIOs Need a Corporate Plan for the Cloud

CIOs who do not have a corporate plan for getting maximum business advantage from the Cloud are dangerously behind the times, and those who think that nobody in their company is using Cloud services are in denial. That is the thrust of a report on the state of cloud services by guest analyst and Senior Site Editor at CIO Media Group Wendy Schuchart. In the detailed article, Schuchart discusses the history and attractions of Cloud computing to end users with a strong focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack. She warns that CIOs who do not get ahead on Public... more »
DevOps Round Up: Exclusive Phoenix Project Study, Agile Products Enhancement

DevOps Round Up: Exclusive Phoenix Project Study, Agile Products Enhancement

This past week featured a good number of DevOps developments. From Aerospike's new product launches to an exclusive study of the development team working on Missing World Media’s City of Heroes spiritual successor The Phoenix Project to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites study on leading DevOps vendors. Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites Agile development processes are transforming how software is delivered. Enterprises focus on rapid, incremental updates to their web, desktop and mobile applications instead of holding new features and fixes for one large release. Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites defines DevOps... more »
3 Nails in Ballmer's Coffin: Mobile, Music & Windows

3 Nails in Ballmer's Coffin: Mobile, Music & Windows

Last week, Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down within the next 12 months, or as soon as the special committee, led by John Thompson, found his replacement. Some have already drummed up possible candidates to fill his position and the list includes Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, former Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, Executive VP of Marketing Tami Reller, Executive VP Tony Bates, or Executive VP Satya Nadella. Here at SiliconANGLE, we’ve already covered some angles in Ballmer’s departure such as the challenges the company is currently facing, the Ballmer era... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.