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Panetta Warns Of Cybersecurity Threat; Says US Is Ready To Hit Back

Panetta Warns Of Cybersecurity Threat; Says US Is Ready To Hit Back

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that the US could launch a “pre-emptive” strike in the face of an imminent cyber attack against it, whilst stressing the need for action to bolster the nation’s defenses against any such attack. In what is said to be the first speech by a US defense secretary addressing cybersecurity, Panetta scolded officials for the political gridlock in Washington, which he claims has put the skids on any cybersecurity legislation. Panetta also pulled no punches whilst lamenting America’s private sector, accusing it of under-investment in the cybersecurity sector. Panetta said that the administration was considering a presidential... more »
Hortonworks Debuts New Drive for BI Integration

Hortonworks Debuts New Drive for BI Integration

Big data startup Hortonworks is now offering users a way to integrate its Hadoop platform with the BI applications they’re running on top. Hortonworks Hive ODBC Driver 1.0 makes it possible to analyze and visualize data from  Excel, Microstrategy, PowerPivot, Tableau and other platforms directly from within Hadoop. This functionality has the potential of saving data scientists a lot of hassle in the long run. The driver is based on the ODBC 3.52, one of the most popular versions of the platform-agnostic database connectivity API. It was created by a company called Simba, which claims its ODBC tech is used in over 30... more »
Track & Curb iPhone 5 Data with These Apps

Track & Curb iPhone 5 Data with These Apps

Got an iPhone 5 or a new smartphone with a fresh contract?  Worried about going over your data plan?  Not to worry, there's an app for that.  Many people aren't aware of the apps out there that will track your monthly data habits, and even alert you as you near your monthly data limit. Don't get caught off guard with data overages on your next carrier bill.  Here's a list of top data counter apps for iOS and Android, along with our recommendations. iOS Data Monitoring Apps Data Usage  (99 cents) This app runs in the background and periodically shows you used, remaining or... more »
AMD Announces Third Quarter Slump, Blames Lower Demand

AMD Announces Third Quarter Slump, Blames Lower Demand

Chipmaker AMD has slashed its third quarter revenue outlook for a second time, warning that it faces weaker demand across all product lines than it had first expected. It put down the lack of demand to what it called a “challenging macroeconomic environment.” Not everyone is surprised by the news, as many analysts had already raised doubts about the chipmaker’s earlier forecasts. Indeed, AMD had already revised its third quarter outlook once in the past, following the announcement of its second quarter results, while Intel has already warned that things are not looking good at the moment. According to its latest forecast,... more »
What Congress' Big Data Inquiry Means for Consumers

What Congress' Big Data Inquiry Means for Consumers

Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Commerce Committee, has sent a letter to over a dozen major brokers as a part of a broader inquiry into the use of consumer data in certain key verticals. Chief analyst at Wikibon, Dave Vellante, discussed this latest Congressional update on the News Desk this week. Vellante explains that the range of these data collected by these various organizations is incredibly wide. Retailers, for example, track purchase history and social patterns to make better product recommendations, but it gets more complicated when it comes to personal data - social security numbers, net worth, credit card history... more »
Anonymous Outraged As Wikileaks Hides Behind 'Paywall'

Anonymous Outraged As Wikileaks Hides Behind 'Paywall'

Anonymous, the faceless grouping of hacktivists that leapt the to the support of WikiLeaks in its battle against US government suppression, has turned the tables and launched a bitter attack on its ally, declaring war in retaliation for its use of a new ‘paywall’. The row first exploded on Wednesday, when Wikileaks and Anonymous clashed over the former’s decision to create a donation overlay page on its website Global Intelligence Files - something that the hacktivist group was quick to label a ‘paywall’, since it’s impossible to close it without making a donation or tweeting a message in support of the... more »
Opsource and BlueFire No More - Dimension Data is the New Brand

Opsource and BlueFire No More - Dimension Data is the New Brand

Dimension Data announced today that its cloud businesses Opsource and BlueFire have been consolidated under the unified Dimension Data name. Both companies were acquired by the privately held Dimension Data in 2011, with BlueFire based out of Sydney, Australia and Opsource out of Santa Clara, California. As a newly formed single global entity, Dimension Data is positioning to continue its global expansion. Bluefire had specialized in cloud storage, DaaS, and a whole range of managed services. Opsource was a cloud and managed services company as well, emerging with a number of SaaS and IaaS products throughout its run. Dimension Data... more »
Office for iOS and Android On the Way - Wait - Microsoft Says Report Not Accurate

Office for iOS and Android On the Way - Wait - Microsoft Says Report Not Accurate

A report from TheVerge yesterday emerged with a target date of March 2013 for a release of Microsoft Office for iOS and Android products. That was based on a press release from Microsoft’s Czech Republic team and stated “In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian,".  The whole thing was quickly dismissed as incorrect by Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications in the following tweet: “The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share.” https://twitter.com/fxshaw/status/256089501049450496# Microsoft has... more »
Cisco vs. Huawei - Cisco Marketing Calls Out Risks, Lobbies Against Chinese Networking Telecom

Cisco vs. Huawei - Cisco Marketing Calls Out Risks, Lobbies Against Chinese Networking Telecom

Huawei is back in the headlines. This time around the news revolves around a Cisco marketing presentation titled: "Huawei’s & National Security".  The document dates to September 2011 and was obtained and reported on by The Washington Post; it has apparently has been used by Cisco to dissuade existing and prospective customers from using Huawei’s products due to national security issues. “Fear of Huawei spreads globally,” the report reads. “Despite denials, Huawei has struggled to de-link itself from China’s People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese government.” John Chambers, CEO of Cisco recently shared some thoughts regarding his company’s “toughest rival” in a... more »
Why is Lenovo Leading the PC Market? Will their Mobile Strategy Win?

Why is Lenovo Leading the PC Market? Will their Mobile Strategy Win?

Lenovo is now the top PC seller with Hewlett-Packard taking second place and Dell in third, but that depends on which research firm you want to believe.  Gartner says Lenovo is number one but IDC says HP is still in the top spot.  Though Gartner and IDC have different results, they did agree on one thing: Lenovo sold more than 13.8 million units in the past year, which means a lot for any company, especially with the fact that the demand for PCs has significantly diminished these past 12 months. So what is Lenovo’s secret?  How come they’re selling loads more units than... 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.