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Sex, Cigarettes or Facebook - Which Tempts You More?

Sex, Cigarettes or Facebook - Which Tempts You More?

It’s no secret that Facebook holds a lot of interest for a great many people, but could it really be more arousing than sex? Apparently so, according to a group of researchers at Chicago University’s Booth Business School, who claim that the social media site is also more tempting than the baddest of naughty vices -  cigarettes. The study, led by Wilhelm Hofmann, saw researchers use Blackberry phones to log and analyze reports of more than 250 participants’ desires and yearnings over a period of seven days. Hofmann said that he was startled to find that the urge to interact via likes,... more »
HortonWorks' New President Accelerates Analytics Momentum

HortonWorks' New President Accelerates Analytics Momentum

Last year Yahoo spun off a sizable portion of its analytics team under a new name: Hortonworks. The startup has since expanded its services portfolio with the launch of the HortonWorks Data Platform, its very own Apache Hadoop distribution, and it’s not having a hard time finding new clients. This week the big data firm appointed Herb Cunitz as its president. The executive will be responsible for expanding worldwide operations and sales for Hortonworks, and he has all the right qualifications for the job. Prior to joining the company Cunitz served in several senior executive roles, including a tenure at VMware... more »
Isha Suri Posts Six Rules for Successful Big Data Marketing Strategy

Isha Suri Posts Six Rules for Successful Big Data Marketing Strategy

Wikibon and SiliconAngle contributor Isha Suri has posted six rules rules for a successful marketing strategy in the era of Big Data on Wikibon. The new data gathering and analysis technologies give marketers a powerful new toolset for developing strong, personalized, online marketing campaigns. But to do that they need to understand the basics of Big Data use and develop new data analysis skills. The most advanced, she says, can become data scientists themselves. Her rules are: Expand Your Data Sources: Big Data allows researchers to go beyond the limits of internally generated, structured data to capture large quantities of unstructured and... more »
IBM Introduces PureData System, Expands PureSystems Family for Data Demands

IBM Introduces PureData System, Expands PureSystems Family for Data Demands

IBM has expanded its PureSystems line of expert integrated systems by introducing PureData System that will help its clients to meet the ever-growing data application demands. Just like the PureSystems family, PureData offers built-in expertise, integration by design, and a simplified experience throughout its life cycle. The PureData systems have been designed to excel at three important tasks within enterprise computing that include business intelligence, near real-time data analysis, and online transactional processing. PureData System is available in three workload-specific models optimized for transactional, operational and big data analytics, which will help clients to find simpler and more cost effective ways... more »
Trend Micro Identifies “lol profile” Malware Spreading via Skype as DORKBOT

Trend Micro Identifies “lol profile” Malware Spreading via Skype as DORKBOT

If you use Skype, you’ve likely been privy to an odd message coming from some of your contacts that says, “lol is this your new profile pic?” The explosion of this Trojan through various gaming communities was covered by SiliconANGLE earlier; but now Trend Micro’s malware labs have identified the malware as a variant of DORKBOT. Users of Trend Micro’s product are already protected from this sort of intruder and the company has detected and blocked more than 6,800 associated files since Sunday. The malware may have a silly name--but it has quite the sinister intent, so it's best to make sure... more »
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Battle of the Minis: Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs iPad Mini

Two tech giants are said to be releasing “mini” versions of their flagship devices, shaking up the market just before the holiday shopping season kicks in.  Samsung already confirmed that they’ll be unveiling the Galaxy SIII Mini or Mini Galaxy SIII tomorrow, but Apple is still keeping mum about the rumored iPad Mini. Though the Galaxy SIII Mini and the iPad Mini are different devices, they’re both mini versions of popular gadgets, so we thought it would be interesting to compare them. Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini vs. iPad Mini Some suggest that the Galaxy SIII Mini will have the same specifications as the... more »
IO Data Centers Grabs $90 Million To Advance Its Green Storage Solution

IO Data Centers Grabs $90 Million To Advance Its Green Storage Solution

Chicago-based investment firm New World Ventures has just dwarfed its largest ever investment into a startup, sinking a massive $90 million of funding into IO Data Centers. IO reportedly first asked for a ‘mere’ $75 million, but later had to increase its request in order to comply with its internal investor’s wishes. Somewhat surprisingly, New World Ventures decided that the investment would be well worth the gamble, before smashing its previous investment record of $50 million. Jon Mauck, CEO of IO, said that the company would put the money to good use, by expanding its research and development program and also increasing... more »
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3 Ways to Cut iPhone 5 Data Usage, Avert Overages

Unlimited data is a thing of the past for most smartphone users, and with the introduction of the iPhone 5 many AT&T users in particular are looking for ways to save on new data contracts.  We have an undeniable love affair with connected things, pushing data consumption to new heights with the rise of mobile technology.  And it's the carriers that come out the winners. In a report published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it seems more and more Australians are using their carrier subscription to connect to the internet rather than WiFi.  The report notes a 24 percent increase in... more »
Big Job Demands Around Big Data

Big Job Demands Around Big Data

If you happen to be a nerd who’s good with facts and figures, then your future employment prospects are looking good. Or at least, they will be if you’re happy to work in the Wall Street big data industry. Recruitment agency eFinancialCareers says that programming and development skills top the wish list of numerous Wall Street employers at the moment, driven by a desire to ramp up mobile-platform and big data development.  The agency noted that dozens of firms were currently on the lookout for programmers with experience in working with databases, with ‘programming languages and databases’ being by far and... more »
Windows 8 Needs To Change - Developers Demand Open Software Distribution

Windows 8 Needs To Change - Developers Demand Open Software Distribution

A battle is erupting between the world of developers and the emerging Windows 8 platform. At the root of the matter – a closed distribution system and what that means to application developers. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 ecosystem is designed with Microsoft as the sole distributor of software through its Windows Store. The provisions within official documentation exercise absolute control over software that will be included, raising lots of questions.  A rising call is emerging from developers for changes in Windows 8. A declaration put forward by Game Developer Casey Muratori of MollyRocket makes the case: “the closed distribution model of Windows... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- Ralph Finos

Public cloud is a disruptive technology changing the face of enterprise IT. By providing infrastructure services (IaaS), applications service (SaaS) and overall platform services (PaaS), cloud service providers are changing IT procurement from capital investment to operational expenditure, and allowing traditional IT to be by-passed. As the Internet of Things grows and as Internet data streams become a larger proportion of enterprise data processing, the locus of IT will shift closer to the cloud, and reduce the friction for IT adoption. Wikibon expects public clouds to comprise about one third of total enterprise IT spend by 2026. Wikibon expects that this move will significantly impact on traditional IT hardware and software vendors.