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NTT DoCoMo Offers Instant Phone Call Translation

NTT DoCoMo Offers Instant Phone Call Translation

The ability to speak a foreign language is a highly prized skill in today’s globalized world, what with cultures and peoples mixing more freely now than at any other time in history. Particularly in a business sense, being able to converse with foreigners is essential for anyone who wants to get ahead of the game. But things may not always be this way - or at least, they won’t be if the new translation application from Japanese firm NTT DoCoMo is anything like as good as the company claims. Starting from next week, NTT DoCoMo plan to introduce a new service to... more »
Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 8

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 8

The official launch of Windows 8 is just around the corner and many are wondering if it would be wise to upgrade to the new Microsoft software.  Not everyone is aware of the features for Windows 8 so before the big day comes, we are giving you a heads up of what to expect from the new OS, highlighting the top 5 features we expect will help Windows 8 stand out. Quick Boot It features a faster startup through a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), which is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware.  Aside from... more »
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California Theater Already Set for Apple's iPad Mini Event

In today’s mobile news roundup: Apple decorates California Theater for October 23 event; serious leaks for Google's upcoming Android event; Motorola offers $100 rebate if you want to upgrade to a Jelly Bean smartphone; and RIM CIO reassures BlackBerry enterprise users. Apple decorates California Theater for October 23 event Invites for the October 23 Apple event were sent out last week, kicking up the rumor mill a few notches.  The event will start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern and will be held at San Jose’s historic downtown California Theater.  The venue hasn’t been used by Apple for years--the last... more »
Google Under Attack: Battered By Brazil and the EU

Google Under Attack: Battered By Brazil and the EU

It hasn’t been the best of weekends for Google, with the search engine giant suddenly finding itself backed into a corner by angry publishers in both Brazil and the EU. Google’s biggest problem seems to be in South America, where it’s made an enemy of Brazil’s mass media. Claiming that Google’s news service is costing them traffic, more than 100 of the top Brazilian newspapers and media outlets have joined forces and declared that they’re going to block Google News from using their content from now on. Brazil’s National Association of Newspapers (ANJ), a grouping of some 154 publications, unanimously agreed to... more »
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This Week in Big Data: SAP’s Big Push, Microsoft and Hadoop

This week features several notable updates, including SAP’s decision to roll out its HANA in-memory database to the cloud. The BI giant launched the HANA Cloud portfolio this week, a set of different services for developers and enterprises that are all based on the analytics platform. SAP’s new PaaS line-up covers app and databases services, including NetWeaver Cloud, an option tailored specifically for Java applications. What really stands out is the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, a scaled-down implementation that runs on Amazon and gives users 32GB to play with for a modest fee of $3.49 an hour. The firm is promoting its big data... more »
This Week in the Cloud: OpenStack, Xbox Music and The Pirate Bay

This Week in the Cloud: OpenStack, Xbox Music and The Pirate Bay

OpenStack, the open-source cloud operating system, was a major highlight this week, alongside a couple of updates from the digital content streaming space. First up is ComodIT, which rolled out support for the Rackspace Open Cloud. This public cloud environment is one of the first of in the industry to have been built on OpenStack, and Rackspace has not been shy about boasting its advantages. The web host touts greater flexibility,  improved provisioning and advanced self-service capabilities – a list of pros that’s very similar to ComodIT’s. The European start-up offers an IT-as-a-Service solution that rounds out the Open Cloud rather neatly,... more »
HP’s New Server, Latest Client Win

HP’s New Server, Latest Client Win

Hewlett-Packard has been very active in the data center this week. The company unveiled a new server product that's expected to blow its predecessor out of the water, and released a backup and recovery case study. The  HP ProLiant DL380 Gen8 runs on two of Intel’s Sandy Bridge-based Xeon E5-2600 processors, which have a combined total of eight compared to the six that came with Gen7. The new DL380 comes with up to 768GB of RAM; it can support multiple types of random access memory and storage controllers; and has an acceptable variety of drive bays and ports. Another update from HP... more »
DevOps Live Event to Kick Start on October 20, 2012

DevOps Live Event to Kick Start on October 20, 2012

In recent times, DevOps has become a pretty much popular term, especially those working in an IT-centric company. But for those who are still not familiar with it, the DevOps Live Event would be a great place to start. This half-day conference is going to kick start on Saturday, October 20, and will address the questions like why is DevOps important and how it is revolutionizing the IT industry. Initiated by Mid-Cities DevOps, the DevOps Live event will allow participants explore trends in open source, automatic deployment and management tools, and new initiatives in programming language design and innovation. Besides live, it... more »
Google Q3 Snafu Shines Light on Troubled Mobile Business

Google Q3 Snafu Shines Light on Troubled Mobile Business

On Thursday, Google’s stocks declined by 9 percent when their printer, RR Donnelley, published their third quarter financial report four hours earlier than scheduled.  The Q3 report stated that Google’s profit was at $2.18 billion, down from last year’s $2.73 billion. “Earlier this morning RR Donnelley, the financial printer, informed us that they had filed our draft 8K earnings statement without authorization,” Google said in a statement after the untimely release.  “We have ceased trading on NASDAQ while we work to finalize the document. Once it’s finalized we will release our earnings, resume trading on NASDAQ and hold our earnings call... more »
Users Rate Data Growth Tops in Sleepless Night Category

Users Rate Data Growth Tops in Sleepless Night Category

What IT issues give CIOs the most sleepless nights? Vendors seem to think that the Cloud, mobile, and social computing are the top concerns of IT. But a Wikibon/ServicesAngle survey of 216 IT professionals found that “data growth” and “excessive data growth” actually lead the list of specific issues, with related issues such as security, data protection, and compliance also on the list. Cloud, mobile, and social are further down the list. The views of business leaders towards data have changed dramatically from seeing it as a constraint on business to recognizing the potential to find competitive advantage in Big Data... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.