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TRILL and Brocade Prove Central to 300% Annual Growth for IaaS Vendor

TRILL and Brocade Prove Central to 300% Annual Growth for IaaS Vendor

Denver-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider PeakColo may not have the name recognition of Amazon and Google in the marketplace, but with 300% annual growth, it has the market mojo to challenge these market leaders. PeakColo's spectacular growth is the direct product of its localized market strategy combined with its close relationships with its key vendors – VMware, NetApp and Brocade Networks. While the big name IaaS companies provide generic infrastructure services worldwide from a few central data centers, PeakColo works with managed service providers (MSAs) and value-added resellers (VARs) who build customized systems on top of PeakColo's core infrastructure to meet the... more »
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Accenture Boosts Pharma Business with Octagon Buy

IT consultancy Accenture has expanded its presence in the healthcare market with the acquisition of Octagon Research Solutions, a company that deals with clinical data management and offers regulatory services.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Octagon employs a staff of 380, and has a fairly impressive portfolio under its belt.  It’s the fifth largest user of the FDA’s electronic submission gateway and collaborates with the agency on the development of clinical data conversion and training standards. The firm also maintains active relationships with other authorities as well. “We believe that the timing is perfect for this acquisition as our clients... more »
Most Professionals Aren't Smart Enough for Big Data

Most Professionals Aren't Smart Enough for Big Data

Today, companies see social networking and big data as an opportunity to develop their business.  But before embarking on a promising big data strategy, a company must educate itself on the value of social media and big data analytics. Companies need to integrate the power of big data and social media, and then use it to their benefit instead of fighting the ongoing resistance of retaining staff and improving customer experiences. Teradata, the analytic data solutions company, and Mzinga, a leader in social intelligence solutions, services, and analytics for business, recently released a report exploring the use of social technologies and... more »
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How Big Data Helps African Youth Shape the Future of Their Continent: Q&A with Appfrica Founder Jon Gosier

As a data scientist, social entrepreneur, and founder of data analysis startup, MetaLayer, Jon Gosier aims to make complex technological knowledge, once reserved for specialists, accessible to a broad audience. MetaLayer's simple interface offers "Drag and Drop Data Science" to organizations and individuals like journalists, data analysts and NGO researchers who may lack staff or funding for costly data analysis. Gosier is used to big innovative thinking as the founder of Appfrica and organizer of the annual Apps4Africa competition, which has given away approximately $100,000 in cash prizes to African developers addressing local problems. In this interview, Gosier discusses MetaLayer's origins and how the... more »
Jaspersoft, DataStax Set Out to Make Cassandra Easier

Jaspersoft, DataStax Set Out to Make Cassandra Easier

Jaspersoft is a maker of BI tools that enables business users interact with their organization’s big data. This technology will be integrated with DataStax Enterprise, a platform that’s built on top of the Cassandra Hadoop database: it lets users search, analyze and manage data in real time, but up until now you pretty much needed a PhD to manage it all. The two companies are collaborating to create a connector that will couple DataStax’s solution with the reporting capabilities and dashboards that Jaspersoft offers. “Jaspersoft is delighted to partner with DataStax to provide rich reporting and analytics for Cassandra,” said Karl Van... more »
Tintri Targets SIs, Services with New Partner Program

Tintri Targets SIs, Services with New Partner Program

Tintri offers a VM-enabled NAS solution that is partially based on flash, specifically optimized to run in virtualized environments.  Today the startup launched the Tintri Lightning Partner Program, which offers more incentives to the channel in hope of luring in more partners. The program is designed for resellers and distributors, but SIs and services providers that sign up receive equal access to the all goodies. Tintri is offering a partner portal, co-marketing, training and technical support as well as other types of business development boosters. Investment partners are rewarded through an “efficient deal registration process.” Tintri says that 60 percent of its... more »
eBay Using OpenStack Open Source Cloud and Nicira For Dev/Test

eBay Using OpenStack Open Source Cloud and Nicira For Dev/Test

The OpenStack open source cloud platform has a major e-commerce backer in its corner, now that eBay's gone public with details of its implementation, as InfoWorld reports. Of special note: Even though eBay is using OpenStack specifically as an exit strategy from the VMware ecosystem, the auction site is using Nicira - recently acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion - for network virtualization. As InfoWorld reports, eBay is using OpenStack for "a high-volume dev, test, and experimentation environment where apps are created for eBay Marketplaces." And while eBay's use is fairly minimal at the moment, we can expect their implementation to... more »
MapR Partners with Nimbula to Bring Hadoop to the Private Cloud

MapR Partners with Nimbula to Bring Hadoop to the Private Cloud

MapR is joining forces with software startup Nimbula to get its Hadoop distribution running in the private cloud, and there are a few solid very reasons why it decided to go with this particular firm. Nimbula was founded by Chris Pinkham and Willem Van Biljon, the two technologists who led the development team that created Amazon EC2, and has been listed by Fortune as "one of three cloud properties ready to burst." The startup dubs itself as a cloud OS company, and its flagship offering is Nimbula Director, a platform that helps with the deployment and administration of IaaS in enterprise environments. It achieves... more »
How we do Big Data to Compute for the Large Hadron Collider

How we do Big Data to Compute for the Large Hadron Collider

We have seen Big Data utilized for several big computing applications, and it will now serve for computing for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It’s because the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is facing a tough challenge in the discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs Boson. CERN has to keep the Large Hadron Collider online for several months, in order to complete this discovery, but this is going to have huge computing needs. They need to collect a lot of event data to have a statistical chance of seeing the same outcome enough times to prove that... more »
VMware Could Launch Project Octopus Later This Month

VMware Could Launch Project Octopus Later This Month

VMware debuted Project Octopus  back in April. The service is the result of a joint effort between the virtualization kingpin and EMC Mozy, and is touted as “Dropbox for the enterprise.” Until now we only knew what it is, but today Bill Bliss, the head of VMware’s end user product development, hinted that that it may launch at the VMworld conference his company is holding from Aug 26-30. He also disclosed a few other details about the actual product and how it will be offered. Project Octopus, a temporary name that will expire once it rolls out of the development stage, will... more »

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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.

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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.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.