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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 »
Huawei Problems Pile Up With More Complaints

Huawei Problems Pile Up With More Complaints

Under-fire Huawei and ZTE are attracting yet more negative press, this time in the form of a barrage of criticisms that has prompted even deeper investigation into the Chinese company’s business practices. Reuters is reporting that the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, which earlier this week warned US companies against doing business with the Chinese duo, labeling them as a potential security threat, has since received “dozens and dozens” of complaints. As a result, the committee is now said to be opening a second phase into its investigation. The exact nature of the complaints has not been revealed, although a committee source... more »
Bigger Bang for your Watt: Calxeda Aims for Ultra-Efficient Datacenter Chip

Bigger Bang for your Watt: Calxeda Aims for Ultra-Efficient Datacenter Chip

Calxeda is a four year old startup that delivers an alternative to traditional x6 server chips in the form of stripped down microprocessors that offer a much bigger bang for your watt. Last year the company debuted a quad core SoC that requires only 5 watts to run and uses a mere  tenth of that when idle. Calxeda says its silicon is ideal for parallel environments where data is being crunched on a massive scale, and the VCs took the bait. This week the chipmaker received $55 million from Austin Ventures, Vulcan Capital and existing investors, rounding out the total funding... more »
Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini Launches Tomorrow, Ahead of iPad mini

Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini Launches Tomorrow, Ahead of iPad mini

In today’s mobile news roundup: Samsung Galaxy SIII mini confirmed; iPad mini could be WiFi only; and new devices unveiled at MobileCon 2012. Samsung Galaxy SIII mini confirmed A week after Samsung sent out invites for an event on October 11, Samsung mobile chief JK Shin confirmed that the company will indeed unveil a mini version of the popular Galaxy SIII tomorrow.  The mini version will have a smaller screen, at 4 inches, but the technical specs are expected to be the same as the original version.  The reason for releasing a smaller version is because of the high demand in European... more »
BYOD Will Fundamentally Change How We See the Cloud

BYOD Will Fundamentally Change How We See the Cloud

Krishnan Subramanian, the CEO of research firm Rishidot, took some time off during the Intel Developers Forum to discuss his take on the cloud and what we can expect to see next from this booming industry. He shared his vision with SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier in this interview (full video below). Subramanian says that for him two things stood out at the conference: abstraction and mobile computing. Addressing the latter point first, the analyst believes that trends such as BYOD are going change the way things are done in the enterprise on a very fundamental level. He goes into more detail about... more »
HP Unveils New Parallel Machine Amidst Analyst Concerns

HP Unveils New Parallel Machine Amidst Analyst Concerns

Hewlett-Packard's just unveiled the new X9730, a scale-out file server that rivals similar systems from EMC Isilon and DataDirect Networks. The new product, which according to HP runs three times faster than the previous generation, is based largely on the technology the vendor acquired through the 2009 IBRIX buyout. The X9730 consists of two ProLiant BL460c G7 servers, ProLiant BL460c G7 servers and 70 3.5-inch hard disk drive slots that can power up to 3 terabytes of capacity, or accommodate two terabytes’ worth of 7,200rpm SAS drives. A single IBRIX-powered resource pool can scale up to 16 petabytes, and can include any product... more »
QLogic Unveils New Backward Compatible 10GbE Adapter

QLogic Unveils New Backward Compatible 10GbE Adapter

QLogic announced the latest addition to its 3200 Series Ethernet adapter portfolio. The new QLE3242-R is a dual-port 10GB solution that uses twisted pair cabling to convey transmissions: it’s the first of its kind belonging to the 3200 Series line-up, which before only included support for R optics, LR optics and twinax copper. The new adapter is based on the still-in-development 10GBASE-T standard and is backward compatible with Gigabit Ethernet switch ports, which means less work for enterprises migrating to 10GbE. The QLE3242-R supports NIC partitioning via VMflex, and gives admins the ability to allocate bandwidth to individual virtual partitions – there can... more »
Five Biggest Milestones In The History of Big Data

Five Biggest Milestones In The History of Big Data

‘Information overload’ has become one of most often-repeated mantras of our time. Books are being digitized, newspapers and magazines now make up just a fraction of today’s media, augmented as it is by wave after wave of tweets and blog posts, and all the while the gadgets we use to keep up with this digital frenzy become increasingly complex. Some might complain about the digital revolution - but there’s no denying the immense impact it’s had on our lives. With experts claiming that as much as 90% of all the information in existence is less than two years old, everyone and... more »

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- 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.

- 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.