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Microsoft Plays Nice with Azure for iOS: An Open Road for a Mobile Future

In August Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president in the Microsoft Developer Division, announced the Windows Azure Mobile Services which is a new capability of Windows Azure that “makes it incredibly easy to connect a scalable cloud backend to your client and mobile applications.” It allows users to easily store structured data in the cloud that can span both devices and users, integrate it with user authentication, as well as send out updates to clients via push notifications. Yesterday, Guthrie announced the delivery of a number of improvements to the Windows Azure Mobile Services, such as iOS support which enables developers to... more »
Malware Problem on the Rise, Hospitals Suffer “Rampant” Infections

Malware Problem on the Rise, Hospitals Suffer “Rampant” Infections

With the proliferation of highly computerized and networked systems for healthcare, it’s not unexpected that they’re opening themselves up to new vectors for invasion of privacy—including the automated type presented by malware. Worse, medical information is confidential and valuable to bad people, not to mention that malware on sensitive medical equipment could lead to serious injuries. On this subject, Kevin Fu, a leading expert on medical-device security and computer science at the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts says the problem of medical malware is clearly on the rise. According to an article run in MIT’s Technology Review, the... more »
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Visually Launches Marketplace: Create, Share Infographics

Conventional wisdom rarely steers you astray, and in Visually's case, a picture really is worth a thousand words. The web service for sharing, creating and discovering visual infographics, is building on its success as a network for data nerds, launching the Marketplace we first caught wind of earlier this year. Who doesn't like to indulge in reading all kinds of data with visually appealing graphics, icons, and explanations, short and sweet, and to the point? Whether they are infographics, visualizations of information or data representation schemes - all depends on designers, statistics and the various schools of thought. Now, the company is taking... more »
Agile Remains Fragile with Communication as the Biggest Challenge [Infographic]

Agile Remains Fragile with Communication as the Biggest Challenge [Infographic]

A survey conducted by Serena Software has revealed that whilst projects using Agile are working well, they could be much better and some of the biggest challenges include upsteam and downstream communication. The Agile 2012 survey, whose results were announced at the Agile2012 conference shows that development teams have coalesced on key agile practices, but lack of communication with customers, operations and other development teams is the biggest threat to agile success. Some of the key findings of the Serena survey include customer satisfaction, agile adoption, and continuous delivery cycle in the organization. Customer satisfaction showed that 52% of customers were happy... more »
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Is Your Infrastructure Ready to Go Mobile?

According to The International Telecommunication Union, there were six billion mobile subscriptions at the end of 2011 - enough subscriptions for 87 percent of the earth’s population to have cell service. The Associated Press reported on Feb 9, 2011, for the first time ever, smartphones out sold PCs. Morgan Stanley asserts that this year, over half of network devices will ship without a wired port.     Mobile adoption has transformed how society plays, communicates and accesses information. The impacts of mobility extend beyond consumers right into the workplace. Employees don’t want to abandon phones and apps at the doors of the office. Businesses... more »
The Pirate Bay Moves to the Cloud, Unbeknown to Cloud Providers

The Pirate Bay Moves to the Cloud, Unbeknown to Cloud Providers

After the much publicized and heavily criticized takedown of the controversial, celebrity-endorsed Megaupload, The Pirate Bay drastically changed their web site to circumvent censorship attempts from all arms of the law.  Many wanted TPB to be taken down, especially the movie industry, claiming that they are losing billions of dollars because of piracy. TPB even stated that they were planning of hosting parts of their site in GPS-controlled drones instead of data centers, which are vulnerable to raids and shut downs from authorities.  Hosting their files above ground is explained simply as something they need to do, as staying in the... more »
SAP Digs into PaaS with HANA Cloud

SAP Digs into PaaS with HANA Cloud

SAP announced HANA Cloud at its TechEd gathering in Last Vega this week.  The new services suite is based on the company’s in-memory database technology and offers advantages to a wide variety of users, from Java devs to enterprise that want to take HANA on a test run before making a big financial commitment. The HANA Cloud Umbrella includes AppServices and DBServices, two very self-explanatory options for developers working on data-driven apps. These are joined by NetWeaver Cloud, a platform dedicated to Java apps that competes with Salesforce’s Heroku. SAP chief technology officer Vishal Sikka boasted that his firm’s platform scales... more »
Cisco Announces Free OpenStack Distribution

Cisco Announces Free OpenStack Distribution

Cisco has just rolled out the free distribution of OpenStack, the open source cloud management platform, where it will package other services, including virtual networking and high-availability features, on top of its distribution. As Cisco becomes a fast growing member of the OpenStack Foundation, this steps shows its commitment to keep evolving as a member. The same was announced at the OpenStack Summit this week at the semi-annual OpenStack Summit held in San Diego. Cisco has also made its Nexus switches compatible with Quantum – the new feature of Folsom (latest version of the OpenStack code) that allows for virtual networking... more »
Yellowstone Supercomputer Goes Online To Tackle Climate Change

Yellowstone Supercomputer Goes Online To Tackle Climate Change

Today’s a big day for the engineers at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, who have just begun powering up the world’s newest kick-ass supercomputer for the first time. Known as the ‘Yellowstone’, the new 1.5 petaflop, IBM-made supercomputer has been designed to tackle a hugely ambitious agenda of experiments and calculations that could help scientists improve their understanding of some of the most destructive natural forces in the world - tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. Yellowstone isn’t the most powerful supercomputer in the world - that honor still belongs to Sequoia at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, but it... more »
Google's Data Centers Serve Up A Virtual Feast For The Eyes

Google's Data Centers Serve Up A Virtual Feast For The Eyes

Given its status as the owner of the world’s biggest search engine, not to mention the dozens of other web services that it provides, Google has gathered up quite a lot of data since it first went into business in 1998. To store all of that data it’s collected, it’s had to develop some of the largest and most advanced data centers known to man, and now, for the first time, it’s welcoming everyone inside to have a good look around. Google’s virtual tour of its data center in Lenoir, NC, is pretty interesting, given the fact that at one time... more »

Premium Research

- 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.