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QLogic’s Mt. Rainer Adapters Bring Flash into the Mix

QLogic’s Mt. Rainer Adapters Bring Flash into the Mix

Networking equipment maker QLogic unveiled Mt. Rainier, a host bus adapter technology that brings server-based caching to the SAN in the data center. It resides inside clustered or non-clustered servers and creates a scalable, shared SANcache that can be used by all the connected boxes. Mt. Rainer offers options that work with PCIe flash cards and industry standard SAS/SATA SSDs. The technology offers high-availability by providing users the ability to mirror data caches between two Mt. Rainer-powered adapter cards. You don’t need separate software for the caching agent/filter driver and flash card driver because QLogic’s standard driver and embedded caching intelligence manage the flash storage/caching while offloading the host CPU. Chris Humphrey, vice president... more »
SAP CEO Wants 1 Billion People to Use his Company’s Software

SAP CEO Wants 1 Billion People to Use his Company’s Software

SAP co-head Bill McDermott has big plans for his company as a whole. In a Churchill Club session at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, the chief executive said that SAP’s goal is to reach one billion users by 2015. One billion is a big number, and “all the people who would touch an SAP system” count. That includes users of its core BI solutions, as well as people who use software from SuccessFactors, Ariba, and other recent acquisitions. Also falling in these categories are mobile device owners whose carrier happens to leverage a Sybase SMS system, and even households served... more »
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Google+ is a Religious Experience: Guy Kawasaki’s New Book Goes to Print

By Saroj Kar and Kristen Nicole If you haven't joined Google+, it's time to get started. Guy Kawasaki has launched his latest eBook – What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us, in which he compares the new social network to Apple (in a very good way).  An original Apple employee, Kawasaki notes the accelerated development of Google+ and provides all the keys to making good use of this media outlet, complete with examples and screenshots. The new eBook is an easy read, entertaining as always, but more importantly, it will accompany you in the discovery of Google+'s often overlooked perks.... more »
Seesmic's the Latest Buy in Social Enterprise Gold Rush

Seesmic's the Latest Buy in Social Enterprise Gold Rush

HootSuite, the social media management system for brands, announced that they’ve acquired competitor Seesmic, a suite of freeware web, mobile, and desktop applications which allow users to simultaneously manage accounts for multiple social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. As part of the acquisition, HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes and Seesmic Founder Loïc Le Meur agreed that HootSuite will continue to support Seesmic, while transitioning business users to HootSuite’s larger social media management toolset.  Also, Seesmic users are encouraged to explore new tools, apps and features available at Twitter. “I have always had a lot of respect for Seesmic’s CEO, Loïc Le Meur... more »
Yet More Cloud Storage Options – This Time, From Russia With Love

Yet More Cloud Storage Options – This Time, From Russia With Love

Hot on the heels of Baidu’s new cloud storage offering, the Russian-language search engine Yandex has just announced the removal of the invitation-only policy for its Yandex.Disk cloud storage service. From now on, anyone wishing to sign up and get themselves up to 20GB of free storage can do so without having to beg one of their vodka-slurping friends for an invite. Yandex.Disk works much like Dropbox or Box, providing a convenient folder in the cloud for internet users who wish to upload, store and share files of different formats and sizes. Unlike physical storage systems, such as a hard drive... more »
Apple Patents New "Kill Switch" That can cut off your Smartphone from the Net

Apple Patents New "Kill Switch" That can cut off your Smartphone from the Net

There’s been plenty of fuss about Apple and all their patents recently, so how about this one to kick up a controversy? According to a report in ZDNet, the Cupertino-based company has just patented a newly developed technology that would allow the government and/or police to disable phone cameras and block the transmission of multimedia content from devices, including video, photos and other files, any time the authorities decide they want to. Essentially, what it means is that the powers that be will be able to access a “kill switch”, cutting off mobile devices from the rest of the net and preventing... more »
Stranger Than Fiction: Romney’s Tax Records Ransomed for Bitcoin

Stranger Than Fiction: Romney’s Tax Records Ransomed for Bitcoin

In what is probably the weirdest news to date involving Bitcoin, the favorite darling virtual currency, it looks as if an anonymous group has claimed to have pilfered Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax records and is demanding $1 million BTC to not unleash the information. According to an article today in CNN the group published their claim on Pastebin (a favorite source for hackers) including an almost Mission Impossible level of social engineering. "Using your office" in Franklin, Tennessee, the group tells PricewaterhouseCoopers in an online posting, "we were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the... more »
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Pentaho Reveals Key Big Data Drivers, Growth in Hadoop

Business analytics firm Pentaho released a list of the core trends that are propelling the big data phenomenon, at least according to the company’s own perspective. Pentaho also took the opportunity to boast a revenue increase of no less than 340 percent between the first and second quarter of this year, which easily qualifies it as one of the fastest growing analytics players in the market. Pentaho says that over 70 percent of the new customers in Q2 are deploying on Hadoop. The remaining 30 percent use NoSQL alternatives, mainly MongoDB and Cassandra, and purpose-build solutions from Greenplum and Vertica. The firm... more »
Money and Evolution to Blame for Mobile Malware's Global Spread

Money and Evolution to Blame for Mobile Malware's Global Spread

Lookout Mobile Security just published their State of Mobile Security 2012 report wherein trends in mobile malware were discussed. The report looked at key factors that contribute to the growing number of malware infecting devices, specifically those using the Android platform.  The top factors fueling malware creation are: money, the evolution of mobile devices, privacy issues, geographic location and the ever diversifying malware distribution techniques. Mo' money, mo' money, mo' money Money is important to everyone.  We work for money so that we can buy the things we need in order to survive and make our lives comfortable.  And this reason is also... more »
Ready for Some Football?  Social Media Readies for the NFL

Ready for Some Football? Social Media Readies for the NFL

The anticipated return of NFL football kicked off last tonight with a prime-time game that no doubt had high ratings with “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys and the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants.  This marks the opening of not only the football season, but the social brand season.  More than ever, the largest brands are using social means to get the word out about their product. Social campaigns are big business campaigns and we are seeing more and more integration within the game itself of a number of social tools.  From Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, to text messaging engagement,... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.