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AWS and hyperspecialization: the more the better

AWS and hyperspecialization: the more the better

Infrastructure is the secret to Amazon’s cloud dominance, so naturally the company has kept quiet about it. But last month at re:Invent 2013, vice president James Hamilton, an early advocate of commodity hardware who helped architect Microsoft’s data centers, opened up about the technologies that enable AWS to disrupt the economics of IT at petabyte scale. In his latest article, Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stu Miniman separates the signal from the noise for the enterprise CIO. Facebook, a hyperscale pioneer, has standardized its massive environment on a set of five internally-developed server configurations optimized for maximum efficiency. Amazon takes a different... more »
Amazon chooses Cloudera for stream analytics

Amazon chooses Cloudera for stream analytics

Amazon has added support for Cloudera’s open source Impala project to its cloud-based Hadoop distro as part of a push to help customers gain faster insight into their growing troves of unstructured information. Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) had previously only worked with Hive, an abstracted warehousing layer that Facebook cooked up back in 2009 to accommodate fast moving social networking data. Like Hive, Impala uses a dialect of SQL to let users run ad hoc queries against their clusters without having to learn new technologies or get bogged down in the complexity of MapReduce. The software provides significantly higher performance for... more »
HP and Broadcom innovate with open standards | #HPDiscover

HP and Broadcom innovate with open standards | #HPDiscover

Jerome Riboloun of HP and Greg Scherer, the vice president of server and storage strategy at Broadcom, hopped into theCUBE at last week’s Discover summit to discuss SDN with Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante. Hewlett-Packard recently upgraded its server lineup with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors and added portfolio-wide support for some of the more advanced networking capabilities available with Broadcom’s adapter chipsets, Riboloun says. The updates accelerate virtual workloads and complement HP’s FlexLOM LAN on motherboard offering. “The FlexLOM capability, or the FLR and FLB capability for rack versus the blade environment, all that capability really plays in so nicely now into... more »
Google snags another Microsoft engineer

Google snags another Microsoft engineer

Google is planning something huge, as to what it is, no one really has any idea, but it probably has something to do with machines, natural language processing, and wearable technology, if its new hire is to be scrutinized. Google has just poached Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a star engineer and software designer, from Microsoft, where he previously worked on a variety of projects including augmented reality and wearable computing.  Though it hasn’t been officially announced,  Agüera y Arcas has already confirmed that he's left the company to go to work at Google.  No news yet as to what he will... more »
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HP helps ExactTarget run faster with flash | #HPDiscover

Hewlett-Packard’s Vish Mulchand and Pete Robinson, a storage manager at ExactTarget, dropped by theCUBE at HP Discover to share how the Salesforce subsidiary is leveraging the 3PAR StoreServ 7450 all-flash array to provide better quality of service for its end-users. The Indiana-based ExactTarget sells digital marketing software that enables companies to engage their customers across multiple channels, including social media, email and mobile. The firm is a long-time 3PAR customer that prioritizes simplicity and robustness, features that Mulchand says his firm delivers by removing the tradeoffs associated with implementing flash in traditional storage architectures. The resulting manageability is a major selling... more »
HP hyperscale director on the converged data center | #HPDiscover

HP hyperscale director on the converged data center | #HPDiscover

Hewlett-Packard is bringing high-density computing into the enterprise mainstream, John Gromala, the company’s senior director of hyperscale product management, told theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante at last week’s HP Discover summit. At the core of the hardware maker’s strategy is Moonshot, a line of low-power servers designed to help customers operate their data centers more efficiently at scale. The product family, especially the proliant SL2500 and SL4500 configurations, have drawn a tremendous amount of interest from enterprise customers with data-intensive workloads like Hadoop, Gromala says. The latter model can be ordered with as many as sixty drives, providing two... more »
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HP Vertica boss on Big Data and innovation | #HPDiscover

In his latest appearance on theCUBE at last week’s Discover summit in Barcelona, Colin Mahony, VP and GM of HP Vertica, shared how the database maker fits into Hewlett-Packard’s analytics strategy. After being acquired by HP in March 2011, Vertica gained access to hardware, service expertise and channel resources that enabled it to expand into global markets, Mahoney tells hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante. The buyout also helped the firm make gains against traditional vendors with disruptive capabilities like Hadoop integration and Flex Zone, a recently introduced feature that makes it significantly easier for customers to store different types of... more »
Rumor: China really hates Bitcoin

Rumor: China really hates Bitcoin

The rollercoaster ride that is the Bitcoin market took a deep dive yesterday following yet another bombshell out of China – this time round, the People's Bank of China has been rumored to consider banned third-party payment companies from doing business with Bitcoin exchanges. Bitcoin prices fell by around 30% on hearing the news, which was first reported by Coindesk.com and later confirmed in a tweet by Bill Bishop, the editor of the Sinocism newsletter and a New York Times contributor. There is still some speculation regarding the authenticity of these reports, but if they do turn out to be true,... more »
No more metadata for you: US judge orders NSA to stop spying on people's calls

No more metadata for you: US judge orders NSA to stop spying on people's calls

In what looks to be a major setback for the NSA's mass surveillance of telephone metadata, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has ordered the spy agency to stop collecting U.S. citizen's mobile phone records, and to destroy the files it already holds. Judge Leon's ruling comes in the wake of a case brought against the U.S. Government by an individual named Larry Klayman, who sued it following revelations about the NSA's surveillance from whistleblower Edward Snowden, reports Politico magazine. According to Judge Leon, the NSA's bulk collection of telephone metadata is unconstitutional, and it should desist immediately. Judge Leon then ordered... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: IT automation and virtualization

ServiceNow is doing its part to move the public cloud deeper into the traditional enterprise with an online ITSM platform that consolidates traditional IT silos into an easily manageable and highly automated single system of record. Last week the firm broadened its value proposition with a new tool that aims to change the way customers manage their data centers. Configuration Automation helps companies enforce governance policies by automatically initiating the relevant processes when an update is logged to the ServiceNow Configuration Management Database or requested via the Service Catalog. The tool provides advanced provisioning capabilities that enable users to ensure... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.