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Study: Virtualization and Data Recovery Don’t Always Mix

Study: Virtualization and Data Recovery Don’t Always Mix

Forty percent of companies that store information in a virtualized environment have suffered data loss in the last 12 months, a new study published by Kroll Ontrack concludes. The data protection specialist surveyed more than 700 enterprises to determine whether virtualization is as reliable as VMware would have you believe. Kroll found that 84 percent of enterprises utilize virtual storage, and one in three have already virtualized at least 75 percent their IT infrastructure. Fifty two percent of the respondents said that virtualization decreases the risk data loss, while 28 percent said that that the technology has no impact on data... more »
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What's Next for Big Data? 5 Techies Share Their Visions

Big Data is a compounding phenomenon: as more data is produced each second, more ways to collect, analyze and monetize that data are unearthed.  Understanding Big Data has helped companies, brands and retailers, determine what to do next in order to make clients happy.  But countless challenges remain in managing that data, and the luster of Big Data as a savior to the world's problems has lost its shine. No longer a buzzword, Big Data is becoming more deeply integrated with the underlying infrastructure of systems that collect and control disparate data sets, leaving us at a loss with what to... more »
DBAs Must Virtualize the Databases They Manage, Says EMC | #oow13

DBAs Must Virtualize the Databases They Manage, Says EMC | #oow13

Anne McClure, CTO of Global Database Technologies at EMC, discussed database virtualization with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the 2013 edition of Oracle OpenWorld this week. "We've been focused on the Vblock," McClure said,  the specialized system for high performance database workloads. Mentioning she has been in the database world for over two decades, McClure explained that databases "have gotten very large and you have to deal with that." The last thing to virtualize in the data center is the database. "We've worked with Oracle with our replication technology, and we also do tiering," she added, referring to the... more »
Data and Content as a Platform + Big Data, Big Content, Big Value | #oow13

Data and Content as a Platform + Big Data, Big Content, Big Value | #oow13

Steve Karam, Data and Content Technologist with John Wiley & Sons, was invited by John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, for a very inspiring talk about... books.  The interview took place during our live coverage of Oracle OpenWorld this week. In a world where books are being digitized, content is now being used to explore new data types. Aware of his pioneering status, Karam was more than willing to share his vision on this particular use of data in order to drive new users and authors. "With big data come new business models and new innovations, and it's all about access... more »
Oxygen Cloud Breathes Through Nirvanix Challenges #OOW13

Oxygen Cloud Breathes Through Nirvanix Challenges #OOW13

In their ongoing coverage of Oracle Open world 2013, John Furrier spoke with Leo Leung, VP of Product Marketing for Oxygen Cloud in theCUBE. Oxygen Cloud had several joint customers using the now defunct Nirvanix as the storage underneath Oxygen. The three discuss Oxygen Cloud’s developments over the year and responses to joint customers affected by the Nirvanix closing and what the shutdown reveals about risk with cloud. Leung sees the space around cloud and storage is maturing. Oxygen hasn’t focused so much on growth this year according to Leung. Rather, the company has placed emphasis on enhancing options for use-cases... more »
MapR Supercharges HBase with M7 Update

MapR Supercharges HBase with M7 Update

Simplifying queries is a top priority for Hadoop vendors, and MapR is no exception. The company is leading the charge with its M7 distribution, which wraps a distributed file system around HBase, an open source NoSQL database that runs atop the HDFS storage layer, to make it easier for users to consume information. MapR announced on Wednesday that it has enhanced M7 to deliver four to ten times greater throughput while eliminating latency spikes. The company claims that its software now maintains less than 20 milliseconds of latency “across various workloads,” most notably traditional enterprise apps that have historically utilized relational... more »
Oracle + EMC : Customers are "betting mission-critical business" on Joint Tech | #oow13

Oracle + EMC : Customers are "betting mission-critical business" on Joint Tech | #oow13

From the Moscone Center in San Francisco, John Furrier and Stu Miniman continue to broadcast theCUBE interviews during Day 2 of Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Their guest, Dorian Naveh, Senior Director Technology Alliances with EMC, described the event as a culmination of 15 years of strong partnership. "It's a long-standing, very collaborative, complex partnership," said Naveh. For Naveh, Oracle OpenWorld is a celebration of all the work EMC and Oracle do together. "We've evolved into this strong partnership with Oracle that's founded upon innovation, a lot of deep integration into the database, into the applications layer, where we really wrap our portfolio around... more »
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Treat Your Earbuds with Fashion-Forward Headsets + More Smart Devices

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features a cool new Bluetooth headset, a smart way of monitoring your baby, and a fun way to digitize board games.  Plus, a new crowdfunding site to help projects get the backing and mentor support they need. Deka   We often see people wearing Bluetooth headsets, walking around and talking to "themselves", looking something like a droid.  They all have this black, elongated device sticking out of their ears.  Don’t you wish there was a way to make these Bluetooth headsets less obvious and more fashionable? Now you can, with Deka.  It’s equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 technology, an HD speaker,... more »
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Big Data Funded by the Millions : Here's 3 Ways to Turn Data Science into Business

Academia.edu continues to make scientific research a more open and networked practice, raising $11.1 million in Series B funding from Khosla Ventures, Spark Capital and True Ventures today. According to AllThingsD, we learned that the San Francisco-based company now has 4.5 million registered researchers and eight million monthly visitors. Reiterating the growing interest in data-driven startups is ResearchGate, which recently raised a $35 million Series C round. Hello Big Data. The more data science receives funding, the more this trend presents a business opportunity. The true hidden gem of data science is storytelling, and the ability to extrapolate data to tell a story... more »
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Huddle Hot on the Heels of Microsoft SharePoint with Content Connector

Huddle is going after SharePoint with a new connector that lets organizations move content to the cloud without bringing in outside talent to handle the migration. The London-based collaboration provider says that unlike Microsoft’s platform, its service empowers workers to share and access documents “when on the move with their enterprise ecosystem of customers, partners and contractors.” The Huddle Content Connector sports a drag and drop interface that makes it particularly easy for SharePoint users to abandon Team Sites and shared drives. Organizations that are hesitant to make a full switch can use the connector to layer Huddle over their on-premise... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.