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Jason Mendenhall, executive vice president for cloud at Switch Communications, the collocation provider that operates the "ginormous" SuperNap data center in Las Vegas, says that Amazon Web Services is not growing at the expense of the enterprise market – quite the opposite. During this week’s Wikibon Peer Incite event, he discussed how the public cloud giant is disrupting the industry by pressuring the competition to differentiate. Mendenhall tells Wikibon’s Dave Vellante that “there is not going to be one cloud to rule them all”. Amazon is gaining a lot of traction in the enterprise, but many analysts believe that one size... more »
Gary Orenstein, senior vice president of products for Fusion-io, took some time off this week to chat with SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. The trio discussed flash, Big Data, and software-led infrastructure. Orenstein, a Cube alumnus, starts the discussion by providing an overview of the solid-state market. He explains how flash evolved from a niche market to a rapidly growing vertical buzzing with activity, and adds that the industry has reached a tipping point. Furrier picks up from Orenstein left off and brings up the topic of hyperscale. He details how enterprises are adopting scale-out, commodity infrastructure to eliminate... more »
In today’s NewsDesk roundup: There's a new, rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 in the works; Nokia’s Asha 210 attempts to dethrone BlackBerry in the QWERTY category; Huawei dropping out of the US mobile market; NYT videos no longer part of paywall; BitTorrent releases cloud-less storage app; Senate puts CISPA on hold; Netflix’s new Family Plan; iPad users get Fiber app; and iPad sales helped Apple earn profits. Rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 in the works The next iteration of the Samsung Galaxy S4 may already be on the way. A ruggedized S4 will be released in the coming months. The new variant would be... more »
Michael Dell's quest to buyback his company continues with recent developments regarding private equity firms and their unwillingness to participate in a process called "go-shopping." Go-shopping is a period after a deal is announced in which the target company, in this case Dell, shops around to see if there are any other bidders. Go-shops were first used in private equity buyouts that demanded exclusive negotiations. The board agrees to the exclusivity, but with the caveat that it gets a period of time when alternative bids can be solicited. This step assures the board that the company will be sold to the... more »
As the initial CIO skepticism about cloud services fades and ITOs start looking for the advantages of cloud, writes Scott Lowe in his latest Wikibon Alert, “The CIO and the Cloud: Embrace, Extend, Innovate”, they should consider Big Data Analytics as an early use case. However, they should be careful about “platform sprawl”, the 21st century equivalent of “server sprawl”, and apply strong governance practices from the start. In an Alert inspired by the April 23 Peer Incite discussion on the impact of cloud services in general and Amazon specifically on the IT organization, Lowe writes that CIOs have no lack... more »
VMware posted its first-quarter earnings, which showed a 9.3 percent decline despite realignment charges. Though its services revenue and core earnings improved, shares fell 6.8 percent to $70.80 after hours, as the company lowered its full-year revenue guidance and offered weak estimates for the second quarter. Joining Kristin Feledy to provide his Breaking Analysis in this morning’s NewsDesk is Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman. Miniman explains that though VMware is still profitable, because it is restructuring, it lowered future estimates, which is never perceived well by investors. But it should be noted that cutting down estimates was due to the fact that... more »
The Samsung Galaxy S4 received so much attention when it was unveiled mostly because of its Jedi-like gesture-control features. The question now is, is the device living up to the hype? It's all an illusion . First off, Samsung dropped the use of Roman numerals, so instead of finding ‘SIV’ at the back, there’s an ‘S4’ printed on the back cover. The S4 looks a lot like the SIII. Some say it’s a bad thing, but others see this as another opportunity for Samsung to capitalize on the success of the SIII. “At first the "inspired by nature" motif made sense with the rounded appearance... more »
Enterprise developers and data scientists often build small proofs-of-concept for Big Data analysis projects, involving relatively small subsets of enterprise data, on public cloud platforms. But when those pan out, the development team builds the production-level system in-house. That makes sense when most or all of the data is generated in-house, but it may be adding unnecessary cost when large amounts of third-party data that originates in the Cloud is merged with corporate data, writes Jeff Kelly in his latest Wikibon Peer Incite. In an analysis that comes out of the April 23 Peer Incite Meeting on the impact of cloud... more »
Wednesday, David Marcus, president of EBay Inc.'s PayPal unit, spoke to a Bloomberg interviewer on camera about mobile payment security and during the discussion commented—albeit briefly—on the position of the virtual currency Bitcoin. In the discussion, he mentioned his own fascination with the currency and that his company is “thinking about it” when it comes to including the currency on their rolls. You can watch the video over at Bloomberg, but here’s the salient section (from about 2:55): So I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at it, and it’s truly fascinating actually: the way that the currency’s been designed, and... more »
In the wake of the popularity of Raspberry Pi, here comes the yet-another-incarnation of the cheap single-board machine. The BeagleBone Black. Priced at $45, the BeagleBone Black competes directly with the Raspberry Pi. Though several new features and enhancements have been introduced in the new BeagleBone Black, the favorable element remains its price. The company has reduced the price to almost half as compared to previously $89 single board computer (SBC) makes the BeagleBone cheaper than most Arduino boards and marginally above the $25-$35 Raspberry Pi. Coming on the technical specifications, The BeagleBone Black's single-core processor grows up from the predecessor’s 720MHz... more »