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sqrrl Cozies Up to Big Data Elephants Hortonworks and MapR

sqrrl Cozies Up to Big Data Elephants Hortonworks and MapR

sqrrl is collecting Big Data partners almost as fast as an actual squirrel collects nuts. Today, the Cambridge, Mass.-based start-up behind Accumulo, an open source NoSQL database with a focus on security and scalability, announced a new relationship with Hadoop distribution vendor Hortonworks. Accumulo is now being certified to run on the Hortonworks Data Platform, a 100% open source Hadoop distribution that itself hit the market just a few months ago. The sqrrl-Hortonworks announcement comes just a few weeks after sqrrl inked a similar deal with MapR to run Accumulo on its enterprise Hadoop distribution, M5. “This [Hortonworks] partnership will bring new... more »
Services Angle Theme of the Month: Enterprise Mobility

Services Angle Theme of the Month: Enterprise Mobility

Technology is in a constant state of evolution. Every day some new product or service brings promises of revolutionizing how we live and work. However, only a few, like mobile technology, live up to those claims. From the moment Dr. Martin Cooper placed the first call from a 2.5 pound handheld mobile phone in 1973 at Motorola to Apple’s introduction of the iPad in 2010, mobile technology has gradually reshaped our expectations for communication and access to information. In the last decade, consumer lust for all things mobile has caused the size of the mobile market to expand with unprecedented speed.... more »
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Networking Should Be a Focal Point for Oracle and Rivals, says Analyst

Telecommunications analyst Lee Doyle stopped by theCube at this week’s Oracle OpenWorld for a chat with SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante, to talk about the company and its plans as far as software-defined networking goes (full video below). Doyle agrees with the industry consensus that SDN is big, but he is not content with the definition of the architecture - the separation of software from hardware. According to him a more realistic way of putting it would be that SDN enables an open ecosystem around the network, which makes it something more than just static plumping. Doyle’s observation... more »
QLogic Focuses on Flash and Cloud Storage Integration Says Rob Davis

QLogic Focuses on Flash and Cloud Storage Integration Says Rob Davis

“I'm in the futures business, and we're focused on cloud and flash,” QLogic CTO Rob Davis told SiliconAngle Founder John Furrier and Wikibon Co-Founder David Vellante in the Cube in the QLogic booth at Oracle OpenWorld on October 3, 2012. Qlogic's flash product, of course, is Mt. Rainier, detailed in a Professional Alert posted recently by Wikibon Network Analyst Stuart Miniman. “When you put a solid-state disk card on a server, you lose all the SAN aspects of the card and go back to the early days of DAS,” he said. That means that the card, while an order-of-magnitude faster in data... more »
Nintendo Teams Up With Xoreax To Help Wii U Game Developers

Nintendo Teams Up With Xoreax To Help Wii U Game Developers

Nintendo and Xoreax Software, the developer of IncrediBuild, entered a third-party Tool Agreement, that would dramatically increased the development of games for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U gaming console. IncrediBuild provides access to a user-friendly solution for distributed code compilation for the Wii U SDK to the game developer community.  It will also allow game developers to reduce Visual Studio and Make builds by 90 percent thus radically accelerating the game development cycle. “IncrediBuild has long been trusted by the game development community to accelerate Visual Studio Builds. Our game development customers have drastically reduced their downtime, helping them meet or exceed tight... more »
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Oracle's 4 Cutting-Edge Solutions for Backup & Recovery

Live from Oracle World 2012, SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon Co-founder Dave Vellante did a special spotlight segment on Oracle Backup and Recovery. Oracle has been focusing on these areas heavily and in his keynote, CEO Larry Ellison described this fraction of the market as the “hottest area right now.” The backup and recovery industry grows more extensive by the year, thanks to the manifold of dimensions it takes on: virtualization, flash, spinning disk, disaster and recovery, to name a few. According to a survey conducted by Unit Panel Oracle Users’ Group, 30 percent of Oracle shops are managing more... more »
Potential Big Data Users Moving from Technology to Business Discussions Says EMC CTO

Potential Big Data Users Moving from Technology to Business Discussions Says EMC CTO

“The customers I talk to don't care about Hadoop,” EMC CTO Bill Schmarzo, whom SiliconAngle Founder John Furrier dubbed “the dean of Big Data”, said in an October 2, 2012 interview webcast from the Cube in the QLogic booth at Oracle OpenWorld. “Hadoop is just part of the technology stack that helps them get value out of all these new data sources. Some of our users are drunk with the data that's available to them.” The conversation has changed over the past year, he said. No longer is he explaining the technology, Instead, conversations focus on business enablement, how the business can... more »
Applicasa Gives Mobile Game Developers a Monetization Platform

Applicasa Gives Mobile Game Developers a Monetization Platform

Currently, a shift is happening in the mobile and social gaming experience away from making money by having would-be players download games (a one time purchase) towards keeping them on in a continuing social experience. In this way, a game can be “sold” for free and then customers can enhance their gaming and social experience by paying small amounts of money for virtual items or services. As a result, game developers for these social platforms might have a great game that’s popular, but don’t have the facilities necessary to monetize the game internally. Enter Applicasa, a backend-as-a-service company, who expect that game... more »
Buisness Study Shows Playing MMORPG Games May Aid Workplace Leadership

Buisness Study Shows Playing MMORPG Games May Aid Workplace Leadership

Gamers aren’t usually perceived as people fit for professional work since employers think of them as slackers since all they do is play games so that would mean their gaming life would interfere with work life.  Which most employers interpret as minimal or no work productivity at all. But did you know that players of massive multiplayer online role-playing game can be assets to companies?  Putting it in your resume may actually help you land a job.  I know you think I’m talking crazy right now but hear me out. SiliconANGLE’s resident gaming expert Kyt Dotson created and published a video and... more »
Screw The Advertisers, Let's Start Selling Our Data

Screw The Advertisers, Let's Start Selling Our Data

Are you sick of advertisers tracking your every move online? If so, then join the club - according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, almost two thirds of Americans feel exactly the same way, yet the online behavioral advertising industry (as the stalkers like to refer themselves) continues to grow unchecked as more and more companies see the value in it. Sad to say, if you want to use the internet, then there’s very little you can do to stop advertisers from learning all about you, and using that data to try and entice you with targeted ads. But while you... more »

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- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.