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Open Source is a Game of Partnerships, Bigger than Competition

Open Source is a Game of Partnerships, Bigger than Competition

“Open Source is an interesting game,” says Hortonworks Co-founder and CTO Eric Baldeschweiler. “Employees who leave you are working feverishly to make your products better. Your competitors are working feverishly to make your products better. So we are looking for win-wins and trying to work with everybody in the community.” To be successful in the Open Source community, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube at Hadoop Summit 2012, you have to understand that you need to make space for other people to succeed. And that means people worldwide. And many traditional companies make the mistake of leaving no time... more »
Dell Server Solutions Focuses on DataCenter, Customer Needs

Dell Server Solutions Focuses on DataCenter, Customer Needs

Dell’s Brian Payne dropped by theCube during the Dell Storage Forum 2012 to talk about Dell’s server innovations and how they relate to storage.  Payne is the Executive Director of Server Solutions at Dell.  View the video below or click here.  Payne starts out by talking about the challenge of bringing all the elements together and how all three product lines have gathered at this event.  For the server group, they are in the midst of a rollout of their 12th generation of the PowerEdge server line.  With that generation comes a bunch of new features and enhancements focused on the... more »
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PayPal Sees Need for Both RDBMS, Hadoop

Big data and therefore Hadoop are at the center of many important processes within 15-year-old PayPal, says the Internet bank's Director of Engineering Anil Madan. But that does not mean that he sees any decrease in the importance of traditional RDBMS applications. Both are important, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from Hadoop Summit 2012 (full video below). “I am involved in several activities such as online advertising and audience segmentation, all of which have Hadoop and Big Data at their heart,” he said. PayPal was involved in Big Data before the term was coined or Hadoop was invented,... more »
Will Microsoft's Tablet Challenge the iPad or the Kindle Fire?

Will Microsoft's Tablet Challenge the iPad or the Kindle Fire?

Following months of uncertainty, speculation is rife that Microsoft is about to unveil  its own tablet as the company looks to take a chunk out of either Apple’s or Amazon’s pie with its own branded device. It’s been revealed that Microsoft has scheduled an event for next Monday, June 18 at 3.30 pm PST  in Los Angeles, where it will make a “major”, as yet undisclosed announcement. So secretive is Microsoft, that not even the name of the venue has been announced. The uncertainty over what Microsoft is planning has led to rumors on the web from various outlets. All Things D,... more »
A Busy Week at SAP: Social Investments, Trial Delays and HANA's Anniversary

A Busy Week at SAP: Social Investments, Trial Delays and HANA's Anniversary

SAP seems to be having a busy week. The company announced social improvements to its StreamWork collaboration solution. SAP integrated Mikogo, a desktop sharing and meeting tool, into StreamWork, which will enable users to host web conferences or share content without leaving SAP. In addition, SAP released a new StreamWork Brainstorming iPad app to iTunes that helps users structure their brainstorming process. As with the new social features, users don’t have exit SAP StreamWorks to use access the brainstorming features, which is consistent with SAP’s strategy of integrating social and collaboration directly into user work streams. In addition to the social... more »
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Fluid Data is More than a Marketing Term for Dell

Bob Fine is the director of mobile marketing for Compellent, and he dropped by theCube with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman during the Dell Storage Forum this week. The first thing he decided to address was fluid data, one of the biggest topics at the gathering. He stressed that it’s more than just a marketing term – its real technology that Dell implemented across its portfolio and is currently used by customers. He followed with a brief explanation. The idea behind data progression is that customer data is automatically moved “to the right place in the right time,” with the goal... more »
HOW TO: Curb Your Smartphone Data Usage and Get Lower Bills

HOW TO: Curb Your Smartphone Data Usage and Get Lower Bills

Smartphones are quickly taking over the world.  Every week or two a newer, better, faster, sleeker phone is introduced to the market, sometimes with fanfare, and with some products, such as the iPhone, long lines and campouts.  Smartphones are the phone of the future in our ever changing tech-reliant world. Yet, along with these beautiful much-loved phones comes a shocking bill.  Apps, internet, YouTube, downloads, streaming music, videos and movies,  and everything else that uses data all counts towards the data plan that most phone carriers charge.  When you go over your limit, the wireless companies quickly tack on extra charges... more »
X-IO’s Storage Wins “Best Hardware” at TechEd 2012

X-IO’s Storage Wins “Best Hardware” at TechEd 2012

Solid state storage gets a lot of attention these days, but when looking at the market, there are a lot of hybrid systems out there for consideration.  By its very nature, “hybrid” storage implies that there is both solid state and rotational storage in the box.  In these systems, the solid state storage is used as either a cache or as a performance-enhanced tier while the rotational storage, due to its great capacity, is used as a pure storage layer. Even though pure solid state and hybrid systems tend to capture most of the news pixels, pure rotational arrays remain critically... more »
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Facebook's AvatarNode Solves a Major Hadoop Pain Point With High Availability

Facebook is such a big fan of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) that it stores 100 petabytes of data in a single HDFS filesystem, across 100 clusters - including very probably the largest single cluster of its type. So it's no wonder that Facebook's engineering team went out of its way to solve the single point of failure problem (SPOF) problem that's characterized Hadoop to date, an approach that Facebook engineer Andrew Ryan explained at this week's Hadoop Summit (and summarized in a blog post here). The way a standard HDFS client works is such that all filesystem metadata requests have to... more »
NASA Talks About Big Data, Hadoop

NASA Talks About Big Data, Hadoop

NASA scientist Chris Mattmann sat down in theCube at Hadoop Summit 2012 with Stuart Miniman and Abhi Mehta, co-founder of Tresata.  Mattman is a Ph.D. and among other things is a senior computer scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.   Throughout the interview Mattman discusses scientific use cases for Big Data, some of the massive computing challenges that Big Data can help solve, and how these relate to the world outside of NASA. View the video below or click here. One of the first applications mentioned by Mattmann is the Square Kilometer Array, a massive undertaking comprised of a network of radio... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.