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Oracle OpenWorld Day 3: New Telco Appliance, PeopleSoft Update and Java 7

Oracle OpenWorld Day 3: New Telco Appliance, PeopleSoft Update and Java 7

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison took stage on Sunday at OpenWorld and revealed the next generation Exa machines and the 12c database software, along with his company’s plans to pursue a services strategy, and lastly, a big partnership with Nokia.  Thankfully the one-hour long opening keynote hasn’t stopped Oracle from keeping the remaining four days of the event interesting, so let's recap on day 3 of OpenWorld 2012. Yesterday Oracle debuted a newly engineered system specifically built for telecommunications companies and service providers. The Oracle Network Applications Platform is a pre-configured appliance that allows telcos to skip the process of putting together... more »
DC to VC Brings Latest in Digital Healthcare

DC to VC Brings Latest in Digital Healthcare

As far as big data goes, the healthcare industry is among the most proactive in business implementation.  The bubbling interest over discovering ways healthcare can benefit from the latest tech trends has led to investor interest, which is cause for much ado in DC.  And at next week's annual fall Health 2.0 conference, we'll get to meet the finalists for the DC to VC Startup Showcase on October 10, the last day of the event. The list includes over a dozen seed-stage and Series A health startups handpicked by a panel of judges  including Comcast Ventures head Michael Yang, Physics Venture partner... more »
QLogic Frees SSDs from Server Slavery with Mt. Rainier

QLogic Frees SSDs from Server Slavery with Mt. Rainier

Qlogic's Mt. Rainier connects multiple server-based SSDs into what amounts to a virtual SAN, freeing them from single-application dominance to provide very high-speed, aggregated storage capacity across the data center, says Ryan Klein, senior director at the Fibre Channel and Ethernet switch, adapter, and chip provider. He and Cameron Brett, QLogic's director of solutions marketing, spoke with Wikibon's David Vellante and SiliconAngle's John Furrier in the Cube from Oracle OpenWorld 2012. Server-based SSD cards move data closer to individual applications and provide order-of-magnitude faster reads and writes than spinning disk. But the card is tied to the specific server and whatever... more »
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HotelTonight Expands to Eateries with PrimaTable Buy

HotelTonight, the platform that provides easy mobile booking of same-day unsold hotel inventory for last-minute hotel bookings, announced their acquisition of San Francisco-based PrimaTable, developers of last-minute perishable inventory demand forecasting and pricing tools for the restaurant industry. PrimaTable’s sophisticated platform offers diners access to top restaurants while providing restaurants the ability to optimize revenue and better manage their scarce table resources.  With the acquisition and integration of PrimaTable’s platform into their own, it could solidify HotelTonight's position as the preeminent expert in yield management for mobile commerce. This would bring them a step closer to perfecting the first ever real-time... more »
Ellison: No More Major Acquisitions, Oracle's Focus is on Cloud Products

Ellison: No More Major Acquisitions, Oracle's Focus is on Cloud Products

Despite rumors to the contrary, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has insisted that the world’s 3rd biggest software maker is not pursuing any more acquisitions, claiming that the company is fully focused on promoting its current suite of cloud products. Speaking to CNBC’s Maria Baritoromo following his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, Ellison ruled out making any more large acquisitions, including the storage concern NetApp that it’s been strongly linked with in the past. “We think we have all the assets in-house to grow very rapidly on an organic basis,” Ellison stated. Oracle has been one of the slowest software companies to push cloud... more »
Big Brother’s Big Data: New Data Strategies for a Digital World

Big Brother’s Big Data: New Data Strategies for a Digital World

Governments have already enjoyed some limited success through their intelligent use of big data, combating water shortage problems and fighting crime amongst other things, but up until now these projects have largely been localized ones, affecting very small segments of the population. One of the major roadblocks for governments has been recognizing and overcoming the unique challenges of big data (a problem that’s not just limited to governments), learning how to tap into and best use the vast banks of knowledge they’ve accumulated. While not insurmountable, these problems are still causing plenty of headaches, which has led a number of governments and... more »
How Oracle Helped ATD's Supply Chain Survive the Tech Boom

How Oracle Helped ATD's Supply Chain Survive the Tech Boom

As part of our ongoing coverage of Oracle OpenWorld 2012 we have Dave Vellante, Wikibon Co-founder on theCube.  He sat down with Tony Vaden, Vice President and CIO of American Tire Distributors, who discussed their relationship with Oracle. Vaden stated that Oracle is the backbone of their system because it helps them handle all their incoming data, such as transactions per second related to delivering and receiving tires via e-business.  With the help of Oracle, they’ve expanded on their e-business core. Vellante pointed out that ATD is an important piece in the automotive supply chain, and asked how technology has affected their... more »
Russia Blocks Anti-Islam Film: Could YouTube Itself Be Next?

Russia Blocks Anti-Islam Film: Could YouTube Itself Be Next?

There are fears that YouTube could be blocked in Russia following a court decision that ordered the highly controversial trailer for the movie “The Innocence of Muslims” to be taken down. A judge at the Tverskoy Court in Moscow ruled on Monday that the 14-minute video, which has enraged Muslims across the globe for its slurs on the prophet Mohammed, is unsuitable for Russian audiences, as it carries an “extremist” message. Viktoria Maslova, a state prosecutor, argued that the video shows Islam in a “negative light”, and had the potential to increase religious intolerance among Russians. While Russia is not the only country... more »
Sanbolic Launches New Add-on for Flash Storage

Sanbolic Launches New Add-on for Flash Storage

Data management firm Sanbolic just introduced a new module for its Melio storage platform. Latency Targeted Allocator, or LTA for short, is essentially an optimization method for environments that include both spinning disks and faster, more expensive flash storage. The company touts ‘real operational value’, saying that the new module can increase performance up to 10 times, and reduce the overhead associated with administrating these types of hybrid deployments. LTA works in heterogeneous environments spread across multiple geographic locations, and does a few other things as well. It provides active-active access to frequently accessed data, centralized management and also makes it possible... more »
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Apps as Ads Appeals to Auto Makers, Entertainment Hubs: REPORT

There's no denying the popularity of smartphones these days.  Smartphone ownership worldwide is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 37 percent until 2016, and by that time one-third of the world's population will already be smartphone users, according to a recent report from Millennial Media.  The mobile advertising platform, released their S.M.A.R.T. Report for the month of October which features the top global trends in the mobile space. Because of this growth, the global infrastructure to support smartphone use will also continue to develop, from WiFi to data plans, trickling down the ecosystem to support markets for advertising and targeted... 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.