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Super Computers Help New Orleans Prepare for Hurricane Isaac

Super Computers Help New Orleans Prepare for Hurricane Isaac

For those living in New Orleans, we have a relatively good thing to share, as researchers at university supercomputing centers in Texas and Louisiana are working on Big Data-driven supercomputers that will quickly map mapped the weather data changes and how the storm surge will invade coastal regions and neighborhoods. These researchers are working to inform emergency planners about what will happen once the hurricane sends water into canals and levies. Rice University is doing a very similar thing with their Risk Calculator that also uses big data analysis of past events and current civic structures combined with knowledge about the... more »
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Apache Drill to Provide SQL-Like Fast Answers to Specific Questions from Hadoop Databases

In what he terms “yet another example of the remarkable innovation occurring in the open source Big Data Community,” Wikibon Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly writes that a small group of committers is developing an open source SQL-like query tool for Hadoop databases called “Apache Drill”. Designed after BigQuery, Google's Big-Data-Analytics-as-a-Service technology that it made publicly available in May, Apache Drill is meant to compliment MapReduce, allowing business people to get answers to specific questions such as “what time of day is most popular for app downloads” from Apache Hadoop Big Data databases directly in seconds. MapReduce, by contrast, is a... more »
SQL Injections: How To Avoid Getting a Dose

SQL Injections: How To Avoid Getting a Dose

Anytime a value is placed on something, one has to note that at some point in time others may want it. Not only will someone want it, but someone might use covert methods to obtain it. This of course not foreign to the web and the vast amount of valuable information it contains. A malicious hacker may be trying to obtain passwords, pin numbers, credit card information, and the like. While there are various methods that these hackers can use, one that has a noted increase is SQL injection. Put simply, a SQL injection is an injection of code into a... more »
Paranoid Russians Develop Home-Grown Tablet Device Powered By RoMos

Paranoid Russians Develop Home-Grown Tablet Device Powered By RoMos

Fed up with having Americans spying on their every move, the Russians are now going the way of North Korea, developing their very own tablet device that boasts a high level of encryption, an Android-like OS,  and a home-grown global position system. The device, which was unveiled yesterday at the IFA in Berlin, was developed by a team at Moscow’s National Nuclear Research University, was developed in response to concerns from Russian defense chiefs that data collected by Google (as happens with all Android-powered devices) could find its way into the hands of US government officials, exposing some of their most... more »
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Back-Up Was Always Like a Religion: Jason Buffington Digs VMware's New VDP

We were able to catch up with Jason Buffington, ESG Senior Analyst at VMWorld 2012 when he joined Wikibon founder Dave Vellante in TheCube. Buffington was asked about what he found most interesting, from a data protection standpoint. One of Buffington's favorites was the introduction of VDP, a built-in data protective product. VMware has gone through some serious transitions with products such as VCB, VADP and VDR, which according to Dave Vellante, was a "good effort but just didn't really get there." Another hot topic that was heavily touched on was back-up and how important it is to have a secure back-up... more »
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iPad Mini Gets Its Own Launch Event in October

Is it a smaller iPad or a bigger iPod Touch?  I’m still wondering what Apple will be soon unveiling at their upcoming event, but whatever it is, I’m sure people will buy it, even if it’s just an iPod Touch labeled as an iPad mini. It’s been quite a while since we’ve featured rumors regarding the iPad mini so I think it’s just about time to tickle your fancy and keep you awake at night, wondering, “What in the world is Apple going to unveil?” Launch date First off, when will Apple unveil the rumored smaller iPad?  Contrary to earlier reports, Apple will... more »
Qualcomm, Broadcom Settle ItoM Patent Suite

Qualcomm, Broadcom Settle ItoM Patent Suite

Semiconductor Ideas to the Market BV is a firm that generates its revenue by licensing bits of its massive patent portfolio, similarly to chipmaker ARM.  The Netherlands-based company  (more commonly known as ItoM) is a Philips spin-off that turned independent in 1998, and makes chips and silicon-bases products for used by device manufacturers. It just announced a major victory in a patent infringement lawsuit that is estimated to have raked in millions. As a part of a sentiment, ItoM agreed to drop its claims against several major mobile vendors in a pending case it filed at an Eastern Texas court. The... more »
Spotify Takes on iTunes with New Target Gift Cards, Global Growth

Spotify Takes on iTunes with New Target Gift Cards, Global Growth

Swedish music streaming service, Spotify, and T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, partnered up to bring music to German consumers.  Deutsche Telekom is the first German telecommunications company to bundle a Spotify Premium subscription with its tariffs and as an add-on option.  Starting this October, Deutsche Telekom customers will be able to listen to more than 18 million music titles via their mobile phone, tablet and PC either online or offline and the best part about this is that using Spotify streaming will not affect your data limit. "Music streaming is the business model of the future, and we are proud to... more »
VMware SaaS Chief: VDI Ain't Easy

VMware SaaS Chief: VDI Ain't Easy

This week at VMworld 2012, VMware had a message: VDI is back and more relevant than ever. VMware CTO of SaaS and Application Services Javier Soltero joined us in TheCUBE to explain why VDI is making a comeback, and why going that route is more challenging than ever. VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure, was once one of the hottest topics in cloud computing, with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs tripping over themselves to deliver desktops as a service. But then, the rising tide of SaaS and browser applications stemmed the hype for a while. The reason for the comeback is simple, Soltero told SiliconANGLE's... more »
Facebook's Other Products Doing Better than Ads as Stock Declines

Facebook's Other Products Doing Better than Ads as Stock Declines

eMarketer reduced their estimates for Facebook’s ad revenue from $5 billion down to  $4.23 billion.  Though the predicted ad revenue for this year is still 34.1 percent higher than last year’s eMArketer states that the company’s poor performance earlier in the year as well as the effectiveness of some of their ad products contribute to the lower ad revenue expectations. “Paid advertising accounts for the vast majority of Facebook’s total revenue, though its share has been dropping over the past several years,” eMarketer stated.  “As recently as 2009, advertising accounted for 98% of the company’s intake; this year that percentage is... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.