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AT&T Cloud Ops VP on theCube, Inside AT&T's Cloud Operations Unit

AT&T Cloud Ops VP on theCube, Inside AT&T's Cloud Operations Unit

Steve Caniano, VP of AT&T’s Cloud Operations dropped in on theCube at VMworld 2012 and shared some insight on what’s going on with their operation and where it’s going.  As a leader of one of the company’s most strategic business operations, Caniano’s insight on customer and consumer trends across the spectrum offers a glimpse of the foundation of solutions and products of a major cloud and network provider.  Largely the vibe of the marketplace is one where the cloud answers many needs and the main story is around agility and customers wanting to move quicker.  There is a lot of... more »
The Absurdity of Patent Trolls

The Absurdity of Patent Trolls

Seriously, when will all of this patent BS end? Notwithstanding all the Apple-Samsung nonsense lately, Gigaom.com is now reporting news of yet another troll hoping to capitalize on America’s nonsensical patent laws to extort millions of dollars from some of the country’s top tech companies. The troll in question is Scott Moskowitz, owner of the rather dubious-looking Blue Spike LLC, who claims that several prominent companies (including Google, Facebook and a dozen or so others) are illegally using a patented digital water-marking technique of his that is supposed to prevent online piracy. According to Gigaom: “Blue Spike’s legal filings explain that Moskowitz is... more »
Inside Huawei’s Cyber suspicions and espionage anxieties

Inside Huawei’s Cyber suspicions and espionage anxieties

As cybersecurity is becoming a big concern, it is increasingly becoming a part of global politics. Amidst the era of cyber warfare, the U.S. and global theater have become more and more suspicious of China when it comes to cyberespionage and hacking. It’s may be because we have already seen so many hacks and state-sponsored attacks originating from Chinese IP addresses. This is potentially what's fueling much of the suspicions surrounding companies such as Huawei. Yes, the Chinese tech giant is facing several problems these days, as U.S. House Intelligence Committee is continuously pressurizing the company to disclose details about its ties... more »
3PAR Driving HP into the Data Infrastructure Era, Says David Scott

3PAR Driving HP into the Data Infrastructure Era, Says David Scott

3PAR has leveraged HP's sales channel to grow 60%+ per quarter since its acquisition says HP SVP and General Manager of Storage and former 3PAR CEO David Scott on SiliconAngle.tv. And the reverse is also true – 3PAR is becoming a central growth driver for HP in storage for virtualized environments, complimenting its 42% market share in servers. And StoreOnce, HP's internally developed system for data deduplication and backup, is growing at a 30% CAGR. “3PAR is now our biggest storage line,” the visibly proud Scott, who originally left HP to found 3PAR and then sold it, and himself, back to... more »
The London Olympics: Maximum use Big Data and Social Networks [Infographic]

The London Olympics: Maximum use Big Data and Social Networks [Infographic]

Things have changed a lot in recent years--technology and social networks are now part of our everyday lives and things are constantly changing, forever revolutionizing the way we live. The London Olympic Games, one of the most important global events with massive coverage, could go down in history as the event that managed to take the full leap in communications with sports fans through online services Facebook and Twitter, telling an interesting story in big data. In the Beijing Games four years ago, Facebook and Twitter were already part of a widespread phenomenon, but among the few where IOC played a secondary... more »
HP Relaunches Renamed VSA Product and Cuts Price

HP Relaunches Renamed VSA Product and Cuts Price

A number of years ago, a then-independent LeftHand Networks released a revolutionary product into the market.  This product, what LeftHand named Virtual SAN Appliance or VSA, allowed organizations to harness local host-based server storage and aggregate that storage with storage from other servers in a cluster.  Under this aggregation method, the harnessed storage became a shared resource in the eyes of the vSphere hosts and, as a result, those hosts, using just their local storage and the VSA software, were suddenly considered full players in the full vSphere feature set, including those features that required the use of shared storage,... more »
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Top 3 Ways Companies Are Investing in Big Data

To a few, 2012 is the year of the cloud.  To everyone else, 2012 is the year of big data.  A hot buzzword, “big data has become viable as cost-effective approaches have emerged to tame the volume, velocity and variability of massive data.”  Being able to tame the big data lion is going to open up previously unimagined doors to users, “Big data analytics can reveal insights hidden previously by data too costly to process, such as peer influence among customers, revealed by analyzing shoppers’ transactions, social and geographical data,” says Edd Dumbill of O’Reilly Radar, a great site with information... more »
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What To Expect At IFA 2012

The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, more popularly known as IFA, is set to kick off in Berlin, Germany on August 31 and will run through the 5th of September.  The IFA is the largest consumer electronics trade show, and having a spot at the event could mean well for business.  It’s the right time to show off new devices to make consumers drool and die of anticipation. So what are we to expect at this upcoming event?  Here are the latest rumors and expectations for IFA 2012: Sony The Japanese company has three new handsets to offer, the Xperia T, V and J.  The Xperia... more »
Hacktivist Group GhostShell Leaks 1 Million Accounts From Banks, Governments, and Consultancy Firms

Hacktivist Group GhostShell Leaks 1 Million Accounts From Banks, Governments, and Consultancy Firms

Over the weekend an as-yet-unknown hacker group called Team GhostShell spilled account credentials from some extremely hard targets over the weekend (or so it seems) and they’ve also gone as far as to name their affiliation with the hacktivist collective Anonymous. In their Pastebin post, the hactivist group penned the name “Hellfire” to their project and also posted what appears to be accounts and records gleaned from banks, government agencies, consulting firms, law enforcement and the CIA, according to an article published on ZDNet. “Team GhostShell's final form of protest this summer against the banks, politicians and for all the fallen hackers... more »
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Three VMworld Vendors Offer Simplicity for IT

Simplicity may be on the verge of appearing in at least some IT environments, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in his second report from the floor of VMworld 2012, “Terminator: The Rise of the (Simple) Machines”. And while simple solutions are always suspect in the complex world if IT technology, in this case, the former CIO says, the solutions may offer real advantages. Lowe reports on three vendors he found on the floor at VMworld: Nutanix, Pivot3, and Simplivity. All three of these startups go far beyond the computing pod offerings, such as Vblock, from the major traditional vendors, to the... more »

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- 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.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.