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Starting With Blank Slate, Dell Engineers Best-in-Class Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Darren Thomas, Vice President/General Manager of Dell Enterprise Storage, took time out from the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston this week to talk to Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org as part of theCube’s conference coverage (full video below). Here’s a rundown of some of the major messages Thomas conveyed regarding Dell’s role in the storage industry. Dell started to become a major player in the storage business in 2004 after previously being fully committed as an EMC reseller. “With a leader like Michael Dell, we wanted to start a storage revolution and become a leading innovator,” Thomas revealed. “We... more »
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Analysis: Hortonworks Plays it Smart by Partnering for Mainstream Adoption

Much of the challenge for any early market player, particularly those in open-source software, is the ability to deliver solutions with broad appeal to mainstream customers in a timeframe that meets market demand. Hortonworks is doubling down on its Big Data market development and after just one-year of being in business is today showcasing its new Hadoop Data Platform (HDP 1.0) at its flagship HadoopSummit event which I covered here - <link>. Hortonworks is playing it smart as it develops its portfolio of offerings around the Apache Hadoop project by leveraging relationships with some of the biggest ISV’s with deep pockets. ... more »
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Ford Completes the Focus Electric Circle with MyFord Mobile App

Ford Motor Co., the American multinational automaker, announced the MyFord Mobile iPhone app and www.MyFordMobile.com  to complete the circle of the Ford Focus Electric. At first, Ford was talking about giving consumers the option of having either a hybrid or electric vehicle, then they introduce the 100% electric powered car Ford Focus Electric.  With the introduction of the Focus Electric came the unveiling of the beta version of the MyFord Mobile App. And now, at the WDDC, Ford officially launched the MyFord Mobile app and the MyFordMobile website.  The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or from MyFordMobile. MyFord Mobile... more »
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Dell Speaks On Dividend Payout, Cost-Cutting and Fresh Focus on Data Centers

In a meeting with analysts, Dell Inc., one of the largest personal computer makers remaining in the market, founder Michael Dell stated that the company would focus more on data center gear, cutting costs, and paying dividends starting this year. Dell shifts focus on the data center Dell is currently a seller of other vendors’ services and products, but they’ve mentioned at this week's Dell Storage Forum that they are transitioning into becoming a true storage provider to address the high demand from their existing clients.  The company has been acquiring data storage makers, networking equipment and business software to diversify beyond... more »
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George Crump Discusses Dell and the Future of Storage in theCube

George Crump of Storage Switzerland attended this week’s Dell Storage Forum and stopped by theCube for a chat with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. In just over 20 minutes the two analysts managed to cover a number of different topics in surprising depth (full video below). Crump started by noting his personal observations this year: Dell is no longer starting out in the storage industry, but is now much more committed than a year before and has a number of additional assets as well. The company transited from being a reseller to offering up its own IP in a relatively port period of... more »
Flame and Stuxnet Malware were “Parallel Projects”

Flame and Stuxnet Malware were “Parallel Projects”

Security experts have revealed that the creators of the Flame malware and the notorious Stuxnet worm, the two deadliest malicious programs ever discovered, likely collaborated with one another during their development, to the extent that they even used the same source code. The revelation will no doubt lead conspiracy theorists to point the finger of blame at the United States and Israeli governments, which have already been accused of launching Stuxnet at Iran as part of a cyberattack to undermine its suspected nuclear weapons program. Roel Schouwenberg, of the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, announced the discovery earlier this week during an online presentation... more »
Your Complete Guide to Hadoop: Issues, Ecosystem and More

Your Complete Guide to Hadoop: Issues, Ecosystem and More

Is your company interested in Hadoop? Want to look like an expert to your boss? Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly has published a comprehensive assessment of the state of Hadoop and the five Hadoop vendors, focusing on the major remaining issues in this still immature technology rather than on the advantages of Big Data analysis. The report, “Hadoop: From Innovative Up-Start to Enterprise-Grade Big Data Platform” begins with a summary of Hadoop's history and then jumps into a discussion of the four main issues that are keeping it out of data centers. These are mainly a product of the immaturity... more »
Samsung Furthers NFC Campaign With Tec Tiles

Samsung Furthers NFC Campaign With Tec Tiles

Today’s mobile news round up features Siri getting behind the wheels of cars, Samsung’s new NFC stickers, Sony unveils new Xperia’s, and more. Siri to be integrated in cars At the WWDC, Apple announced that a number of vehicle manufacturing companies signed up to implement Siri’s Eyes Free feature into their vehicles. "To be able to access it hands free and eyes free in the car will be an asset and will enable the Apple device to be continually more relevant in the car," said Mark Boyadjis, infotainment analyst with IHS Automotive. "This is an important movement forward." BMW, General Motors, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda,... more »
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Most Mobile Ads Want You to Download an App or Buy Something [Report]

Millennial Media has published its June scoreboard for Mobile Advertising Reach and Targeting (SMART) report for 2012, detailing key advertising developments in device and manufacturer data, mobile advertising data, mobile developer trends and global tablet trends. The Q1 2012 report highlights mobile advertiser trends along with key global trends and campaign goals for brands and agencies. The leading behavioral audiences targeted in Q1 included In-Market Auto Intenders, IT Decision Makers, Gadget Geeks, and Movie Buffs. Key Global Trends More advertisers, notably in the Finance vertical, shifted ad spending away from traditional media channels to mobile. Finance advertisers focused more on mobile advertising related... more »
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Hadoop Summit 2012: New Products and New Insight

The fifth annual Hadoop Summit is a two-day event that will kick off tomorrow, and it’s also one of the two events that we’re covering this week. Event co-host Hortonworks and a few partners decided that they won’t be holding off their biggest updates until the gathering to starts, and as a result we’ve already been informed of what may be the most significant developer – the debut of the Hortonworks Data Platform, as well as a VMware-powered HA edition. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything more to look forward to.  The Cube at SiliconANGLE.tv will be streaming live coverage and... 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.