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Walz Group Switches to Flexpod to Gain Agility, Meet Rigid Compliance Requirements

Walz Group Switches to Flexpod to Gain Agility, Meet Rigid Compliance Requirements

A provider of critical document management fulfillment and regulatory compliance services to the legal and financial industry, including mortgage lenders, the Walz Group works under stringent compliance requirements including Dodd-Frank provisions for forclosures, and TARP and other regulations governing mortgage and foreclosure information, the larger financial industry, and large legal firms. These apply both to live data and to backup copies. Walz also needs an effective backup and DR to ensure fast and, even more important, complete recovery of critical client documents in the event of a disaster. In 2009 Waltz's problem was that a fragmented, aging infrastructure was making business... more »
Stash 1.3 Arrives for Enterprise Git, Gets More Social

Stash 1.3 Arrives for Enterprise Git, Gets More Social

Stash 1.3 has arrived and is now more social with two new capabilities--pull requests and inline commenting. It lets developers share, work together as team, and make the entire process faster as well as seamless. Let’s drill some deeper into the new features of Stash 1.3. Pull Requests Pull request is an easy way for developers to contribute code, review changes, discuss them, and have the option of merging them into the existing code base. An excellent tool to communicate within a team, pull request allow developers to review and discuss changes with one another, make modifications and take it all back... more »
High Court Halts Flawed Cybercrime Law in the Philippines

High Court Halts Flawed Cybercrime Law in the Philippines

The High Courts have spoken and the Anti-cybercrime Law in the Philippines is suspended. In response to 15 petitions, 14 justices unanimously voted to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the implementation of Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which carries the controversial “online libel” amendment. The threat to curtail Internet freedom in the country faced a 120-day suspension. Thereafter, the High Courts will have to make a decision and will hold oral arguments to abide by the due process. This is a sweet victory for millions in opposition. A day before the law took effect on October 2nd, the... more »
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Cold, Old & Bold – Real World Examples on Wide Range Use of Big Data

While we mostly agree Big Data is that which constitutes some combination of the 4 V’s – it does have other attributes, which are generally driven by the specific industry and overall business use-case. According to Gartner Group’s Big Data Hype Cycle report issued in July: “Although Big Data is not necessarily just about MapReduce and Hadoop, many organizations consider these distributed processing technologies to be the only relevant ‘big data technology,’ there are alternatives.” While Hadoop as a platform is taking off, not all enterprises are yet fully enabled to adopt Hadoop in a serious way. Many of the Hadoop... more »
Sex, Cigarettes or Facebook - Which Tempts You More?

Sex, Cigarettes or Facebook - Which Tempts You More?

It’s no secret that Facebook holds a lot of interest for a great many people, but could it really be more arousing than sex? Apparently so, according to a group of researchers at Chicago University’s Booth Business School, who claim that the social media site is also more tempting than the baddest of naughty vices -  cigarettes. The study, led by Wilhelm Hofmann, saw researchers use Blackberry phones to log and analyze reports of more than 250 participants’ desires and yearnings over a period of seven days. Hofmann said that he was startled to find that the urge to interact via likes,... more »
HortonWorks' New President Accelerates Analytics Momentum

HortonWorks' New President Accelerates Analytics Momentum

Last year Yahoo spun off a sizable portion of its analytics team under a new name: Hortonworks. The startup has since expanded its services portfolio with the launch of the HortonWorks Data Platform, its very own Apache Hadoop distribution, and it’s not having a hard time finding new clients. This week the big data firm appointed Herb Cunitz as its president. The executive will be responsible for expanding worldwide operations and sales for Hortonworks, and he has all the right qualifications for the job. Prior to joining the company Cunitz served in several senior executive roles, including a tenure at VMware... more »
Isha Suri Posts Six Rules for Successful Big Data Marketing Strategy

Isha Suri Posts Six Rules for Successful Big Data Marketing Strategy

Wikibon and SiliconAngle contributor Isha Suri has posted six rules rules for a successful marketing strategy in the era of Big Data on Wikibon. The new data gathering and analysis technologies give marketers a powerful new toolset for developing strong, personalized, online marketing campaigns. But to do that they need to understand the basics of Big Data use and develop new data analysis skills. The most advanced, she says, can become data scientists themselves. Her rules are: Expand Your Data Sources: Big Data allows researchers to go beyond the limits of internally generated, structured data to capture large quantities of unstructured and... more »
IBM Introduces PureData System, Expands PureSystems Family for Data Demands

IBM Introduces PureData System, Expands PureSystems Family for Data Demands

IBM has expanded its PureSystems line of expert integrated systems by introducing PureData System that will help its clients to meet the ever-growing data application demands. Just like the PureSystems family, PureData offers built-in expertise, integration by design, and a simplified experience throughout its life cycle. The PureData systems have been designed to excel at three important tasks within enterprise computing that include business intelligence, near real-time data analysis, and online transactional processing. PureData System is available in three workload-specific models optimized for transactional, operational and big data analytics, which will help clients to find simpler and more cost effective ways... more »
Trend Micro Identifies “lol profile” Malware Spreading via Skype as DORKBOT

Trend Micro Identifies “lol profile” Malware Spreading via Skype as DORKBOT

If you use Skype, you’ve likely been privy to an odd message coming from some of your contacts that says, “lol is this your new profile pic?” The explosion of this Trojan through various gaming communities was covered by SiliconANGLE earlier; but now Trend Micro’s malware labs have identified the malware as a variant of DORKBOT. Users of Trend Micro’s product are already protected from this sort of intruder and the company has detected and blocked more than 6,800 associated files since Sunday. The malware may have a silly name--but it has quite the sinister intent, so it's best to make sure... more »
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Battle of the Minis: Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs iPad Mini

Two tech giants are said to be releasing “mini” versions of their flagship devices, shaking up the market just before the holiday shopping season kicks in.  Samsung already confirmed that they’ll be unveiling the Galaxy SIII Mini or Mini Galaxy SIII tomorrow, but Apple is still keeping mum about the rumored iPad Mini. Though the Galaxy SIII Mini and the iPad Mini are different devices, they’re both mini versions of popular gadgets, so we thought it would be interesting to compare them. Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini vs. iPad Mini Some suggest that the Galaxy SIII Mini will have the same specifications as the... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.