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Actifio's PAS 20T Makes Copy Data Software Affordable For All

Actifio's PAS 20T Makes Copy Data Software Affordable For All

Actifio launched its new PAS (Protection and Availability Storage) 20T, which was designed to be affordable and easy to use, even for single person IT shops. PAS 20T is a single application that allows you to manage data applications including: backup, snapshot, disaster recovery, business continuity and test and development. You'll be able to navigate your way to SLAs defining snapshot frequency, storage type, retention policy and replication with just one simple point-and-click and then tie application data in VMware and physical server environments to the SLAs. This brand new application is a complete storage system, which means it's both hardware and... more »
Xbox 720 - Azure How Windows 8, Apps and Online Gaming Could Transform the Xbox

Xbox 720 - Azure How Windows 8, Apps and Online Gaming Could Transform the Xbox

Continuing with the analysis of a possible cloud-based Xbox platform, we turn the spotlight on Windows Azure. As we last mentioned, we must consider the role of Dave Cutler, lead developer for so many significant products such as VMS, Windows NT, and Windows Azure and how his presence on the Microsoft Xbox team could reveal the coming plans for the platform.  Little is publicly known about his role on the Xbox team, but he's certainly not out to pasture.  No, the move gives us a very clear indication of the direction the Xbox in particular is moving towards, especially when... more »
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4 Top Tips for IT Services Management

IT Services Management - ITSM for short - is de riguer for most companies with more than a handful of connected employees. Our wired world means processes, policies, and most of all support are required to keep operations running smoothly. Few companies outside the actual tech world, however, have a proper strategy in place for their ITSM. Here are some top tips to get CIOs and CTOs really thinking before implementing. 1. Be the (wo)man with a plan. Don’t take your ITSM day by day and hope for consistency and desired outcome. Really strategize and decide what you want from your ITSM,... more »
It’s Official: Avamar In, vSphere Data Recovery Out

It’s Official: Avamar In, vSphere Data Recovery Out

Earlier this month sources in the channel leaked that EMC and VMware will make a move to align their data center software agendas by integrating the storage vendor’s Avamar DR software with the 5.1 release of vSphere, and today the rumors were confirmed. The two companies released a joint announcement that includes some more details about the collaboration. Avamar is replacing vSphere Data Recovery, and the new component is getting a name of its own: vSphere Data Protection. The unnamed insiders reported that what’s being embedded into vSphere is Avamar Virtual Edition, but that ought not be case. EMC pegs Data Solution... more »
Romney Uses Data-Mining Service, Targets Democrat Donors

Romney Uses Data-Mining Service, Targets Democrat Donors

Last week, we featured the story regarding Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's plans to start accepting donations via text messages, and other political efforts that involve social media.  Now we’ll take a look at how big data and the election go hand-in-hand. Did you know that by using your social networking account, like posting what you bought, where you’ve been and where you’re eating, you’re putting a big bull’s eye target on your back?  I’m not talking about cyber attacks but another form of stalking all together. According to the Associated Press, Romney’s campaign team is involved in a “secret data-mining project”... more »
Free VPN Service rolls out on The Pirate Bay

Free VPN Service rolls out on The Pirate Bay

The Swedish file-sharing bit torrent site, The Pirate Bay reportedly released an ad-supported VPN service today.  Known as Privitize VPN, the service is free and subsidized through the installation of the Babylon search bar, which is adware.  The use of a VPN and one that is purportedly anonymous bypasses ISP blocking that some ISPs have put in place to prevent access to the site.   The news hits in the wake of the shutdown of the well-known file-sharing site, Demonoid.    It also appears that the service is not actually released by the site, but it is being promoted. Pirate Bay confirmed the... more »
Caching in Flash the Wrong Approach Argues Hybrid Storage Vendors

Caching in Flash the Wrong Approach Argues Hybrid Storage Vendors

“Caching data in flash is not the right approach,” said hybrid storage vendor Tintri  CEO Kieran Harty at the start of a panel discussion in the Cube at VMworld 2012. “Ninety-nine percent of reads and writes should be on flash with only cold data stored on disk.” The read-cache only approach, introduced by EMC and more recently NetApp “is the result of bolting flash onto a 20-year-old architecture,” he said. The traditional storage vendors have architectures that are optimized for disk storage. Flash demands a new, purpose-built architecture. “When these companies add flash they are not rethinking the data layout of the... more »
OpenStack Gains Traction in Australia

OpenStack Gains Traction in Australia

Australia is becoming an emerging hub of expansion for OpenStack, as the open source cloud platform has gained significant traction in the country. The young cloud market in Australia is ripe for the picking, and OpenStack has managed to make an impact. Cloud providers Aptira and Haylix are two examples of OpenStack success stories. Aptira relies on OpenStack to provide customers like Mecurial with cloud infrastructure for their business applications. Haylix uses OpenStack Object Storage and Akamai's content delivery network (CDN) to offer local businesses cloud-based redundant storage. Another example is NeCTAR, a case study for OpenStack, which features a 4,000-core... more »
A Closer Look at AWS Efficiency: Is Your Cloud Working Smarter or Harder?

A Closer Look at AWS Efficiency: Is Your Cloud Working Smarter or Harder?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the public cloud computing space, commanding more than 60 percent of market share and over one trillion data objects stored.  But being accustomed to physical products whose installation and operation are traditionally managed and monitored within the AWS data centers, the concept of behind the scenes of AWS usage for many of us is still a mystery. Newvem, a company that enhances cloud usage effectiveness through data analytics, and Visual.ly, the rapidly growing community of infographics and data visualizations, revealed an infographic based on analysis from Newvem's Reserved Instance Decision Making Tool.  It looks at the... more »
Xbox LIVE Goes Political with Real-Time Polling Capability for the 2012 Elections

Xbox LIVE Goes Political with Real-Time Polling Capability for the 2012 Elections

Microsoft is seeking to become the first limb of the future AllThing (a political body that consisted of the voting minds of an entire population seen in Dan Simmons’s Hyperion) by putting the ability to do live polling in the hands of Xbox LIVE users during the Presidential debates. Console owners will be given the advantage of being able to directly interact with a voting system while the debate progresses using their controllers and Kinects in order to cast votes. In the past this sort of system would have used a telephone dial in system or some other devices in... more »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.