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Dell Converges Virtual Machine Technologies Based on Customer Needs

During theCube’s coverage of Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston today, Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org interviewed Praveen Asthana, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and Strategy for Dell (see Part I of the interview below, and Part II can be found here).  Asthana began by commenting on how Dell’s approach to storage has changed since he started with the storage group five years ago. “Previously, we primarily resold other storage solutions, but now we sell our own storage solutions and own our storage intellectual property (IP). Storage solutions used to be lower on the Dell priority list, but today they... more »
Dell's Data Protection Solutions and The Future of Back-Up

Dell's Data Protection Solutions and The Future of Back-Up

In Silicon Angle’s ongoing Dell Storage Forum coverage, Dave Vellante and Steve Miniman of Wikibon, spoke with Brett Roscoe, General Manager and Executive Director of Dell Power Vault and owner of Dell’s data management solutions.  Vellante and Roscoe discuss fluid data architecture, AppAssure, data protection strategies and replication’s pervasiveness.   For Dell, Roscoe explains that fluid data architecture more than what Vellante calls, “just great architecture,” began with exploring how to provide enhanced value and unique capabilities to customers.  This starting point evolved into a way for developers to explore new capabilities.  Roscoe states: “So, if you look at the tenets like... more »
Twitter Shows Facebook How to Make It In Mobile

Twitter Shows Facebook How to Make It In Mobile

Facebook could learn a thing or two from Twitter, it would seem. One of the major concerns being voiced by Facebook chiefs in recent weeks is how its future advertising revenues might be negatively affected as more users embrace mobile devices – but as far as Twitter are concerned, such a shift is not going to cause problems. On the contrary, as Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced in a recent interview, Twitter is “born of mobile”, and “set up for success” in the mobile arena. Speaking at a San Francisco conference, Costolo gave some fascinating insights into the workings of Twitter, revealing... more »
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Fusion-io Lands Big OEM Contract with Cisco

Fusion-io's hardware runs fast. A guest post published on SiliconANGLE not too long ago went over some of the real-life improvements that can be achieved in a storage environment using company’s flash solutions, and this value prop is exactly what got Fusion to where it is today. It’s not only customers that identified this opportunity – partners did too, most recently networking giant Cisco. This morning the two firms sent out a release stating that Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) will start shipping with Fusion ioMemory under the hood sometime fall 2012: "We are developing the next generation of fabric computing and... more »
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Apple Updates Siri, Launches New Maps App

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple’s new map and Siri update, while Intel claims Android is not ready for dual core.  T-Mobile’s celebrating Father’s Day with a special offer and more. Apple launched Maps app and Siri update Apple is starting another battle with Google as they launched their new Maps app sans the power of Google.  The Maps app will be available in the upcoming iOS 6 but will also be available for older iPhones and iPads, except the original iPad.  The move comes from the fact that Google refused to deliver their updates on iOS devices so Apple did what... more »
Dell Releases New Blade-Based EqualLogic Arrays

Dell Releases New Blade-Based EqualLogic Arrays

Server vendors have been bringing their storage game to the server market for quite a while, adding servers with ever-more storage options in an effort to tailor solutions to customers needs.  However, when one considers “server-based storage,” it’s generally assumed that such storage is of the direct-attached variety.  Even in this day and age of virtualized everything, there remains a high need for servers that can pack a dense amount of storage into the chassis. Speaking of chasses, some vendors have sold direct-attached storage as an add-on option for blade systems.  By doing so, vendors were able to sell to their... more »
Apple Continues to Expand Enterprise Power Base

Apple Continues to Expand Enterprise Power Base

Apple' expansion of its power base in the enterprise became readily apparent today at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference: According to 9 to 5 Mac Daily, Apple announced at WWDC it sold 26 million copies of Lion in only 9 months.  That is faster adoption than Windows 7. It's apparent the iPad will continue to win on price and business ease of  use. Windows RT is the new Windows 8 variation that will run on Microsoft tablets powered by ARM processors. It is expected to be priced in the $500 to $700 range. That's the price range for the iPad and $100 higher... more »
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In Infrastructure and APIs, The Next Step For The Cloud Is Openness

The cloud computing market is changing. Previously, the big concerns have ranged from "Is the cloud transformation really happening?" to "Can I afford the cloud?" to "Why would I ever use the cloud?" But Cloud Expo 2012, taken as a snapshot of the industry halfway through the year, shows that the conversation is shifting, with most of the sessions tackling questions around "how," not "why." But the number one concern that seems to be generating buzz at Cloud Expo is around the question of openness and customer choice in the cloud. This was probably best characterized by a keynote speech delivered... more »
The App Store Rivaling Facebook, Twitter at WWDC

The App Store Rivaling Facebook, Twitter at WWDC

Apple’s annual WWDC dev conference is underway, and while we can’t confirm whether or not the next iPhone is in yet, the company revealed some rather important figures concerning the App Store. Twitter has about 120 million accounts according to a recent survey, and Facebook is leading the charge with over 900 million users.  Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed today that the App Store belongs to the same list as the two social media titans: it apparently hosts no less than 400 million accounts, which accounted for 30 billion downloads to date. There is a total of 650,000 apps available right... more »
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What’s Hot at Dell Storage Forum: Analytics, Security and Automation

The Dell Storage Forum managed to attract hundreds of partners and even more customers, and this year the channel has come prepared to capitalize on the gathering. Already three Dell-related items crossed the wire, and more are continuously pouring in as the event kicks into high gear. Infrastructure analytics provider SwiftTest is releasing the latest version of its flagship platform,  which introduces a number of major improvements to the software. V2.1 can now run in two additional types of environments, and it supports IPv6 as well among other things. “Service providers and IT organizations across industries need our solution, including ones at Dell... 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.

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