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OpenWorld 2012: Oracle Reinforces Strategy with Cloud Computing

OpenWorld 2012: Oracle Reinforces Strategy with Cloud Computing

On day four of Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Wikibon cofounder and senior analyst Dave Vellante talked about the overall assessment of Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Oracle's new strategy on cloud computing, virtualization, infrastructure as a service and who are Oracle's biggest competitors are now. He also noted EMC's strategy on the flash storage array. (Watch Vellante's full commentary in a video below.) EMC used much of its keynote time at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on day four to talk about its forthcoming all-flash storage array, which is the result of its recent Israeli flash-memory startup XtremIO acquisition. Jeremy Burton, executive VP and... more »
The Rise of Mobile Enterprise Management

The Rise of Mobile Enterprise Management

As mobile adoption expands in the enterprise, companies are increasingly investing in mobile application management (MAM) platforms to control which applications are users install on devices and mobile device management (MDM) to manage mobile environments more holistically. Vendors are rushing to the market to offer new products and products for mobile management, but according to a new report by IDC, it’s not enough. IDC asserts that the time for single purpose mobile management solutions may be coming to an end as enterprises demand more comprehensive solutions that incorporate both MAM and MDM features. This merger of features into single platform that... more »
Why Mobile and Direct Monetization Will Get Facebook 2 Billion Users

Why Mobile and Direct Monetization Will Get Facebook 2 Billion Users

In her latest appearance on the News Desk SiliconANGLE editor Kristen Nicole discussed Facebook’s recent announcement that it has reached one billion active monthly users, and the company’s outlook (full video below). Kristen Nicole considers the milestone a very significant one, and credits it in great part to the ecosystem: Facebook has become the de facto answer for site owners that want to integrate social features into their web pages, extending the reach of the social network across the net. Her take is that Facebook's Like button and integrated log-in have become so unavoidable nowadays, it's clear that Facebook's platform has become... more »
To Be Blue You Have to Be Green. It's All About the Watts!

To Be Blue You Have to Be Green. It's All About the Watts!

John Hengeveld, the head of marketing for Intel’s supercomputer business, discussed high-performance computing, innovation and big data with John Furrier at the annual Intel Develop Forum conference. Hengeveld, stressing this year’s slogan  “in order to be blue you have to be green,” said that today his unit is all about delivering the most performance per watt.  He then went in great detail about how organizations are using Intel’s HPC solutions to innovate across almost all verticals. Hengeveld’s take is that high-performance computing impacts the life of every person on the planet, going on to justify his claim. On one end, a manufacturer may... more »
Good Riddance, Steve Jobs

Good Riddance, Steve Jobs

One year on from Steve Job’s death and yet again we see the fanboy crowd come out in full force, stampeding over each other in their desperation to lavish praise on their hero as if he was some kind of demi-god. Jobs’ legendary status has begun to take on such biblical proportions that some commentators have even compared him such undisputed geniuses as Leonardo Da Vinci,  while sheep like Mark Zuckerberg fall over themselves to get their tributes in ahead of everyone else. It’s enough to make me feel violently sick. Okay, so Steve Jobs had some fairly good ideas, I’ll give him... more »
Oracle OpenWorld: EMC Storage Experts Discuss Backup and Recovery Systems

Oracle OpenWorld: EMC Storage Experts Discuss Backup and Recovery Systems

Backup and recovery systems (BRS) can make or break a business depending on their success or failure, according to two EMC storage experts who spoke on The Cube recently. At Oracle OpenWorld, The Cube host Dave Vellante sat down with Shane Jackson, VP of BRS Marketing, and Mel Shum, Principal Technology Consultant, at EMC. To begin the interview, both gentlemen expressed their surprise that Oracle had successfully transformed from a software company into a hardware company and that it was now in the backup and recovery spotlight, thanks largely in part to the backup and recovery systems provided by EMC. One... more »
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Enterprise Mobility Emerges as Key Oracle OpenWorld Theme

Oracle’s massive love fest, OpenWorld, has concluded. Mobile was clearly one of the key themes at the conference with everal other vendors announcing new mobile products and features. Oracle led by  announcing three new mobile HTML5-based PeopleSoft apps, Mobile Expenses, Mobile Approvals and Company Directory, on Monday. The apps are available to all PeopleSoft 9.1 customers for no extra licensing cost. Then on Tuesday, Oracle rolled out a new version of Oracle Business Intelligence with a substantially upgraded mobile user experience. Oracle’s focus on mobile at OpenWorld didn’t end with its product launches. If the product launches didn’t make it clear... more »
EMC CTO Lineup Change a Big Data Strategy – Does This Lead to Cloud Foundry

EMC CTO Lineup Change a Big Data Strategy – Does This Lead to Cloud Foundry

Some lineup changes at EMC indicate that some big things are on tap for the company’s Big Data goals and beyond. John Roese, a twenty-year IT industry veteran has joined EMC as CTO. His most recent role was as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Huawei Corporation’s North American Research and Development organization and is credited with 20 granted or pending patents. Roese has a depth of technology experience including systems, security, and virtualization. The previous CTO Jeff Nick has transitioned into a new role under Paul Maritz, the Chief Strategist for EMC. Roese is also a former CTO... more »
Flash is Mainstream Now, but Here's the Next Step for LSI

Flash is Mainstream Now, but Here's the Next Step for LSI

At the Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Wikibon cofounder and senior analyst Dave Vellante noted that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been consistently hitting on the topic of Flash.  LSI Principal Technical Marketing Manager Jamon Bowen stopped by theCube, SiliconAngle's exclusive programming with live broadcasts from the event, to talk about how their company has significantly stepped up their Flash efforts. As a regular OpenWorld attendee, Bowen noted that the profile of Flash is constantly being raised every year, as the underlying technology is becoming a key consideration--an every-server type of deployment technology. Vellante asked Bowen about the challenges of Flash, who stated that... more »
Quantcast Open-Sources HDFS Alternative

Quantcast Open-Sources HDFS Alternative

Audience measurement software maker Quantcast just made a very notable contribution to the open-source community – it released the Quantcast File System (QFS), a “higher performance alternative” for the Hadoop Distributed File System. QFS is fully integrated with Hadoop, uses as little as half the disk space that HDFS would require, and offers better IOPS according to the company. Quantcast provided an internal case study to validate its platform. The company uses QFS as the primary data store for the 20 petabytes of information it processes on a daily basis. That amounts to about 100 million web destinations and is "well... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.