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Three VMworld Vendors Offer Simplicity for IT

Simplicity may be on the verge of appearing in at least some IT environments, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in his second report from the floor of VMworld 2012, “Terminator: The Rise of the (Simple) Machines”. And while simple solutions are always suspect in the complex world if IT technology, in this case, the former CIO says, the solutions may offer real advantages. Lowe reports on three vendors he found on the floor at VMworld: Nutanix, Pivot3, and Simplivity. All three of these startups go far beyond the computing pod offerings, such as Vblock, from the major traditional vendors, to the... more »
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Arista Networks CEO: Networking Is (Still) Sexy

Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO of Arista Networks, took the spotlight in TheCUBE here at VMworld 2012 to explain once again that despite popular perception, software-defined networking isn't only sexy - it's the future of applications (full video below). There's an emerging awareness that as much cloud-based, data-driven applications can build business value, there's a serious bottleneck in terms of application topology. Different network layers with varying latency levels cause a huge drop in I/O between components, causing performance problems and creating massive headaches for the CIO. But that's where Arista comes in, Ullal says. With software-defined networking, you can create a... more »
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Postmedia’s Anil Sedha Gives Us an Inside Look: The Tech Behind His Publication

Anil Sedha holds the title of mid-range services and storage supervisor at Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper by circulation.  At VMworld this year he stopped by theCube to talk things over with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante – full video below. Sedha’s job description covers his responsibility for Postmedia’s backend environment, as well the subscription-based CSM service that the publication is selling. He says that his firm’s journey with VMware started just a couple years ago when the top priority was avoiding the potential negative implications of going virtual, but Postmedia has come a long way since then. According to Sedha, 65 percent of the... more »
Vimeo Teams With Dropbox as Cloud Tie-Ups Get Chic

Vimeo Teams With Dropbox as Cloud Tie-Ups Get Chic

Vimeo wants to be your ultimate video-go-to-guy and in that quest, they’ve entered into a new partnership with file-storing service Dropbox. Vimeo users can now add their Dropbox account on the Vimeo upload page or link the two sites in their account settings.  Users can automatically or manually upload videos via a “Vimeo” folder in Dropbox. “Integration within Dropbox is something our community wanted for a while,” said Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor in a statement. “This is another tool for them to upload and share their videos with friends and family, or the rest of the world.” Vimeo also has a partnership with... more »
A Most Common Place to Fake Cloud Smarts? The First Date

A Most Common Place to Fake Cloud Smarts? The First Date

The average American consumer does not understand the phrase cloud services, says a new study, which was conducted by Wakefield Research and commissioned by the company that develops cloud solutions, Citrix. The survey results, based on interviews with 1,000 average Americans during the month of August, provide some fascinating insights about cloud computing. Feign knowledge about the cloud The survey shows that many US consumers believe "cloud" is something related to weather, or something to do with drugs, pillows, outerspace, heaven and toilet paper. While the majority of people did not fully understand what cloud computing is, many of them often recognized that cloud... more »
Motorola and Apple to Enter Licensing Agreement in Germany

Motorola and Apple to Enter Licensing Agreement in Germany

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Motorola and Apple preparing to enter a licensing agreement; vendors taking necessary precaution at IFA 2012;  HTC to launch a new tablet; HotelTonoght opens in 10 new cities; and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 expected to have little improvement in today's launch. Motorola-Apple licensing agreement After Google acquired Motorola Mobility many hoped the portfolio that came along with it would protect Android from the litany of lawsuits that's plagued the mobile industry these past couple of years.  And while that may be questioned now that Apple's won a major suit against Samsung, it's been uncovered in a filing... more »
Craigslist Gets With The Picture; Adds OpenStreetMap To Real Estate Listings

Craigslist Gets With The Picture; Adds OpenStreetMap To Real Estate Listings

Craigslist has just been given a cartographic facelift of sorts; it’s now embedding maps to help users easily locate real estate listings on its Portland, Oregon and San Francisco websites. Unsurprisingly, the new maps are not Craigslist’s own creations. A quick look over their sites tells us that the classified listings service is hardly the most innovative of organizations, so instead it’s gone and borrowed its data from OpenStreetMap, a foundation that provides free and reliable location data from an army of volunteers scattered across the globe, (a bit like how Wikipedia operates). Apparently Craigslist didn’t inform anyone that they were going... more »
VMworld: VMware Needs To Bring Sexy Back

VMworld: VMware Needs To Bring Sexy Back

I'm here at VMworld 2012 in my hometown of San Francisco, where VMware has been taking great strides to inform its partner and customer ecosystem that the virtualization giant remains as committed as ever to helping enterprises meet the challenges of the mobile, cloud-enabled, BYOD future, thanks to "evolutionary" upgrades to VMware vSphere and VMware View, as well as the new VMware Horizon suite for mobile policy enforcement. But if VMware really wants to make waves in the marketplace, it needs to bring sexy back to enterprise IT. It's not exactly VMware's fault. The time when you could energize an audience... more »
Using Social Media To Spot A Killer

Using Social Media To Spot A Killer

Psychopaths aren’t that easy to spot. Those with a taste for committing violence against others are often extremely intelligent people, and on the face of it they will come across as being friendly, you might even say charming, the first time you meet them. There’s just no telling who is a psycho and who isn’t, other than going with your gut instincts. But as we know, this is hardly a foolproof method of avoiding getting hacked into pieces. So is there a better way to tell the Prince Charming’s apart from the Hannibal Lecters? Well, there might just be, if you’re prepared... more »
Nexus 7 hits Google’s homepage

Nexus 7 hits Google’s homepage

If you looked at Google’s homepage today you might have noticed the Nexus 7 pop up.  A click on the words “The playground is open”   takes you right to the Google Play store where the Nexus 7 is available. The front page of Google is typically ad-free and famously minimalist in design, so this shows how particularly strong Google feels about moving their new tablet product. The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet device that is made by Asus and features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  Mainly competing with the Amazon Kindle Fire and the iPad, the device has been well reviewed and... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.