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We've Hit a Scale-Out Flashpoint in the Datacenter : An Industry First, Thanks to Open Source

We've Hit a Scale-Out Flashpoint in the Datacenter : An Industry First, Thanks to Open Source

SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and co-host Jeff Frick brought us up to speed on the OpenStack Summit and the state of the cloud in a Monday introductory segment, courtesy of the theCube. Frick starts the discussion by noting that while OpenStack has come a long way since the first Summit in 2008, the technology is still relatively new to the market. This is indeed the case, but Furrier points out that the platform brings a lot to the table nonetheless: traditional enterprises, service providers and telecos have started the transition from proprietary hardware and commercial software, a combo known as... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 16, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 16, 2013

Dell & Kemp Technologies Introduce KEMP LoadMaster R320 Built by Dell Dell OEM Solutions and KEMP Technologies have announced the LoadMaster R20, a purpose-built hardware load balancing and application delivery controller based on the Dell PowerEdge R320 server and backed by Dell’s global support network. The LoadMaster R320 enables medium-to-large enterprises to assure the high availability and reliability of Web-based, business-critical applications by intelligently distributing network traffic among Web and application servers in clusters powering Internet sites and large intranets. More Dell White Paper Explores Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Admin Should Know A new white paper from Dell Software explores the... more »
Hype-Free Zone : Analyst David Floyer Breaks Down OpenStack Summit 2013

Hype-Free Zone : Analyst David Floyer Breaks Down OpenStack Summit 2013

We had David Floyer, CTO and Co-Founder of Wikibon stop by two separate times with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick yesterday at #OpenStack Summit 2013. The guys mainly asked Floyer to discuss the Analyst Day at #OpenStack Summit 2013, and give his experienced opinion on the current state and future of open source, specifically OpenStack is. During the analyst meetings there were two takeaways he mentioned: avoiding vendor lockout, and putting application services into the cloud. #OpenStack is founded on these two principles, amongst others. Another takeaway for the entire #OpenStack Summit (so far) that was coined by Floyer, is... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 April 17: Bitcoin Bubble, Coinsetter Funding, MtGox Speaks, OKCupid Joins the Crowd Among Others

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 April 17: Bitcoin Bubble, Coinsetter Funding, MtGox Speaks, OKCupid Joins the Crowd Among Others

Last week, just as Bitcoin value exceeded $200 it also swelled to almost $266 only to see a crash over the next few days that brought it back down to near $50. It’s been a very volatile week since the last Bitcoin Weekly--but this hasn’t stopped even greater popularity from reaching into the bitcoin market, with even more businesses signing on (including OKCupid.) Bitcoin value bubble peaks at $266 levels off around $70 Last Wednesday and Thursday saw the huge estimation of BTC value on exchanges such as MtGox suddenly plummet. In only a matter of weeks, a single bitcoin came to... more »
Last Year Saw Less Spam, But Only Because Hackers Are Getting Smarter

Last Year Saw Less Spam, But Only Because Hackers Are Getting Smarter

The latest Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec brings both good news and bad news for internet users, revealing that while most people are seeing less spam, we're actually facing an increased threat from targeted attacks and mobile malware. Over the course of the last year, spam accounted for ‘only’ 69% of all emails sent in the world – this is a big decrease from the year before when 75% of all emails were classified as “junk”, but still a whopping figure, with 30 billion spam emails sent out each day. Out of this junk, we’ve seen a sharp rise in the... more »
Samsung Galaxy S4 Hits US Stores This Month : See Price, Retailer Details

Samsung Galaxy S4 Hits US Stores This Month : See Price, Retailer Details

Samsung has announced that its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy SIV, will be hitting carriers and retail shops later this month. The Galaxy SIV was announced mid-March, and everyone has been drooling over the device's Jedi-like features, such as Smart Screen, Air gesture, and AirView, that lets you control the device without actually touching the screen. Samsung has announced that the device will be available on 7 US carrier networks: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, Cricket and C Spire, as well as retail shops across the country such Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, Costco, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target and... more »
3 Tips to Battle Google Apps Outages

3 Tips to Battle Google Apps Outages

It happens all to often.  The web services we've come to know and love run into connectivity issues, and we're left without access to our favorite apps.  This morning some Google users and Google’s App Status Dashboard reported a service disruption with a handful of its top apps, keeping people from accessing email, documents and more. According to the report, Mail, Drive, Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations are experiencing a service disruption while the Admin control panel/API is experiencing an outage.  Some users are also experiencing issues with  Google Chat via third-party apps and Google Analytics. No news yet as to what is causing... more »
Intel Remains Stupidly Optimistic Despite Q1 Disaster

Intel Remains Stupidly Optimistic Despite Q1 Disaster

Intel published some tough numbers this morning as it announced its first quarter results, recording a stark 25% drop in profits on the back of another decline in microchip sales. Yet the world’s largest chipmaker remained as arrogant as ever, confidently predicting a "low single-digit increase" in its revenues by the end of the year, despite the PC market’s continuing turmoil. Overall, Intel’s revenue slipped by 2.5% compared to this time last year, amounting to $12.6 billion for the first quarter, while net income dropped to just over $2 billion. That Intel’s growth has slipped comes as little surprise in light... more »
LIVE: Will Drug Users' Addiction to Bitcoin Help or Hurt It?

LIVE: Will Drug Users' Addiction to Bitcoin Help or Hurt It?

Crypto-currency Bitcoin has gone from skyrocketed value, to overhyped nothing, back to somewhere in the middle over the last few weeks. While Bitcoin tries to find its place as an alternative to the US Fed's dollar, there is one Bitcoin enthusiast who isn't jumping ship. Dread Pirate Roberts, founder of the black market site Silk Road, says the his site is running as smoothly as ever. "Bitcoin’s foundation, its algorithms and network, don’t change with the exchange rate." On Silk Road, visitors can use Bitcoins to buy practically any illegal drug imaginable. On today's Live NewsDesk Show with Kristin Feledy (see... more »
LIVE: Telcom Witch Hunt Could End Your Long-Term Commitment to Insecure Android

LIVE: Telcom Witch Hunt Could End Your Long-Term Commitment to Insecure Android

The US Federal Trade Commission has been asked by Civil liberties advocates to take action against the nation's four major wireless carriers, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile USA, for selling millions of Android smartphones with security vulnerabilities. The Civil liberties advocates assess that these Android smartphones never, or only rarely, receive updates to patch said dangerous security vulnerabilities. The request for investigation and complaint for injunctive relief was filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union against all four major carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile USA. The overwhelming majority of phones that the carriers sell run Google's Android... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon examines why Public Cloud services has outpaced Private Cloud consumption for the past 3-5 years. By understanding the challenges of Private Cloud deployments, IT organizations can better align budgets and research towards True Private Cloud services than enable better business applications.

- Ralph Finos

The concept of Private Cloud has been in the market since 2008, but the ability of IT organizations to build Private Cloud services that match Public Cloud have been limited. Wikibon forecasts the Private Cloud market revenues from 2015-2026, as well as introducing the enhanced concept of "True" Private Cloud.

- Brian Gracely

The Oracle Storage Cloud enables Application and Infrastructure teams to leverage a Cloud platform that was designed for Enterprise Oracle applications. Wikibon looks at the integrations that bring simplicity and value to Oracle customers.

- David Floyer

Wikibon key findings include: - The breakeven for most migration projects from 7-Mode to Clustered ONTAP are poor at over 50 months - the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is anemic at 12% or lower; - For most workloads there are better strategic alternatives if a move must be made; - NetApp customers with 7-Mode running well should pass on converting to Clustered ONTAP, and focus on conversions to true private clouds and public clouds; - Storage vendors (and other component vendors) should no longer be considered as strategic partners by enterprise IT.

- David Floyer

This study and other Wikibon work shows very clearly that enterprise IT should deliver their software and solutions using true private cloud solutions where possible. The reduction in operational costs from reduced testing, lower operational maintenance costs enable either lower IT solution costs, or faster and more profitable value-based application deployment. Because of the additional integration of the Oracle hardware and database software, and the virtual licensing costs of the Oracle database, the Oracle Database Appliance is very likely to be the lowest cost solution, and give the fastest time-to- value when compared to bespoke component solutions.

- George Gilbert

Choosing a data preparation and integration tool is the first step in upgrading Systems of Record to Systems of Intelligence. If the goal is of the new Systems of Intelligence is highly differentiated functionality supporting a business strategy, specialized systems may have have an advantage. If the goal is matching the competition with the new systems and differentiating elsewhere, the greater simplicity of an integrated solution will probably be more competitive.

- George Gilbert

IT practitioners should collect the requirements from each of the constituencies that are going to be involved in building the new analytic pipeline. If an integrated product such as Informatica or Pentaho doesn't meet the requirements, they should evaluate just how much internal integration work they can support and whether the speed of the final pipeline can deliver on its performance goals. The more sophisticated enterprises with more specialized skills typically can support highly custom solutions.

- David Floyer

IT management practices must evolve to bring mature transaction systems and contemporary analytics capabilities together. The phrase "contemporary analytics" refers to Predictive Analytics (PA) and modern Decision Management (DM) systems that, when leveraged with existing Systems of Record (SoR), form a coherent, agile and new operating model we refer to as Systems of Intelligence (SoI). By incentivizing all levels of management and professionals to adopt this approach, organizations will be able achieve large and sustainable returns on investment. All other strategies, especially those requiring conversion of SoR to another platform or another package, will almost certainly add years to the project and add enormous business risk.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon delivers insights from the 2015 Future of Cloud Computing survey, including a look at how Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are becoming the dominant usage models. Gain insight into the trends, drivers and inhibitors that will shape IT spending and Cloud Computing over the next 12-24 months.

- Ralph Finos

The overall Worldwide Big Data market for products and services is in the midst of explosive growth, topping $27 billion in 2014, growing to over $61B by2020 – a compound annual growth rate of 15%. Professional services represented 43% of the market in 2014 and its use is widespread.