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Big Data Needs More Flexibility for Today's Socially-Driven Marketing

Lattice Engines, the provider of Large Data Sales, announced the results of an independent survey showing the importance of big data to drive sales growth. The survey, conducted in association with CSO Insights, looks at more than 200 corporate executives and sales professionals to shed light on the most critical challenges a sales organization has today, including the need to find new ways to manage and obtain fundamental knowledge from an exponentially growing amount of data available in internal, external and social networks. Big Data has the potential The report, “Why Big Data Should be a Big Deal for Sales,” estimated that... more »
FalconStor Unveils RecoverTrac 2.5, Significant Improvements

FalconStor Unveils RecoverTrac 2.5, Significant Improvements

Data protection solutions maker FalconStor debuted the latest release of its RecoverTrac disaster recovery software today.  Version 2.5 features a number of significant improvements that adds a lot of value across the board according to the company, from better performance to automated testing. “At the core of every business lies its most valuable asset, data, which must be protected against human error, equipment failure and natural disasters, while at the same time always being available,” said Darrell Riddle, senior director of product marketing at FalconStor Software. “Every minute companies focus on recovering data and critical IT services is time lost running... more »
VMworld 2012 Starts Next Week! [schedule]

VMworld 2012 Starts Next Week! [schedule]

As Kristen noted this morning, VMworld is nearly upon us, and we on #theCube team have made our final preparations, renders, notes, and most importantly, schedules for our third year of coverage at the event. We have a stellar lineup of guests this year, and the line-up is filled to the rafters with superstars. We have incoming VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger on again this year, Cube Alum and Dell/Wyse head Tarkan Maner, HP's Craig Nunes, and just wall-to-wall C-Level executives all week long. You can tune in to the coverage on any SiliconANGLE property, or watch the high quality stream @ siliconangle.tv. .tblGenFixed... more »
IBM’s Next Gen Mainframe Chip Debuts Next Week

IBM’s Next Gen Mainframe Chip Debuts Next Week

Mainframes have been around for a long time but they’re not out just yet. And IBM, which has a huge chunk of the market thanks to its more modernized System z line-up, is getting ready to unveil zNext, a new generation chip that will pack a lot more juice. The Register picked up the date of an online webcast featuring a few mainframe partners and customers on August 28. The date coincides with an IBM keynote during the Hot Chips 24 conference in which company representatives will be discussing zNext and the eight-core Power7+ processors, another upcoming product. zNext offers a maximum clock... more »
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VSphere 5 Adoption Higher than Expected, 88% of Users Happy [Report]

A just-published Wikibon survey of vSphere users with a focus on virtualizing storage found greater adoption rates for vSphere 5 than expected and found most respondents happy with the new version. In his summary of the results, posted on the Wikibon site, Consultant Ralph Finos, who conducted the study for Wikibon, wrote that 60% of the 158 survey respondents reported using vSphere 5 predominantly. Only 3% said they had no plans for vSphere 5 adoption, while 18% were in test phase and 20% were planning their adoption strategy. Some 88% of survey participants reported “a high level of satisfaction with the... more »
QLogic's New Adapter Cards to Have Built-in Flash Caches

QLogic's New Adapter Cards to Have Built-in Flash Caches

QLogic's newest server adapter cards will come with flash storage built into them, transforming them into PCIe-connected flash caches. The cache is designed to reduce I/O waits that delay CPU performance due to disk latency or network cross times. The adapter cards sit in the server-SAN data path between a server and the networked block storage arrays. The application acceleration boost could be up to 90 percent and could also result in better response times and the ability to run more virtual machines without risk of bogging down a system. QLogic's new cards could prove to be very useful as it battles... more »
Nutanix Sets Out to Make the Affordable Data Center of Tomorrow

Nutanix Sets Out to Make the Affordable Data Center of Tomorrow

Nutanix has raised $33 million in Series C funding from investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Khosla Ventures, as well as new investors Battery Ventures and Goldman Sachs. This round of investments brought the company up to $71 million in finances, so now the company can expand in sales, marketing, support and double up on R&D. Nutanix has over 70 customers, some of which are in technology, healthcare, advertising, higher education and US federal, and most are repeat consumers. Based in San, Jose California, the company was founded in 2009 by a team that built systems like the scalable Google File System,... more »
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Apache Software Foundation Starts Drilling in Hadoop

The Apache Software Foundation has launched Drill, the latest project, which serves as a mechanism to enable faster queries of data sets for Hadoop users.  According to Tomer Shiran, director of product management for Hadoop and founding member of the Drill project, the new software has been established as an Apache Incubator Project, so continued development has been opened up to software designers all around the globe. "There's quite a few people actively developing on the project now, so I don't think it will be a long time before we have an early version released." "We've spent quite a few months talking... more »
Wikibon Survey Shows Growing Interest in Alternative Hypervisors

Wikibon Survey Shows Growing Interest in Alternative Hypervisors

The Wikibon survey on virtualization, although focused on vSphere adoption and VMware use in general, also provides some evidence of growing interest in other hypervisors among VMware users, says Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in his new Alert “VMware's hypervisor hold may be waning”. This year's survey, for the first time, included a question asking what other hypervisors besides VMware, if any, respondents were using in-house. The survey did not ask for any further information, such as how those alternative hypervisors were being used or what plans the respondents were considering for them. The surprising result was that 56% of the 158 respondents... more »
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VMware Fusion 5 Packs 70 New Features, More Enterprise Capabilities

VMware just launched Fusion 5 for the Mac, the latest release of one of its most popular consumer products.  It includes several tweaks, and for the first time, a set of ‘pro’ features for business users that want to run Windows on their Macintosh. Fusion 5 ships with full support for Mountain Lion and all of the upcoming Windows 8 editions, as well as the (formerly known as) Metro interface. The software now lets you fire up Windows programs in Launchpad, and includes AirPlay support so multimedia can be streamed to an HDTV from the Windows VM. VMware also touts 40 percent faster... more »

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- 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.

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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.

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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.

- Stuart Miniman

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.