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This Week in Big Data: Funding, Security and Smart Grids

This Week in Big Data: Funding, Security and Smart Grids

This week was a very notable one for big thanks to a handful of updates, and a new startup that might just change the way we think of big data today.  Trifacta raised $$4.3 million from Accel’s Big Data fund for a solution that doesn’t just visualize insight, but also the analytics tools that produce it. The Trifacta team is developing an abstraction layer for Hadoop, MySQL and other databases that will spin code and queries based on simple instructions provided by the business users. The startup says its upcoming development will prove advantageous for both decision-makers and data scientists. sqrrl, another... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Oracle, Workday IPO and More

This Week in the Cloud: Oracle, Workday IPO and More

Oracle's annual event OpenWorld is one that really stood out this week. The 5-day event at San Francisco was packed with product updates, but it was Larry Ellison’s big keynote was what really made a mark. During his lengthy speech the CEO announced a number of new products, along with new direction for his company. Ellison unveiled the 12c release of Oracle’s database platform – the c stands for cloud, and the software is pegged as the first truly multi-tenant DB on the market. He also dwelt into a much more notable update – Oracle is making a push into the... more »
Hewlett-Packard Not Selling EDS, But Should

Hewlett-Packard Not Selling EDS, But Should

Hewlett-Packard’s stock is down more than 12 percent at a 10-year low of $14.91 after the company said it expects profit for fiscal year 2013 to be between $3.40 and $3.60 per share. Wall Street’s’ consensus estimate was a considerably higher at $4.18 a share. CEO Meg Whitman tried to do some PR damage control at an analyst event held this week at the company’s headquarters, but that didn’t seem to mitigate the aftermath too much. “The market reaction was brutal and Brian White of Topeka Capital markets called the new outlook a 'bomb' from the world's biggest PC maker," reads an... more »
SAP's Big Data Solution for Amazon Wannabes: HANA for B&M Stores

SAP's Big Data Solution for Amazon Wannabes: HANA for B&M Stores

Business intelligence kingpin SAP launched Precision Retailing  on Tuesday, a solution that offers customers an Amazon-like experience at the point-of-sale with item recommendations and custom suggestions.   The software is joined by a new app, the Retail Store Ops Manager, which was also unveiled at this week’s SAP Retail Forum North America. “Today’s companies want to become more customer-centric, they want to gain insight about each consumer’s behaviors and proclivities based on the volumes of rich data before, during and after each shopping activity,” said Greg Girard, program director, merchandise strategies, IDC. “Businesses that are able to do this and deliver... more »
Microsoft Uses Big Data To Help Save The World’s Most Endangered Species

Microsoft Uses Big Data To Help Save The World’s Most Endangered Species

The animal kingdom has a lot to thank big data for. Following last week’s news that Japanese scientists are mapping bluefin tuna populations to ensure a sustainable supply of sushi, Microsoft’s engineers are getting in on the act as well, lending a helping hand in the battle to save several of the world’s most endangered species from dying out. The software giant has teamed up with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in order to help ‘track and trace’ the 100 species considered to be most ‘at risk’ of extinction, which includes the golden lion tamarin monkey (pictured above),... more »
A Degree of “Badness” In Hacking? The Tales of the Bad, the Robinhoods, and the Hacktivists

A Degree of “Badness” In Hacking? The Tales of the Bad, the Robinhoods, and the Hacktivists

Gone are the days when society thinks of hackers as the greasy-haired geeks in pajamas who spend their entire life in front of the screen playing around with viruses and infecting networks for fun. Hacking has come a long way from this phase and face. This transformation gives us now the image of hackers—not as an untidy mob or an illegal and unprincipled community, but a hamlet of modern-day thinkers who are able to express their views of issues in articulate and well thought-out ways. Many consider them as watchdogs more than outlaws. Some still look at these folks negatively. Hacking comes in many... more »
Time To Make Sense of Tumblr with Union Metrics Analytics Tool

Time To Make Sense of Tumblr with Union Metrics Analytics Tool

Blogging platform Tumblr has teamed up with Union Metrics to finally be able to offer its users the chance to visualize and analyze traffic. The data visualization and analytics platform was unveiled by Tumblr’s marketing and revenue consultant Rick Webb, reports The Next Web. Union Metrics are the same people behind TweetReach, a tool that can track individual tweets on Twitter and map them as they go viral (or not). The new service, known as Union Metrics for Tumblr, works in a similar fashion, and will transform all of those reblogs, likes and notes into visual data that users can understand at... more »
QLogic Q2: an Opportunity to Restore Optimism

QLogic Q2: an Opportunity to Restore Optimism

QLogic plans to announce financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013 later this month on the 25th, according to a statement. Last quarter QLogic failed to meet analysts’ expectations with net income of $18.4 million, or 19 cents per share, on sales of $131.3.  Revenue in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 was $144.5 million.  Chief executive Jean Hu said during the call that the company’s decline is ‘consistent’ with customer trends. The networking equipment vendor beat its internal forecast in the fourth quarter of 2012, but analysts weren’t too ecstatic about the results. In 4Q2012 QLogic’s revenue dropped... more »
EMC and Oracle: Coopetition in the Cloud, Converged Stacks

EMC and Oracle: Coopetition in the Cloud, Converged Stacks

EMC’s Director of Strategic Alliances Jason Kotsaftis is a regular attendee of Oracle’s OpenWorld, 15 times in a row.  At theCube, he sat down with SiliconANGLE CEO and Founder John Furrier and Wikibon Co-founder Dave Vellante, to talk about the evolution of the industry, their relationship with Oracle, and Oracle’s cloud approach (full interview below). Kotsaftis mentioned that when he first attended the conference, Oracle was a software database company while EMC was a storage company.  But now, Oracle has gone from software and apps to infrastructure and EMC from hardware and storage up into software.  He noted that it’s an... more »
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When Virtual Classrooms Meet Reality

It seems like everyday we are getting hit with another way that technology is changing the world; cars that can drive themselves, voice activated home entertainment systems, flat screen TV’s the size of an entire wall of most houses, and high school education. In the tough economy budgets across the board are being cut, and schools are suffering immensely from this but technology is once again changing the game.  Technology is softening the blow of massive budget and staffing cuts by offering a wide range of classes for students using already existing technology. Virtual budget reform . Platforms like the VHS Collaborative offer core... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.