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OpenStack Gains Traction in Australia

OpenStack Gains Traction in Australia

Australia is becoming an emerging hub of expansion for OpenStack, as the open source cloud platform has gained significant traction in the country. The young cloud market in Australia is ripe for the picking, and OpenStack has managed to make an impact. Cloud providers Aptira and Haylix are two examples of OpenStack success stories. Aptira relies on OpenStack to provide customers like Mecurial with cloud infrastructure for their business applications. Haylix uses OpenStack Object Storage and Akamai's content delivery network (CDN) to offer local businesses cloud-based redundant storage. Another example is NeCTAR, a case study for OpenStack, which features a 4,000-core... more »
A Closer Look at AWS Efficiency: Is Your Cloud Working Smarter or Harder?

A Closer Look at AWS Efficiency: Is Your Cloud Working Smarter or Harder?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the public cloud computing space, commanding more than 60 percent of market share and over one trillion data objects stored.  But being accustomed to physical products whose installation and operation are traditionally managed and monitored within the AWS data centers, the concept of behind the scenes of AWS usage for many of us is still a mystery. Newvem, a company that enhances cloud usage effectiveness through data analytics, and Visual.ly, the rapidly growing community of infographics and data visualizations, revealed an infographic based on analysis from Newvem's Reserved Instance Decision Making Tool.  It looks at the... more »
Xbox LIVE Goes Political with Real-Time Polling Capability for the 2012 Elections

Xbox LIVE Goes Political with Real-Time Polling Capability for the 2012 Elections

Microsoft is seeking to become the first limb of the future AllThing (a political body that consisted of the voting minds of an entire population seen in Dan Simmons’s Hyperion) by putting the ability to do live polling in the hands of Xbox LIVE users during the Presidential debates. Console owners will be given the advantage of being able to directly interact with a voting system while the debate progresses using their controllers and Kinects in order to cast votes. In the past this sort of system would have used a telephone dial in system or some other devices in... more »
SSD Storage, Virtualization Demand Converged Infrastructure says HP's Nunes

SSD Storage, Virtualization Demand Converged Infrastructure says HP's Nunes

“When you look at what flash is doing to storage and how virtualization changes the data center, how can it not be converged?” asked HP VP of Storage Marketing Craig Nunes in the Cube at VMworld 2012. “Otherwise you are still trapped in the traditional IT silos, which means everything is less efficient and you are over-provisioning.” Virtualization, flash, and cloud architectures, both public and private, are driving the convergence of server, storage, networking and management. Part of that is the idea flash moves storage for the more active data back to the server to meet the high IOPs demands of... more »
Savvis Collaborates with the Channel to Offer Wider Range of Services

Savvis Collaborates with the Channel to Offer Wider Range of Services

Savvis is launching its new Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem Program today, which provides third party vendors with the tools they need to integrate their solutions with the company’s own line-up. Savvis is a cloud infrastructure service provider that offers a lot of the standard stuff you might expect, such as consulting, enterprise content management and migration. There are also a few slightly more differentiated offerings, such as proximity hosting, which gives financial firms the option to run their apps in the physical vicinity of major exchanges in order to reduce lag, but this portfolio doesn’t come close to covering it all. That’s... more »
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Symantec, OpsCode Integrate with VMware @VMworld 2012

Security software maker Symantec and cloud automation provider OpsCode  both announced tighter integration with VMware’s data center virtualization solutions today, just as the company’s annual event is kicking into higher gear. Symantec’s update is the more extensive one: the company debuted new software and upgraded a few of its existing offerings for VMware environments. The latest addition to the vendor’s product-line is Cluster Server, which automatically provides failover between virtual machines. The solution, currently in beta, aims to speed up recovery without taking away from advanced functions. Symantec also rolled out v7.6 of its NetBackup suite. NetBackup Accelerator for VMware is touted as... more »
Samsung’s Galaxy Player 5.8: Biggest Media Player Yet, Biggest Waste Of Space

Samsung’s Galaxy Player 5.8: Biggest Media Player Yet, Biggest Waste Of Space

So far it’s business as usual for Samsung in the aftermath of its controversial court defeat to Apple last week. Seemingly undeterred, the Korean electronics firm has just announced the release of its whopping new Galaxy Player 5.8, the biggest platform yet in its range of Player devices for watching media and listening to music. Samsung’s previous Galaxy Players came in 3.6, 4.2 and 5.0 formats respectively, but its latest effort puts them to shame with a humongous display that even dwarfs that of its popular ‘phablet’, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. Unfortunately, the size of the device is just about the only... more »
Problems Continue for Apple's iCloud Service

Problems Continue for Apple's iCloud Service

Apple's iCloud service has received mixed reviews from Apple customers who normally unconditionally love all Apple products. Those reviews have ranged from complete adoration to disgust, including one user who lost everything after an iCloud hacker gained access to his account. Its reputation for unreliability has now reached the point where an app developer has elected to use another service, Simperium, to handle its syncing functionality. App developer Agile Tortoise has released its Drafts 2.0 and Drafts for iPad without iCloud syncing. Instead, syncing will be provided by Simperium, a third-party service originally developed exclusively for Simplenote. Aigle Tortoise's Greg Pierce... more »
Nirvanix Teams Up with TwinStrata, Rounds Out Storage Offering

Nirvanix Teams Up with TwinStrata, Rounds Out Storage Offering

Cloud storage startup Nirvanix has aligned itself with TwinStrata to create an integrated solution that is more accessible for enterprises. The Nirvanix-CloudArray couples Nirvanix storage with Twin Strata’s CloudArray, a solution that makes it easier to integrate off-site resources into an existing environment by creating so-called ‘cloud SANs.’  What the two firms are offering is a pre-configured bundle that comes with 50TB of remote storage, 12TB of high-performance on-site cache and uses up minimal admin time – all for an annual rate of $48,000. The pitch also includes security - ”military-grade, multi-level” protection on Nirvanix’s end and the built-in secure access from CloudArray... more »
OnLive Owed Creditors $40 Million at the Time of Insolvency

OnLive Owed Creditors $40 Million at the Time of Insolvency

OnLive, the pioneer of on-demand cloud gaming that declared its insolvency last week, has much more trouble to handle than originally known. The company was running short of funds at the time of insolvency, and owed around $40 million to its creditors. As reported by the firm handling the insolvency procedure, OnLive failed to find a buyer despite shopping itself around and was facing a complete shutdown of its services. "It was a company that was in dire straits. It only had days to live in terms of cash flow and the like," said Joel Weinberg, CEO of Insolvency Services Group,... more »

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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- 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.