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Double Sales Growth for VirtuStream, Thanks to Solutions like NetApp

Double Sales Growth for VirtuStream, Thanks to Solutions like NetApp

Flexibility in supporting a range of architectures has been important for NetApp's appeal to customers and partners, including VirtuStream, who's been able to extend the benefits to its string of Fortune 500 companies.  Today we hear from Simon Aspinall, the chief marketing officer of the up-and-coming cloud service provider. Wikibon Founder Dave Vellante chatted up the VirtuStream executive at the NetApp Customer Day event at VMworld 2012 – watch the full interview below. Aspinall started by talking a bit about his company and what it has to offer. VirtuStream is essentially an AWS competitor that caters specifically to large enterprises. The... more »
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Sony Invests $645M In Olympus, Eyes Medical Field for Growth

Sony and Olympus announced an agreement that would benefit both parties.  Sony will be investing $645 million in Olympus, which would in turn make them the biggest shareholder in the company. Olympus currently holds about 70 percent of world’s market for medical endoscopes and Sony’s investment could help them jumpstart their efforts in the medical field which they already entered last year with the acquisition of the American medical diagnostics firm Micronics for an undisclosed sum. Sony’s president Kazuo Hirai believes that the medical field is lucrative business and they aim to make it as one of their core businesses in the... more »
Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe

Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe

The European Commission has launched a high-level strategy for cloud computing services.  The announcement came in the form of a release "Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe"  Key actions of the strategy include: Cutting through the jungle of technical standards so that cloud users get interoperability, data portability and reversibility; necessary standards should be identified by 2013; Support for EU-wide certification schemes for trustworthy cloud providers; Development of model 'safe and fair' contract terms for cloud computing contracts including Service Level Agreements; A European Cloud Partnership with Member States and industry to harness the public sector's buying power (20% of all IT spending) to... more »
RIM Delivers Better Quarter Report Than Expected

RIM Delivers Better Quarter Report Than Expected

Today’s mobile news roundup: RIM delivers better than expected quarterly report; Google’s new Field Trip app; and Sony announces unlocked Xperia acro S. RIM delivers better than expected quarterly report Research in Motion surprised analysts with their second quarter report which showed a loss of only $235 million - about half of what analysts expected.  They also reported revenue of $2.9 billion, two percent higher than predictions.  The slight increase is attributed to the increasing number of subscribers in developing regions such as Africa and Asia. "Subscribers grew to approximately 80 million global users, revenue grew sequentially from the first quarter, cash, cash... more »
Google Brazil President Takes Down Controversial Video After Arrest

Google Brazil President Takes Down Controversial Video After Arrest

Just hours after his brief arrest on Wednesday night, Google’s president of operations in Brazil has announced that the web company will remove a controversial YouTube video that slanders a mayoral candidate in that country. Fabio Jose Silva Coelho said in a statement that he had no choice left but to take down the controversial video after Google lost its appeal against a court order demanding its removal. A Brazilian judge had earlier ruled that the video was offensive to the candidate, who is due to run in local elections next month. Fabio Coelho said that one version of the video had... more »
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Smarter Not Harder: from Datacenter to Supply Chain

Datacenters may not be the greenest, most manageable products out there, but a recent article in The New York Times would have you believe that Facebook's datacenter was melting at the risk of losing 1 billion users' photos, or that Microsoft can't handle the countless servers needed to operate a software development conglomeration.  So while the Times article did in fact touch on some important concerns of power-hungry datacenters, it stopped short of the datacenter's full story. SiliconAngle Founding Editor John Furrier was quick to respond to the Times article, emphasizing the industry's current shift to a data-centric infrastructure where datacenters work smarter not... more »
Microsoft Tells Some Customers – Don’t Buy Office 2013 – w/ New Microsoft Office 365 Subscriptions

Microsoft Tells Some Customers – Don’t Buy Office 2013 – w/ New Microsoft Office 365 Subscriptions

As Microsoft continues its rather public evolution, some recently announced pricing models for Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 are set to change the way people think about buying Office altogether. The new Office 365 offerings consist of a subscription-based model that offers cost options to users across the spectrum. The Office 365 service has in fact seen a revamp in what’s known as “Wave 15”, which introduces a number of new features including Office on Demand, SkyDrive integration, Skype minutes, a “Metro” interface (technically not supposed to call it that), and rather importantly, support for public folders. Public folders had... more »
NetApp on Virtualization: Flash Strategy Looks to the Channel

NetApp on Virtualization: Flash Strategy Looks to the Channel

Flash is kind of a big deal for storage darling NetApp.  The company's seeking out the best strategy for Flash SSD, with emphasis on the partner channel.  Wikibon’s Dave Vellante caught up with Tim Russel, the head of data lifecycle products for NetApp, at the storage vendor’s mini event during VMworld 2012 (see the full video below). The two started by discussing NetApp’s early commitment to virtualization and its relations with VMware, an investment that paid off very well for the company so far. Now the firm is ready to tackle yet another big trend - flash storage. Russel provided a very... more »
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Breaking Analysis: Yahoo! Can Be Saved!

New Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has big plans for her new job, recently unveiling plans for the company’s future.  The plans sounded good but broad, and the fact that she did not give any details as to how those plans will be put into play is suspect of an ailing company. AllThingsD stated that Mayer did not show “highly specific plans for overhauling search and email, as well as an in-process and dramatic home page redesign. She also said little about what she is going to do with Yahoo’s recent cash haul from its sale of part of its stake in... more »
Symantec Source Code Released in Pirate Bay

Symantec Source Code Released in Pirate Bay

On Tuesday, Antisec posted Symantec’s Norton Utilities 2006 source code on Pirate Bay with an accompanying note stating: “As you all see its fully 7z packed content, whats in it!? The loosely Source Code of Norton Utilities 2006 made by one of the worse security vendors on planet earth, Symantec! Also as many of you know this was planned back before Sabu was arrested. Yeah McAfee you suck too! Anyhow with this release is nothing really to prove, just stop making shitty software in the name of god! Your are only killing our CPU's!” At the end, the note was signed with “Respect... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.