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The Winners and Losers in Nokia's New Map Deal with Oracle

Our very own Kristen Nicole made an appearance at the SiliconANGLE News Desk with Kristin Feledy to discuss the recently announced partnership between Nokia and Oracle (full video below).  The database giant’s enterprise customers will now have access to Nokia’s mapping technology, and Kristen views the collaboration as a big opportunity for both firms. Nokia first put itself on the map (pun intended) when it acquired Navteq in 2007, and the assets from that deal serve as the foundation of the company’s current line-up.  Over the years the mobile manufacturer augmented Navteq’s software with more integration capabilities as well as better business... more »
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Price Will be a Big Hurdle for HP's New Windows 8 Tablet/PC Stand-In

After a number of mistrials, changed minds and fired CEOs, HP is finally looking to re-enter the tablet market.  We've been hearing a bit about their revamped plans for the mobile industry from new CEO Meg Whitman, along with expectations for a Windows 8 tablet in the near future.  But a new tablet from HP reassures the public that  they are in fact serious about their refreshed mobile strategy, targeting the enterprise first. The ElitePad 900 features a machined aluminum case that holds Intel's new Clover Trail processors, a 10.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen with 1280 x 800 resolution with a 16:10... more »
FreedomPop Launches Free 4G Data Public Beta Service

FreedomPop Launches Free 4G Data Public Beta Service

FreedomPop is finally kicking off its highly anticipated beta service, giving away a hefty 500MB of free 4G data to anyone who cares to take it off their hands each month. For those who need more megabytes, the mobile virtual network operator will also sell a range of per-paid plans, but in addition to that, it’s also offering users a chance to ‘earn’ more data through social media interaction. Those interested in FreedomPop’s rather generous offer have precisely two weeks to say so, before it dishes out free hot-spots and USBs to the expected thousands that take them up on their offer. On... more »
Bitcoin Foundation Flexes PR Muscles for Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Gets Futures Market

Bitcoin Foundation Flexes PR Muscles for Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Gets Futures Market

Looks like Bitcoin is getting itself a little more news recently with the formation of the Bitcoin Foundation—a recently formed PR organization seeking to clean up the bad reputation that the cryptocurency has gained in the wake of numerous hacks of trading websites and it’s association with potential criminality. Also in the news is that Bitcoin exchange ICBIT has quietly added a futures market that involves bitcoins as its main currency including gold futures and crude oil. The Bitcoin Foundation The mission of the Bitcoin Foundation looks to provide three major things to the Bitcoin community: A standards body with open discussion... more »
Which is Better, Google or Nokia Maps?

Which is Better, Google or Nokia Maps?

Apple’s new Maps has managed to irritate a lot of users, and things didn't get any better when their own CEO recommended other navigation services while they sort things out.  Of course, even before Tim Cook advertised rival apps, a lot of people already took the liberty fix the problem Apple created (see a list of Apple Maps alternatives here). Adding insult to injury was news today that Oracle's teaming with Nokia for their mapping technology, reiterating the demand for location-aware data layers in the enterprise and beyond.  But while Apple seems to be the biggest loser here, it's actually Google... more »
Oracle OpenWorld Day 1 Recap: More Databases & Lock-in, Nokia Maps Team Up

Oracle OpenWorld Day 1 Recap: More Databases & Lock-in, Nokia Maps Team Up

Oracle OpenWorld kicked off yesterday, with the company releasing a big batch of updates they'd saved up for the event. The big highlight was Larry Ellison’s hour-long keynote entitled “Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together: Why It’s A Different Approach.” Ellison provided long-anticipated details on all the major products that Oracle has lined up for the coming months, dedicating a good bit of time to the latest release of his company’s database software.  12c is pegged as the ‘first multi-tenant database in the world’ –several years the making, this edition makes it possible to manage multiple DBs in a single logical... more »
Yandex Rips Off Google's Tech, Then Declares War

Yandex Rips Off Google's Tech, Then Declares War

Following the success of Chinese internet giants Baidu, who fended off the challenge from Google by rolling out a variety of its own products, including web browsers, mobile browsers, maps and cloud storage, Russian search engine kings Yandex have their sights set on a very similar goal. Yandex, who already commands 60% of search in Russia, has just opened up two new fronts in its war on Google, offering a new internet browser that mixes elements of both Chrome and Opera, and an alternative to the Google Play store. Even more painful for Google is that Yandex’s new products are remarkably similar... more »
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Oracle Refreshes MySQL with New Features

The Oracle OpenWorld 2012 event officially kicked off yesterday and will run through the 4th of October in San Francisco. CEO Larry Ellison kicked things off with the introduction of the latest version of its 12c database software.  Oracle aims to be the ultimate cloud service as the new version launches on the three tiers of cloud: software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).  They plan on launching the service in the fastest computers in the world. "We're adding a new line of business, cloud computing, to our traditional business of selling software and selling hardware... and we're going to sell it on... more »
Revealed: The Most Disturbing Malware Ever Made

Revealed: The Most Disturbing Malware Ever Made

So you thought you were safe, cooped up in the privacy of your own home, with the doors locked and the windows shut tight? Well, if you own a smartphone, you might want to think again... Details of a new kind of ‘visual’ malware are just emerging, an altogether different beast that has to rank as one of the most unsettling ideas that hackers have ever conceived (and believe me, they’ve had some creepy ideas in the past). Dubbed “PlaceRaider”, the malware in question has been designed to work on any Android phone running version 2.3 or above, and disguises itself in... more »
Iran Lifts Ban On Some Google Services, Re-Blocks YouTube

Iran Lifts Ban On Some Google Services, Re-Blocks YouTube

Last week, Iran announced that they would be blocking Google’s search and e-mail service as they deploy their own domestic internet system.  The domestic internet service was rolled out to government agencies and offices, and it is their aim to make it available to every Iranian by 2013. The Google block is deemed as another way Iran is suppressing Internet freedom of their people, but the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) said the ban was connected to the anti-Islamic film posted on Google’s video-sharing network YouTube, which spurred outrage throughout the Muslim world.  However, this theory was not confirmed by the... 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.