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Cloudera's Ecosystem Continues to Grow. More Hadoop for the Enterprise

Cloudera's Ecosystem Continues to Grow. More Hadoop for the Enterprise

Cloudera's ecosystem just keeps growing, Syncscort being the latest to join the Cloudera Connect Partner Program.  That includes certification for Cloudera's  DMExpress software for CDH4 and Cloudera Enterprise, the open-source version of the vendor’s Hadoop distribution. DMExpress will make it easier for enterprises to connect their Hadoop deployment with existing systems, with a number of benefits.  End users gain direct insight to the data and analytics they need, while also making the data scientist’s job easier by adding the capability to migrate info between the Hadoop file system and any specialized tools they may be using. "An important part of the value we bring... more »
Why the Automotive Industry May Be Ready for the Cloud

Why the Automotive Industry May Be Ready for the Cloud

A move to the cloud may be coming in a big wave for the automotive industry, according to one analyst. Cloud computing will change the industry, just as it has for many others already. Three main areas in the automotive industry are poised for a cloud liftoff, namely: partnerships and integration, manufacturer to dealer to customer chain, and automotive infotainment. In the case of automotive infotainment, the cloud has already made an impact. From online maps to music managers, cloud tools are finding their ways into cars in a big way. Microsoft, Android, QNX, and Genivi have already envisioned cloud-connected infotainment devices. On... more »
Autodesk Releases Affordable Cloud-Based Simulation Software

Autodesk Releases Affordable Cloud-Based Simulation Software

Autodesk is now offering a cloud-based version of its simulation software, and that is happy news for those who found the on-premise version to be too much for their wallets. Simulation 360 cost users around $3,200 a year, a fraction of what they would normally pay for simulation software. Normally, simulation software would cost somewhere between $20,000 and $100,000 per user per year. Users would also have to fork over quite a bit of cash to purchase and maintain the mega-systems required to run the software. Simulation 360's cloud alternative eliminates many of those concerns, especially the prohibitive cost. In addition to... more »
This Week in Big Data: Cisco Gets Smart, Cloudera Games Up

This Week in Big Data: Cisco Gets Smart, Cloudera Games Up

There were several highlights from the analytics space this week, including a couple of major partnerships. Syncsort, a maker of data integration software, signed up for the Cloudera Connect Partner Program to get its DMExpress platform certified for CDH4 and Cloudera Enterprise.  DMExpress has been available for HortonWorks users  since June, so this is a big win for both Syncsort – which increased the availability of its platform – and Cloudera, which can now compete better in the market. The news was followed by a big reveal from another big data firm, Pentaho, who entered into a lucrative partnership with networking giant... more »
Facebook Returns to the Nymwar: Users Asked to Snitch on Friends Not Using Real Names

Facebook Returns to the Nymwar: Users Asked to Snitch on Friends Not Using Real Names

The fight over the ability to maintain a type of anonymity on social media originally spoken of as fiascos surrounding “Real Name policies” and dubbed the “Nymwar” (after psudeonym) has returned to the table once again as Facebook opened up another salvo. In what looks like a cynical attempt to discover if users are using their real names or not, pop-ups are appearing on people’s dashboards asking if their friends are using their real names or not. Blogger Paul Bernal discovered this questionnaire and posted about it on his blog, outlining the nature of the questions and how that might affect... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Mobile Development, OpenStack and Integration

This Week in the Cloud: Mobile Development, OpenStack and Integration

A couple of updates from the mobile dev cloud stood out in this week’s top stories: both Microsoft and appMobi have made a move to increase their appeal to app developers with new hosted platforms. Microsoft has stepped it up with this week’s launch of Azure Mobile Services, infrastructure customized to make it as straight-forward as possible for mobile developers to manage their apps, the data that those apps use and a number of other things. The only catch is that Mobile Services only works with Windows 8 apps for now, but support for Android, iOS and Windows Phone  is due... more »
iPhone 5 Price Hits $3700

iPhone 5 Price Hits $3700

People flip things all the time.  They might buy a car, spit-shine some of the rust, mark it up, and profit.  A buddy of mine is in the classic arcade game business.  He finds a classic pinball or video game, restores it cosmetically and functionally then finds a buyer.  Once upon a time, I used to find things to sell on eBay.  The common denominator in all of these is demand.  Demand makes these things possible; nobody would fix things that no one would buy.  Today there is possibly no greater coveted pop-culture item than an iPhone 5.   An interesting... more »
Oracle Changes Its Tune About the Cloud, Saves Stock Despite Sales Decline

Oracle Changes Its Tune About the Cloud, Saves Stock Despite Sales Decline

The cloud is here to stay.  A hard pill for Oracle to swallow, but a necessary one indeed.  The database giant saved its stock prices with news of its cloud strategy, regaining investor interest despite a 24 percent decline in Oracle's hardware business.  There's been a bevy of cloud service providers layering convenience and low prices with a business model quite different from Oracle's.  Many are going public, including old rival David Duffield, the man behind the cloud startup Workday. Oracle made a profit of $2.03 billion or 53 cents a share, up 11 percent from last year and on par... more »
Channel Partners can Leverage PaaS to Gain Competitive Advantage

Channel Partners can Leverage PaaS to Gain Competitive Advantage

Channel partners can and should leverage the potential speed and cost advantages of platforms-as-a-service to gain cost and implementation speed advantages in the marketplace writes independent analyst and Wikibon community member Derek Singleton in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert. Singleton, who provides advice on software selection on his Software Advice Web site, writes that PaaS can allow channel partners to develop and implement solutions faster and at less overall expense than on-premise software providers while providing systems that are better tailored to their specific client base than either general software or Software-as-a-Service providers. He provides three specific recommendations for achieving competitive... more »
Intel Targets Faster Cloud Computing with New HPC Chips

Intel Targets Faster Cloud Computing with New HPC Chips

Intel has revealed that its new server chips will be designed to address the growing needs of cloud services and high-performance computing (HPC) applications. These new Xeon server chips are not even on the schedule for release, but Intel says they will integrate a converged fabric controller and increase performance for data-intensive operations, such as analytics. The integrated fabric controller will afford servers with bandwidth of over 100 gigabytes per second, considerably faster than today's I/O and network interfaces. It will also provide a wider pipe, making it easier to scale across distributed computing environments. Best of all, Intel promises all... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.