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The importance of the channel : Datalink talks Converged Infrastructure integration

Converged infrastructure adoption has grown in recent years, leading  many distributors already specializing in storage or networking to expand their offerings for the infrastructure stack. Datalink, a datacenter services and solutions provider, has made it possible for distribution channels such as NetApp/Cisco FlexPod, VCE Vblock, EMC VSPEX, HDS storage, VMware vCHS, to adopt to this trend by expanding to a full datacenter focus. Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman recently caught up with Datalink’s Practice Director of Virtual Data Centers Kent Christensen and Director of Cloud Service Management Mark Myers and discussed the trends surrounding IT, converged infrastructure, virtualization, and future trends such as... more »
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Superior Group CIO talks social enterprise and reporting | #IBMIoD

Appearing on theCUBE at IBM’s recent Information on Demand 2013 summit in Las Vegas, Tom DeClerck, an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in leading IT projects, got down to the nitty-gritty of managing infrastructure for a midsize company. DeClerck is the CIO of Superior Group, a privately-held staffing agency based in Buffalo, New York. Founded in 1957, the firm offers recruitment and payroll solutions as well as project outsourcing and managed services. Superior Group deployed SAP ERP in July 2010 and started rolling out IBM Connections and IBM Cognos last year. The company is currently beta testing an SAP... more »
Feeling lost? Now you can ask a celebrity for directions with Waze

Feeling lost? Now you can ask a celebrity for directions with Waze

Navigation gets a twist with help from celebrities, so the next time you're feeling lost, simply call up your favorite actor, comedian or musician and ask them for help. At least, that's the promise of Waze, the popular traffic and navigation service that uses the input of its millions of users to help people get from Point A to B in the fastest and easiest way possible.  Waze provides users with real-time data regarding traffic conditions, with all of that information being crowdsourced from its users, making it the most up-to-date service of its kind. Now, Waze has amped up its offering... more »
4 ways Apple might use PrimeSense's motion tracking technology

4 ways Apple might use PrimeSense's motion tracking technology

After months of speculation and rumors, Apple has finally confirmed the acquisition of PrimeSense, the semiconductor company that specializes in advancements in motion tracking technology. The rumors about Apple acquiring PrimeSense first appeared in July, although these were quickly dismissed by both companies. Even so, people familiar with the matter stated that talks regarding the deal were well underway despite the denial of both parties. Last week, the same rumors resurfaced and both companies kept schtum once again.  But this weekend the deal seems to have finally been wrapped up, with Apple confirming the acquisition on Sunday. The company said it had acquired... more »
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IBM fellow on bad data and analytics | #IBMIoD

Jeff Jonas, an IBM Fellow and the chief scientist of Big Blue’s Entity Analytics Group, dropped by theCUBE at Information on Demand 2013 to share his unique perspective on Big Data variety and the importance of errors in delivering better insights. Kicking off the discussion, Jonas recalls working with a European bank that sought to find customers on Twitter in order to map brand perception and improve complaint handling. The task was proven impossible after an internal survey found that identification accuracy would be far too low to justify the expenditure, an obstacle that Jonas says could have been avoided altogether... more »
Inside the DNA of Big Data: The future of medicine & storage

Inside the DNA of Big Data: The future of medicine & storage

As Big Data gets even bigger, we're going to need more elaborate ways of storing it than current technology allows. One idea that's been floated about before is using DNA as a means of storing data, but it's no longer just a theory – scientists at Harvard University say that doing so is a foregone conclusion, and it'll soon be possible to store the entire content of the entire World Wide Web within just 75 grams of DNA material. Led by George Church and Sri Kosuri at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, a team of researchers have recently figured out a way... more »
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Ray Wang on Big Blue’s Battle with AWS | #IBMIoD

The largest legal battle in the history of the cloud ended this June when a federal court dismissed a complaint by IBM against the CIA’s decision to award a $600 million IT infrastructure contract to Amazon. The ruling marked a major victory for AWS, but the deal pales in comparison to what’s at stake now: a trillion-plus cloud market that Jeff Bezos’s firm is well on its way to overtake. Can Big Blue keep pace with Amazon? That’s the question we asked Constellation Research founder and theCUBE alumnus Ray Wang at IBM Information on Demand 2013. The analyst says that the... more »
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How will traditional IT vendors keep up with AWS? | #re:Invent2013

With DevOps starting to gain traction outside of Silicon Valley, a growing number of developers are bypassing their CIOs in adopting cloud services that deliver on the promise of simplified provisioning and full stack integration. Amazon is capitalizing on this trend to reshape the vendor landscape and establish itself as the dominant player in enterprise IT, a vision that doesn’t leave much room for the competition. Traditional vendors have no choice but to adapt or perish, theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante observed at the end of the company’s recently concluded re:Invent 2013 summit. Amazon is “light years” ahead of... more »
Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto 'linked' to the Silk Road

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto 'linked' to the Silk Road

The mysterious entity that is Satoshi Nakamoto is best known as being the person (or persons) behind the creation of the Bitcoin digital currency, but now a new report suggests that he (or she) may have also helped to fund the online drugs marketplace known as the Silk Road. The accusation comes from a couple of Israeli computer scientists, who stumbled upon a puzzling financial link between Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht, AKA "Dread Pirate Roberts", and a Bitcoin account that's presumed to be owned by the cryptocurrency's secretive inventor, reports the New York Times. That there's a link between the... more »
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Amazon differentiates on scale | #re:Invent2013

TheCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante concluded Amazon’s action-packed re:Invent 2013 conference with a breakdown of the newest AWS services followed by an in-depth discussion of the competitive landscape for cloud computing. Amazon unveiled a slew of solutions during the three-day event, including a stream processing engine called Kinesis, RDS replication across multiple Availability Zones, and two new instance types called i2 and C3. Designed for computationally intensive workloads, the latter utilizes flash storage and cutting edge Xeon E5 processors to optimize performance - potentially enabling users to reduce software licensing costs, Vellante notes. The way Furrier sees it, Amazon is... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

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