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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 »
Major Cable ISPs Challenge Xbox on its Own Turf with Cloud Gaming

Major Cable ISPs Challenge Xbox on its Own Turf with Cloud Gaming

On the cusp of cloud-gaming outfit OnLive going down in flames and evaporating, it appears that major ISPs are looking into their own cloud-gaming delivery services to players who use Internet-enabled devices such as smart TVs. According to a report in Bloomberg, AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and Time Warner Cable Inc. expect to start trails in cloud gaming services as early as later this year with wider deployments expected as early as 2013. It’s suspected that this move might be a strategic maneuver against consoles such as Xbox, Wii, and PlayStation as these devices become less consoles and more Internet-connected... more »
Data's Common Language Keeps Global Fair Trade Compliant, Says Hiperos CEO

Data's Common Language Keeps Global Fair Trade Compliant, Says Hiperos CEO

There's something happening in IT that looks an awful lot like the supply chain of the 1990s, when Dell and Gateway (and now Apple) stay on top of the market by owning the supply chain.  It takes great skill to coordinate dozens of third party manufacturers, contractors, advertising firms and law firms to name a few.  Today, the supply chain mentality has shifted to enterprise software, where a winning business is one that can manage APIs and virtualized environments to stitch together a comprehensive effort. Helping to manage the "supply chain" is Hiperos, a compliance platform that keeps everyone on the... more »
AI On The Rise: Wozniak’s iPhone 45, Stock Market AI and Todai Robot

AI On The Rise: Wozniak’s iPhone 45, Stock Market AI and Todai Robot

Artificial intelligence will give dogs a run for their money as man's best friend; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes that in about 40 years or so, his iPhone will know more about him than any human. During his speech at the QUT Business Leaders’ Forum in Brisbane, the Silicon Valley icon told press that consumer products are moving towards artificial intelligence functions. “We’ve made very tiny strides so far in the area of artificial intelligence and yet that really is where the future is,” Woz told QUT attendees during his speech. “In 40 years we will have computers that are conscious,... more »
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A Complete Data Center In Just 10U Of Space? Dell Has One And It’s Not a vStart

The beauty of solutions such as vStart is that they are fully turnkey architectures.  Simply place the shipped racks in the data center, connect the rack to power and to the network and power on and begin using the hardware.  The mess and fuss of designing the environment is taken out of the equation. Generally, these solutions are shipped in either ½ rack or full rack configurations and everything you need to operate is included, including battery backup units, networking hardware, storage networking hardware, storage, servers and a hypervisor, such as VMware or Hyper-V.  All cabling is installed, connected and neatly... more »
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Embark for iPhone 5 Sees Success as an Apple Maps Aid

If you’re an iPhone 5 user or your device’s iOS has been upgraded to iOS 6, and aren't too pleased with Apple’s new Maps, you can try the apps found here.  On the list is a public transit app called Embark, which was quick to update for iOS 6 support. Embark delivers some of the most accurate, step-by-step directions tailored to specific metropolitan regions, giving riders the fastest routes to their destinations.  The plus side is, their public transit apps integrate closely with the new Apple Maps. “We believe it should be easy to get around big cities in the age of the smartphone,”... more »
IBM Boosts its Channel Strategy with MSP Initiatives

IBM Boosts its Channel Strategy with MSP Initiatives

IBM is promoting its SmartCloud and PureSystems line-up with new incentives for the managed service providers (MSPs) that provide client companies with the local expertise needed to get things up and running.  Big Blue is really sweetening the deal with this push, via the addition of ‘unmatched’ sales and marketing assistance as well as other forms of support. MSPs are getting access to a number of new resources, including a ‘significant part’ of IBM’s annual $100 million channel marketing budget.  Eligible partners can participate in a four-part education program on social media marketing, and will be able to leverage IBM’s analytics... more »
NZ Prime Minister Apologizes To Dotcom For Spying

NZ Prime Minister Apologizes To Dotcom For Spying

On September 24th, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that he had requested an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security regarding the Megaupload raid that happened in January because of  “unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the Government Communications Security Bureau.” The GCSB is New Zealand’s electronic intelligence-gathering agency, and part of ECHELON, the worldwide communication interception network that also includes the NSA and security agencies of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. The Prime Minister was informed by the director of the GCSB,  Ian Fletcher, last September 17 that in their haste to aid the US... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.