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Goodbye to Tape - RainStor FastForward is Transforming Data Archives

Goodbye to Tape - RainStor FastForward is Transforming Data Archives

Data – always growing and changing, that's for sure.  The advent of Big Data technologies has made a permanent impact to the enterprise, how they architect data, how they use data, and how they store data.  One of the offsets of that is that many companies have had to rethink their data archival plan.  Enterprises commonly put data on tape, a medium that is really a tech remnant that has been around too long.  Though the medium itself is cheap, there are many costs to using it including storage, cataloging, personnel, and a very realistic speed limit.  It’s hard to... more »
NetApp VP of Products Leaves for Big Data Startup

NetApp VP of Products Leaves for Big Data Startup

Manish Goel, the executive vice president of production operations for NetApp, is resigning effective Friday, September 20. NetApp said that the veteran executive is leaving the company to assume the role of chief executive officer for an unnamed analytics startup in the San Francisco Bay Area. Goel has handed over the reins to George Kurian, who formerly served as the senior vice president of NetApp's Data ONTAP Group. Kurian joined the vendor in 2011 as senior vice president of the Storage Solutions Group. Goel is the second NetApp executive to resign this month. Vaughn Stewart, the company’s former director of technical marketing... more »
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Lumeta Puts its Weight Behind Juniper’s Big SDN Push

Lumeta, a privately-held provider of network discovery solutions, has joined the Juniper Networks SDN Technology Program to integrate its flagship IPsonar suite with the vendor’s newly unveiled Contrail platform. The latter offering builds on technology Juniper obtained through the 2012 acquisition of Contrail Systems to decouple network management functions from the underlying hardware. Contrail is based on an open controller that virtualizes physical network infrastructure to enhance orchestration and simplify the deployment of IP-based services. According to Lumeta, iPsonar will take advantage of this abstraction to help organizations “test the security posture of their virtualized networks within an ever-changing SDN environment.”... more »
Qualaroo Brings Audience Surveys to the Mobile Web

Qualaroo Brings Audience Surveys to the Mobile Web

Modern web analytics tools offer unprecedented insight into page views and visitor activity, but there are many questions that Big Data cannot yet answer. An emerging web marketing startup called Qualaroo is working to bridge this knowledge gap the old fashion way. Founded in 2012 by a group of industry veterans who “found it surprising that marketers rarely understand the unique needs and intentions of visitors to their website,” Qualaroo sells a web survey tool that lets consumer-facing companies tap their audiences for insights into webpage usability and appeal. The startup is diving into the mobile space with a new solution called... more »
Tracking Gadgets for Snowboarders, Slouchers + Health Nuts

Tracking Gadgets for Snowboarders, Slouchers + Health Nuts

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a gadget for people who engage in extreme sports, a gadget to keep your back straight as a board, and a gadget to quickly assess your overall wellness. Trace: tracking for X-treme sports   Most fitness trackers aren’t suitable for extreme sports such as skateboarding, surfing, skiing and snowboarding because the movements involved in these activities are different from those involved in walking, running, jogging, or doing other land-based activities.  Thanks to crowdfunding, surfers, skaters and boarders now have a device designed specifically for their kind of action. Dubbed Trace, this project received more than $160,000 in its recently... more »
How Facebook Plans To Get The Whole World Online: Cheaper, Bigger Data

How Facebook Plans To Get The Whole World Online: Cheaper, Bigger Data

Facebook, which recently teamed up with the likes of Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, Opera and others to launch the Internet.org initiative a few weeks ago, has just published a white paper that outlines its master plan to wire up the rest of the world to the web. For those unfamiliar with Internet.org, the initiative was launched last August 20 with a website that claims the group is dedicated to helping the approximately two thirds of the world's population – around five billion people - living without internet access to get online. It's not an entirely charitable cause, as Facebook would only... more »
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IBM Announces $1 Billion Linux Investment

IBM this morning announced a multi-year, $1 billion investment in  Linux on Power Systems that will include a new developer center in Montpellier, France, for European Linux developers and a new Linux on Power development cloud that is available free of charge to developers. This is in addition to the string of major Linux announcements IBM has made over the last few months including the 7R4 four-socket Linux-only Power server, the Open Power initiative with  development centers in Beijing, Austin, and New York City, its commitment to OpenStack, and the steady porting of more than 140 core IBM applications and... more »
Metrofied Firefox Unlikely to be Seen Until 2014

Metrofied Firefox Unlikely to be Seen Until 2014

Mozilla will be rolling out the Firefox 24 for Windows, Mac, and Linux today as well as for Android. The updated Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux has new features such as support for new scrollbar style in Mac OS X 10.7 and newer, implemented Close tabs to the right, and ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out.  There were also some aspects that were changed for the sake of developers, such as accessibility related improvements on using pinned tabs (see 577727), major SVG rendering improvements around Image tiling and scaling (see 600207), improved and... more »
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In Bold Move to Automate Data Management, NetApp Puts Storage Closer to Compute : Supports AWS Hyperscale + Virtualization

Better cloud interoperability - a not-so-lofty goal for NetApp in its audacious push to establish Data ONTAP as a common fabric for private, hybrid and public cloud environments. NetApp is introducing a new solution for migrating data between on- and off-premise infrastructure with today's launch of a Universal Data Platform, a potential game-changer in the software-defined world that connects disparate clouds and rethinks the physical positioning of storage closer to the compute.  With this, NetApp is making things more streamlined for data access, management and especially automation.  NetApp is promising "more consistent data management" for today's software-defined infrastructure, recognizing that... more »
Google Bumps Its Way To Yet Another Acquisition

Google Bumps Its Way To Yet Another Acquisition

Near Field Communication has many use cases, for example transferring files or processing payments, but the technology has so far failed to gain traction as there are doubts regarding its security.  Even Apple, which loves to experiment with new technologies, isn't convinced that bump-to-transfer is something its devices should have. Still, the allure of bumping devices to share information is intriguing, thus Bump Technologies’ Bump app has managed to gain popularity by allowing iOS to experience the bump-to-share functionality of NFC without Apple's say so, even if their device doesn’t have an NFC chip. Using Bump, users can share info with... more »

Premium Research

- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.