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What Happened to OnLive? Cloud Gaming Outfit Closes Up Shop and Evaporates

What Happened to OnLive? Cloud Gaming Outfit Closes Up Shop and Evaporates

Friday last week wasn’t much of a TGIF for cloud-based gaming company OnLive employees as the company laid off its entire staff and closed its doors. According to an article in Polygon this caught the entire gaming industry by surprise and the confirmation came down from a report out of Kotaku that confirmed that OnLive is planning to file for a bankruptcy-like process involving an out-of-court insolvency proceeding. Although the company is apparently being bought by a third party (in line with the insolvency proceeding) the entity of OnLive is probably going to cease to exist as a company even if... more »
Looking Back at VMworld 2011: Did the Vision of Security and Flash Come True?

Looking Back at VMworld 2011: Did the Vision of Security and Flash Come True?

VMworld 2012 is just a week away, and now is a good opportunity to reflect on what came out of the gathering – one of the largest annual conferences in IT – last year. Security was a big deal at VMworld 2011.  Last year a long string of successful attacks on enterprises and government agencies drew a lot of attention to this area, a then somewhat neglected field, and it didn’t go over the heads of the attendees either. VMware CTO Steve Herrod stopped by theCube, where he predicted a lot of progress to be made around accommodating mobile in the enterprise.... more »
Hear from Citrix Engineer, VMware Author at Live Wikibon Event Tomorrow

Hear from Citrix Engineer, VMware Author at Live Wikibon Event Tomorrow

Wikibon is once again holding their Peer Incite tomorrow, August 21.  Peer Incite is a research meeting held periodically wherein “a guest presenter(s) is prompted by the moderator and delivers a 10-15 minute introductory discussion, puts forth a premise and then the community discusses the implications for the remaining 40 minutes or so. The sessions are highly interactive in a discussion format, not a presentation format.” Tomorrow’s Peer Incite guests will be  Nathan Smith, Senior Citrix Engineer at Centered Networks and renowned author, Duncan Epping, of VMware.  The Wikibon community and the guests will be discussing issues such as: What big-data analytics... more »
How One Massive School District Gets Efficient with EMC

How One Massive School District Gets Efficient with EMC

EMC’s VNX unified storage and DataDomain deduplication technology are being used by The Toronto District School Board, the fourth largest district in North America,  to achieve greater operational efficiency. TDSB supports 6,000 schools that are compromised by 250,000 students and 40,000 staff. Consultants from EMC’s Global Services business provided the “skills support and knowledge transfer” to virtualize the board’s poorly managed 325-terabyte storage infrastructure with Hyper-V and migrate from SAS to Flash 1 strategy. The latter is a relatively new enhancement to the VNX FAST software suite, which, as of the update, pushes efficiency up a notch by enabling users to... more »
B&N Nook Heads to UK as iPad Mini Hype Grows

B&N Nook Heads to UK as iPad Mini Hype Grows

It’s been quite a while since we took a look at what OEMs have to offer in the tablet market, and as Apple's press event nears, the industry is taking measures to prepare for whatever devices Apple will unveil.  We’ll look at what just launched, soon to launch and of course, rumored devices.  So let’s get right into it. Barnes & Noble Starting this October, Barnes & Noble will be selling their Nook products and digital contents in the UK via a new online store, www.nook.co.uk.  At first, only the E-Ink Readers, NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, will... more »
Tween Girls Would Rather Play Games Online than Talk on the Phone

Tween Girls Would Rather Play Games Online than Talk on the Phone

We all know teen girls run the commercial world, and now they've all but taken over online gaming.  Newzoo, the international full service market research and consulting firm completely focused on the games industry, provided new statistics showing the importance of the gaming market for teen and the rapid development of gaming worldwide. In the study Newzoo looks at tween girls across the US, UK and France, and a sample of online gaming provider Spil Games’ 9.3 million monthly US visitors on its girls platform GirlsgoGames, Newzoo found that teenagers put the game as their third favorite pastime activity, behind the... more »
Motorola Files New Patent Claims Against Apple

Motorola Files New Patent Claims Against Apple

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Motorola filing new patent claim against Apple; Apple-Samsung trial nears end; HTC’s $40M investment loss; and Eva Restaurant offering discounts for checking your phone at the door. Motorola files new patent claims Days  before an important ruling is expected to come out, Motorola filed new patent claims against Apple for allegedly infringing seven of their patents, which cover email notifications, location reminders and media playback functions.  The said patents don’t appear to be standards-essentials, which could mean Motorola can request to ban Apple devices caught infringing their patents. The new filing, according to patent expert Florian Mueller, may... more »
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Google's Dremel: Here Comes A New Challenger To YARN/Hadoop

YARN - the fledgling next-gen MapReduce subproject to the incredibly popular Apache Hadoop big data platform - may already have some competition as Dremel, an analytics platform borne in Google's labs, picks up steam, reports Wired Enterprise. Hadoop, as it stands today, has some limitations. It requires the usage of MapReduce, leaving other data analysis frameworks out in the cold - especially a problem if you're looking for real-time analytics. That's why the big data world is looking to YARN as the future of the field, as it takes the groundwork that MapReduce laid and makes it more versatile and flexible. That's... more »
This Week in Big Data: Symantec’s Hadoop Play, the Presidential Race and More

This Week in Big Data: Symantec’s Hadoop Play, the Presidential Race and More

There were a few big updates coming out of the big data ecosystem this week. Symantec upped its investment in analytics by launching an add-on for its Cluster File System that works with HortonWorks’ Hadoop distribution. The result is a product called Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop, which is free for existing customers and can scale up to 16 petabytes. The company lists a number of advantages to its new software, including easier provisioning and faster analytics, as the data doesn’t have to be moved around. Atigeo is also doing something interesting with big data. The firm launched two new websites that... more »
Big Data: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Big Data: The Good, Bad and Ugly

It isn't often that a confluence of news stories leads to an editorial epiphany, as it has this week. Good epiphanies are hard to find; I'm lucky if I get one or two a year. This week, as most weeks go, gave us a heaping helping of stories on Big Data (after all, I've just returned from the Cassandra Summit in Santa Clara with John Furrier and Jeff Kelly). Like most other weeks, it's raining "Big Data" everywhere. Folks like you and me mostly assume it's due to the hype of Big Data-washing we're starting to see in enterprise tech, but... more »

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- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

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The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

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CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

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In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.