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VMware’s Software-defined Data Center Based on API and Open Commitment

VMware’s Software-defined Data Center Based on API and Open Commitment

As VMware rolls forward towards its annual ultimate event - VMworld 2012, powerful themes are starting to emerge.  VMware CTO and Senior VP of R&D Steve Herrod spoke out on his blog today on open source and the role of software in the datacenter.  Touching back on VMware's Cloud Foundry investment, PaaS strategy, Nicira’s software defined networking capabilities, and on to the DynamicOps self-service and automated provisioning features, the construct formulates this vision of this software-defined infrastructure. Within “pools of infrastructure” the suite of VMware solutions meets needs in heterogeneous environments, including such things as physical infrastructure, Amazon Web Services, Open Stack,... more »
The Week Anonymous Didn’t Hack Sony's PlayStation Network (Again)

The Week Anonymous Didn’t Hack Sony's PlayStation Network (Again)

It’s only been a year now, but the lingering sting of when the PlayStation Network was taken offline by hackers and the potential involvement of Anonymous in the initial hack still aches like a sore tendon. As a result, when rumors arise that the hactivist collective has been on the prowl against and 0wnzored the same target they did last year ears perk up. However, there’s no need for alarm, no need to change passwords (unless your smart and paranoid). Keep calm and carry on for real this time. Last week, the news hit the wire that Anonymous had claimed to... more »
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Data as the Common Language: CEO Series with MuleSoft's Greg Schott

The world has seen a huge shift in the way software is created and utilized.  No longer does a company need an in-house team devoted to building software--an entire industry has emerged around SaaS, offering turnkey solutions that address a growing pool of very specific problems.  Indeed, there is an app for that, even in the enterprise world.  But what's still lacking is an easy way to stitch these apps together, helping them work together towards a common goal. MuleSoft has set out to make software play nicely together, so a company can still get by without an in-house team devoted... more »
Engine Yard Adds Node.js Support

Engine Yard Adds Node.js Support

Engine Yard is one of the most widely used developer-oriented PaaS solutions out there, but up until now it could only run Rails and PHP. In the next 30 days the platform will be receiving a big boost with the addition of support for Node.js, an up-and-coming server-side language. Engine Yard already has a very solid base, and this new upgrade will definitely win it a few more paying customers. The company chose Node.js over other frameworks for a reason. Node is becoming very popular among independent developers, as well organizations. There are a few very convincing reasons behind this trend: the... more »
AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Python Applications

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Python Applications

Okay, here’s the good news for the Python developer community! Being the easiest way to deploy and manage scalable PHP, Java, .NET, AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Python applications that run on the familiar Apache HTTP server and WSGI. It means that now you can upload your Python application, and Elastic Beanstalk will automatically handle everything related to the deployment including provisioning of Amazon EC2 instances, load balancing, auto scaling, and application health monitoring. Several platform improvements have been done in this Python release of AWS Elastic Beanstalk that will help manage your Python application and configuration. Here’s a quick view... more »
Nike’s +$300 LeBron X shoes as seen by Social Media

Nike’s +$300 LeBron X shoes as seen by Social Media

News about Nike’s reported most ever expensive athletic shoe has been spreading like wildfire.  The LeBron X shoes are expected to retail at$315 when they are released later this year.  From the moment the story emerged late yesterday, the topic has dominated Twitter and other social media venues.  This edition of the series of shoes worn by and modeled for NBA superstar LeBron James was debuted during the 2012 Olympics gold medal game. Reviewing some analytic elements of the emerging news shows some interesting statistics.  For one, regional interest in Nike, as reported by Google,  shows a strong presence in interest... more »
Saudi Cleric Decrees That Buying Twitter Followers Is "Dishonest and Malicious"

Saudi Cleric Decrees That Buying Twitter Followers Is "Dishonest and Malicious"

Issuing a religious fatwa against people who go out and buy Twitter followers to boost their ‘popularity’ is probably a bit extreme to say the least, but there’s every chance that it might just happen following the decision of a prominent Saudi Arabia cleric to denounce the practice as “dishonest and malicious”. In a recent interview reported on by the English-language Al Arabiya news network, Sheikh Abdullah, one of Saudi Arabia’s most senior Islamic scholars said spending money on Twitter followers was “a lie and slander” and went against the country’s religious values. Abdullah made his remarks after being asked how... more »
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VMworld 2012: Big Expectations in a Booming Virtualized World

VMworld 2012 is going down this month from the 26th to the 30th in San Francisco. VMware itself hasn’t announced any major updates in a while, so it’s safe to assume the company is saving a few things for the event, but that didn’t stop partners from sending out a few memos to the press. One company that will be attending the gathering is Virtualization Practice, a consultancy that will be represented by several of the speakers scheduled to go on the podium. Bernd Harzog  is the firm’s expert on “virtualization performance, capacity management and IT as a service,” and his... more »
Telerik Announces Full Support for New Visual Studio 2012

Telerik Announces Full Support for New Visual Studio 2012

Telerik, a leading provider of end-to-end software application, lifecycle and content management solutions, today announced that it will now provide full support for the Microsoft Visual Studio 2012. Telerik revealed that it has moved swiftly and in lockstep with Microsoft, updating its developer tools portfolio to offer full support of the IDE for .NET developers, giving them the ability to build apps on Microsoft’s most modern platforms and devices. Besides supporting MS Visual Studio 2012, Telerik developer tools will remain integrated and fully compatible with all previous versions of Visual Studio: “Telerik is a trusted resource for professional developers wanting an... more »
Amazon's Glacier: Cheap, Slow, and Ready to Go

Amazon's Glacier: Cheap, Slow, and Ready to Go

In most situations, being cheap and slow is a bad thing, but for Amazon's new AWS Glacier service, being affordable and slow moving may be exactly what some businesses have been wanting. AWS Glacier provides slow moving storage and operates on the premise that businesses sometimes need to store data that does not need to be accessed very often. According to Amazon, "you need Glacier". The company is betting on the likelihood that many businesses are using traditional long-term storage devices, such as tape backups or optical discs and that those methods are complicated and expensive. Glacier, on the other hand,... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

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

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.