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Top Big Data Hardware Suppliers in 2012

Top Big Data Hardware Suppliers in 2012

Big Data in itself does not always necessitate big hardware, but more often than not, the long-term storage and processing of big data requires hardware that can carry the workload. Many server hardware manufacturers have created specially-configured machines that are designed to handle big data, and a recent survey by Pacific Crest Securities revealed that CIOs preferred DataDirect Networks (DDN) over many other big data hardware suppliers. Nevertheless, several other suppliers of big data hardware are also worth considering.   Selection Criteria While a survey by an investment banking firm may shed some light on the market trends, it will likely not be... more »
Dell Expands Virtual Desktop Push With Wyse-Powered VMware Zero Clients

Dell Expands Virtual Desktop Push With Wyse-Powered VMware Zero Clients

Late yesterday afternoon, Dell unveiled a new line of VMware-friendly virtual desktop clients based on technology from its acquisition of Wyse, alongside new reference architectures and SSD-hybrid storage solutions to support them. The new clients - members of the P class family of PCoIP zero (zero meaning "dumb") clients designed specifically for the VMware View virtual desktop client, or so Dell says - come in two flavors. The Dell Wyse P25 is dual-display capable, and the P45 is for up to four displays. VMware is, of course, hyping these Wyse clients' low energy footprint, high graphics performance, ease of setup and so... more »
Apple-Samsung Deliver Closing Arguments Today

Apple-Samsung Deliver Closing Arguments Today

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple and Samsung preparing to deliver their closing arguments in a high-profile court case; Ofcom favoring Everything Everywhere for 4G LTE; Panasonic tying smart appliances to the cloud; and a new way to feed the hungry with your smartphones. Apple and Samsung to deliver closing arguments The Apple-Samsung trial is nearing the end as the two parties are set to deliver their closing arguments in court today.  After which, jury deliberations will start wherein members of the jury will have to answer a 22-page questionnaire containing 36 main questions.  Since there are a lot of patents and... more »
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NetApp’s Big Flash Push: New Product, Huge Ecosystem Update

A couple days ago with Big Blue announced its first major commitment to flash with the acquisition of Texas Memory Systems, I said that the deal is going to have a big impact on the storage market. Other vendors will want to get their feet wet at some point if they don’t intend on falling behind the curve, and NetApp is not wasting any time. Today the storage solutions provider unveiled a new three-pronged strategy that involves a new offering, incentives for flash partners and an alliance with Fusion-io. The latest addition to NetApp’s product lineup is NetApp Flash Accel, which uses server-side... more »
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Springpad and Snooth Make Fine Foodie Pairings

The beauty of curation is the context that builds around your collections, and it’s a social development made popular by the likes of Pinterest, Evernote and to some extent Facebook.  One company was built with contextualized curation in mind is Springpad, launching another update today for foodies. If you’ve ever saved a recipe to Springpad, you know that the smart notebooking tool will automatically pull metadata from a site like Epicurious, neatly outlining the recipe’s ingredients and instructions, along with photos (add as many as you’d like).  When you go back to your recipe box on Springpad, all the pertinent information... more »
Project Zephyr – VMware’s Upcoming Public Cloud Project Built to Take On AWS, Rackspace, MS

Project Zephyr – VMware’s Upcoming Public Cloud Project Built to Take On AWS, Rackspace, MS

If you haven’t heard the rumors, there are rumblings that VMware is launching a public cloud IaaS service. The formal announcement may come at next week’s VMWorld conference where theCube will be broadcasting. Long known for its virtualization products, the foray into the public cloud market is anticipated to make waves throughout the industry. Reports are that for months, VMware has been running a beta of its proposed service, based at a recently purchased data center in Nevada. If true, the plan marks a departure from its service provider partnerships strategy. Pricing for this service will likely be aggressive in... more »
"Severe" iPhone Security Flaw Exposed by Jailbreaker pod2g

"Severe" iPhone Security Flaw Exposed by Jailbreaker pod2g

A prominent jailbreaker known as pod2g has discovered a serious flaw in iOS that could allow people to spoof their identity and make text messages appear as though they’re originating from a different source. In a blog post last Friday, pod2g remarked that the flaw could have “severe” security consequences, despite it not involving code execution. The hacker noted that all versions of iOS, including the iOS 6 beta version, are at risk, and implored Apple to fix it before this latest update was released. According to pod2g, the vulnerability lies within something called the User Data Header (UDH), which is a... more »
Google Input Tools Adds Arabic Script Translation

Google Input Tools Adds Arabic Script Translation

As part of its efforts to make the internet more accessible for those who use other languages besides English, Google has just unveiled a new tool which can automatically translate Roman-character based Arabic (known as Arabizi) into its original, Arabic script. The new service is part of Google’s Input Tools translation programs, and can be used with products like Gmail, Google +, Chrome and many more, allowing users who don’t have Arabic script on their computers, or those who can speak Arabic but not write it, to create messages in that language in their original characters. Input Tools are also available in... more »
HTC's Woeful Tale of Bad Buys and Investments

HTC's Woeful Tale of Bad Buys and Investments

Earlier today we featured HTC’s $40 million loss in their OnLive investment, which they made in 2011.  The OnLive "evaporation" followed shortly after HTC sold back a hefty portion of Beats  Audio, another hopeful investment from the smartphone manufacturer. This got me thinking, how many times can one company make a bad investment?  Let’s find out, with a bitter trip down HTC’s memory lane. OnLive In February 2011, HTC  purchased 5.3 million shares of OnLive stock for $7.50 per share, which amounted to $40 million.  OnLive is a cloud gaming company which aims to bring gaming to every home, even if gamers... more »
New Shamoon Malware Attacks: Possible American Script Kiddies?

New Shamoon Malware Attacks: Possible American Script Kiddies?

Cyber security experts are warning of a particularly destructive new malware that steals data then attempts to cover its tracks by crippling the host computer. The malware, which has been separately dubbed “Shamoon” and “Disstrack”, has reportedly been used in targeted attacks against a number of firms and specific individuals, and once again these targets appear to be centered in the Middle East. Shamoon, so-called because of a file name identified within its code, has the potential to cause enormous damage because once it gets inside an internal network, it’s able to affect all computers within that sphere, collecting their files and... 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.