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TokuDB Update Improves Flash Performance

TokuDB Update Improves Flash Performance

MySQL solutions maker Tokutek is launching the latest version of its flagship database solution, TokuDB 6.5.  The new release features a number of improvements, including optimization for flash storage environments. For starters, TokuDB has been enhanced to extend the life of flash memory, thanks to tweaks made to Fractal Tree, the company’s proprietary alternative to the B-Tree data structure.  The software indexes fewer blocks of memory by increasing their size, reducing wear on the Flash Translation Layer and the applications that sit on top. In addition to this upgrade, V6.5 features improved support for analytical workloads. Faster insertion rates and more scalability... more »
Augmented Reality Welding Helmet Prototypes How Awesome the Technology Can Get

Augmented Reality Welding Helmet Prototypes How Awesome the Technology Can Get

While Google Glass has gotten a lot of press lately for doing augmented reality for consumers, there’s a great deal of other applications that require an augmentation of human vision. One such application is welding: a bright light sits in front of the welder as high energy flame or electricity is used to melt molten metal in order to glue together two pieces of metal. Obviously, it’s very hard to see the point of welding, even with the darkened lens of the protective welding helmet; but with computer-aided-vision it’s possible to make the weld points highly visible and easily accessed by... more »
Radically Changing the Cost of Higher Education with Technology

Radically Changing the Cost of Higher Education with Technology

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware that technology has changed our lives in every possible area.  Hospitals now use iPads and tablets to hold patient records; sports arenas now have HD jumbo-trons; most every person has, if not a smart phone, a cell phone; and cars are increasingly more reliant on tech with Bluetooth, rear-view cameras, and alarms to alert when tires need air or the oil needs to be changed.  Technology is also revolutionizing education.  No longer do you need to attend a traditional bricks and mortar school to get a degree, and... more »
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New Myspace Looks Like Google+ and a Sideways Tumblr

The world was shocked when Specific Media Group and Justin Timberlake bought the ailing social networking platform, Myspace, last year.  From being a social media platform, it turned into a social listening hub where music lovers could enjoy their favorite tunes and share them with friends. Still, that move didn’t do much to help the Myspace revival.  We'd all moved on to Facebook.  So now the company will be relaunching and this time, their targeting artists and their fans. Myspace put out a promo video, featured subtly on their "coming soon" homepage.  And at first glance, the revamped music network looks good.... more »
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FalconStor Wraps US Partner Program Rollout with ANZ Launch

Just over a year after rolling out its three-tiered PartnerChoice channel program in the US, data protection firm provider FalconStor is launching the initiative for the Australia New Zealand region. ANZ is the last location on the company’s channel roadmap. “FalconStor employs a 100 percent channel business model, and we believe the PartnerChoice program will increase channel sales and ensure the profitability of our channel partners in ANZ,” said Suresh Nair, general manager and vice president of sales and marketing for FalconStor APAC.” FalconStor is offering all the standard incentives. Partners in Australia and New Zealand are given access to a number... more »
Treasure Data Offers Big Data Analysis for the Rest of Us

Treasure Data Offers Big Data Analysis for the Rest of Us

SMBs, it is time to start thinking Big Data. Hadoop-based analysis of unstructured data, which is the Next Big Thing for large enterprises, has now been brought within reach of SMBs and large company LOBs and small divisions by the Treasure Data Big Data Warehouse service. For those with the imagination to make good use of this opportunity, this could be a game-changer in a highly competitive marketplace. So far Big Data has been the province of a few pioneers, first the big online service providers – Yahoo, Google, and Facebook – who developed Hadoop and the various Open Source tools... more »
Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart for Brainy WiFi Networks

Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart for Brainy WiFi Networks

A layer of data analysis seems to be the icing on the cake for every aspect of the enterprise, even for networking giant Cisco.  The company that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment, announced that they have acquired ThinkSmart Technologies, a software company that delivers location data analysis using Wi-Fi technology. ThinkSmart’s location analytics collects information such as movement within a venue, time of day, traffic patterns and dwell times.  The collected information will help enterprises and venue operators improve their customer experience, as the data would allow them to identify appropriate staffing levels, reducing wait times, optimize business processes, and... more »
Serious Flaws Detected in Oracle Database, May Lead to Data Leaks

Serious Flaws Detected in Oracle Database, May Lead to Data Leaks

Some serious flaws have been identified in older Oracle databases that could lead to data and security breach. As discovered in Oracle Database 11g Releases 1 and 2, the flaw leaves databases open by sending the session key to the client before authentication is fully completed, this leaves the session open to enabling an attacker to guess the password. The Register has reported on this issue and it looks like a bit of a doozy. The authentication bypass could allow a hacker get to the data stored in the database and change it, which is a serious problem. When a client connects... more »
New Nook HD vs. Kindle Fire HD and the iPad

New Nook HD vs. Kindle Fire HD and the iPad

Yes, there are two new tablets in town: Barnes & Noble’s NOOK HD and NOOK HD+.  The broadening family of Nook tablets is a clear move to compete with Amazon, which already has an HD tablet on the market.  If you ask B&N, their new Nooks are the fastest and lightest on the market, but are they the best?  Let's see how the new Nooks compare to the Kindle Fire HD, the iPad, the Google Nexus 7 and the Microsoft Surface. What sets NOOK HD apart from the others? . But first, let's look at some of the differentiating features the NOOK HD/HD+... more »
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Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Recap: Then and Now

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 is just around the corner, and now is a good opportunity to look back on last year’s event and reflect on the direction Larry Ellison’s company has taken since. One of the big highlights from 2011 was Oracle’s Exa line-up: the pre-packaged appliances that investors are now counting on to drive sales in the coming quarters. Back then Chris Hanchin, the head of the database firm’s enterprise partner program, talked about this shift’s impact on the channel rather than the bottom line: while resellers are no longer able to offer configuration services, Exa provides “more of an opportunity... 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.