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Storage Startups Growing Fast Providing Gear for Cloud - Coraid and Nimble Standout

Storage Startups Growing Fast Providing Gear for Cloud - Coraid and Nimble Standout

Want to find out about the future?  Just meet the startups because they are inventing it right in front of our eyes. That is exactly what happend in the fast moving storage industry yesterday in Silicon Valley. I had a chance to meet with the top startups, Nimble storage and Coraid to name a few, at the #ExecEvent Big Data conference in Santa Clara.  I was very impressed with the direction of both companies. The state of storage over the past couple of decades has focused on two primary metrics:  First, there is the “dollars per GB” or “dollars per TB” metric, which... more »
Join the Big Data Listening Party: Echo Nest Gets $17.3M Funding

Join the Big Data Listening Party: Echo Nest Gets $17.3M Funding

Echo Nest, the music intelligence platform, announced the closing of a $17.3 million financing round led by Norwest Venture Partners with the participation of prior investors Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Fringe Partners, Jim Pallotta and board member Michael Brown. "We are thrilled to add Jeff Crowe and Norwest to The Echo Nest team," said Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo Nest. "Norwest immediately recognized the enormous opportunity around applying a big data approach to music -- particularly in how understanding each online consumer's musical identity can enable a new world of deeply-personalized, social, and profitable applications. In addition, the firm... more »
Best Buy Warns Users of Account Hacking Attempts, Advises Password Reset

Best Buy Warns Users of Account Hacking Attempts, Advises Password Reset

Looks like the retail giant Best Buy has detected some malicious attempts to access its customer accounts, which is why it has issued a warning to its customers advising them to change their account passwords immediately. Best Buy issued the warning letter via its mass mail system to advise its customers, but somehow it left the users in a confused state. Here’s an extract from the letter: “Dear Valued Best Buy Customer, The company is investigating increased attempts from attackers around the globe, who appear to be targeting BestBuy.com and other e-commerce sites. These hackers did not take username/password combinations from any Best... more »
Dropped USB Sticks as a Malware Vector: DSM Does Cybersecurity Right

Dropped USB Sticks as a Malware Vector: DSM Does Cybersecurity Right

The reason that some malware is called a Trojan is a play on the Trojan horse from the mythology about the ancient Greek siege of the city of Troy. Most Trojans are actually software pretending to be something else (thus getting themselves inside the “gates” of a computer’s security) but in some cases there are actual physical Trojan horses. In this case people should be aware of and beware of not just Greeks bearing gifts but random USB keys borne as gifts. Workers at the Dutch offices of DSM, a chemical company, almost discovered this the hard way; but they have... more »
Epic DirecTV Battle Continues, Now on the Internet

Epic DirecTV Battle Continues, Now on the Internet

In the ongoing epic battle between DirecTV and Viacom, it would appear that there is no limit to how far either side will go to prove their point while making the other side look downright evil.  That eventually these two will resume a partnership that will bring both sides massive profits is irrelevant this week with Viacom pulling all of its programming from DirecTV following a fee dispute. Following the blackout by either DirecTV or Viacom -- depending on which statement you’d like to believe -- on Tuesday, 20 (or 30 million, according to DirecTV's website) million customers have been forced... more »
NoSQL Database Religion: Comparing Riak to Others

NoSQL Database Religion: Comparing Riak to Others

Comparing database approaches is a religious thing so I have been looking at the different uses cases and solutions available.  I'll be reporting more on them here over the next few months.  In the meantime I found a great post by the folks at Basho worthy of a highlight here on DevOpsANGLE.com. On Basho's wiki they compare Riak to the other competing choices and wanted to share it here. The NoSQL space, as well as the database space in general, is growing ever-crowded. Because of this, we often find ourselves answering very high-level questions from developers, prospects, and customers along the lines... more »
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Square Feeling Threatened by UK Rival? Sends Cease and Desist to mPowa

There’s a lot of cases being filed lately for patent infringement in the mobile space, or in layman’s terms, imitation.  And Square, the mobile payments service provider, just sent a cease and desist letter to mPowa, a UK-based startup that offers similar services as Square. The funny thing about this is that Square is not complaining about how similar their dongles are or how their services are so very much alike.  Square is complaining that mPowa is using their pictures - as in pictures of how to use their dongle. “The copying of Square’s image is clear and obvious,” Square wrote in... more »
HTML5: The Bottom Line for Marketers

HTML5: The Bottom Line for Marketers

Offering easier design, faster development and visually dynamic features, leading websites like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia and Twitter are already using HTML5 ahead of it's official 2014 release. But, what does the new language, poised to be the future of the web, mean for marketers? Mainly, greater reach at reduced cost. Uberflip's recent infographic, "HTML5: What Marketers Need to Know" explains how big brands like Financial Times, Ford and Vimeo are using the language to cut costs and reach audiences easier as well as how the language influences developer and smartphone users digital behaviors. By 2015, 80% of all mobile apps... more »
Big Data for the Data Center: iTRACS and Intel Apply Analytics

Big Data for the Data Center: iTRACS and Intel Apply Analytics

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) firm iTRACS showcased its data center power analysis software at last month’s Datacenter Dynamics Converged event in Munich, and demonstrated six different use cases. These are now available upon request from the company, whose offering is based on existing technology from chipmaker Intel. iTRACS’ product goes by the name of  iTRACS Converged Physical Infrastructure Management. Once installed the platform monitors power usage across multiple data centers and offices, aggregates all the data it collects and analyzes it. The end result is a three-dimensional navigable visualization of real-time thermal readings and other power chain components that can... more »
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Fake Android Games Went Undetected for Months: Malware Gets Smart

Security software maker, Symantec Corp., recently identified a new malware that’s been plaguing Google’s app store, Google Play. The Android malware poses as popular game titles such as “Super Mario Bros.” and “GTA 3 Moscow City”.  The titles were posted last June 24 and has already been downloaded 50,000 to 100,000 times.  The game titles are hiding a Trojan known as the Android.Dropdialer which sends SMS messages to a premium-rate phone number. The peculiar thing about this malware is that it managed to stay undetected in Google Play for months, enabling it to be downloaded by users, unknowingly risking the security of... more »

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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.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

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When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.