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Yahoo: A Brief History of Failure

Yahoo used to be “the” place to go online. However, in recent years, the once illustrious web portal has been almost a continual state of decline. It seems almost every step the company takes moves it closer to demise. Even the hiring of a new CEO resulted in a public debacle and a “resignation.” Yahoo is on its fourth CEO since September 2011. Despite the problems, Yahoo continues to push forward in hopes it will find the magic mix of services that will ignite a recovery. The latest effort is a new search app that Yahoo is positioning as a... more »
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“Not Change for Change’s Sake”: EMC on the New State of IT Enterprise

In their ongoing coverage of the 20 112 EMC World Conference, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Howard Elias, President and COO of EMC Global Services division about new trends in IT enterprise (see full video below).  As Furrier noted the culture of EMC world has slowly transformed from a “usual crowd of tech geeks and infrastructure guys” to include more business leaders.  Furrier, Vellante and Elias discussed how growing attention to cloud and big data, has created a more business feel for the EMC conference as well as it’s CIO and data summits. Elias explained that a strong business... more »
This Week in Cloud: EMC World, M&A and APIs

This Week in Cloud: EMC World, M&A and APIs

This week featured EMC World 2012, the storage giant’s annual conference that, as promised, managed to outdo last year with nothing short of 42 new product announcements, as well as other updates. Here’s a couple highlights: On Wednesday, EMC and open source automation firm Puppet Labs unveiled the result of their latest collaboration. Razor is an open provisioning tool for cloud environments that automatically detects all the hardware in a deployment, making the whole process less tedious and considerably more efficient. Just two days before the debut, during Day 1 of the gathering EMC announced that it has acquired Syncplicity. The firm... more »
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Dell Taking Low Profits "In Stride"

The last few months have been quite the roller coaster ride for Dell. The company’s stock prices have fallen 17 percent to $12.49 - the largest one day decline the company has seen for twelve years. Overall, the share prices are down 15 percent for the year, making Dell the poorest performer in the Standard & Poors Index. This isn’t the first of bad news this year from Dell. The company’s first-quarter earnings and revenue also failed to meet analyst expectations. Why is the once star performer suffering? People aren’t buying as many personal computers.  Some consumers are moving from traditional... more »
Cisco on the Next-Gen Datacenter

Cisco on the Next-Gen Datacenter

Cisco’s Dominic Delfino is the Senior Director for the company’s datacenter portfolio and he sat in on #theCube at EMCWorld 2012 with Stuart Miniman for a discussion that covered the evolving datacenter, EMC, and Cisco’s role in the changing environment.  Delfino has been a part of the EMC-Cisco relationship since day one and has worked closely throughout.  As the relationship has evolved, it is as strong and deep as it has ever been.  The video can be seen here. Going back on the relationship’s early roots, the company initially was merely service as a storage networking technology base for EMC’s business. ... more »
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How To Train Your Data Scientist

Yes, maybe there's a significant skills gap in the big data and analytics market. And with enterprises everywhere looking to reap the benefits of actionable large-scale business intelligence, we can't wait forever for formalized education to bring the next wave of data scientists. To get some perspective on this issue, I spoke with Deloitte Consulting's Advanced Analytics & Modeling Global Human Capital Leader John Lucker for his tips on how to attract and train data scientists in the here and now. "It's taken years to find them and to train them," Lucker says on the subject of his 150 person or so advanced... more »
EMC's Chuck Hollis on IT Transformation

EMC's Chuck Hollis on IT Transformation

Chuck Hollis, EMC Vice President and Global Marketing CTO sat in on theCube this week at EMCWorld 2012, where he shared some of the latest coming from EMC with Dave Vellante.  Hollis is always a great source for insight, the video is well worth watching and can be seen here.   With a range of topics the discussion rifled through leading thought and perspectives for EMC and the industry in general. Reviewing some thoughts on the current revolution taking place, Hollis notes that for one such wave, namely analytics and BigData are not driven by tech, but by business people.   Using the... more »
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Microsoft Windows Azure Is So Popular, It's Turning Customers Away

Capacity planning is a huge headache for the IT professional, no matter the scale: Too much capacity, and you're wasting money and resources, but too little and you're risking a shortage.  Prospective Microsoft Windows Azure cloud customers in the South Central US data center region are discovering they are on the wrong side of that equation, finding themselves without the ability to purchase compute or storage resources (Current customers are unaffected). Word comes in the form of an official Microsoft Windows Azure blog entry, which explains that the team is both "excited" and "humbled" by Azure's adoption rates. All the... more »
Amazon Web Services Launches Export Service for VMs but Getting Application Data Out Remains Elusive

Amazon Web Services Launches Export Service for VMs but Getting Application Data Out Remains Elusive

Amazon Web Services has announced a service that allows customers to export previously imported EC2 instances back to on-premise environments. That's a shift that will send ripples throughout the market and bolsters the argument for a federated cloud that allows for the free flow of data across multiple clouds. But that is not exactly what AWS is promising in this announcement. AWS is offering the capability to export virtual machines to on-premise environments. Sure, it provides a counter to companies concerned about lock-in with AWS. But it does not address the full issue about allowing for the free flow of application data. Thomas-Hughes... more »
SuccessFactors Transitioning to HANA by Q3

SuccessFactors Transitioning to HANA by Q3

SAP’s HANA in-memory big data appliance has come a long way in the past twelve months, and HR subsidiary SuccessFactors evidently had enough confidence in the platform to migrate its Workforce Analytics and Workforce Planning solutions. “The benefits are immediate and real for HR executives and business leaders,” said Dmitri Krakovsky, vice president of global product management, SuccessFactors. “SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics and Workforce Planning is a pioneer in delivering the best practice metrics and benchmarks that companies need to truly understand their workforce. We can now significantly boost the access to business data, speed and performance – resulting in more insight... more »

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- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

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.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.