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Weekly Big Data Review: Management and Healthcare Analytics

Weekly Big Data Review: Management and Healthcare Analytics

The Big Data space saw a lot of activity this past week. Zenoss announced that it has rearchitectured its data-driven operations management platform, Cleversafe and Panzura teamed up to make information more consumable for global enterpises, and PernixData introduced an SMB-optimized version of its flagship offering. In other news, Hewlett Packard revealed how the Vertica Analytics Platform helps healthcare providers improve patient care and drive operational efficency. On Monday, Zenoss unveiled the latest version of its Service Dynamics management solution. The release introduces several major enhancements, including a reorganized schema and an upgraded business intelligence engine that supports in-memory columnar queries.... more »
Facebook Proposes Critical Privacy Policy Changes

Facebook Proposes Critical Privacy Policy Changes

Do you ever think about what you’re agreeing to when you sign up for any online account? It's almost a given that 99% of netizens never read the terms of service or privacy policy when they sign up for online services, but does this mean they forfeit the right to be angry at said services when they share their information with advertisers? It's a matter of debate, but for now this is the defense that Facebook is using in the hope that its users won’t complain about why their information is being shared with advertisers and other service providers.  The social... more »
Yet More Galaxy Gear Specs Leaked

Yet More Galaxy Gear Specs Leaked

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Gear, it’s entry in the wearable tech arena, a couple of days before IFA 2013 in Germany.  With only a few days before the launch, more leaks about the rumored device have just surfaced. Until now, we've barely heard much about the Galaxy Gear except that it will be able to perform smartphone tasks such as making phone calls, surfing the web, sending and receiving emails and so on, but it’s not clear whether it will just be a companion device for a Galaxy smartphone or a stand alone device. But in the last few... more »
Weekly Cloud Review: VMworld and the Software-defined Data Center

Weekly Cloud Review: VMworld and the Software-defined Data Center

The cloud ecosystem marked many advancements at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in San Fransico. VMware pulled the curtains back on half a dozen new cloud and software-defined data center solutions, a number of big name partners updated their offerings to support the latest releases, and Red Hat unleashed an upgraded version of its cloud management software. VMware grabbed headlines with NSX, a network virtualization tool that promises to deliver a secure, transparent and easily managed “pool of transport capacity.” NSX was released in conjunction with vSphere 5.5, which introduces Hadoop support and a Flash Read Cache that promises to reduce... more »
Internet of Things Review: Nokia Introduces Tablet, ARM Buys Sensinode

Internet of Things Review: Nokia Introduces Tablet, ARM Buys Sensinode

The Internet of Things is not slowing down anytime soon. Nokia announced a new Windows tablet, sources revealed that HTC is going after the Chinese market with a localized operating system, and ARM picked up a Finnish startup that develops software for connected devices. Apple, one of ARM’s biggest clients, also grabbed headlines with a new iPhone trade-in program that is already running in select locations. Nokia is going after the fast-growing tablet market with the Sirius, a 10.1-inch Windows RT device that is reportedly thinner and lighter than iPad 4. Insiders claim that the tablet sports a 1920×1080 resolution display... more »
New Zealand Says Farewell to Software Patents With New Law

New Zealand Says Farewell to Software Patents With New Law

New Zealand government has just passed the new Patents Bill that will forbid the software patents. After a long five years of debate, delay, and intense lobbying from multinational software vendors, the country has finally nailed the law to ban the software patents. “This is a significant step towards driving innovation in New Zealand. By clarifying the definition of what can be patented, we are giving New Zealand businesses more flexibility to adapt and improve existing inventions, while continuing to protect genuine innovations," said New Zealand’s Commerce Minister Craig Foss. The bill was passed unanimously and has been warmly welcomed by the... more »
VMworld DevOps Round Up: From Software Driven Model to Change of DevOps Culture #VMworld

VMworld DevOps Round Up: From Software Driven Model to Change of DevOps Culture #VMworld

The IT world has been changing very fast over the past few years, with seemingly everything going to the cloud and virtualization. Advanced enterprises are using cloud in ways that are far beyond where most companies are today, and many others are jumping on the business opportunities that cloud can enable. Success in modern IT business comes through automation and scale and that means DevOps--where developers and system admins work closely together to realize a quicker lifecycle. At the VMWorld 2013 conference, industry leaders talked on DevOps as how the community is taking a huge part of the shift to the... more »
Save 80% of Lifetime Ops Costs with Converged Infrastructure

Save 80% of Lifetime Ops Costs with Converged Infrastructure

Converged infrastructure can save CIOs about 80% of lifetime hardware operational, testing, and planning costs. That is the result of a new Wikibon study published by Wikibon CTO David Floyer. This figure is not specific to any one converged topology, and Floyer found that none of the choices are "bad" and IT shops have places for all of them. However, the key value in choosing is the number of SKUs. The savings is greatest if the entire topography from hypervisor to application is a single SKU. Next best is a two-SKU topology with a separate application order, etc. The reason for... more »
Great IT Operations, Key Aspect of Security #VMworld

Great IT Operations, Key Aspect of Security #VMworld

David Etue, VP Corporate Development Strategy, SafeNet, provides insights into IT security in the age of virtualized environments in a live interview with theCUBE host Jeff Frick at VMworld 2013. SafeNet has just celebrated its 30th anniversary as a company and focuses on information security and data protection solutions. Commenting on SafeNet's goals at VMworld, Etue says the company focuses on adapting its portfolio to enable people to take advantage of the benefits of virtualization and cloud. Be it cloud, virtualization or SaaS, "the idea of using unified infrastructures has made folks nervous," Etue states. In the traditional approach to security dollars... more »
Fujitsu Promises Continued End-to-End Innovation | #VMworld

Fujitsu Promises Continued End-to-End Innovation | #VMworld

In day four of VMworld 2013, theCUBE offered extended coverage with a special interview with Richard McCormack, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Fujitsu about some of the company’s past innovations and a look to the future. McCormack described the company’s SAP appliance as something that can be delivered into a customer environment alongside its existing infrastructure. Essentially, it can go in as a “sidecar”. It is a fully virtualized appliance with smooth deployment, and VMware played a key part in making that happen. Fujitsu, he stressed, is not just a company producing hardware but also service for the customers. “We have... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.