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LucidWorks Changes Name, But Remains Focused on Data-Centric Applications

LucidWorks Changes Name, But Remains Focused on Data-Centric Applications

LucidWorks recently changed its name (from Lucid Imagination), but the Redwood City, Calif.-based company remains laser focused on delivering powerful data-centric application development platforms. In fact, the company streamlined its product offerings, eliminating multiple community and enterprise editions to focus on just two core products: LucidWorks Search and LucidWorks Big Data. Both the name and product changes are meant to reduce confusion and reiterate the company’s core mission – helping enterprises and developers build powerful and scalable data-focused applications, CEO Paul Doscher told me in a recent conversation. LucidWorks Search is the company’s flagship product. It’s an application development platform built on... more »
CIOs Say DDN is One of the “Most Strategic” Big Data Hardware Vendors

CIOs Say DDN is One of the “Most Strategic” Big Data Hardware Vendors

Storage solutions provider DataDirect Networks is touting a new survey by Pacific Crest Securities that ranked it as one of the top two strategic hardware supplies for big data. The research firm reports that nearly a fourth of the executives it surveys, 24 percent pointed at DataDirect as their number one choice for hardware that is specifically designed to support big data environments. Even more notable is that DDN got more votes than EMC, NetApp and Dell, according to the paper. From the report: “DDN is one of the most unique companies in the storage industry," said David Vellante, Chief Research Officer at... more »
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Permabit Reigns in Storage Mobility, Top Trends

Market research firm Data Mobility named Permabit a Top Information Management and Storage Vendor in a recent report. The paper, which was written last month and recently made available on Permabit’s website, praises the company’s Albireo deduplication solution as a “crash course in cutting-edge data optimization” for the market that “leapfrogged existing data optimization technologies.” Albireo is fast, and it takes a very unique approach that contradicts what everyone else is doing. The embedded software is geared for use by OEMS and does justice to its description by removing a lot of the dependencies that come with other offerings, which handle read... more »
An Updated Skydrive.com Flaunts Updated Apps and API

An Updated Skydrive.com Flaunts Updated Apps and API

Skydrive.com, the file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage, and then access them from a Web browser or their local device, has recently got a facelift in the form of several new apps and an upgraded API. Besides, Microsoft has also updated SkyDrive apps for PCs and Macs, created a new SkyDrive app for Android devices, and improved developer offerings. Here’s a quick view of the updates: • SkyDrive.com - New, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting. • SkyDrive for Windows... more »
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Live in New Mexico or Rhode Island? You're Probably Clumsy and Broke Your iPad.

The iPhone and iPad are two of the fastest-selling products ever to grace the planet, and the number of people that can call themselves an iDevice owner is growing by the day. But as much as we love our mobile devices, these expensive gadgets are easy to break, especially if you're one of the clumsy residents of Mississippi, New Mexico or Rhode Island. SquareTrade, one of the largest providers of insurance for gadgets, analyzed the cases of damaged iPhones and iPads and found that people of five US states are more prone to dropped and damaged gadgets. The data suggests that the iPhone is more... more »
The Data Behind Travel Proves a Worthy Investment

The Data Behind Travel Proves a Worthy Investment

Hopper, an up and coming travel site that has been in development for the past five years,  has decided to accept $12 million to grow their team in Boston. Hootsuite, OMERS Ventures (who also invested in BuildDirect and Wave Accounting), Brightspark Ventures and Atlas Venture also invested into the new travel site, bringing the grand total of investments to a whopping $22 million. The company appears to have a strong team behind it, with former Expedia engineers such as: founder and CEO Frederic Lalonde, co-founder and VP Product Joost Ouwerkerk, VP Technology Andre Coude and CIO Mathieu Patenaude. The team also... more »
Google’s Self-Driving Cars Safely Complete 300K Miles; but What are They Up To?

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Safely Complete 300K Miles; but What are They Up To?

Google is pitching in almost every possible field. Be cloud, augmented reality, or mobile, it is everywhere. And now comes the automobile sector. Following its experiments of driver-less car, the hot news is that Google’s self-driving cars have completed 300K miles without accident, and are ready for public commuting. It conducted the experiment with a dozen of cars that completed this long journey under computer control, and did not get a single scratch! Google has added Lexus RX450h hybrid car to its self-driving car family, and is also planning to soon let some of the team’s members drive the cars... more »
VMWare Offers vCloud Service "Test Drive"

VMWare Offers vCloud Service "Test Drive"

Some customers are still hesitant to try the cloud, and VMware is now trying to ease their apprehension. The company is offering a "test drive" of its vCloud service to both potential and current VMware customers. The vCloud Service Evaluation provides customers with full access to vCloud features and can even support current apps and virtual machines that customers may already have. Registration takes about 15 minutes to get customers up and running. The service is not free, but will only cost customers 4 cents per hour to run a Linux virtual machine with 1 GB of RAM. The announcement comes just... more »
Slowly But Surely, Lenovo's Catching Up

Slowly But Surely, Lenovo's Catching Up

HP must be feeling increasingly anxious at the moment. Not only has the company just reported staggering losses of $9 billion over the last quarter, but its status as the world’s leading PC maker is increasingly under threat. While HP struggles, Lenovo’s star continues to rise as its share of the PC market just keeps on growing. The Chinese firm has just announced a 30% increase in profits over the first quarter, raking in some $141.1 million as it edges its way closer to the number one spot. Lenovo’s latest success is down to a 24% jump in PC shipments – a... more »
Cassandra Propelled Forward by Determined Community

Cassandra Propelled Forward by Determined Community

Cassandra is a NoSQL database management solution that spawned out of Facebook’s internal IT a couple years ago, and has built up a lot of momentum ever since. Last month theCube attended the Cassandra Summit, and Wikibon’s Jeff Kelly wrote up an overview about the state of the project with some of his observations from the gathering. The majority of the companies that were represented at the Santa Clara conference already made it through the planning stage, and the professionals present cited the improvements that they’ve realized by deploying the open-source solution. While complexity is a challenge, Cassandra compensates for it with... more »

Premium Research

- 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.