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Rick Yetter: Splunk Is The Most Disruptive Technology For Big Data

Rick Yetter: Splunk Is The Most Disruptive Technology For Big Data

Wikibon Analyst Jeff Kelly and SiliconANGLE Executive in Residence Jeff Frick are back at TheCube covering Splunk’s .conf2012 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two Jeffs had the pleasure of interviewing System Administrator, Rick Yetter, of the Apollo Group - the parent company of the University of Phoenix. And like every Splunk customer, they get to answer the question: How do you use Splunk? According to Yetter, they started using Splunk to for big data security analysis and just like many others before them, when they saw what Splunk can do, they just started to use it on everything else.... more »
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HP and Intel to Create a $10M Green System for the NREL

Hewlett-Packard are collaborating on the development of an eco-friendly data center for the  U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab. The NREL will make use of the high-performance computing environment to gain “progressive and deeper understanding of biological and chemical processes.” The whole project will set the government back by $10 million. The system will reside in the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) currently under construction in the Golden Colorado campus - upon completion, it will one of the most energy-eco-friendly HPC deployments in the world. “NREL’s new HPC data center in the ESIF will set the standard for sustainable and energy efficient... more »
Survey Says: People Are Happy In the Cloud

Survey Says: People Are Happy In the Cloud

The Everest Group and  Cloud Connect have released the results of their enterprise cloud adaption trends survey and created a handy infographic that summarizes the findings. The verdict: businesses are overwhelmingly embracing the cloud. Over 85 percent of respondents had already deployed or planned to deploy a cloud-based solution, and most had a positive attitude toward cloud computing. The survey, which included responses from cloud buyers, service providers and advisors (e.g. consultants), had several other interesting findings.Software-as-a-service (SaaS) have the highest adoption rate, with 57 buyers indicating they had already implemented a solution and 28 percent planning adoption in the near future.... more »
GoDaddy Apologizes for Outage and Offers Discounts

GoDaddy Apologizes for Outage and Offers Discounts

Go Daddy is apparently pretty sorry for the outage earlier this week.  An email that apparently comes from Scott Wagner, CEO of Go Daddy was sent to its customers yesterday. We let you down and we know it.  We take our responsibilities - and the trust you place in us - very seriously.  I cannot express how sorry I am to those of you who were inconvenienced. The email expresses apology for the outage and reasserts (in bold): At no time was any sensitive customer information, including credit card data, passwords, or names and addresses, compromised. Go Daddy then offers a 30% discount across... more »
Best iPhone Apps to Manage Invoices and Expenses

Best iPhone Apps to Manage Invoices and Expenses

If iPhones have revolutionized the way we use phones today, their applications are changing established practices within companies, small business and even consumers. The iPhone can become a personal assistant to simplify your daily life, and with some well-chosen applications, the iPhone can help you keep your family accounts and business in order. An important and often cumbersome task that falls to those who work in the finance/account business is to organize their accounts and track their bills. Unwelcome tasks that sometimes take too much time are real headache for these professionals, but luckily more and more services are available in... more »
Symform Brings Bartering to the Cloud

Symform Brings Bartering to the Cloud

Distributed cloud backup service provider Symform is bringing bartering to the cloud. The company is offering unlimited online capacity to customers in exchange for their excess local disk capacity. The new program, which Symform terms"Bytes or Bucks," allows customers to pay 15 cents per GB per month for its Symform Cloud Storage Network service or provide 2 GB of space to Symform for each GB of data backed up on the Symform system. According to Margaret Dawson, vise president of product management for Symform "Our number one priority is getting more capacity available for customers," she said. "In the market today, we're seeing between 7... more »
Luke Norris, Peak Colo CEO Discusses Company's Growth in the Service Provider Space

Luke Norris, Peak Colo CEO Discusses Company's Growth in the Service Provider Space

Continuing SiliconANGLE’s coverage of Brocade Analyst and Tech Day 2012, Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org spoke with Luke Norris, CEO and Founder of Peak Colo. Miniman and Norris discuss new occurrences in the service provider space and transformations in IT. Norris’ experience working with Sun Guard Availability Services was helpful in founding Peak Colo, a service provider to service providers. The company builds baseline infrastructure services, allowing SAS and PAS providers to build products on top of Peak Colo. Norris adds the company is also, “leading the transformation of our community to sell cloud-based services.” Peak Colo has been around for six years... more »
Bringing Business to the Cloud: PayPerCloud EVP Speaks [VIDEO]

Bringing Business to the Cloud: PayPerCloud EVP Speaks [VIDEO]

  Brocade, the multinational corporation that specializes in data and storage networking, is conquering the world of big data by combining their 15 years of fiber channel heritage with the best-of-breed ethernet fabric solutions.  They help companies worldwide to simplify their architecture, increase network availability and dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership. At TheCube, SiliconANGLE’s premier video production, SiliconANGLE CEO and Founder John Furrier and Wikibon Senior Analyst Stuart Miniman had the pleasure of interviewing PayPerCloud EVP and CMO Tony Underwood at Brocade Tech Day. PayPerCloud is a customer of Brocade that provides infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service, and then manage services to help... more »
CyrusOne Chooses Brocade - Energy Industry, SuperComputing and Big Data on theCube

CyrusOne Chooses Brocade - Energy Industry, SuperComputing and Big Data on theCube

Josh Snowhorn, the VP and GM of CyrusOne sat in on theCube during Brocade Tech Day to share news about the company and their alignment with Brocade.  CyrusOne is a global mission-critical focused enterprise datacenter that is the largest provider of datacenter services to the oil and gas industry.  The company has chosen Brocade’s MLXe technology to interconnect their facilities that facilitate the industry’s seismic internet exchange platform. This high-density data network offering changes the nature of data exchange in a metro in the seismic processing world.  Typically, data in these environments has been tape-based and transported to a central facility... more »
ComodIT Releases Synapse Agent to Simplify Cloud Management

ComodIT Releases Synapse Agent to Simplify Cloud Management

Belgian startup ComodIT recently released Synapse Agent, a new open source tool designed to make it easier to manage different types of cloud instances. According to the company, Synapse is a "universal API for remote system administration" that lets users, mainly devops pros, manage multiple cloud hosts from one command line interface that uses a REST-based API. ComodIT CEO Daniel Bartz said “It brings together the features of configuration management and orchestration in a lightweight framework.” The tool was developed using Python and leverages the advanced messaging queueing protocol (AMQP) for messaging. The code for the project was posted to Github on Tuesday. According to... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.