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Fusion-io All About Flash Gaming, Drecom is Latest Client

Fusion-io All About Flash Gaming, Drecom is Latest Client

Flash storage giant Fusion-io has been tapping the gaming industry lately, releasing case study after case study covering various companies’ use of its ioDrive solutions.  The newest is Drecom, a Japanese web portal that maintains social games in addition to mobile sites and other things such as RSS readers. The firm "Fusion-io’d" its database environment. ‘"We needed a solution that would allow us to enhance our MySQL environment to serve our rapidly-growing user base," said Drecom IT Architect Senior Engineer Yusuke Saito. "No one wants to wait when they log on to play a game. With Fusion ioDrives integrated into our... more »
Flash in the Cloud is Still Early in Innovation, Says Solidfire

Flash in the Cloud is Still Early in Innovation, Says Solidfire

David Cahill, Director of Strategic Alliances for Solidfire made an appearance on theCube at EMCWorld 2012.  Solidfire is a revolutionary player in the cloud architecture realm.  As the only all-flash array product that is focused exclusively to the cloud service provider market, the Boulder, Colorado based company is on a trajectory to full general availability to that market and beyond.   Dave Cahill's interview video on theCube can be seen on SiliconAngle.tv (full clip below). It is interestingly noted that EMC’s recent 430 million dollar acquisition of Xtrem I/O, serves as a validation of Solidfire’s technology and provides great reference to integration... more »
VMware Extends Desktop Virtualization Portfolio with Wanova

VMware Extends Desktop Virtualization Portfolio with Wanova

VMware signed an agreement to acquire an Israeli firm called Wanova, with the goal of enabling virtual desktop management on offline end point devices. This is according to a blog post from earlier this week by Scott Davis, the CTO of the virtualization giant’s VDI group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed in the official release, but local publication Haaretz believes the transaction is worth approximately $100 million. Wanova’s flagship product is Mirage, a replication and layering solution with one particular feature that evidently managed to draw VMware’s attention: the platform caches and executes images on the client side. View does... more »
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Fear and Opportunity Drive Big Data in Business, Says Tom Roloff

Big data is still in the strategy planning stage in most industries according to Tom Roloff, COO for EMC Consulting. But, he said in an interview in The SiliconAngle Cube from EMCworld 2012, companies are moving aggressively, and often fear is as much a motivator as business opportunity (see full video below). “Everybody is worrying about 'Are my competitors in my industry learning something that I'm not?'” he says. “There's an element of 'Can you tell me what other people in financial services are doing with big data because if they're doing something I should be doing, I'd better find out... more »
U.S. State Department Hacks al-Qaeda Webpages

U.S. State Department Hacks al-Qaeda Webpages

An AP report has disclosed that the U.S. State Department launched the “hacking” of al-Qaeda sites in Yemen.  The article states that propaganda on the web pages was reversed to show altered versions of the ads that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton describes as showing “the toll al-Qaeda attacks have taken on the Yemeni people”.  The information replaced al-Qaeda propaganda regarding the killing of Americans.  This marks a public confirmation that the US is utilizing a breadth of technology based offensive in addition to other means against its enemies. This admission of covert cyber operations is unusual, and it indicates... more »
EMC President Pat Gelsinger Materializes Data Infrastructure in theCube at EMC World 2012

EMC President Pat Gelsinger Materializes Data Infrastructure in theCube at EMC World 2012

Pat Gelsinger, President and Chief Operating Officer of EMC, dropped into theCube at EMC World 2012 to speak with John Furrier and Dave Vellante—he visits every year at EMC World and always brings a lot of interesting insights into the moving-and-shaking projects at EMC. This time he sat down with the intrepid pair to talk about the future of the market, flash storage, and even analytics. Vellante mentioned that EMC’s portfolio has transformed across the board with acquisitions, Isilon, flash, and software. “Clearly with the acquisition of XtremIO, as we understand the taxonomy of the industry today, we have all the pieces... more »
Precog’s Raises $2M for Drag ‘N Drop Analytics Interface

Precog’s Raises $2M for Drag ‘N Drop Analytics Interface

This week a startup called Precog that it received $2 million in a first round of funding led by RP Ventures, only three months after it came out of stealth at the Strata conference. The company offers a cloud-based platform that analyzes the unstructured data streams a developer is tapping into, such as social media interactions and geotagged activity. It then allows the user to translate the real-time results that the system produces into new capabilities:  everything from shopping recommendations to more behind-the-scenes functionality such as reporting. At the same time, the time investment that this would normally require is dramatically reduced... more »
EMC CTO Discusses the Current State of Big Data

EMC CTO Discusses the Current State of Big Data

The Cube is providing continuous coverage of EMC World 2012 being held in Las Vegas May 21 – 24. The Cube’s Dave Vellante sat down with Bill Schmarzo, CTO Enterprise Information Management and Analytics, EMC. Schmarzo said two activities at EMC World are consuming his time – speaking to analysts and speaking to customers. According to Schmarzo, the analysts he has spoken with have different perspectives about big data. Analysts more focused on data sciences report market enthusiasm about the ability to tap into new data sources and discover new market opportunities. However, analysts from the traditional business intelligence space... more »
Android's Google Play Faces Rising Competition from Amazon, Facebook and China

Android's Google Play Faces Rising Competition from Amazon, Facebook and China

Android's open nature allows its users to find thousands of applications not only on Google Play, but also through alternative markets that offer different services and promotional offers.  And Google Play's main rival, the Amazon Appstore, has made a name for itself by doing things differently than Android's official market.  The Appstore offers daily deals, curated apps and other interesting features not found on Google Play, and this week Amazon began rolling out its Test Drive feature, which will allow users to try out apps before downloading or buying. The Appstore currently supports testing of more than 5,000 Android apps, and is... more »
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EMC CIO Talks Transformation of People, Business and IT

Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC, sat in on theCube for a discussion at EMCWorld 2012.  The topics were rapid and we were fortunate enough to discuss some of the great things going on at EMC with him.  (See full video below). Kicking off was a discussion on customer perspective and how people want proof-points.  Building infrastructure for the sake of infrastructure provides no value.  EMC translates value as being around agility, speed, and time to market, marking a shift in how some internal customers think about things.  They want services faster, not necessarily perfect but quicker so work can start together... 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.