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Big Money Data: US Military Spending Laid Bare

Big Money Data: US Military Spending Laid Bare

In this week’s big money data series, we take a closer look at one of the government’s biggest and, perhaps (depending on your viewpoint), one of its most unnecessary annual expenditures; it’s military budget. So large are the numbers being bandied around when we speak of military budgets and the global arms trade that they quickly lose all meaning. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI,) governments spent $1.74 trillion in 2011 on guns, tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, aircraft, missiles and motor gunboats, with the United States alone accounting for some $711 billion of this figure. To get a handle... more »
Apprenda Debuts Free Hosted Version of .NET PaaS

Apprenda Debuts Free Hosted Version of .NET PaaS

Analysts and industry watchers predict that the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions will soon be the fastest growing sector of cloud services.  Many developers welcome the benefits offered by companies like Heroku and Microsoft Azure. However, the leaders in the companies that employ these developers aren't often not quite as enthusiastic about moving to a PaaS. Apprenda's has launched ApprendaCloud  to help developers make their case. When Apprenda launched in 2007, it offered a public PaaS platform. However,the service never gained much traction.  The company discontinued its PaaS 2008, pivoted and began selling the .NET platform it created so organizations could create their own PaaS implementations.... more »
In-Flight Wi-Fi: More Expensive, But Much, Much Faster (No Thanks To Gogo)

In-Flight Wi-Fi: More Expensive, But Much, Much Faster (No Thanks To Gogo)

It’s fair to say that since its introduction four years ago, in-flight Wi-Fi hasn’t exactly ‘took off’ in the way that people would have liked. Fact is, most airlines around the world simply don’t offer in-flight Wi-Fi to begin with, and those that do (mostly US airlines) invariably use the provider Gogo, which doesn’t exactly offer the slickest of connection speeds. Worse still, it seems that Gogo has decided to up its rates somewhat. Paul Carr of Pando Daily reported that on his Virgin America flight from San Francisco to JFK yesterday, he noticed a steep hike in Gogo’s charges - it... more »
Angry Big Data: Mapping Protests Around The World

Angry Big Data: Mapping Protests Around The World

Since the emergence of a controversial movie ridiculing the Islamic prophet Mohammad sparked uproar in the Middle East, resulting in the death of the American ambassador after the storming of the US consulate in Benghazi, protests have erupted across the Muslim world. Similar angry scenes have taken place in China, and to a lesser extent, Taiwan, over the Senkaku Islands claimed by Japan. Meanwhile, in the US, Europe and elsewhere, a more drawn-out movement refuses to go away quietly... Tracking Rage in the Muslim World If you’re struggling to keep track of all the uprisings lately, you’re not the only one. What with protests... more »
Cloudant to Provide Cloud Database Service to GAIN Fitness

Cloudant to Provide Cloud Database Service to GAIN Fitness

NoSQL data layer as a service provider, Cloudant, has announced that personal training mobile app, GAIN Fitness has selected it to replace PostgreSQL, in order to provide more scalable application performance to their rapidly growing user base. GAIN Fitness will leverage Cloudant’s Data Layer managed cloud database service to enrich the user experience with real time workout analytics and mobile data sync for off-line app usage. GAIN Fitness’s app has over100, 000 users, and helps them create customized workouts based on their physical characteristics, primary fitness goals, and available workout time and equipment, by using algorithms designed to apply the expertise... more »
Inventive Redditor Builds Xbox 360 Into a Laptop Case and Walks into a Bar

Inventive Redditor Builds Xbox 360 Into a Laptop Case and Walks into a Bar

Interestingly, it’s not a joke, yet that is the punch line for this inventive marvel. Most game consoles are a little bit less-than-portable—that’s why the mobile market is awash with handhelds that act like consoles but run in their own little world. Consoles require a wall socket and a TV screen to be useful, in the computer world we call the portable screen-and-computer a laptop...now, thanks to an enterprising Maker redditor named DBrizzle, there’s a laptop Xbox! “So I spent the last 8 months converting an Xbox 360 Slim into a portable, laptop 360!” writes DBrizzle on Reddit. “Despite many manhours, pitfalls... more »
Microsoft Enables IntelliTrace for DevOps

Microsoft Enables IntelliTrace for DevOps

Microsoft recently announced that it has enabled IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2012 for DevOps, which will help the developer community to track coding issues easily and effortlessly. Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 is already shipping for the last three weeks, but the Windows maker has just extended the IntelliTrace for DevOps, to the its Systems Center software via a capability that will be featured in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. Besides this update, Microsoft also added Kanban templates for agile programming, along with new support for the SharePoint collaboration platform via load testing and coded UI testing. All these features will... more »
Reddit Co-Founder Faces 13 Felonies for Data Theft, $1 Million Fine and 35 Years in Prison

Reddit Co-Founder Faces 13 Felonies for Data Theft, $1 Million Fine and 35 Years in Prison

The number thirteen could possibly be the least favorite number of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz. Following four felonies in 2011, the Federal Government has filed nine more charges against the activist coder for breaching hacking laws when he broke into the computer network of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to obtain access to a nonprofit online service distributing scholarly articles online, JSTOR. He surrendered July of the previous year but remains free on $100K unsecured bond. Swartz nearly downloaded the entire library of JSTOR and got hold of digitized academic journals that are inaccessible to the public. A parcel of the... more »
Microsoft Making Virtualization Easier, Cheaper for SMBs

Microsoft Making Virtualization Easier, Cheaper for SMBs

Despite the obvious advantages, many SMBs are hesitant to virtualize their servers because of the complexity that introduces into the environment. They just do not have the resources to add the skill sets required to manage virtual environments to their workforce. That problem may be going away, writes Wikibon Analyst, consultant and former CIO Scott Lowe in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert, thanks to the latest developments from Microsoft. At its recent Storage Developers Conference, Microsoft engineers discussed the combination of its Hyper-V Server 2012 hypervisor and Server Message Block 3, a storage protocol that, says Lowe, “includes many new features... more »
Windows Azure Mobile Services Aim to Simplify App Development

Windows Azure Mobile Services Aim to Simplify App Development

Microsoft recently announced Windows Azure Mobile Services, an app infrastructure stack that will allow mobile developers to focus on developing their app rather than the infrastructure. In doing so, Microsoft is trying out what many startups have attempted: offering a mobile backend as a service to its app developers. The problem with mobile app development is that developers in the past essentially had to start from scratch, building out their mobile apps, supporting them across multiple devices, and scaling them when necessary. To remedy this problem, many startups have emerged that offer app infrastructure. Microsoft's will be built on an platform... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.