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"Other" Server Makers Gain Ground As IBM, HP, Oracle All Struggle

"Other" Server Makers Gain Ground As IBM, HP, Oracle All Struggle

The global server market continues to suffer in the face of threats from cloud computing and virtualization, forcing OEMs to look for an escape avenue in emerging new areas such as converged solutions and hyperscale environments. That the server is slowly losing its grip is actually a blessing in disguise for some systems makers. Dell and Cisco in particular, have taken advantage of the situation to press their lead in these emerging trends, resulting in growth in their overall server revenues even as the evolving dynamics of the data center eats away at other areas of their businesses interests. For the... more »
Building Big Data: How Data Centers are Going Green

Building Big Data: How Data Centers are Going Green

Few people are likely to have heard of Yerington, Nevada. The town, with a population of just 3,048 according to Wikipedia, doesn't often hit the headlines, but that doesn't mean it hasn't caught the attention of others. Apple for example, is paying a lot of attention to Yerington, where it's just opened up a brand new solar energy farm to supply energy for its data center in nearby Reno: "The project will not only supply renewable energy for our data center [in nearby Reno] but also provide clean energy to the local power grid, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with NV Energy. When... more »
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Fully Autonomous + Foldable Cars in the Very Near Future : Smart Car Roundup

In this week’s SmartCar roundup we’ll be featuring fully autonomous cars coming by 2020, a folding car, and a GPS Safety System to keep you and your loved ones safe. Nissan promises fully automated self-driving cars by 2020   Earlier this year, it was predicted that by 2016 we'll see partially autonomous cars out in the market, highly autonomous by 2020, and fully autonomous cars by 2025.  But Nissan promises that it will be ahead of the competition, announcing plans to deliver fully autonomous cars by 2020. "Nissan Motor Co. pledges that we will be ready to bring multiple affordable, energy efficient, fully autonomous-driving vehicles... more »
Cirrity Tackles Hybrid Cloud, Privacy and Security | #VMworld

Cirrity Tackles Hybrid Cloud, Privacy and Security | #VMworld

The business world is buzzing about the hybrid cloud, and while some have adopted it wholeheartedly, others are more skeptical. Cirrity President and CTO Dan Timko had a chat with the hosts of The Cube about the hybrid cloud, compliance, and privacy at VMworld 2013. Many small to medium sized businesses are going all into the cloud, Timko explained, as they cannot afford to have their money in two pots, but some mid market and enterprise companies are adopting the hybrid cloud, and every sign seems to point to a continuation of that trend. Cirrity made an investment in building a compliance... more »
An Internal Look at NetApp’s Innovations in the Storage Market | #VMworld

An Internal Look at NetApp’s Innovations in the Storage Market | #VMworld

What is it like being the CIO of a large corporation that specializes in delivering solutions for other CIOs? NetApp’s CIO Cynthia Stoddard sat down with The Cube hosts to talk about it at VMworld 2013. Wearing a VMware baseball  jersey with AT&T Park in the background, Stoddard revealed some of the inner workings of NetApp’s IT operations and how the company has adapted to the changes in the storage market. Stoddard stressed that in order to survive the myriad of changes, an organization has to be willing to embrace the trend, be cognizant of how to keep the system running,... more »
VMware Has Their Head In The Clouds  #VMworld

VMware Has Their Head In The Clouds #VMworld

As day 3 of the VMworld was drawing to a close SilconANGLE’s John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante welcomed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Management for VMware, Ramin Sayar. As we have sought deeper understanding of the emerging virtualization market, Sayar spoke of the corporate culture of VMware and the direction they plan to head in the near future. Sayar spoke of the critical need for the automation of architectural management for the promise of the cloud to be fully realized. VMware, for their part, detailed at the conference how their vCloud automation center is helping to separate... more »
Cumulus Networks: A New Player On The Field  #VMworld

Cumulus Networks: A New Player On The Field #VMworld

In another interview on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier welcomed Peter Levine and JR Rivers to discuss the place a new start-up can hold as networking transitions from the traditional model to Software Defined Networking (SDN). Levine, a General Partner with the VC outfit Andreesen Horowitz, commented that when he is looking for new opportunities he observes the entrepreneur’s ability to deploy new technology in a reasonably efficient way with low cost. Typically, however, deployment has proven to be very expensive. The trend toward automation is helping to lower the costs associated with the previous method of manual configuration of on-site servers. Levine... more »
Elon Musk to Unveil Holographic Technology Akin to Tony Stark's

Elon Musk to Unveil Holographic Technology Akin to Tony Stark's

Is Elon Musk the Tony Stark of real-life?  He could be, especially if you consider all his ingenious, though sometimes a bit quirky, innovative spirit. Stark is a genius, billionaire, playboy, philantropist that is more famously known as Iron Man.  He is not real of course, he is a fictional Marvel character that geeks and non-geeks alike grew to love and hate in comic books and movies.  He has these cool inventions, like JARVIS, a transparent smartphone, the Iron Man suit, and holographic technology that allows him to create new suit designs, weapons or even to closely examine parts. The holographic technology... more »
Dell Goes All-in on Software-Defined Networking at #VMworld

Dell Goes All-in on Software-Defined Networking at #VMworld

Like many of its fellow IT titans, Dell announced a slew of new offerings at this week’s VMworld conference. The vendor unleashed an SDN-enabled switching platform and a set of improved network management tools, in addition to over a dozen integrations and product refreshes. Dell has expanded its S-series product family with the S6000, a top-of-rack switch that introduces support for VMware’s NSX network virtualization layer. The 1U system delivers twice the density and throughput of previous generations while consuming up to 50 percent less power, the company said. The S6000 is joined by Active Fabric Manager (AFM) 2.0, the latest version... more »
Homeland Security Chief: "Serious Cyber-Attack" is Coming

Homeland Security Chief: "Serious Cyber-Attack" is Coming

Janet Napolitano, the US Homeland Security Secretary (at least for the rest of this week) gave a farewell speech this week that included a dire predication:  that the US would endure a major cyber-attack that would cause a major disruption in the economy. “Our country will, at some point, face a major cyber-event that will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy, and the everyday functioning of our society” She made these and other statements in a roll call of recommendations for whomever is to replace her at the post as the Obama administration’s top homeland security official.  In that... 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.