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General Dynamics Acquires Open Kernel Labs

General Dynamics Acquires Open Kernel Labs

General Dynamics, Defense industry contractor for shipbuilding and marine systems, defense systems, land and amphibious combat systems and munitions, has completed their acquisition of Open Kernel Labs. OK Labs is a NICTA start-up company, and a provider of virtualization software for securing wireless communications, applications and content for mobile devices and automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems. While the deal amount is still undisclosed, this will be beneficial for General Dynamics both in terms of mobile virtualization and automotive virtualization. “As part of General Dynamics, we will continue to deliver innovation and excellence in the areas of mobile and automotive virtualisation,” said Mr Subar,... more »
Get Ready to Listen to Industry Leaders at RICON 2012

Get Ready to Listen to Industry Leaders at RICON 2012

RICON 2012, the two-day Distributed Systems Conference for developers, has got its speaker list confirmed. Basho Technologies, the organizer, today confirmed the speaker lineup for the event to be held October 10-11 in San Francisco, CA. RICON 2012 is dedicated to Riak, developers and the future of distributed systems, and will bring together all relevant people together to explore the use of distributed architectures in production. Evangelists and experts from all across the industry and developer community will speak at the event, with focus on innovations that enable and support distributed architectures. The conference will have sessions on wide-ranging topics, but... more »
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How Splunk Won Over an Entire Organization [VIDEO]

Back at TheCube, SiliconANGLE’s premier video program, Wikibon Analyst Jeff Kelly and SiliconANGLE Executive in Residence Jeff Frick had the pleasure of interviewing Beau Christensen, the Lead Site Reliability Engineer at Ping Identity, another satisfied customer of Splunk, at their annual .conf2012 event. Ping Identity provides single sign-on identity security for 800 of the world’s largest companies, securing millions of corporate identities of employees around the globe.  They do mobile and API security as well as federated identity. According to Christensen, they use Splunk for operational intelligence just like other Splunk customers do.  They also use Splunk for security purposes, as it... more »
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Open Garden Wants to Create Wi-Fi Utopia

In an ideal world, people who can't afford to pay for Wi-Fi wouldn't have to worry about going to Starbucks, the library and other benevolent businesses that offer free Internet connections. Instead, the haves would be willing to share with the have-nots without hesitation, even if the person on the other end is a stranger. This is the world that Open Garden may help create. The San Francisco based startup has developed a way for devices to share network connectivity via crowd sourcing. Open Garden has created an app for Mac, PC and Android that allows devices to share internet connectivity through a... more »
Private Cloud Going Strong, Public Cloud to Hit $100BN by 2016

Private Cloud Going Strong, Public Cloud to Hit $100BN by 2016

The cloud is big. Fresh market research from Renub and IDC show exactly how big it is. The analysts found that spending on public and private cloud services will continue to grow rapidly and top $100 billion by 2016. Renub Research’s "Private Cloud Computing Market & Forecast to 2015: Worldwide Analysis" report shows that application virtualization tools are leading  the private cloud segment and account for 37 percent of the market.  This category is followed by infrastructure and business purpose virtualization. Although middleware virtualization solutions are only a small percent of the market  now, Renub predicts their market share will nearly 10 times their... more »
Amazon Lures Developers to Kindle HD

Amazon Lures Developers to Kindle HD

The proposition is simple – build an app for the new Kindle Fire HD and get exposure. That’s exactly what Amazon is proposing to the app developer community. The benefits are plain to see, to start -you have the Amazon Kindle Fire platform that has captured 22% of the tablet market in just a year’s time. You have the Amazon Appstore ecosystem that comes installed on Kindle out of the box and does not include Google Play. You also have a new edition of the device that is sure to be another hit- Kindle Fire HD. It is looking like... more »
SAP, Adaptive Planning and GoodData Share Big News about Coud-based Services

SAP, Adaptive Planning and GoodData Share Big News about Coud-based Services

Analysis and planning tools have left the building and made their way to cloud. SAP, Adaptive Planning and GoodData all made separate announcements on this week that suggest the cloud has evolved beyond storing data and traditional business intelligence applications. Businesses want specialized reporting, planning, and analysis applications in the cloud, not general-purpose tools. SAP announced its Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) OnDemand, which currently three applications. The first, Expense Insight, analyzes expense details and identifies potential mistakes that may be getting charged to departmental cost centers. The second, Real-Time Profit And Loss Analysis, offers detailed analysis of cost and how resources... more »
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Tax is Becoming Another Cloud Challenge

Technology isn't the only thing companies need to consider when they move to the cloud. Enterprise tax consultancy and services provider KPMG published a survey that looks into a little-discussed element of the cloud - taxes. The consultancy explains that the cloud can impact a number of factors that may change taxation like the geographical location of physical infrastructure and the jurisdictions that apply to it and  the classification of cloud spending. There is also the issue of compliance. These things need to be taken seriously, but KPMG's numbers show that taxes is not making it on the list of discussion points about the cloud. Fifty... more »
Splunk's Versatility is a Win for Big Data: .conf2012 Recap

Splunk's Versatility is a Win for Big Data: .conf2012 Recap

Wikibon Analyst Jeff Kelly and SilinANGLE Executive in Residence Jeff Frick are back on TheCube to bring us the highlights of Splunk’s .conf2012 day 2 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frick noted that the biggest take away for him is the continual validation of the "land and expand" strategy, which makes it easy to get a lot of people to try a product, note its given value and then expand it.  He also notes that Splunk is a type service that started with a specific application that just keeps growing. Kelly agrees with Frick and added that the fact that... more »
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Is the Cloud Killing IT Jobs?

One thing that is almost certain in this world - change. Everything and everybody goes through multiple changes, and the job market is not immune to this. When computers hit the workplace, people complained about how machines would replace workers. Job loss did occur, but computers also made individuals more productive and created even more opportunities and job roles. Now, the department that computers gave birth to is now experiencing a change. Since computers have became a common fixture of the workplace, almost all companies have created in-house IT team. Some have full IT staffs that maintain servers, networks, and equipment... 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.