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Social Media Soldiers, the Arab Uprising

With the introduction of social media through MySpace society has drastically changed.  Although MySpace has died a slow and painful death, Facebook has become the new dominant social media outlet with the help of Twitter propelling internet-based communication outside of the stratosphere.  How far is social media reaching?  It’s not only shaping relationships and elections, it’s shaping the course of entire nations, giving those looking for a voice of their own an outlet of expression and bringing together people with similar ideas and visions. The Arab Spring, as it’s now known, was the start of a cataclysmic shift in the shape... more »
Agawi Brings Streaming Gaming to Windows 8

Agawi Brings Streaming Gaming to Windows 8

Agawi, which provides a cloud-based platform for streaming games over the Internet, announced  it will be collaborating with Microsoft to bring games to Windows. Agawi, an acronym that stands for Any Game, Anywhere, Instantly, will use Microsoft's Azure deliver Facebook social and mid-core games, web-based MMOs and PC core games. Agawi promises it will deliver top-tier "AAA" titles, but has not revealed which publishers or games that might involve. Competition in the streaming video market is growing. Sony acquired a streaming gaming service, Gaikai, for $380 million earlier this year. There is demand, but success is guaranteed. Another streaming gaming provider, OnLive, recently declared... more »
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Amazon Wants to Open a Marketplace for Your Unused Resources

Business that have purchased more Amazon Web Services (AWS) than they need are about to have an option other than waiting for their subscription to expire. Amazon is working on a new marketplace that will allow customers to buy and sell cloud resources. The cloud exchange is currently under development, and will be used to trade reserved instances, which are cheaper than  on-demand instances, but require a one or three-year commitment. The marketplace will provide its locked-in customers a little wiggling room. Amazon will charge a 12 percent service fee on transactions in the marketplace. According to the AWS blog: “If you have... more »
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Compared: iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy SIII and Note II

You probably already know that the iPhone 5 was launched yesterday, and the biggest news about the device is its size.  Yes, it’s bigger--perhaps Apple is looking to invade the phablet space.  Yes, I know it’s not that big, but it's certainly bigger than other iPhones.  Hmmm, I think i remember the late Steve Jobs wasn’t fond of big smartphones, saying that a smartphone should be used used with just one hand.  I guess you can still use it comfortably with one hand but what if you have really small hands? Anyway, since I’ve mentioned big devices, let’s compare the iPhone... more »
Cloud Computing Grows in Australia

Cloud Computing Grows in Australia

Cloud computing isn't a US only phenomenon. Thanks to large technology vendors launching major services, the use of cloud computing is growing around the world, including  Australia. One of the big changes coming to Australia's cloud industry is National Broadbrand Network (NBN). This will provide the low latency of a fixed, high-speed network that has the potential to help providers compete with other international markets, particularly in the U.S. Data center location and contract jurisdiction are two concerns that have impacted cloud adoption in Australia. Many  Australian businesses have mandatory requirements to keep data in Australia, which limits the cloud providers they... more »
A Platform for Good Aims to Do Battle with Evil

A Platform for Good Aims to Do Battle with Evil

The issue of kids and internet safety seems to crop up every other day, always with some new horror story involving social media sites like Facebook or ‘flirting’ apps like Skout. But while this negative news tends to hog the headlines, there are plenty of positive stories that never seem to get any press. This is a crying shame, because the truth is that there’s just as much good news as there is bad, but few ever get to hear about it. With any luck, this won’t always be the case. In a major effort aimed at improving the overall image of... more »
Cloud Disruption: Market Research

Cloud Disruption: Market Research

If it took less time to get from your car to your favorite store in the mall on your last visit, you might have cloud computing to thank.  The crews of surveyors asking for a "few minutes of your time" to answer a some questions  that were once a fixture in shopping malls have almost disappeared. Why? Online polls are cheaper. ESOMAR and KPMG estimate businesses spend $30 billion per year on market research, but cloud computing has begun to dramatically impacting the space.  Face-to-face surveys are disappearing. Focus groups  are becoming less common. Studies require less time and dollars. The size and... more »
Thinner, Faster, Bigger, But The iPhone 5 Is Still A Failure

Thinner, Faster, Bigger, But The iPhone 5 Is Still A Failure

Apple fans will never admit it, but following the long awaited unveiling of the iPhone 5, it’s pretty obvious that the company is missing Steve Jobs’ innovative thinking more than ever. Sure, the look and feel of the iPhone 5 is as beautiful as ever, but what with so many expectations of something revolutionary, it’s hard not to feel a little disappointed with what Apple has come up with. There’s no denying the latest incarnation of the iPhone compares well with any of the competition out there, but by Apple’s standards, this just simply isn’t good enough. For the first time,... more »
iPhone 5 Event: Steve Jobs Never Would've Let That Happen

iPhone 5 Event: Steve Jobs Never Would've Let That Happen

Few products change the world, but the iPhone has reshaped the consumer market so thoroughly that it can affect the United States' GDP.  Every year Apple reveals an updated version of the iPhone, and yesterday marked the release of the 5th generation.  Love it or hate it, the iPhone is here to stay, influencing design, retail and the whole of the consumer electronics experience. But there's a marked shift in Apple's way with products, as we could see with the iPhone 5 launch event, the drifting design of its cousin the iPod Nano (it looks more like a Nokia Lumia than... more »
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CIOs: Apple’s New iPhone is a Welcome Evolutionary Update

For months, we’ve been treated to rumor after rumor regarding the new iPhone and what kinds of features it would include.  Today, most of those rumors were (surprisingly) verified as accurate as Apple trotted out a series of product updates that included the iPhone 5.  Although the updated product doesn’t create world peace and isn’t the one-shot fix to the economy that many may have hoped, it does bring to Apple’s lineup some features that have long been features in other products and some additional welcome features that make this a worthy—but far from required—upgrade for many. 4-inch screen It’s been long... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.