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EMC World Day 1 Recap: Getting to the "Real" Cloud

Day 1 at EMC World was an exciting one, with an embracing of the independent analysis and the collaboration of independent media companies reporting on the happenings over the course of the day. Day 1 was all about the cloud and getting to the real cloud solution.  EMC is doing its very best to drive home the idea that there needs to be a shift from infrastructure to the cloud as well as more attention paid to data protection, as evidenced by the keynote by Jeremy Burton, EMC’s CMO who offered the prediction that one day every organization will have... more »
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What to Expect at Greenplum's Data Science Summit: EMC World 2012

Since EMC’s acquisition of Greenplum in 2010, they've become a regular at EMC World. This year the firm is holding the second annual Data Science Summit, one of several community events going within  the conference.  Things kick off today and will continue through tomorrow. The Summit will feature keynotes from experts within this industry over the course of the next two days, spotlighting executive speakers and data scientists. Among them will be Intuit’s big data VP Nora Denzel, Seed founding CEO Adamn Bly, statistician Nate Silver and Nathan Wolfe, the founder of Viral Forecasting and a visiting professor at Stanford. These experts will cover the... more »
IT Shifting from Nuts and Bolts to Services, Says GlaxoSmithKline [Video]

IT Shifting from Nuts and Bolts to Services, Says GlaxoSmithKline [Video]

IT is in a transition towards being a service manager says Robert P. Mattie II,  director of services integration at GlaxoSmithKline, “and cloud is a good start in the shift to services.” Business users are getting used to finding their own applications, either bought off-the-shelf, downloaded, or in the cloud as services, that they can set up in a minute or two and start addressing a business problem right away, often without talking to anyone from IT. Only later do they look to IT either to integrate the application with internal services, get help with a problem, or to take over... more »
Taming the Big Data Gorilla [Infographic]

Taming the Big Data Gorilla [Infographic]

Wikibon released a new infographic that lays out the value proposition behind Big Data and provides vivid example of real-world Big Data usecases. Big data has certainly gotten "big," and its growing at fast pace.  According to Google, the term’s popularity has increased by more than 1,200 percent in recent years, and there’s something to back up all the hype as well. According to an earlier Wikibon study, Big Data software, hardware and services revenue is currently $5 billion and will top $50 billion in 2017. That’s great for vendors, and the underlining reason behind all the demand is just as advantageous... more »
IBM Touts SmartCloud Advancements, Products

IBM Touts SmartCloud Advancements, Products

Big Blue’s SmartCloud Services portfolio reach several impressive milestones recently, including adding a notable list of new clients in a relatively short period of time. The IT behemoth says that more than one million business users work with applications hosted on IBM’s Cloud, a platform that powers 4.5 million transactions a day. Those in turn add up to about $100 billion in commerce every year, and counting. "Companies are starting to understand that cloud is more than just about gaining efficiencies and cost savings, it's about driving the kind of fundamental innovation that provides lasting marketplace advantage," said Paul Loftus, general manager,... more »
Here's a New Formula for CrowdFunding Success

Here's a New Formula for CrowdFunding Success

START.ac, a new capital-raising program, combines the incubator and CrowdFunding models.  Given the ever-increasing landscape of incubators and 400+ CrowdFunding platforms, more programs like IndieGoGo are highlighting their distinctiveness. If project success looks to you like half a million dollars raised in a day, perhaps all you need is the digital infrastructure to promote, collect and track donations that existing platforms like KickStarter, MicroVentures and Profounder provide.  But, if you aim to build something sustainable and scalable, START.ac founder Rod Turner, suggests you need an innovative approach. Turner believes too many CrowdFunding platforms encourage participants to be ambitious in their fundraising... more »
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Wikibon Survey Shows 2012 Really is the Year of Cloud

We're live at EMC World with #theCube and I've been squinting through the recent Wikibon IT Transformation Survey results. Data is still trickling in but we had over 200 Wikibon members take the survey which was designed to get a read on the maturity of customers' IT transformation initiatives. We'll be reporting full results but wanted to quickly share some interesting cloud adoption data. Last June we conducted a survey and asked: "Which of the following best describes your cloud computing strategy?" Comparing data from a year ago with the current (May 2012) survey, the data shows the following: A meaningful portion of... more »
Can Microsoft's New So.cl Network Revive Bing Search?

Can Microsoft's New So.cl Network Revive Bing Search?

Three days after its IPO, Facebook saw the arrival of a new social network and a possible future competitor on the web.  so.cl is from none other than Microsoft, originally created for students and tested at several U.S. universities.  So.cl was first unveiled last year by Microsoft--it's only now that the Redmond company decided to launch the social network officially to all users. Pronounced "social," the project from Microsoft’s FUSE Labs is not designed to compete with Facebook though it is launching with a similar premise, allowing students to share and search content with their peers for research purposes. “FUSE Labs' So.cl project... more »
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EMC to Integrate Avamar, Data Domain to Create End-to-End Solution

EMC is focused on providing an end-to-end hardware/software data protection system, says EMC BRS Division President William “BJ” Jenkins. To do that,"  he said on The Cube from EMC World 2012 on Monday, May 21, "it is going to move toward integrating its Avamar and Data Domain backup systems over the next year. "Complexity is a key word with IT users,” says Jenkins in the live Webcast. EMC is going to reduce complexity for its users by simplifying its portfolio and providing an end-to-end backup and recovery solution from one vendor that stands behind the entire system. Specifically, he promises enhancements to Avamar... more »
Big Data Can Be a Beast But it Can Be Tamed [Infographic]

Big Data Can Be a Beast But it Can Be Tamed [Infographic]

Big data - the term is over used and at the same time intimidating. It's a reminder of the power and the overwhelming nature of a wave that can wash out a community or any natural force that possesses a quality that is greater than our one self. But like anything big, we can find ways to tame it. Wikibon's Jeff Kelly  says that's the case with big data. ... 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.