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EMC and Alpine Data Labs Unveil In-Database Predictive Analytics

EMC and Alpine Data Labs Unveil In-Database Predictive Analytics

EMC has joined forces with Alpine Data Labs to harness the power of EMC Greenplum with Alpine's web-based predictive analytics software. The new agreement will also see the two companies sign on for a formal reseller relationship. EMC is calling the technology the first "in-database" solution for big data predictive analytics. The new application will give a wide range of teams the ability to glean useful analytic data, save time, and deploy the "in a box" solution more easily. The companies assert that all of this will be possible with the combined effort of EMC Greenplum and Alpine analytics. Alpine and EMC... more »
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CumuLogic Gets Startup Accelerator Funding from Citrix

Cloud Java startup CumuLogic is the latest chosen by Citrix to join its incubator program.  Neither party disclosed how much seed funding exchanged hands, but it’s a big boost for CumuLogic nonetheless. The Citrix Startup Accelerator was created in celebration of the 15th anniversary virtualization firm’s initial public offering with the goal of making 12 investments within 18 months. That goal was met, with names such as GlassHouse and PrimeDesk on the list, now joined by yet another company.  These startups all gain access to not only capital but also office space, training and other resources. “We are excited to have CumuLogic... more »
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ProfitBricks seeks to take over Amazon

Amazon better watch out for the new sheriff in town. ProfitBricks claims that is can offer more powerful and cheaper instances to customers than Amazon Web Services can. What makes ProfitBricks different from its competitor is it has a different take on scale. Amazon has a massive scale-out architecture while ProfitBricks focuses on a vertical scale. Customers are able to use 1 to 48 processors and 1 GB to 196 GB of RAM that they can pay for by the minute instead of the hour. Amazon EC2 instances only come with 1 to 16 virtual cores and 1 GB to... more »
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Nebula Promises Secures Big Investment Dollars

OpenStack is making news again, and this time is for something more than the competition with CloudStack.  Nebula, a start up founded in 2011, is betting that its vision of a "plug-and-play" enterprise class OpenStack cloud will appeal to customers that have don't have the desire or expertise to customize the technology. Investors agree, and have shown their support with millions of dollars. Nebula has secured an impressive $25 million in its second round of funding. Comcast Ventures led the Series B round, but another set of names on the list of investors are attracting the most attention -Andy Bechtolsheim, David Cheriton and Ram Shriram - Google's... more »
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Nerdy Chic Hits the Catwalk: 5 Places We'd Love to See Google Glasses

Could you imagine watching a fashion show from a model's perspective? You could pretend as though you were wearing the latest wedding dress designs by Oscar de la Renta as you watch the black lace at the bottom of the dress tickle the grey studded Jimmy Choos stomping down the catwalk, Rihanna booming in the background. Maybe you could even get a glimpse of what goes on behind the curtains of a big fashion show and see the designer yelling for help with a clothing malfunction. Years ago, this would have been considered crazy talk.  After all, digital cameras are not... more »
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CAMP allows the cloud to spread itself wide

IT companies, including Oracle, Rackspace, CloudBees, Cloudsoft Corporation, Huawei, Red Hat, and Software AG have announced Cloud Application Management for Platforms (CAMP), which is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) management Application Programming Interface (API) specification. The development for industry standard is all set to be submitted to Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). So what does all of this exactly mean for the clouds? It will give them portability, which has been a request for quite some time now. CAMP would like to offer a common thread for the development of multi-cloud management tools. The company would also... more »
Order Your iPhone 5 Accessories Today

Order Your iPhone 5 Accessories Today

I don’t think most Apple fans will be able to sleep tonight, wistfully anticipating the expected launch of the iPhone 5 tomorrow. In our ongoing coverage, we’ve already looked at the rumored specs of the iPhone 5 extensively but here’s a brief overview: it will be bigger at 4 to 4.6 inches, redesigned speaker grills, thinner because of the in-cell touch panels that eliminates the gap between the LCD and touch sensor panels, will need a nano SIM, will have an 8-pin dock connector instead of the usual 30-pin, an 8MP or even higher rear camera, possibly fingerprint scanning technology, improved... more »
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Splunk: A Solid Year in Review as Annual Conference Kicks Off

Last Thursday, Splunk Inc., a rising provider of software for real-time operational intelligence, announced it will be broadcasting the company’s third annual users’ conference, .conf2012, in a webcast starting today.  We'll be covering the event this week, so be sure to check back regularly for updates. The conference kicked off yesterday and will go on until Thursday, September 13 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Be sure you don’t miss the keynote address today, which will begin at 9:00am (PT) by Splunk Chairman and CEO, Godfrey Sullivan. You will be able to watch the address here. In other Splunk news, the company... more »
Nokia Conducts Ethics Review Over Questionable Ad

Nokia Conducts Ethics Review Over Questionable Ad

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Nokia's plans to conduct ethics review; Google Drive for iOS updated; AT&T to launch $50 LG smartphone; and teens more interested in smartphones than feature phones (duh). Nokia to conduct ethics review Last week, Nokia unveiled two new smartphones, but the spotlight was on the new Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, boasting quality videos and photos because of the Optical Image Stabilization technology.  But just hours after the launch, eagle-eyed bloggers spotted that the video which Nokia used in their presentation was actually taken using a professional video camera, and not the Lumia 920 PureView. Nokia was quick to... more »
Measurement is the Key to Unlocking the Value of the Social Enterprise

Measurement is the Key to Unlocking the Value of the Social Enterprise

Today’s employees are using social technologies in their personal life, and aren’t expecting anything less in their professional life. This bottom-up approach is pushing organizations to revisit their internal collaboration systems and policies. At the top, the C-suite sees the move towards a social enterprise as an opportunity to increase innovation and improve efficiencies. As companies revisit their intranet and collaboration tools, we are beginning to see the emergence of the social enterprise. It's the evolution of yesterday’s intranet into a dynamic, user-centric environment for employees to easily access information, people and experts. Regardless of the new tools available in the... more »

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- 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.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.