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Study: Open Source is Leading Big Data, Cloud, Mobile Development

Study: Open Source is Leading Big Data, Cloud, Mobile Development

The Future of Open Source 2012, a survey sponsored by North Bridge Venture Partners and Black Duck Software and conducted by the 451 Group, indicates that when it comes to IT trends like cloud, mobile, social and big data, open source is leading, not following - and adoption rates are following. In fact, over $675 million was invested in open source technologies in 2011. The survey's 700 respondents, drawn from a pool of "industry influencers" from within and without the open source vendor community. Some key findings from the study include: More than 50 percent of software acquired over the next five years will... more »
Peter Chang CEO of Oxygen Cloud Talks Infrastructure at EMC World 2012

Peter Chang CEO of Oxygen Cloud Talks Infrastructure at EMC World 2012

EMC has always been about storage and, as a result, how storage effects the use of data in computing architectures. Products such as Oxygen Cloud seeks to be part of this decoupling of data from computation, enabling data to float free from applications and allow it to be available anywhere. Peter Chang, CEO of Oxygen Cloud, met with John Furrier and Dave Vellante in the Cube at EMC World 2012 to speak about how his company is looking into the market to furrow out their niche. He expects that people can move their processing into the cloud, but you still have... more »
How In-Memory and Flash Compare to Relational Databases and Legacy Storage

How In-Memory and Flash Compare to Relational Databases and Legacy Storage

Last week at SapphireNow I had a great chat with Lloyd Palfrey, a senor technical architect with Bluefin Solutions, one of the leading SAP services firms. I caught up with Lloyd at the bar (where the talk gets better as the night goes on) and had one of those conversations that gives a whole different perspective about the impact of data and what it means for the market. The conversation centered on HANA and then turned to how the in-memory technology affects the storage market. The inverse is also true. The new Flash storage technologies are having an impact on the... more »
Hbase Conference HbaseCon.com in SF - The Real Time Value Proposition

Hbase Conference HbaseCon.com in SF - The Real Time Value Proposition

As SiliconANGLE is on the ground in Vegas covering #emcworld 2012 we will also be covering the historic first Hbase Conference in SF. This week introduces the first ever Hbase conference (Hbasecon.com) in SF and SiliconANGLE will be covering it live with a live broadcast of theCUBE. At the Hbasecon there will be all the major players in the open source community pushing the cutting edge of performance and capabilities in Hadoop and the rise of Hbase as the standard onto of Haddop. All of the big data companies and developers programmers and committers to the open source community will be there including: •... more »
When Will the World Reach 8 Zetabytes of Stored Data? [Infographic]

When Will the World Reach 8 Zetabytes of Stored Data? [Infographic]

NetApp is a company whose entire business is dependent on the way enterprises store their data, and this industry is not expected to face a decline anytime soon. That’s according to a newly released infographic by the company (see below), which visualizes a couple of predictions quantifying all the data on the worldwide web. In 2009, the internet weighed in at about 500 exabytes, or half a zettabyte.  At the end of fiscal 2011, disk kingpin Seagate said it sold more than half that amount - 330 exabytes – within only 12 months, and by the end of this year a... more »
Informatica Evolving into Big Data Management Suite

Informatica Evolving into Big Data Management Suite

With its new version 9.5, Informatica takes a big step in its evolution from a data-integration point-solution to a comprehensive data management suite for big data, says Wikibon Analyst Jeff Kelly in his latest Alert, “Informatica 9.5 Focus on Big Data Maturity.”  All of the major enhancements and new features are intended to make realizing business value from big data simpler and faster, focusing specifically on three related trends: big transaction data, big interaction data, and big data processing. Informatica defines big transaction data is large volumes of structured, transactional data in systems like SAP HANA and Oracle Exadata. Informatica extends... more »
White House Chooses Budget Official as Successor for Cybersecurity Chief

White House Chooses Budget Official as Successor for Cybersecurity Chief

Last week, news hit the wire that current U.S. Cybersecurity Czar, Howard Schmidt, is retiring to spend time with family and friends—and ride his motorcycle. Now, amidst a strange atmosphere of legislation regarding the state of cybersecurity in the United States the White House is seeking to tap a new official to take his place and that would be Michael Daniel, a 17-year veteran of the Office of Management and Budget’s national security division. According to The Washington Post, although Daniel happens to be a budget official, he’s been placed highly in the role of managing security and “has overseen classified... more »
Sony Heads to iPhone with Latest Music Cloud Move

Sony Heads to iPhone with Latest Music Cloud Move

The music industry is a quickly changing one with smartphone applications allowing users to turn their phones into streaming radios.  Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, and now Music Unlimited by Sony are revolutionizing the way that users enjoy music.  Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming has now been released as an app for the iPhone, increasing the availability of the app to users who do not have Sony devices.  Available initially in New Zealand, the service is expected to roll out worldwide in the coming days. Music Unlimited is similar to Spotify and Rdio which allows users to create playlists, stream songs and albums, and... more »
EMC World 2012: Storage Launches, More Data News

EMC World 2012: Storage Launches, More Data News

An official statement from EMC World 2012 revealed that the storage giant will be making a total of 42 product announcements during the event. That’s just enough for this year’s Megalaunch to raise the bar beyond the previous record set back in 2011, with 41 product-related updates. It’s Day 1 of the conference, and a few of the most significant announcements already hit the press. Coming out of Las Vegas is word on new and improved storage systems, scattered across the company’s entire portfolio. The entry level category now features the VNXe 3150, which supposedly delivers 50 percent more performance and capacity... more »
Oracle Exadata/Exalogic Not Selling With Good Reason, Says Analyst

Oracle Exadata/Exalogic Not Selling With Good Reason, Says Analyst

Oracle's Exadata and Exalogic systems are more expensive and provide less performance and interconnectivity, writes Wikibon Co-founder and CTO David Floyer in “The Limited Value of Oracle Exadata”, the first of two new Alerts on the products.  In the second, “Oracle Exadata and Exalogic Sales Not Meeting Expectations”,  he adds that they do not appear to be selling nearly as well as Oracle would have people believe. Floyer's analysis of Exadata vs single SKU appliances from other vendors show that Exadata's total cost including maintenance, software, and hardware totals $7,960,000 while single SKU appliances have a total average cost of $4,206,500,... 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.