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SolidFire Gains a Foothold in UK Channel Islands

SolidFire Gains a Foothold in UK Channel Islands

Storage vendor SolidFire says that Calligo, “the UK Channel Islands’ only complete cloud service provider,” is using its all-flash storage appliances to power its application environment. The company says that Calligo chose its product because it offered the performance and scale that the provider required to support a portfolio of several thousand applications. “We chose SolidFire after extensive research and development work, initially with systems that were not designed for large scale multi-tenant user environments, then with SolidFire itself. With SolidFire’s guaranteed QoS, we now offer hard SLAs around exact performance metrics while remaining in compliance with local data residency and data... more »
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Realtime Initiates “New Era of the Internet” with $100M Investment, Valued at $1 Billion

  When Realtime Founder and CEO André Parreira asked himself: “What can I do to be disruptive?”the scalable answer seemed obvious: “[Let’s] create the live web.” Realtime’s instantaneous and continuous updates, which means users no longer need to refresh pages and applications. According to Rebecca Grant of VentureBeat, Realtime’s developer framework to create live web applications had previously only been available outside of the United States. Recent investments totaling $100 million from Brazil’s BRZtech firm and The Ongoing Group backed Realtime’s United States launch on August 8, 2012. Funding will support company development, marketing and outreach (including conferences, hackathons and other... more »
HP Cloud Powers DreamWorks Collaboration System

HP Cloud Powers DreamWorks Collaboration System

DreamWorks Animation SKG has integrated HP Cloud Services with Panzura's Global Cloud Storage System for use in its project collaboration and file sharing network. Using the system, three DreamWorks Animation studio production teams can collaborate and tap into the cloud cloud applications and data storage that HP and Panzura offer. DreamWorks already utilizes HP IBRIX Storage for on-premise file storage and will make use of the cloud storage as a supplementary tool for collaboration. DreamWorks production teams at the company's studios in Glendale and Redwood City, California, as well as a production team Bangalore, India can now share content and data... more »
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New Cloud Backup Perks for Mainframes with Luminex, Nirvanix Team Up

‘Virtual Tape’ provider LUMINEX and storage startup Nirvanix have teamed up to offer a cloud-based enterprise backup solution that is specifically targeted at mainframe users. Physical tape, shipping and off-site storage all leave a mark on a customer’s bottom line when they’re using traditional backup, not to mention the inaccessibility of all that data. This is another issue which can potentially lead to days of delay in not just recovery time, but also decision-making. Luminex CloudSAFE offers an alternative in the form of a vaulting service that stores tape volumes in the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network, and is supposedly more cost-efficient than... more »
Need for Security Monitoring Strengthens Across IT Industry

Need for Security Monitoring Strengthens Across IT Industry

Security and cyberthreats, across entire IT industry, are intensifying like never before. Cyber attacks have not only shot up in numbers, but have also become stealthy, sophisticated, and damaging. What else is bothering security professionals? What do they feel necessary to combat this mess? Perhaps, better monitoring requisites. A recent ESG Research survey revealed some interesting facts and figures, collected from around 315 security professionals working at enterprise organizations. Here it goes: • 34% said they need tighter integration between security intelligence and IT operations tools, such as asset management, configuration management, network performance management, etc. • 33% said they need better... more »
NetApp Updates Object Storage Software

NetApp Updates Object Storage Software

NetApp  rolled out the 9th release of its StorageGRID software, a data management platform that’s designed for petabyte-scale environments used by organizations in the healthcare and financial services industries. The new version features several improvements, most notably support for the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) open standard.  The protocol was developed by SNIA to cover provisioning, administering and accessing in the cloud – capabilities that NetApp requires in order to get customers who are already invested in existing, multi-vendor infrastructure to buy its product. StorageGRID is used to power NetApp Distributed Content Repository deployments, and this latest release offers a number of... more »
1Password Gears Up for John the Ripper

1Password Gears Up for John the Ripper

1Password, a popular system and online security program has confirmed that it is now ready to tackle John the Ripper, but users need to have a good Master Password. The pre-eminent password cracking tool, John the Ripper, runs on fifteen different platforms, and can be run against various encrypted password formats including several crypt password hash types. It is, in fact, one of the most popular password testing and breaking programs on the internet. As reported on the official blog of Agilebits website, the team said that it is strengthening its defenses. “We’ve always known that that there is nothing we can do... more »
Cloud Changing Structure of IT

Cloud Changing Structure of IT

CompTIA has released its report "CompTIA’s 3rd Annual Trends in Cloud Computing" a 59-page report that examines the current state of cloud computing. The study includes data from 500 businesses that consume technology services and over 400 technology providers. CompTIA's research  found the cloud is changing far more than technology infrastructure and capabilities; it is transforming the very structure of business. According to the report, attitudes about cloud computing are continuing to improve. An impressive 85 percent of respondents indicated they feel "more positive" or "significantly more positive"  about the cloud as compared to the previous year. This was an increase of 13 percent from... more »
Google to Integrate Gmail Messages In Search Results

Google to Integrate Gmail Messages In Search Results

Google has just announced a new experimental feature for its search engine; as of tomorrow, anyone who signs up for it will be able to see relevant emails from their inbox alongside regular search results. Naturally, the trial feature will only be available to Gmail users, who will be able to view their most relevant email results in a separate panel if they decide to opt in. Examples of relevant email results would be things like flight bookings and confirmations, and products bought online. Alternatively, a search online for “cycling in Amsterdam” would throw up any Gmail messages that contained these... more »
HP 3PAR P1000 Validates Flash Storage for HP Users: the All-Flash Future

HP 3PAR P1000 Validates Flash Storage for HP Users: the All-Flash Future

HP's 3PAR P1000 system announcement with its all-flash option is an important validation of flash storage in the marketplace, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in his latest Professional Alert. While the P1000 also supports traditional spinning disk drives through 8 GB Fiber Channel and 10 GB iSCSI connections, it is the first system from a major vendor designed to support all-flash storage configurations. For HP customers, it also provides a path to an all-flash storage future when flash cost-per-GB drops to a level comparable to that of SATA disk. And it gives HP a product that can compete with the... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.