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Accenture's Big Data Lead Points Out New Data Challenges Around Context [Video]

Accenture's Big Data Lead Points Out New Data Challenges Around Context [Video]

The Cassandra Summit 2012 is a conference where developers and interested business parties can teach and learn about upcoming innovations with Apache Cassandra in particular and database technology in general. The CUBE host John Furrier and Wikibon contributor Jeff Kelly had a chance to sit down with Accenture Senior Manager and Big Data R&D Lead, John Akred to talk about some of the exciting advancements in big data. One of the first questions posed to Akred was about the sustainability of the old relational database model. In the tech world, everyone is talking about NoSQL, moving beyond relational databases. But will... more »
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HP Offers Low-End, NonStop Server to New Audiences

Hewlett-Packard debuted a new addition to its NonStop high-availability servers line-up that comes in cheaper configurations in order to try and appeal to smaller customers. NonStop servers are used by financial services providers, telcos and other organizations that need their environments up and running even if a node fails. The NS2200, the smallest system in the product family, offers the same functionality for a much smaller price. It’s a stripped-down version of the existing NS2100 server. “The NonStop 2100 is based on the rx2800 i2 rack-mounted server, which debuted back in April 2010with the rest of the Integrity and Superdome servers sporting Intel's... more »
Apple-Samsung Trial Sheds Light on Samsung US Sales

Apple-Samsung Trial Sheds Light on Samsung US Sales

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple-Samsung trial shedding light on Samsung sales; burning iPhone 5 rumors; smartphone sales dipping as the world awaits for the next iPhone; and Motorola Mobility’s massive layoff. Apple-Samsung trial update US District Judge Lucy Koh, overseeing the Apple-Samsung case, expects the two companies to deliver closing arguments by next week.  Though the trial seems like it’s nearing its end, more information about the two are being revealed. A witness who testified for Apple, accountant Terry Musika, released information regarding Samsung’s US sales.  The South Korean company is not known for publicizing their sales numbers, but according to Musika,... more »
WikiLeaks Bounces Back With Reverse Proxy Protection Against DDoS Attacks

WikiLeaks Bounces Back With Reverse Proxy Protection Against DDoS Attacks

It’s business as usual once again for the folks at WikiLeaks (if such a thing is possible) as the document-sharing site appears to be back online following a sustained distribute denial of service (DDoS) attack that lasted for more than one week. Julian Assange and his team will no doubt be extending an almighty “thank you” to a small web performance and security company known as CloudFare, which has apparently heeded WikiLeaks call for help on Twitter. The source of the DDoS attacks remains uncertain, although a ‘group’ calling itself AntiLeaks has taken to Twitter to claim responsibility for taking the whistleblowing... more »
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Developing Countries Lead The Mobile World

According to a recent World Bank infographic, the developing world is now more mobile than the developed world. The spread of mobile usage across low-income regions reflects global trends in pace, access and pervasiveness when it comes to mobile usage. The World Bank takes these factors into account as it documents how: "The number of mobile subscriptions will soon overtake the world's population." We are in the midst of unprecedented mobile phone usage and access. In 2003, 61% of the world's population had a cell phone signal; by 2010 this amount increased to 90%. As 75% of the world has access... more »
New IBM Kenya Research Lab Seeks Low-Cost Solution To Nairobi’s Traffic Problems

New IBM Kenya Research Lab Seeks Low-Cost Solution To Nairobi’s Traffic Problems

IBM is teaming up with Kenya’s Ministry for Information, Communication and Technology to establish an IT research lab in Nairobi, which is said to be the first of its kind on the African continent. The lab, which is set to open sometime next month, will focus on solving problems such as traffic congestion, as well as improving local governance. One of the main goals of the new research lab is to help governments better manage huge amounts of data, something that would allow them to develop capabilities to assist people in making more efficient use of public sector services. Tony Mwai, IBM’s... more »
Google Gets Frommer’s, Rivals Get Mad

Google Gets Frommer’s, Rivals Get Mad

There’s just no stopping Google in its bid to become the world’s number one travel agent. Hot on the heels of its purchase of restaurant review site Zagat last year, the search engine giant is now reported to be interested in acquiring the travel website Frommer’s. As search evolves into a more convenient, more personalized service than ever before, Google wants to be able to provide you with all the answers you’ll ever need, no matter where in the world you might be. Google’s search engine is already a very well oiled, highly sophisticated machine. Shortly after acquiring ITA Software back... more »
The Indian TV Show That’s Making Waves With Big Data

The Indian TV Show That’s Making Waves With Big Data

There’s a new phenomenon taking Indian TV by storm at the moment. Satyamev Jayate, which has amassed a staggering 400 million viewers a week in just 13 episodes, would rightly make the headlines for that incredible achievement alone. But there’s another reason why we’re interested in India’s hot topic show of the moment – it’s one of the first television shows to successfully analyze big data, not just to plan future episodes, but also to effect political and social change. To understand how it’s using big data so successfully, we first need to know why Satyamev Jayate has become such an epic... more »
Intel Teams with Chinese Orgs in Open Source Cloud League

Intel Teams with Chinese Orgs in Open Source Cloud League

Intel is serious about getting China involved in OpenStack development. To further that cause, the chip manufacturer has teamed up with a variety of Chinese organizations to form the China Open Source Cloud League. The aim of the new group is to support and develop OpenStack within China and also collaboration with the global community of OpenStack developers. Focusing on development, support, performance optimization, and large-scale deployment, the OpenStack group hopes to increase adoption in China and also encourage contributions. The China Open Source Cloud League will include Intel Asia-Pacific Research and Development, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Sina, and China Standard Software. The... more »
Symantec Infuses Cluster File System with Hadoop

Symantec Infuses Cluster File System with Hadoop

Symantec announced today that it has created an add-on for its Cluster File System that leverages the power of Apache Hadoop to analyze big data for enterprise customers. Symantec has called in Hortonworks to develop Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop, which is designed to make it easier to deploy Hadoop in an enterprise environment. According to Symantec, this partnership makes Apache Hadoop "enterprise ready" and makes it easier for companies to handle big data workloads. Some of the features include scaling up to 16 petabytes of data (structured and unstructured), safeguards against over-provisioning, location-specific data analytics, and performance enhancements to increase... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.