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How the New Cloud Operating Model Benefits the IT Enterprise

How the New Cloud Operating Model Benefits the IT Enterprise

IT investment, throughout the global enterprises, is increasing more than ever. A recent Gartner recently suggest that spending on public cloud services will reach $109 billion this year, up from $91 billion from last year’s spending. Isn’t that overwhelming? Perhaps a positive sign for enterprises! But how come the increasing IT investment is going to benefit enterprises? Well, it is with the new Cloud Operating Model. Talking about an enterprise, it builds a private cloud that is cost competitive, attract apps to stay in-house, and support a larger server-to-admin ratio. It helps developers and operations (DevOps) remain untangled from each... more »
UDID Leak Tied to App Developer, Antisec Sticks With FBI, GoDaddy Stories

UDID Leak Tied to App Developer, Antisec Sticks With FBI, GoDaddy Stories

High drama has been the name of the game with the 12 million stolen Apple UDID fiasco. Anonymous claimed, in detail, how the information was stolen, purportedly from the FBI. The FBI vehemently denied being the source of the leak, as did Apple. Now it turns out an app publisher, Blue Toad was the source of the leak. A security researcher named David Schuetz disclosed how he was able to analyze and trace the UDID database down to Blue Toad.  So while there was apparently misplaced outrage with what the FBI could potentially be doing with the information, the truth of... more »
Go Daddy Outage Related to Router Failure and Not Anonymous DDoS

Go Daddy Outage Related to Router Failure and Not Anonymous DDoS

Yesterday, the Internet saw what can happen when a DNS outage strikes a major webhost when millions of people could not access web pages provided by Go Daddy. Initially, reports went out that Anonymous had taken credit for a DDoS attack against the Go Daddy’s DNS infrastructure and thus caused intermittent failures for numerous websites—but today we’ve heard from the “daddy” himself that it was caused by a critical failure internal to the webhost and not an external attack. "It was not a 'hack' and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS)," GoDaddy Interim CEO Scott Wagner wrote in... more »
AMD’s SeaMicro Unveils New Low-Power Server Optimized For The Cloud

AMD’s SeaMicro Unveils New Low-Power Server Optimized For The Cloud

Following its buyout of the low power sever specialist SeaMicro earlier this year, Advanced Micro Services (AMD) has just unveiled a new microserver based on its fresly-acquired technology that comes especially optimized for cloud computing and big data purposes. Fresh off the production line, the SeaMicro SM15000 boasts up to 5 petabytes of storage in a faster and more resilient system than anything that its nearest competitors can offer. The new server, which packs processors designed by both AMD and Intel, consumes less power than previous products whilst offering greater bandwidth, the company said. The first SeaMicro SM15000’s are available now,... more »
Pull Requests Add Social Element to Stash 1.3

Pull Requests Add Social Element to Stash 1.3

Stash 1.3 Beta has introduced a new "Pull Requests" feature that adds a social element to the Git repository management software. With Pull Requests, developers can review changes to a branch, discuss the changes with one another, and make modifications. With a pull request button, you simply select the branch you are modifying, select the branch you want to merge it to, and add a brief description of your action. The Pull Requests provide a look at the merging branches, the request description, the status (open, closed, merged), and the participants involved in the development. All information about the Pull Requests,... more »
Whisper.sh: An Intimate Take on Radical Anonymity

Whisper.sh: An Intimate Take on Radical Anonymity

We’ve been moving slowly through the era of social information technology and that means more and more fears crop up about having our lives on display in social networks. People have images of themselves at parties on Facebook, tweet that they’re at a concert, and get it up with a HangOut on Google+ from their Android phone. People have never been more connected in all of history in ways that record our daily lives. A new social media app, Whisper.sh, introduces what looks a lot like an anonymous Pinterest. We’ve seen this sort of media before as well in the fashion... more »
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 »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.