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IBM Teams with Polycom: Video-as-a-Service for Mobile

IBM Research  and communications systems maker Polycom  are teaming up to develop next generation video conferencing solutions. This is the latest collaboration between Big Blue and its long term partner, and it might prove to be a most significant one. What’s on the agenda? The two firms say they are responding to an increase in demand for cloud-based video services, and the plan is to create the technology that will allow them to stand out in the market. The project revolves around Polycom’s RealPresence software, which will be offered to customers as a video-as-a-service solution. The goal is to optimize the platform... more »
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DDN Comes Out on Top, Again

DataDirect Networks published the results of a couple of benchmark tests, one concocted by SAS and another carried out in “public sector laboratory tests” operated by an unspecified entity. The SAS review checked the performance of the DDN SFA 10K-E platform together with GRIDScaler in a SAS Grid execution of a “highly parallel model calibration workload.” DDN’s technology produced the fastest ryntime recorded by the organization to date according to the whitepaper, which also praised GRIDScaler’s consistent performance when handling large loads. The report reads: “The tested configuration provides sustained I/O throughput in excess of 2.5GBps with peak throughput nearing 3.5GBs. These... more »
Would You Be Interested In An iPhone That Transforms Into An iPad?

Would You Be Interested In An iPhone That Transforms Into An iPad?

Apple already sent out press invites earlier this week for their upcoming event next Wednesday, September 12, to be held at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where everyone is expecting to see the new iPhone.  The press invite is quite simple: it has the words “It’s almost here.” with the big number 12 below it, an Apple logo on the top left.  But what’s intriguing is the shadow below the number 12 as it forms the number 5, all but confirming early rumors that the next iPhone would be called an iPhone 5. Earlier rumors also stated that... more »
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Amazon's New Kindles Priced Cheaper Than Competitors

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Amazon’s new range of Kindles; Nokia to start selling new phones by November; E-book pricing settlement; and Samsung parts snubbed for soon-to-be announced iPhones. Amazon introduced HD tablet $200 cheaper than iPad Amazon held an event yesterday in Santa Monica, California where they unveiled their new line of Kindles.  They’ve added two new e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite for $119 and Kindle Paperwhite 3G for $179.  Then there’s the new 7” Kindle Fire HD for $199, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” for $299, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE Wireless for $499. Amazon’s new HD tablets are notably... more »
Cool Ideas for Cutting Down on Data Server Cooling Costs

Cool Ideas for Cutting Down on Data Server Cooling Costs

One of the biggest – yet least talked about – challenges facing data centers today is the amount of energy they consume in order to process and store the masses of big data generated by big businesses around the world. The problem was highlighted by Pike Research in a recent study;  according to them, data centers account for a staggering 1.5% of electricity consumption globally, with much of this energy being used to power fans, coolers and air conditioners that are needed to ensure their servers don’t overheat and ‘cook’ all of that big data. It’s not just an expensive issue either... more »
Mind Control: Tomorrow's Technology, Today

Mind Control: Tomorrow's Technology, Today

We’re still a few years away from possessing the psychic capabilities of Professor X, but nevertheless human mind-control techniques have come a long way since our favorite paraplegic superhero made his debut back in the 1960s. SiliconANGLE previously reported on how EEG (emotiv electroencephalography) headsets can be used to play video games using the power of thought alone, not to mention how hackers could potentially use the headsets to hack into your brain and steal your credit card number. But besides playing games and using the technology for criminal purposes, EEG mind control techniques can also be used to transform the... more »
Microsoft’s Windows Azure Making Inroads – The Quiet Storm Ahead

Microsoft’s Windows Azure Making Inroads – The Quiet Storm Ahead

The cloud market as we know it will certainly be changing as Windows Azure is on the uptick.  It is true that the cloud platform has not traditionally been in serious competition with the large with the IaaS providers such as Amazon EC2, but that could be changing.    Windows Azure is one of the components along with the newly available Windows Server 2012 that Microsoft has collectively dubbed “the Cloud OS”.  With a common base for cloud application development, virtualization features, and other features, there is little doubt that it works in the Windows world.  That has been the rub... more »
CipherCloud Claims to have Revolutionized Data Protection

CipherCloud Claims to have Revolutionized Data Protection

CipherCloud believes it has created the first configurable encryption gateway to secure data that's in transit, in use and dormant in public and private cloud environments with the new CipherCloud Connect AnyApp. The company believes that Connect AnyApp will revolutionize how data is protected in the cloud with its quick and easy-to-use encryption system that isn't too pricey. This new product encrypts data on SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and other applications, along with behind-the-firewall intranet applications used to manage data in enterprises. According to CipherCloud, the application does not require any changes, nor does it ask for any installation of client software. "The industry’s... more »
Surge 2012 Registration Opens: Birds of a Feather Flock for DevOps

Surge 2012 Registration Opens: Birds of a Feather Flock for DevOps

Surge 2012 conference that gathers the best minds in the Web on a common platform will be held on Sept 27-28, 2012 at Baltimore, MD. The event will showcase practitioner-oriented sessions presented by some of the most established practitioners in this field. With whom you can meet, make face-to-face connections, and learn from the experiences of the best in our industry. The organizers have announced call for ‘Bird of a Feather’(BoF) sessions, which can be given by almost anyone. So technically, you don’t have to be a subject matter expert to host a BoF session. Surge 2012 has an interesting list... more »
LinkedIn Goes After Brands with "Timeline" Design, Mobile Update

LinkedIn Goes After Brands with "Timeline" Design, Mobile Update

Social networking site, LinkedIn, unveiled a new look for Company Pages today, which probably won't make Facebook too happy.  The revamped LinkedIn company pages resembles Facebook’s Timeline. Anyway, what does the new LinkedIn offer? For LinkedIn members, the revised company pages make it easier to find what they are looking for, such as company news and information, career opportunities,  products and services, or even insights.  Company updates are front and center, which enable members to quickly share, like, or comment on company updates.  Plus, the Company Pages are now available on Android smartphones and tablets as well as iOS devices, so you... 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.