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Adrian Cockcroft Architecture Director at Netflix in #theCube Talking Chaos Monkey and Cassandra

Adrian Cockcroft Architecture Director at Netflix in #theCube Talking Chaos Monkey and Cassandra

John Furrier sat down in theCube to speak with Adrian Cockcroft, Director of architecture for the Cloud Systems team at Netflix, and together they spoke about how Netflix handled the recent power outages, the AWS cloud failure, and how their system has grown from its inception into the behemoth of public cloud power it has become today. It’s been a long, strange road, but in the end the video-streaming network has survived some major outages and come through standing tall. According to Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix has spent the last year getting everything running on Cassandra and Amazon (AWS) . He says... more »
VMware Buys Log Insight to Analyze the Cloud

VMware Buys Log Insight to Analyze the Cloud

VMware is upping its cloud play via a series of acquisitions that the company hopes will help it expand beyond its core virtualization business. The latest in this string of purchases is Log Insight. The solution is offered by a company called Pattern Insight, and offers admins the capability to get a deeper look into their cloud infrastructure. The software digests machine data to identify and preempt technical issues, and is used by the likes of Intel, Motorola, and Qualcomm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but what we do know is that the deal involves both the technology and the... more »
Stash 1.2 for Enterprise Git Released - What Does it Have to Offer?

Stash 1.2 for Enterprise Git Released - What Does it Have to Offer?

As Git is becoming a basic need for developers across global enterprises, here comes a new version to cheer up the developers. Atlassian, the Sydney based company and the creator of business enterprise software targeted at software developers, has just released the Stash 1.2 version. The company launched the maiden version of the software two months back, and has quickly served the developer community with an updated version. Focused on bridging the gap between the developers using Git and the IT admins who have to manage it, Stash 1.2 comes with several advanced features, and provides support for all major databases, including MySQL, PostgreSQL,... more »
H+ Teaser Video: The H is for Post-Apocalyptic Transhumanism

H+ Teaser Video: The H is for Post-Apocalyptic Transhumanism

Science fiction has always been a gold mine for the hopes and dreams of geeks everywhere—in fact, people might still think about the whole meme of “It’s the 21st century, where’s my flying cars?” One of the aspects of data technology is that it helps us become more than human, in fact, every device that we carry with us or keep in our homes networks us with a vast store of information and knowledge moreso than any other before, every smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop, is an extension of humanity as with any tool. The video series being teased on YouTube right... more »
BMC Acquires VaraLogix, Enhances Fast Application Deployment

BMC Acquires VaraLogix, Enhances Fast Application Deployment

BMC Software today announced a strategic acquisition, where it acquired VaraLogix, a proven application release automation provider. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, BMC Software has a leading Business Service Management platform, Cloud Management, and the industry’s broadest choice of IT management solutions, and helps customers cut costs, reduce risk and achieve business objectives. Started in 1980, BMC Software was first a mainframe software vendor. However, since mid of 1990s, the company has been developing software to monitor, manage and automate distributed and mainframe systems. On the other hand, VaraLogix is privately-held and based in Austin, Texas. It is a renowned provider of... more »
Boingo Set to Expand Free Wi-Fi Access with Acquisition of Cloud Nine Media

Boingo Set to Expand Free Wi-Fi Access with Acquisition of Cloud Nine Media

While there seems to be Wi-Fi hot spots everywhere these days, trying to find some place where you can get connected for free is an altogether different story. However, if the latest acquisition by Boingo Wireless tells us anything, it’s that that paying for Wi-Fi may one day become a thing of the past. Sounds pretty hopeful right? Perhaps, but by all accounts Boingo hasn’t purchased Cloud Nine Media, a marketing firm that offers ad-supported access to Wi-Fi hot spots, simply to start charging their customers money. Instead, the company claims that sponsored Wi-Fi access is an area of growth they’re... more »
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CyberWars 2: Welcome to the Wild, Wild West @CyberWars

Ed. note: This is the second in a series looking at the cyber wars that are raging worldwide. In the first piece in the series, “Caught in the Crossfire”, we looked at how a new, serious threat has appeared that has the resources to circumvent traditional firewalls and other perimeter defenses and take up permanent residence in corporate and governmental networks without anyone knowing. In this second part we look at the Internet, which provides the basic connectivity that the cyber warriers use to attack their targets. In the next part we will look at what this means to corporate... more »
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What Did Dell Have to Do with Curiosity the Mars Rover?

Dell apparently had a hand in sending Curiosity to Mars, or at least in getting it to the red planet's surface in one piece.  According to a fresh release that the company must have just been itching to publish this week, NASA used Dell's PowerEdge servers to power the two High Performance Computing clusters that helped the rover land safely. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California is home to Galaxy and Nebula, the two clusters that analyzed atmospheric data and other information to fine tune the landing sequences. The parameters were actually developed by a group of scientists, but they... more »
TRILL and Brocade Prove Central to 300% Annual Growth for IaaS Vendor

TRILL and Brocade Prove Central to 300% Annual Growth for IaaS Vendor

Denver-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider PeakColo may not have the name recognition of Amazon and Google in the marketplace, but with 300% annual growth, it has the market mojo to challenge these market leaders. PeakColo's spectacular growth is the direct product of its localized market strategy combined with its close relationships with its key vendors – VMware, NetApp and Brocade Networks. While the big name IaaS companies provide generic infrastructure services worldwide from a few central data centers, PeakColo works with managed service providers (MSAs) and value-added resellers (VARs) who build customized systems on top of PeakColo's core infrastructure to meet the... more »
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Accenture Boosts Pharma Business with Octagon Buy

IT consultancy Accenture has expanded its presence in the healthcare market with the acquisition of Octagon Research Solutions, a company that deals with clinical data management and offers regulatory services.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Octagon employs a staff of 380, and has a fairly impressive portfolio under its belt.  It’s the fifth largest user of the FDA’s electronic submission gateway and collaborates with the agency on the development of clinical data conversion and training standards. The firm also maintains active relationships with other authorities as well. “We believe that the timing is perfect for this acquisition as our clients... 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.