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Weekly Cloud Review: Virtualization at the Center Stage

Cloud vendors spent the last week gearing up for VMworld. Managed service provider NaviSite revealed an infrastructure-as-a-service offering for vCloud Director users, Dell added three new solutions to its virtualization lineup, and Piston Systems announced that it has taken its partnership with Pivotal to the next level. In other news, Appcelerator acquired API startup Singly. On Wednesday NaviSite introduced NaviSite Cloud, an IaaS platform that was developed in collaboration with VMware to extend vCloud Director. The offering provides developers with API access to AppCenter and vCloud Director, along with the ability to customize network architectures and integrate their environments with other... more »
IT Is Becoming a Broker of Services, Says EMC's Mike Koehler | #VMworld

IT Is Becoming a Broker of Services, Says EMC's Mike Koehler | #VMworld

Mike Koehler, COO, EMC Global Services, discussed the IT transformation in the enterprise as companies adapt to the virtualized, hybrid ecosystem, with theCUBE co-host John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at VMWorld 2013. "It's really all about IT transformation," Koehler said, as the conversation moved into "how you talk about IT and change the fundamentals of rigid structures." VMware and virtualization across the entire stack created new opportunities for businesses, and EMC helps them focus on how they transform and adapt, and support them in accelerating that journey. People + processes : the heart of IT transformation "The process and the people side, that's... more »
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Cleversafe and Panzura Join Forces to Deliver Enterprise-Hardened NAS Service

Data storage vendors Cleversafe and Panzura have entered a strategic partnership to help large enterprises address the massive growth in unstructured data and connected devices. The fruits of their labor were announced at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in San Francisco. The two companies unveiled an enterprise-hardened network attached storage (NAS) offering that is built atop the former’s Dispersed Storage (dsNet) system, an object store appliance that utilizes erasure codes to split data into multiple “slices” that can be written to separate storage devices. The combined solution distributes these slices across multiple geographical locations using Panzura’s cloud-based file system, which lets... more »
Tony Scott Named New VMware CIO

Tony Scott Named New VMware CIO

To kick off VMworld 2013, VMware announced a new addition to its executive lineup that would help them push efforts to compete with Amazon. Today, the company announced that former Microsoft CIO Tony Scott will be joining the company filling up the same role as well as carry the senior vice president title. See a comprehensive timeline of top-level shakeups at Vmware here! Though this may seem like a case of adding fresh talent to the mix, there’s more to it, especially when public cloud considered. Most critics see VMware as a leader in selling virtual server technology to large companies but has yet... more »
A Bear of Many Colors : Teach Kids to Conserve Energy + Other Smart Home Solutions

A Bear of Many Colors : Teach Kids to Conserve Energy + Other Smart Home Solutions

In this week’s SmartHome roundup, we’ll be featuring a sad polar bear that teaches kids to conserve energy, a way for people to automate their homes and offices, and several new security gadgets to keep your home safe. Bobo the polar bear   It’s hard to teach anyone the importance of conserving energy, let alone kids.  So CareToSave has come up with a product that will help parents teach their kids the importance of conserving energy.  Bobo is a plastic polar bear that monitors your home’s energy consumption and glows different colors based on your behavior.  If the light is white, it means... more »
GitHub Developers and Figures: Programming Languages That Pay Big Income

GitHub Developers and Figures: Programming Languages That Pay Big Income

ActionScript and Java appear to be high demand programming languages, thanks to their role in enterprise software and in cloud computing management. As a result, IT professionals with these skills are pulling down amazing salaries. But what sort of cross-section of the industry can developers expect from what languages they write in? Ben Podgursky, a Software Engineer at Liveramp, posted a blog article where he shared some interesting figure on average household income based on programming skills--specifically language use. His report listing is on 20+ of the most common programming languages alongside with the average yearly income for developers in those languages. He... more »
CIOs Need a Corporate Plan for the Cloud

CIOs Need a Corporate Plan for the Cloud

CIOs who do not have a corporate plan for getting maximum business advantage from the Cloud are dangerously behind the times, and those who think that nobody in their company is using Cloud services are in denial. That is the thrust of a report on the state of cloud services by guest analyst and Senior Site Editor at CIO Media Group Wendy Schuchart. In the detailed article, Schuchart discusses the history and attractions of Cloud computing to end users with a strong focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack. She warns that CIOs who do not get ahead on Public... more »
DevOps Round Up: Exclusive Phoenix Project Study, Agile Products Enhancement

DevOps Round Up: Exclusive Phoenix Project Study, Agile Products Enhancement

This past week featured a good number of DevOps developments. From Aerospike's new product launches to an exclusive study of the development team working on Missing World Media’s City of Heroes spiritual successor The Phoenix Project to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites study on leading DevOps vendors. Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites Agile development processes are transforming how software is delivered. Enterprises focus on rapid, incremental updates to their web, desktop and mobile applications instead of holding new features and fixes for one large release. Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites defines DevOps... more »
3 Nails in Ballmer's Coffin: Mobile, Music & Windows

3 Nails in Ballmer's Coffin: Mobile, Music & Windows

Last week, Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down within the next 12 months, or as soon as the special committee, led by John Thompson, found his replacement. Some have already drummed up possible candidates to fill his position and the list includes Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, former Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, Executive VP of Marketing Tami Reller, Executive VP Tony Bates, or Executive VP Satya Nadella. Here at SiliconANGLE, we’ve already covered some angles in Ballmer’s departure such as the challenges the company is currently facing, the Ballmer era... more »
Making the Transition to Managed Services Successfully

Making the Transition to Managed Services Successfully

History is filled with stories of seemingly great partnerships gone bad. After leading Roman slaves in a revolt that resulted in their freedom, Spartacus and Crixus argued on what to do next and parted company with their individual followers. Both were subsequently destroyed by the Roman Legions, one at a time. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote many songs together that made The Beatles the most successful musical act in history. Eventually, though, they went through a very ugly, public breakup and for a while used their prodigious talents to write songs attacking one another. Moving to the technology realm, Mark... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.