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HP Storage and the SDS Revolution #VMworld

HP Storage and the SDS Revolution #VMworld

In another interview on SiliconANGLE’s theCube, Wikibon’s David Floyer and Dave Vellante sat down with Dale Degen, the senior marketing manager for HP Storage. They discussed his long tenure in the storage field and how HP’s acquisition of LeftHand has shown their dedication toward nudging the market to software led storage solutions. Degen started out by stating the goal over his 10 years specifically in software defined storage was to create and provide SDS and data services that would benefit end users not only in performance but also on the budget’s bottomline. HP's offering, like many in the field, was rebranded a... more »
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VMware President and COO Carl Eschenbach Says Its Technology Ready for Enterprise Level Implementation #VMworld

On SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, broadcasting live from the VMworld Conference in San Francisco, Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier welcomed Carl Eschenbach, President and Chief Operating Officer for VMWare. Eschenbach highlighted VMware’s work in the compute layer and stated how they have mapped out virtualization so that it is expanding from compute to also include networking, storage and several other verticals. His main point was that VMware is confident in announcing this technology is no longer on a distant horizon but, in fact, it is here and ready for implementation at the enterprise level. With their plans to expand and build their... more »
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Virident: No Flash In the Pan #VMworld

On SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, broadcasting live from the VMworld Conference in San Francisco, Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier welcomed Ken Grohe, Vice President of Worldwide Customer Operations for Virident. Grohe highlighted how Virident has, since April, been investing in and creating an enterprise-ready flash platform. The investment he highlighted has positioned Virident to be a leader in the coming transition to flash. As the technology is coming fully online, the challenge is to achieve commitment from brick and mortar enterprise in transitioning their architecture to a flash-driven one. Grohe claims this will be more easily achieved as their flash options... more »
CommVault Turns Backup Data into Business Assets + Value | #VMworld

CommVault Turns Backup Data into Business Assets + Value | #VMworld

David West, SVP WW Marketing and Business Development at CommVault Systems, discussed the shift from seeing data backup and recovery as an afterthought to a driver of business value with theCUBE host Dave Vellante, live at VMWorld 2013. "Backup and recovery in a virtual environment, especially with mission critical applications, is very different," West said. "It's having an application-aware view, and technologies that are able to do snapshot management" while offering data protection. Companies are now looking to get the SLAs that they need now that they've got a massive amount of apps running on the server. CommVault is best known for... more »
Everyone's Trying to Solve Virtualization's Storage Performance Woes | #VMworld

Everyone's Trying to Solve Virtualization's Storage Performance Woes | #VMworld

Poojan Kumar, CEO and Co-founder at PernixData, discussed his startup's vision of a software solution to the server performance issue of virtualization with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman, live at VMWorld 2013. "VMWorld is an exciting time for us," Kumar said. "Everything we do is centered around VMware, so this is the biggest event of the year for us." PernixData was launched a year and a half ago, starting with just the two co-founders, and has become the fastest growing company in the enterprise storage space. Commenting on how flash is changing storage architectures, Kumar said that the industry had... more »
Scaling Horizontally At Will Is Truly Cloud-style | #VMworld

Scaling Horizontally At Will Is Truly Cloud-style | #VMworld

John Furrier and Dave Vellante started Day 2 of VMworld interviewing Jim McBride, Chief Cloud Architect with Express Scripts. TheCube co-hosts were broadcasting from Mosconne Center in San Francisco, where they engaged in their favorite activity: extracting the data from their guests. This time around the interactive banter was focused on the cloud, virtualization and current trends in the industry. Jim McBride explained that Express Scripts is basically a pharmacy-benefit manager, trying to make the prescription drugs safer and more affordable to one hundred million of Americans. Last year alone they managed 1.4 billion scripts. "We use data to drive decisions that... more »
Dell Prepares for Major Transition with Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

Dell Prepares for Major Transition with Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

Dell is preparing for a major transition within the company, as it leaves the public trading arena and returns to being privately owned. Along with that financial transition, Dell is also moving away from the isolated PC and laptop sales and moving toward a more comprehensive enterprise-level offering. Dell’s converged infrastructure offerings are at the forefront of this metamorphosis. The Cube’s John Furrier and Stu Miniman talked with Nariman Teymourian, Dell’sExecutive Director of Converged Infrastructure Solutions at VMworld 2013. They began by asking Teymourian what has changed in converged infrastructure for Dell. Teymourian said that Michael Dell likes to say, “We are... more »
EMC’s Aims to Integrate Backup, Virtualization, and Protection | #VMworld

EMC’s Aims to Integrate Backup, Virtualization, and Protection | #VMworld

Yesterday at VMworld 2013, The Cube hosted two guests from EMC, Stephen Manley, CTO and Deepak Mohan, SVP of Backup and Recovery Systems (BRS). This particular segment of The Cube was designed to shine a spotlight on virtualization and backup. According to Mohan, EMC has become the largest data protection provider in the world, intently focussed on delivering solutions for customers that will last them for years. The company’s goal, he explained, is to provide the future of data protection, superior solutions to customers through its two major assets: primary storage and data protection, with both integrated into a holistic solution. Manley... more »
Grasshopper Gets Rebranded as JIRA Agile

Grasshopper Gets Rebranded as JIRA Agile

All those who could not digest the Grasshopper (not the real one!) may have a reason to be delighted as Atlassian has renamed some of its products, which includes Grasshopper. From now on, GreenHopper--Atlassian’s Agile planning software--will be known as JIRA Agile. The company has also rebranded some of its other products, including: Bonfire as JIRA Capture Team Calendars as Confluence Team Calendars SharePoint Connector as Confluence SharePoint Connector Besides names, Atlassian has also made significant changes to the logo of these products. This is actually good because people can now easily connect with the names. I mean Grasshopper and Agile were somehow disconnected. Isn’t... more »
Barracuda Takes on Storage | #VMworld

Barracuda Takes on Storage | #VMworld

Barracuda has been in the storage business for a while now, but most people are probably still more familiar with the company’s security solutions. Guy Suter, GM of Storage at Barracuda hopes to change that. Mr. Suter sat down for a chat with John Furrier and Dave Vellante, hosts of The Cube, at VMworld 2013. The Cube hosts asked Suter to talk about Barracuda’s storage business. The company is known for providing its customers with “easy to use, powerful solutions that are affordable” in the realm of security, and many of its spam and virus protection customers had been asking for... 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.