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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 »
Most Professionals Aren't Smart Enough for Big Data

Most Professionals Aren't Smart Enough for Big Data

Today, companies see social networking and big data as an opportunity to develop their business.  But before embarking on a promising big data strategy, a company must educate itself on the value of social media and big data analytics. Companies need to integrate the power of big data and social media, and then use it to their benefit instead of fighting the ongoing resistance of retaining staff and improving customer experiences. Teradata, the analytic data solutions company, and Mzinga, a leader in social intelligence solutions, services, and analytics for business, recently released a report exploring the use of social technologies and... more »
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How Big Data Helps African Youth Shape the Future of Their Continent: Q&A with Appfrica Founder Jon Gosier

As a data scientist, social entrepreneur, and founder of data analysis startup, MetaLayer, Jon Gosier aims to make complex technological knowledge, once reserved for specialists, accessible to a broad audience. MetaLayer's simple interface offers "Drag and Drop Data Science" to organizations and individuals like journalists, data analysts and NGO researchers who may lack staff or funding for costly data analysis. Gosier is used to big innovative thinking as the founder of Appfrica and organizer of the annual Apps4Africa competition, which has given away approximately $100,000 in cash prizes to African developers addressing local problems. In this interview, Gosier discusses MetaLayer's origins and how the... more »
Jaspersoft, DataStax Set Out to Make Cassandra Easier

Jaspersoft, DataStax Set Out to Make Cassandra Easier

Jaspersoft is a maker of BI tools that enables business users interact with their organization’s big data. This technology will be integrated with DataStax Enterprise, a platform that’s built on top of the Cassandra Hadoop database: it lets users search, analyze and manage data in real time, but up until now you pretty much needed a PhD to manage it all. The two companies are collaborating to create a connector that will couple DataStax’s solution with the reporting capabilities and dashboards that Jaspersoft offers. “Jaspersoft is delighted to partner with DataStax to provide rich reporting and analytics for Cassandra,” said Karl Van... more »
Tintri Targets SIs, Services with New Partner Program

Tintri Targets SIs, Services with New Partner Program

Tintri offers a VM-enabled NAS solution that is partially based on flash, specifically optimized to run in virtualized environments.  Today the startup launched the Tintri Lightning Partner Program, which offers more incentives to the channel in hope of luring in more partners. The program is designed for resellers and distributors, but SIs and services providers that sign up receive equal access to the all goodies. Tintri is offering a partner portal, co-marketing, training and technical support as well as other types of business development boosters. Investment partners are rewarded through an “efficient deal registration process.” Tintri says that 60 percent of its... more »
eBay Using OpenStack Open Source Cloud and Nicira For Dev/Test

eBay Using OpenStack Open Source Cloud and Nicira For Dev/Test

The OpenStack open source cloud platform has a major e-commerce backer in its corner, now that eBay's gone public with details of its implementation, as InfoWorld reports. Of special note: Even though eBay is using OpenStack specifically as an exit strategy from the VMware ecosystem, the auction site is using Nicira - recently acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion - for network virtualization. As InfoWorld reports, eBay is using OpenStack for "a high-volume dev, test, and experimentation environment where apps are created for eBay Marketplaces." And while eBay's use is fairly minimal at the moment, we can expect their implementation to... more »
MapR Partners with Nimbula to Bring Hadoop to the Private Cloud

MapR Partners with Nimbula to Bring Hadoop to the Private Cloud

MapR is joining forces with software startup Nimbula to get its Hadoop distribution running in the private cloud, and there are a few solid very reasons why it decided to go with this particular firm. Nimbula was founded by Chris Pinkham and Willem Van Biljon, the two technologists who led the development team that created Amazon EC2, and has been listed by Fortune as "one of three cloud properties ready to burst." The startup dubs itself as a cloud OS company, and its flagship offering is Nimbula Director, a platform that helps with the deployment and administration of IaaS in enterprise environments. It achieves... more »
How we do Big Data to Compute for the Large Hadron Collider

How we do Big Data to Compute for the Large Hadron Collider

We have seen Big Data utilized for several big computing applications, and it will now serve for computing for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It’s because the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is facing a tough challenge in the discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs Boson. CERN has to keep the Large Hadron Collider online for several months, in order to complete this discovery, but this is going to have huge computing needs. They need to collect a lot of event data to have a statistical chance of seeing the same outcome enough times to prove that... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.