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Private Cloud Going Strong, Public Cloud to Hit $100BN by 2016

Private Cloud Going Strong, Public Cloud to Hit $100BN by 2016

The cloud is big. Fresh market research from Renub and IDC show exactly how big it is. The analysts found that spending on public and private cloud services will continue to grow rapidly and top $100 billion by 2016. Renub Research’s "Private Cloud Computing Market & Forecast to 2015: Worldwide Analysis" report shows that application virtualization tools are leading  the private cloud segment and account for 37 percent of the market.  This category is followed by infrastructure and business purpose virtualization. Although middleware virtualization solutions are only a small percent of the market  now, Renub predicts their market share will nearly 10 times their... more »
Amazon Lures Developers to Kindle HD

Amazon Lures Developers to Kindle HD

The proposition is simple – build an app for the new Kindle Fire HD and get exposure. That’s exactly what Amazon is proposing to the app developer community. The benefits are plain to see, to start -you have the Amazon Kindle Fire platform that has captured 22% of the tablet market in just a year’s time. You have the Amazon Appstore ecosystem that comes installed on Kindle out of the box and does not include Google Play. You also have a new edition of the device that is sure to be another hit- Kindle Fire HD. It is looking like... more »
SAP, Adaptive Planning and GoodData Share Big News about Coud-based Services

SAP, Adaptive Planning and GoodData Share Big News about Coud-based Services

Analysis and planning tools have left the building and made their way to cloud. SAP, Adaptive Planning and GoodData all made separate announcements on this week that suggest the cloud has evolved beyond storing data and traditional business intelligence applications. Businesses want specialized reporting, planning, and analysis applications in the cloud, not general-purpose tools. SAP announced its Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) OnDemand, which currently three applications. The first, Expense Insight, analyzes expense details and identifies potential mistakes that may be getting charged to departmental cost centers. The second, Real-Time Profit And Loss Analysis, offers detailed analysis of cost and how resources... more »
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Tax is Becoming Another Cloud Challenge

Technology isn't the only thing companies need to consider when they move to the cloud. Enterprise tax consultancy and services provider KPMG published a survey that looks into a little-discussed element of the cloud - taxes. The consultancy explains that the cloud can impact a number of factors that may change taxation like the geographical location of physical infrastructure and the jurisdictions that apply to it and  the classification of cloud spending. There is also the issue of compliance. These things need to be taken seriously, but KPMG's numbers show that taxes is not making it on the list of discussion points about the cloud. Fifty... more »
Splunk's Versatility is a Win for Big Data: .conf2012 Recap

Splunk's Versatility is a Win for Big Data: .conf2012 Recap

Wikibon Analyst Jeff Kelly and SilinANGLE Executive in Residence Jeff Frick are back on TheCube to bring us the highlights of Splunk’s .conf2012 day 2 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frick noted that the biggest take away for him is the continual validation of the "land and expand" strategy, which makes it easy to get a lot of people to try a product, note its given value and then expand it.  He also notes that Splunk is a type service that started with a specific application that just keeps growing. Kelly agrees with Frick and added that the fact that... more »
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Is the Cloud Killing IT Jobs?

One thing that is almost certain in this world - change. Everything and everybody goes through multiple changes, and the job market is not immune to this. When computers hit the workplace, people complained about how machines would replace workers. Job loss did occur, but computers also made individuals more productive and created even more opportunities and job roles. Now, the department that computers gave birth to is now experiencing a change. Since computers have became a common fixture of the workplace, almost all companies have created in-house IT team. Some have full IT staffs that maintain servers, networks, and equipment... more »
Salesforce Enters Cloud File Synchronization Market with Chatterbox

Salesforce Enters Cloud File Synchronization Market with Chatterbox

Salesforce is entering the fast growing cloud-based synchronization and collaboration space.  Chatterbox will be the newest competitor for Box, DropBox and the dozens of other file sync services currently in the market. The announcement was made at this week's TechCrunch Disrupt Conference in San Francisco by Salesforce.com's CEO Marc Benioff. The announcement about the new product was brief and unexpected. Benioff shared the news about Chatterbox during an interview with Michael Arrington when he was talking about a panel discussion that occurred earlier that day with BOX co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie. "Our customers have come to us and told us... more »
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Social Media Soldiers, the Arab Uprising

With the introduction of social media through MySpace society has drastically changed.  Although MySpace has died a slow and painful death, Facebook has become the new dominant social media outlet with the help of Twitter propelling internet-based communication outside of the stratosphere.  How far is social media reaching?  It’s not only shaping relationships and elections, it’s shaping the course of entire nations, giving those looking for a voice of their own an outlet of expression and bringing together people with similar ideas and visions. The Arab Spring, as it’s now known, was the start of a cataclysmic shift in the shape... more »
Agawi Brings Streaming Gaming to Windows 8

Agawi Brings Streaming Gaming to Windows 8

Agawi, which provides a cloud-based platform for streaming games over the Internet, announced  it will be collaborating with Microsoft to bring games to Windows. Agawi, an acronym that stands for Any Game, Anywhere, Instantly, will use Microsoft's Azure deliver Facebook social and mid-core games, web-based MMOs and PC core games. Agawi promises it will deliver top-tier "AAA" titles, but has not revealed which publishers or games that might involve. Competition in the streaming video market is growing. Sony acquired a streaming gaming service, Gaikai, for $380 million earlier this year. There is demand, but success is guaranteed. Another streaming gaming provider, OnLive, recently declared... more »
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Amazon Wants to Open a Marketplace for Your Unused Resources

Business that have purchased more Amazon Web Services (AWS) than they need are about to have an option other than waiting for their subscription to expire. Amazon is working on a new marketplace that will allow customers to buy and sell cloud resources. The cloud exchange is currently under development, and will be used to trade reserved instances, which are cheaper than  on-demand instances, but require a one or three-year commitment. The marketplace will provide its locked-in customers a little wiggling room. Amazon will charge a 12 percent service fee on transactions in the marketplace. According to the AWS blog: “If you have... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.