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Dell Goes All-in on Software-Defined Networking at #VMworld

Dell Goes All-in on Software-Defined Networking at #VMworld

Like many of its fellow IT titans, Dell announced a slew of new offerings at this week’s VMworld conference. The vendor unleashed an SDN-enabled switching platform and a set of improved network management tools, in addition to over a dozen integrations and product refreshes. Dell has expanded its S-series product family with the S6000, a top-of-rack switch that introduces support for VMware’s NSX network virtualization layer. The 1U system delivers twice the density and throughput of previous generations while consuming up to 50 percent less power, the company said. The S6000 is joined by Active Fabric Manager (AFM) 2.0, the latest version... more »
Homeland Security Chief: "Serious Cyber-Attack" is Coming

Homeland Security Chief: "Serious Cyber-Attack" is Coming

Janet Napolitano, the US Homeland Security Secretary (at least for the rest of this week) gave a farewell speech this week that included a dire predication:  that the US would endure a major cyber-attack that would cause a major disruption in the economy. “Our country will, at some point, face a major cyber-event that will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy, and the everyday functioning of our society” She made these and other statements in a roll call of recommendations for whomever is to replace her at the post as the Obama administration’s top homeland security official.  In that... more »
Samsung Unveils New Zero Client Stand at #VMworld

Samsung Unveils New Zero Client Stand at #VMworld

Samsung is showcasing its newest desktop virtualization solutions at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in Fransisco. The centerpiece of the company’s exhibit is the NB-NH Cloud Stand, a recently launched zero client that packs a VDI-optimized Tera2 system on a chip (SOC) from Teradici. The NB-NH can hold any VESA-compatible monitor with a display size of up to 27 inches and a weight of 14.3 lbs. It features integrated stereo speakers and four USB 2.0 ports that enable users to extend the platform with printers, scanners, web cams and a wide range of other devices. The client also includes local caching,... more »
Tracking Down the Syrian Electronic Army

Tracking Down the Syrian Electronic Army

The Syrian Electronic Army is on quite the tear lately.  As reported, the latest attacks hijacked the New York Times, Huffington Post and Twitter, but they’ve also come after the Washington Post, CNN, and others in recent news.  Their website was taken offline by an “internet body” today, most likely in response to their most recent activities, but they promise they will be back shortly. A lot of people know about Anonymous, but many are wondering who the Syrian Electronic Army actually is.  They are a group of motivated hackers that are pro-Assad and their purpose is pure hacktivism.  They do not... more »
SUSE Extends Linux Enterprise Server to VMware vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service #VMworld

SUSE Extends Linux Enterprise Server to VMware vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service #VMworld

VMware announced the U.S. availability of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) VMware vCloud Hybrid Service at the ongoing VMWorld 2013. Suse Linux vendor is expanding its collaboration with VMware and offers Suse Linux Enterprise Server for VMware on the VMware vCloud hybrid service. Since 2010, the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is available with VMware vSphere. The maintenance costs for the enterprise server are covered in the vSphere maintenance contract. In order to provide customers with a flexible cloud strategy, Suse expanded cooperation with VMware virtualization specialist. As per the agreement, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server will be available in the VMware vCloud Hybrid... more »
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Nexenta's Breaking News #VMworld

SiliconANGLE’s TheCube is often a forum where technology professionals offer their insight and analysis on important advancements. We have seen much of this from our live broadcast of the VMworld Conference in San Francisco. And then there are times when theCUBE gets to be the bearer of breaking news. SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante welcomed the new Chairman and CEO of Nexenta, Tarkan Maner. He took time to detail his new role with this company and share his vision for its immediate future. Maner’s excitement belied the context of his first comment when he stated, “Storage is the most boring... more »
Exostar Addresses Privacy and Security in the Cloud | #VMworld

Exostar Addresses Privacy and Security in the Cloud | #VMworld

Continuing theCube’s coverage of NetApp’s special VMworld event at AT&T Park yesterday evening, co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Exostar’s director of IT, Raj Dasgupta about the company’s cloud computing initiatives. Exostar, which specializes in providing software-as-a-service (SaaS) for aerospace, defense, and life sciences industries, regularly encounters many of the security and privacy issues that have people talking about the cloud. According to Dasgupta, Exostar has been providing services to aerospace and defense companies for 12 years and has more recently decided to branch out into life sciences, such as drug tech companies. Because of the nature of those... more »
Service Brokers, the New Role of CIOs #VMWorld

Service Brokers, the New Role of CIOs #VMWorld

Torsten Volk, Research Director, Server Virtualization, Cloud & IT Automation, Enterprise Mangement Associates (EMA), discussed system management trends and the changing role of the CIO in the enterprise with theCUBE co-hosts David Vellante and John Furrier, live at VMWorld 2013. EMA researches all the aspects of enterprise management, including  network management, systems management, and service level management. Research Director Torsten Volk reiterated the same idea other guests had pointed out during VMWorld, "it's all about the application. It's all about how do we help the business units and developers best manage their systems." Analyzing the traditional look at network storage and compute and how it... more »
OpenStack Is Not About Free, It's About Freedom | #VMware

OpenStack Is Not About Free, It's About Freedom | #VMware

John Furrier and Stu Miniman, theCUBE co-hosts, broadcasted live from Moscone Center in San Francisco, for Day 3 of VMworld 2013. They managed to persuade Martin Casado, Chief Architect of Networking with VMware, to join them for an interview focused on virtualization, storage and trends. The mission of VMware is building the best Virtual switch out there, but "we're also working on other areas such as open flow support," said Casado. "We're trying to identify standards and APIs." The open source community is now the standard's bodies. Contributing code is a way to get self-ratified. "Why do you think OpenStack has been... more »
NetApp Defines the Software-Defined Data Center | #VMworld

NetApp Defines the Software-Defined Data Center | #VMworld

As the concept of a software-defined data center continues to take shape, companies like NetApp are offering customers packaged deals that integrate multiple technologies even across diverse vendors. theCube team sat down with NetApp’s Director of Technical Marketing Vaughn Stewart and CTO Jay Kidd to talk about what NetApp is doing to define the direction of software defined data centers and how they are working with others at VMworld. John Furrier began the interview at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, with a brief overview of festivities that took place yesterday evening.  In attendance were celebrities such as NFL... 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.