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Veeam Explorer for Exchange is a necessary addition to the Exchange admin's arsenal

Veeam Explorer for Exchange is a necessary addition to the Exchange admin's arsenal

A few weeks ago, I was treated to an early look at one of Veeam’s new tools: Veeam Explorer for Exchange.  As a longtime Exchange administrator, my first thought was, “Where was this tool 10 years ago?!?” There are a number of things that might scare an Exchange administrator, but nothing quite so much as one simple question: “Hey, Exchange Admin… you can recover a message that our CEO accidentally deleted a while back?  He really needs it.”  Suddenly, the palms get sweaty and the heart starts beating a little faster and you hope… just hope… that the stars align and... more »
Hewlett-Packard Goes All-Flash with 3PAR

Hewlett-Packard Goes All-Flash with 3PAR

Hardware giant Hewlett-Packard announced a new commitment to SSD storage with a new 3PAR configuration, P10000. This variation of the single tier storage array runs on SSDs, and as a result offers several advantages including less overhead than its disk-based sibling – up to 80 percent reduced cost per kilowatt according to the company. More automation has been thrown in the mix as well, and the actual array has some impressive specs: 512 SSDs, 450K IOs per second and 1,900 300GB hard drives. "Before our move to HP 3PAR Adaptive Optimization Software with solid state, service levels were being compromised and substantial... more »
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Overdue SAP Trial Invites Developers to Play in their Ecosystem

Business intelligence kingpin SAP is looking to create a mobile ecosystem, and this week the company announced a new initiative that aims to incentivize developers who might be interesting in joining the program. SAP has a huge, global clientele that could benefit from both business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications. But the company wants to let third party devs do all the work, and it’s providing them with resources to do that. Developers that want to test the waters have access to a 30-day trial in the form of a hosted environment that runs the SAP mobile platform and the company’s ERP system, with... more »
Box Closes $125M Round as Consumer Cloud Attracts Investors

Box Closes $125M Round as Consumer Cloud Attracts Investors

Cloud storage is really getting huge on the consumer side.  Nowadays, you hear a lot of people talking about saving their files on Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync or any number of cloud storage platforms.  Though not all the users know what the cloud is and what it actually does, the main point is that people are using it.  And it’s not only consumers who are seeing the great potential of cloud storage service providers - investors are in on the fun. Box Box will be announcing a $125 million round of funding led by growth investment fund General Atlantic with two... more »
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Mobile Big in Travel, and Marketers Got It (Mostly) Right

Mobile ad network operator Millennial Media released its latest SMART report, outlining advertising trends in the travel industry – one of the fastest growing verticals in this space. The travel industry is currently the third biggest spender on Millennial’s network behind telecommunications and finance, and is also holding on to the third spot in the fastest growing verticals category.  Spending increased by 200 percent year over year. Millennial broke down these numbers a bit: 57 percent of marketers’ ad budget went to the ‘Booking Agents and Sites’ sub-category, while 18 went into “Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines” and 11 percent was spent... more »
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Apple-Samsung Trial: Jury Selection

The patent infringement trial between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. started yesterday.  Though it was scheduled that the two will deliver their opening statements yesterday, the jury selection process took longer than expected so by lunchtime, it was agreed upon that opening statements will be delivered today. The jury selection was an interesting process since a few potential jurors were dismissed for having connections with Apple.  One stated that he is an Apple employee and ultimately wants to see Apple win the case, another said his son worked in the legal department at Apple and one Google employee wanted to... more »
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iPhone 5 Launch Set for September 12: On Sale Sep. 21

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the iPhone 5 to be revealed on September 12; HTC removing a patent in the case against Apple; leaked court documents unveiling two new Samsung Windows phones; and an app for PTSD. Apple to unveil iPhone 5 on September 12 According to different but reliable media sources, Apple is getting ready to launch the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini within the second week of September with Wednesday, September 12th, as the most probable date of the launch.  iMore was the first to report the said Apple fall event, with AllThingsD and the Verge also reporting the... more »
Siri Meets Foursquare with Saga Roll Out: Priority Invite Code!

Siri Meets Foursquare with Saga Roll Out: Priority Invite Code!

Saga is not another Siri clone, per se. It’s more similar to Google Now and the recently launched Friday app, offering a utility that intelligently pins down data based on any number of metrics, most prominently your location, and displays it to the user with actionized intent.  The service is launching its public beta for iOS today.  We have priority invite codes here if you'd like to check it out: just use the code SILICONANGLE. Saga combines a number of different elements. For one, there’s the hyper-local aspect: the app is location-based at its core and the recommendations systems is tailored... more »
OpenStack Foundation Investigating Election 'Violation' Controversy

OpenStack Foundation Investigating Election 'Violation' Controversy

Guidance and stewardship of OpenStack, the open source cloud platform project, is shifting from Rackspace Hosting, as the community works to get the guiding OpenStack Foundation off the ground. But over the weekend, a controversy emerged when Shanley Kane (Better known as @shanley on Twitter), an individual member of the OpenStack Foundation, withdrew her candidacy for the foundation's Board of Directors, allegedly under pressure from corporate members. The nominations for the OpenStack Board of Directors opened on July 25th, with Kane - who works as Basho's Director of Product Management in her day job - finding out that she was a candidate soon... more »
Dell's Delayed Journey Into the Cloud

Dell's Delayed Journey Into the Cloud

Dell is striving to shed its PC only roots by adding new enterprise focused products and services. However, the company’s strategy for software and cloud isn’t going as smoothly as it hoped. Dell announced its very optimistic roadmap for entering the cloud market last year in August. This year the PC giant showed its continuing commitment to the plan by acquiring companies like Wyse Technology. Dell may have its eye on the future, but actually getting there is taking longer than anticipated. Dell planned to release a cloud-based analytics service for small and medium businesses last August. Developing the software has... more »

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- 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.