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Can Nokia's Sirius Tablet Compete With The iPads and Android Tabs?

Nokia is said to be launching a Windows RT tablet near the end of September. Dubbed the "Nokia Sirius", the 10.1-inch device has been described as something that's quite similar to its Lumia phones, being encased in colorful plastic casings as per Nokia's Windows Phone style. The Sirius looks like an interesting device, but isn't it a bit late for Nokia to be entering the tablet market?  Surely, other manufacturers are way ahead of Nokia in the tablet race - so is there anything that Nokia's tablet has to offer that could differentiate it from the rest? Nokia Sirius v. The World   The... more »
Apple's Trade-in Program Already in Play in Some Apple Stores

Apple's Trade-in Program Already in Play in Some Apple Stores

Last June, it was reported that Apple was planning to launch a trade-in program that would allow current iPhone users to trade their old devices at Apple Stores and get a gift card which they can use to purchase a newer model. According to sources, the trade-in program is already in play in some pilot Apple Stores, and is already processing multiple trade-ins a day.  The scheme is expected to launch more widely in September, just in time for the arrival of the new iPhone that's set to be unveiled on September 10. Apple does of course, already have a recycling program... more »
VMware's Focus on Existing Customers As It Drives Virtualization Deeper

VMware's Focus on Existing Customers As It Drives Virtualization Deeper

One of the biggest challenges for Vmware over the next few years lies in sustaining its current leadership, and to do so the vendor is seizing the opportunity to go deeper with its existing partners with new solutions that will help them to integrate virtualization even tighter with their customer's IT environments. Kicking off its annual VMworld conference yesterday, VMware unveiled a bevy of new products whilst CEO Pat Gelsinger vowed during his keynote that the vendor won't let up until virtualization penetrates 100% of the data centre. The next step in this mission is the network, and according to Gelsinger it's... more »
Infrastructure Keeps Things Up and Running, Innovation Takes Place at Higher Levels | #VMware

Infrastructure Keeps Things Up and Running, Innovation Takes Place at Higher Levels | #VMware

In their constant quest for tech athletes, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCube co-hosts, persuaded Rick Jackson, CMO of Rackspace (formerly the CMO of VMware) to talk about his recent career change and the company and open stack. As the Chief Marketing Officer at Rackspace, the Open Cloud Company, Rick Jackson is leading the global marketing strategy in the evolving hybrid cloud market. Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack, the standard open-source operating system for cloud computing. Asked about the cloud and the opportunities it provided, Rick Jackson admitted "there's a huge dynamic happening in the market place." Opens stack was a... more »
Ballmer's Indifference Leaves Microsoft in Disarray

Ballmer's Indifference Leaves Microsoft in Disarray

Microsoft dropped a bombshell last Friday by announcing that chief executive Steve Ballmer will quit his post within the next 12 months. Bill Gates, Chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and other top directors have been appointed to a special committee tasked with finding internal and external CEO candidates. News of Ballmer’s early retirement raised many eyebrows in the tech industry. The 33-year Microsoft veteran’s failure to capitalize on cloud computing, mobile and search, coupled with his recent One Microsoft reorganization initiative, has led analysts to believe that he was ousted by the board after making one last stand. “He got bounced... more »
How Do We Make Star Trek a Reality? Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

How Do We Make Star Trek a Reality? Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

Stephen DeWitt, SVP & GM, Global Marketing for the Enterprise Group at HP, discussed the future of the company and the major shifts in IT with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at VMWorld 2013. "HP has been around for a long time," DeWitt said, and "technology was necessary to solve a problem that puts the world forward." HP is an engineering company at its roots and the culture of the company if focused on identifying the problems that need to solve and organizing to solve them. "We believe convergence of infrastructure is necessary for the Star Trekian future... more »
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PernixData Unveils SMB Edition of Flash Hypervisor

PernixData, a rising star in the increasingly turbulent virtualization market, is going after small and medium businesses with a new version of its flagship offering, a flash-aware hypervisor that made its debut earlier this month. “Many small and mid-sized companies today sacrifice storage performance for cost when they invest in entry-level storage arrays,” said Jeff Aaron, the vice president of marketing at PernixData. “While these products deliver cost-effective capacity, they provide limited IOPS and cannot scale with demand. PernixData FVP eliminates this trade-off. For the first time ever, SMBs can now afford the scale-out storage performance they need by using server... more »
 Converged Infrastructure + Data Protection in Virtualization | #VMworld

Converged Infrastructure + Data Protection in Virtualization | #VMworld

For the second time at VMworld, Rodney Perkins, IT Director Farmers Insurance Group FCU, was interviewed by John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, about the virtualization that took the world by storm. Looking back to the time when Perkins started with Farmers, only three years ago, the virtualization was just taking hold and there were talks about consolidating servers. Now everything revolves around the cloud, business continuity strategies, delivering better disaster-recovery services, and trying to keep the end users by providing them better services and support. With 50,000 members on board, Farmers Insurance Group needs to be cautious about embarking into... more »
theCUBE VMworld : Day 1 Wrap Up | #VMworld

theCUBE VMworld : Day 1 Wrap Up | #VMworld

At the end of day one of the VMworld conference in San Francisco, Wikibon’s John Furrier, Stu Miniman and Dave Vellante discussed several of the topics discussed in presentations and in interviews conducted on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE. Vellante started off by highlighting the keynote presentation offered this morning by Pat Gellsinger, stating it was very meaty with a lot of product detail being discussed. As Vellante noted, “We are seeing VMware going from novelty to conventional.” To achieve market conventionality, they are focusing solely on implementation within the cloud. As he stated, VMware is currently head and shoulders above their competitors. While big... more »
This Is One of the Biggest Technology Disruptions You'll Ever See | #VMworld

This Is One of the Biggest Technology Disruptions You'll Ever See | #VMworld

From Moscone Center in San Francisco, Stu Miniman and John Furrier kicked off VMWorld 2013 with Kelly Herrell, VP and GM, Software Networking Business Unit, Vyatta, a Brocade company. Kelly was the CEO of Vyatta prior to its acquisition by Brocade, providing software defined solutions before software-defined was a mainstream term. His current responsibilities with Brocade include building and driving the software networking strategy. John Furrier commented that the software defined data center has become sort of a destination in the modern era, and network has been an area that's been extremely innovative lately. Herrell agrees: "It's easy to follow the pattern.... 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

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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.

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