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HP's Out to Stop Hackers, Detect Fraud and Secure the Stack

HP has been trying to corner the enterprise cybersecurity market for about a year now, when this area first started drawing serious attention from the heavy-weights.  And lucky for HP, their latest security portfolio expansion brings the company a step closer to achieving that goal. Today HP released a host of new offerings that aim to help organizations combat hackers: a faster analytics-powered detection engine, new services and even new printer security solutions are a few of the fresh products that Hewlett-Packard unveiled. One of the biggest highlights is the Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) 6.0c, which will be available in October. The... more »
Google Stealthily Erases The Pirate Bay, BitTorrent from Instant Search Suggestions

Google Stealthily Erases The Pirate Bay, BitTorrent from Instant Search Suggestions

Google has entered the Pirate Bay and BitTorrent fleet battle via submarine torpedo against the ever-popular technology by stealthily leaving words related to these items out of the autocomplete. When searching on Google, customers are given autocompletion suggestions but Google also has a list of “banned words” that do not autocomplete, now Pirate Bay’s domain names and products related to BitTorrent have been added to that censored list. According to an article currently on TorrentFreak, this addition to the censored his has been part of a long ongoing campaign by Google to add this particular moral affect to their search services... more »
New Money Man for Groupon Amidst Rampant Chargebacks

New Money Man for Groupon Amidst Rampant Chargebacks

Groupon announced that KPMG’s audit partner, Brian Stevens, will replace Joel Del Preto as Chied Accounting Officer and will report directly to Chief Financial Officer JasonChild.  As for Del Preto, he will continue to operate in his role as VP and Global Controller, reporting to Stevens. Back in April, Groupon hired accounting firm KPMG, in addition to their current accountant Ernst & Young, to help them achieve Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.  They were under investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission after they made last minute adjustments to their 10K filing, as Del Preto informed Child that they recorded the highest number of refunded coupons but didn't have... more »
AT&T Flexing its Cloud Muscles at Number One

AT&T Flexing its Cloud Muscles at Number One

AT&T is leading the march on hybrid cloud deployments. In recent coverage of AT&T at VMworld 2012 on theCube, the company’s service features and tactical advantages were discussed. The takeaway was that the company’s network-based cloud service utilizes both the strength of the built-in network and enterprise-grade cloud services. A recent report features research that solidifies the company’s position in the space, and states: “Based on Frost & Sullivan’s independent research, AT&T emerges as the most widely used networking provider for connecting private clouds, demonstrating its early strength in this emerging area,” said Lynda Stadtmueller, Program Director, Cloud Computing Services, Frost &... more »
Apple Eyes Up Russian Market with Planned iTunes Launch by Christmas

Apple Eyes Up Russian Market with Planned iTunes Launch by Christmas

It’s been a massively long wait – ten years all told – but finally the iTunes store is coming to Russia by the end of the year, and what’s more, it’s set to be significantly cheaper than its US counterpart. The news was first broken by the Russian language business daily Vedomosti, which reported that Apple was in the middle of negotiations for licenses to sell media content in that country, and hoped for a launch by the end of this year, or at the latest, in the first quarter of 2013. According to Vedmosti, Apple will only go ahead with... more »
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Will Apple Need Celebrities Instead of Tim Cook to Introduce the iPhone 5?

Once again, all eyes will be on Apple on the 12th of September.   We're looking at two things at this week's event: 1) the launch of the iPhone 5, and 2) Tim Cook. The late Steve Jobs used to take center stage in all major Apple events, but that changed last year when Cook took over their iPhone 4S launch.  Jobs had been battling health issues and wasn’t fit to present at the event, plus it was Cook’s first time to take charge as Apple’s new CEO.  A day after the launch, Jobs passed away and it seemed like the whole... more »
Kansas City Set for Blanket Coverage with Google Fiber

Kansas City Set for Blanket Coverage with Google Fiber

Kansas City residents have moved quickly to embrace Google’s new superfast fiber optic internet service since it was unveiled earlier this summer, with 180 of 202 eligible neighborhoods on both sides of the Missouri/Kansas state line having signed up so far. In order to make the project economically feasible, signing up for Google Fiber isn’t as simple as just putting your name down on the list and waiting for an engineer to pop round. Instead, Google drew up a map of Kansas City, then chopped it up into 202 ‘fiberhoods’ comprising roughly 800 homes each, and then set each one a... more »
Nimble Storage Raises $40.7M for SME Flash

Nimble Storage Raises $40.7M for SME Flash

Flash startup Nimble Storage just received $40.7 million in mezzanine funding, increasing the total capital the company raised to date to nearly $98 million. The over-subscribed round was led by Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners, with participating from all of Nimble’s existing investors and new backer  GGV Capital. Nimble will use the money to bolster operations, expand internationally and become more aggressive with its sales and engineering efforts. In a prepared statement that came with the release, Chief executive Suresh Vasudevan also made it public that his company is pursuing an IPO, citing “financial performance well ahead of our most aggressive... more »
Remember 9/11 with These iPhone Apps

Remember 9/11 with These iPhone Apps

Tomorrow will mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack in the United States.  Eleven years ago, four airplanes were taken over by terrorists.  The first plane hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower at 8:46 AM, the South Tower at 9:03 AM, the Pentagon at 9:37 AM and the fourth plane, which was believed to be targeting the White House, crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 AM after passengers fought off the hijackers.  Thousands of people died that day, with the majority of the casualty coming from the World Trade Center attacks. Eleven years.  It may seem long... more »
Will the New iPhone Have Fingerprint Scanning Tech?

Will the New iPhone Have Fingerprint Scanning Tech?

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple’s AuthenTec acquisition; Alibaba taking on Android; Toys ‘R’ Us’ new tablet; and Valve’s augmented reality glasses Apple to finalize AuthenTec acquisition Apple is set to finalize their AuthenTec acquisition, a company that specializes in fingerprint scanning security.  According to reports, the $365 million acquisition will go down next month, just a few weeks after they're expected to release the new iPhone. The question now is, will the fingerprint scanning security feature be included in their new iPhone or iPad?  The Cupertino giant may have already incorporated the technology and the acquisition is just a formality.  We could... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.