Top Stories

Researchers Develop Method for Making Atomic Electronics

Researchers Develop Method for Making Atomic Electronics

Electrical engineers have already achieved some pretty amazing feats. The integrated circuits used in everything from computers to coffee makers are incredibly slim these days, allowing us to develop a new breed of electronic gadgets that includes everything from every day smartphones, to more minuscule devices like the Picotux (the world’s smallest PC, measuring just 35mm×19mm×19mm) and even fuel cells measuring just 3mm long. But these achievements haven’t stopped researchers from Cornell University from thinking they can take ‘slim’ to a whole new level – an atomic level to be precise. Using substances called graphene (a semi-conductor) and hexagonal boron nitride (an... more »
Simplivity's CN-3000 Launch Plays Into a VMworld Simplicity Theme

Simplivity's CN-3000 Launch Plays Into a VMworld Simplicity Theme

Information technology is complex.  Making it easier means being able to spend less time on the technology and more time on business-facing, bottom line-driven tasks.  A new company at VMworld has plans to do just that and they hit the show with a splash, using the event as an opportunity to launch their new product. A bit about Simplivity The company, named Simplivity, started in 2009 and formally launched their OmniCube product this week at VMworld.  Simplivity’s OmniCube aims to bring to both SMBs and the enterprise a vastly simplified technology environment.  If you look at a modern data center, there are... more »
NetApp's Cynthia Stoddard Talks Agile Infrastructure

NetApp's Cynthia Stoddard Talks Agile Infrastructure

Yesterday, at SiliconAngle's continuous coverage of VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, the Cube hosts Dave Vellante of Wikibon and John Furrier, founder of SiliconAngle, spoke with NetApp CIO Cynthia Stoddard about some of her responsibilities as the CIO of a major tech company and her vision of agile infrastructure. An organization is only as agile as its weakest link, Stoddard explained, and NetApp has been striving to remain agile over the years. For example, the company uses its own products internally to both demonstrate the long-term use of them and also show customers that they are the first users of NetApp... more »
EMC's Guy Churchward and Stephen Manley Discuss VDP

EMC's Guy Churchward and Stephen Manley Discuss VDP

At VMworld 2012, The Cube host Dave Vellante had a chance to talk with Guy Churchward, EMC SVP of BRS Engineering, and Stephen Manley, EMC CTO of Backup Recovery Systems. They discussed some of the innovations from EMC in the realm of virtualized backup and recovery technology. VMware and EMC have partnered to jointly develop vSphere Data Protection (VDP), powered by EMC's Avamar product. VDP allows users to move backups into the hypervisor more efficiently and effectly, Churchward explained. The project was so critical, he said, that the company had 50 engineers working on it. According to Manley, one of the problems... more »
Pervasive's DataRush Unlocks High Utilization for Hadoop

Pervasive's DataRush Unlocks High Utilization for Hadoop

For all its advantages in Big Data research, Hadoop has one major drawback, it struggles to achieve 20% server utilization, writes Jeff Kelly in his latest Wikibon Peer Incite, “Improving Hardware Efficiency Important to Overall Hadoop ROI”.  This makes large, production Hadoop installations running on hundreds of nodes into a drain on IT CapEx. Earlier this summer VMware announced Project Serengeti, including the contribution of code to Apache Hadoop to make HDFS and MapReduce “virtualization aware”, to support Hadoop virtualization to attack this issue. The only problem – each node of a Hadoop cluster needs its own copy of vSphere... more »
QLogic Growth Continues in FCoE

QLogic Growth Continues in FCoE

QLogic is citing new studies from both the Dell'Oro Group and Crehan Research that verify the company has increased its share of the the Fibre Channel Over Ethernet market in the second quarter of 2012. According to the research firms’ two separate reports the company generated more than 18 percent more revenue in the period than its nearest competitor. Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing for QLogic’s host solutions group, credits this growth to an increase in demand for its easy-to-implement drivers and the rising popularity of E5-2600-based  servers. "The ecosystem of 10Gb Ethernet solutions and Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600-based servers is rapidly... more »
Decoupling the Control Plane from Storage Key to Data Infrastructure

Decoupling the Control Plane from Storage Key to Data Infrastructure

“The Software-Defined Data Center is partly about where value moves, mostly about where policy is controlled, but it's also about decoupling control planes from infrastructure,” says EMC SVP Chad Sakac. “One thing that is not right in storage land is the control plane for storage is embedded in the storage target. So in storage language, this is about moving up to SDRS [VMware Storage DRS].” The problem, Sakac explained in an interview webcast live from the Cube on the floor of VMworld 2012 over SiliconAngle.tv, is that managing VMware environments at scale requires managing thousands of LUNs or files at the... more »
Dropbox Adds Another Layer of Security for Customer Accounts

Dropbox Adds Another Layer of Security for Customer Accounts

Dropbox has just added two-step verification feature to enhance the security of Dropbox accounts. From now onwards, two levels of authentication will be required, i.e., password, and a security code that will either be texted to the user’s mobile phone or generated by a mobile authenticator app. This app will be available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Users can go to the new Security tab in their Dropbox account settings and enable two-step verification in the ‘Account sign in’ section. This is definitely a step towards customer security, following a hacker attack, where hackers got a hold of... more »
No thumbnail available

What’s Hot at VMworld Right Now: Octopus, HP Integration and SDN

On Day 2 of VMworld 2012, Project Octopus got a new name. VMware’s under-development collaboration tool was unveiled this week as Horizon Data, a key component of a new integrated management platform that brings together a number of different projects the company has been working throughout past few months. During an interview in May 2011 VMware CTO Mark Herrod made a point about his company’s mobile strategy being too fragmented, and this is the big deal for the VMware Horizon Suite. It is the sum of Project Octopus, Project Horizon, Project AppBlast and a number of other specialized solutions that aim... more »
Etsy: Demystifying Site Outages

Etsy: Demystifying Site Outages

Have you ever experienced when you visit your favorite website and an error page welcomes you or a note saying that the site is down?  Or have you ever experienced visiting a site only to leave it a few minutes later as you cannot do anything on it because everything is moving too damn slow or clicking buttons doesn’t result to anything? There’s huge chanced you’ve encountered a site outage.  Most of the time, if a site has an outage, they quickly inform their users by putting a note on their site saying that there’s a service outage and they’re doing... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.

- Ralph Finos

Public cloud is a disruptive technology changing the face of enterprise IT. By providing infrastructure services (IaaS), applications service (SaaS) and overall platform services (PaaS), cloud service providers are changing IT procurement from capital investment to operational expenditure, and allowing traditional IT to be by-passed. As the Internet of Things grows and as Internet data streams become a larger proportion of enterprise data processing, the locus of IT will shift closer to the cloud, and reduce the friction for IT adoption. Wikibon expects public clouds to comprise about one third of total enterprise IT spend by 2026. Wikibon expects that this move will significantly impact on traditional IT hardware and software vendors.