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Everyone's Trying to Solve Virtualization's Storage Performance Woes | #VMworld

Everyone's Trying to Solve Virtualization's Storage Performance Woes | #VMworld

Poojan Kumar, CEO and Co-founder at PernixData, discussed his startup's vision of a software solution to the server performance issue of virtualization with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman, live at VMWorld 2013. "VMWorld is an exciting time for us," Kumar said. "Everything we do is centered around VMware, so this is the biggest event of the year for us." PernixData was launched a year and a half ago, starting with just the two co-founders, and has become the fastest growing company in the enterprise storage space. Commenting on how flash is changing storage architectures, Kumar said that the industry had... more »
Scaling Horizontally At Will Is Truly Cloud-style | #VMworld

Scaling Horizontally At Will Is Truly Cloud-style | #VMworld

John Furrier and Dave Vellante started Day 2 of VMworld interviewing Jim McBride, Chief Cloud Architect with Express Scripts. TheCube co-hosts were broadcasting from Mosconne Center in San Francisco, where they engaged in their favorite activity: extracting the data from their guests. This time around the interactive banter was focused on the cloud, virtualization and current trends in the industry. Jim McBride explained that Express Scripts is basically a pharmacy-benefit manager, trying to make the prescription drugs safer and more affordable to one hundred million of Americans. Last year alone they managed 1.4 billion scripts. "We use data to drive decisions that... more »
Dell Prepares for Major Transition with Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

Dell Prepares for Major Transition with Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

Dell is preparing for a major transition within the company, as it leaves the public trading arena and returns to being privately owned. Along with that financial transition, Dell is also moving away from the isolated PC and laptop sales and moving toward a more comprehensive enterprise-level offering. Dell’s converged infrastructure offerings are at the forefront of this metamorphosis. The Cube’s John Furrier and Stu Miniman talked with Nariman Teymourian, Dell’sExecutive Director of Converged Infrastructure Solutions at VMworld 2013. They began by asking Teymourian what has changed in converged infrastructure for Dell. Teymourian said that Michael Dell likes to say, “We are... more »
EMC’s Aims to Integrate Backup, Virtualization, and Protection | #VMworld

EMC’s Aims to Integrate Backup, Virtualization, and Protection | #VMworld

Yesterday at VMworld 2013, The Cube hosted two guests from EMC, Stephen Manley, CTO and Deepak Mohan, SVP of Backup and Recovery Systems (BRS). This particular segment of The Cube was designed to shine a spotlight on virtualization and backup. According to Mohan, EMC has become the largest data protection provider in the world, intently focussed on delivering solutions for customers that will last them for years. The company’s goal, he explained, is to provide the future of data protection, superior solutions to customers through its two major assets: primary storage and data protection, with both integrated into a holistic solution. Manley... more »
Grasshopper Gets Rebranded as JIRA Agile

Grasshopper Gets Rebranded as JIRA Agile

All those who could not digest the Grasshopper (not the real one!) may have a reason to be delighted as Atlassian has renamed some of its products, which includes Grasshopper. From now on, GreenHopper--Atlassian’s Agile planning software--will be known as JIRA Agile. The company has also rebranded some of its other products, including: Bonfire as JIRA Capture Team Calendars as Confluence Team Calendars SharePoint Connector as Confluence SharePoint Connector Besides names, Atlassian has also made significant changes to the logo of these products. This is actually good because people can now easily connect with the names. I mean Grasshopper and Agile were somehow disconnected. Isn’t... more »
Barracuda Takes on Storage | #VMworld

Barracuda Takes on Storage | #VMworld

Barracuda has been in the storage business for a while now, but most people are probably still more familiar with the company’s security solutions. Guy Suter, GM of Storage at Barracuda hopes to change that. Mr. Suter sat down for a chat with John Furrier and Dave Vellante, hosts of The Cube, at VMworld 2013. The Cube hosts asked Suter to talk about Barracuda’s storage business. The company is known for providing its customers with “easy to use, powerful solutions that are affordable” in the realm of security, and many of its spam and virus protection customers had been asking for... more »
The Era of Intelligent Business Users : Demand for Software-Defined Everything | #VMworld

The Era of Intelligent Business Users : Demand for Software-Defined Everything | #VMworld

Chuck Hollis, Chief Strategist at VMware, discussed software-defined everything and the future of VMware in storage in networking with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at VMWorld 2013. Explaining his decision to join VMware, Hollis said, "I really believe in software-defined everything, software-defined data center, software-defined storage -- I think the entire industry will move in this direction." From a customer perspective, software-defined everything implies, using software defined storage as an example, "a controlled plain that's programmable from any stack we want, the ability to do stuff, management, operations, as a natural part of provisioning," Hollis explained.  Everybody is looking... more »
SimpliVity's Mission Is To Simplify IT | #VMworld

SimpliVity's Mission Is To Simplify IT | #VMworld

Joining John Furrier and Dave Vellante in front of theCube cameras, Doron Kempel, CEO and Chairman of SimpliVity, announced the sweepstakes that could make a lucky winner (and SimpliVity event participant) the new owner of an Audi R8. "It's a nice car, it's symbolically high performance, very elegant in design, and we would like to think that SimpliVity OmniCube has similar features," boasted Kempel. Furrier inquired about the core message at the VMworld event. "SimpliVity's humble mission is to simplify IT. So, the question is: What's to simplify? If you step into a data center today, you'll notice that the infrastructure stack... more »
Majority of Workloads Will Be Cloud-based By 2016 | #VMworld

Majority of Workloads Will Be Cloud-based By 2016 | #VMworld

John Furrier and Stu Miniman had the opportunity to talk with Soni Jiandani at the 2013 edition of VMworld in San Francisco, tackling the hot topic of the hour in the field of virtualization. Soni Jiandani is the SVP of Insieme Networks, a special startup funded by Cisco. During the 17 months since launch, Cisco has infused over 100 million dollars in Insieme and its 260 employees. On their official page, Insieme announced that "the team is now working on emerging technologies that will ultimately lead to the network of the future in the Data Center and Cloud environments." Soni explains further:... more »
The Revelations of Snowden on the NSA and Anti-Piracy Laws Stimulate the Use of VPN

The Revelations of Snowden on the NSA and Anti-Piracy Laws Stimulate the Use of VPN

An investigation revealed that the discovery of  NSA spying and anti-piracy laws are the reasons most frequently cited among new VPN users when they sign up for an account. IVPN ran a survey among some of its customers, asking them about their reasons to choose a VPN subscription. According to the findings, demand for VPNs has reportedly increased greatly over the past few months mostly due to anti-piracy laws and NSA leaks. Snowden’s PRISM episode was the biggest catalyst behind the decision. IVPN conducted the survey among 1,054 new customers, asking them on their motivations during sign up. The result shows that... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.

- David Vellante

This document describes the methodology used to develop "The Digital CIO: Communicating to the Board on Cyber Security." It includes data sources and process used to gather data from senior business technology leaders.

- Peter Burris

Leading digital companies are using simple top-level frameworks for setting digitization priorities. At the center of the approaches we've seen are three questions: What do we want to do better; who are we going to engage; and how are we going to institute the digital capabilities.

- Ralph Finos

This document covers Wikibon’s definition of public cloud and is a companion piece to Wikibon’s 2016 Public Cloud update http://wikibon.com/wikibon-2016-public-cloud-forecast-update/. Our definitional framework aligns as much as possible with the NIST definition, but we acknowledge that "public cloud" means different things from vendor to vendor. However, in our view, this just indicates that public cloud is being leveraged from many different angles and is building significant momentum as it encompasses both product and service delivery mechanisms, pretty much penetrating into all aspects of information technology.

- George Gilbert

Enterprises must navigate the universe of big data applications by recognizing that application platforms will alternately empower and constrain enterprises along a path of ever more sophisticated applications. Data lakes, intelligent systems of engagement, and self-tuning systems of intelligence all build on each other in terms of capabilities. But the underlying platforms will evolve in a cycle of simplicity, complexity from adaptive stretch, and simplicity again via a platform refresh.

- George Gilbert

Big data products and workloads remain too immature for standard benchmarks capable of providing truly comparable results. Users that need benchmarks for contracting or comparison purposes should run their own stylized workloads based on their intended usage scenarios.

- 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.