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AWS and hyperspecialization: the more the better

AWS and hyperspecialization: the more the better

Infrastructure is the secret to Amazon’s cloud dominance, so naturally the company has kept quiet about it. But last month at re:Invent 2013, vice president James Hamilton, an early advocate of commodity hardware who helped architect Microsoft’s data centers, opened up about the technologies that enable AWS to disrupt the economics of IT at petabyte scale. In his latest article, Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stu Miniman separates the signal from the noise for the enterprise CIO. Facebook, a hyperscale pioneer, has standardized its massive environment on a set of five internally-developed server configurations optimized for maximum efficiency. Amazon takes a different... more »
Amazon chooses Cloudera for stream analytics

Amazon chooses Cloudera for stream analytics

Amazon has added support for Cloudera’s open source Impala project to its cloud-based Hadoop distro as part of a push to help customers gain faster insight into their growing troves of unstructured information. Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) had previously only worked with Hive, an abstracted warehousing layer that Facebook cooked up back in 2009 to accommodate fast moving social networking data. Like Hive, Impala uses a dialect of SQL to let users run ad hoc queries against their clusters without having to learn new technologies or get bogged down in the complexity of MapReduce. The software provides significantly higher performance for... more »
HP and Broadcom innovate with open standards | #HPDiscover

HP and Broadcom innovate with open standards | #HPDiscover

Jerome Riboloun of HP and Greg Scherer, the vice president of server and storage strategy at Broadcom, hopped into theCUBE at last week’s Discover summit to discuss SDN with Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante. Hewlett-Packard recently upgraded its server lineup with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors and added portfolio-wide support for some of the more advanced networking capabilities available with Broadcom’s adapter chipsets, Riboloun says. The updates accelerate virtual workloads and complement HP’s FlexLOM LAN on motherboard offering. “The FlexLOM capability, or the FLR and FLB capability for rack versus the blade environment, all that capability really plays in so nicely now into... more »
Google snags another Microsoft engineer

Google snags another Microsoft engineer

Google is planning something huge, as to what it is, no one really has any idea, but it probably has something to do with machines, natural language processing, and wearable technology, if its new hire is to be scrutinized. Google has just poached Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a star engineer and software designer, from Microsoft, where he previously worked on a variety of projects including augmented reality and wearable computing.  Though it hasn’t been officially announced,  Agüera y Arcas has already confirmed that he's left the company to go to work at Google.  No news yet as to what he will... more »
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HP helps ExactTarget run faster with flash | #HPDiscover

Hewlett-Packard’s Vish Mulchand and Pete Robinson, a storage manager at ExactTarget, dropped by theCUBE at HP Discover to share how the Salesforce subsidiary is leveraging the 3PAR StoreServ 7450 all-flash array to provide better quality of service for its end-users. The Indiana-based ExactTarget sells digital marketing software that enables companies to engage their customers across multiple channels, including social media, email and mobile. The firm is a long-time 3PAR customer that prioritizes simplicity and robustness, features that Mulchand says his firm delivers by removing the tradeoffs associated with implementing flash in traditional storage architectures. The resulting manageability is a major selling... more »
HP hyperscale director on the converged data center | #HPDiscover

HP hyperscale director on the converged data center | #HPDiscover

Hewlett-Packard is bringing high-density computing into the enterprise mainstream, John Gromala, the company’s senior director of hyperscale product management, told theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante at last week’s HP Discover summit. At the core of the hardware maker’s strategy is Moonshot, a line of low-power servers designed to help customers operate their data centers more efficiently at scale. The product family, especially the proliant SL2500 and SL4500 configurations, have drawn a tremendous amount of interest from enterprise customers with data-intensive workloads like Hadoop, Gromala says. The latter model can be ordered with as many as sixty drives, providing two... more »
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HP Vertica boss on Big Data and innovation | #HPDiscover

In his latest appearance on theCUBE at last week’s Discover summit in Barcelona, Colin Mahony, VP and GM of HP Vertica, shared how the database maker fits into Hewlett-Packard’s analytics strategy. After being acquired by HP in March 2011, Vertica gained access to hardware, service expertise and channel resources that enabled it to expand into global markets, Mahoney tells hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante. The buyout also helped the firm make gains against traditional vendors with disruptive capabilities like Hadoop integration and Flex Zone, a recently introduced feature that makes it significantly easier for customers to store different types of... more »
Rumor: China really hates Bitcoin

Rumor: China really hates Bitcoin

The rollercoaster ride that is the Bitcoin market took a deep dive yesterday following yet another bombshell out of China – this time round, the People's Bank of China has been rumored to consider banned third-party payment companies from doing business with Bitcoin exchanges. Bitcoin prices fell by around 30% on hearing the news, which was first reported by Coindesk.com and later confirmed in a tweet by Bill Bishop, the editor of the Sinocism newsletter and a New York Times contributor. There is still some speculation regarding the authenticity of these reports, but if they do turn out to be true,... more »
No more metadata for you: US judge orders NSA to stop spying on people's calls

No more metadata for you: US judge orders NSA to stop spying on people's calls

In what looks to be a major setback for the NSA's mass surveillance of telephone metadata, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has ordered the spy agency to stop collecting U.S. citizen's mobile phone records, and to destroy the files it already holds. Judge Leon's ruling comes in the wake of a case brought against the U.S. Government by an individual named Larry Klayman, who sued it following revelations about the NSA's surveillance from whistleblower Edward Snowden, reports Politico magazine. According to Judge Leon, the NSA's bulk collection of telephone metadata is unconstitutional, and it should desist immediately. Judge Leon then ordered... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: IT automation and virtualization

ServiceNow is doing its part to move the public cloud deeper into the traditional enterprise with an online ITSM platform that consolidates traditional IT silos into an easily manageable and highly automated single system of record. Last week the firm broadened its value proposition with a new tool that aims to change the way customers manage their data centers. Configuration Automation helps companies enforce governance policies by automatically initiating the relevant processes when an update is logged to the ServiceNow Configuration Management Database or requested via the Service Catalog. The tool provides advanced provisioning capabilities that enable users to ensure... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.