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Yet More Cloud Storage Options – This Time, From Russia With Love

Yet More Cloud Storage Options – This Time, From Russia With Love

Hot on the heels of Baidu’s new cloud storage offering, the Russian-language search engine Yandex has just announced the removal of the invitation-only policy for its Yandex.Disk cloud storage service. From now on, anyone wishing to sign up and get themselves up to 20GB of free storage can do so without having to beg one of their vodka-slurping friends for an invite. Yandex.Disk works much like Dropbox or Box, providing a convenient folder in the cloud for internet users who wish to upload, store and share files of different formats and sizes. Unlike physical storage systems, such as a hard drive... more »
Apple Patents New "Kill Switch" That can cut off your Smartphone from the Net

Apple Patents New "Kill Switch" That can cut off your Smartphone from the Net

There’s been plenty of fuss about Apple and all their patents recently, so how about this one to kick up a controversy? According to a report in ZDNet, the Cupertino-based company has just patented a newly developed technology that would allow the government and/or police to disable phone cameras and block the transmission of multimedia content from devices, including video, photos and other files, any time the authorities decide they want to. Essentially, what it means is that the powers that be will be able to access a “kill switch”, cutting off mobile devices from the rest of the net and preventing... more »
Stranger Than Fiction: Romney’s Tax Records Ransomed for Bitcoin

Stranger Than Fiction: Romney’s Tax Records Ransomed for Bitcoin

In what is probably the weirdest news to date involving Bitcoin, the favorite darling virtual currency, it looks as if an anonymous group has claimed to have pilfered Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax records and is demanding $1 million BTC to not unleash the information. According to an article today in CNN the group published their claim on Pastebin (a favorite source for hackers) including an almost Mission Impossible level of social engineering. "Using your office" in Franklin, Tennessee, the group tells PricewaterhouseCoopers in an online posting, "we were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the... more »
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Pentaho Reveals Key Big Data Drivers, Growth in Hadoop

Business analytics firm Pentaho released a list of the core trends that are propelling the big data phenomenon, at least according to the company’s own perspective. Pentaho also took the opportunity to boast a revenue increase of no less than 340 percent between the first and second quarter of this year, which easily qualifies it as one of the fastest growing analytics players in the market. Pentaho says that over 70 percent of the new customers in Q2 are deploying on Hadoop. The remaining 30 percent use NoSQL alternatives, mainly MongoDB and Cassandra, and purpose-build solutions from Greenplum and Vertica. The firm... more »
Money and Evolution to Blame for Mobile Malware's Global Spread

Money and Evolution to Blame for Mobile Malware's Global Spread

Lookout Mobile Security just published their State of Mobile Security 2012 report wherein trends in mobile malware were discussed. The report looked at key factors that contribute to the growing number of malware infecting devices, specifically those using the Android platform.  The top factors fueling malware creation are: money, the evolution of mobile devices, privacy issues, geographic location and the ever diversifying malware distribution techniques. Mo' money, mo' money, mo' money Money is important to everyone.  We work for money so that we can buy the things we need in order to survive and make our lives comfortable.  And this reason is also... more »
Ready for Some Football?  Social Media Readies for the NFL

Ready for Some Football? Social Media Readies for the NFL

The anticipated return of NFL football kicked off last tonight with a prime-time game that no doubt had high ratings with “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys and the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants.  This marks the opening of not only the football season, but the social brand season.  More than ever, the largest brands are using social means to get the word out about their product. Social campaigns are big business campaigns and we are seeing more and more integration within the game itself of a number of social tools.  From Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, to text messaging engagement,... more »
Motorola Unveils 3 New "Evolutionary" Smartphones

Motorola Unveils 3 New "Evolutionary" Smartphones

Nokia isn’t the only one to unveil their new offerings for the mobile market this week.  Motorola Mobility also debuted their new line of smartphones, a major update since being placed under Google’s reign. Motorola revealed three new smartphones: the Droid Razr M, the Droid Razr HD and the Droid Razr Maxx HD. The Droid Razr M features an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch, 960x540 display, 8GB of storage, 2000mAh battery, 1.5-GHz, dual-core processor, and runs Android 4.0.4.  The best part is that it will only cost $99.99 with a new two-year contract, and will be available for online purchase next week. As for the Droid... more »
Nokia's Smartphone Launch Bores the Big Apple

Nokia's Smartphone Launch Bores the Big Apple

Nokia took over the Big Apple yesterday morning at their launch party, introducing the brand new Lumia 920 as well as the lower tier phone, the Lumia 820. Both of these phones operate on Microsoft Windows 8 and neither of the phone's prices were confirmed. Nokia's launching of the two phones didn't seem to impress Manhattan too much. In fact, some seem to be a bit weary of how the phones will compare to competitors. The phones don't appear to hold any weight as far as being impressive or different out on the market. The Lumia 920 has a 4.5 inch... more »
Mobile Revenue Will Soar for Facebook, Millennial Media and Mobile Social Media Revolution

Mobile Revenue Will Soar for Facebook, Millennial Media and Mobile Social Media Revolution

According to eMarketer report cited in the Wall Street Journal, the mobile revolution will be a lift for Facebook.  Companies pioneering this effort like Millennial Media , Apple, and Google Admob will contribute to this new mobile platform trend. Despite worries about Facbeook's ability to make money from mobile devices, new research predicts the social network's U.S. mobile-advertising revenue will quintuple next year, catapulting it into the top ranks of the mobile-ad business, behind market leader Google. "We play a vital role in allowing developers and publishers to monetize their users and thrive in the growing mobile space," said Paul Palmieri, chief executive... more »
Future Big Data: Sport Analytics Gives Competitors An Edge

Future Big Data: Sport Analytics Gives Competitors An Edge

Some people like to say "it's the taking part that counts," but let's face it, that's crap. Competitive sports these days are all about the winning, with huge stacks of cash being the primary motivating factor. It’s true for athletes, coaches and team owners alike – sure, the 'taking part' might be 'nice', but the money that comes from actually winning is far more satisfying. With money being such a huge motivating factor in modern sports, teams and players will do whatever it takes to win. Sometimes, this means resorting to questionable methods like taking performance enhancing drugs, bribing officials, or just plain, outright... 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.