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Who Will Buy RIM? A Tale of Missed Exits

Who Will Buy RIM? A Tale of Missed Exits

Those who've followed the news for RIM this past year know that the firm now looks something like a desert, with no oasis in sight.  There's been a devaluation of action, a dismissal of interest by millions of consumers, delays in product launches, ongoing trials for patent infringement -- the firm is facing the worst period in its history. A weakened stock market and an extended wait time for the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform, Research in Motion (RIM) is the subject of regular rumors of redemption by large groups interested in some activity for the company. Even if the transition... more »
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Japan Court Favors Samsung, Google and Apple Talk Licensing

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Samsung’s minor win in Japan; Google and Apple in talks for patent licensing; iPhone screen production delayed; and new Kindle Fire to feature Nokia Maps. Japan court rejects Apple’s patent bid After Samsung’s major defeat in the US, it looks like things are starting to perk up for the South Korean company as a court in Japan rejected Apple’s patent bid.  The Tokyo District Court ruled in favor of Samsung stating that their smartphones and tablets did not violate Apple’s patent regarding the technology that synchronizes music and videos between gadgets and servers.  Samsung was pleased with... more »
Bahraini Government Using "Stealth" Malware To Spy On Dissidents

Bahraini Government Using "Stealth" Malware To Spy On Dissidents

A Google engineer and a computer science student believe that authoritarian government regimes are using special surveillance software designed for criminal investigations to illegally monitor political activists. The New York Times reports that FinSpy, an elusive espionage tool designed to evade computer security software, is supposedly only sold to governments on the understanding that it’s used exclusively for criminal investigations. But months of investigation by Google employee Morgan Marquis-Boire, and Ph.D. student Bill Marczak, has revealed that the software is also being used by suspect governments for a far more sinister purpose. The pair claim that they have discovered evidence of the... more »
Bringing Sexy Back to Virtualization: VMworld 2012

Bringing Sexy Back to Virtualization: VMworld 2012

We’re cooling our heels over here at SiliconANGLE after hoofing it around VMworld 2012 with a vengeance—we’ve seen the release of so many great products, the cloud has never been hotter (except in the event of pyroclastic flow from a volcano.) In this round our top stories have come from speaking about how VMware needs to bring the sexy back to virtualization; how Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO of Arista Networks, sees networking in general as (still) sexy; and the ever charming Pat Gelsinger revealed his vision for the future of VMware (potentially involving more sexy indeed). If you missed out on... more »
Facebook To Let Advertisers Hunt You Down Using Your Email and Phone No.

Facebook To Let Advertisers Hunt You Down Using Your Email and Phone No.

Facebook has just sanctioned the stalking of every single one of its users by companies that wish to bombard them with advertisements and special offers. Reports suggest that the social media giant is tweaking its ad targeting methods, and will soon let paying companies use personal information such as emails and phone numbers to identify possible targets on its network. This might sound like an outrageous breach of your privacy, but apparently it’s all above board. Facebook will only allow companies to use data that’s already in their possession – names, phone numbers and email addresses that previous customers have willingly... more »
Oracle Belatedly Issues Java Security Fix, But Is It Enough?

Oracle Belatedly Issues Java Security Fix, But Is It Enough?

Oracle has just issued an urgent fix to seal a dangerous security flaw within its Java software that’s left thousands of computers wide open to malicious attacks from hackers. The update follows revelations that Oracle actually knew about the vulnerability several months before it was first reported in the media. VentureBeat explained that the patch addresses a gaping hole in the security of Java 7, one so big that any Apple computer that has the vulnerable version of Java installed on it could easily be infected with malware, simply from browsing hacked websites. The update has been released as an emergency update... more »
The 7 Hour OpenStack Foundation Meeting: New Leadership Team and Not Much Else

The 7 Hour OpenStack Foundation Meeting: New Leadership Team and Not Much Else

Members of the OpenStack Foundation, the independent organization that Rackspace created to take responsibility for the open-source cloud OS, have met for the first time this week. The seven-hour long meeting gave the attending executives the opportunity to sort out a lot of the operational details, including who’s going to be in charge of the project.  GigaOm reports that Alan Clark, director of industry initiatives, emerging standards and open source for SUSE has been elected as chairman; Cisco cloud CTO Lew Tucker will be serving as the second in command. The emphasis on the "open" in OpenStack is evident. The very reason Rackspace... more »
VMware Backup and Recovery Trends, VMworld 2012 Spotlight Segment

VMware Backup and Recovery Trends, VMworld 2012 Spotlight Segment

Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org continue their VMworld 2012 coverage in this spotlight segment on backup and recovery for VMware customers and practitioners. Vellante and Miniman high-level overview examines industry trends concerning virtualization, the enduring utility of tape, backup stress and conclude with eight customer imperatives for backup and recovery. Vellante and Miniman begin from the market angle, exploring how backup has evolved. Miniman cites that backup was the source of many pain points as users transitioned from a physical environment to virtualization. VMware is trying to keep up with competition by adding features into virtualization, especially in light... more »
Why VMware Is Trying to Join OpenStack

Why VMware Is Trying to Join OpenStack

The news from VMworld that VMware wants to join OpenStack has likely confused many. It would be easy to argue that VMware is a competitor to OpenStack and should not be fraternizing with the enemy. Despite the misgivings those of us on the outside looking in might have, VMware seems to have a plan, one that involves joining the nearly 200 other companies that support and contribute to OpenStack. To understand VMware's logic, it is important to first understand what OpenStack is and is not. It is a collection or "stack" of open source tools designed to serve as the basis... more »
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Lenovo Can’t Get Enough of HP and Dell’s Market Share

Lenovo has made some tremendous gains over the past few years. The Chinese hardware giant is the third biggest player in the worldwide consumer market, and is the largest manufacturer of notebooks on the planet. These light-weight, affordable laptops add up to a very big market that Lenovo is not neglecting, even as it steps up its mobile strategy. The company introduced three new Windows-powered Ideatab tablets today, the S2110, A2107, and A2109 priced. The S2110 is a $399 ‘premium entertainment tablet’ that comes with a 10 inch screen which offers a 178-degree viewing angle, and is less than 10 millimeters... 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.