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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 »
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Amazon Gives NFL Fans a Glimpse of the Kindle Fire 2

Today’s mobile news roundup features: last night’s Kindle Fire sneak-peek; Samsung facing an antitrust probe in South Korea; Microsoft to hire 1000 people to boost mobile efforts in China; and Android ICS now in more devices. Kindle Fire 2 makes appearance at NFL If you watched the NFL season kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on NBC last night, you might have seen the Kindle Fire 2 which is set to be officially unveiled today.  The almost minute-long commercial features a lot of Amazon boxes being delivered but what stands out is the tablet used in the ad.  Based... more »
Anti-Piracy Groups Monitoring BitTorrent Swarms

Anti-Piracy Groups Monitoring BitTorrent Swarms

Ever had that feeling that you’re being watched? Well, if you’re one of those people who likes to save on money by downloading torrent files, then your suspicions might just be correct. This is especially true if you happen to download your torrents from the popular file-sharing service BitTorrent, where researchers from Birmingham University have revealed that anyone who joins up with a swarm to download multimedia files is likely to show up on the radar of numerous copyright enforcement agencies that are closely monitoring the site. Presenting their findings at this week’s SecureComm conference in Padua, Italy, this week, the researchers... more »
HP Releases Open Source webOS Beta for Developers

HP Releases Open Source webOS Beta for Developers

It has been a long and arduous road for webOS. The operating system that was once heralded as the savior of the dying Palm product line nearly almost died itself. But HP is attempting to breathe new life into webOS, and that began with the release of its code under an open source license. The newest build, now in Beta, is available for developers to test and contribute code. One of the useful features of this release is that developers can run it from the desktop, specifically within Ubuntu, which like webOS, is based on the Linux kernel and is open... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.