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As VMworld Opens, Where is VMware Going?

As VMworld Opens, Where is VMware Going?

As VMworld 2013 opens in San Francisco this morning, VMware dominates the virtualization vertical. But the big question that it needs to answer over the next three days is: How will it maintain that dominance, and where does it go from here? VMware's central place in the industry is built on its technical superiority to its competition, and in particular second-place hypervisor Hyper-V. Today its technology is stable and provides most of the features users need, while Hyper-V is rated "good enough" by its users. And that is the problem VMware faces. In every product life cycle, development reaches a point where... more »
Storage Vendor Tegile Gearing Up for VMworld

Storage Vendor Tegile Gearing Up for VMworld

Tegile Systems will be showing off its flagship Zebi lineup in booth #1928 at next week’s VMworld 2013 conference. The event is set to take place in San Francisco from Sunday through Thursday, August 25-29. Tegile is a Newark, CA-based provider of hybrid storage arrays that recently secured $35 million in Series C funding after doubling its quarterly revenue growth. The company claims that its Zebi arrays deliver as much as seven times the performance of legacy disk arrays while using up to 75 percent less capacity. "We are excited about the opportunity to show our full line of Zebi storage arrays... more »
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Piston Provides OpenStack Infrastructure to Cloud Foundry Ecosystem

Piston Cloud has started a new chapter in its partnership with EMC and VMware spin-off Pivotal by setting up an OpenStack environment for the Cloud Foundry development community. The two companies had previously collaborated on an interface that allows the VMware-developed platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution to run on top of OpenStack. Piston hopes that the deployment will enable “large-scale continuous integration testing” of Cloud Foundry and OpenStack. The goal is to accelerate the growth of the former ecosystem by empowering developers to create and “easily accept contributions from anyone.” Piston Cloud co-founder and CTO Joshua McKenty is joining the Cloud Foundry Advisory Board.... more »
Ballmer Era Ends, Setting Microsoft Free

Ballmer Era Ends, Setting Microsoft Free

Yesterday's surprise announcement of Microsoft CIO Steve Ballmer's impending retirement should be good news for the company and for its fans if it also signals the end of his "One Microsoft" policy that has chained the company to the past exactly when it needs to be the most agile, says Wikibon Co-founder and CTO David Floyer. One Microsoft has held Microsoft back at every turn, giving veto power over innovation to divisions of the company that are slow to respond to change. Whatever triggered the decision, it was forced on him. "He got bounced by the board. Vote of no confidence,"... more »
Fusion-io to Put Acceleration Tech on Display at VMworld

Fusion-io to Put Acceleration Tech on Display at VMworld

Flash shines in virtualized environments, and what better place to demonstrate this quality than VMworld. SSD behemoth Fusion-io announced this week that it will offer guides on how to accelerate VMware-virtualized workloads using its ioMemory architecture at the upcoming VMworld 2013 conference in San Francisco. Fusion-io will instruct attendees on using Cisco UCS Storage Accelerators to offload storage I/O to the server and simplify provisioning in VDI environments. The company will also share use cases from Dell customers, cover the benefits of utilizing ION flash SAN solution in HP environments, and show off IBM’s FlashCache Storage Accelerator. The newly unveiled platform... more »
Challenges Ballmer Leaves for Microsoft's Cloud + Services Restructuring

Challenges Ballmer Leaves for Microsoft's Cloud + Services Restructuring

You’ve probably already heard that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be stepping down from his position within the next 12 months.  The company’s Board of Directors has formed a special committee that will be responsible for hunting down candidates suitable for the soon-to-be vacated position. Some think that Ballmer’s imminent departure is no surprise, stating that the recent reorganization to streamline Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Surface, Office 365 as well as other products and services, was a signal that Microsoft is in need of a new leader. Though the reorganization was viewed by many as a good move on Microsoft’s part, the efforts have... more »
Spotlight Apps Yield Highest Monetization and Promotion Outcome

Spotlight Apps Yield Highest Monetization and Promotion Outcome

Whether the goal is to earn more revenue through advertising or find a more effective way to market mobile app, monetization and promotion strategies are an important step for brand advertisers to showcase their brands and engage with their audiences. Zumobi, one of the leading mobile media company, has released a new white paper on successful app monetization and promotion strategies of top brands including NBC News and Popular Science. The white paper, “App Promotion & Monetization Best Practices Playbook”, and series of best practices and findings based on leading brands such as NBC News, Popular Science, and The Week unveils some... more »
3D Scanning Comes to Reality, MakerBot Digitizer Goes on Sale for $1400

3D Scanning Comes to Reality, MakerBot Digitizer Goes on Sale for $1400

3D-printing is gradually spreading and becoming more affordable. Printers are getting cheaper and reduced to a size at which they may well be used in offices and even at home--but replication still needs models and for that, 3D scanning is the thing. The MakerBot company began taking pre-orders for its long-awaited portable home 3D Scanner Digitizer. Those who wish to be among the first buyers of the device will have to pay $1400 for it, plus another $150 for access to support services and a maintenance program. The 3D MakerBot Digitizer scanner is designed to quickly create a virtual three-dimensional model... more »
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Nutanix's Flash-Optimized Dedupe with New NOS Release

Nutanix is targeting flash-powered virtualized environments with the latest version of its converged infrastructure platform. Nutanix OS (NOS) 3.5 features improved management capabilties and a comprehensive deduplication solution that optimizes capacity across memory, flash and disk. The new release introduces Nutanix Prism, an administration framework that includes a graphical interface for viewing infrastructure and virtual machine data. The HTML5-based dashboard spans compute, storage and network, and utilizes built-in analytics to provide event correlation and simplify troubleshooting. Prism is complemented by a REST-based API that enables corporate developers to integrate the platform with legacy and cloud-based management systems. The second major feature of... more »
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Ballmer's Last Stand is Cut Short : Early Reactions + Potential Replacements

Microsoft has announced that CEO Steve Ballmer will be retiring in the next 12 months.  Translation:  he’ll be leaving the position as soon as a replacement has been found (more details and Ballmer's email to Microsoft employees here). In the meantime, Ballmer will continue to serve as Microsoft’s CEO to lead through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most. “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new... more »

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- 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

In the spring of 2016 we began an initiative to organize a group of CxOs to discuss the issue of cyber security. One thing we’ve learned about the topic of security is it’s hard to fake. We’re not security technology experts. As such we decided to focus on business issues. We observed heightened activity around […]

- 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.

- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.