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The London Olympics: Maximum use Big Data and Social Networks [Infographic]

The London Olympics: Maximum use Big Data and Social Networks [Infographic]

Things have changed a lot in recent years--technology and social networks are now part of our everyday lives and things are constantly changing, forever revolutionizing the way we live. The London Olympic Games, one of the most important global events with massive coverage, could go down in history as the event that managed to take the full leap in communications with sports fans through online services Facebook and Twitter, telling an interesting story in big data. In the Beijing Games four years ago, Facebook and Twitter were already part of a widespread phenomenon, but among the few where IOC played a secondary... more »
HP Relaunches Renamed VSA Product and Cuts Price

HP Relaunches Renamed VSA Product and Cuts Price

A number of years ago, a then-independent LeftHand Networks released a revolutionary product into the market.  This product, what LeftHand named Virtual SAN Appliance or VSA, allowed organizations to harness local host-based server storage and aggregate that storage with storage from other servers in a cluster.  Under this aggregation method, the harnessed storage became a shared resource in the eyes of the vSphere hosts and, as a result, those hosts, using just their local storage and the VSA software, were suddenly considered full players in the full vSphere feature set, including those features that required the use of shared storage,... more »
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Top 3 Ways Companies Are Investing in Big Data

To a few, 2012 is the year of the cloud.  To everyone else, 2012 is the year of big data.  A hot buzzword, “big data has become viable as cost-effective approaches have emerged to tame the volume, velocity and variability of massive data.”  Being able to tame the big data lion is going to open up previously unimagined doors to users, “Big data analytics can reveal insights hidden previously by data too costly to process, such as peer influence among customers, revealed by analyzing shoppers’ transactions, social and geographical data,” says Edd Dumbill of O’Reilly Radar, a great site with information... more »
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What To Expect At IFA 2012

The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, more popularly known as IFA, is set to kick off in Berlin, Germany on August 31 and will run through the 5th of September.  The IFA is the largest consumer electronics trade show, and having a spot at the event could mean well for business.  It’s the right time to show off new devices to make consumers drool and die of anticipation. So what are we to expect at this upcoming event?  Here are the latest rumors and expectations for IFA 2012: Sony The Japanese company has three new handsets to offer, the Xperia T, V and J.  The Xperia... more »
Hacktivist Group GhostShell Leaks 1 Million Accounts From Banks, Governments, and Consultancy Firms

Hacktivist Group GhostShell Leaks 1 Million Accounts From Banks, Governments, and Consultancy Firms

Over the weekend an as-yet-unknown hacker group called Team GhostShell spilled account credentials from some extremely hard targets over the weekend (or so it seems) and they’ve also gone as far as to name their affiliation with the hacktivist collective Anonymous. In their Pastebin post, the hactivist group penned the name “Hellfire” to their project and also posted what appears to be accounts and records gleaned from banks, government agencies, consulting firms, law enforcement and the CIA, according to an article published on ZDNet. “Team GhostShell's final form of protest this summer against the banks, politicians and for all the fallen hackers... more »
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Three VMworld Vendors Offer Simplicity for IT

Simplicity may be on the verge of appearing in at least some IT environments, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in his second report from the floor of VMworld 2012, “Terminator: The Rise of the (Simple) Machines”. And while simple solutions are always suspect in the complex world if IT technology, in this case, the former CIO says, the solutions may offer real advantages. Lowe reports on three vendors he found on the floor at VMworld: Nutanix, Pivot3, and Simplivity. All three of these startups go far beyond the computing pod offerings, such as Vblock, from the major traditional vendors, to the... more »
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Arista Networks CEO: Networking Is (Still) Sexy

Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO of Arista Networks, took the spotlight in TheCUBE here at VMworld 2012 to explain once again that despite popular perception, software-defined networking isn't only sexy - it's the future of applications (full video below). There's an emerging awareness that as much cloud-based, data-driven applications can build business value, there's a serious bottleneck in terms of application topology. Different network layers with varying latency levels cause a huge drop in I/O between components, causing performance problems and creating massive headaches for the CIO. But that's where Arista comes in, Ullal says. With software-defined networking, you can create a... more »
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Postmedia’s Anil Sedha Gives Us an Inside Look: The Tech Behind His Publication

Anil Sedha holds the title of mid-range services and storage supervisor at Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper by circulation.  At VMworld this year he stopped by theCube to talk things over with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante – full video below. Sedha’s job description covers his responsibility for Postmedia’s backend environment, as well the subscription-based CSM service that the publication is selling. He says that his firm’s journey with VMware started just a couple years ago when the top priority was avoiding the potential negative implications of going virtual, but Postmedia has come a long way since then. According to Sedha, 65 percent of the... more »
Vimeo Teams With Dropbox as Cloud Tie-Ups Get Chic

Vimeo Teams With Dropbox as Cloud Tie-Ups Get Chic

Vimeo wants to be your ultimate video-go-to-guy and in that quest, they’ve entered into a new partnership with file-storing service Dropbox. Vimeo users can now add their Dropbox account on the Vimeo upload page or link the two sites in their account settings.  Users can automatically or manually upload videos via a “Vimeo” folder in Dropbox. “Integration within Dropbox is something our community wanted for a while,” said Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor in a statement. “This is another tool for them to upload and share their videos with friends and family, or the rest of the world.” Vimeo also has a partnership with... more »
A Most Common Place to Fake Cloud Smarts? The First Date

A Most Common Place to Fake Cloud Smarts? The First Date

The average American consumer does not understand the phrase cloud services, says a new study, which was conducted by Wakefield Research and commissioned by the company that develops cloud solutions, Citrix. The survey results, based on interviews with 1,000 average Americans during the month of August, provide some fascinating insights about cloud computing. Feign knowledge about the cloud The survey shows that many US consumers believe "cloud" is something related to weather, or something to do with drugs, pillows, outerspace, heaven and toilet paper. While the majority of people did not fully understand what cloud computing is, many of them often recognized that cloud... more »

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- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.