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OpenStack Gains Traction in Australia

OpenStack Gains Traction in Australia

Australia is becoming an emerging hub of expansion for OpenStack, as the open source cloud platform has gained significant traction in the country. The young cloud market in Australia is ripe for the picking, and OpenStack has managed to make an impact. Cloud providers Aptira and Haylix are two examples of OpenStack success stories. Aptira relies on OpenStack to provide customers like Mecurial with cloud infrastructure for their business applications. Haylix uses OpenStack Object Storage and Akamai's content delivery network (CDN) to offer local businesses cloud-based redundant storage. Another example is NeCTAR, a case study for OpenStack, which features a 4,000-core... more »
A Closer Look at AWS Efficiency: Is Your Cloud Working Smarter or Harder?

A Closer Look at AWS Efficiency: Is Your Cloud Working Smarter or Harder?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the public cloud computing space, commanding more than 60 percent of market share and over one trillion data objects stored.  But being accustomed to physical products whose installation and operation are traditionally managed and monitored within the AWS data centers, the concept of behind the scenes of AWS usage for many of us is still a mystery. Newvem, a company that enhances cloud usage effectiveness through data analytics, and Visual.ly, the rapidly growing community of infographics and data visualizations, revealed an infographic based on analysis from Newvem's Reserved Instance Decision Making Tool.  It looks at the... more »
Xbox LIVE Goes Political with Real-Time Polling Capability for the 2012 Elections

Xbox LIVE Goes Political with Real-Time Polling Capability for the 2012 Elections

Microsoft is seeking to become the first limb of the future AllThing (a political body that consisted of the voting minds of an entire population seen in Dan Simmons’s Hyperion) by putting the ability to do live polling in the hands of Xbox LIVE users during the Presidential debates. Console owners will be given the advantage of being able to directly interact with a voting system while the debate progresses using their controllers and Kinects in order to cast votes. In the past this sort of system would have used a telephone dial in system or some other devices in... more »
SSD Storage, Virtualization Demand Converged Infrastructure says HP's Nunes

SSD Storage, Virtualization Demand Converged Infrastructure says HP's Nunes

“When you look at what flash is doing to storage and how virtualization changes the data center, how can it not be converged?” asked HP VP of Storage Marketing Craig Nunes in the Cube at VMworld 2012. “Otherwise you are still trapped in the traditional IT silos, which means everything is less efficient and you are over-provisioning.” Virtualization, flash, and cloud architectures, both public and private, are driving the convergence of server, storage, networking and management. Part of that is the idea flash moves storage for the more active data back to the server to meet the high IOPs demands of... more »
Savvis Collaborates with the Channel to Offer Wider Range of Services

Savvis Collaborates with the Channel to Offer Wider Range of Services

Savvis is launching its new Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem Program today, which provides third party vendors with the tools they need to integrate their solutions with the company’s own line-up. Savvis is a cloud infrastructure service provider that offers a lot of the standard stuff you might expect, such as consulting, enterprise content management and migration. There are also a few slightly more differentiated offerings, such as proximity hosting, which gives financial firms the option to run their apps in the physical vicinity of major exchanges in order to reduce lag, but this portfolio doesn’t come close to covering it all. That’s... more »
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Symantec, OpsCode Integrate with VMware @VMworld 2012

Security software maker Symantec and cloud automation provider OpsCode  both announced tighter integration with VMware’s data center virtualization solutions today, just as the company’s annual event is kicking into higher gear. Symantec’s update is the more extensive one: the company debuted new software and upgraded a few of its existing offerings for VMware environments. The latest addition to the vendor’s product-line is Cluster Server, which automatically provides failover between virtual machines. The solution, currently in beta, aims to speed up recovery without taking away from advanced functions. Symantec also rolled out v7.6 of its NetBackup suite. NetBackup Accelerator for VMware is touted as... more »
Samsung’s Galaxy Player 5.8: Biggest Media Player Yet, Biggest Waste Of Space

Samsung’s Galaxy Player 5.8: Biggest Media Player Yet, Biggest Waste Of Space

So far it’s business as usual for Samsung in the aftermath of its controversial court defeat to Apple last week. Seemingly undeterred, the Korean electronics firm has just announced the release of its whopping new Galaxy Player 5.8, the biggest platform yet in its range of Player devices for watching media and listening to music. Samsung’s previous Galaxy Players came in 3.6, 4.2 and 5.0 formats respectively, but its latest effort puts them to shame with a humongous display that even dwarfs that of its popular ‘phablet’, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. Unfortunately, the size of the device is just about the only... more »
Problems Continue for Apple's iCloud Service

Problems Continue for Apple's iCloud Service

Apple's iCloud service has received mixed reviews from Apple customers who normally unconditionally love all Apple products. Those reviews have ranged from complete adoration to disgust, including one user who lost everything after an iCloud hacker gained access to his account. Its reputation for unreliability has now reached the point where an app developer has elected to use another service, Simperium, to handle its syncing functionality. App developer Agile Tortoise has released its Drafts 2.0 and Drafts for iPad without iCloud syncing. Instead, syncing will be provided by Simperium, a third-party service originally developed exclusively for Simplenote. Aigle Tortoise's Greg Pierce... more »
Nirvanix Teams Up with TwinStrata, Rounds Out Storage Offering

Nirvanix Teams Up with TwinStrata, Rounds Out Storage Offering

Cloud storage startup Nirvanix has aligned itself with TwinStrata to create an integrated solution that is more accessible for enterprises. The Nirvanix-CloudArray couples Nirvanix storage with Twin Strata’s CloudArray, a solution that makes it easier to integrate off-site resources into an existing environment by creating so-called ‘cloud SANs.’  What the two firms are offering is a pre-configured bundle that comes with 50TB of remote storage, 12TB of high-performance on-site cache and uses up minimal admin time – all for an annual rate of $48,000. The pitch also includes security - ”military-grade, multi-level” protection on Nirvanix’s end and the built-in secure access from CloudArray... more »
OnLive Owed Creditors $40 Million at the Time of Insolvency

OnLive Owed Creditors $40 Million at the Time of Insolvency

OnLive, the pioneer of on-demand cloud gaming that declared its insolvency last week, has much more trouble to handle than originally known. The company was running short of funds at the time of insolvency, and owed around $40 million to its creditors. As reported by the firm handling the insolvency procedure, OnLive failed to find a buyer despite shopping itself around and was facing a complete shutdown of its services. "It was a company that was in dire straits. It only had days to live in terms of cash flow and the like," said Joel Weinberg, CEO of Insolvency Services Group,... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.

- Ralph Finos

Public cloud is a disruptive technology changing the face of enterprise IT. By providing infrastructure services (IaaS), applications service (SaaS) and overall platform services (PaaS), cloud service providers are changing IT procurement from capital investment to operational expenditure, and allowing traditional IT to be by-passed. As the Internet of Things grows and as Internet data streams become a larger proportion of enterprise data processing, the locus of IT will shift closer to the cloud, and reduce the friction for IT adoption. Wikibon expects public clouds to comprise about one third of total enterprise IT spend by 2026. Wikibon expects that this move will significantly impact on traditional IT hardware and software vendors.