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VMworld: VMware Needs To Bring Sexy Back

VMworld: VMware Needs To Bring Sexy Back

I'm here at VMworld 2012 in my hometown of San Francisco, where VMware has been taking great strides to inform its partner and customer ecosystem that the virtualization giant remains as committed as ever to helping enterprises meet the challenges of the mobile, cloud-enabled, BYOD future, thanks to "evolutionary" upgrades to VMware vSphere and VMware View, as well as the new VMware Horizon suite for mobile policy enforcement. But if VMware really wants to make waves in the marketplace, it needs to bring sexy back to enterprise IT. It's not exactly VMware's fault. The time when you could energize an audience... more »
Using Social Media To Spot A Killer

Using Social Media To Spot A Killer

Psychopaths aren’t that easy to spot. Those with a taste for committing violence against others are often extremely intelligent people, and on the face of it they will come across as being friendly, you might even say charming, the first time you meet them. There’s just no telling who is a psycho and who isn’t, other than going with your gut instincts. But as we know, this is hardly a foolproof method of avoiding getting hacked into pieces. So is there a better way to tell the Prince Charming’s apart from the Hannibal Lecters? Well, there might just be, if you’re prepared... more »
Nexus 7 hits Google’s homepage

Nexus 7 hits Google’s homepage

If you looked at Google’s homepage today you might have noticed the Nexus 7 pop up.  A click on the words “The playground is open”   takes you right to the Google Play store where the Nexus 7 is available. The front page of Google is typically ad-free and famously minimalist in design, so this shows how particularly strong Google feels about moving their new tablet product. The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet device that is made by Asus and features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  Mainly competing with the Amazon Kindle Fire and the iPad, the device has been well reviewed and... more »
Election Year, Volatile Market Bring More Outsourcing Firms to US [Report]

Election Year, Volatile Market Bring More Outsourcing Firms to US [Report]

The outsourcing market is becoming more volatile due to global economic circumstances such as the European debt crisis, a recent market report by the Everest Group concluded, but the big names are also facing a different kind of pressure. The top players have all started hiring more aggressively in the US in an effort to mitigate increased criticism during this election year, in addition to the negativity caused by a couple of high-profile legal clashes. The Wall Street Journal aggregated some of the key figures. Tata Consultancy Services, the biggest publicly traded firm in India, plans on hiring 2,000 more workers in... more »
Be Prepared this Hurricane Season: Apps, Google's Crisis Response Map

Be Prepared this Hurricane Season: Apps, Google's Crisis Response Map

Tropical storm Isaac, which left the Caribbean nation in complete devastation and 10 people dead, is headed to the State of Louisiana.  Reports are saying that there’s a possibility that the tropical storm could turn into a full-blown category one hurricane, but the residents of New Orleans and neighboring cities are confident they can survive this, as they are now more prepared because of what happened when hurricane Katrina hit 7 years ago. So if you live near, around or in the path of hurricane Isaac, better read on, we’ve got a few things that could help you survive this. Hurricane Isaac... more »
Is Dublin the New Startup Hub?

Is Dublin the New Startup Hub?

For some time, we have been listening apropos Dublin for banking disasters and real estate dramas. Amidst all these unpleasant happenings, we noticed some good things happening, related to the technology business. And it’s that Dublin is emerging as a startup hub, as several technology companies are surfacing up having their roots back in Dublin. What’s even more interesting is that these startups are able to raise a good venture capital from the U.S. investors. Instead of their neighbor country London, Dublin is pallier with U.S., especially the Silicon Valley. Recently, BalconyTV announced a funding round from Lerer Ventures, Polaris... more »
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VMworld 2012 Day 1 Wrap Up

Cube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down to reflect on the main highlights from Day 1 of VMworld 2012, providing an overview of the company and the rest of the market in this emerging era of data infrastructure. Vellante first brings up the CEO Roundtable, which featured EMC’s Joe Tucci, VMware chief Pat Gelsinger and Michael Dell among others, as the biggest highlight of the gathering so far. The Wikibon founder also shared a personal prediction  about the virtualization giant, which he believes will eventually surpass the size and value of EMC, its parent company. Furrier went back to... more »
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and the Live Streaming Revolution for Gaming

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and the Live Streaming Revolution for Gaming

Social media and video has an interesting culture when it comes to people sharing their lives what started with people pushing images from phones to services such as Instragram and the webcam revolution with YouTube has become also a utopia for gamers. The proliferation of HDPVRs and capture cards have enabled console and PC gamers to record their own gameplay and share it easily on YouTube—many gamers do this on the video sharing site are called “gaming commentators.” In a bid to embrace commentator culture and esports, Treyarch, developer of Black Ops 2, will be launching the game with built-in livestreaming... more »
Short of Staff, Financial Traders Turns to Analytic Software and Services

Short of Staff, Financial Traders Turns to Analytic Software and Services

The financial crisis of 2008 and following recession resulted in significant job losses across industries, and the financial services industry itself was no exception. Call it a self-inflicted wound if you must, but the reality is job losses in capital markets has been severe and firms are being forced to do more with fewer workers. That means relying on both analytic software and outside services to make up for the dearth of junior analysts, researchers and quants that used to populate trading desks. The shortage feels all the more acute in an industry that, thanks to record profits before the crash, became... more »
Expected Features for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Expected Features for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 2 tomorrow at an UnPacked event in Berlin, Germany just a few days ahead of the IFA 2012 show, which will run from August 31 to September 5. Since the event was announced, nothing much about the upcoming phablet has been revealed, but many are hoping the Galaxy Note 2 will be bigger and lighter than the previous Note, and will have a better battery. But a Seoul Newspaper published the specifications of the Galaxy Note 2 ahead of the unveiling.  According to the site, the device will feature a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412... 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.