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Big Data Market Will Reach $50 Billion by 2017

Big Data Market Will Reach $50 Billion by 2017

The big data market will reach $5 billion this year and grow at 50% to 70% CAGR for the next five years says Lucid Imagination CEO Paul Dosher. That will take it over $50 billion. In an interview in the Cube from the recent Hadoop Summit 2012, he said that the market split would be 31% hardware, 44% services, and 25% software, which is why major vendors from HP to Cap Gemini were already becoming interested in what is today a very immature technology. Big data will also be a major new platform for custom application development, he said. “Companies don't... more »
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To London We Go! HotelTonight Latest to Crash the UK

HotelTonight, the booking app made-for-mobile, expands their international offering as they make their way to the United Kingdom with initial hotel offerings in London. “Over the last year, we’ve focused on making traveling within the U.S. more spontaneous by offering convenient, last-minute hotel deals,” HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank said.  “And in a very short time, we’ve made a huge impact. Now, we’re going to change the way the rest of the world views travel. We’re excited to break ground in the UK, and start fulfilling spontaneous travel needs abroad.” The app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store and on Google Play... more »
Eucalyptus Systems Gets Agile, Open Sources Its Cloud Platform

Eucalyptus Systems Gets Agile, Open Sources Its Cloud Platform

Eucalyptus has a new and important milestone, as its private cloud technology goes fully open source with the forthcoming release of Eucalyptus 3.1. Historically, the private cloud company had built its flagship (and proprietary) enterprise offering on top of an open source community edition. Now the company is shifting to a services and support business model, and releasing one and only one platform - as open source. Eucalyptus Systems made headlines a few months ago when it partnered up with Amazon Web Services for cloud portability. It was a significant event for the company and validation for its CEO Marten Mickoss, who has been a... more »
Big Data: The Convergence Point for IT and Marketing [Infographic]

Big Data: The Convergence Point for IT and Marketing [Infographic]

We've already begun to see how big data and analytics can translate into business agility and real results. But while the biggest transformation so far has been in sales, a new infographic from IBM says that marketing is going to be the real tipping point for big data. I'll let you look at the infographic and see the numbers for yourself, but the real takeaway here is that while marketing and IT have traditionally been two separate offices within the organization, the advent of big data brings the chief marketing officer and CIO closer together than ever before. After all, actionable... more »
SolidFire Announces Next Generation System with Double Capacity

SolidFire Announces Next Generation System with Double Capacity

Flash hardware vendor SolidFire announced a new system named SF6010, the successor of the SF3010 in many regards. It packs a raw hardware capacity of 6 terabytes and ‘effective capacity’ of up to 24TBs: SolidFire’s solution comes with deduplication and compression software that allows users to be much more efficient in the way they store their data. The SF6010 can scale to 100 nodes, and can also be used to power a single instance that packs a maximum of 2.4 petabytes in capacity, and offers performance of 5 million IOs per second. “The SolidFire technology is designed to advance the way the... more »
Obama's Big Data Play

Obama's Big Data Play

When the dust settles and the smoke clears, and the elections of 2012 are over there will be victors and there will be losers.  Rest assured that until then, each side will try to gain every edge possible; whether that edge is in technology, media, or whatever else that is a certainty as is always the case in politics.  In a recent Politico article, the digital operations of the Obama campaign is visited.  The shock line is instantly found as the article opens: “On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here (..Chicago), more than 150 techies are quietly peeling... more »
MemSQL Emerges from Stealth with $5M in the Bank

MemSQL Emerges from Stealth with $5M in the Bank

MemSQL is a brand new Y Combinator startup that announced a $5 million funding round today. A number of venture capital firms participated along with angel investors Paul Buchheit, Max Levchin, Aaron Levie and Ashton Kutcher, who has among other things Hollywood-related, also made a name for himself in the Silicon Valley VC scene. MemSQL took the opportunity to debut its first product. The big data team is touting its offering as a database solution that “combines speed and a robust SQL interface within an in-memory data tier.”  What the software actually does is convert SQL to C++, a high-performance low... more »
Xeround Adds the Joyent Cloud to its Support List

Xeround Adds the Joyent Cloud to its Support List

Xeround is a company that offers a database-as-a-service for MySQL apps that runs on platforms such as Amazon Web Services. The firm already optimized its solution for the majority of the more prominent names in the IaaS industry, and as of late it has started taking the smaller ones into account as well. Today Xeround said its software is now available on the Joyent Cloud, an emerging player that can’t match AWS in scale just yet but is still fairly popular.  At the moment, Xeround’s support only extends to the free edition of its database, but the software maker said it... more »
Smartphone or Camera? Rise in Photo-Sharing Questions Our Mobile Purpose

Smartphone or Camera? Rise in Photo-Sharing Questions Our Mobile Purpose

JiWire, the location-based mobile media provider reaching the on-the-go audience, released its latest photo sharing report, which examines location based photo sharing engagement, the mobile devices and user usage trends. The recent survey in Q2 2012 found that location based photo sharing is on rise and driving the mobile trends, with 83 percent of the on-the-go audience taking pictures while on the go, and 72 percent users use their smartphone or tablet as their primary photo sharing device. Location-Tag Sharing The report says 64 percent of travelling users take five or more picture per week. Men like to tag the picture location to... more »
MapR Teams with Amazon for Hadoop-as-a-Service

MapR Teams with Amazon for Hadoop-as-a-Service

There’s a lot of talk about organizations catching up with their data using technologies such as Hadoop, but for the most part that only applies to larger companies with the resources to maintain such an environment. There’s a big opening for more affordable analytical solutions, and MapR just jumped on the bandwagon. There are quite a few ‘light’ solutions out there that offer hosted big data services that have a lot of capabilities, but still can’t match the real deal. Via a newly announced partnership with Amazon Web Services however MapR is offering the best of both worlds. The company has made... more »

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.