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The End of Flash For Android

Back in June, Adobe announced that they would cease support for Flash for mobile so newer versions of the Android platform, 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean, will not be getting Flash.  Flash was once considered an advantage for Android devices over iOS since it gave them the “full internet experience,” so losing it was deemed as crippling to Google's mobile OS.  And to emphasize its importance to the Android community, news soon broke that the Samsung Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean update will come with Flash.  So there’s still hope that Adobe won’t stop supporting Flash for mobile.  The downside is, Adobe... more »
Broadcom Reaches Out to Chinese and Other Booming Smartphone Markets

Broadcom Reaches Out to Chinese and Other Booming Smartphone Markets

Broadcom is looking to expand its market in China, where the cost of smartphone manufacturing is low. The chip maker is looking to work with ZTE Corp. that manufactures handsets for a low price to gain market share in China along with up and coming markets from all over the world. "Initially we were producing technology for China. Now they are producing for the world," Chief Executive Scott McGregor said. According to McGregor, Broadband is working on expanding its products so that they include chips compatible with China Mobile Ltd phones. Right now the chips the company currently manufactures are only compatible... more »
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Where Does Data Art Meet Brands? Visual.ly Launches New Tool

Infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. They have become very popular on the Internet lately, as these graphics allow us to quickly grasp and understand even the most difficult of concepts. But how about allowing brands to create their own customized themes and graphics to support their campaigns? With the advent of web applications and the availability of online data sets, it is now possible for everyone to create great infographics. Visual.ly, the platform for creating, exploring and sharing infographics, launched Visual.ly Create for Brands allowing brands to create automatically generated infographics to support any campaign that can... more »
AOL To Return $1B To Shareholders

AOL To Return $1B To Shareholders

In a surprising but very welcomed move, AOL Inc. unveiled their plans to return $1.1 billion to shareholders via a special dividend.  The company also authorized a special one-time cash dividend of $5.15 to be paid on December 14. "Today's announcement underscores AOL's commitment to delivering value for our shareholders," Chairman and Chief Executive Tim Armstrong said. "AOL remains committed to creating and unlocking value for all shareholders through smart execution and disciplined management of our asset portfolio." AOL also announced that they will repurchase $600 million of stock under an accelerated stock-repurchase agreement to utilize the share repurchase authorization previously approved... more »
VMware Looks Set To Embrace OpenStack, Just In Time For VMworld Kick Off

VMware Looks Set To Embrace OpenStack, Just In Time For VMworld Kick Off

When OpenStack’s directors get together for their first full board meeting tomorrow, one of the biggest items on the agenda will be whether or not to approve, reject or defer the application of prospective new Gold members; VMware, Inteland and NEC, all of whom have signaled their interest in joining the foundation. The move to team up with OpenStack may come as something of a surprise, given that VMware has long been seen as the chief opposition to the foundation’s open source cloud platform, but recent months have seen something of a thaw in relations between the two. VMware notably acquired the... more »
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The Aftermath Of Apple's Court Win

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the aftermath of Apple’s court win;  Samsung requesting the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 be lifted; Nokia benefitting from Apple aftermath; and LG soon to release Qualcomm quad-core smartphones. Apple-Samsung not affected by Apple’s big win Last Friday, the jury in the Apple-Samsung trial in San Jose, California found the South Korean company guilty of infringing the Cupertino company’s patents.  Samsung was also ordered to pay $1 billion in damages to Apple. You’d think that this would greatly affect their chip partnership but on Sunday, Samsung vice chairman Choi Gee-sung and the head of the mobile business... more »
Future Big Data: Getting A Grip On The Big Data Explosion

Future Big Data: Getting A Grip On The Big Data Explosion

Big data’s getting bigger by the day, and unless we can get a handle on what to do with it all, it’s going to cause some real headaches for those in the data storage business. Just how much data is there? As it stands today, there’s around 10 trillion gigabytes of data being generated each and every year, a figure that HP reckons will grow to 50 trillion gigabytes of data by the year 2020. That’s an awfully big number, but to really understand just how much data is being created, it helps to be able to see it in physical terms... more »
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Guest Post: Welcome to the Cloud Laundromat

By Rodney J. Rogers - CEO of VirtuStream- @rjrogers87   I really hate most large institutionalized conferences. Yes, I get the networking dynamic and the exposure to new products and services, however, I think on a net basis the general productivity loss (at least for service providers) trumps the upside. It’s simple: Too many sellers, too few buyers. All service providers rationalize the marginally efficient use of time and resources to attend. Why? At least partly because all the industry analysts and reporters are there! One of the most entertaining aspects of this week’s VMworld, however, will be walking through the exhibition hall... more »
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Breaking Analysis: Amazon’s Glacier is the Titanic of Deep Archives for Corporate CIOs

Beware the Pitfalls of the Glacial Mass[/caption] Amazon’s Glacier is a new service for infrequently accessed data. It is very inexpensive to load data into Glacier and park it there indefinitely but CIOs should use extreme caution before placing their enterprise archives in Glacier. Getting data out of Glacier could be exceedingly expensive. More importantly, however, Amazon’s less than adequate response to previous instances of data loss should be a source of concern for CIOs. While Amazon is providing an 11 9’s SLA based on an annual “durability” metric, it is unclear how or if this metric translates to data... more »
iA Writer for iPad Tops This Week’s Tablet Business Apps

iA Writer for iPad Tops This Week’s Tablet Business Apps

Quite a few interesting apps made it to this roundup this week, including two new launches and one writing app that's set out to draw it's own path.  iA Writer is a steal for one buck: it doesn’t let you change the default font and  you can’t change any settings, but it does a pretty good job at balancing out the minimalistic design in other departments. iA is purposely simplistic. It “makes sure that your thought goes into the text — and not into the program,” in the words of the developer, and it might be one of a very few... more »

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- 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.

- 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.