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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 »
This Week in Big Data: Cheaper Hardware, A New Hadoop Alternative and Funding to Go Round

This Week in Big Data: Cheaper Hardware, A New Hadoop Alternative and Funding to Go Round

Another week of stand out big data updates.  The first one comes from a European firm named Compuverde, which unveiled new software that makes analytics more viable for enterprises. Organizations want the level of control and security that an on-premise deployment has to offer, but IT departments are having a harder time when it comes to staying efficient. Compuverde says that the latest additions to its portfolio let enterprises make use of cheaper, commodity servers in their analytics environments while also reducing overhead associated with backup. We’ve also seen some interesting news coming from Hadoop, or rather from the file system’s newest... more »
Apple-Samsung verdict - What's a Billion Dollars Anyway?

Apple-Samsung verdict - What's a Billion Dollars Anyway?

Apple vs Samsung is in the books  (Round 1) - with a victory for Apple and a 1.05 billion dollar damage ruling to boot.  Meanwhile in South Korea, a court there went the split decision route, even banning products from both companiesin the South Korea market and finding infringement on both sides. If you're a reader of this site, you most certainly have heard the news and all about its details somewhere in media. If you haven't, well here's a summary - a hometown jury found Samsung infringed on Apple's patents for the iPhone. It's rather obvious that Samsung is a... more »
Strong Earnings Prompt Salesforce to Increase Sales Outlook

Strong Earnings Prompt Salesforce to Increase Sales Outlook

Salesforce is living up to its name with its second quarter. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) giant's results were better than anticipated, mostly due to all of the enterprise deals the company has been managing to close. The strong results prompted Salesforce to increase its sales outlook for the third quarter fiscal year; it wasn't quite enough to change the mixed earnings picture. Salesforce reported a net loss of $9.83 million, 7 cents per share, on $731.6 million in revenue. This was  34 percent year over year increase; non-GAAP earnings were $.42 per share. This exceeded the Wall Street expectations $.03 above the $.39... more »
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Pose for the Picture: Veeam Introduces Explorer SAN Snapshots

Are you part of the lucky group of hard working people that have the leisure to work from home? You get to sit at your computer and work with Dr. Phil on the TV and a few snacks sprawled around your desk. Your boss won't be able to see the Twinkies or the empty coke bottles, but he will be able to see exactly what you're working on throughout the day with Veeam's new Explorer for SAN Snapshots. This new software allows IT admins to restore a virtual machine (VM) directly from SAN snapshots, that be taken throughout the day. This... more »
This Week in the Cloud: OpenStack, Backup and AWS Glacier

This Week in the Cloud: OpenStack, Backup and AWS Glacier

A lot of updates from the cloud crossed the wire this week, including one big advancement for the OpenStack community. Piston Cloud, a distributor of the cloud OS, unveiled a simplified version of OpenStack that can be deployed in less than 10 minutes. This is a big deal because the full-fledged platform requires the configuration of several different systems, and as a result Airframe – as the new offering is called – opens up the open-source project to new audiences. The fact that the free software can be rolled out without any sort of technical makes it ideal for several different... more »
Facebook's Secret Project To Contain It's Big Data

Facebook's Secret Project To Contain It's Big Data

The amount of big data that Facebook handles never ceases to amaze. At a subdued press conference this week, attended by only a few reporters, the social media giant revealed a whole host of impressive stats about its data operations. As thing stand right now, its system processes something close to 500+ terabytes of data and 2.5 billion pieces of content every single day. This includes more than 300 million new photos uploaded each day, plus a staggering 2.7 billion likes every 24 hours! Such a voluminous amount of data means that Facebook is presented with some unique challenges, one of the... more »
NetApp Misses the Strategic Direction with Read-Only Flash Cache

NetApp Misses the Strategic Direction with Read-Only Flash Cache

NetApp's August 21 Flash Accel read-only flash cache announcement is good as far as it goes, but it is a tactical product that misses strategic direction, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest Professional Alert, “NetApp adds Server Flash Cache to its Arsenal – but misses Strategic Flash Direction.” The Alert provides a full analysis of the details of the announcement. The good news, Floyer writes, is that NetApp has chosen flash storage server card vendor Fusion-io as its Tier 1 vendor for its new flash cache. The bad news is that the cache is read only, with all data... more »
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What Day Can You Expect the Grim Reaper to Show Up? Big Data Knows

It appears we can all have a chance to put out the Welcome mats and prepare for the Grim Reaper's visit because we will know exactly when he will come knocking on our doors. Archimeds Model, a San Francisco-based healthcare company has found a way to use Big Data in order to predict how long a person is expected to live. Big Data is a huge factor in the medical world because doctors need it in order to organize a large amount of information and analyze data to make their predictions about mortality. Archimeds sought out help from Univa in order to... more »
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Wake Up Call: VMware Must Move Beyond the Usual Suspects for New Storage Ideas

The just-published Wikibon vSphere 5 adoption survey holds good news for EMC but a warning for VMware. Market interest in traditional storage vendors is waning, and while companies are not leaving their primary vendor, they are looking hard at innovative “hybrid” storage startups such as Nimble Storage and Tintri. That, says Wikibon CTO David Floyer, is a wakeup call that VMware needs to reach beyond the “EMC and the stale cartel of traditional vendors” to include these innovators when working on its new vision for storage virtualization. Floyer's latest Peer Incite, “Wikibon 2012 vSphere 5 Survey shows Customer Satisfaction and Rapid... 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.