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Scaling Business: Predicting How Big your Cloud-based Company Can Be

You don’t have to look far to stumble across a company that has seen its once-stellar growth evolve to a point where the customer base stagnates. While business seemingly remains steady, the number of customers simply isn’t growing. Is the market saturated? Of course not! So why does this happen, and how can you begin to predict when an organization will hit that point of sluggish inactivity? In short, how can you develop an accurate and independent evaluation of how big your company can be, and remove the barriers to help you get there? I.D. your audience Most organizations can have its customers... more »
Breaking:  Analysis:  VMware Buys Nicira For $1.26B in Cash

Breaking: Analysis: VMware Buys Nicira For $1.26B in Cash

Big news in what SiliconANGLE has been calling the biggest disruption in generations - Converged Infrastructure.   VMware is buying privately held Nicira Inc for about $1.26B in cash to expand its network virtualization portfolio. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2012.  VMware just recently announced that Pat Gelsinger will be taking over at CEO for Paul Maritz.  I had the in-depth angle on that announcement here - Industry Analysts Got It Wrong On VMware CEO Transition From Paul Maritz To Pat Gelsinger As I said just last week VMware is on a journey to build an entirely new... more »
Self-Service, Virtualization Can Help State Governments Do More with Less

Self-Service, Virtualization Can Help State Governments Do More with Less

The Great Recession has technically been over for three years now, but organizations of all types are still in recovery mode. Among the hardest hit are state governments, whose tax coffers are languishing. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “the Great Recession that started in 2007 caused the largest collapse in state revenues on record.” As of the start of 2012, on average state revenues are down 5.5 percent below pre-recession levels and “are not growing fast enough to recover fully soon.” States have responded by laying off hundreds of thousands of government workers. Ironically, or perhaps not surprisingly,... more »
Nirvanix Hires New C-Level to Boost Media Strategy

Nirvanix Hires New C-Level to Boost Media Strategy

Storage startup Nirvanix hired Dru Borden as its new chief strategic officer, with the goal of bolstering its clientele in the media business. Borden brings the best of both worlds to the company: executive experience coupled with the industry-specific IT expertise that Nirvanix needs to be able to market its hardware in this market.  He was in charge of engineering for CBS as vice presid3ent of application architecture and served a similar role as NBCUniversal’s chief software architect. The job descriptions at both companies were fairly similar, covering not only R&D but also implementation and deployment. He has about 15 years... more »
Anonymous Bleeding Oil Companies With Repeated Leaks

Anonymous Bleeding Oil Companies With Repeated Leaks

It looks like the hactivist collective Anonymous has been targeting Big Oil by hitting Shell, Exxon, BP and two Russian firms—Gazprom and Rosneft—in what appears to be part of a protest against a form of drilling that damages the Artic environment. The most recent leak published around 1,000 credentials, e-mail addresses belonging to the firms, as well as hashed and unencrypted passwords. With a dutiful sense of irony, the hackers used the stolen credentials to add signatures to Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” petition, says Kim Zetter of Wired. However, the hackers made certain that it’s understood that they and Anonymous are... more »
Malware Permeated 14 Percent of Home Networks in Q2 2012

Malware Permeated 14 Percent of Home Networks in Q2 2012

A recent report from Kindsight Security Labs, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, suggests that about 14 percent of home networks got infected with malware in second quarter of this year. 13 percent of home networks showed evidence of infection, with 9% infected by high threat level malware such as a botnet, rootkit or a banking Trojan and 6% of households infected with a moderate threat level malware such as spyware, browser hijackers or adware. As per the Kindsight report, there is almost 50% increase in the high level threat, which was 6% in Q1 2012. Kindsight was especially concerned about the ZeroAccess... more »
Census Bureau Joins the Visual Data Revolution

Census Bureau Joins the Visual Data Revolution

Do you love reading reports?  As in reports with a lot of words on them?  Like 100 pages of just words?  I don’t--that’s just boring.  And data tables are just as bad.  It’s quite dizzying, looking at numbers.  Charts are okay, but some can still be quite confusing and droll.  But thanks to recent developments in data science and collaboration, everyone’s seeing the benefit of data visualization to make for more interesting reports. The Census Bureau is jumping on the band wagon, having released a new feature on their website, Visualization of the week, that tackles various statistical topics to help people... more »
Google Bouncer: Researchers Fingerprint Android's Anti-Malware Tool

Google Bouncer: Researchers Fingerprint Android's Anti-Malware Tool

The Android ecosystem is expanding ferociously, and with it so does the number of malware attacks. Since 2011, we have been watching a lot of cybercriminals and malware attacking Android users in one way or another, including fake Android game apps, devilish root kits, and the worst in the form of spam emails. To cope with the malicious attacks, Google started a security service called Bouncer that automatically scans apps on Google Play store, including both new and already uploaded apps. According to Google, there came a decrease of 40 percent in the number of malicious downloads after the Bouncer... more »
Juniper Earnings Forecast: Profit Declines, Analysts Still Optimistic

Juniper Earnings Forecast: Profit Declines, Analysts Still Optimistic

Juniper Networks’ stock fell by more than 26 percent in the last three months from $20.60 to $15.02 today. The networking equipment maker reported steady revenue for eight consecutive quarters, but profit declined by an average of 46 percent year-over-year in the past four quarters, according to Narrative Science. Juniper will reveal its fiscal performance in the second quarter tomorrow. The company issued guidance of $1.03 to $1.06 billion  in revenue and expects earnings per share between 15 to 17 cents, but analysts’ consensus estimate is considerably lower than that. Wall Street’s forecast for the quarter went down from April’s 14 cents... more »
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Four Alternatives to TaskRabbit: Getting the Job Done

TaskRabbit, the task and errand service that finds people to do the jobs you hate, announced that they raised $13 million in Series C funding led by Founders Fund, an existing investor, with the participation of Shasta Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Shervin Pishevar, and 500 Startups.  They also announced that they’ve added two new board members as they push to grow their service.  The new round of funding will be used to expand the company’s engineering and executive teams. The new funding brings their total funds to $38 million.  Just before 2011 came to an end, TaskRabbit announced that... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.