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Arista Networks CEO: Networking Is (Still) Sexy

Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO of Arista Networks, took the spotlight in TheCUBE here at VMworld 2012 to explain once again that despite popular perception, software-defined networking isn't only sexy - it's the future of applications (full video below). There's an emerging awareness that as much cloud-based, data-driven applications can build business value, there's a serious bottleneck in terms of application topology. Different network layers with varying latency levels cause a huge drop in I/O between components, causing performance problems and creating massive headaches for the CIO. But that's where Arista comes in, Ullal says. With software-defined networking, you can create a... more »
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Postmedia’s Anil Sedha Gives Us an Inside Look: The Tech Behind His Publication

Anil Sedha holds the title of mid-range services and storage supervisor at Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper by circulation.  At VMworld this year he stopped by theCube to talk things over with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante – full video below. Sedha’s job description covers his responsibility for Postmedia’s backend environment, as well the subscription-based CSM service that the publication is selling. He says that his firm’s journey with VMware started just a couple years ago when the top priority was avoiding the potential negative implications of going virtual, but Postmedia has come a long way since then. According to Sedha, 65 percent of the... more »
Vimeo Teams With Dropbox as Cloud Tie-Ups Get Chic

Vimeo Teams With Dropbox as Cloud Tie-Ups Get Chic

Vimeo wants to be your ultimate video-go-to-guy and in that quest, they’ve entered into a new partnership with file-storing service Dropbox. Vimeo users can now add their Dropbox account on the Vimeo upload page or link the two sites in their account settings.  Users can automatically or manually upload videos via a “Vimeo” folder in Dropbox. “Integration within Dropbox is something our community wanted for a while,” said Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor in a statement. “This is another tool for them to upload and share their videos with friends and family, or the rest of the world.” Vimeo also has a partnership with... more »
A Most Common Place to Fake Cloud Smarts? The First Date

A Most Common Place to Fake Cloud Smarts? The First Date

The average American consumer does not understand the phrase cloud services, says a new study, which was conducted by Wakefield Research and commissioned by the company that develops cloud solutions, Citrix. The survey results, based on interviews with 1,000 average Americans during the month of August, provide some fascinating insights about cloud computing. Feign knowledge about the cloud The survey shows that many US consumers believe "cloud" is something related to weather, or something to do with drugs, pillows, outerspace, heaven and toilet paper. While the majority of people did not fully understand what cloud computing is, many of them often recognized that cloud... more »
Motorola and Apple to Enter Licensing Agreement in Germany

Motorola and Apple to Enter Licensing Agreement in Germany

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Motorola and Apple preparing to enter a licensing agreement; vendors taking necessary precaution at IFA 2012;  HTC to launch a new tablet; HotelTonoght opens in 10 new cities; and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 expected to have little improvement in today's launch. Motorola-Apple licensing agreement After Google acquired Motorola Mobility many hoped the portfolio that came along with it would protect Android from the litany of lawsuits that's plagued the mobile industry these past couple of years.  And while that may be questioned now that Apple's won a major suit against Samsung, it's been uncovered in a filing... more »
Craigslist Gets With The Picture; Adds OpenStreetMap To Real Estate Listings

Craigslist Gets With The Picture; Adds OpenStreetMap To Real Estate Listings

Craigslist has just been given a cartographic facelift of sorts; it’s now embedding maps to help users easily locate real estate listings on its Portland, Oregon and San Francisco websites. Unsurprisingly, the new maps are not Craigslist’s own creations. A quick look over their sites tells us that the classified listings service is hardly the most innovative of organizations, so instead it’s gone and borrowed its data from OpenStreetMap, a foundation that provides free and reliable location data from an army of volunteers scattered across the globe, (a bit like how Wikipedia operates). Apparently Craigslist didn’t inform anyone that they were going... more »
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 »

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.