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Software-Defined Networking Didn't Appear Overnight: VMworld Networking Panel

Software-Defined Networking Didn't Appear Overnight: VMworld Networking Panel

Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman hosted a networking panel with three industry execs at VMworld this week. Big Switch’s VP of engineering Howie Xu, Broadcom vice president of storage and strategy Greg Scherer and Infineta’s Haseeb Budhani gave their take on what’s going on in the network today (full video below). Xu, who ran VMware’s network business for over a decade before joining Big Switch, doesn’t see the software-defined networking as a trend that just emerged over night. It’s the answer for a recently reached critical mass of enterprise requirements that can only be addressed with a more agile, cost-efficient network, and... more »
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Windows 8 Devices Flood IFA 2012

According to sources, Microsoft is set to officially launch Windows 8 on October 26.  This will be the day when new PCs with Windows 8 will be coming out, as well as the upgrade program that Windows recently revealed.  But aside from Windows 8 and Windows 8 PCs coming out, the Microsoft Surface Windows RT and Windows Pro tablets will also debut.  Theough we’re still weeks away from launch, vendors are already teasing consumers with a steady stream of Windows-based devices. Samsung The South Korean company unveiled ATIV S and the Series 5 and Series 7 Slate PCs.  The ATIV S is... more »
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Rise Of The Phablets: How Does the Galaxy Note 2 Compare?

Guess you’ve already heard, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note II, the successor to their first ever phablet -- the Galaxy Note, a cross between a phone and a tablet.  So what’s new about this phablet? Let's run through the specs, take a look at the Note II's competitors and see who comes out on top. Galaxy Note II Screen: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED with a 16:9 screen ratio perfect for all viewing experiences. Network: 3G: HSPA+21Mbps, (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps), and 4G LTE: 100Mbps / 50Mbps. Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Camera: 8 MP Auto Focus front camera with LED... more »
The Weatherman Predicts a Huge Storm for the Cloud

The Weatherman Predicts a Huge Storm for the Cloud

Splunk has come out with the Splunk Storm, which is the cloud-based version of log-management software geared towards making it easier for companies to monitor, diagnose and troubleshoot cloud-based applications running multiple platforms such as: Amazon Web Services, Heroku, Google App Engine and Rackspace, to name a few. And guess what? You don't have to download a single thing. Splunk Storm is not the first of its kind out there as many more companies begin floating toward the cloud. Other cloud-based applications are Loggly, Sumo Logic and Seven Scale. Loggly actually recently received $5.7 million in funding. What Splunk has over... more »
Evolved Malware and Spam Targets Gender, Religion and More

Evolved Malware and Spam Targets Gender, Religion and More

Themed attacks, or attacking people based on their gender, activity or even festivities is nothing new.  Men are the predominant targets of malware as they are more likely to click on links for free games, free music, free movies, and of course explicit content like pornography or nude photos of celebrities.  But times have changed, and malware authors are getting smarter.  They know now that there’s a larger tank chock full of gullible people. If you’re a single lady looking for a rich prince charming, you could fall victim to a new scam that infects your mobile device with malware. Last week,... more »
Pat Gelsinger's Big Vision for VMware's Next Year

Pat Gelsinger's Big Vision for VMware's Next Year

In their ongoing and exclusive coverage of VMworld 2012, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with new VMware CEO and keynote speaker, Pat Gelsinger. The newly appointed head (officially presiding September 1st) shares keys to innovation and disruption in the field as well as his thoughts on partnering with Paul Maritz, data infrastructure as it relates to converged infrastructure and what VMware needs to improve upon to fulfill its plans over the next 12 months. Gelsinger explains that VMware will expand beyond its current offerings by focusing on virtualizing the data center and reaching out to the broadening community he refers... more »
Infochimps Climbs the Tree of Success with New CEO Jim Kaskade

Infochimps Climbs the Tree of Success with New CEO Jim Kaskade

Infochimps has hired a new CEO, Jim Kaskade, who is no foreigner to data and enterprise. The company feels that he has just the right tools to help the chimps swiftly climb upwards toward big enterprises. Since Infochimps is still pretty new, it only makes sense to hire on a guy with 25 years of experience. Kaskade has over 10 years of experience as a CEO/senior executive, so he is no newbie to building high-tech products, teams and businesses in cloud computing software. He also has 10 years of experience in developing Big Data. As of right now, Infochimps has two products... more »
Google Maps Gets Voice Directions for Cyclists, More Ad Options

Google Maps Gets Voice Directions for Cyclists, More Ad Options

Google Maps continues to be the most popular mapping service around, but what with increased competition from the likes of OpenStreetMap, the internet giant clearly feels that it needs to do more to entice users to stick with its offering. To do so, Google has rolled out two new additions to its service that will benefit both users who want to know where they’re heading, and also developers wishing to make money from the world’s number one navigation app. Kicking off at the user end, Google has introduced yet another new feature to help people find their way around more easily, this... more »
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Entertainment Overtakes Finance in Mobile Ad Growth: [Report]

With mobile devices becoming mainstream, it's clear that much of our behavior is shifting towards digital content on these mobile platforms. Smartphones are used for several activities including reading email, social networking, finding information, coupons and scanning QR redeeming coupons, staying up-to-date, shopping and of course, being entertained. Mobile commerce in the entertainment industry including those in television, films, games, and home entertainment is gaining attention. As per a report from Gartner, worldwide mobile display advertising spending is expected to grow from $1.8 billion in 2011 to approximately $13.5 billion in 2015. Millennial Media, commissioned with mobile measurement firm, comScore, released the... more »
Samsung's Rating Still A+ Despite Apple's Wrath

Samsung's Rating Still A+ Despite Apple's Wrath

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Samsung’s safe rating with new products launch; Dell’s Windows RT tablet; Amazon’s Europe Appstore; and Intel’s push for wireless charging. Samsung maintains A+ rating Fitch Ratings will not be lowering their ‘A+/Stable’ mark for Samsung anytime soon though the company’s huge loss against Apple over patents.  The firm believes that Samsung's minor drop in share prices is just temporary, and will not greatly affect the South Korean firm’s overall performance. And it looks like Fitch could be right.  Any Samsung devices Apple manages to get banned from being sold in the US because of patent infringement would be... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.