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BigQuery Gets Bigger and Better with Batch Processing and Excel Integration

BigQuery Gets Bigger and Better with Batch Processing and Excel Integration

Google’s BigQuery has just received a major new update with not one, but two new features that add more functionality to the popular data set analysis tool. The updates include a new batch-processing feature that allows users to schedule queries that are less time-sensitive, while the tool can now be integrated with Microsoft Excel. BigQuery has proved to be a massive hit among businesses since its launch in May. The cloud-based service offers an efficient platform for running SQL queries against massive data sets, delivering the answers you need within seconds. However, one of the few frustrations users expressed about the software... more »
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Cash For Coverage: The Dark Side Of Journalism

The media has a great influence on how people think.  That’s why it’s always important to get the facts before publishing or broadcasting anything.  We have the power to create chaos if we want to just by simply spreading lies or exaggerating the news.  And that’s simply irresponsible journalism. But it’s a whole new story to take bribes or payoffs, writing for an individual or interest.  When it comes to an exchange for money, things can get pretty sticky for writers published in a public arena.  The issue has been a hot topic around since the advent of commercialized publications, but... more »
Researchers Develop Method for Making Atomic Electronics

Researchers Develop Method for Making Atomic Electronics

Electrical engineers have already achieved some pretty amazing feats. The integrated circuits used in everything from computers to coffee makers are incredibly slim these days, allowing us to develop a new breed of electronic gadgets that includes everything from every day smartphones, to more minuscule devices like the Picotux (the world’s smallest PC, measuring just 35mm×19mm×19mm) and even fuel cells measuring just 3mm long. But these achievements haven’t stopped researchers from Cornell University from thinking they can take ‘slim’ to a whole new level – an atomic level to be precise. Using substances called graphene (a semi-conductor) and hexagonal boron nitride (an... more »
Simplivity's CN-3000 Launch Plays Into a VMworld Simplicity Theme

Simplivity's CN-3000 Launch Plays Into a VMworld Simplicity Theme

Information technology is complex.  Making it easier means being able to spend less time on the technology and more time on business-facing, bottom line-driven tasks.  A new company at VMworld has plans to do just that and they hit the show with a splash, using the event as an opportunity to launch their new product. A bit about Simplivity The company, named Simplivity, started in 2009 and formally launched their OmniCube product this week at VMworld.  Simplivity’s OmniCube aims to bring to both SMBs and the enterprise a vastly simplified technology environment.  If you look at a modern data center, there are... more »
NetApp's Cynthia Stoddard Talks Agile Infrastructure

NetApp's Cynthia Stoddard Talks Agile Infrastructure

Yesterday, at SiliconAngle's continuous coverage of VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, the Cube hosts Dave Vellante of Wikibon and John Furrier, founder of SiliconAngle, spoke with NetApp CIO Cynthia Stoddard about some of her responsibilities as the CIO of a major tech company and her vision of agile infrastructure. An organization is only as agile as its weakest link, Stoddard explained, and NetApp has been striving to remain agile over the years. For example, the company uses its own products internally to both demonstrate the long-term use of them and also show customers that they are the first users of NetApp... more »
EMC's Guy Churchward and Stephen Manley Discuss VDP

EMC's Guy Churchward and Stephen Manley Discuss VDP

At VMworld 2012, The Cube host Dave Vellante had a chance to talk with Guy Churchward, EMC SVP of BRS Engineering, and Stephen Manley, EMC CTO of Backup Recovery Systems. They discussed some of the innovations from EMC in the realm of virtualized backup and recovery technology. VMware and EMC have partnered to jointly develop vSphere Data Protection (VDP), powered by EMC's Avamar product. VDP allows users to move backups into the hypervisor more efficiently and effectly, Churchward explained. The project was so critical, he said, that the company had 50 engineers working on it. According to Manley, one of the problems... more »
Pervasive's DataRush Unlocks High Utilization for Hadoop

Pervasive's DataRush Unlocks High Utilization for Hadoop

For all its advantages in Big Data research, Hadoop has one major drawback, it struggles to achieve 20% server utilization, writes Jeff Kelly in his latest Wikibon Peer Incite, “Improving Hardware Efficiency Important to Overall Hadoop ROI”.  This makes large, production Hadoop installations running on hundreds of nodes into a drain on IT CapEx. Earlier this summer VMware announced Project Serengeti, including the contribution of code to Apache Hadoop to make HDFS and MapReduce “virtualization aware”, to support Hadoop virtualization to attack this issue. The only problem – each node of a Hadoop cluster needs its own copy of vSphere... more »
QLogic Growth Continues in FCoE

QLogic Growth Continues in FCoE

QLogic is citing new studies from both the Dell'Oro Group and Crehan Research that verify the company has increased its share of the the Fibre Channel Over Ethernet market in the second quarter of 2012. According to the research firms’ two separate reports the company generated more than 18 percent more revenue in the period than its nearest competitor. Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing for QLogic’s host solutions group, credits this growth to an increase in demand for its easy-to-implement drivers and the rising popularity of E5-2600-based  servers. "The ecosystem of 10Gb Ethernet solutions and Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600-based servers is rapidly... more »
Decoupling the Control Plane from Storage Key to Data Infrastructure

Decoupling the Control Plane from Storage Key to Data Infrastructure

“The Software-Defined Data Center is partly about where value moves, mostly about where policy is controlled, but it's also about decoupling control planes from infrastructure,” says EMC SVP Chad Sakac. “One thing that is not right in storage land is the control plane for storage is embedded in the storage target. So in storage language, this is about moving up to SDRS [VMware Storage DRS].” The problem, Sakac explained in an interview webcast live from the Cube on the floor of VMworld 2012 over SiliconAngle.tv, is that managing VMware environments at scale requires managing thousands of LUNs or files at the... more »
Dropbox Adds Another Layer of Security for Customer Accounts

Dropbox Adds Another Layer of Security for Customer Accounts

Dropbox has just added two-step verification feature to enhance the security of Dropbox accounts. From now onwards, two levels of authentication will be required, i.e., password, and a security code that will either be texted to the user’s mobile phone or generated by a mobile authenticator app. This app will be available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Users can go to the new Security tab in their Dropbox account settings and enable two-step verification in the ‘Account sign in’ section. This is definitely a step towards customer security, following a hacker attack, where hackers got a hold of... 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.