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DevOps for Drupal: How We Get it Done on the Web

DevOps for Drupal: How We Get it Done on the Web

DevOps movement has begun to take a good shape across the IT industry as Ops experts and development teams communicate, collaborate, and integrate toward a common goal, that is, to achieve the best in whatever they do. Nowadays, DevOps for Drupal is gaining momentum. The space is full of DevOps practices with Drupal, where everyone has its own opinion. So, whom you should listen to? Here are some tips from Kris Buytaert, a Linux and Open Source Consultant doing Linux and Open Source projects across the world. Kris is the Co-Author of Virtualization with Xen, was a maintainer of the... more »
Apple's Win Means Big Opportunity for Nokia, Microsoft and RIM

Apple's Win Means Big Opportunity for Nokia, Microsoft and RIM

The court siding with Apple in their US case against Samsung for patent infringement took its toll on Samsung as their shares took a dip, a negative effect on the South Korean company as investors are now doubtful as to how the company can bring more innovative devices when they got fined for doing just that. Android’s fate Another thing is, with this win, Apple is a step closer to destroying Android in general which is their main agenda in going after Android OEMs.  The late Steve Jobs was intent on decimating Google’s Android ever since the search company launched their mobile operating software.... more »
EMC Backup Chief: Modern Applications Require Modern BDR

EMC Backup Chief: Modern Applications Require Modern BDR

In an appearance in TheCUBE at VMworld 2012, EMC's President of Backup Recovery Systems William "BJ" Jenkins took the mic to explain how the tech titan is rethinking its approach to backup and recovery in the age of data-intensive applications and bring-your-own device - and offer some hints as to EMC'S acquisition strategy, besides. There were three recurring themes in Jenkins' talk with SiliconANGLE Co-Founders John Furrier and Dave Vellante: Infrastructure needs to "understand" data . When you begin to move to converged infrastructure - a hot topic at VMworld at large - you may see great strides in storage efficiency, in IOPS. But... more »
Apple Seeks To Ban 8 Samsung Devices In The US

Apple Seeks To Ban 8 Samsung Devices In The US

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple seeking a ban on eight Samsung devices in the US; Galaxy Note 2 specification leak; Google Wallet soon to integrate businesses; an iPhone case made for torture; and Magisto launching an Android app. Apple seeks to ban eight Samsung devices After Apple’s win in their case against Samsung, the fruit-logo company already filed a request to ban eight of the South Korean’s devices in the US.  The devices Apple included in their filing are: Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II AT&T, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II T-Mobile, Galaxy S II Epic 4G, Galaxy S... more »
Rackspace Acquires Mailgun For OpenStack Integration

Rackspace Acquires Mailgun For OpenStack Integration

Hot on the heels of a number of advances for the OpenStack community, including the news that VMware is all set to join up with the foundation and the release of Piston Cloud’s new, simplified version of the open source platform, Rackspace has just announced a brand new acquisition, snapping up San Francisco-based Mailgun. Mailgun, who confirmed the deal in a blog post, is a successful start-up that simplifies things for developers that want to integrate email services into their OpenStack applications. Using Mailgun’s API, users can ““send, receive and track email from within their applications – without managing an email server or... more »
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Are You the Greatest at Giving? Muhammad Ali Says Prove It, with New YouTube Project

Have you ever thought about life and what you’ve done to make a change?  You often read or hear about people’s selfless acts of kindness or heroes that have saved someone’s life.  And maybe, at some point you thought you just don’t have it in you, or you’re not the hero type.  But that’s not the case--we can always do something to make or start a change. But I’m not talking about your Facebook likes.  No one has been cured of cancer because of your Likes of fed hungry children in Africa because you shared a post saying, “Share/Like this post... more »
Tarkan Maner Discusses Role of Dell Wyse in Cloud Future

Tarkan Maner Discusses Role of Dell Wyse in Cloud Future

VMworld 2012 is in full swing, and yesterday the Cube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante had a chance to sit down with the energetic CEO of Dell Wyse, Tarkan Maner. The topic of discussion was how Dell Wyse plans to redefine the virtual desktop business. Maner explained that Wyse, founded in 1981, was the pioneer of the thin client concept, and the company has maintained a working partner relationship with Dell for the past 7 years. For Wyse, Maner explained, developing a closer relationship with Dell just made sense, and that became a reality with Dell's acquisition of Wyse. Dell is... more »
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Big Data Wars: Using Predictive Analytics in Afghanistan's War Zones

If ever there’s an argument in favor of Julian Assange releasing thousands of highly classified US documents onto the web, then surely this it. By using previously secret data supplied by WikiLeaks, a team of researchers has taken predictive analytics into a war zone in an attempt forecast where and when battles might take place. By sorting through and collating vast amounts of data from diplomatic cables dumped online by Assange and co. in 2010, a group of geeks friends at the headquarters of the internet company Bitly Inc., in New York, has managed to create a computer model that not... more »
China's Dating App Momo Proves Attractive To Investors

China's Dating App Momo Proves Attractive To Investors

Dating is a serious game in China, with social and cultural factors dictating that, for the most part, women place equal if not more importance on material gain rather than good, old fashioned romance. But as the country modernizes and embraces western values more, it’s no longer a game that everyone wants to play. For some, the chance of a casual encounter without any pressures or demands provides a welcome relief, but such opportunities aren’t always that easy to find. Momo, which means “Hi Stranger” in English, is the name of a dating app that is hoping to change that, doing what... more »
HP’s Rocky Road to Mobility

HP’s Rocky Road to Mobility

Last week news broke that Apple Inc is the most successful, most valuable company in U.S. history. For over a decade, everything Steve Jobs touched turned into gold, and Apple fanboys forked out hundreds of millions of dollars annually on products designed by hipsters, for hipsters. Naturally, everyone wanted in on the money. For example, Apple is currently in court with Samsung, arguing that it holds the patent on the technology used in Samsung’s Galaxy 4 S products. Everyone wants to see Apple-grade success, and maintain it. Hewlett Packard is no different. Unfortunately, unlike the great big Mac Machine, HP has had... more »

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- 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.