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EMC Looks to Acquire Security Companies in 2012

EMC Looks to Acquire Security Companies in 2012

News has been circulating the web indicating that EMC may be on the verge of using some of its $5.65 billion in cash to acquire some security companies. EMC COO David Goulden went on record saying that the company is interested in security, making it EMC's top priority in the acquisitions department. EMC is known for its storage technology and has amassed its fortune both through steady sales and through acquisitions, such as that of VMware back in 2004. Analysts, such as Brian Marhhall of ISI Group, are now suggesting that EMC may go after firewall makers Fortinet Inc. or Palo... more »
Facebook Digs Deep Underground with Sub-Zero Storage Facility

Facebook Digs Deep Underground with Sub-Zero Storage Facility

Facebook is taking some serious steps to backup its data, constructing a dedicated underground building right next door to its Prineville, Oregon, facility that will eventually house a ‘deep storage’ device well out of harm’s way. The social media network said that its ‘Sub-Zero’ project, which was announced earlier this week, will be used as an emergency backup server that’s powered by new technology their engineers are currently building. Tom Furlong, Facebook’s VP of site operations, said that the building is being optimized to provide specialized support for the new device. The revelation comes just days after Facebook filed for planning permission at... more »
Alteryx Merges Big Data Integration and AppDev in Single Platform

Alteryx Merges Big Data Integration and AppDev in Single Platform

George Mathew knows a thing or two about building analytic applications aimed at line-of-business users. Until last year he was a top executive inside SAP’s Business Objects division. One of his jobs at SAP was to guide the company’s business intelligence strategy as emerging technologies like Hadoop, in-memory computing and other innovative approaches to data processing fundamentally change the way the enterprise thinks about analytics. In fact, my colleagues spoke with Mathew at SAP Sapphire in 2011 inside theCUBE, where he discussed then SAP’s approach to BI in the age of Big Data. Since then Mathew left the German software maker to join... more »
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Biggest Big Data Acquisitions of 2012 (So Far)

Tech companies are riding a wave of big data acquisitions in order to better understand and pinpoint where consumer cash is headed. With the third quarter of 2012 not even halfway through, we’ve seen unprecedented big data purchases already this year. Log Insight The buzz for the last week has been about VMware’s latest big data acquisition of Log Insight. This makes them a veritable juggernaut in the field of real-time data analysis, following as it does VMware’s recent purchase of Nicira for $1.2 billion. In a blog statement by Log Insight’s Spiros Xanthos, he states of the acquisition, “We anticipate that the... more »
JiWire's Location Graph Broadens Mobile Ads Targeting Audience

JiWire's Location Graph Broadens Mobile Ads Targeting Audience

A study by JiWire, a location-based mobile media company, brings a stone to the maturity of the public regarding behavior and location to help marketers target specific audiences. The company introduced a new tool called the “Location Graph,” which ingests billions of location based ad impression from the company’s location media network and builds profile based on the types of places people visit, from beauty parlors to drug stores to airports. “The first step in all of this is understanding the location graph: how all of those locations are interconnected in the same way people are interconnected, in the sense of a... more »
OpenStack Isn't Quite Enterprise-Ready, Says HP Cloud Services Performance Test

OpenStack Isn't Quite Enterprise-Ready, Says HP Cloud Services Performance Test

In a presentation to the OpenStack APAC Conference in Shanghai earlier in August, Qingye Jiang, founder and chief architect of nascent public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service provider ezCloud, describes the results of his stress tests of the OpenStack-powered HP Cloud Services platform. His conclusion: The OpenStack open source cloud platform still has some ways to go ahead of full enterprise readiness. For his test, Qingye says ezCloud used Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit Server Edition, with three instances of every test VM for comparison. The test, according to Qingye's blog entry: "In this test, we used byte-unixbench to evaluate overall system performance, mbw to evaluate memory performance,... more »
How Infrastructure, Data Enable the Leaderless Enterprise

How Infrastructure, Data Enable the Leaderless Enterprise

Deloitte Consulting director John Hagel and Suketu Gandhi, the firm’s marketing head, co-authored an article with Forbes contributor Giovanni Rodriguez that takes a look into the merit of the CEO-less organization. This is a proposition that has gained a lot of traction thanks to social media-powered events such as Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring; but, as the executives pointed out, it doesn’t have to contradict the role of the chief executive. First, they highlight some of the key drivers that led up to the current circumstances. Hagel, Gandhi and Rodriguez pinpointed four specific causes: One is mounting complexity, driven by shifts... more »
Teradaci Offers New Products, Cutting Costs for Cloud Clients

Teradaci Offers New Products, Cutting Costs for Cloud Clients

Teradaci, the company that developed the PC-over-IP (PCoIP), has introduced the Teradaci RemoteDesktop Services Host (RDSH) solution, which gives PCoIP capabilities to Microsoft Windows Server RDS environments. Now, IT managers who use both VMware View and RDS desktop environments are able to have more consistent performance, security and user experience across both desktops. "Until today VMware View customers and service providers looking to combine full-featured VDI-based virtual desktops with Microsoft RDS to provide basic desktop virtualization services have had no choice but to run multiple separately managed desktop virtualization solutions with multiple remote display protocols," said Simon Bramfitt, research analyst at Entelechy Associates. Now... more »
EMC Brings More Services to the Channel

EMC Brings More Services to the Channel

Storage behemoth EMC is offering its distributors new resources to facilitate a higher margin, services-powered business model for resellers that work with its storage and backup solutions. More specifically  Data Domain storage, Avamar deduplication software, and VSPEX bundles: midmarket appliances that are based on EMC’s VNX and VNXe series unified storage hardware. EMC's Global Services division is providing training, assembly methodologies for multi-vendor environments and the support of its service business to accelerate the planning stage.  Distributors can then use these assets to put tailored solutions together more easily, which are then shipped to the VARs that get the sale. This... more »
RT News Hit By DDoS Attack, Taken Offline For Three Hours

RT News Hit By DDoS Attack, Taken Offline For Three Hours

The cyber wars are heating up, with the popular Russian government funded RT News becoming the latest victim to fall foul of a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that knocked the site out of action for around three hours earlier today. RT News, whose pro-Russian government stance has seen them publish a number of stories in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, first revealed that its server was experiencing technical difficulties on Facebook, shortly before tweeting that its hosting provider had confirmed that a DDoS attack was the reason for the outage. ‘Antileaks’, the group that had earlier claimed responsibility... more »

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- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.

- Ralph Finos

Public cloud is a disruptive technology changing the face of enterprise IT. By providing infrastructure services (IaaS), applications service (SaaS) and overall platform services (PaaS), cloud service providers are changing IT procurement from capital investment to operational expenditure, and allowing traditional IT to be by-passed. As the Internet of Things grows and as Internet data streams become a larger proportion of enterprise data processing, the locus of IT will shift closer to the cloud, and reduce the friction for IT adoption. Wikibon expects public clouds to comprise about one third of total enterprise IT spend by 2026. Wikibon expects that this move will significantly impact on traditional IT hardware and software vendors.