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PernixData Reaches out to Practitioners in Bid to Popularize Flash Virtualization

PernixData Reaches out to Practitioners in Bid to Popularize Flash Virtualization

PernixData, a San Jose-based provider of virtualization software, is working to put its platform in the hands of practitioners as part of an aggressive growth strategy that spans innovation and global expansion. Established by Exadata co-founder Poojan Kumar and former VMware storage CTO Satyam Vaghani, PernixData offers a tool that makes server-side flash resources accessible across all hosts in a cluster. The product is currently only available for VMware environments, but KMV- and Hyper-V-compatible versions will be rolled out within the next 18 months. The company’s newly announced PernixPro program provides storage professionals with free access to its flagship FVP solution and... more »
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Driving To A Hybrid Cloud With Dedicated Servers

Adopting the public cloud is similar to renting a car from Hertz or Avis. You pay for the days you use (or by the hour, if you rent from Car2Go or ZipCar). It’s very easy to get one anywhere anytime, you can jump in a car in minutes, the car is used by multiple customers every month (multi-tenant) and you have the flexibility in that you can rent a car in one location and drop it off in another when you’re done. Yet, if it is so convenient and inexpensive, why don’t more people drive a rental car to work each... more »
Tighter BYOD Policies Needed To Fend Off Rising Mobile Malware Risk

Tighter BYOD Policies Needed To Fend Off Rising Mobile Malware Risk

Juniper Research published a report today that claims up to 80% of all smartphones are running without having any kind of protection against malware installed, even in spite of the growing awareness of security threats and the wide availability of mobile security software. According to Juniper's researchers, of the 1.4 billion smarphones in the world, only around 325 million of those devices actually have security software installed. One of the main reasons for this low level of security software adoption is that many users are still unaware of how big a threat malware really is. In addition, Juniper Research points to... more »
Google Readies New Treats for Halloween Event

Google Readies New Treats for Halloween Event

Trick or treat?  Search giant Google is said to be prepping for an event in October 31, 2013, and reports are suggesting that a new phone, a smartwatch and the new version of Android will all be launched at the said event. Last week, a leaked Service Manual of the Nexus 5 made its way on to Scribd and it showed that the device will feature a 5.0” IPS TFT display with a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels, 32GB internal storage – it was not specified if there will be other variants. The device will also come with 2GB RAM,... more »
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HP CEO Signals Wintel Alliance May Be in Its Final Days

Hewlett Packard is no longer playing by Intel and Microsoft’s rules, CEO Meg Whitman told analysts at a meeting this week. Citing the rapid decline of the traditional PC market, the executive said that her company faces pressure to break out of the Wintel ecosystem and embrace new platforms, namely Android and Chrome OS. While Windows’ desktop monopoly has shown consistent decline in recent years, Google’s operating systems are seeing rapid growth as consumers abandon PCs in favor of more affordable mobile devices. Add to that Microsoft’s expanding hardware lineup and its acquisition of Nokia, and it’s not hard to see... more »
Yahoo Mail Finally Gets Serious About Security, Adds Default SSL Encryption

Yahoo Mail Finally Gets Serious About Security, Adds Default SSL Encryption

Yahoo has finally, and somewhat belatedly, decided to follow in the footsteps of Google, Microsoft and Facebook, announcing that it'll make SSL encryption the default setting for all Yahoo Mail users as of next January. The company confirmed the plan in a statement given to the Washington Post yesterday. This follows the introduction of SSL encryption last January, years behind the likes of competing email providers, although the feature was only enabled for those who decided to opt in. In contrast, Google's Gmail has had SSL encryption as the standard setting for all users since January 2010, and the company has been... more »
Hacking ObamaCare – Is Your Data Safe?

Hacking ObamaCare – Is Your Data Safe?

Missing on stability is one thing. Missing the scale of operations, that’s another. Poor coding, well now that list piled up rather quickly didn't it? Launching a major website with all of those things in question, that’s a whole other level. There has been some “circling the wagons” in response to an earlier article where I objectively described the ObamaCare website as a failure.  Someone please tell us about how it is successful, from a technical point of view. Now, we’re supposed to give the new fixes a chance, but as Jon Brodkin at ArsTechnica puts it: “Government IT at its... more »
NSA Collects Email Contacts and Buddy Lists from 500,000 Accounts a Day

NSA Collects Email Contacts and Buddy Lists from 500,000 Accounts a Day

Another fresh leak from the Snowden files reported in the Washington Post reveal how the NSA is collecting data, specifically the online address books of American citizens.  It’s just another of the continuing disclosures of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activity to come from the files and classified documents that were taken from Edward Snowden, the government contractor currently in self-exile in Russia.  In the report, millions of everyday citizens are caught up in this collection of email contact lists from which digital maps are created, all in an effort to find terrorist connections within this information.  The scope of... more »
HP Partners Google to Launch Low Cost Chromebook 11

HP Partners Google to Launch Low Cost Chromebook 11

After reporting in the Android world with the Slate 7 tablet, the convertible SlateBook x2 or the all-in-one 21 Slate, HP continues its allegiance to Google. Here, Google has partnered with HP to create a new notebook based on Chrome OS. Better known as the HP Chromebook 11 and has just been presented by the company in Mountain View. Value for Money Keeping the competition apart, Google has tried to realize the output of this model for wider audience and for that reason the cost of this notebook kept at $279. It offers good performance, simplicity you expect of a product of this... more »
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New Software-Based Solutions Can Boost VM Performance Without Expensive Hardware

Storage performance has become a major issue in virtual environments, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe. The normal answer -- flash server cards and arrays -- are an expensive fix, particularly when they replace perfectly good disk systems. This year several vendors have appeared offering software-only solutions that can fix the problem for some users at a fraction of the cost of hardware solutions. Lowe provides a high-level look at how three of the market leading products work. Each takes a different approach to increasing storage performance. Infinio Accelerator creates a RAM cache between the hypervisor and physical storage layer on each host... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.