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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 »
DataXu Active Analytics is Big Data in Real Time on Hadoop for Marketing

DataXu Active Analytics is Big Data in Real Time on Hadoop for Marketing

Boston-based DataXu is doing something that many people consider impossible – near-real time analytics on Hadoop HBase, which is supposed to be a batch system. And this is no lab experiment. It is gathering all the data on what is happening with hundreds of companies on the Internet in real time to support analysis of marketing campaigns and positions for 400+ customers. “Active Analytics is the idea that we are measuring everything in real time,” says DataXu President and CEO Michael Baker in an interview with Wikibon Co-Founder David Vellante originally webcast in June (full video below). “We measure everything that... more »
LucidWorks Changes Name, But Remains Focused on Data-Centric Applications

LucidWorks Changes Name, But Remains Focused on Data-Centric Applications

LucidWorks recently changed its name (from Lucid Imagination), but the Redwood City, Calif.-based company remains laser focused on delivering powerful data-centric application development platforms. In fact, the company streamlined its product offerings, eliminating multiple community and enterprise editions to focus on just two core products: LucidWorks Search and LucidWorks Big Data. Both the name and product changes are meant to reduce confusion and reiterate the company’s core mission – helping enterprises and developers build powerful and scalable data-focused applications, CEO Paul Doscher told me in a recent conversation. LucidWorks Search is the company’s flagship product. It’s an application development platform built on... more »
CIOs Say DDN is One of the “Most Strategic” Big Data Hardware Vendors

CIOs Say DDN is One of the “Most Strategic” Big Data Hardware Vendors

Storage solutions provider DataDirect Networks is touting a new survey by Pacific Crest Securities that ranked it as one of the top two strategic hardware supplies for big data. The research firm reports that nearly a fourth of the executives it surveys, 24 percent pointed at DataDirect as their number one choice for hardware that is specifically designed to support big data environments. Even more notable is that DDN got more votes than EMC, NetApp and Dell, according to the paper. From the report: “DDN is one of the most unique companies in the storage industry," said David Vellante, Chief Research Officer at... more »
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Permabit Reigns in Storage Mobility, Top Trends

Market research firm Data Mobility named Permabit a Top Information Management and Storage Vendor in a recent report. The paper, which was written last month and recently made available on Permabit’s website, praises the company’s Albireo deduplication solution as a “crash course in cutting-edge data optimization” for the market that “leapfrogged existing data optimization technologies.” Albireo is fast, and it takes a very unique approach that contradicts what everyone else is doing. The embedded software is geared for use by OEMS and does justice to its description by removing a lot of the dependencies that come with other offerings, which handle read... more »
An Updated Skydrive.com Flaunts Updated Apps and API

An Updated Skydrive.com Flaunts Updated Apps and API

Skydrive.com, the file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage, and then access them from a Web browser or their local device, has recently got a facelift in the form of several new apps and an upgraded API. Besides, Microsoft has also updated SkyDrive apps for PCs and Macs, created a new SkyDrive app for Android devices, and improved developer offerings. Here’s a quick view of the updates: • SkyDrive.com - New, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting. • SkyDrive for Windows... more »
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Live in New Mexico or Rhode Island? You're Probably Clumsy and Broke Your iPad.

The iPhone and iPad are two of the fastest-selling products ever to grace the planet, and the number of people that can call themselves an iDevice owner is growing by the day. But as much as we love our mobile devices, these expensive gadgets are easy to break, especially if you're one of the clumsy residents of Mississippi, New Mexico or Rhode Island. SquareTrade, one of the largest providers of insurance for gadgets, analyzed the cases of damaged iPhones and iPads and found that people of five US states are more prone to dropped and damaged gadgets. The data suggests that the iPhone is more... more »

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- 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.

- 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.