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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 »
The Data Behind Travel Proves a Worthy Investment

The Data Behind Travel Proves a Worthy Investment

Hopper, an up and coming travel site that has been in development for the past five years,  has decided to accept $12 million to grow their team in Boston. Hootsuite, OMERS Ventures (who also invested in BuildDirect and Wave Accounting), Brightspark Ventures and Atlas Venture also invested into the new travel site, bringing the grand total of investments to a whopping $22 million. The company appears to have a strong team behind it, with former Expedia engineers such as: founder and CEO Frederic Lalonde, co-founder and VP Product Joost Ouwerkerk, VP Technology Andre Coude and CIO Mathieu Patenaude. The team also... more »
Google’s Self-Driving Cars Safely Complete 300K Miles; but What are They Up To?

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Safely Complete 300K Miles; but What are They Up To?

Google is pitching in almost every possible field. Be cloud, augmented reality, or mobile, it is everywhere. And now comes the automobile sector. Following its experiments of driver-less car, the hot news is that Google’s self-driving cars have completed 300K miles without accident, and are ready for public commuting. It conducted the experiment with a dozen of cars that completed this long journey under computer control, and did not get a single scratch! Google has added Lexus RX450h hybrid car to its self-driving car family, and is also planning to soon let some of the team’s members drive the cars... more »
VMWare Offers vCloud Service "Test Drive"

VMWare Offers vCloud Service "Test Drive"

Some customers are still hesitant to try the cloud, and VMware is now trying to ease their apprehension. The company is offering a "test drive" of its vCloud service to both potential and current VMware customers. The vCloud Service Evaluation provides customers with full access to vCloud features and can even support current apps and virtual machines that customers may already have. Registration takes about 15 minutes to get customers up and running. The service is not free, but will only cost customers 4 cents per hour to run a Linux virtual machine with 1 GB of RAM. The announcement comes just... more »
Slowly But Surely, Lenovo's Catching Up

Slowly But Surely, Lenovo's Catching Up

HP must be feeling increasingly anxious at the moment. Not only has the company just reported staggering losses of $9 billion over the last quarter, but its status as the world’s leading PC maker is increasingly under threat. While HP struggles, Lenovo’s star continues to rise as its share of the PC market just keeps on growing. The Chinese firm has just announced a 30% increase in profits over the first quarter, raking in some $141.1 million as it edges its way closer to the number one spot. Lenovo’s latest success is down to a 24% jump in PC shipments – a... more »
Cassandra Propelled Forward by Determined Community

Cassandra Propelled Forward by Determined Community

Cassandra is a NoSQL database management solution that spawned out of Facebook’s internal IT a couple years ago, and has built up a lot of momentum ever since. Last month theCube attended the Cassandra Summit, and Wikibon’s Jeff Kelly wrote up an overview about the state of the project with some of his observations from the gathering. The majority of the companies that were represented at the Santa Clara conference already made it through the planning stage, and the professionals present cited the improvements that they’ve realized by deploying the open-source solution. While complexity is a challenge, Cassandra compensates for it with... more »
HP Loses Billions, Resulting in Heavy Job Cuts

HP Loses Billions, Resulting in Heavy Job Cuts

Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) has taken a massive loss of $9 billion in its latest quarter due to a writedown of the value in its services businesses, which shows that the company overpaid when it spent $13 million in 2008 on Electronic Data Systems. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd OK'd the EDS deal while still working for the company. Hurd stepped down as CEO in 2010 due to a scandal involving a former actress who worked for the company as a contractor. Meg Whitman, HP's current CEO has been trying to fix what Hurd had left since she has taken on... more »
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Nokia and Microsoft to Launch Windows 8 Phone Before iPhone 5

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Nokia and Microsoft's attempts to rain on Apple’s iPhone launch parade; Samsung and Apple asked to “make peace”; and Google’s Map upgrade. Nokia and Microsoft out to get Apple Everyone is eagerly waiting for the arrival of Apple’s new iPhone, which reliable sources say will be launched in September.  But two companies are not about fade into the background as they are rumored to be launching a device of their own a week ahead Apple’s big reveal. Nokia and Microsoft are said to be holding a joint press event on September 5 where they are expected to launch... more »
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Big Data Startups on the Rise with Sizeable Investments and Innovations; SpaceCurve, ParStream & SAP

In light of Realtime’s recent $100 million dollar investmentto re-invent the worldwide web, its no secret that Big Data investors have deep pockets and huge ambitions. The possibilities for leveraging massive amounts of data in innovative ways seem as vast as the information companies seek to store and analyze. SpaceCurve, which addresses demand for “immersive location intelligence” with its unprecedented geospatial data solutions, garnered $3.5 million in funding to accelerate product development. ParStream, which provides a real-time, low latency Big Data Analytics platform, recently received over $5 million in investment for its unique approach to storage and analysis issues. The... more »

Premium Research

- 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.