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The Trouble with PayPal's Discovery Card: PayPal

The Trouble with PayPal's Discovery Card: PayPal

The recent news of Discover Financial Service’s deal with PayPal has led some to suggest that the credit card company might soon be able to compete on an equal footing with more prestigious financial players like American Express and Mastercard, but is their new offering really going to be beneficial to their customers? We think that PayPal will face an uphill battle to convince anyone to adopt their new “offline” payments service. For starters, anyone who wants to do so is first going to have to apply for a special card, because the vast majority of retailers that accept Discovery cards... more »
Oh Look, a New Samsung Apple Store!

Oh Look, a New Samsung Apple Store!

While Apple and Samsung continue to slug it out in their well publicized courtroom tussle, we thought we’d let our readers be the judge and jury of this one. Earlier this week, Samsung opened the doors to its flagship “Experience” store to customers in Sydney, Australia. And guess what folks? It looks just like an Apple Store. The store’s design and ethos bears a truly uncanny resemblance to what you’d expect to see in a retail outlet devoted exclusively to iPhones, iPads and Macs, except you won’t find any of that American junk in here. It’s got the glass entrance; the open-floor plan... more »
Microsoft's RemoteFX - Xbox Connection - Xbox 720 - Azure Picture Coming Together

Microsoft's RemoteFX - Xbox Connection - Xbox 720 - Azure Picture Coming Together

Going a bit deeper on a possible upcoming Xbox that operates on the cloud, you have to look at some rather public, yet probably under-analyzed aspects of Microsoft’s past, present and future.  In this second report, we are looking at cues from development news, some leaked details, and the establishment of a new feature-rich dynamic enterprise product to formulate the direction that the Xbox is taking.  To start, it’s no secret that PC sales are facing a general decline and giving way to tablets and smartphone devices, at least in the consumer market.  Yet Microsoft has recently made a full-on... more »
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Big Data Needs More Flexibility for Today's Socially-Driven Marketing

Lattice Engines, the provider of Large Data Sales, announced the results of an independent survey showing the importance of big data to drive sales growth. The survey, conducted in association with CSO Insights, looks at more than 200 corporate executives and sales professionals to shed light on the most critical challenges a sales organization has today, including the need to find new ways to manage and obtain fundamental knowledge from an exponentially growing amount of data available in internal, external and social networks. Big Data has the potential The report, “Why Big Data Should be a Big Deal for Sales,” estimated that... more »
FalconStor Unveils RecoverTrac 2.5, Significant Improvements

FalconStor Unveils RecoverTrac 2.5, Significant Improvements

Data protection solutions maker FalconStor debuted the latest release of its RecoverTrac disaster recovery software today.  Version 2.5 features a number of significant improvements that adds a lot of value across the board according to the company, from better performance to automated testing. “At the core of every business lies its most valuable asset, data, which must be protected against human error, equipment failure and natural disasters, while at the same time always being available,” said Darrell Riddle, senior director of product marketing at FalconStor Software. “Every minute companies focus on recovering data and critical IT services is time lost running... more »
VMworld 2012 Starts Next Week! [schedule]

VMworld 2012 Starts Next Week! [schedule]

As Kristen noted this morning, VMworld is nearly upon us, and we on #theCube team have made our final preparations, renders, notes, and most importantly, schedules for our third year of coverage at the event. We have a stellar lineup of guests this year, and the line-up is filled to the rafters with superstars. We have incoming VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger on again this year, Cube Alum and Dell/Wyse head Tarkan Maner, HP's Craig Nunes, and just wall-to-wall C-Level executives all week long. You can tune in to the coverage on any SiliconANGLE property, or watch the high quality stream @ siliconangle.tv. .tblGenFixed... more »
IBM’s Next Gen Mainframe Chip Debuts Next Week

IBM’s Next Gen Mainframe Chip Debuts Next Week

Mainframes have been around for a long time but they’re not out just yet. And IBM, which has a huge chunk of the market thanks to its more modernized System z line-up, is getting ready to unveil zNext, a new generation chip that will pack a lot more juice. The Register picked up the date of an online webcast featuring a few mainframe partners and customers on August 28. The date coincides with an IBM keynote during the Hot Chips 24 conference in which company representatives will be discussing zNext and the eight-core Power7+ processors, another upcoming product. zNext offers a maximum clock... more »
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VSphere 5 Adoption Higher than Expected, 88% of Users Happy [Report]

A just-published Wikibon survey of vSphere users with a focus on virtualizing storage found greater adoption rates for vSphere 5 than expected and found most respondents happy with the new version. In his summary of the results, posted on the Wikibon site, Consultant Ralph Finos, who conducted the study for Wikibon, wrote that 60% of the 158 survey respondents reported using vSphere 5 predominantly. Only 3% said they had no plans for vSphere 5 adoption, while 18% were in test phase and 20% were planning their adoption strategy. Some 88% of survey participants reported “a high level of satisfaction with the... more »
QLogic's New Adapter Cards to Have Built-in Flash Caches

QLogic's New Adapter Cards to Have Built-in Flash Caches

QLogic's newest server adapter cards will come with flash storage built into them, transforming them into PCIe-connected flash caches. The cache is designed to reduce I/O waits that delay CPU performance due to disk latency or network cross times. The adapter cards sit in the server-SAN data path between a server and the networked block storage arrays. The application acceleration boost could be up to 90 percent and could also result in better response times and the ability to run more virtual machines without risk of bogging down a system. QLogic's new cards could prove to be very useful as it battles... more »
Nutanix Sets Out to Make the Affordable Data Center of Tomorrow

Nutanix Sets Out to Make the Affordable Data Center of Tomorrow

Nutanix has raised $33 million in Series C funding from investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Khosla Ventures, as well as new investors Battery Ventures and Goldman Sachs. This round of investments brought the company up to $71 million in finances, so now the company can expand in sales, marketing, support and double up on R&D. Nutanix has over 70 customers, some of which are in technology, healthcare, advertising, higher education and US federal, and most are repeat consumers. Based in San, Jose California, the company was founded in 2009 by a team that built systems like the scalable Google File System,... more »

Premium Research

- 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.