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Symantec Infuses Cluster File System with Hadoop

Symantec Infuses Cluster File System with Hadoop

Symantec announced today that it has created an add-on for its Cluster File System that leverages the power of Apache Hadoop to analyze big data for enterprise customers. Symantec has called in Hortonworks to develop Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop, which is designed to make it easier to deploy Hadoop in an enterprise environment. According to Symantec, this partnership makes Apache Hadoop "enterprise ready" and makes it easier for companies to handle big data workloads. Some of the features include scaling up to 16 petabytes of data (structured and unstructured), safeguards against over-provisioning, location-specific data analytics, and performance enhancements to increase... more »
Teambox: New Features Just a Week after Funding

Teambox: New Features Just a Week after Funding

Teambox is a relatively new player in the already overcrowded collaboration space, and it’s on a roll. Just a few days after its seed funding round the company updated its platform with several new features that add a lot of polish to the cloud-based subscription service. One of the biggest enhancements is that Teambox is now integrated with Dropbox and Box, as well as a long list of other services including Google Apps, Outlook and even Evernote. In addition, the solution’s built-in IM and note-taking capabilities are now by a joined group messaging feature that puts more ‘team’ in Teambox, extending existing... more »
Microsoft Too Can Get Hip with MAKER Culture but It’s Weak MAKE-fu

Microsoft Too Can Get Hip with MAKER Culture but It’s Weak MAKE-fu

Innovation is a fleeting firefly chased by every company and corporation, but often its an ideal arising out of a sudden leap forward by an individual and not part of the everyday grind. In many ways, this is why I gravitate towards looking at organizations such as Hacker Dojo and other in-your-garage oriented inventive and hacker oriented spaces. Now, it’s obvious that Microsoft produces products that attract the eyes and minds of hack-friendly culture; but they don’t have the best reputation for having that inside their own corporate walls. As a result, when a CNNMoney article outlining an attempt to generate... more »
Actian Wants to Pay $140M for Pervasive, Not Working Out So Far

Actian Wants to Pay $140M for Pervasive, Not Working Out So Far

Pervasive Software offers software and services for big data application development, including a cloud platform, a database solution and even documentation brokerage. New this week is news that the firm received an unsolicited buyout offer from Actian, and bluntly turned it down. Actian however is pretty determined to acquire Pervasive, so they did the next best thing they could think of and publicized this exchange in hopes of getting a different response from the publicly traded firm’s investors. Actian offered $8.5 a share or a total of about $139 million in cash for Pervasive, a 30 percent premium over the stock’s... more »
Hadoop for Big Data in Cloud is Inevitable, Says MapR

Hadoop for Big Data in Cloud is Inevitable, Says MapR

The use of Hadoop to manage big data in the cloud has gained momentum in recent times, but according to MapR, the choice to use it is not just a possibility; it is an inevitability. MapR's vice president of marketing, Jack Norris said companies have an "insatiable appetite" to analyze data in the cloud, and Hadoop is the one tool that can feed the hungry masses. The main driving force for Hadoop adoption has been the rapid increase in the amount of data that businesses need to access and analyze. That means that a good data management system is a necessity.... more »
Hewlett-Packard’s Massive Job Cuts Won’t Affect India

Hewlett-Packard’s Massive Job Cuts Won’t Affect India

Back in May hardware giant HP announced plans to cut 8 percent of its global workforce, or 27,000 employees, by 2014. We ranked it as one of the worse tech layoffs in 2012, right up there next to the massive internal shuffles at Nokia, Sony and Cisco. At the time chief executive Meg Whitman said that the goal was to cut $3-$3.5 billion in spending, and reinvest that money in engineering.  During a recent visit to India the Hewlett-Packard CEO gave one local publication a follow-up interview, in which she elaborated a bit more about her company’s plans and disclosed that... more »
Hacking as a Lucrative Play: Malicious Hackers Making Over $10,000 a Week

Hacking as a Lucrative Play: Malicious Hackers Making Over $10,000 a Week

Why do you think why hackers are Lulzsec and Sabu are so active in their cyber attack activities? Is this just to satisfy their zeal for outraging someone’s privacy, or something else? Well, it’s about money as well. Recently, an interview surfaced up on Dendory.net, of a hacker who makes almost $10,000 per week. The interview was conducted IRC (Internet Relay Chat), with a hacker named ‘d0g’. As IRC is a common tool used extensively by programmers, hackers, and many other niches. “What I discovered however is that those channels are very easy to find, and they are some of the most... more »
SQL Injection Attacks Rise as Hackers Go for the Money

SQL Injection Attacks Rise as Hackers Go for the Money

Hacking used to be a much more honorable ‘profession’ back in the good old days, when spotty-faced teenage geeks would compete with each other to see how many websites they could deface with flashing messages like “H@X0rs Rulez”. But those days are long gone, and hacking has become an altogether shadier activity, with one goal in mind – to make steal data and use it to make money. This much is clear following a huge increase in the number of SQL injection attacks on websites today, as reported by FireHost last month.  According to the web hosting provider, the number of such... more »
Marginalizing Customers Hurts Brands: The Powerful Voice of Social Media

Marginalizing Customers Hurts Brands: The Powerful Voice of Social Media

We live in interesting times. Like most people in the world I know what it’s like to have received a poor customer experience from a large company and to feel powerless in receiving a positive outcome.  Traditionally, the balance of power in the customer-company relationship has been firmly in the hands of business and, like any one-sided relationship, the potential for abuse has been ever-present. There have been plenty of customer centric companies out there before social media but many have not and, whether they like it or not, more businesses are realizing that today a customer focused strategy is... more »
Gauss Becomes the Next Big Topic in Nation-state Cyber Surveillance Realm

Gauss Becomes the Next Big Topic in Nation-state Cyber Surveillance Realm

Accompanying Stuxnet, Flame, and Duqu, Gauss has become the latest cyber-surveillance operation in the entire cyber espionage scenario. Gauss is a nation state sponsored banking Trojan, and was discovered by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that was working toward mitigating the risks posed by cyber-weapons. Gauss derives its name from one of its important modules, named ‘Gauss’, which implements the data theft process. Besides, the authors of the malware, who are same as of the Flame malware platform, forgot to remove debugging information from some of the Gauss samples, which contain the paths where the project resides, as “projectsgauss”. The researchers, who were... 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.