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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 »
Google Maps Adds 1 Million Public Transport Stops and Routes

Google Maps Adds 1 Million Public Transport Stops and Routes

Getting around on public transport just got a whole lot easier for smartphone users, and once again we have Google Maps to be thankful to – the service has just introduced public transit schedules for one million train, bus, subway and tram stops in more than 500 cities worldwide. The new feature is available through Google Maps on all platforms, but by far and away the most useful will be the smartphone version, which was rolled out with a new update to Google Maps on Android yesterday. Once you’ve installed the new update, you’ll be able to select from four specific... more »
Why Low IP Restrictions May Increase Your Bottom Line: Q&A with Johanna Blakley on IP Lessons from the Fashion Industry

Why Low IP Restrictions May Increase Your Bottom Line: Q&A with Johanna Blakley on IP Lessons from the Fashion Industry

Technological advances have ushered in the collaborative digital era in which, people co-create and collectively profit from acclaimed films, offer free guides on how to replicate their own 3-d printers, or simply re-mix music from around the world, have generated excitement on the part of creatives and mixed reactions from industry executives. Governments and tech companies alike have had varied responses as some see low IP restrictions as an emerging threat in cloud and mobile technologies. Others, however, like YouTube have chosen to no longer penalize, but monetize copyright infringement. In short, the digital age has not only transformed how... more »
AT&T Launches DriveMode App To Promote Safe Driving

AT&T Launches DriveMode App To Promote Safe Driving

With almost 100,000 car accidents resulting in injury or death each year due to people texting whilst driving, AT&T has taken it upon itself to raise awareness of the problem, launching a new campaign and mobile application to encourage people to stop. The new public awareness effort is from AT&T is part of its ongoing “It Can Wait” campaign that aims to get drivers to agree never to text again whilst they’re driving. One of the biggest targets of AT&T’s latest campaign is teenagers, where the practice of texting while driving is believed to be especially prevalent. According to a recent survey... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- 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.