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Expect More Acquisitions, Jobs from Big Data #BigDataChat

Expect More Acquisitions, Jobs from Big Data #BigDataChat

Big Blue’s James Kobielus moderated a one-hour big data discussion on Twitter today with Terri Griffith from the Leavey School of Business, IBM distinguished engineer Stephen Brodsky and other pundits who provided their take on this trend. Kobielus started off by asking the participants what big data means to them, and merchandising was the response. Marketing expert Shelly Lucas cited a better view of the customer, and as a result better and better offers that drive innovation.  That is the the competition that in turn motivates vendors to step things up a notch. From here on out, the cross-industry adoption we’re seeing today... more »
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Where Gaming Meets SmartTVs: In the Cloud

The next big thing in gaming is in the clouds and that is evident in this year’s E3.  We’ve got Microsoft’s SmartGlass offering, then OnLive’s partnership with LG and Google TV, and of course Samsung won’t be left out in the race. Microsoft’s SmartGlass SmartGlass is an app that qill soon be available on Windows 8 PCs and tablets as well as Windows Phone smartphones, and Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.  Everything will be stored in the cloud so all users need to do is sync their existing devices to their Xbox 360 to instantly have a second screen for gaming,... more »
Storwize with IBM Real-Time Compression Best-of-Breed [Report]

Storwize with IBM Real-Time Compression Best-of-Breed [Report]

The highlight of the recent IBM Edge 2012 storage conference, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest Wikibon Alert,  was the announcement of the addition of the IBM RTC (real-time compression) appliance to the mid-range Storwize V7000 unified storage array. The addition of this inline compression appliance, ironically the technology developed by Storwize and the reason IBM acquired the startup, allows inline, real-time compression of at least 2.0 (50%), depending on the type of data, transparent to users and with no performance degradation of the overall system. Although Wikibon has yet to test the Storwize/RTC combination, the original Storwize compression... more »
QLogic's Rob Crawford Talks Infrastructure and Innovation at HP Discover 2012

QLogic's Rob Crawford Talks Infrastructure and Innovation at HP Discover 2012

Rob Crawford, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for QLogic, is now an alumnus of theCube so when Stu Miniman of Wikibon brought him in for interview there was a great deal to cover from the past year. He joined the California-based networking infrastructure solutions company in May of 2011 and has recently seen the anniversary of his time with the company. QLogic is well known for their variety of technology across SAN infrastructure and Crawford has a lot to say about the QLogic’s position in the shifting market. “This is a time when fiber channel is at an exciting transition, 16... more »
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Terremark Teams up with EMC for New Cloud Portfolio

Terremark is a service provider that helps enterprises deploy new infrastructure, and keep it running. It would seem, however, that the Verizon subsidiary has plans to expand beyond its core market to the cloud service spaces, and it will leverage EMC hardware to achieve that goal. Today Terremark announced that it has reached Platinum status in the EMC Velocity partner program, and more importantly, that it will be a few very big orders sometime soon. The details are sparse at the moment, but what we do know is that the company will use technology from the storage giant to support its... more »
The Strange and Wonderful Second Life of Microsoft Windows Azure

The Strange and Wonderful Second Life of Microsoft Windows Azure

At today's Meet Windows Azure webcast, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie expanded significantly on yesterday's major Windows Azure platform improvements, including persistent virtual machine support - and while the technical details are definitely interesting, the real news is Microsoft's newfound dedication to eliminating cloud vendor lock-in and platform dependence as it promotes openness and developer partnerships. It's a second lease on life for Microsoft's cloud platform play. It's something I already discussed a little bit earlier today, when talking about AppFog and Apprenda's newfound partnerships with Microsoft and Windows Azure. But early in the presentation, Guthrie highlighted the new Azure... more »
IBM in the Real World and Into the Future - Watson Was Only the Beginning From IBM Research

IBM in the Real World and Into the Future - Watson Was Only the Beginning From IBM Research

David McQueeney, VP of Software at IBM Research, dropped in on the theCube for a discussion on Watson and other projects.  McQueeney covered the range of IBM’s worldwide software research in the discussion, sharing history, goals, and accomplishments along the way.  The video can be seen here. Watson and Deep Blue On the topic of what business reasons had brought Watson to light, McQueeney talked about going back to the infamous Deep Blue chess match, where a machine beat a famous chess master.  The use case being that IBM at the time felt computing had advanced to the point that analytics could... more »
Samsung Appoints New CEO as Court Battle Looms

Samsung Appoints New CEO as Court Battle Looms

As Samsung gets ready to square up to Apple over the latter’s attempt to have its new Galaxy S III device banned from US markets, the electronics powerhouse has appointed Kwon Oh-hyun as its new CEO. The current chief of Samsung’s hugely successful chips and display components arm, Kwon takes over the top job at Samsung Electronics having cemented the company’s position as the world’s leader in memory chips, having accumulated almost 50% of the global market share. Kwon, 59, replaces the outgoing incumbent Choi Gee-sung, who is all set to assume the role of head of corporate strategy at Samsung Group,... more »
Microsoft Makes Big Azure Changes, Can't Keep Mum on the Cloud

Microsoft Makes Big Azure Changes, Can't Keep Mum on the Cloud

Cloud computing is the talk of the town this week. Oracle made major announcements about their cloud strategy. Hewlett-Packard announced it is working on a new offering called Enterprise Cloud Services – Virtual Private Cloud, which comes only a few weeks after the company announced a new public cloud service. Even Red Hat had cloud news this month; it took a step away from its promises to deliver a complete infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform with CloudForms and repositioned the offering as a management layer for IaaS. Not to be outdone, Microsoft announced its own long list of cloud news yesterday. The company... more »
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HP Reveals New Autonomy-Powered “Meaning” Platform

Hewlett-Packard has invested over $10 billion in British analytics firm Autonomy, and soon after that its software was integrated with Vertica infrastructure. The offering is touted as a hybrid platform that covers both unstructured and structured streams, and has faced some criticism along the way. This week HP reaffirmed its plans for its massive investment in big data with the debut of the awkwardly -named HP Autonomy Optimost Clickstream Analytics software. The premise is that Clickstream doesn’t just structure and quantify data, but rather extracts more valuable meaning, or insight if you will, out of user behavior. Autonomy CEO Andrew Joiner, who... more »

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.