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Sqrrl Makes the Case for Another NoSQL: Accumulo

Sqrrl Makes the Case for Another NoSQL: Accumulo

Recently, Wikibon's Chief Analyst, Dave Vellante, had a talk with Oren Falkowitz, CEO of big data startup Sqrrl, about the company's development and work on the open source project Accumulo. Although there is no shortage of open source NoSQL projects, Falkowitz made a case for Accumulo and explained how its security features and scalability might afford it some room in the NoSQL landscape. Sqrrl began developing Accmulo for the National Security Agency back in 2008 to answer some of the security concerns the NSA had when it came to storing and accessing big data. In 2011, the company released Accumulo under... more »
Breaking Analysis: Data Infrastructure - New Wikibon Research and Survey on Storage Integration with VMware

Breaking Analysis: Data Infrastructure - New Wikibon Research and Survey on Storage Integration with VMware

New research is out from the leading big data and infrastructure firm Wikibon.org that is validating a  new trend is emerging that I have been following.  I call it Data Infrastructure. Data infrastructure is about the new forces that are driving the crazy growth in applications and big data analytics which is redefining what used to be called Converged Infrastructure.   We will see this in action at VMworld next week in San Francisco.   One area is server virtualization which helps improve the utilization of physical resource. In 2010, the research team at Wikibon mapped out the integration journey that the storage industry... more »
Nikon Unveils its New Android-Powered Coolpix S800c

Nikon Unveils its New Android-Powered Coolpix S800c

Having trouble finding a mobile phone with a decent enough camera for you? Well, how about you just ditch the phone altogether? Nikon has come up with the answer to those yearning for better quality pics that they can instantly share through Facebook and Instagram and the like – the Android-powered Nikon Coolpix S800c, boasting 16 megapixels and equipped with Wi-Fi, allowing full access to the Google Play store so that you can download all the apps you’ll ever need (yes, you can even play Angry Birds on it), and even check your emails if you desire. What’s more, the Coolpix S800c... more »
Wi-Fi's Potential As An Emergency Back-Up Communications Network

Wi-Fi's Potential As An Emergency Back-Up Communications Network

Being so well connected is a wonderful thing that few people can afford to do without, but when disaster strikes our technology has the potential to let us down big time. Mobile networks can easily become overloaded, with potentially fatal consequences for emergency workers who find themselves stranded in the midst of a natural disaster. Even if communications infrastructure survives the initial incident intact, networks often fail under the weight of so many people using them – either to call the emergency services or check up on their friends and family. It’s a problem that needs to be tackled, but it might... more »
Data Art vs. Visualization? The Distinction is Unproductive, says Artist Jer Thorp

Data Art vs. Visualization? The Distinction is Unproductive, says Artist Jer Thorp

Where does data visualization begin and data art end? Jer Thorp, resident Data Artist at the New York Times (a position he created for himself), believes the distinction is unproductive. Combining his background in genetics with his digital art practice, his award-winning, internationally exhibited works are not easily categorized. In this interview we discussed the innovation of Cascade, a data visualization tool he helped develop that reveals sharing systems within social networks as well as his work developing the algorithm for the 9/11 memorial, "All The Names." Thorp also shares his take on what makes data art unsuccessful, how he would... more »
Symantec Warns That Crisis Malware Infects VMware Virtual Machines

Symantec Warns That Crisis Malware Infects VMware Virtual Machines

Back in July, security firm Symantec discovered a new malware that’s been attacking Macs dubbed as OSX.Crisis. Crisis is described as a Trojan “that installs a back door on compromised OSX systems” which enables attackers to monitor programs such as Adium, Mozilla Firefox, MSN Messenger (for Mac) and Skype.  The malware is then able to record traffic on MSN Messenger (for Mac) and Adium, record Internet usage on Safari or Mozilla Firefox, capture or record Skype sessions, and send confidential information to a command-and-control (C&C) server through a back door (176.58.100.3x) and receive commands. Kaspersky, another top security firm, backed up Symantec’s... more »
Google and Boingo Extend the Reach of Free Wi-Fi in NYC for the Summer

Google and Boingo Extend the Reach of Free Wi-Fi in NYC for the Summer

Courtesy of Google Offers, numerous New York City subway stations will be receiving free Wi-Fi via Boingo. The idea is to provide the Wi-Fi to customers with an advertising subtext that permits local businesses to push marketing spiels to wireless users in order to direct them to their stores and offer them exclusive deals. The promotion has been offered by Boingo to six subway stations and 200 hotzones throughout Manhattan on a trial basis from today until September 6th. According to all reports, even if customers aren’t interested in the advertising—that is, they skip over the screen showing the deals—they will... more »
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The Secret Habit of the World’s Best Performing SaaS Teams

Those of us who manage project teams know the value of predictable, repeatable, and high-quality project execution. When we don’t meet that bar, a cascade of side effects occurs, ranging from poor team morale to a loss of faith in our abilities by stakeholders, clients, and management.  If your team is struggling to consistently achieve five star results, you might wonder, “What are high-performing project teams doing that we’re not?” You might expect the answer to be daily status meetings or email updates, handing out bonuses when deadlines are met, or hiring high-paid consultants to engineer new processes. In my experience,... more »
EMC Launches New Product, Pulls VMware Closer

EMC Launches New Product, Pulls VMware Closer

EMC had a couple of big updates this week, including the launch of a storage product first unveiled in May, and an update from VMware that could have a big impact on the virtualization subsidiary’s relations with the channel. First things first, the storage giant announced the general availability of the VNXe3150 unified storage system, an entry-level solution for SMBs that can support up to 50 virtualized servers. VNXe3150 is a  VSPEX Proven Infrastructure configuration that is integrated with not only vSphere but also rivaling hypervisors from Microsoft and Citrix. EMC says that it delivers up to 50 percent more performance and capacity per... more »
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Piston Cloud Unveils Free, Easy OpenStack Distro For Internal IT

Piston Cloud’s flagship offering is Enterprise OpenStack, a tweaked up distribution of the increasingly popular open-source cloud platform. The only problem is that if you don’t happen to be deploying on a very large scale configuring all the different systems can be more hassle it’s worth, but as of today Piston is offering an alternative. The company is launching Airframe, a scaled-down version of its distro that installs in less than 10 minutes and comes with the entire core of OpenStack services including compute, storage, networking and the management layer. It’s free and can be rolled out to any number of... 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.