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Data as the Common Language: CEO Series with MuleSoft's Greg Schott

The world has seen a huge shift in the way software is created and utilized.  No longer does a company need an in-house team devoted to building software--an entire industry has emerged around SaaS, offering turnkey solutions that address a growing pool of very specific problems.  Indeed, there is an app for that, even in the enterprise world.  But what's still lacking is an easy way to stitch these apps together, helping them work together towards a common goal. MuleSoft has set out to make software play nicely together, so a company can still get by without an in-house team devoted... more »
Engine Yard Adds Node.js Support

Engine Yard Adds Node.js Support

Engine Yard is one of the most widely used developer-oriented PaaS solutions out there, but up until now it could only run Rails and PHP. In the next 30 days the platform will be receiving a big boost with the addition of support for Node.js, an up-and-coming server-side language. Engine Yard already has a very solid base, and this new upgrade will definitely win it a few more paying customers. The company chose Node.js over other frameworks for a reason. Node is becoming very popular among independent developers, as well organizations. There are a few very convincing reasons behind this trend: the... more »
AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Python Applications

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Python Applications

Okay, here’s the good news for the Python developer community! Being the easiest way to deploy and manage scalable PHP, Java, .NET, AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Python applications that run on the familiar Apache HTTP server and WSGI. It means that now you can upload your Python application, and Elastic Beanstalk will automatically handle everything related to the deployment including provisioning of Amazon EC2 instances, load balancing, auto scaling, and application health monitoring. Several platform improvements have been done in this Python release of AWS Elastic Beanstalk that will help manage your Python application and configuration. Here’s a quick view... more »
Nike’s +$300 LeBron X shoes as seen by Social Media

Nike’s +$300 LeBron X shoes as seen by Social Media

News about Nike’s reported most ever expensive athletic shoe has been spreading like wildfire.  The LeBron X shoes are expected to retail at$315 when they are released later this year.  From the moment the story emerged late yesterday, the topic has dominated Twitter and other social media venues.  This edition of the series of shoes worn by and modeled for NBA superstar LeBron James was debuted during the 2012 Olympics gold medal game. Reviewing some analytic elements of the emerging news shows some interesting statistics.  For one, regional interest in Nike, as reported by Google,  shows a strong presence in interest... more »
Saudi Cleric Decrees That Buying Twitter Followers Is "Dishonest and Malicious"

Saudi Cleric Decrees That Buying Twitter Followers Is "Dishonest and Malicious"

Issuing a religious fatwa against people who go out and buy Twitter followers to boost their ‘popularity’ is probably a bit extreme to say the least, but there’s every chance that it might just happen following the decision of a prominent Saudi Arabia cleric to denounce the practice as “dishonest and malicious”. In a recent interview reported on by the English-language Al Arabiya news network, Sheikh Abdullah, one of Saudi Arabia’s most senior Islamic scholars said spending money on Twitter followers was “a lie and slander” and went against the country’s religious values. Abdullah made his remarks after being asked how... more »
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VMworld 2012: Big Expectations in a Booming Virtualized World

VMworld 2012 is going down this month from the 26th to the 30th in San Francisco. VMware itself hasn’t announced any major updates in a while, so it’s safe to assume the company is saving a few things for the event, but that didn’t stop partners from sending out a few memos to the press. One company that will be attending the gathering is Virtualization Practice, a consultancy that will be represented by several of the speakers scheduled to go on the podium. Bernd Harzog  is the firm’s expert on “virtualization performance, capacity management and IT as a service,” and his... more »
Telerik Announces Full Support for New Visual Studio 2012

Telerik Announces Full Support for New Visual Studio 2012

Telerik, a leading provider of end-to-end software application, lifecycle and content management solutions, today announced that it will now provide full support for the Microsoft Visual Studio 2012. Telerik revealed that it has moved swiftly and in lockstep with Microsoft, updating its developer tools portfolio to offer full support of the IDE for .NET developers, giving them the ability to build apps on Microsoft’s most modern platforms and devices. Besides supporting MS Visual Studio 2012, Telerik developer tools will remain integrated and fully compatible with all previous versions of Visual Studio: “Telerik is a trusted resource for professional developers wanting an... more »
Amazon's Glacier: Cheap, Slow, and Ready to Go

Amazon's Glacier: Cheap, Slow, and Ready to Go

In most situations, being cheap and slow is a bad thing, but for Amazon's new AWS Glacier service, being affordable and slow moving may be exactly what some businesses have been wanting. AWS Glacier provides slow moving storage and operates on the premise that businesses sometimes need to store data that does not need to be accessed very often. According to Amazon, "you need Glacier". The company is betting on the likelihood that many businesses are using traditional long-term storage devices, such as tape backups or optical discs and that those methods are complicated and expensive. Glacier, on the other hand,... more »
#OpFreeAssange: Anonymous DDoS Attacks Take Down 3 UK Sites

#OpFreeAssange: Anonymous DDoS Attacks Take Down 3 UK Sites

The hacktivist group Anonymous staged a number of DDoS attacks on UK government websites yesterday in an apparent show of support for the controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains stuck inside his Ecuadorean embassy bolt-hole as he attempts to avoid extradition to Sweden. Anonymous, who have been associated with numerous distributed denial of service attacks in the past, yesterday claimed to have taken down a number of high profile government sites in the UK, including the Justice Department website and “Number 10”, the official website of Britain’s prime minister. In addition, it’s believed that the hacktivist collective was also responsible for... more »
Google Analytics Facing Possible Ban in Norway

Google Analytics Facing Possible Ban in Norway

Google Analytics could be about to go offline in Norway, after that country’s Data Protection Bureau declared that the service fails to comply with a recent EU directive regarding the collection of IP addresses. The bureau announced its findings following an investigation into the way in which Norway’s State Educational Loan Fund and Tax Administration authority use the Google Analytics service. Apparently, the fact that the two agencies have no control over how Google uses information gathered by their users is in contravention of the EU directive. Because the data gathered by Google Analytics (including IP addresses and visitor behavior) can be... 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.