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Fusion-io’s Next Generation Flash Technology Pushes the Envelope Amid Stiff Competition

Fusion-io will roll out the next iteration of its multi-layer cell (MLC) technology later this year, according to chief financial officer Dennis Woolf. The executive indicated that new PCIe cards sporting the technology will be introduced in the third quarter of 2013. As of today Fusion-io’s MLC lineup utilizes 2X architecture, which refers to a cell-size of between 29 and 20 nanometres. The newer 1X technology is somewhere between 19 and 15nm, The Register’s Chris Mellor’s estimates, while the 1Y-based devices that the company plans to launch in Q3 will come in at approximately 14 to 10nm. The 1Y generation architecture will... more »
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HP's Executive Shakeup to Take on Lenovo in China

The PC may be on its deathbed in the US, but China is still a lucrative market for a broad range of devices, including the personal computer.  It's in China Hewlett-Packard is focusing its PC and printing business, resulting in a high level shakeup at the company.  Today HP announced changes in its executive lineup in order to penetrate the Chinese market and bring life to its PC business. Todd Bradley will step down as HP’s head of the PC and printing unit and will now serve as the company’s executive vice president of strategic growth initiatives and will focus on growing... more »
GE Makes Industrial Internet Land Grab with AWS, Accenture + Pivotal

GE Makes Industrial Internet Land Grab with AWS, Accenture + Pivotal

Looking to capitalize on the launch of its new "Predictivity" Big Data and analytics platform for the Industrial Internet, GE has outlined a number of expanded partnerships with companies at the cutting edge of Big Data, including Accenture, Pivotal and Amazon Web Services. By leveraging these new partnerships, GE aims to position itself as a leading player in an industry that's expected to be worth around $1.2 trillion by 2020, according to a new professional alert from Wikibon. In what amounts to GE's blueprint of the Industrial Internet's future, the company said that it plans to continue the advancement of the... more »
Infrastructure Optimization + Innovation Through Cloud Adoption

Infrastructure Optimization + Innovation Through Cloud Adoption

General Manager of Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure at IBM Deepak Advani came to talk on theCube with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman at IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas. When asked about cloud adoption, Advani noted that the pressure CIOs are under to do more with less is part of the move. By adopting a cloud solution, an enterprise is able to optimize their infrastructure and thereby free up resources to accelerate innovation. Advani mentions that the best avenue to determining ones cloud solution should be hinged on the workloads they are using. Some workloads need to be in a private cloud due... more »
Manning, Snowden Cases Highlight the Importance of Basic Data Security

Manning, Snowden Cases Highlight the Importance of Basic Data Security

Army Pfc Bradley Manning is facing a military judge in a court-martial procedure that will endure over many weeks.  Be aware that rights and procedures in a court-martial are quite different than that of a civilian trial.  The issue at hand is the public release of a reported hundreds of thousands of sensitive military documents through the WikiLeaks website.  It is considered to be the biggest ever leak of classified information in history.  It will certainly be remembered as one of the most significant.  In its vast trove were documents never intended for the public - many diplomatic cables and... more »
Industrial Strength Data : GE Moves Aviation + Energy Machines to the Cloud

Industrial Strength Data : GE Moves Aviation + Energy Machines to the Cloud

"Industrial Strength" - these two words are usually seen on cleaning products that can literally dissolve off the tips of your fingers.  With the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet playing a huge role in our future, GE is bringing a new meaning to the term "industrial strength," and the only danger to your fingers is the constant tap-tapping on a touch screen of your favorite connected device. GE today announced a first-of-its-kind Big Data and analytics platform robust enough to manage the data produced by large-scale, industrial machines in the cloud.  In short, it’s an industrial-strength Big Data and... more »
Advanced Analytics: Data Visualization + Timelapse Analytics Are Key

Advanced Analytics: Data Visualization + Timelapse Analytics Are Key

From Las Vegas, for the third day of HP Discover 2013, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante talked with Christoph Pfister, VP & GM Business Service Management, HP Software. The Business Service Management division ensures the performance of large data centers, the infrastructure and the applications that run within that infrastructure. It's basically Event and Performance Management, Analytics, all components of data networks systems, Storage, the apps and everything around it. HelpDesk is closely connected to it -- people typically deploy HP's solutions in what is called the close loop Incident and Problem Management framework. Once they get events, they need... more »
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It's a Flash Derby : Disruptive Storage Tech vs. Mature Ecosystems

The last week has seen quite a few developments in the competitive landscape for the storage industry, clarifying the market positioning of nearly every major player in this space.  The horses are on the track, lined up for the 'flash storage derby', and all of the bets are in. Wikibon Founder and CTO David Floyer set the field and handicapped the odds for us.  The players?  EMC, Dell, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NetApp. The strategy?  There are are two clear strategies being used by the major players to dominate the flash storage market: building on an existing platform vs. starting fresh. According to... more »
Dell VRTX -- A Nice Package for SMBs, Remote Offices

Dell VRTX -- A Nice Package for SMBs, Remote Offices

Dell has introduced a nice converged system for the SMB and remote office marketplaces in the VRTX, writes Wikibon Analyst, Founder, and Managing Consultant of the 1610 Group, and former CIO Scott Lowe in his latest Wikibon Alert. The VRTX is unusual in its size -- it is limited to four servers and 48 TB of storage. "And that's it," he writes. "There is no 'expansion pack' or 'scalability cable' that magically expands the VRTX beyond these walls." Physically it is a small box that can fit under a desk or in a corner of the otherwise empty office or closet... more »
Cisco Live Preview: Flash and Analytics

Cisco Live Preview: Flash and Analytics

Vendors are stirring up buzz around their new products ahead of the upcoming Cisco Live 2013 event in Orlando, Florida. The conference will take place from Sunday, June 23 to Thursday, July 24. One of the firms that has already announced its participation is Tegile Systems, a Newark, California-based provider of hybrid storage systems. The company signed up as a featured partner of the Cisco Live Unified Data Center, a 16-rack data center simulation that will feature its new FlashPack reference architecture. FlashPack is pegged as a pre-configured server, network and storage bundle that optimizes capacity and performance requirements in VMware-based... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.