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This Week in the Cloud: from VMware’s Octopus to iCloud

This Week in the Cloud: from VMware’s Octopus to iCloud

There were a few big updates this week, and the most buzzworthy was probably a disclosure from a VMware exec that we could see Project Octopus launch sometime during this month’s VMworld. A number of new details have been disclosed about the upcoming product as well. Project Octopus is the internal nickname of a Dropbox-like service that differentiates itself by being much more enterprise-centric. Security is a big emphasis and it’s available as both a cloud service and an in-house solution; VMware is pushing the latter much harder, according to the company’s VP of end user products. Just as notable is that... more »
New Direction for Path.to as Social Job Search Grows

New Direction for Path.to as Social Job Search Grows

When deciding where to work, LinkedIn may be limiting in its ability to find you the perfect gig.  What you need is an "eHarmony for jobs." At least that's the idea behind Path.to, a startup which kicked off in late August of last year. The new Web site asks job applicants to complete a questionnaire about their job preferences including location, salary, benefits and workplace. Other users can vouch for their skills, and endorsements are weighted by the reputation of each of their skills listed in the profiles. The platform has continued to evolve and this week, Path.to has taken a new... more »
SolidFire Gains a Foothold in UK Channel Islands

SolidFire Gains a Foothold in UK Channel Islands

Storage vendor SolidFire says that Calligo, “the UK Channel Islands’ only complete cloud service provider,” is using its all-flash storage appliances to power its application environment. The company says that Calligo chose its product because it offered the performance and scale that the provider required to support a portfolio of several thousand applications. “We chose SolidFire after extensive research and development work, initially with systems that were not designed for large scale multi-tenant user environments, then with SolidFire itself. With SolidFire’s guaranteed QoS, we now offer hard SLAs around exact performance metrics while remaining in compliance with local data residency and data... more »
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Realtime Initiates “New Era of the Internet” with $100M Investment, Valued at $1 Billion

  When Realtime Founder and CEO André Parreira asked himself: “What can I do to be disruptive?”the scalable answer seemed obvious: “[Let’s] create the live web.” Realtime’s instantaneous and continuous updates, which means users no longer need to refresh pages and applications. According to Rebecca Grant of VentureBeat, Realtime’s developer framework to create live web applications had previously only been available outside of the United States. Recent investments totaling $100 million from Brazil’s BRZtech firm and The Ongoing Group backed Realtime’s United States launch on August 8, 2012. Funding will support company development, marketing and outreach (including conferences, hackathons and other... more »
HP Cloud Powers DreamWorks Collaboration System

HP Cloud Powers DreamWorks Collaboration System

DreamWorks Animation SKG has integrated HP Cloud Services with Panzura's Global Cloud Storage System for use in its project collaboration and file sharing network. Using the system, three DreamWorks Animation studio production teams can collaborate and tap into the cloud cloud applications and data storage that HP and Panzura offer. DreamWorks already utilizes HP IBRIX Storage for on-premise file storage and will make use of the cloud storage as a supplementary tool for collaboration. DreamWorks production teams at the company's studios in Glendale and Redwood City, California, as well as a production team Bangalore, India can now share content and data... more »
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New Cloud Backup Perks for Mainframes with Luminex, Nirvanix Team Up

‘Virtual Tape’ provider LUMINEX and storage startup Nirvanix have teamed up to offer a cloud-based enterprise backup solution that is specifically targeted at mainframe users. Physical tape, shipping and off-site storage all leave a mark on a customer’s bottom line when they’re using traditional backup, not to mention the inaccessibility of all that data. This is another issue which can potentially lead to days of delay in not just recovery time, but also decision-making. Luminex CloudSAFE offers an alternative in the form of a vaulting service that stores tape volumes in the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network, and is supposedly more cost-efficient than... more »
Need for Security Monitoring Strengthens Across IT Industry

Need for Security Monitoring Strengthens Across IT Industry

Security and cyberthreats, across entire IT industry, are intensifying like never before. Cyber attacks have not only shot up in numbers, but have also become stealthy, sophisticated, and damaging. What else is bothering security professionals? What do they feel necessary to combat this mess? Perhaps, better monitoring requisites. A recent ESG Research survey revealed some interesting facts and figures, collected from around 315 security professionals working at enterprise organizations. Here it goes: • 34% said they need tighter integration between security intelligence and IT operations tools, such as asset management, configuration management, network performance management, etc. • 33% said they need better... more »
NetApp Updates Object Storage Software

NetApp Updates Object Storage Software

NetApp  rolled out the 9th release of its StorageGRID software, a data management platform that’s designed for petabyte-scale environments used by organizations in the healthcare and financial services industries. The new version features several improvements, most notably support for the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) open standard.  The protocol was developed by SNIA to cover provisioning, administering and accessing in the cloud – capabilities that NetApp requires in order to get customers who are already invested in existing, multi-vendor infrastructure to buy its product. StorageGRID is used to power NetApp Distributed Content Repository deployments, and this latest release offers a number of... more »
1Password Gears Up for John the Ripper

1Password Gears Up for John the Ripper

1Password, a popular system and online security program has confirmed that it is now ready to tackle John the Ripper, but users need to have a good Master Password. The pre-eminent password cracking tool, John the Ripper, runs on fifteen different platforms, and can be run against various encrypted password formats including several crypt password hash types. It is, in fact, one of the most popular password testing and breaking programs on the internet. As reported on the official blog of Agilebits website, the team said that it is strengthening its defenses. “We’ve always known that that there is nothing we can do... more »
Cloud Changing Structure of IT

Cloud Changing Structure of IT

CompTIA has released its report "CompTIA’s 3rd Annual Trends in Cloud Computing" a 59-page report that examines the current state of cloud computing. The study includes data from 500 businesses that consume technology services and over 400 technology providers. CompTIA's research  found the cloud is changing far more than technology infrastructure and capabilities; it is transforming the very structure of business. According to the report, attitudes about cloud computing are continuing to improve. An impressive 85 percent of respondents indicated they feel "more positive" or "significantly more positive"  about the cloud as compared to the previous year. This was an increase of 13 percent from... more »

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- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.