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EMC Brings More Services to the Channel

EMC Brings More Services to the Channel

Storage behemoth EMC is offering its distributors new resources to facilitate a higher margin, services-powered business model for resellers that work with its storage and backup solutions. More specifically  Data Domain storage, Avamar deduplication software, and VSPEX bundles: midmarket appliances that are based on EMC’s VNX and VNXe series unified storage hardware. EMC's Global Services division is providing training, assembly methodologies for multi-vendor environments and the support of its service business to accelerate the planning stage.  Distributors can then use these assets to put tailored solutions together more easily, which are then shipped to the VARs that get the sale. This... more »
RT News Hit By DDoS Attack, Taken Offline For Three Hours

RT News Hit By DDoS Attack, Taken Offline For Three Hours

The cyber wars are heating up, with the popular Russian government funded RT News becoming the latest victim to fall foul of a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that knocked the site out of action for around three hours earlier today. RT News, whose pro-Russian government stance has seen them publish a number of stories in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, first revealed that its server was experiencing technical difficulties on Facebook, shortly before tweeting that its hosting provider had confirmed that a DDoS attack was the reason for the outage. ‘Antileaks’, the group that had earlier claimed responsibility... more »
DataXu Active Analytics is Big Data in Real Time on Hadoop for Marketing

DataXu Active Analytics is Big Data in Real Time on Hadoop for Marketing

Boston-based DataXu is doing something that many people consider impossible – near-real time analytics on Hadoop HBase, which is supposed to be a batch system. And this is no lab experiment. It is gathering all the data on what is happening with hundreds of companies on the Internet in real time to support analysis of marketing campaigns and positions for 400+ customers. “Active Analytics is the idea that we are measuring everything in real time,” says DataXu President and CEO Michael Baker in an interview with Wikibon Co-Founder David Vellante originally webcast in June (full video below). “We measure everything that... more »
LucidWorks Changes Name, But Remains Focused on Data-Centric Applications

LucidWorks Changes Name, But Remains Focused on Data-Centric Applications

LucidWorks recently changed its name (from Lucid Imagination), but the Redwood City, Calif.-based company remains laser focused on delivering powerful data-centric application development platforms. In fact, the company streamlined its product offerings, eliminating multiple community and enterprise editions to focus on just two core products: LucidWorks Search and LucidWorks Big Data. Both the name and product changes are meant to reduce confusion and reiterate the company’s core mission – helping enterprises and developers build powerful and scalable data-focused applications, CEO Paul Doscher told me in a recent conversation. LucidWorks Search is the company’s flagship product. It’s an application development platform built on... more »
CIOs Say DDN is One of the “Most Strategic” Big Data Hardware Vendors

CIOs Say DDN is One of the “Most Strategic” Big Data Hardware Vendors

Storage solutions provider DataDirect Networks is touting a new survey by Pacific Crest Securities that ranked it as one of the top two strategic hardware supplies for big data. The research firm reports that nearly a fourth of the executives it surveys, 24 percent pointed at DataDirect as their number one choice for hardware that is specifically designed to support big data environments. Even more notable is that DDN got more votes than EMC, NetApp and Dell, according to the paper. From the report: “DDN is one of the most unique companies in the storage industry," said David Vellante, Chief Research Officer at... more »
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Permabit Reigns in Storage Mobility, Top Trends

Market research firm Data Mobility named Permabit a Top Information Management and Storage Vendor in a recent report. The paper, which was written last month and recently made available on Permabit’s website, praises the company’s Albireo deduplication solution as a “crash course in cutting-edge data optimization” for the market that “leapfrogged existing data optimization technologies.” Albireo is fast, and it takes a very unique approach that contradicts what everyone else is doing. The embedded software is geared for use by OEMS and does justice to its description by removing a lot of the dependencies that come with other offerings, which handle read... more »
An Updated Skydrive.com Flaunts Updated Apps and API

An Updated Skydrive.com Flaunts Updated Apps and API

Skydrive.com, the file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage, and then access them from a Web browser or their local device, has recently got a facelift in the form of several new apps and an upgraded API. Besides, Microsoft has also updated SkyDrive apps for PCs and Macs, created a new SkyDrive app for Android devices, and improved developer offerings. Here’s a quick view of the updates: • SkyDrive.com - New, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting. • SkyDrive for Windows... more »
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Live in New Mexico or Rhode Island? You're Probably Clumsy and Broke Your iPad.

The iPhone and iPad are two of the fastest-selling products ever to grace the planet, and the number of people that can call themselves an iDevice owner is growing by the day. But as much as we love our mobile devices, these expensive gadgets are easy to break, especially if you're one of the clumsy residents of Mississippi, New Mexico or Rhode Island. SquareTrade, one of the largest providers of insurance for gadgets, analyzed the cases of damaged iPhones and iPads and found that people of five US states are more prone to dropped and damaged gadgets. The data suggests that the iPhone is more... more »
The Data Behind Travel Proves a Worthy Investment

The Data Behind Travel Proves a Worthy Investment

Hopper, an up and coming travel site that has been in development for the past five years,  has decided to accept $12 million to grow their team in Boston. Hootsuite, OMERS Ventures (who also invested in BuildDirect and Wave Accounting), Brightspark Ventures and Atlas Venture also invested into the new travel site, bringing the grand total of investments to a whopping $22 million. The company appears to have a strong team behind it, with former Expedia engineers such as: founder and CEO Frederic Lalonde, co-founder and VP Product Joost Ouwerkerk, VP Technology Andre Coude and CIO Mathieu Patenaude. The team also... more »
Google’s Self-Driving Cars Safely Complete 300K Miles; but What are They Up To?

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Safely Complete 300K Miles; but What are They Up To?

Google is pitching in almost every possible field. Be cloud, augmented reality, or mobile, it is everywhere. And now comes the automobile sector. Following its experiments of driver-less car, the hot news is that Google’s self-driving cars have completed 300K miles without accident, and are ready for public commuting. It conducted the experiment with a dozen of cars that completed this long journey under computer control, and did not get a single scratch! Google has added Lexus RX450h hybrid car to its self-driving car family, and is also planning to soon let some of the team’s members drive the cars... 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.