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Unstructured Data In the Cloud

Unstructured Data In the Cloud

As cloud-based data strategies continue to take hold as a strategic undertaking in enterprises across the spectrum, the transformation is taking place because of a number of advantages are becoming clearer as technologies evolve and success stories emerge.   One such realm is exemplified by a range of concerns about data in the cloud that are actually quickly distinguishable advantages after some analysis and evaluation. Unstructured data for one provides one such issue for analysis, which is data that is present throughout most environments that feature long retention policies.  This type of data often sits ‘at-rest’ untouched for extended periods of time. ... more »
Flash Master: Real World Cases for Performance Scale Up and More

Flash Master: Real World Cases for Performance Scale Up and More

Flash memory is taking the data center world by storm and creating disruptive opportunities to challenge the status quo, overcoming the capacity challenges of RAM and the performance challenges of hard disks to enable innovative new architectures. This article discusses several different real-world use cases for SQL Server, MySQL web scale, and performance scale up within a turnkey appliance. A Highly Available, Shared-nothing Microsoft SQL Server Powerhouse . When flash is placed within the server, as close to the CPU as possible (i.e. natively on the PCI Express bus), the media’s microsecond latencies enables databases to get the performance they need without having to go across... more »
Future Big Data: Devices That Can See Through Walls

Future Big Data: Devices That Can See Through Walls

No, I’m not so deluded with the latest sci-fi movies or superhero flicks to get me talking about this now.  But there's some really cool technology headed to the consumer market, out to change our lives forever. In our big data series today, we’re going to tackle these amazing gadgets and technologies that literally know no boundaries. Researchers at the University of Texas Dallas successfully designed an imager chip that can see through walls. They will be embedded into mobile phones. This discovery boasts two scientific developments: tapping an unused range of electromagnetic spectrum which brought us wavelength energies such as... more »
State-Sponsored Cyber-Penetrations Focus on Long-Term Data Theft

State-Sponsored Cyber-Penetrations Focus on Long-Term Data Theft

For the past five years Western nations and corporations have been penetrated at will and their most valuable secret data stolen by a new group of state-sponsored actors, mostly from China. And the victims don't even realize they've been robbed. That is the warning from cyber-security expert and co-founder of cyber-security startup CrowdStrike, Dmitri Alperovitch. These new actors have penetrated some of the most secure sites in the Western world -- military and civilian agencies of 14 Western governments, including the United States, major IT companies like Google and the large oil and gas companies, even computer security vendors. Once in,... more »
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FalconStor: In Eclipse or Poised for Growth?

A high-growth startup in the first decade of the new century, data backup solution vendor FalconStor has stalled financially in the last two years, admits company VP of Worldwide Marketing Fadi Albatal. An early developer of disk storage virtualization, it was known for its Virtual Tape Library technology that automates data backup to SATA disk systems rather than tape with in-line deduplication to make the disk choice more affordable. Twelve years after its founding in 2000, the technology is still considered innovative and remains a market leader in disk-based data protection as its listing in CRM's 2012 Virtualization 100 List demonstrates. Experts... more »
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Cloud Collaboration: How To Get Your Head in the Cloud

Cloud collaboration is a pretty new method of using cloud computing to share and co-author files.  Users can upload documents to the cloud where they can be accessed and altered by others, fostering a sense of collaboration and team work that used to be limited to the office and conference rooms.  With cloud collaboration users don’t have to be in the same space, or even the same country to effectively work together towards a common goal.  In today’s globalized society, having the capability to work together effectively is an important aspect of the organization, and cloud collaboration tools are the... more »
SAP Looking to Capitalize on Facebook’s Mistakes

SAP Looking to Capitalize on Facebook’s Mistakes

SAP vice president of cloud computing Dinesh Sharma has plans in store for Facebook, he said in a recent interview in which he elaborated on his company’s social strategy.  This was one of the key elements behind the $4.3 billion acquisition of Ariba, and in the future it might serve the same central role in the realization of a HANA-powered social media solution. Dinesh explains that while business users are not Facebook’s main demographic, 900 million users are still 900 million users. That is the overwhelming majority of the people working for SAP’s clients probably have an account on the site,... more »
Microsoft Launches Government Office 365 Cloud

Microsoft Launches Government Office 365 Cloud

As the US Government's appetite for cloud services hits a marked upswing, Microsoft has opened a Microsoft Office 365 community cloud specifically for federal agencies to move their productivity and collaboration apps to the cloud. Office 365 for Government, as Microsoft is calling it, contains the entire roster of Microsoft productivity solutions, including Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Professional Plus. Microsoft can already boast compliance with ISO 27001, SAS70 Type II, EU Safe Harbor, EU Model Clauses, the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the US Federal Information Security Management... more »
Mass Governor Creates Big Data Initiative Announces Supports for R&D and Big Data Incubator HackReduce

Mass Governor Creates Big Data Initiative Announces Supports for R&D and Big Data Incubator HackReduce

Governor Deval Patrick today announced the creation of the Massachusetts Big Data Initiative, a number of steps and initiatives that will expand Massachusetts’ position as a world leader in the rapidly expanding Big Data sector. Massachusetts houses some of the biggest industries that can leverage so called "big data" - biotech, information technology, healthcare, academic, the hottest areas hyperscale mobile, social and cloud tech, and defense verticals. Big data is about the intersection between people and machines.   As commented at EMCWorld on SiliconANGLE.tv, Big Data represents a disruptive, wealth creation, society changing historic inflection point that is comparable to the PC revolution... more »
Amazon Instant Video Streaming Arrives on Xbox 360

Amazon Instant Video Streaming Arrives on Xbox 360

In it’s continuing gambit to insert itself into the living room as the center of entertainment, Microsoft has brought Amazon’s instant video to its Xbox 360 video game console.  This is part of an ongoing trend of bringing the already nearly-ubiquitous video game console into the Internet-streaming market. We’ve seen a lot of shifting going on when it comes to set-top-boxes, especially in the vein of looking at the cable market. While Xbox already has a great deal of downloadable content, they’ve also been wheeling and dealing with cable companies in order to give Xbox LIVE gold members better access to... more »

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- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.