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Developing Countries Lead The Mobile World

According to a recent World Bank infographic, the developing world is now more mobile than the developed world. The spread of mobile usage across low-income regions reflects global trends in pace, access and pervasiveness when it comes to mobile usage. The World Bank takes these factors into account as it documents how: "The number of mobile subscriptions will soon overtake the world's population." We are in the midst of unprecedented mobile phone usage and access. In 2003, 61% of the world's population had a cell phone signal; by 2010 this amount increased to 90%. As 75% of the world has access... more »
New IBM Kenya Research Lab Seeks Low-Cost Solution To Nairobi’s Traffic Problems

New IBM Kenya Research Lab Seeks Low-Cost Solution To Nairobi’s Traffic Problems

IBM is teaming up with Kenya’s Ministry for Information, Communication and Technology to establish an IT research lab in Nairobi, which is said to be the first of its kind on the African continent. The lab, which is set to open sometime next month, will focus on solving problems such as traffic congestion, as well as improving local governance. One of the main goals of the new research lab is to help governments better manage huge amounts of data, something that would allow them to develop capabilities to assist people in making more efficient use of public sector services. Tony Mwai, IBM’s... more »
Google Gets Frommer’s, Rivals Get Mad

Google Gets Frommer’s, Rivals Get Mad

There’s just no stopping Google in its bid to become the world’s number one travel agent. Hot on the heels of its purchase of restaurant review site Zagat last year, the search engine giant is now reported to be interested in acquiring the travel website Frommer’s. As search evolves into a more convenient, more personalized service than ever before, Google wants to be able to provide you with all the answers you’ll ever need, no matter where in the world you might be. Google’s search engine is already a very well oiled, highly sophisticated machine. Shortly after acquiring ITA Software back... more »
The Indian TV Show That’s Making Waves With Big Data

The Indian TV Show That’s Making Waves With Big Data

There’s a new phenomenon taking Indian TV by storm at the moment. Satyamev Jayate, which has amassed a staggering 400 million viewers a week in just 13 episodes, would rightly make the headlines for that incredible achievement alone. But there’s another reason why we’re interested in India’s hot topic show of the moment – it’s one of the first television shows to successfully analyze big data, not just to plan future episodes, but also to effect political and social change. To understand how it’s using big data so successfully, we first need to know why Satyamev Jayate has become such an epic... more »
Intel Teams with Chinese Orgs in Open Source Cloud League

Intel Teams with Chinese Orgs in Open Source Cloud League

Intel is serious about getting China involved in OpenStack development. To further that cause, the chip manufacturer has teamed up with a variety of Chinese organizations to form the China Open Source Cloud League. The aim of the new group is to support and develop OpenStack within China and also collaboration with the global community of OpenStack developers. Focusing on development, support, performance optimization, and large-scale deployment, the OpenStack group hopes to increase adoption in China and also encourage contributions. The China Open Source Cloud League will include Intel Asia-Pacific Research and Development, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Sina, and China Standard Software. The... more »
Symantec Infuses Cluster File System with Hadoop

Symantec Infuses Cluster File System with Hadoop

Symantec announced today that it has created an add-on for its Cluster File System that leverages the power of Apache Hadoop to analyze big data for enterprise customers. Symantec has called in Hortonworks to develop Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop, which is designed to make it easier to deploy Hadoop in an enterprise environment. According to Symantec, this partnership makes Apache Hadoop "enterprise ready" and makes it easier for companies to handle big data workloads. Some of the features include scaling up to 16 petabytes of data (structured and unstructured), safeguards against over-provisioning, location-specific data analytics, and performance enhancements to increase... more »
Teambox: New Features Just a Week after Funding

Teambox: New Features Just a Week after Funding

Teambox is a relatively new player in the already overcrowded collaboration space, and it’s on a roll. Just a few days after its seed funding round the company updated its platform with several new features that add a lot of polish to the cloud-based subscription service. One of the biggest enhancements is that Teambox is now integrated with Dropbox and Box, as well as a long list of other services including Google Apps, Outlook and even Evernote. In addition, the solution’s built-in IM and note-taking capabilities are now by a joined group messaging feature that puts more ‘team’ in Teambox, extending existing... more »
Microsoft Too Can Get Hip with MAKER Culture but It’s Weak MAKE-fu

Microsoft Too Can Get Hip with MAKER Culture but It’s Weak MAKE-fu

Innovation is a fleeting firefly chased by every company and corporation, but often its an ideal arising out of a sudden leap forward by an individual and not part of the everyday grind. In many ways, this is why I gravitate towards looking at organizations such as Hacker Dojo and other in-your-garage oriented inventive and hacker oriented spaces. Now, it’s obvious that Microsoft produces products that attract the eyes and minds of hack-friendly culture; but they don’t have the best reputation for having that inside their own corporate walls. As a result, when a CNNMoney article outlining an attempt to generate... more »
Actian Wants to Pay $140M for Pervasive, Not Working Out So Far

Actian Wants to Pay $140M for Pervasive, Not Working Out So Far

Pervasive Software offers software and services for big data application development, including a cloud platform, a database solution and even documentation brokerage. New this week is news that the firm received an unsolicited buyout offer from Actian, and bluntly turned it down. Actian however is pretty determined to acquire Pervasive, so they did the next best thing they could think of and publicized this exchange in hopes of getting a different response from the publicly traded firm’s investors. Actian offered $8.5 a share or a total of about $139 million in cash for Pervasive, a 30 percent premium over the stock’s... more »
Hadoop for Big Data in Cloud is Inevitable, Says MapR

Hadoop for Big Data in Cloud is Inevitable, Says MapR

The use of Hadoop to manage big data in the cloud has gained momentum in recent times, but according to MapR, the choice to use it is not just a possibility; it is an inevitability. MapR's vice president of marketing, Jack Norris said companies have an "insatiable appetite" to analyze data in the cloud, and Hadoop is the one tool that can feed the hungry masses. The main driving force for Hadoop adoption has been the rapid increase in the amount of data that businesses need to access and analyze. That means that a good data management system is a necessity.... more »

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- 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.