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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 »
How HP Learns from Its Own Network : Deciding App Design, Distribution + More

How HP Learns from Its Own Network : Deciding App Design, Distribution + More

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, spoke with Nina Buik, CMO Connect Worldwide during the last day of HP Discover 2013, in Las Vegas. The discussion was primarily focused on Connect Worldwide, its goals, and the Hewlett-Packard community. HP Networking is the hot topic around HP, because they're doing well, they're making money, and Connect Worldwide is actually building a community around this initiative. Connect has been traveling the world, doing a roadshow of sorts, talking about various topics (BYOD, software-defined networking), and ultimately fostered two special group meetings here at the HP Discover event. It's exciting to see that not only... more »
Update LIVE: Industrial Internet Market Will Surpass $1.7 TRILLION by 2020

Update LIVE: Industrial Internet Market Will Surpass $1.7 TRILLION by 2020

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday June 18, 2013. The term Industrial Internet is one that is becoming more prevalent in the tech industry and shouldn’t be ignored.  Joining us now to help us further define the Industrial Internet and share his projections regarding this concept is Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand! This morning Floyer published a comprehensive report breaking down the Industrial Internet market, defining this trend and outlining its inherent opportunities.  One thing Floyer is sure to start with is a clarification of... more »
Snowden & Obama Muddy the Waters Over PRISM Access

Snowden & Obama Muddy the Waters Over PRISM Access

Ed Snowden might be holed up in some Hong Kong hideaway at the moment, but that doesn't mean he has to shut himself away from the world altogether. On the contrary, Snowden was keen to dispel some of the criticisms he'd received, as well as the denials from certain tech companies over the last few days, when he answered questions from the average Joe in a live Q&A session on The Guardian newspaper yesterday. In the Q&A session, Snowden fielded questions on everything concerning the leaks, and also the political fallout from his revelations. You can read Snowden's answers in full here,... more »
QLogic Lures Partners into Offering FabricCache with New Channel Incentives

QLogic Lures Partners into Offering FabricCache with New Channel Incentives

When QLogic unveiled its Mt. Rainier-based solution in March this year, Stu Miniman forecasted that the company would pursue an aggressive partner strategy in order to make the solution more easily accessible to customers. His prediction just came true. This morning, QLogic announced that it is bolstering its Advanced Solutions Partner (ASP) program with new training programs and sales materials designed to help channel partners sell and support FabricCache. The latest additions to ASP include FlexCert, a set of online training courses that give partners the “flexibility to complete specific courses for targeted certification levels,” namely Associate and Specialist. The former focuses... more »
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Outsmart Smartphone Thieves - Should Apple Take Responsibility for Phone Security?

Most people consider their smartphones the most important thing in their lives.  It holds all their contacts, memories in photos and videos, and even other personal accounts such as bank or credit card details.  So when someone loses their smartphone, they aren’t only losing a device, they’re losing a huge chunk of their life. In the US, about 113 smartphones get lost or stolen per minute.  The Federal Communications Commission claims that cellphone theft accounts for 30-40 percent of robberies in the US.  In New York, phone theft increased by 40 percent in just a year. These number are alarming, especially as... more »
Microsoft Tempts Schools with $199 Surface RT Discount Price Offer

Microsoft Tempts Schools with $199 Surface RT Discount Price Offer

School's out for the summer, and that means that it's the perfect time to start thinking ahead to next year, especially if you happen to be involved with budgeting for a school district. It also just so happens to be the perfect time to make a move if you're pushing to get your computer hardware into schools, something that Microsoft is now doing with its plan to offer its lower-end Surface RT at heavily discounted prices to educators buy them before the end of September. The plan follows up from Microsoft's announcement earlier this week that it's giving away 10,000 of... more »
Adobe Creative Cloud Reignites Subscription Model Debate

Adobe Creative Cloud Reignites Subscription Model Debate

Adobe has finally announced the release of its long-awaited and somewhat controversial Creative Cloud suite of design applications. In a blog post this morning, the company said that hundreds of new features and enhancements have been added to the updated versions of its apps, which include its flagship Photoshop CC, plus Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Adobe Muse CC, Dreamweaver CC, Edge Animate CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, and others. Among the new changes, Adobe has released a new Creative Cloud app for desktop, which allows users to download and manage updates, connect with friends on the Behance portfolio-sharing... 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.