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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs. The Apple iPad 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs. The Apple iPad 4

Microsoft has unveiled the second generation for both of its tablet offerings.  The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 still look like their predecessors, but there are a few exceptions. First, the kickstand can now be angled at much wider stance, so the screen can incline lower or higher, depending on your choice.  The Windows logo at the back of the device has been replaced with the Surface logo, and the Pro 2 comes with two new accessories; the Power Keyboard, which will give the Surface Pro 2 seventy-five percent more battery juice; and the Docking Station, which will give... more »
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Wikibon Study: Enterprises Struggling to Make the Most Out of Their Data

Many enterprises follow their IT organizations into the Big Data revolution without fully understanding the risks and benefits of the technology, a new study from Wikibon found. Co-authors Jeff Kelly and Bert Latamore reached out to vendors and surveyed nearly 100 Big Data practitioners for a fresh perspective on analytics beyond the Fortune 500. According to the report, 46 percent of practitioners have only realized “partial value” from their Big Data deployments, while two percent deem their implementations “total failures.” Wikibon attributes these figures to the fact that many organizations set their expectations too high: the average mid-size enterprise anticipates a... more »
What Fairfax Stands To Gain From Buying BlackBerry

What Fairfax Stands To Gain From Buying BlackBerry

The end is nigh for BlackBerry, or at least it is in its current state anyway. As of yesterday, the company published a "letter of intent,"stating its plans to sell itself to shareholder Fairfax Financial and become a private company once again. Supposing the deal goes ahead – and it's likely to do so – Fairfax will but BlackBerry at the low price of just $9 per share, way below where its share price stood on Friday afternoon, just before the company announced the redundancies of some 40% of its staff. That BlackBerry has struggled to sell itself, even at that... more »
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Nimble Accelerates Oracle Workloads with Latest Reference Architecture | #oow13

Nimble Storage is kicking off this week’s Oracle OpenWorld 2013 conference with a new SmartStack reference architecture for relational database environments. Certified to run Oracle’s Linux distribution, virtualization framework and database software, the solution offers “adaptive performance with high availability, capacity savings, efficient data protection, and improved staff productivity.” According to Nimble, the converged architecture couples one of its CS-series hybrid storage arrays with two Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers and Oracle VM 3.2. The platform also includes Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and supports Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Database 12c. “By utilizing our... more »
NetApp Deepens Oracle Integration As Part of Cloud Push

NetApp Deepens Oracle Integration As Part of Cloud Push

NetApp is doubling down on the ecosystem in a move to establish its Data ONTAP operating system as the foundation for a ‘universal data platform’ that spans the private, public and hybrid clouds. The storage vendor has recently taken another step toward this goal with the release of new integrations with Oracle software. Building an existing line of products and services for Oracle users, NetApp is introducing a plugin that will enable customers to create snapshots of their relational databases with its FlexClone solution. The company is also expanding support for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c with new capabilities that enable admins... more »
Why Microsoft's Super-Fast Surface Pro 2 Still Doesn't Cut It

Why Microsoft's Super-Fast Surface Pro 2 Still Doesn't Cut It

Microsoft is really hoping you'll be tempted to buy one of its newly redesigned Surface Pro 2 tablets. In fact, it's almost desperate for you to do so – hence the bundling of software and services that's worth almost half as much as the new $899 device itself. Microsoft's pitch is pretty compelling too, or at least it is on the face of it – the new Surface Pro is thinner, brighter, faster, more powerful. Speed and power remain by far and away the biggest selling points... And that's exactly why the Surface 2 Pro will almost certainly go the way... more »
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BlackBerry's a Bad Buy : Fairfax Could Start Patent War

It's been a long time coming.  BlackBerry's finally heeded the advice of pundits, investors and board members, settling the purchase of its assets to one of its shareholders, Fairfax Equity Holdings, at $4.7 billion.  The buyer wasn't among the top projected organizations to take in BlackBerry, and there's questions regarding Fairfax's intentions with the smartphone maker. A hasty acquisition? Pressure for BlackBerry to seek an exit seemed only to increase after Microsoft cemented its very close relationship with Nokia, announcing its plans to acquire the Finnish phone maker for over $7 billion just this month.  Microsoft, Samsung and IBM have all... more »
Flash: Real-Time Solution for "Shrinking Infrastructure" Says Fusion-IO | #oow13

Flash: Real-Time Solution for "Shrinking Infrastructure" Says Fusion-IO | #oow13

Gary Orenstein, the EVP at Fusion-io, discussed flash and storage market trends with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Floyer and Dave Vellante, live from the 2013 edition of Oracle OpenWorld. Commenting on the company's focus at OpenWorld, Orenstein said, "we want to help customers make more transactions, make faster decisions," all at a lower cost, and flash is the answer to that. At the event, they aim to share their solutions and integrations. "We knew there would be a big focus on in-memory at Oracle OpenWorld," Orenstein explained. Companies need to not only increase number of transactions, but also reduce query time and increase... more »
SanDisk Demos Prototype ULLtraDIMM, Flash on a Memory Module | Live at #oow13

SanDisk Demos Prototype ULLtraDIMM, Flash on a Memory Module | Live at #oow13

Brian Cox, Senior Director of Marketing at SanDisk, discussed the company's standing in the flash storage market with theCUBE co-hosts Stu Miniman and Dave Vellante, live at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. SanDisk "pioneered flash memory based storage 25 years ago," Cox said. "People see their products that take the form of everyday use cards," camera cards and thumb drives. The company helps customers have a richer experiences with those devices. SanDisk technology is also used by smartphones, ultrabooks, tablets, and other such devices to benefit from very rapid performance, low power and cost effective solutions. SanDisk is a $5.6 billion company as far... more »
QLogic + Oracle Launch Protocol-Independent Universal HBA | #oow13

QLogic + Oracle Launch Protocol-Independent Universal HBA | #oow13

David Ard, OEM Marketing at QLogic, discussed the newly launched Oracle Sun Storage Universal HBA and the ongoing fibre-ethernet protocol debate with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, live at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Longtime partners QLogic and Oracle announced the new Oracle Sun Storage 16 Gb Universal HBA which according to Ard, helps companies "make an investment into a server and their storage interconnects" in this solution. "Oracle is the only OEM that supports all possibilities," he added, replying to Miniman's comment about the protocol wars needing to end. By simply changing the configuration options, tools, and the optics, a company can change... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.