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Marissa Mayer's First Steps as CEO: Turning Yahoo! Into Google?

People working in most of Silicon Valley companies are cared for by their bosses with giving small perks that makes their work life bearable, and sometimes even fun.  But that’s not the case with Yahoo--they've been behind the curve on Valley companies, many of which provide free lunch for employees.  In order to turn things around and draw a silver lining in Yahoo’s grey skies, new CEO Marissa Mayer is bringing something from Google to Yahoo: free food! Before, Mayer’s arrival, Yahoo employees only had free coffee, but Mayer recently announced that food at Yahoo’s URL Cafe will be free- quite... more »
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Romney announcing VP pick via iPhone, Android App

    The Washington Times reports that the campaign for presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released an app that will break the news on his VP pick before anywhere else.  The app is available for iPhone and Android platforms.  The app is available at www.mittromney.com/app/vp Beth Myers, Senior Adviser to Mr. Romney states: "There's no telling when that answer might come. But when it does, be the first to find out and access exclusive content," The tactic is interesting in that it displays a technology embrace from the Romney camp that had fumbled previously with their approach.  Recent accusations of fake Twitter followers, a misspelling... more »
Chinese Hacker Army Linked Everywhere, Waging a Cyber War?

Chinese Hacker Army Linked Everywhere, Waging a Cyber War?

Looks like China is utilizing all means possible to ensure its dominance in the international sphere--at least when it comes to cyberespionage as further links between the nation-state and hacking events come to light. A U.S. intelligence researchers group has just revealed that the critical data and e-mail belonging to the president of the European Union Council, Herman Van Rompuy, were stolen by a Chinese hacker group named ‘Comment/ Byzantine Candor’. Hackers last summer raided the e-mail of EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy and 10 other senior officials. The researchers revealed that the group accessed the EU Council's computer network at... more »
Breaking Analysis:  Google Acquires Wildfire - Who Says Social Media Bubble is Popping

Breaking Analysis: Google Acquires Wildfire - Who Says Social Media Bubble is Popping

Google announced that it is acquiring Wildfire a social media infrastructure provider. Google's product manager Jason Miller says that social presence can complement all marketing campaigns—search, display, video, mobile, offline ads and more. Note:  Conversation on @techmeme is taking place. Here is my Breaking Analysis. Google taking Wildfire off the table is a strategic move to get into the Facebook ecosystem. This is the classic embrace and extend with access to Facebook with the ability to extend across Google Plus. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this moving to Google's mobile play going forward. This Google Wildfire deal is about fresher content... more »
Twitter Has 500 Million Users, But Most Are Worthless

Twitter Has 500 Million Users, But Most Are Worthless

Are there really 500 million users on Twitter, as the analyst group Semiocast claims? One of the problems of measuring usage on any social media site is that the frequency with which users “use” various different networks tends to fluctuate quite a bit from one person to the next.  Add to that, we have the added problem of whether every “user” is human in the first place. Semiocast seems pretty confident in their analysis that Twitter has finally broken through the half a billion users barrier however, claiming that the site did so back in June. Of these users, Semiocast says... more »
London Olympics 2012: Malware and Cyber Threats Round Up

London Olympics 2012: Malware and Cyber Threats Round Up

It’s been just five days since the London Olympics 2012 started and associated cybercrime is in the full bloom. Hackers are getting more creative and aggressive with their attacks, and have made this prestigious event a viable way of making easy money. Be spam mails, malicious apps, or fake lures, there are so many ways that cybercriminals use to target worldwide audience. The most recent one is a fraud website advertising itself on Facebook, which claims to sell event tickets. As event tickets are what most people are looking for, this might be the best idea for cybercriminals. When analyzed,... more »
80% of Facebook Ad Clicks Coming from Bots?

80% of Facebook Ad Clicks Coming from Bots?

Businesses that want to advertise on Facebook had better think twice before getting their wallets out, following claims that as many as 80% of clicks on Facebook ads are coming from bots instead of humans. Limited Run, a start-up that offers a sales platform for musicians and record labels, says that it's halting its Facebook advertising campaign after learning that four out of five clicks on its ads are completely worthless. In addition, the company is miffed that Facebook is apparently trying to force them to commit to buying $2,000 worth of advertising in order to change its Pages name on... more »
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3 Reasons Pandora Radio Still Beats Spotify's

Back in June Spotify added a radio feature to their iOS app, giving iPhone and iPad users the ability to enjoy unlimited music on the go.  The only catch?  The radio stream is laced with ads, though paying Spotify customers won't be bothered with ads and can skip unlimited songs.  As for those who use the free version, they can skip only six songs per hour and endure two to three minutes of ads. But iOS users aren’t the only ones to get the radio feature.  Today, Spotify announced that Android devices will also have the radio feature, letting you create... more »
Veeam Explorer for Exchange is a necessary addition to the Exchange admin's arsenal

Veeam Explorer for Exchange is a necessary addition to the Exchange admin's arsenal

A few weeks ago, I was treated to an early look at one of Veeam’s new tools: Veeam Explorer for Exchange.  As a longtime Exchange administrator, my first thought was, “Where was this tool 10 years ago?!?” There are a number of things that might scare an Exchange administrator, but nothing quite so much as one simple question: “Hey, Exchange Admin… you can recover a message that our CEO accidentally deleted a while back?  He really needs it.”  Suddenly, the palms get sweaty and the heart starts beating a little faster and you hope… just hope… that the stars align and... more »
Hewlett-Packard Goes All-Flash with 3PAR

Hewlett-Packard Goes All-Flash with 3PAR

Hardware giant Hewlett-Packard announced a new commitment to SSD storage with a new 3PAR configuration, P10000. This variation of the single tier storage array runs on SSDs, and as a result offers several advantages including less overhead than its disk-based sibling – up to 80 percent reduced cost per kilowatt according to the company. More automation has been thrown in the mix as well, and the actual array has some impressive specs: 512 SSDs, 450K IOs per second and 1,900 300GB hard drives. "Before our move to HP 3PAR Adaptive Optimization Software with solid state, service levels were being compromised and substantial... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.