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Will the Smartphone Survive the Internet of Things?

Will the Smartphone Survive the Internet of Things?

The smartphone has been around for a few years now.  Long enough for Apple to go two years without releasing a new iPhone, still managing an impressive dominance over the market.  But the Internet of Things has taken over.  That is, the future is here.  The connected world is bigger than the smartphone, having already embraced tablets, phablets, fitbits and the Xbox One.  Digital crafters have DIY-ed the Internet, sprouting a hyper-excited wistfulness for tomorrow’s wearable tech.  Crowdfunding, 3D printing and Amazon have blown the gadget market wide open, stitching in a sensor and pairing up an app. So is there... more »
Google's Secret Plan To Ditch Cookies & Track EVERYONE With AdIDs

Google's Secret Plan To Ditch Cookies & Track EVERYONE With AdIDs

When it comes to online advertising firms, they don't get much bigger than Google. And so when Google decides that it's going to make fundamental changes to the way netizens are tracked online, the repercussions of that move are going to be felt far and wide – with one possible ramification being that it'll become almost impossible to hide your browsing activity online, especially if Google goes ahead with its reported plan to ditch third-party cookies as its primary method of identifying consumers in favor of newer, smarter tracking technology. The problem with cookies is that many people know about them,... more »
HP Launches New Security Services from HP Protect 2013

HP Launches New Security Services from HP Protect 2013

“Security for the new reality” - that's HP's theme at this week's HP Protect 2013 event in Washington D.C. We took a look at the leading product announcements to come of the event, but there are a number of security services that were announced as well. Now many people want to just buy something out of the box and run with it, and HP's numerous security products are designed to be easy to implement and easy to use. However, this is the enterprise we're talking about here. That means a whole world of complexities when it comes to security. Again,... more »
Converged Storage Becomes Strategic as IT Seeks Simplicity, Agility

Converged Storage Becomes Strategic as IT Seeks Simplicity, Agility

IT shops seeking to simplify their administration, refocus on higher level areas in the technology stack, and increase agility, are turning to converged systems writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman. Converged hardware can help IT break the traditional silos and move towards simpler architectures. It provides a stable foundation that extends the value of virtualization up the stack to meet the needs of application owners. As a result, market adoption is well along the path forecast by Wikibon. While speed of implementation can be an initial attraction, the greatest value is provided by systems that integrate up the stack to database... more »
Wikibon Declares Oracle’s ZFS Appliance True “Flash-First” Hybrid

Wikibon Declares Oracle’s ZFS Appliance True “Flash-First” Hybrid

Oracle has once again raised the flash storage bar with its latest products, the ZS3-2 and ZS3-4 storage systems. Oracle is quick to point out that these new systems outperform comparable NetApp midrange platforms. Wikibon took a closer look at the storage appliances to see if they really measure up to those claims. Wikibon determined that Oracle’s ZFS appliance is a true “flash-first” appliance. It demonstrates high continuous read and write rates, as well as low latency. The ZS3-2 and ZS3-4 also run Oracle’s “sweet spot” applications, which are optimized for ZFS hardware, making it more difficult for the competition to... more »
Green Light for Oracle Database Virtualization

Green Light for Oracle Database Virtualization

Despite official signals to the contrary, Wikibon community members report that Oracle support for virtualization of Oracle databases using non-Oracle hypervisors "has been stellar", writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer. As a result of that and the clear business value of virtualization, he estimates that 55 percent of Oracle production databases are now virtualized with the pace of adoption growing. The most popular hypervisor for Oracle virtualization: VMware. Oracle virtualization has several real attractions, he writes. In addition to the infrastructure integration benefits, users can save by reducing or redeploying Oracle licenses by spending on servers with larger DRAM and using storage... more »
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Tape, Flash Squeeze Disk Storage Market

In his latest Professional Alert, Wikibon CTO David Floyer envisions a future in which disk drives become increasingly rare as flash becomes the preferred storage medium for all active data, while virtually all inactive data, as well as all archives and data backups, go on tape. And that future may not be far off. Investment in and development of high-performance disk drives has dried up, and Wikibon predicts that by 2015 the majority of active data and metadata will be stored on NAND flash. Meanwhile, while IT revenues have been under pressure for a decade, investment in tape actually grew... more »
VCE Brings Flash to Converged Infrastructure with Latest Offerings

VCE Brings Flash to Converged Infrastructure with Latest Offerings

Founded in 2009 as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco, VCE is quickly emerging as a leader in the converged infrastructure space. The vendor is now looking to accelerate its growth with new solutions for resource-intensive environments. The freshly unveiled Vblock System 340 marries XtremSW flash cache with Cisco’s B420 M3 blade servers and Nexus 3048 switch, EMC VNX arrays and the latest version of vSphere. VCE claims that the system offers up four times the performance and twice the capacity of the original Vblock 330. The 340 is joined by an Oracle box dubbed Vblock Specialized System for High Performance... more »
HP Security Goes RealTime, Community, and Mobile in Enterprise Cyber Security Announcements

HP Security Goes RealTime, Community, and Mobile in Enterprise Cyber Security Announcements

HP is running with the theme of “Security for the new reality” throughout this week at the HP Protect 2013 event in Washington D.C. To bolster that they are working with customers to rethink their security strategies to deal with today’s real security threats. It’s a landscape of threats that isn’t quite covered by traditional security models. Organizations today must manage risk and have a real-time vision of what is going on in the enterprise in order to protect data. Cybercrime is on the rise, as we see evidenced in daily reports of data breaches. Cyber criminals are getting more... more »
Attunity Injects Resilience into Data Analytics with New Replication Software

Attunity Injects Resilience into Data Analytics with New Replication Software

Aggregating data from off-premises databases involves governance and security challenges that traditional network solutions aren’t necessarily equipped to address. Aggregation also yields latency and bandwidth constraints which can be barriers to analytics in geographically dispersed enterprises. Attunity, a Burlington, MA.-based provider of replication software, is tearing down these barriers with a new solution for large-scale heterogeneous environments. Attunity Replicate 3.0 comes with a WAN data transfer engine that provides “advanced resiliency and three levels of advanced security” for low-bandwidth satellite connections and long-distance replication to or from the cloud. Attunity claims that its platform is two to three times faster than rivaling... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- 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

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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.