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Software is Where Innovation Meets Advancement  #IBMEdge

Software is Where Innovation Meets Advancement #IBMEdge

Steve Kenniston, Global Storage Evangelist at IBM, and Randy Arsenault, Platform Strategy Consultant at IBM, discussed the latest storage trends, software-defined everything, open vs. proprietary and the future of flash with theCUBE host Dave Vellante at the 2013 edition of IBM Edge. "I think it is a really exciting time," for storage, Kenniston said. "You have the Hadoop on one side, and the services and storage," along with computing and the new industry buzzword - software defined. Software will generate competitive advantage by enhancing all these components. "You've got much more software content," Arsenault added. "We went from proprietary to open," and it's easier... more »
IBM CIO Discusses Efficacy and Future of Flash

IBM CIO Discusses Efficacy and Future of Flash

In their ongoing coverage of IBM Edge Stu Miniman and Dave Vellante speak with Kevin Powell, Business Line FlashSystems Manager. The three discuss the many functions of Flash, IBM’s unique tech offerings and the importance of fully integrated solutions. Powell explains that the focus of IBM Edge was not just Flash Systems products, but offerings across the Flash portfolio, including connecting Flash capability of storage with Flash capacity in the server. As clients transition from disk storage to Flash storage they enjoy the benefit of not having to address de-staging backup. IBM’s own storage array is all flash. Miniman asks about the... more »
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HP GM of Emerging Technologies Says Big Data is "Absolutely Real"

Andrew Joiner, GM of Emerging Technologies for HP join John Furrier and Dave Vellante in theCube for Discover 2013. The three discuss important business trends in big data and what HP has to offer, especially concerning autonomy technology. Joiner and Furrier discuss important shift in business noting that an important trend is the breaking down of silos in which, companies have overlapping roles between CMOs, CTOs and CIOs. Joiner notes that he does not see Discover as just a technology conference, but concerned with making business relationships or, what he considers the “I” in “IT”. Furrier inquires about Joiner’s take on the... more »
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Sanbolic Sees Future for Software Defined World

In their ongoing coverage of IBM Edge, Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman speak with Eva Helena of Sanbolic. The three discuss Sanbolic’s data product suite,  software defined data centers and the evolution of storage stacks for the software defined world. Helena explains that Sanbolic’s data product suite creates one pool of the storage that can be accessed from various locations on premise in one location. She adds that Sanbolic uses its “file system technology to get high availability across sites, which creates a more flexible backend and agile infrastructure.” One of the most important things for Sanbolic is the ability to... more »
SDN : An "Open" Opportunity to Rethink Network Design | #HPDiscover

SDN : An "Open" Opportunity to Rethink Network Design | #HPDiscover

Dave Larson, VP and CTO for HP Networking, discussed software-defined networking beyond the buzz with theCube co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick, live at the HP Discover 2013 event this week. "Software-defined networking is offering a new opportunity to rethink the way we build our networks," Larson said, "how to extract business value from it."  Commenting on the VMware acquisition of Nicira, he explained that "network virtualization is critical to allowing hyperscale cloud environments to meet the automation that they need" to deliver to customers, but that's not SDN. "The market is changing, this is evolutionary, we're the advent of this paradigm shift... more »
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HP Unveils Unified Cloud OS : Comprehensive Private/Hybrid Cloud on Moonshot

HP today has announced a comprehensive private/hybrid cloud system running on HP Moonshot hyperscale servers and unified by the newly announced HP CloudOS. The HP Public Cloud runs on CloudOS, meaning that this OpenStack-based operating platform is enterprise ready and that hybrid clouds built on HP's technology can be tightly integrated with the HP Cloud not just through an interface but through a common architecture. As part of the announcement HP is promising comprehensive security, allowing business & government users the assurance that sensitive data will remain in-house while they can support mobile, remote users with the functionality they need... more »
Project HAVEn, Moonshot + Converged Infrastructure : HP's Long View Revealed  #HPDiscover

Project HAVEn, Moonshot + Converged Infrastructure : HP's Long View Revealed #HPDiscover

Kicking off day 1 of HP Discover 2013 Live in Las Vegas, John Furrier and Jeff Kelly resumed theCUBE's flagship interviews series with Greg Battas, CTO Business Intelligence Solutions for HP Convergent Systems, to talk about infrastructure as code and the future of software. Battas begins by talking a bit about the company's structure, the motivation behind the current organization and converged infrastructure. "Everyone has their own take on organizing a company," says Battas, "either by product line or by program." Converged infrastructure deals with a lot of programs originating in different parts of the company, so pretty soon it became clear... more »
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IBM Chief Scientist Explains G2 Innovation

In their ongoing coverage of IBM Edge Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman speak with Jeff Jonas, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist. The three discuss the success and applicability of his G2 invention, why data errors are sometimes useful and the future of IBM technological innovation. G2 is designed to integrate very diverse datasets and was recently used in voter registration technology in the last election. Given that people are so mobile, states want to ensure that if you move from one state to another you are not represented on two different voter rolls. Typically, states had been just using name and... more »
Google's NSA Plea: Let Us Be More Transparent!

Google's NSA Plea: Let Us Be More Transparent!

Google has explicitly denied passing on user data to the NSA.  Whistleblower Edward Snowden begs to differ, saying he can access your emails and chat records at the click of a mouse button. So is someone not telling the truth? Or has the NSA simply found a way to access Google's servers without it knowing? We don't have the answers to these questions, but in an attempt to shed some more light on the matter, Google, along with Facebook and Microsoft, are now asking the government to let them disclose as much information on the cooperation they provide as possible. Google's Chief Legal... more »
The Real Benefit of Clouds Overhead  #IBMEdge

The Real Benefit of Clouds Overhead #IBMEdge

theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman interviewed Erik Eyberg at IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas this week. Formerly with Texas Memory Systems (TMS), and with a solid technical background, Erik has been appointed Strategy & Business Development Manager for Flash Systems with IBM, after Big Blue's acquisition of TMS. IBM has invested one billion dollars in Flash, a bold move and a big commitment to develop this promising ecosystem. Since then, the project and its team have been steadily growing, taking effective steps to bring it to market. To Vellante's intel, many of the current customers are putting the IBM... 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.