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As Cloud Products Compete, How Do We Choose One for Our Operations?

As Cloud Products Compete, How Do We Choose One for Our Operations?

Google is battling head-to-head with Amazon to project its cloud services as the superior choice. With its newly launched IaaS Cloud, Google is trying to grab share in the market, and especially to steal attention from Amazon's product that is well established in the market for its web and cloud services. Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud has been going strong for the last 4 years, and offers ample features to a variety of customers. So, what is Google boasting about its IaaS Cloud? Let’s find out by making a quick comparison of both of them. Google uses Xeon E5-2670 chips,... more »
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At The Pool Founder Alex Capecelatro Talks About Improving Real Life Social Experiences

Alex Capecelatro describes himself as a "programmer, designer, builder, and thinker" on At The Pool, the new social network he founded. At The Pool blends elements from Meetup, Match.com and Facebook to connect you like-minded people who love what you love. In the vein of recent social media services like Google+ and Highlight, At The Pool is all about the interest graph, and it enables interest-based connections through "pools," proximity to others, and daily email recommendations. In this interview, Alex talks about his startup and the unmet need that he wants to solve for, as well as his thoughts on social network... more »
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Cool Cases and Accessories for Your Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 is already available for purchase on Google Play for the low price of $199.  Though it's not as accessible for in-store test runs as the iPad and other iDevices are, SiliconANGLE’s Alton Wahlman believes that it is a better buy than Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which comes in at the same price.  To read more about his review on the Nexus 7, see here. Should you decide to go with the Nexus 7, here's some early and very cool accessories to make your experience even better. Out-of-Print eBook Jackets This is a Kickstarter project that aims to give people the option... more »
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This Week in Big Data: Social Analytics, the Olympics & DDN Roll Out

Social networks represent a huge source of unstructured data, and Thismoment is among the vendors that help marketers make use of all that information to improve their brand image. The firm is one of the leading solutions providers in this field with over $33 million in funding raised to date, and it’s DEC platform is going to receive a big update that will unlock a lot more of Facebook’s potential. The company said that a future version of the software will be support Open Graph, an advanced API that the social network makes available to developers that want to go beyond... more »
Dropbox Gets Hacked, Box Gets Funding: This Week in the Cloud

Dropbox Gets Hacked, Box Gets Funding: This Week in the Cloud

Two of the biggest names in file sync had big updates this week – one disclosed more details about a recent security breach, and the other announced a massive round of funding that reaffirms just how big a phenomenon cloud lockers have become. Last month Dropbox users started seeing more spam in their inboxes, including many who have opened e-mail accounts exclusively to sign up for a service. That led to an internal investigation and eventually the company found out how hackers got a hold of users’ email addresses:  an employee with access to that information apparently fell victim to a... more »
The Big Ole Data - Data Quiz

The Big Ole Data - Data Quiz

Data, data, everywhere you go you are surrounded by numbers, text, and statistics staggering in their sheer volume. We need huge databases just to store all that access, and infrastructures to access it all easily, but this is not necessarily the biggest problem of a growing data puzzle. What is? Usability. One of the biggest problems with databases full to the brim, for the user, is the contextual application of bits and bites. It is not the mass of data that is so problematic, it is the processes and interconnectedness of the sometimes distant pieces, even the puzzle pieces in proximity.... more »
Box Is Overvalued, But Maybe Not By Much

Box Is Overvalued, But Maybe Not By Much

Call it the Instagram Effect: Silicon Valley startups are seeing their valuations shoot up in the wake of the social photo-sharing site's $1 billion acquisition by Facebook. So when cloud storage company Box (neé Box.net) raised $125 million this week, officially pushing it above the billion-dollar mark. But with cloud storage increasingly commoditized in the space, there's a hanging question over whether this VC exuberance is irrational and Box is overfunded. The argument against Box's valuation goes something like this: If you don't already know, Box specializes in the kind of sync-once-retrieve-anywhere super-simple file storage and sharing that was largely popularized... more »
Five Steps to a More Secure Virtualized Data Center

Five Steps to a More Secure Virtualized Data Center

One important business incentive is the desire to create a data center to improve handling of information systems and reduce operating costs. When you create long-term strategies aimed at optimizing the data center, the benefits can be substantial--reduced capital and operating, and greater business agility. Currently, many organizations store and move more information than they had imagined in the past. This means that the data center has become a mere component of a broader IT strategy designed to foster business growth and improve its operational efficiency. But as organizations look at data center designs and consolidation, it’s time to think of... more »
What You Should Know About Google Bots and SEO

What You Should Know About Google Bots and SEO

This week, a startup called Limited Run made headlines when they went public with news that the majority of their Facebook ad clicks were coming from bots. The startup was rightfully upset that they were only receiving 20% human clicks from their ad buy, and ultimately decided to delete their Facebook account. Ad clicks aren't the only pressing issue for websites when it comes to online marketing and bots - since tools like Google analytics don’t provide granular insight into site traffic, it can be very tricky to differentiate between human and non-human traffic unless you really drill down, or notice... more »
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Google Fiber: The True Cost and Limitations of Speedy Internet

Google finally unveiled their Google Fiber project last week, as promised.  Before you get too excited about its 1000Mbps speed, it's only be available, for the meantime, in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Google Fiber is still in its pre-register campaign wherein people from Kansas City are allowed to pre-register or sign up and entice their neighbors to sign up as well.  The neighborhoods with the most people signed up are the first to get Google Fiber. Not a lot of people know what Google Fiber is and what it’s about.  So here’s a quick recap: Google Fiber is Google’s... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.