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The Dream of the 90s is Alive in the Flash Market

The Dream of the 90s is Alive in the Flash Market

"Hey Dave, so you're back from Vegas." "Yeah, Alex, it was unreal." "Really?" "I have a lot to tell you." "You know, Violin Memory, right?" "Yeah." "Well, the founder, Don Basile, he came onto theCube this week at EMC World and basically said the dream of the 90s is alive in the flash market." "No way." "I'm serious. I mean, he talked about when IBM's SNA technology dominated the networking market. They controlled like 70 to 80% of the data running through any corporate network." "Yeah, I remember that. There were like all these promises of e-business." Defining interfaces - devops explosion "Exactly. Cisco eventually bought SNA in a $2 billion deal." All... more »
EMC's M&A Strategy Dictates XtremeIO and Syncplicity to Become $1 Billion Businesses

EMC's M&A Strategy Dictates XtremeIO and Syncplicity to Become $1 Billion Businesses

EMC guides its strategy according to what it calls its "triple play." It serves as a framework to run the company internally and guide its way in the market. According to EMC CFO and Executive Vice President David Goulden,that means three things: Make sure the business is growing in the overall market and increasing its market share. Invest in the future. Produce financial leverage. The trick is to do all three at once. It's in this context that EMC models its acquisition strategy, Goulden said on theCube this week at EMC World. Acquired companies need to be $1 billion businesses when they grow up. Most of the acquisitions... more »
Fusion-io All About Flash Gaming, Drecom is Latest Client

Fusion-io All About Flash Gaming, Drecom is Latest Client

Flash storage giant Fusion-io has been tapping the gaming industry lately, releasing case study after case study covering various companies’ use of its ioDrive solutions.  The newest is Drecom, a Japanese web portal that maintains social games in addition to mobile sites and other things such as RSS readers. The firm "Fusion-io’d" its database environment. ‘"We needed a solution that would allow us to enhance our MySQL environment to serve our rapidly-growing user base," said Drecom IT Architect Senior Engineer Yusuke Saito. "No one wants to wait when they log on to play a game. With Fusion ioDrives integrated into our... more »
Flash in the Cloud is Still Early in Innovation, Says Solidfire

Flash in the Cloud is Still Early in Innovation, Says Solidfire

David Cahill, Director of Strategic Alliances for Solidfire made an appearance on theCube at EMCWorld 2012.  Solidfire is a revolutionary player in the cloud architecture realm.  As the only all-flash array product that is focused exclusively to the cloud service provider market, the Boulder, Colorado based company is on a trajectory to full general availability to that market and beyond.   Dave Cahill's interview video on theCube can be seen on SiliconAngle.tv (full clip below). It is interestingly noted that EMC’s recent 430 million dollar acquisition of Xtrem I/O, serves as a validation of Solidfire’s technology and provides great reference to integration... more »
VMware Extends Desktop Virtualization Portfolio with Wanova

VMware Extends Desktop Virtualization Portfolio with Wanova

VMware signed an agreement to acquire an Israeli firm called Wanova, with the goal of enabling virtual desktop management on offline end point devices. This is according to a blog post from earlier this week by Scott Davis, the CTO of the virtualization giant’s VDI group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed in the official release, but local publication Haaretz believes the transaction is worth approximately $100 million. Wanova’s flagship product is Mirage, a replication and layering solution with one particular feature that evidently managed to draw VMware’s attention: the platform caches and executes images on the client side. View does... more »
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Fear and Opportunity Drive Big Data in Business, Says Tom Roloff

Big data is still in the strategy planning stage in most industries according to Tom Roloff, COO for EMC Consulting. But, he said in an interview in The SiliconAngle Cube from EMCworld 2012, companies are moving aggressively, and often fear is as much a motivator as business opportunity (see full video below). “Everybody is worrying about 'Are my competitors in my industry learning something that I'm not?'” he says. “There's an element of 'Can you tell me what other people in financial services are doing with big data because if they're doing something I should be doing, I'd better find out... more »
U.S. State Department Hacks al-Qaeda Webpages

U.S. State Department Hacks al-Qaeda Webpages

An AP report has disclosed that the U.S. State Department launched the “hacking” of al-Qaeda sites in Yemen.  The article states that propaganda on the web pages was reversed to show altered versions of the ads that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton describes as showing “the toll al-Qaeda attacks have taken on the Yemeni people”.  The information replaced al-Qaeda propaganda regarding the killing of Americans.  This marks a public confirmation that the US is utilizing a breadth of technology based offensive in addition to other means against its enemies. This admission of covert cyber operations is unusual, and it indicates... more »
EMC President Pat Gelsinger Materializes Data Infrastructure in theCube at EMC World 2012

EMC President Pat Gelsinger Materializes Data Infrastructure in theCube at EMC World 2012

Pat Gelsinger, President and Chief Operating Officer of EMC, dropped into theCube at EMC World 2012 to speak with John Furrier and Dave Vellante—he visits every year at EMC World and always brings a lot of interesting insights into the moving-and-shaking projects at EMC. This time he sat down with the intrepid pair to talk about the future of the market, flash storage, and even analytics. Vellante mentioned that EMC’s portfolio has transformed across the board with acquisitions, Isilon, flash, and software. “Clearly with the acquisition of XtremIO, as we understand the taxonomy of the industry today, we have all the pieces... more »
Precog’s Raises $2M for Drag ‘N Drop Analytics Interface

Precog’s Raises $2M for Drag ‘N Drop Analytics Interface

This week a startup called Precog that it received $2 million in a first round of funding led by RP Ventures, only three months after it came out of stealth at the Strata conference. The company offers a cloud-based platform that analyzes the unstructured data streams a developer is tapping into, such as social media interactions and geotagged activity. It then allows the user to translate the real-time results that the system produces into new capabilities:  everything from shopping recommendations to more behind-the-scenes functionality such as reporting. At the same time, the time investment that this would normally require is dramatically reduced... more »
EMC CTO Discusses the Current State of Big Data

EMC CTO Discusses the Current State of Big Data

The Cube is providing continuous coverage of EMC World 2012 being held in Las Vegas May 21 – 24. The Cube’s Dave Vellante sat down with Bill Schmarzo, CTO Enterprise Information Management and Analytics, EMC. Schmarzo said two activities at EMC World are consuming his time – speaking to analysts and speaking to customers. According to Schmarzo, the analysts he has spoken with have different perspectives about big data. Analysts more focused on data sciences report market enthusiasm about the ability to tap into new data sources and discover new market opportunities. However, analysts from the traditional business intelligence space... more »

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