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Google Talk, Twitter Service Outages Leave Users Outraged

Google Talk, Twitter Service Outages Leave Users Outraged

If you experienced difficulty using Google Talk this morning, unable to send messages, call, or access the service all together, you are not alone.  A lot of people have reported the same thing happening to them and guess what?  Google knows about it. If you check Google Apps, you can see that Google Talk has a red mark on it, and checking with the legend, it tells you that Google Talk is having a service outage.  Google already released a statement regarding the situation, in a way of calming down the angry mob of Google Talk user. "We're aware of a problem... more »
Nintendo Sales Drop, Reports Operating Loss of $132 Million

Nintendo Sales Drop, Reports Operating Loss of $132 Million

Nintendo has just posted some negative figures concerning its operating income. The company has reported an operating loss of $132 million due to sharp drop in Wii sales. It seems the gaming console giant is experiencing the Osborne effect as it announced the launch of a next-generation console, resulting in dropped sales of its existing gaming console. Ninendo announced its plans of launching the next generation Wii U gaming console with the hope that this will prove beneficial, but it did just the reverse. Gamers, in anticipation of Wii U console, stopped purchasing the existing Wii console, which resulted in... more »
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Tech Gets Sporty: Mobile Business and Usage at 2012 London Olympics

It seems like marketers are hoping to win bigger than the athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Leading brands like Coca Cola and Visa are launching their largest, multi-dimensional marketing campaigns for the Games. The three tech companies (of 11 total corporate sponsors), Samsung, Acer and Panasonic, are outnumbered by other businesses sponsoring the games. Still, a recent Essendex infographic suggests all the mobile activity surrounding the events promises a big return on tech investment. Olympic fans around the world are using their phones to watch the games, share their favorite moments, and keep up with the latest news and... more »
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Gamification Becomes the Norm: 7 Ways to Game Your Business

The year 2011 was marked by the emergence of new social paradigms, techniques and the latest buzzwords around mobility,  the cloud and social gaming. One more buzzword we have heard more in recent past is gamification – the transfer of gaming activity to enterprise software for marketing and business purposes. Gamification typically applies to applications and processes to encourage people to adopt them or influence how they are used. The technique can be useful to encourage people to perform tasks that they generally considered boring, such as completing reviews, fill out tax forms, or reading websites. Engine Yard had just published an... more »
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100 New Features for Dragon: Speak to Your Computer "Naturally"

Nuance Communications, Inc. released the new version of their speech recognition software, the Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.  Nuance claims that it is the fastest, most accurate and easy-to-use version of Dragon that comes with more than 100 new features and enhancements that will convince you to make the shift from typing to talking. The new version brings Dragon technology to PCs so users can perform anything on their computer, like update their Facebook status, type on Word, surf the web and a lot more, by just talking. It's also been improved for Gmail and Hotmail, with Full Text Control and commands for the... more »
Services Fuel EMC's Q2 2012 Earnings

Services Fuel EMC's Q2 2012 Earnings

EMC services fueled EMC’s income in the second quarter of 2012. Virtualization, cloud computing and Big Data are the key trends that EMC cites for continued growth in its storage product revenue. While the company's products appear to be gaining modest share in the market, the real story of EMC's continued success is its Global Services operation. The company's services business enjoyed a strong quarter, increasing earnings 18% over the same quarter last year. Services revenue was driven largely by customers looking to tap EMC's expertise in transitioning to cloud environments. Meanwhile, product revenue was up in the low single digits. While... more »
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Apple Claims Samsung Overpriced Licensing Fees

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple accusing Samsung of charging high licensing fees; the latest news on Microsoft's Surface price and Windows Phone 8 launch; NFC rendering smartphones vulnerable to malware; and media sharing via different devices. Apple claims Samsung asks high licensing fees In the ongoing Apple-Samsung court battle, previous court filings submitted by Apple were unearthed last Wednesday revealing that the iPhone maker was claiming Samsung Electronics was demanding higher licensing fees compared to other companies.  But in a separate filing, Samsung stated that they do not charge higher for Apple, as they’re royalty fees comply with industry standards. Also on... more »
Gelsinger Ushers in IO-Centric Era for VMware, New Strategies

Gelsinger Ushers in IO-Centric Era for VMware, New Strategies

Pat Gelsinger is the new CEO of EMC's VMware subsidiary, and in his latest Professional Alert, Wikibon CTO and Co-Founder David Floyer presents a vision of how Gelsinger can create an IO-Centric, full-systems architecture with VMware as the operating system that integrates Flash with EMC storage architectures. This, Floyer writes in “Potential VMware Strategy to Integrate Flash and EMC Storage Architectures”, would promote EMC to the status of a full systems vendor running across multiple-vendors' servers in the virtualized data center. Floyer sees this as the best solution to the problem EMC faces of fully integrating NAND Flash storager with traditional... more »
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FalconStor to Report Q2 Earnings this Month

FalconStor, a maker of backup solutions and data protection software, will hold its earnings call for the second quarter of 2012, ended June 30, after market closing on July 31. Here’s a brief overview that the company provided. FalconStor didn’t release a preview of its earnings like EMC did so for now there’s no  word on what we could expect, but one recent development is definitely going to leave a blotch on its next report. Late last month a court made the ruling over a bribery scandal that has been  haunting the company since 2010. Its founder and several other executives were... more »
Juniper Earnings Beats Analysts but Q3 is Gloomy

Juniper Earnings Beats Analysts but Q3 is Gloomy

Networking equipment provider Juniper Networks disclosed its financial performance in the second quarter of this fiscal year, which was ahead of Wall Street’s consensus estimate. The firm reported 19 cents a share, ahead of the15 to 17 cents guidance the company itself issued and considerably higher than analysts’ consensus forecast of 8 cents a share. Sales stood at $1.11 billion, again not falling short of Juniper’s own guidance of $1.03 to $1.06 billion while easily surpassing outside sources’ expectation of $1.05 billion. The firm has seen a steady decline of its stock and financial results this year, but its Q2 numbers managed to... more »

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- 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.