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Oracle Exadata/Exalogic Not Selling With Good Reason, Says Analyst

Oracle Exadata/Exalogic Not Selling With Good Reason, Says Analyst

Oracle's Exadata and Exalogic systems are more expensive and provide less performance and interconnectivity, writes Wikibon Co-founder and CTO David Floyer in “The Limited Value of Oracle Exadata”, the first of two new Alerts on the products.  In the second, “Oracle Exadata and Exalogic Sales Not Meeting Expectations”,  he adds that they do not appear to be selling nearly as well as Oracle would have people believe. Floyer's analysis of Exadata vs single SKU appliances from other vendors show that Exadata's total cost including maintenance, software, and hardware totals $7,960,000 while single SKU appliances have a total average cost of $4,206,500,... more »
EMC's Flash Strategy is First About the Concept of Data Decay

EMC's Flash Strategy is First About the Concept of Data Decay

EMC is betting that data velocity demands more than spinning disk. We know that much. The real question comes down to how fast the storage company can pivot to beat fast growing providers like Fusion-io and Violin Memory. It's this unanswered question that makes EMCWorld one of the  more closely watched events of the spring  conference season. Will EMC offer a pure-flash array? It appears so with the acquisition of Xtremio. But the heart of the EMC strategy still focuses on the concept of "data decay," which predicates that hard disk drives play a central role in most any storage offering. The news from... more »
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Can Pinterest Build a Business Model to Justify $1 Billion Valuation?

Interest in Pinterest has grown rapidly in recent months. The social network has received plenty of attention over the past few months as its membership numbers have soared.  In fact, Pinterest has become the 16th most visited site in the United States, according to recent data from market research firm Alexa. After getting $100 million in investment funds from Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, the new kid on the social media block got a valuation 50 percent bigger than that of Instagram when Facebook brought it for $1 billion. So what does the future hold for Pinterest that would justify a $1 billion valuation for... more »
EMC World 2012: The Cloud Meets Big Data, All Over Again

EMC World 2012: The Cloud Meets Big Data, All Over Again

Today EMC World 2012 is kicking off with all the expected fanfare.  The storage giant’s annual gathering that has a history of aiming towards, and usually hitting, the dead center of what happens to be going on in the IT industry at the time. Last year’s the slogan was “Cloud Meets Big Data.” The partners attending the event managed to a release a slew of announcements during the five-day event, which in turn revved up with EMC’s own news. The storage giant debuted literally dozens of new products, and not surprisingly a sizable portion address big data. Greenplum was and still is... more »
Another Mobile Acquisition for Facebook. This One Comes with Good Karma

Another Mobile Acquisition for Facebook. This One Comes with Good Karma

Facebook, which went public with its IPO on Friday, has been making waves in recent weeks with their aggressive acquisitions of smaller application companies, such as the billion dollar purchase of Instagram which sent heads shaking and asking the question, what does Facebook have up its sleeve? Karma, a mobile social gifting app is Facebook’s most recent target, and was founded by the same duo that was behind Tapjoy.  The app allows users to send gifts via their mobile device, which can then be posted onto Facebook or through an SMS message as the means of alerting the recipient to the... more »
BU Medical School Combines EMC Isolon, Actifio Backup to Capture, Backup, and Archive Big Data

BU Medical School Combines EMC Isolon, Actifio Backup to Capture, Backup, and Archive Big Data

When John Meyers, Ph.D., came to the Boston University School of Medicine as a medical researcher, he stepped into a chaotic data environment. “Servers were under lab benches. Irreplaceable repositories of years worth of data resided on NAS boxes on lab benches with no backup. I wouldn't use the term 'infrastructure' to describe the situation.” The problem, Dr. Meyers said, was that the central IT systems had not kept up with the basic change in the nature of medical research. It had become a big data game – a single genome sequence is 3 Tbytes of data, but the IT architecture... more »
3 Surprising Ways Mobile Wallets Use Your Data

3 Surprising Ways Mobile Wallets Use Your Data

Mobile wallets are supposed to save us from ourselves, centralizing our bank and credit cards into our smartphones so we never have to carry a physical wallet again.  No more worrying about forgetting your wallet at home, and even if your wallet is stolen you still have all the necessary information on hand, as long as you have your smartphone.  But every modern convenience comes at a cost.  Mobile wallets require a great deal of personal data, and some are more surprising than others. Before you sign up or start using mobile wallets, better check out first what these service providers... more »
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Automated Tiered Storage Providing Cost Savings, Risk Reduction [Report]

A just-published study by Wikibon CTO David Floyer and Analyst Nick Allen finds that Automated Tiered Storage (ATS) is being adopted by midrange companies, many of whom are taking on an aggressive policy of ATS adoption following their positive early experiences. The study, “Assessment of Automated Tiered Storage for Midrange Arrays”,  concludes that ATS cost justifies itself in storage cost saving of about 20% on average across multiple vendors and array types. Longer term, they also predict it will reduce risk levels associated with data management as users gain experience. The study was based on surveys and interviews with numerous Wikibon... more »
Facebook Pages Manager Tops this Week’s Best Tablet Apps for Business

Facebook Pages Manager Tops this Week’s Best Tablet Apps for Business

Now that Facebook is a publicly traded company with a valuation exceeding $100 billion, it’s probably a good time to look at how it fares in mobile. The social network maintains a number of apps although it hasn’t been stopping third party developers from jumping the opportunity, and the first one in this week’s list did exactly that – and with a fair amount of success, too. IPad Facebook Pages Manager FB Pages Manager is one of those simple utility tools that supplements existing software, and does it really well. As the name would imply this particular app consolidates the management of one’s... more »
Exploring SAP's Mobile Strategy at SAPphire 2012 [Video]

Exploring SAP's Mobile Strategy at SAPphire 2012 [Video]

The Cube’s John Furrier, Founder, Silicon Angle and Dave Vellante, Co-founder, Wikibon, interviewed Thorsten Stephan, VP Mobile Applications Unit, SAP at this year’s SAP Sapphire Now in Orlando, FL about SAP’s mobile strategy (see full video below). SAP is clearly making a large effort to rebrand itself as a company that offers technology solutions everywhere, and mobile is a core component of that transition. According to Stephan, SAP wants to provide customers best of class, highly user-centric mobile applications. The company has already created a robust core mobile platform, and is now focusing on creating and shipping applications. Vellante questioned Stephan,... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.