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CIOs Should Enhance Efficiency with Oracle's New ZFS Appliances, says Analyst

Oracle recently bolstered its ZFS hybrid storage line with the ZS3-2 and ZS3-4, two new appliances that take advantage of speedy flash drives and next generation software to beat out the competition. In a fresh report entitled “Oracle ZS3 Storage Appliances: Tier-1 Performance at Tier-3 Prices,” Wikibon founding CTO David Floyer exposes the features that set ZS3 apart from the pack. The ZS3-2 improves on “almost every aspect” of the original Sun ZFS Storage 7320 architecture, Floyer writes, most notably caching. The appliance packs three times as much SLC flash-backed write-cache as the 7320, while the ZS3-4 leverages SAS-2 drives to... more »
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Pentaho Unleashes New Version of Data-Driven BI Platform

Pentaho has announced the general availability of Business Analytics 5.0, the latest version of its flagship BI solution. The platform includes more than 250 new features and an improved user interface that removes barriers between decision makers and their data. Business Analytics 5.0 introduces the ability to blend multiple data sources into a single “picture” that reveals patterns and correlations that could not be identified otherwise. The software performs this integration “at the source” to let users work with datasets of varying quality and granularity while ensuring that information is handled in accordance with auditing standards. Other new features include a consolidated... more »
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Pentaho Adds MongoDB Support to Newest Solution

Pentaho’s newly released Business Analytics 5.0 platform introduces over 250 major improvements, including expanded support for MongoDB. The company says that the integration lets customers take advantage of the document database to more easily meet “increasing requirements for big data in businesses today.” According to Pentaho, Business Analytics 5.0 is the first BI solution to offer full support for MongoDB cluster replication and failover. The platform also lets users direct how reads and writes are routed to database nodes, and leverage native MongoDB features such as replication and data aggregation to accelerate querying. MongoDB promises to make data more accessible for business... more »
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VMware Reshuffles Board of Directors

VMware announced this week that veteran executive Pamela Craig has taken up the newly vacated board seat of Intel’s Renee James. The virtualization giant said that James resigned from the board to focus on her responsibilities as the chip maker’s president, a post she has held since May. Craig is stepping into James’ shoes after a 34-year career with Accenture, where she worked in various operational roles and made history as the first female chief financial officer. In her new role, Craig will pick up where James left off and serve as a member of VMware's mergers and acquisitions committee. “We are... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Ecosystem Takes the Limelight

Weekly Big Data Review: Ecosystem Takes the Limelight

The Big Data ecosystem is bustling with newly forged alliances as analytics vendors close in on the traditional enterprise. SAP is leading the charge with an ambitious initiative to add support for “all” Hadoop distributions across its core analytics portfolio. The business intelligence giant announced this week that it has signed separate licensing agreements with Intel and Hortonworks to redistribute their Hadoop offerings through its global channel. Mitch Ferguson, the analytics startup’s vice president of business development, revealed that the vendor plans to bundle the Hortonworks Data Platform with its widely-used HANA in-memory database. SAP’s aggressive push into the Hadoop market is... more »
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Analysts Have Power to Change the World Says Tableau CEO

Data combined with insight can change the world for the better, Tableau CEO and Cofounder Christian Chabot told a rapt audience of 8,300 users and senior IT executives at the Tableau User Conference. He started his speech on how to change the world with a simple, hand written spreadsheet tracking deaths in a hospital in Vienna in the 1860s. This, he said, was the data that Dr. Ignaz Sammelwiez used to develop the germ theory of disease and the basic insight that doctors were spreading disease by failing to wash their hands between patients, an insight that has saved millions... more »
Telerik Developer Community Gets Early Access to Apple iOS 7 Capabilities

Telerik Developer Community Gets Early Access to Apple iOS 7 Capabilities

Officially, Apple revealed iOS 7 on Tuesday and suddenly hundreds of thousands of developers around the world recoiled with horror realized that their applications will require major changes in order to work with the new operating system. Although many developers have indeed had access in the past three months in beta form--however, many of the changes represent a bit of a shift in user experience and UI use. Developers can simply try to rebuild their applications for the new operating system from Apple, but the new style for iOS 7 has the dangerous potential to transform app interfaces into something clumsy. Of... more »
NSFOCUS: Quick-Pay Seeking Criminals Need Look No Further Than DDoS

NSFOCUS: Quick-Pay Seeking Criminals Need Look No Further Than DDoS

NSFOCUS, provider of enterprise-level solutions and services for distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation, Web security and network security has released their mid-year 2013 DDoS Threat Report with the aim of educating the broader IT industry about observations and trends regarding DDos attacks.  The overall highlights of the report suggest DDoS attacks while shrinking in length, are gaining in the number of attacks and becoming increasingly profit-driven. The report was put together by the company’s Security Research Academy, an in-house team of anti-DDoS analysts (larger than the entire staffs of Prolexic and Arbor Networks combined).  In compiling the report, NSFOCUS’ Security... more »
Sauce Labs’ Expands JavaScript Unit Testing to Enrich Developers Cloud Testing Platform

Sauce Labs’ Expands JavaScript Unit Testing to Enrich Developers Cloud Testing Platform

Cloud testing is an innovation that uses virtaulized resources to test software applications in a way that more-closely mimicks the way it might be affected by being out in the wild. Clearly, when you want to test a website, you need machines that connect to your site to verify proper operation. Sauce Labs's cloud-based service allows savvy developers to quickly test web applications on over 150 browsers and platforms including iOS, Android & Mac OS X, Selenium-compatible functional testing, JavaScript unit and easy manual testing all in the cloud. Extending the cloud testing platform, Sauce Labs announced expanded platform support and... more »
Here's The Biggest Twitter Hacks of All Time

Here's The Biggest Twitter Hacks of All Time

With all the information it has to offer, hopefully no one is surprise that social media has become more and more ingrained into our society. For many organizations it is the main way of getting information out. Usage on social media networks continues to rise including the fortunes of Twitter, which is second in total users only to Facebook.  Is Twitter a credible source of information, how much should corporations do on Twitter, and is it safe? Even for users, these concerns are significant, who do you trust? How do you trust? The answer is simple, Twitter does a great... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.