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EMC's Purchase of XtremIO a Bleeding-Edge Move for Mainstream Flash Adoption

EMC's Purchase of XtremIO a Bleeding-Edge Move for Mainstream Flash Adoption

In his latest Wikibon Peer Incite, “EMC Invited XtremIO to the Flash-only Ball", co-founder and CTO David Floyer analyzes EMC's purchase of flash-storage startup XtremIO, and discusses why EMC picked this particular vendor and, more important, why it bought a flash-only storage company at all. Basically, he says, EMC clearly sees the writing on the wall – by 2015 disk-based tier 1 will be legacy technology, replaced by flash. Rather than making the too common large-vendor mistake of defending its old technology and markets to the death, EMC has chosen to move aggressively into the new world of hybrid flash/disk tiered... more »
SAP HANA Timeline: One Year Review

SAP HANA Timeline: One Year Review

HANA's in-memory analytics platform is expected  to be a hot topic at SAP's Sapphire Now event, now that it's had a full year to test the market. Just short of a year ago Fujitsu became one of the first major hardware vendors to adopt HANA across a very large portion of its portfolio, stretching servers, storage and networking equipment.   At the same time Hewlett-Packard announced that the ProLiant DL980 G7 and HP ProLiant DL580 G7 servers had been certified to run the analytics platform as well. It was then HANA began a rapid expansion, Cisco became the next major vendor to offer HANA with... more »
Ten Essential Apps for DIY Enthusiasts

Ten Essential Apps for DIY Enthusiasts

Just like our wardrobes need constant replenishing, our homes need to ‘get with it’ from time to time as well. The scope of home improvements can vary from a simple lick of paint on the walls, to adding a garage or even a whole new floor. But, regardless of how ambitious the project may or may not be, there’s going to be a lot of tough choices to be made. The good news for homeowners is, mobile technology is keeping pace. What follows are ten great mobile apps for home remodeling. They’re not going to solve any arguments which color paint... more »
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This Week in Big Data: Growth for Hadoop, Hortonworks

This week a company launched a new big data-centric development platform, four others announced strategic partnerships to develop Hadoop offerings, and one lucky social media startup managed to catch the eye of VCs. First in this recap is the update from Lucid, which combined Hadoop with open source search technology to create a platform that facilitates the development of a new breed of apps: those that harness both unstructured and structured data. The solution is currently in beta and covers a number of different areas that add more value to the core concept. Moving on to Zettaset, the company partnered up with... more »
Citrix Synergy 2012 Stars: Mobility, Virtualization and Cloud

Citrix Synergy 2012 Stars: Mobility, Virtualization and Cloud

Citrix Synergy 2012 kicked off on a high note this past Wednesday. At the center of it all was the ongoing discussion of how the cloud era is changing the course of mobility, virtualization and cloud computing, with an emphasis on mobility. Mobility Mobility is a sector Citrix intends to attack aggressively as demand mounts on both the consumer and enterprise sides.  Early this year Citrix Systems announced a Google-sponsored project called Mobilize the Cloud - A Reality.  Pundits gathered to evaluate the many cloud requirements for industry verticals with a mobile workforce, including field sales, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and transportation. At the event, Citrix... more »
Xbox Maintains Stealth Living-Room Cloud Entertainment Crown

Xbox Maintains Stealth Living-Room Cloud Entertainment Crown

As expected, the position of a gaming console attached to millions of household TVs is proving to be an excellent strategy for Microsoft in their stealth attack into the set-top-box market. All Things D has run a blog post about  a report from Freewheel—an online video advertisement company—that shows the inkling that this marketing tactic is starting to bear fruit for the Redmond-based software megagiant by using their gaming console as fodder. Just take a look for yourself, Xbox maintains the largest majority of video views in the report across non-PC devices at 28.2 percent: For a look at the actual report,... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: HP Cloud Services, VDI and mSpot

This week in big data had a few major updates, including the roll out of HP Cloud Services – the hardware giant’s big entry into IaaS – into public beta. The platform is based on OpenStack, a now highly popular open-source cloud OS, and according to SiliconANGLE’s Matt Weinberger can credit a lot of its charm to the sheer react of the company that’s standing behind it. Regardless of the reason, what’s clear is that the community is ready to adopt it: a long list of companies announced integration and other kinds of support at launch, and we could expect that... more »
So You’re 100% Virtualized … So What?

So You’re 100% Virtualized … So What?

A recent InformationWeek article highlighted a number of companies who are well on their way to 100% virtualized infrastructures. PACCAR, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Corporate Express, Westcon Group … all of these firms are over 50% virtualized and are shooting for the magic number – 100% -- in the near future. Undoubtedly, there are significant benefits of going all in on virtualization. Namely, virtualization increases hardware efficiency, lowers operating costs and makes managing IT environments significantly simpler than traditional data centers. You’ll notice, however, that these are all benefits that make IT’s life easier. What about the business? CIOs and CTOs that... more »
Users Missing Opportunities as Vendor Support Embraces Multiple Delivery Channels

Users Missing Opportunities as Vendor Support Embraces Multiple Delivery Channels

Major hardware and software vendors are embracing multiple channels beyond existing portals and e-mail to provide better support to their customers says IDC Services and Support Analyst Elaina Stergiades. Each vendor has a different approach, however, based on its overall strategy. And these expanded services offerings can take months to put into place as the vendors build back-end systems to support them first. Even when they are introduced, customers may be slow to take advantage of them. “Most of the customers I talk to typically don't understand their support entitlements and haven't used most of the resources available through their support services... more »
Big Data and DevOps: 5 Projects to Watch

Big Data and DevOps: 5 Projects to Watch

I've written before that big data necessitates DevOps by creating infrastructural challenges that require improved collaboration between development and operations and increased reliance on automation. But big data can also enable DevOps teams by providing more actionable intelligence about applications and infrastructure. Here's a look at a few tools at the intersection of big data and DevOps - tools that either make it easier for operations teams to handle rapidly growing data sets and/or harness operational data to improve efficiency. Splunk The founders of Splunk refer to it as an "operational intelligence" tool One of the primary sources of big data is... more »

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- George Gilbert

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.