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Self-Service, Virtualization Can Help State Governments Do More with Less

Self-Service, Virtualization Can Help State Governments Do More with Less

The Great Recession has technically been over for three years now, but organizations of all types are still in recovery mode. Among the hardest hit are state governments, whose tax coffers are languishing. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “the Great Recession that started in 2007 caused the largest collapse in state revenues on record.” As of the start of 2012, on average state revenues are down 5.5 percent below pre-recession levels and “are not growing fast enough to recover fully soon.” States have responded by laying off hundreds of thousands of government workers. Ironically, or perhaps not surprisingly,... more »
Nirvanix Hires New C-Level to Boost Media Strategy

Nirvanix Hires New C-Level to Boost Media Strategy

Storage startup Nirvanix hired Dru Borden as its new chief strategic officer, with the goal of bolstering its clientele in the media business. Borden brings the best of both worlds to the company: executive experience coupled with the industry-specific IT expertise that Nirvanix needs to be able to market its hardware in this market.  He was in charge of engineering for CBS as vice presid3ent of application architecture and served a similar role as NBCUniversal’s chief software architect. The job descriptions at both companies were fairly similar, covering not only R&D but also implementation and deployment. He has about 15 years... more »
Anonymous Bleeding Oil Companies With Repeated Leaks

Anonymous Bleeding Oil Companies With Repeated Leaks

It looks like the hactivist collective Anonymous has been targeting Big Oil by hitting Shell, Exxon, BP and two Russian firms—Gazprom and Rosneft—in what appears to be part of a protest against a form of drilling that damages the Artic environment. The most recent leak published around 1,000 credentials, e-mail addresses belonging to the firms, as well as hashed and unencrypted passwords. With a dutiful sense of irony, the hackers used the stolen credentials to add signatures to Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” petition, says Kim Zetter of Wired. However, the hackers made certain that it’s understood that they and Anonymous are... more »
Malware Permeated 14 Percent of Home Networks in Q2 2012

Malware Permeated 14 Percent of Home Networks in Q2 2012

A recent report from Kindsight Security Labs, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, suggests that about 14 percent of home networks got infected with malware in second quarter of this year. 13 percent of home networks showed evidence of infection, with 9% infected by high threat level malware such as a botnet, rootkit or a banking Trojan and 6% of households infected with a moderate threat level malware such as spyware, browser hijackers or adware. As per the Kindsight report, there is almost 50% increase in the high level threat, which was 6% in Q1 2012. Kindsight was especially concerned about the ZeroAccess... more »
Census Bureau Joins the Visual Data Revolution

Census Bureau Joins the Visual Data Revolution

Do you love reading reports?  As in reports with a lot of words on them?  Like 100 pages of just words?  I don’t--that’s just boring.  And data tables are just as bad.  It’s quite dizzying, looking at numbers.  Charts are okay, but some can still be quite confusing and droll.  But thanks to recent developments in data science and collaboration, everyone’s seeing the benefit of data visualization to make for more interesting reports. The Census Bureau is jumping on the band wagon, having released a new feature on their website, Visualization of the week, that tackles various statistical topics to help people... more »
Google Bouncer: Researchers Fingerprint Android's Anti-Malware Tool

Google Bouncer: Researchers Fingerprint Android's Anti-Malware Tool

The Android ecosystem is expanding ferociously, and with it so does the number of malware attacks. Since 2011, we have been watching a lot of cybercriminals and malware attacking Android users in one way or another, including fake Android game apps, devilish root kits, and the worst in the form of spam emails. To cope with the malicious attacks, Google started a security service called Bouncer that automatically scans apps on Google Play store, including both new and already uploaded apps. According to Google, there came a decrease of 40 percent in the number of malicious downloads after the Bouncer... more »
Juniper Earnings Forecast: Profit Declines, Analysts Still Optimistic

Juniper Earnings Forecast: Profit Declines, Analysts Still Optimistic

Juniper Networks’ stock fell by more than 26 percent in the last three months from $20.60 to $15.02 today. The networking equipment maker reported steady revenue for eight consecutive quarters, but profit declined by an average of 46 percent year-over-year in the past four quarters, according to Narrative Science. Juniper will reveal its fiscal performance in the second quarter tomorrow. The company issued guidance of $1.03 to $1.06 billion  in revenue and expects earnings per share between 15 to 17 cents, but analysts’ consensus estimate is considerably lower than that. Wall Street’s forecast for the quarter went down from April’s 14 cents... more »
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Four Alternatives to TaskRabbit: Getting the Job Done

TaskRabbit, the task and errand service that finds people to do the jobs you hate, announced that they raised $13 million in Series C funding led by Founders Fund, an existing investor, with the participation of Shasta Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Shervin Pishevar, and 500 Startups.  They also announced that they’ve added two new board members as they push to grow their service.  The new round of funding will be used to expand the company’s engineering and executive teams. The new funding brings their total funds to $38 million.  Just before 2011 came to an end, TaskRabbit announced that... more »
DeveloperANGLE: AllThingsHadoop Podcast with Cube Alum Arun Murthy on Hadoop

DeveloperANGLE: AllThingsHadoop Podcast with Cube Alum Arun Murthy on Hadoop

The allthingshadoop blog had a great podcast and blog post with Hortonworks cofounder Arun Murthy, a SiliconANGLE.tv Cube Alum. Here is the podcast:  Episode #8 of the Podcast is a talk with Arun C. Murthy. Main areas they talked about -- Hortonworks HDP1, the first release from Hortonworks, Apache Hadoop 2.0,NextGen MapReduce (YARN) and HDFS Federations. Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) is a 100% open source data management platform based on Apache Hadoop. It allows you to load, store, process and manage data in virtually any format and at any scale. Apache Hadoop 2.0 Apache Hadoop 2.x consists of significant improvements over the previous stable release (hadoop-1.x).  Two areas include HDFS Federation... more »
How Intelligent Racks Benefit Data Center Management

How Intelligent Racks Benefit Data Center Management

Wikibon recently released a report that shows intelligent racks have benefits that are both technologically and economically worthwhile. "The Business Case for Intelligent Racks" argues that all data centers should adopt intelligent racks as a standard and that the racks themselves can boost asset management by 70%. Intelligent racks provide data center managers with relevant, real-time information about server power, workload, and space so that they can quickly and easily deploy new servers, reallocate power distribution, and map workload to the systems that need it most. The result is worry-free data center operations, fewer outages, and more efficient use of power... 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.