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Converged Storage Becomes Strategic as IT Seeks Simplicity, Agility

Converged Storage Becomes Strategic as IT Seeks Simplicity, Agility

IT shops seeking to simplify their administration, refocus on higher level areas in the technology stack, and increase agility, are turning to converged systems writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman. Converged hardware can help IT break the traditional silos and move towards simpler architectures. It provides a stable foundation that extends the value of virtualization up the stack to meet the needs of application owners. As a result, market adoption is well along the path forecast by Wikibon. While speed of implementation can be an initial attraction, the greatest value is provided by systems that integrate up the stack to database... more »
Wikibon Declares Oracle’s ZFS Appliance True “Flash-First” Hybrid

Wikibon Declares Oracle’s ZFS Appliance True “Flash-First” Hybrid

Oracle has once again raised the flash storage bar with its latest products, the ZS3-2 and ZS3-4 storage systems. Oracle is quick to point out that these new systems outperform comparable NetApp midrange platforms. Wikibon took a closer look at the storage appliances to see if they really measure up to those claims. Wikibon determined that Oracle’s ZFS appliance is a true “flash-first” appliance. It demonstrates high continuous read and write rates, as well as low latency. The ZS3-2 and ZS3-4 also run Oracle’s “sweet spot” applications, which are optimized for ZFS hardware, making it more difficult for the competition to... more »
Green Light for Oracle Database Virtualization

Green Light for Oracle Database Virtualization

Despite official signals to the contrary, Wikibon community members report that Oracle support for virtualization of Oracle databases using non-Oracle hypervisors "has been stellar", writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer. As a result of that and the clear business value of virtualization, he estimates that 55 percent of Oracle production databases are now virtualized with the pace of adoption growing. The most popular hypervisor for Oracle virtualization: VMware. Oracle virtualization has several real attractions, he writes. In addition to the infrastructure integration benefits, users can save by reducing or redeploying Oracle licenses by spending on servers with larger DRAM and using storage... more »
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Tape, Flash Squeeze Disk Storage Market

In his latest Professional Alert, Wikibon CTO David Floyer envisions a future in which disk drives become increasingly rare as flash becomes the preferred storage medium for all active data, while virtually all inactive data, as well as all archives and data backups, go on tape. And that future may not be far off. Investment in and development of high-performance disk drives has dried up, and Wikibon predicts that by 2015 the majority of active data and metadata will be stored on NAND flash. Meanwhile, while IT revenues have been under pressure for a decade, investment in tape actually grew... more »
VCE Brings Flash to Converged Infrastructure with Latest Offerings

VCE Brings Flash to Converged Infrastructure with Latest Offerings

Founded in 2009 as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco, VCE is quickly emerging as a leader in the converged infrastructure space. The vendor is now looking to accelerate its growth with new solutions for resource-intensive environments. The freshly unveiled Vblock System 340 marries XtremSW flash cache with Cisco’s B420 M3 blade servers and Nexus 3048 switch, EMC VNX arrays and the latest version of vSphere. VCE claims that the system offers up four times the performance and twice the capacity of the original Vblock 330. The 340 is joined by an Oracle box dubbed Vblock Specialized System for High Performance... more »
HP Security Goes RealTime, Community, and Mobile in Enterprise Cyber Security Announcements

HP Security Goes RealTime, Community, and Mobile in Enterprise Cyber Security Announcements

HP is running with the theme of “Security for the new reality” throughout this week at the HP Protect 2013 event in Washington D.C. To bolster that they are working with customers to rethink their security strategies to deal with today’s real security threats. It’s a landscape of threats that isn’t quite covered by traditional security models. Organizations today must manage risk and have a real-time vision of what is going on in the enterprise in order to protect data. Cybercrime is on the rise, as we see evidenced in daily reports of data breaches. Cyber criminals are getting more... more »
Attunity Injects Resilience into Data Analytics with New Replication Software

Attunity Injects Resilience into Data Analytics with New Replication Software

Aggregating data from off-premises databases involves governance and security challenges that traditional network solutions aren’t necessarily equipped to address. Aggregation also yields latency and bandwidth constraints which can be barriers to analytics in geographically dispersed enterprises. Attunity, a Burlington, MA.-based provider of replication software, is tearing down these barriers with a new solution for large-scale heterogeneous environments. Attunity Replicate 3.0 comes with a WAN data transfer engine that provides “advanced resiliency and three levels of advanced security” for low-bandwidth satellite connections and long-distance replication to or from the cloud. Attunity claims that its platform is two to three times faster than rivaling... more »
Google’s New ‘Moonshots’ is All about Eliminating Language Barriers

Google’s New ‘Moonshots’ is All about Eliminating Language Barriers

Google is actively working on its newest innovative product: Moonshots. A voice-enabled universal translation system, Moonshots is Google's attempt to eliminate language barriers. (Hello, Star Trek Universal Translator!) As of now, many people use Google’s Translate service that can translate several languages for the web (a go-to stopgap for reading foreign language web pages or writing comments.) In addition, Google is already working on a voice-enabled translator smartphone app that can translate roughly 24 different languages so far. Over the years, Google has been making several developments and improvements to its Translate product, which people find quite useful as it was used more... more »
Life Sciences Software Company Veeva Files for IPO

Life Sciences Software Company Veeva Files for IPO

After months of speculation, Veeva has finally confirmed that it’s headed for a stock market debut. The Pleasanton, California-based company hired Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank as lead underwriters, and signed up Pacific Crest Securities, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, BMO Capital Markets, and Canaccord Genuit as co-managers. Veeva is an emerging cloud service provider that offers account managment solutions for sales teams in the pharmaceutical industry. Founded in 2007, the firm has over 150 customers around the world, including Merck, Eli Lilly and biotech titan Gilead Sciences. In stark contrast to competitors like Oracle, the company’s offering is based entirely on... more »
Goodbye to Tape - RainStor FastForward is Transforming Data Archives

Goodbye to Tape - RainStor FastForward is Transforming Data Archives

Data – always growing and changing, that's for sure.  The advent of Big Data technologies has made a permanent impact to the enterprise, how they architect data, how they use data, and how they store data.  One of the offsets of that is that many companies have had to rethink their data archival plan.  Enterprises commonly put data on tape, a medium that is really a tech remnant that has been around too long.  Though the medium itself is cheap, there are many costs to using it including storage, cataloging, personnel, and a very realistic speed limit.  It’s hard to... 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.