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Juniper's New QFabric Arrives as Networking Firm Buys Back $1B in Stock

The hype around Juniper Networks’ QFabric architecture was pretty intensive when it launched last year: the concept of simplifying the networking and consolidating the different layers had, and still has a lot of appeal. And the company is looking to preserve the momentum as much as possible by the looks of it, now that it debuted a new edition that can be deployed in much smaller environments. The QFX3000-G is essentially a scaled-down version of the original: Juniper says that it occupies 63 percent less space, reduces the number of cables by four and consumes 57 percent less power than alternative... more »
Former Judge Aids EFF In Retrieving Megaupload User Files

Former Judge Aids EFF In Retrieving Megaupload User Files

Most of us have moved to the cloud--we put our most precious data, photos, videos, files, in the cloud like it’s a bank where we put our money in.  But there’s a huge difference.  A bank, if it goes bankrupt, gets rob or hit by a series of unfortunate events, they would return their clients’ money. But in the case of cloud service providers, if the government shuts it down, there’s no way consumers would be able to get their data back.  And that really sucks especially if the data you moved to the cloud is your sole copy. And that’s... more »
What We Learned From The Amazon Web Services Apocalypse

What We Learned From The Amazon Web Services Apocalypse

By now, you've no doubt heard about yesterday's Amazon Web Services outage (tracked on Twitter with the inauspicious hashtag #AWSpocalypse), during which a power outage disrupted cloud service delivery from its Northern Virginia data center, leaving many customers (as well as Pinterest, Salesforce.com's Heroku and other high-traffic web services) out in the cold. In lieu of an official post-mortem from AWS, let's step back and  look at what we've learned from all this. Analysts, vendors, and armchair CIOs are coming forward proclaiming this as the final nail in the coffin for public cloud. Piston Cloud, provider of private cloud infrastructure services built... more »
Network Virtualization: the Next Big Thing in Transforming IT Infrastructure

Network Virtualization: the Next Big Thing in Transforming IT Infrastructure

With servers and storage well into the process of virtualization, networks are next, Wikibon CTO David Floyer advises Cisco CEO John Chambers in his latest Alert, “Network Virtualization – Transition or Transformation?”. The increasing importance of the network in the infrastructure is measured in part by the huge jump in attendance at this year's Cisco Live, from 7,000 in 2011 to 17,000 in 2012. In his keynote at that conference, Chambers promised that Cisco was listening to customers and innovating around IT industry transitions. The conference showed that Cisco is on top of the transition to converged infrastructure, with VCE Vblocks and... more »
Intel Eyes More Internet-Connected Devices

Intel Eyes More Internet-Connected Devices

Intel Corp., arguably the largest chipmaker in the world, is considering creating an increasing number of internet connected device ecosystems, such as home entertainment, for major growth opportunities. The company’s chief financial officer, Stacy Smith, said as more devices become connected to the Internet, Intel plans to make a place in the field of home entertainment, storage, servers and beyond. “It's probably true in the digital TV space because if you think about it, the content that is going to be served to these devices is extraordinary,” he said. “It's increasingly high-def digital content, so it's got to be driving a pretty... more »
Vendor Messaging Versus Business Reality in the Storage Market

Vendor Messaging Versus Business Reality in the Storage Market

The Cube’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman sat down with Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist, Evaluator Group, a Colorado-based IT analyst firm that specializes in storage and information management at this year’s Dell Storage Forum. Kerns and The Cube discussed Dell’s evolution in the storage market, the company’s strategy for the future and the state of the market. The complete video of the interview is available after the article. The conversation began a discussion of Dell’s transition from PC maker to enterprise storage player. According to Kerns, Dell has progressed in the storage market very quickly. Dell advanced to a point that... more »
Microsoft Announces Major Upgrades to Hyper-V at TechEd 2012

Microsoft Announces Major Upgrades to Hyper-V at TechEd 2012

Microsoft announced major upgrades to Hyper-V to make it competitive with VMware at TechEd 2012, June 11-14 in Orlando, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in his latest Alert, “Virtualization, Cloud and Mobility are in Abundance at TechEd 2012”.  In the first of what he promises will be a series of alerts looking at Microsoft's major initiatives in cloud and mobile, Lowe presents a list of the major Hyper-V announcements including: Concurrent workload migrations, Scalability to 64 notes and 4,000 VMs, Anti-affinity VM rules, Live Migration, Cluster Aware Updating, Windows NIC teaming, Hyper-V Extensible switch, Shared nothing live migration, Hyper-V replica. And, he says, this is not all. He promises to... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Big Events, Flash and Mobile

This Week in the Cloud: Big Events, Flash and Mobile

This week featured the 2012 Dell Storage Forum, an annual gathering that, this year, represented a very solid commitment to storage on behalf of the vendor.  The company backed this strategic shift with a number of product announcements. Dell announced a number of new solutions including the M1000e rack, an all-in-one box that couples PowerEdge servers with networking tech from subsidiary Force 10. Compellent  also got its share of the limelight thanks to the introduction of a data center system that incorporates the same technologies as the M1000e, plus Compellent storage. Dell’s gathering is one of the biggest highlights for this week,... more »
A Summary of the Virtualized Converged Market: Why We Need Application Expertise

A Summary of the Virtualized Converged Market: Why We Need Application Expertise

 For some reason May and June has become conference season in the IT industry. While not every major conference happens in these two months, a large number do, including EMC World, HP World, the new IBM Edge storage conference, the Dell Storage Forum, Microsoft TechEd, Cisco Live, the Hadoop Summit, and HP Discover. Several of these featured announcements concerning the new converged infrastructure models that have been published by major vendors over the last year. Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman has provided a handy synopsis of the changes in converged infrastructure models from EMC, IBM, HP, Cisco, NetApp and Dell... more »
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Infochimps a Key Contributor to Serengeti and Not Shy about It

Infochimps is a big data firm that is known for its analytics platform, as well as the data set and API market it operates.  The company is also behind a number of open-source innovations such as the Ironfan configuration tool, one that is a very important element of VMware’s new Serengeti project. Serengeti is an open solution that is the product of an alliance between the virtualization giant, Infochimps, Cloudera, Hortonworks and a couple of other major players in the big data space. It debuted earlier this week at the Hadoop Summit, touted as a virtualization aware deployment tool for the popular... more »

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- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- 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.