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OpenStack Devs Leave Rackspace, Join Nebula

OpenStack Devs Leave Rackspace, Join Nebula

GigaOM received confirmation late last night that seven developers are leaving OpenStack open source cloud project co-founder Rackspace Hosting to join up with Nebula, which is working to develop private cloud infrastructures using OpenStack as a core. Most of the seven were veterans of Rackspace acquisition Anso Labs, itself the San Francisco-based consulting firm which helped NASA create Nova, the cloud computing platform that would go on to form the core of Nebula, the agency's internal cloud - which would, in turn, eventually mature into OpenStack, with the help of Rackspace Hosting. That's why it's not so shocking that these seven OpenStack developers would... more »
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Mashery Raises $10 Million for API Management, Points Towards Future of Cloud

SaaS-delivered API management tool Mashery has raised $10 million to further what it calls the "post-website era," led by OpenView Venture Partners and other with participation from existing investors including Cisco, Formative Ventures, First Round Capital and .406 Ventures. Mashery's vision hinges on the idea that APIs are the future of services. With its API management platform, Mashery aims to help data service providers, e-retailers, and essentially anybody else launch and manage API access to software (including setting up tiered access and allowing for the bundling of associated APIs), in turn making it easy for developers to build an ecosystem around your... more »
Bottlenose Enters Public Beta, Takes on Google for Social Search

Bottlenose Enters Public Beta, Takes on Google for Social Search

Bottlenose entered public beta today.  The real-time social search engine aggregates data from Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn and visualizes it all for the user in one of several different formats.  Undergoing a major change from its initial product launched a few months ago in private beta, Bottlenose has added several features to enable a broad spectrum of social search capabilities, powered by a new algorithm and plenty of creativity.  Most notable to the update is Bottlenose's three column lay out that quantifies hype that spreads around the social web. Bottlenose is not the first web app that aggregates posts... more »
Lenovo's CEO Leads Path to Success and Worker Rewards

Lenovo's CEO Leads Path to Success and Worker Rewards

Lenovo has been busy. It’s continuing to grow its share of the global PC market. Lenovo is also attempting to establish a stronger presence in mobile; the company has even engaged Microsoft in hopes of gaining permission to customize mobile operating system for its devices. However, it’s not all about the pursuit of market domination for the folks at Lenovo. It’s also about the people. Lenovo CEO, Yang Yuanqing, which took the reins of the company in 2009, received an extra $3 million bonus in May. The bonus was a reward for the company’s record 73 percent year-over-year increase in net... more »
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Apple's Q3 Earnings: Will There Be Surprises?

The tech industry is still busily releasing earning statements this month. IBM and Google have already released impressive numbers. Microsoft invoked gasps by reporting its first loss since it went public almost three decades ago. Apple is up next. The company is scheduled to reveal the results from its third fiscal quarter tomorrow. Industry watchers are expecting Apple to exceed its forecasts again, but the company is known for being extra conservative when projecting its financial performance. Last quarter, sales of iPhones and iPads accounted for 75 percent of Apple’s $39.18 billion in revenue, and the uber popular devices are likely... more »
The Truth About Government IT Security and What a Smart CIO Should Do About It

The Truth About Government IT Security and What a Smart CIO Should Do About It

During this day and age when almost everything revolves around using the computer and the Internet, it’s bothersome to hear how services aren’t that secured and your personal details can easily be hacked by malicious beings to steal money from consumers or just wreak havoc in the interwebs.  But what’s more alarming is finding out that your own government is not that secured in terms of cyber security. In an article published by Computer.co.uk, former government CIO Bill McCluggage was featured slamming the cyber security efforts of the government, stating that it’s moving at a glacial pace compared to private sectors... more »
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Scaling Business: Predicting How Big your Cloud-based Company Can Be

You don’t have to look far to stumble across a company that has seen its once-stellar growth evolve to a point where the customer base stagnates. While business seemingly remains steady, the number of customers simply isn’t growing. Is the market saturated? Of course not! So why does this happen, and how can you begin to predict when an organization will hit that point of sluggish inactivity? In short, how can you develop an accurate and independent evaluation of how big your company can be, and remove the barriers to help you get there? I.D. your audience Most organizations can have its customers... more »
Breaking:  Analysis:  VMware Buys Nicira For $1.26B in Cash

Breaking: Analysis: VMware Buys Nicira For $1.26B in Cash

Big news in what SiliconANGLE has been calling the biggest disruption in generations - Converged Infrastructure.   VMware is buying privately held Nicira Inc for about $1.26B in cash to expand its network virtualization portfolio. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2012.  VMware just recently announced that Pat Gelsinger will be taking over at CEO for Paul Maritz.  I had the in-depth angle on that announcement here - Industry Analysts Got It Wrong On VMware CEO Transition From Paul Maritz To Pat Gelsinger As I said just last week VMware is on a journey to build an entirely new... more »
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 »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- 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.