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Knight Foundation Funding Supports Data in the Public Interest

Knight Foundation Funding Supports Data in the Public Interest

“Whether it is EU spending data, development aid data or crime data, data driven journalism can facilitate public engagement with issues dealt with by public bodies and international organizations, thus enriching the public debate around them.” – Data Driven Journalism Data journalists, like corporate executives, are tasked with harnessing big data for maximal return; for journalists, the profit is a more democratic society.  Increasingly, incubators and grantmakers are supporting those Alex Howard calls, “ambitious, smart, social entrepreneurs who want to start civic startups” that leverage data for social change. The Knight Foundation for journalistic research has now joined the ranks of... more »
Hortonworks Focused on Making Apache Hadoop Enterprise-Ready

Hortonworks Focused on Making Apache Hadoop Enterprise-Ready

Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden opened the Hadoop Summit 2012 show his company is sponsoring with a message of cooperation rather than competition and said his company's goal remains developing Apache Hadoop into a enterprise-ready technology platform. Asked by John Furrier in an interview on the SiliconAngle Cube at the start of the show about the differences between the Summit and O'Reilly Media's HadoopWorld, for instance, he said the goals of the two conferences are very similar. The main difference is that in an industry that changes radically every six weeks a lot has happened in the six months since HadoopWorld. “It was... more »
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It’s Day 1 of Hadoop Summit. VMware, Pentaho Jump in the Fray

Yesterday before the Hadoop Summit even started, co-host Hortonworks decided to debut its product. It launched the HortonWorks Data Platform that the startup touts as a more stable and, more importantly, a partner-centric distribution of the big data-munching software. There’s also strong cloud support in the form of a high-availability edition that is integrated with VMware. Now it’s Day 1 of the conference, and some of the more patient attendees are starting to unveil their new products as well.  VMware is one of them. The virtualization giant announced what it codenamed project “Serengeti,” a so-called virtualization- aware Hadoop configuration and management tool--the... more »
The Future of PaaS

The Future of PaaS

This afternoon at Deploycon I am moderating a panel: "The Future of PaaS." I asked the panelists and others at the conference how they view the future of platform-as-a-service. Here is a smattering of what people had to say: Pervasive CTO Michael Hoskins set the tone with his keynote. His picture is of a PaaS becoming the means for data-as-service as the age of software comes to an end. The advent of PaaS will mean the transformation of frameworks and complex families of services to simple, stand alone services. Apps will be less written and more assembled from various components. Finding functionality becomes less... more »
TheCube at Dell Storage Forum Examines VMware-Dell Partnership for Virtualization and the Cloud

TheCube at Dell Storage Forum Examines VMware-Dell Partnership for Virtualization and the Cloud

Stu Miniman brought Felipe Payet and Tracy Waller from VMware into theCube at Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston, MA to talk about the VMWare-Dell partnership and how that affects the virtualization ecology in the technology sphere. They sat down and spoke about mission-critical virtualization, development, and their role in the partnership and how they’ve welded the two companies together. In the Americas alone there’s approximately 65 people dedicated to the VMware-Dell partnership; globally that probably almost doubles. So this is a serious infrastructure and training project between the two companies. Miniman brought up to Payet and Waller that the discussion in... more »
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Tecplot's EqualLogic Adoption Opens New Doors

In The Cube’s ongoing coverage of Dell Storage Forum, Dave Vellante and Stuart Miniman of Wikibon.org meet with Tecplot IT generalist, Pete Koehler (full video below).  Vellante begins by reminding viewers that The Cube finds the signal through the noise, providing only the most relevant newsworthy information.  True to style, Vellante and Miniman’s discussion with Koehler gets directly to the point concerning Tecplot’s strategies and experiences Dell EqualLogic, the back-up window and translating “data-speak” into simple terminology for stakeholders concerned with the bottom line. Tecplot decided to use Dell’s EqualLogic solution to address storage challenges.  Tecplot makes simulation analytics and data visualization... more »
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Cloud Provider Combines High Security and Efficiency on Dell Backbone

“Security is a challenge for every cloud provider,” says Alex Rodriguez, VP of Systems Engineering and Product Development for Pittsburgh-based communications and cloud service provider Expedient Communications. “You are asking clients to trust you with their critical applications and data.” Expedient builds that trust by consistently delivering services that meet customers' most demanding SLAs, he says during an interview at theCube (full video below).  And it adheres to a list of security and privacy regulations from PCI to HIPAA for all its clients, including those that are not in the regulated industries. While most regulated companies face one audit a year, “we... more »
Bored with Apple, Samsung Declares War on Facebook Instead

Bored with Apple, Samsung Declares War on Facebook Instead

Samsung getting fed up of copying making phones perhaps? Or do they genuinely believe they can do what the likes of Google and Apple have miserably failed to achieve? Either way, reports from Korea that the electronics and just-about-everything-else giant is planning to launch a social networking service to rival Facebook are sure to raise an eyebrow or two this morning. The Korean Herald (admittedly, not the best of sources) quoted a Samsung official as saying that the company hopes to launch a new social networking service to compete with Facebook early next year. According to the source, the service will... more »
Latest Big Data Trends Revealed with Jaspersoft Q2 Index

Latest Big Data Trends Revealed with Jaspersoft Q2 Index

Business intelligence software firm Jaspersoft operates JasperForge.org, a community site that, among other things, allows developers to download open-source big data technology. That covers pretty much all of the Apache projects associated with Hadoop, as well as many others, and Jaspersoft is making the most of it. The company tracks monthly connector downloads and provides a few metrics that shed some new light on the big data trend today. The latest report that went out this week cites a few interesting figures: over 10,000 connectors downloaded this year, an increase that could add up to as much as 92 percent YoY... more »
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Starting With Blank Slate, Dell Engineers Best-in-Class Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Darren Thomas, Vice President/General Manager of Dell Enterprise Storage, took time out from the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston this week to talk to Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org as part of theCube’s conference coverage (full video below). Here’s a rundown of some of the major messages Thomas conveyed regarding Dell’s role in the storage industry. Dell started to become a major player in the storage business in 2004 after previously being fully committed as an EMC reseller. “With a leader like Michael Dell, we wanted to start a storage revolution and become a leading innovator,” Thomas revealed. “We... more »

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- 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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.