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Google Q2 Earnings Strong As Focus Shifts to Hardware, But It's Still An Advertising Company

Google Q2 Earnings Strong As Focus Shifts to Hardware, But It's Still An Advertising Company

Google reported earnings for the second quarter of 2012 - it's first earnings statement since the closure of the Motorola Mobility acquisition at the end of May- posting a very strong $2.79 billion, or $8.42 a share, on revenue of $9.61 billion (excluding the costs of traffic acquisition). The problem is that Wall Street was looking for $10.04 a share on revenue of $8.41 billion. Not that investors seem to mind terribly - Google stock has been up around four percent since Google made the announcement. "Google standalone had a strong quarter with 21% year-on-year revenue growth, and we launched a bunch of exciting new... more »
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Research Finds Intelligent Racks “No Brainer”, HP Leads the Way

A just-released Wikibon study finds that intelligent rack technology, and specifically the version supplied by Hewlett-Packard, provides compelling business value to the point that all medium-to-large enterprises should convert to the technology. In a recent alert titled “The Business Case for Intelligent Racks”, Wikibon CTO David Floyer says that several leading vendors have versions of intelligent racks. However, only the HP version identifies physical assets in a simple way and provides a framework for improved asset management, power management, equipment management and utilization, and software management. As a result in a typical enterprise with $1 million in revenues and an IT... more »
IBM Finds a New Prospect in CMOs

IBM Finds a New Prospect in CMOs

IBM plans to capitalize on the fact that marketing departments spend a bigger cut of their revenue on information technology than IT departments, a very ambitious move that can be credited to chief executive Virginia Rometty.  IBM’s first female CEO entered office in January this year. While IBM’s revenue is expected to drop by one percent in Q2, marketing departments’ spending will increase by nine. And about a third of this is going into software that helps marketers manage customer relations and predict consumer trends – an industry that was worth no less than $25 billion in 2011. “Yuchun Lee, an IBM... more »
Big Data: The Advantages Exceed Early Adoption Cons

Big Data: The Advantages Exceed Early Adoption Cons

Oracle recently released a study that found many enterprises still have a long way to go before they’re able to fully take advantage of their data. Capgemini’s latest findings supplement this view from a different angle – organizations are increasingly prioritizing big data as an asset, and once realized the bottom line improvements can indeed be very noticeable. The research firm asked execs and IT insiders about the impact of analytics on their business, and the average improvement in business improvement stands at 26 percent today. This figure is expected to grow to 41 percent in three years, and 58 percent... more »
Mahdi Malware Targets Middle East under a New Cyber Espionage Campaign

Mahdi Malware Targets Middle East under a New Cyber Espionage Campaign

Yet another cyber espionage campaign targeting the Middle East countries has been revealed. Identified by Kaspersky Lab and Seculert, the so-called ‘Mahdi’ malware affected over 800 victims in Iran, Israel, and Afghanistan, for the last eight months. The victims are mostly associated with governmental departments and agencies. "Statistics from the sinkhole revealed that the victims were primarily business people working on Iranian and Israeli critical infrastructure projects, Israeli financial institutions, Middle Eastern engineering students, and various government agencies communicating in the Middle East," according to Seculert. The targeted e-mails contain Word documents about missile testing, videos of nuclear explosions, photos of Jesus,... more »
Spam Sent to Dropbox E-mail Addresses Leads to Speculation About Breach

Spam Sent to Dropbox E-mail Addresses Leads to Speculation About Breach

An odd spike in spam lead some users of Dropbox to wonder if the service had suffered a breach. The incident occurred when users of the cloud-locker service discovered that e-mail addresses they had uniquely made for those accounts received a sudden uptick in spam e-mails from various sources. This lead to threads being posted in the Dropbox forums and speculation rising on sites such as Reddit. Steve Ragan from SecurityWeek ran down the domains and advertisements that many of the spammers were using to target the Dropbox users in question, InBoxes targeted by the spammer are seeing advertisements for EU Dice,... more »
New Relic Supports OpenStack via Rackspace Partnership

New Relic Supports OpenStack via Rackspace Partnership

New Relic made its application monitoring software-as-a-service available on the Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace. The web app is available on the host’s first generation Cloud Servers and Cloud Servers, which are powered by the OpenStack. “Organizations pursuing cloud initiatives turn to Rackspace not only because they are a trusted provider, but also because of Fanatical Support, making them one of the greatest customer service organizations,” said Bill Lapcevic, New Relic’s vice president of business development. “Part of that is bringing together and providing the tools and services customers need to easily develop, deploy, and manage their apps more effectively in the cloud.” The... more »
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Amazon Introduces New Solid State Drive Based Cloud Service

Amazon is the undisputed leader of the public cloud market. Its scale and pricing, make it an attractive option for organizations of all sizes. In addition, Amazon continues to regularly enhance its portfolio of cloud offerings with new features and services. It seems the company’s recent, very public outages, have not slowed its release cycle. Amazon has released a new type of EC2 compute instance it is calling “High I/O Quadruple Extra Large” (hi1.4xlarge). The new  instances use solid state drive (SSD) technology to provide fast performance to I/O intensive processes like a web-based with real-time data analysis. This isn’t the... more »
Maplesoft Faces Security Breach, Zeus Trojan is the Culprit

Maplesoft Faces Security Breach, Zeus Trojan is the Culprit

Maplesoft, a leading provider of high-performance software tools has reported a security breach of its administrative database. As reported on the company website, the hackers gained access to e-mail subscription data and company and institution names of customers, but the financial data remained secure. The security breach was conducted using a Trojan attack with the Zeus Trojan, where the perpetrators used the customer data to spread malware and asked customers to install a malicious "security patch" on behalf of the company. Those who fell in the trap got their systems infected with the Zeus Trojan. The IT staff at Maplesoft discovered... more »
What Early Tablet Designs Were Conquered by the iPad?

What Early Tablet Designs Were Conquered by the iPad?

Earlier this morning, I mentioned in our mobile news roundup how Nokia regrets not releasing their smartphone and tablet - if they had, there’s a possibility that Nokia would still be leading the tech race instead of losing out to Apple.  But if any of you can remember back that far, several tablets emerged in the years leading up to the iPad, they just proved little market value without the mobile ecosystem smartphones have since ushered in. Turns out Nokia did release a tablet: the Nokia 770 in 2005 and the Nokia N800 in 2007.  Long before Apple released the iPad.... 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.