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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 »
Big Data Must Shift from Creativity to Scalability and Reliability

Big Data Must Shift from Creativity to Scalability and Reliability

Geoffrey Moore of Mohr Davidow Ventures and author of many books including Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, and Inside the Fault Line, delivered the keynote at the Hadoop Summit 2012. Moore also took time to talk with John Furrier, Founder of SiliconAngle, and Jeff Kelly, Analyst with Wikibon, as part of theCube’s conference coverage. The Importance of Big Data “We are putting the entire world on the Web and have digitized the consumer experience,” Moore said. “We are now digitizing the business experience including government and healthcare. The toolset you need to digitize requires Big Data because it’s not just about... more »
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Sorry Twitter, but Your Expanded Tweets Don’t Fool Us

Time and time again, Twitter protests that they're not a media organization. But if that's really the case, what's up with all of these new, expanded tweets? Check your tweets, click on ‘expand’ and you may just notice something a little bit different. Twitter announced earlier this week that it will be expanding its ‘expanded tweets’, allowing users to view previews of stories and see videos linked in the tweet, all without having to visit the actual site it links to. Twitter’s ‘expand’ button has already been around for quite a while. The option allows users to see replies and re-tweets, view... more »
Microsoft's Yammer Acquisition Points to the State of the CRM Market

Microsoft's Yammer Acquisition Points to the State of the CRM Market

The news that Microsoft is buying Yammer points to the state of the CRM market and how social is becoming a core function in the architecture of modern, mission critical applications. It's a scary scenario for Microsoft and a host of legacy vendors that still seem bent on protecting their mainstream solutions. This is not just about the power of real-time activity streams. It's more about the unquestioned value of Web oriented technologies, rapid app development, the API economy, the importance of platforms, frameworks, high-level scripting languages and the myriad of other factors that define the new state of the way we... more »
"We Talk A Lot About the IT Labor Problem," says HP - Discusses Network Innovations

"We Talk A Lot About the IT Labor Problem," says HP - Discusses Network Innovations

In their continued exclusive coverage of HP Discover, Dave Vellante and John Furrier spoke with Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Networks, Bethany Mayer to discuss networking and virtualization solutions (full video below). Mayer reviews the new technology, Virtual Application Network, which is a module of HP’s intelligent management center allowing clients to perform three important tasks including: characterizing applications (i.e. injecting policies and automating processes), virtualizing the running network and programing the network, allowing for easy application deployment.  Currently, applications take any where from weeks to months to provision, configure and deploy, mainly because the network is manually maintained. ... more »
Learning the Lesson of the Kobayashi Maru: Cybersecurity, Thinking Like the Enemy, and Big Data

Learning the Lesson of the Kobayashi Maru: Cybersecurity, Thinking Like the Enemy, and Big Data

Any time there is something valuable it means that multiple parties want it, be it the Maltese Falcon, state nuclear secrets, proprietary business information, or a database full of usernames and passwords for a popular forum. James Caroland, U.S. Cyber Command, and Greg Conti, Director of the Cyber Security Research Center at West Point, put together a commentary about why it’s important to think like a cheater (and by connection: a hacker) in a presentation called “Lessons of the Kobayashi Maru: Cheating is Fundamental.” The story of the Kobayashi Maru is a test from the Star Trek universe—an unwinnable scenario designed... more »
Patent War Revival: Apple vs. Motorola Hearing Next Week

Patent War Revival: Apple vs. Motorola Hearing Next Week

Today’s mobile news roundup features  Apple vs.Motorola, Microsoft's rumored tablet unveiling, Dropbox's update for its iOS app, Nokia’s declining stock prices and more. Apple-Motorola patent dispute revived US Judge Richard A. Posner scheduled an injunction hearing regarding the Apple-Motorola Mobility patent dispute after raising the possibility that the case may be dismissed as the two haven’t established their rights to relief. "The parties should be prepared to address the possibility of substitution for an injunction of an equitable decree for a reasonable royalty going forward," the judge said. The hearing is scheduled on June 20, Wednesday, and both parties will be given a chance to argue... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- 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.