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Skype Controversy Puts Microsoft in Awkward Position

Skype Controversy Puts Microsoft in Awkward Position

Conspiracy theorists had long warned the world about Microsoft. They told us one day the overlords in Redmond would take over the world, enslaving us all. When Microsoft acquired Skype, many users, especially those on non-Windows platforms, expressed everything from mild concern to outright terror. Time passed, however, and little seemed to change with Skype. But now the tech world is once again talking conspiracies, as reports have surfaced that Microsoft may have modified Skype to make it easier for the U.S. government to spy on its citizens. Is this simply more crazy talk from the conspiracy theorists? Perhaps, but this... more »
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Cloudera, HP Make Simplified Hadoop in the Enterprise

Cloudera, a provides of enterprise software and services for Hadoop, and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have announced a new joint development and licensing agreement. HP will resell Cloudera’s Enterprise platform, and the companies are planning to release a Hadoop appliance. The appliance, planned for release by the end of the year, will include HP AppSystem for Apache Hadoop preinstalled. HP has said it is dedicated to expanding its presence in the big data space. The two companies already had a partnership, but this agreement should make it easier for HP and Cloudera customers to setup Hadoop clusters. The new deal simplifies the purchasing... more »
Valve CEO Dubs Windows 8 "Catastrophic" For PC Game Developers

Valve CEO Dubs Windows 8 "Catastrophic" For PC Game Developers

Some may have already tried Windows 8 but the rest of the world is still waiting for its official commercial release.  Microsoft keeps bragging about its Metro user interface and how awesome it would be great with apps and touch-based devices.  But there’s one group that Microsoft seems to be forgetting--PC game developers. While speaking at the Casual Connect game conference, Valve CEO Gabe Newell described the new Microsoft OS as "a catastrophe" for PC game makers. Don’t get his words twisted before you understand what he’s saying.  Not that Windows 8 is not a great platform for PC gaming but the... more »
MakerBot Gives Life to the Physible and Decade-Lost Nostalgia with the Mixtape Kit

MakerBot Gives Life to the Physible and Decade-Lost Nostalgia with the Mixtape Kit

MakerBot, the builder of a 3D printer-extruder platform for consumers, is mixing it up (almost literally) by releasing a mixtape kit. The kit enables the MakerBot to build a USB flash-player version of the vintage concept of making a cassette tape for your friend filled with your favorite music. Nowadays cassettes tapes are so far out of vogue I don’t even have the equipment to play one—but no doubt many people who wen to high school in the 80s and 90s probably still have some tapes stowed away in a shoebox. “Before CDs and digital music, offering someone a mixtape was... more »
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AppFog’s PaaS Bills You for Ram, Not Space

AppFog is taking a shot at the biggest cloud vendors with its new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) pricing model that charges users based on the RAM they need instead of capacity. The company has also announced a new platform for Web, enterprise and mobile developers. The solution  gives users with free accounts 2 GB of RAM. Paid plans begin at 4GB for $100 per month and go to 32GB. Customers that require more RAM can purchase it for $22.50 per GB. The model seems to be working.  AppFog reports that there are more than 40,000 developers using the platform. “Today we are in the early Hotmail... more »
North Korea Gets Its Own Tablet Device

North Korea Gets Its Own Tablet Device

Normally, reports of the North Koreans launching something send western governments into a mad panic, with emergency meetings being hastily convened and threats of sanctions issued. However, the latest launch by the secretive communist regime will probably have much less of an impact this time around, for instead of weapons of mass destruction, this time they’ve just unveiled a new tablet device. Apple won’t be too worried just yet, but they’ll probably raise a few eyebrows (along with the rest of us) about claims that the tablet has been designed and manufactured inside the Stalinist state. Called the Achim (아침), the name... more »
SoftLayer Making a Name for itself in the Cloud

SoftLayer Making a Name for itself in the Cloud

SoftLayer is an emerging player in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) space. The company may not be as large or well-known as providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft's Azure, SoftLayer claims it does a few things better than the big boys. The company has released a few case studies that detail why its platform is just as viable of an option as services from more popular IaaS vendors, if not better. SoftLayer believes its lower complexity is a key benefit. SoftLayer's clients like AppFirst agree. AppFirst provides systems visibility solutions; pricing and reduced complexity were the main reasons it chose SoftLayer to... more »
Big Data Skill Gap Could Create Offshore Opportunities

Big Data Skill Gap Could Create Offshore Opportunities

Statically foreign workers might prove to be one answer to the big data skill gap that is growing increasingly noticeable in the U.S today. The McKinsey Global Institute said that there’s a shortage of 200,000 data scientists in the current job market. That’s a lot of PhDs, and companies will need at least another 1.5 million managers who are “proficient in decision-making based on insights” on top of that to be able to fully leverage their information. Canada’s national statistics agency recently released a report that points at emerging markets as a potentially rich source of talent. Two thirds of the individuals... more »
Taking the "Personal Problems" Out of Business Decisions

Taking the "Personal Problems" Out of Business Decisions

Huge market and technical forces are driving radical change in the organization of internal IT shops. The advent of cloud services and converged infrastructure from the major enterprise IT hardware providers (HP, IBM, EMC/Cisco Systems) both militate for the breakdown of the traditional server, storage, network, and application silos in IT. The real impact of cloud services is not that some IT infrastructure will be outsourced to the cloud – outsourcing is not new to IT, and this is just a new alternative in the outsourcing market. The huge impact is that in order to work and compete with those... more »
Google Fiber Project Officially Unveiled, Bundled with Google TV

Google Fiber Project Officially Unveiled, Bundled with Google TV

In a post on Google Fiber Blog,  Kevin Lo, General Manager of Google Access announced that their hush-hush project will soon be revealed.  Based on the post, they might be finally unveiling the project on July 26, which is today. And as promised, Google delivered. (Full video below). Today,  people from Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri can pre-register so they can be the first to experience the fastest internet connection speed that Google claims is 100 times faster than any broadband available today. Users have six weeks, from today until September 9, to rally up more people to pre-register because, as Google... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- 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.