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How Intelligent Racks Benefit Data Center Management

How Intelligent Racks Benefit Data Center Management

Wikibon recently released a report that shows intelligent racks have benefits that are both technologically and economically worthwhile. "The Business Case for Intelligent Racks" argues that all data centers should adopt intelligent racks as a standard and that the racks themselves can boost asset management by 70%. Intelligent racks provide data center managers with relevant, real-time information about server power, workload, and space so that they can quickly and easily deploy new servers, reallocate power distribution, and map workload to the systems that need it most. The result is worry-free data center operations, fewer outages, and more efficient use of power... more »
Amazon Expands To UK, Ready to Release Various Tablet Sizes

Amazon Expands To UK, Ready to Release Various Tablet Sizes

The release of Google’s Nexus 7 sparked a lot of tablet rumors.  Some sources say that other OEMs are getting ready to release a tablet that would compete with Google's entry into the tablet market.  It's a big challenge for the Nexus 7 to compete with Apple's iPad, but also other tablets built on its parent company's Android platform, one that's served Amazon pretty well.  Amazon's Kindle Fire's been the only Android-based tablet to give the iPad a run for its money, shifting the core battle to the marketplace instead of the device itself.  And now that Google's ready to... more »
Top IT "Transformation" Problems and How to Fix Them: Report

Top IT "Transformation" Problems and How to Fix Them: Report

Wikibon, in collaboration with SiliconAngle’s ServicesAngle, conducted it’s very first IT Transformation Survey in May and June of this year.  The research and analytics firm organized the information into seven different Action Items, taking a look at various segments of the field under the heading of “IT Transformation Initiatives.”  The survey looked at the biggest IT challenges of 2012 with “data growth,” and “budget constraints” being the top two responses with “getting our arms around the cloud,” and “security issues” closely behind. By taking a macro approach to the challenges of IT Transformation Initiatives, the Wikibon survey is better able to gleam the larger picture... more »
Mobile Monday News: Apple-Samsung Case Called "Ridiculous" by Aussie Judge

Mobile Monday News: Apple-Samsung Case Called "Ridiculous" by Aussie Judge

Today’s mobile news roundup features the following: the Samsung and Apple battled dubbed ridiculous by Aussie court; Apple’s stunted growth; Permanent iPhone unlock for AT&T subscribers; Intel not porting Android for Clover Trail tablets; and more. Samsung-Apple case Dubbed ridiculous by Aussie judge Samsung and Apple’s three-month trial regarding patent infringement began in Australia today.  But none of them are being favored by the court when Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett, the judge overseeing the case, stated that the case was ridiculous and the two should just mediate to solve their legal issues. “Why on earth are these proceedings going ahead?” Bennett asked... more »
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Your Favorite iPhone 5 Rumors: Readers' Picks

Some of you may already be sick of reading about iPhone 5 rumors, but we just can’t get enough.  But even if the rumors are better than what Apple releases, I’m sure we'll see hoards of people waiting in line overnight, just to be the first to get their hands on the new iPhone.  Remember when Apple released the iPhone 4S?  Everyone was complaining that it was just like the iPhone 4, but come sale day, millions flocked to Apple stores around the world. So of the rumors we're hearing about the iPhone 5, what interests people the most? Bigger, thinner screen A... more »
Budget Squeeze and Big Data Dreams: CIOs Struggle with Services Shift

Budget Squeeze and Big Data Dreams: CIOs Struggle with Services Shift

CIOs are struggling with the impact of cloud services according to the results of the inaugural Wikibon/ServicesAngle IT Transformation survey, but the largest problem is not the obvious one. Over the past year, writes Wikibon Chief Analyst and Co-FOunder David Vellante in his report “Wikibon IT Transformation Survey: 2012 is The Year of the Cloud”,  Wikibon community members report their companies have moved from an attitude of cloud derision to active implementation of cloud strategies, with hybrid public/private approaches increasingly popular. That, however, is proving to be a fairly straightforward process. The much larger issue is that cloud services are forcing... more »
Trapit Tops This Week’s Business Tablet App Roundup

Trapit Tops This Week’s Business Tablet App Roundup

Trapit is an AI coupled with a newspaper app that aggregates content that the user is interested in from around the web and not just from social networks. This is where the artificial intelligence kicks in: the service automatically customizes this personal stream based on engagement, and this week Trapit rolled out an iPad version. Previously the app was only available on the web. iPad Trapit Trapit is based on the same engine that Siri was built upon, and the iPad client has some unique capabilities that offer an enhanced experience to the service’s mobile users. Links can be opened directly from a... more »
The Cloud is Still Big, and so is Cloud Piracy

The Cloud is Still Big, and so is Cloud Piracy

The Business Software Alliance and research firm Ipsos Public Affairs published a report about the state of cloud services in the consumer space and within the enterprise. The study polled 15,000 computer users in 33 countries and came up with a few statistics that reiterate the cloud is more than just a passing fad. The second part of the report is the more interesting one however – it’s the portion that BSA members will undoubtedly find much more critical. BSA and Ispos say that 45 percent of all participants use cloud services such as Google Docs and Dropbox – half the users... more »
This Week in Big Data: Social Data, Visualization and Log Management

This Week in Big Data: Social Data, Visualization and Log Management

There were a few interesting analytics-related updates this week, starting with Salesforce’s new service. The popular SaaS provider debuted Radian6 Insights, a tool that promises to analyze social media data and present it in such a way that can benefit an organization. Users can use it to identify things like customer demographics and reactions to merchandising changes, and there’s an entire market place dedicated to other metrics offered by third party devs. Salesforce aims to organize social data and visualize it for the business user, while one startup is doing the same from the opposite angle. Then there's Visual.ly, a startup that’s... more »
Do You Trust Facebook or a Grocery Store with your Data?

Do You Trust Facebook or a Grocery Store with your Data?

Despite the rise of Facebook, the fact remains that companies like Google, Amazon generate more confidence with consumers. At least that's what a recent a report says, by location-based marketing firm Placecast, conducted online by Harris Interactive. According to the survey, users with their personal data trust Facebook less than other internet companies including Amazon, Google or their cell phone providers. Interestingly, U.S. adults trust their grocery store more than Facebook when it comes to sharing of personal data. The report, entitled The Alert Shopper III, suggested that 81 percent of consumers were comfortable using profile information to target ads especially for... more »

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- 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.