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All Devices Need WiFi, Says Xirrus CEO Shane Buckley [Q&A Series]

All Devices Need WiFi, Says Xirrus CEO Shane Buckley [Q&A Series]

WiFi's one of those technologies running in the background, rarely pondered until there's a problem with the router.  But it's a major part of our infrastructure as we power into an era of mobility, filling in the gaping holes 4G leaves behind and connecting everything from our tablets to our Bluetooth headsets so they can all talk to each other. The industry's taken on the burden of mobility but needs to adapt like any other, especially when it comes to things like WLAN, security and mere accessibility.  Heading up networking firm Xirrus is Shane Buckley, the recently instated CEO that's been... more »
The Incredible Bain Jobs Machine

The Incredible Bain Jobs Machine

Did Mitt Romney and Bain Capital help office-supply retailer Staples create 88,000 jobs? 43,000? 252? Actually, Staples probably destroyed 100,000 jobs while creating millions of new ones. Since 1986, Staples has opened 2,000 stores, eliminating the jobs of distributors and brokers who charged nasty markups for paper and office supplies. But it enabled hundreds of thousands of small (and not so small) businesses to stock themselves cheaply and conveniently and expand their operations. It's the same story elsewhere. Apple employs just 47,000 people, and Google under 25,000. Like Staples, they have destroyed many old jobs, like making paper maps and pink "While... more »
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Can Marissa Mayer Bring Focus, Morale and Mobile Innovation to Yahoo?

Yahoo! may have struck gold in the hiring of Marissa Mayer as their new chief executive officer.  Experts in the business know Mayer’s capabilities: whatever project she was put on at Google, she turned it to gold. She was the first female employee on Google and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recalled how Mayer was an asset to their company, and how she will be missed at Google. "I worked with Marissa for many years," he said in a statement released by Google. "She's a great product person, very innovative and a real perfectionist who always wants the best for users. Yahoo... more »
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Druva Expands inSync into Collaboration and Data Protection Platform

Druva announced today its latest release of inSync Share, the inSync platform that integrates file sharing technology and enterprise collaboration with endpoint backup functionality. Without hindrances, the user can sync across multiple client devices. They can also share and collaborate with other users across a myriad of platforms, including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. One of the unique features of the inSync collaboration system is that it allows users to create peer-to-peer file sharing networks for their files, giving colleagues easy, remote access to anything they share. As users collaborate on documents, files are synchronized in both directions,... more »
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Coraid's New Servers for Video/Big Data Workloads

Ethernet SAN vendor Coraid announced a new family of products today that offers more scalability and more throughput to accommodate not only traditional workloads but also video and unstructured data. The Coraid ZX-Series NAS servers run the Solaris ZFS file system and pack a lot in one pitch. A ZX can be natively integrated with EtherDrive arrays over Ethernet to create a multi-petabyte shared pool, and there’s built-in diagnosis that displays real-time performance. This is designed to facilitate better monitoring, and if need be, carry out optimizations to keep everything as efficient as possible. There are a number of other built-in capabilities... more »
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IBM Sequoia Faces Competition in Supercomputing Race

The Japanese are no longer owners of the most powerful supercomputer in the world. One again, it’s US that holds the title.  We've known for a while that Sequoia is a supercomputer developed by IBM, with the potential to be the fastest system of its kind in the world. The latest Top500 list of supercomputers, released last month, marks the entry of the Sequoia to become the new, number one supercomputer in the world, displacing the Japanese K system. The largest number of systems in the top 500 list is based on microprocessors running on AMD, IBM and Intel. More specifically, 372 on... more »
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Is Viacom Raising The White Flag?

Last week, Viacom pulled 26 of their channels from DirecTV to instill anger in the hearts of DirecTV subscribers, but now, they’ve put back The Daily Show and The Colbert Report back online.   So is Viacom surrendering? Viacom is demanding DirecTV pay a higher fee, as much as other distributors are paying Viacom for their shows.  But DirecTV will have none of that, as they are not willing to give up the terms that put them in favor with consumers.  So Viacom took their shows off line, denying access to DirecTV subscribers and everyone else in the process. But it seems like... more »
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Manage eBay, Craigslist and Facebook from your Phone: Quick's New App

Quick launched their new app today, aiming to streamline online marketplaces into one place - your mobile phone.  The app brings buyers closer to sellers via multiple social and enterprise platforms such as eBay, Craigslist, Facebook, and of course the QUICK Mobile Marketplace. “You can do almost anything from your smartphone – from paying bills to video chatting in real-time - but even with the huge boom in mobile commerce, it’s still a challenge to easily sell and buy things. The existing online platforms just don’t translate to the possibilities a smartphone presents,” said Doug Brenhouse, Co-Founder and President of QUICK.... more »
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Marissa Mayer "Passed Over" at Google: Ambition Trumps Loyalty

Yahoo! surprised everyone yesterday when they announced their new CEO - Marissa Mayer - a former Google executive. Mayer was responsible for a lot of the design aspects, as in the look and feel of Google and its products throughout the years, and that’s what Yahoo is banking on when they hired the former Google exec. "I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo, one of the Internet's premier destinations for more than 700 million users," Mayer said in Yahoo's news release announcing the appointment. "I look forward to working with the company's dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized... more »
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iPhone 5 Already in Production, BitCoin Caught in Apple's In-App Hack Wars

Today’s mobile news roundup features word of Apple’s next gen iPhone already being in production, Symantec's update across its entire mobile portfolio, and the new Twonky Beam button now available for download. Apple iPhone 5 in production The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 5 is already in mass production.  Apple commissioned Japanese liquid-crystal-display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc.—a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers' display units—as well as South Korea's LG Display Co., in mass producing the in-cell touch panels, which provides the touch functionality of the screen without adding another pane of glass, essentially making the... 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.