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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 »
Open Source is a Game of Partnerships, Bigger than Competition

Open Source is a Game of Partnerships, Bigger than Competition

“Open Source is an interesting game,” says Hortonworks Co-founder and CTO Eric Baldeschweiler. “Employees who leave you are working feverishly to make your products better. Your competitors are working feverishly to make your products better. So we are looking for win-wins and trying to work with everybody in the community.” To be successful in the Open Source community, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube at Hadoop Summit 2012, you have to understand that you need to make space for other people to succeed. And that means people worldwide. And many traditional companies make the mistake of leaving no time... more »
Dell Server Solutions Focuses on DataCenter, Customer Needs

Dell Server Solutions Focuses on DataCenter, Customer Needs

Dell’s Brian Payne dropped by theCube during the Dell Storage Forum 2012 to talk about Dell’s server innovations and how they relate to storage.  Payne is the Executive Director of Server Solutions at Dell.  View the video below or click here.  Payne starts out by talking about the challenge of bringing all the elements together and how all three product lines have gathered at this event.  For the server group, they are in the midst of a rollout of their 12th generation of the PowerEdge server line.  With that generation comes a bunch of new features and enhancements focused on the... more »
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PayPal Sees Need for Both RDBMS, Hadoop

Big data and therefore Hadoop are at the center of many important processes within 15-year-old PayPal, says the Internet bank's Director of Engineering Anil Madan. But that does not mean that he sees any decrease in the importance of traditional RDBMS applications. Both are important, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from Hadoop Summit 2012 (full video below). “I am involved in several activities such as online advertising and audience segmentation, all of which have Hadoop and Big Data at their heart,” he said. PayPal was involved in Big Data before the term was coined or Hadoop was invented,... more »
Will Microsoft's Tablet Challenge the iPad or the Kindle Fire?

Will Microsoft's Tablet Challenge the iPad or the Kindle Fire?

Following months of uncertainty, speculation is rife that Microsoft is about to unveil  its own tablet as the company looks to take a chunk out of either Apple’s or Amazon’s pie with its own branded device. It’s been revealed that Microsoft has scheduled an event for next Monday, June 18 at 3.30 pm PST  in Los Angeles, where it will make a “major”, as yet undisclosed announcement. So secretive is Microsoft, that not even the name of the venue has been announced. The uncertainty over what Microsoft is planning has led to rumors on the web from various outlets. All Things D,... more »
A Busy Week at SAP: Social Investments, Trial Delays and HANA's Anniversary

A Busy Week at SAP: Social Investments, Trial Delays and HANA's Anniversary

SAP seems to be having a busy week. The company announced social improvements to its StreamWork collaboration solution. SAP integrated Mikogo, a desktop sharing and meeting tool, into StreamWork, which will enable users to host web conferences or share content without leaving SAP. In addition, SAP released a new StreamWork Brainstorming iPad app to iTunes that helps users structure their brainstorming process. As with the new social features, users don’t have exit SAP StreamWorks to use access the brainstorming features, which is consistent with SAP’s strategy of integrating social and collaboration directly into user work streams. In addition to the social... more »
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Fluid Data is More than a Marketing Term for Dell

Bob Fine is the director of mobile marketing for Compellent, and he dropped by theCube with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman during the Dell Storage Forum this week. The first thing he decided to address was fluid data, one of the biggest topics at the gathering. He stressed that it’s more than just a marketing term – its real technology that Dell implemented across its portfolio and is currently used by customers. He followed with a brief explanation. The idea behind data progression is that customer data is automatically moved “to the right place in the right time,” with the goal... more »
HOW TO: Curb Your Smartphone Data Usage and Get Lower Bills

HOW TO: Curb Your Smartphone Data Usage and Get Lower Bills

Smartphones are quickly taking over the world.  Every week or two a newer, better, faster, sleeker phone is introduced to the market, sometimes with fanfare, and with some products, such as the iPhone, long lines and campouts.  Smartphones are the phone of the future in our ever changing tech-reliant world. Yet, along with these beautiful much-loved phones comes a shocking bill.  Apps, internet, YouTube, downloads, streaming music, videos and movies,  and everything else that uses data all counts towards the data plan that most phone carriers charge.  When you go over your limit, the wireless companies quickly tack on extra charges... more »
X-IO’s Storage Wins “Best Hardware” at TechEd 2012

X-IO’s Storage Wins “Best Hardware” at TechEd 2012

Solid state storage gets a lot of attention these days, but when looking at the market, there are a lot of hybrid systems out there for consideration.  By its very nature, “hybrid” storage implies that there is both solid state and rotational storage in the box.  In these systems, the solid state storage is used as either a cache or as a performance-enhanced tier while the rotational storage, due to its great capacity, is used as a pure storage layer. Even though pure solid state and hybrid systems tend to capture most of the news pixels, pure rotational arrays remain critically... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.