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How One Bank Finds Efficiency with Dell Compellent

Dan Marbes, Discipline Lead – Systems Engineering for Associated Bank, has been going to the Dell Storage Forum “since it was the Compellent C-Drive conference in Minneapolis. I've been to them all.” In the process, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston, he has seen the technology grow and prosper (full video below). “For me last year was a chance to see what Compellent's acquisition by Dell meant. There was a little trepidation in 'Okay, you've gobbled up this intellectual property, what are you going to do with it?' It's a little... more »
Another Yahoo Exec Shakeup: Michael Barrett Hired From Google

Another Yahoo Exec Shakeup: Michael Barrett Hired From Google

Yahoo! Inc. announced that they’ve hired  Michael Barrett as their new Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.  He will be in charge of Yahoo’s advertising revenue and operations globally, with Americas, EMEA and APAC regional leads reporting to him. “Michael Barrett is regarded as one of the most successful and influential executives in media and technology, and I am thrilled to have him join Yahoo! in this critical role,” said Ross Levinsohn, Interim Chief Executive Officer.  “I am confident that his deep industry experience and relationships will help us drive our strategic vision, taking Yahoo!’s industry-leading position to the next... more »
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Will Microsoft Reveal an iPad or Kindle Fire Rival Today?

Last week we were greeted with Microsoft’s invite for their event, which takes place today.  Though the invite itself was vague, just containing the date, time and venue, speculation over its product details quickly took over. First was the rumor of a Microsoft Windows 8 tablet, as in their very own tablet not manufactured by another OEM.  Next was the Nokia Windows 8 tablet, thanks to the teaser on Nokia’s Facebook page, which makes it seem like the upcoming announcement is not solely Microsoft related, but dealing with the availability of the Nokia 808 PureView in the US. But the latest rumor is that... more »
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Hadoop Summit Recap: Posturing and Consolidation with Entrepreneurial Undercurrents

The fifth annual Hadoop Summit in San Jose has come to a close. As one would expect, theCube was streaming live coverage and analysis directly from the conference, hosted by SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly. Often called the “ESPN of tech”, theCube was onsite, extracting the big data signals from the conference noise. The Hadoop Summit is definitely a conference geared toward technology-seeking individuals, comprised of a number of technical sessions with hints of business cases and use cases trickling throughout. A successful event on many fronts, Furrier gave this year’s conference a score of 8.5 points... more »
Monday Mobile Roundup: Games on TV, More NFC and an Acquisition for MoMo

Monday Mobile Roundup: Games on TV, More NFC and an Acquisition for MoMo

Today's mobile news roundup features Draw Something’s future in TV, HTC’s mobile banking phone, Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Psion, and more. Draw Something to become a TV show The popular guessing game Draw Something by OMGPOP, previously acquired by Zynga, will soon become a television show. CBS Broadcasting Inc. purchased the pilot of the show which will feature celebrities and players competing at home for prizes.  The Draw Something TV show is a joint project of Sony Pictures Television, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Embassy Row. “Television has to compete with other screens now; people are sitting at home with laptops, tablets and phones,” Dr... more »
Facebook CTO Leaves Shortly After IPO, Works on Startup with Google Exec

Facebook CTO Leaves Shortly After IPO, Works on Startup with Google Exec

Bret Taylor, Facebook’s chief technology officer, announced that he will be leaving the social networking giant for a startup company with his friend Kevin Gibbs, head of the Google App Engine Project. Here’s Taylor’s post on his Facebook profile: I wanted to let you all know that I'll be leaving Facebook later this summer. I'm sad to be leaving, but I'm excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs. While a transition like this is never easy, I'm extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place. I'm very proud of our recent accomplishments in our platform and... more »
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Interplanetary Reggae Mon! A Jammin' Take on Data Art

The success of online events like the 1st International Reggae Poster Contest, created by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, shows Reggae's transnational impact. Thanks to a new collaboration between Georgia Tech Sonification Lab and Alternative Reggae band Echo Movement, Reggae has  gone even further--it's now interplanetary.  Translating numerical data from two stars, scientists helped to produce an ethereal melody for the band’s upcoming song. To assist the band in it’s goal of achieving an ethereal sound, the Sonification Lab gathered numerical data from binary stars Kepler 4665989 and Kepler 10291683. Kepler 4665989′s dims and brightens each time it’s neighboring star passes... more »
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Survive the Zombie Apocalypse with these Gadgets and Apps

I’ve been fascinated with the world of the undead since I was a kid.  Though it gave me endless nightmares, i just love watching shows or movies about them.  But what creeped me out the most were zombies.  Just the thought of rotting people chasing you as prey makes me giddy with excitement and terror. The past few weeks we’ve been hearing a few real-life zombie stories, from cannibalism to the dead waking up and asking for water and then dying again, and people unfazed by being shot at while they mutilate their own bodies.  If you’ve been reading or watching... more »
Permabit Hires New VP of Sales

Permabit Hires New VP of Sales

Permabit is the company behind the Albireo deduplication software that's touted as being miles ahead of the competition in terms of speed – a claim that is backed up by several studies over the course of recent years. As of right now Permabit is an OEM supplier, working with enterprises to build data efficient technologies. This will be a growing area of focus for the company as it brings in a new Senior VP of Sales to scale out its OEM sales and delivery organizations. “Permabit is now ready to take the next step and ramp up for broader adoption and sales... more »
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VCE Enhances Desktop Virtualization Automation Solution FastPath

VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company created by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware in 2010, announced several enhancements to its virtualization management and automation solution, VCE Vblock FastPath. VCE Vblock FastPath Desktop Virtualization Platform helps administrators automate VDI deployments and centrally manage many other aspects of the desktop virtualization platform. At this week’s annual Cisco Live conference, VCE revealed new features designed to make administration even more efficient. FastPath now includes additional support for VCE’s converged Vblock Series 300 Systems, which can support up to 5,000 virtual desktops. VCE also added support for VMware View 5, released in May,... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- 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.