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Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Crosses Three Million Sold Units

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Crosses Three Million Sold Units

The Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition that released on May 9, 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade has sold over three million units. This equals to raising approximately $60 million in just two and a half months, which sounds pretty cool. The news came from Mojang co-founder Markus "Notch" Persson who posted it on his Twitter account, “I got told Minecraft for XBLA passed three million sales today!” Besides Mojang, the official Microsoft blog for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Play XBLA also confirmed the news. “We’re so excited to announce that Minecraft on the Xbox LIVE Arcade has reached 3 million units sold! Congratulations to... more »
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From Windows 8 to Servers: Brace Yourself for a Refresh of Key Microsoft Technologies

Over the next 18 months, Microsoft will refresh nearly all its core technologies, warns consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in “A CIO view on Microsoft 2012-2013”. This former CIO warns that enterprise IT organizations need to plan a strategy to deal with the list of updates, and to help he provides a summary of the major new and upgraded features of each. He also rates each from the business (as opposed to consumer) standpoint on a 1 (don't bother) to 5 (jump on this now) scale. From the business standpoint, he rates Windows 8 as a 1. While the “touch... more »
How To: Make Your Enterprise Truly Social

How To: Make Your Enterprise Truly Social

In our increasingly mobile world, all enterprise, regardless of size, needs to have an online presence.  This takes many forms including mobile websites and a social presence.  While Facebook is the largest of the social media websites, there are a multitude of options including Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and the quickly growing Pinterest.  Social coupons such as Groupon and LivingSocial are areas that also should be considered by enterprises looking to increase their social profile. For many small business owners the idea of having to expand into the mobile and social realm is one that can be overwhelming but a necessary aspect... more »
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What's the Difference between the iPad Mini and a Grown iPod Touch?

We’ve been hearing about Apple's plans to launch the new iPhone by September or October.  In fact, we’ve heard so many rumors that it seems like we’re overlooking other Apple devices which are said to be launching alongside the iPhone 5.  Apple hasn't released a new device since the iPad, and while it's still far in the lead, it may be time for Apple to diversify its product line now that 7-inch tablets are becoming so popular and competitors with more product variety have the potential to win in the end.  The world is hopeful for a 7-inch iPad, and there's also... more »
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Beats Audio Couldn't Save HTC: A Troubled Relationship Amongst Mobile Rivalries

One year after its stake in Beats Electronics, a company specializing in audio processing,  HTC announced to recede half of the company shares. HTC had bought 50.1% stake in Beats Electronics, founded by hip-hop impresario Jimmy Iovine and rap legend Dr. Dre. for $309 million in August 2011, in an effort to differentiate their handsets and enhance their brand image in an increasingly competitive mobile landscap. Beats Electronics is an electronics company that develops and produces headphones and speakers. But HTC said in a statement over the weekend that they sold 25 percent of their shares back to Beats founders for $150 million.... more »
Standing up for HDFS, Hadoop’s Latest Whipping Boy

Standing up for HDFS, Hadoop’s Latest Whipping Boy

The Hadoop Distributed File System, or HDFS, which is really the core of any Hadoop cluster, has been taking a lot of flak lately. Many of the criticisms focus on some of HDFS’s well-known drawbacks, including its (until recently) lack of High Availability, and questions concerning HDFS security and management capabilities. Put another way, critics are coming out of the woodwork, declaring that HDFS, and by extension Hadoop, is not enterprise-ready and that an alternative file system is needed. Well, Steve Loughran, for one, isn’t going to take it anymore. Loughran, who is an active committer to the Apache Hadoop project and... more »
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Galaxy Tab Banned in EU as Australia Case Moves Forward

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple winning an EU-wide injunction as Australia case moves forward; Samsung adopting CSR aptX audio codec; and Nokia's latest acquisition. Apple wins EU-wide ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court in Germany has granted a very important injunction for Apple: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is now banned from being sold in countries that are part of the European Union.  But the same court denied their request to employ a similar ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Samsung is of course disappointed and happy at the same time.  Happy for the 10.1N ruling, but... more »
Fujitsu-Hallmark Deal Highlights Benefits of Retail-as-a-Service (RaaS)

Fujitsu-Hallmark Deal Highlights Benefits of Retail-as-a-Service (RaaS)

Fujitsu and Hallmark have inked a long-term deal that will see the multinational IT firm manage the greeting card company's retail software through a retail-as-a-service (RaaS) arrangement. Fujitsu will manage Hallmark's Retail.net private cloud for ten years and host the software on its own servers. The deal highlights some of the benefits that retail-as-a-service provides for businesses. This might be the first time you have seen the term RaaS, but the concept is not new. Like SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), the essential premise of RaaS is that the customer pays for service, usually on a subscription basis, and the provider... more »
Breaking Analysis:  Tintri Bags $25 Million in Fresh Financing To Get Into Virtual Storage Fray

Breaking Analysis: Tintri Bags $25 Million in Fresh Financing To Get Into Virtual Storage Fray

Storage startup Tintri just bagged another round of financing - $25 million round of fresh financing to expand it's network attached storage appliance for virtualized environments. Tintri a was funded by Silicon Valley venture capital powerhouse New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and General Partners Pete Sonsini.  The new round was led by Menlo Ventures and Lightspeed Partners. The news continues to pour in around the VMware ecosystem that is developing like a tsumani.  Other ecosystems are stagnant and leaders like Cisco and HP are cutting back laying off and restructuring working hard to get a position in the massive growing market of cloud meets big... more »
Drawn to Scale to Offer Real Time Hadoop Database

Drawn to Scale to Offer Real Time Hadoop Database

Drawn to Scale has entered into a partnership with MapR Technologies Inc. to provide real time Hadoop databases to its customers. With this real time SQL technology, mobile and interactive web applications will have the backing of Big Data and high performance, enterprise-grade databases powered by Drawn to Scale's Spire and MapR's M3 Edition. Drawn to Scale will include M3 Edition within its Spire database package. This will put highly available distributed Big Data systems in the hands of mobile developers who can then deliver the crisp and rich user experience that today's users demand. Developers will be able to utilize... 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.