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HP, Dell Angle for the Top Spot In Converged Storage : It's a Race

HP, Dell Angle for the Top Spot In Converged Storage : It's a Race

There has been a lot of recent movement in the converged storage space. And while its not a new topic, it's definitely a topic that has gotten a lot of buzz in the hype cycle as of late. Converged storage is one of the three components of the emerging vision of converged infrastructure, evolving the data center alongside servers and networks.  And big vendors are taking notice, especially those that are restructuring their entire business model to infrastructure services. Hewlett-Packard is one such company, pouring a great deal into its Services around cloud management and smarter solutions.  Things seem to be... more »
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SAP Picks Up E-Commerce Startup Hybris

Business intelligence behemoth SAP just acquired Hybris, a provider of cross-platform e-commerce and financial data management solutions. The Zug, Switzerland-based firm says that its software is used by over 500 enterprises, including General Electric, Thomson Reuters, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), and Ericsson. Hybris raked in $85 million over the last 12 months. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company’s earnings (plus the $30 million funding round it closed earlier this year) indicate that SAP had to shell out a hefty sum to get a hold of its intellectual property. SAP plans to integrate Hybris’ software with HANA, its... more »
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Softlayer Platform is a "Real Growth Engine" for IBM Cloud Services, says Analyst

IBM has confirmed its intent to acquire SoftLayer, a cloud computing infrastructure provider, for approximately $2 billion.  The acquisition looks to aid IBM in its public cloud offerings, as well as compete with other public cloud service providers like Amazon. This acquisition would bolster IBM’s cloud computing efforts by creating a new cloud services division within its Global Services unit, where SoftLayer will continue to operate independently.  The acquisition will also help the company “beef up its ability to integrate public and private clouds for its clients, enabling significant performance and security benefits for SMBs.” Many are questioning IBM’s intention in acquiring... more »
Amazon Shows Love for Indie Game Developers with the Indie Game Store

Amazon Shows Love for Indie Game Developers with the Indie Game Store

Amazon announced today that they would be entering the indie video game scene with a new store on their website focused entirely on this particular niche of video game development. Indie developers for a long time have become the art-filled mayhem of the gaming market versus the glitz-and-glam of the triple-A game makers, and while some of them go on to fame and glory (see: Minecraft) often many indie games get pushed out of the limelight. Citing the plight of indie developers who don’t have the beaux coup bucks to market themselves, Amazon has revealed the Indie Games store category and... more »
What Will It Take to Bury All the Cell Phones in America? Better Data Plans

What Will It Take to Bury All the Cell Phones in America? Better Data Plans

According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project there are now more smartphone owners in the US, with 56 percent of adults in the US owning one of these beloved gadgets.  This is a significant finding, as it means that for the first time in American history, more people are seeing the value of owning a smartphone compared to traditional cellphones. The research stated that 91 percent of the adult population owns a mobile phone of some kind, with 56 percent owning smartphones, 35 percent some kind of cell phone, and the 9 percent do not own any form... more »
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Dell Takes Storage Tiering to Next Level with New Flash Solutions

Dell announced a number of new products on Day Two of its Enterprise Forum in San Jose, including two major additions to its Compellent storage lineup and the latest release of its flagship file system. Version 6.4 of Compellent Storage Center introduces an ‘intelligent data placement’ engine that distinguishes high-performance flash from lower quality variants. This flash tiering mechanism writes performance-intensive data to enterprise-grade single-level cell (SLC) flash, and assigns lower priority information to devices that include cheaper and less reliable multi-level cell (MLC) variant. The platform automatically stores “cold” data on disk memory. Storage Center 6.4 is joined by the SC280,... more »
AMD Leaving Laptops Just As Star Trek Enters - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

AMD Leaving Laptops Just As Star Trek Enters - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

After years of Windows OS exclusivity, Advanced Micro Devices is looking to Google to expand their OS options with traditional x86 and ARM-based processors. The new chips will run multiple operating systems, and according to AMD, Google's Android and Chrome OS offer the perfect flexibility for third-party chip design and integration. Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Units said "We are very committed to Windows 8; we think it's a great operating system, but we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing as well." Up until this point, adoption rates for Windows 8 tablets have been... more »
On a Short Leash : Bloomberg Launches $75M Fund with Early-Stage Concerns

On a Short Leash : Bloomberg Launches $75M Fund with Early-Stage Concerns

Bloomberg has appointed former IGN boss Roy Bahat to head Bloomberg Beta, its newly formed venture capital fund. The $75 million VC’s investment team includes former Trinity Ventures principal James Cham and Bloomberg business development guru Karin Klein. Bloomberg Beta is focused on creating and funding early-stage startups that specialize in Big Data, technology platforms, content discovery, media distribution, networking and communications. Bahat and his crew will also keep an eye out for investment opportunities revolving around human-computer interaction and “radically new organizational models” (whatever that means). The fund has already invested in a number of emerging firms, including Newsle, MkII, Nodejitsu,... more »
Smart TVs: Not So Clever When It Comes To Security

Smart TVs: Not So Clever When It Comes To Security

Smart TVs have earned their name due to the superb functionality they offer, being able to browse the web, stream video content, sync with other devices, play games, and even hang out and chat on social media sites. But when it comes to security, the "smart' description is probably stretching things a little. "Stupid" might be a better word. Why do I say this? Simply because, the security on most smart TVs is quite simply non-existent, as one German researcher demonstrated recently. In a recent blog post, Professor Martin Herfurt demonstrates a number of easy remote attacks that can be performed on... more »
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What to Expect at #IBM Edge2013 : How Will SoftLayer Buy Fit Into OpenStack Party?

Just days before IBM's Edge event kicks off, Big Blue's been busy building a cloud services portfolio that's aggressively taking on the public cloud space with the recent acquisition of SoftLayer.  IBM's had quite a strategy with mergers and acquisitions these last few years, and it's all coming together to provide a full offering of infrastructure and data-driven tools for the cloud of tomorrow.  Making these acquisitions work, and enabling clients' data center components to work better together, IBM is all about open frameworks to facilitate compatibility across the stack.  That's something we'll be on the lookout for at IBM Edge next... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.