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Starting With Blank Slate, Dell Engineers Best-in-Class Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Darren Thomas, Vice President/General Manager of Dell Enterprise Storage, took time out from the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston this week to talk to Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org as part of theCube’s conference coverage (full video below). Here’s a rundown of some of the major messages Thomas conveyed regarding Dell’s role in the storage industry. Dell started to become a major player in the storage business in 2004 after previously being fully committed as an EMC reseller. “With a leader like Michael Dell, we wanted to start a storage revolution and become a leading innovator,” Thomas revealed. “We... more »
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Analysis: Hortonworks Plays it Smart by Partnering for Mainstream Adoption

Much of the challenge for any early market player, particularly those in open-source software, is the ability to deliver solutions with broad appeal to mainstream customers in a timeframe that meets market demand. Hortonworks is doubling down on its Big Data market development and after just one-year of being in business is today showcasing its new Hadoop Data Platform (HDP 1.0) at its flagship HadoopSummit event which I covered here - <link>. Hortonworks is playing it smart as it develops its portfolio of offerings around the Apache Hadoop project by leveraging relationships with some of the biggest ISV’s with deep pockets. ... more »
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Ford Completes the Focus Electric Circle with MyFord Mobile App

Ford Motor Co., the American multinational automaker, announced the MyFord Mobile iPhone app and www.MyFordMobile.com  to complete the circle of the Ford Focus Electric. At first, Ford was talking about giving consumers the option of having either a hybrid or electric vehicle, then they introduce the 100% electric powered car Ford Focus Electric.  With the introduction of the Focus Electric came the unveiling of the beta version of the MyFord Mobile App. And now, at the WDDC, Ford officially launched the MyFord Mobile app and the MyFordMobile website.  The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or from MyFordMobile. MyFord Mobile... more »
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Dell Speaks On Dividend Payout, Cost-Cutting and Fresh Focus on Data Centers

In a meeting with analysts, Dell Inc., one of the largest personal computer makers remaining in the market, founder Michael Dell stated that the company would focus more on data center gear, cutting costs, and paying dividends starting this year. Dell shifts focus on the data center Dell is currently a seller of other vendors’ services and products, but they’ve mentioned at this week's Dell Storage Forum that they are transitioning into becoming a true storage provider to address the high demand from their existing clients.  The company has been acquiring data storage makers, networking equipment and business software to diversify beyond... more »
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George Crump Discusses Dell and the Future of Storage in theCube

George Crump of Storage Switzerland attended this week’s Dell Storage Forum and stopped by theCube for a chat with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. In just over 20 minutes the two analysts managed to cover a number of different topics in surprising depth (full video below). Crump started by noting his personal observations this year: Dell is no longer starting out in the storage industry, but is now much more committed than a year before and has a number of additional assets as well. The company transited from being a reseller to offering up its own IP in a relatively port period of... more »
Flame and Stuxnet Malware were “Parallel Projects”

Flame and Stuxnet Malware were “Parallel Projects”

Security experts have revealed that the creators of the Flame malware and the notorious Stuxnet worm, the two deadliest malicious programs ever discovered, likely collaborated with one another during their development, to the extent that they even used the same source code. The revelation will no doubt lead conspiracy theorists to point the finger of blame at the United States and Israeli governments, which have already been accused of launching Stuxnet at Iran as part of a cyberattack to undermine its suspected nuclear weapons program. Roel Schouwenberg, of the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, announced the discovery earlier this week during an online presentation... more »
Your Complete Guide to Hadoop: Issues, Ecosystem and More

Your Complete Guide to Hadoop: Issues, Ecosystem and More

Is your company interested in Hadoop? Want to look like an expert to your boss? Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly has published a comprehensive assessment of the state of Hadoop and the five Hadoop vendors, focusing on the major remaining issues in this still immature technology rather than on the advantages of Big Data analysis. The report, “Hadoop: From Innovative Up-Start to Enterprise-Grade Big Data Platform” begins with a summary of Hadoop's history and then jumps into a discussion of the four main issues that are keeping it out of data centers. These are mainly a product of the immaturity... more »
Samsung Furthers NFC Campaign With Tec Tiles

Samsung Furthers NFC Campaign With Tec Tiles

Today’s mobile news round up features Siri getting behind the wheels of cars, Samsung’s new NFC stickers, Sony unveils new Xperia’s, and more. Siri to be integrated in cars At the WWDC, Apple announced that a number of vehicle manufacturing companies signed up to implement Siri’s Eyes Free feature into their vehicles. "To be able to access it hands free and eyes free in the car will be an asset and will enable the Apple device to be continually more relevant in the car," said Mark Boyadjis, infotainment analyst with IHS Automotive. "This is an important movement forward." BMW, General Motors, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda,... more »
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Most Mobile Ads Want You to Download an App or Buy Something [Report]

Millennial Media has published its June scoreboard for Mobile Advertising Reach and Targeting (SMART) report for 2012, detailing key advertising developments in device and manufacturer data, mobile advertising data, mobile developer trends and global tablet trends. The Q1 2012 report highlights mobile advertiser trends along with key global trends and campaign goals for brands and agencies. The leading behavioral audiences targeted in Q1 included In-Market Auto Intenders, IT Decision Makers, Gadget Geeks, and Movie Buffs. Key Global Trends More advertisers, notably in the Finance vertical, shifted ad spending away from traditional media channels to mobile. Finance advertisers focused more on mobile advertising related... more »
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Hadoop Summit 2012: New Products and New Insight

The fifth annual Hadoop Summit is a two-day event that will kick off tomorrow, and it’s also one of the two events that we’re covering this week. Event co-host Hortonworks and a few partners decided that they won’t be holding off their biggest updates until the gathering to starts, and as a result we’ve already been informed of what may be the most significant developer – the debut of the Hortonworks Data Platform, as well as a VMware-powered HA edition. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything more to look forward to.  The Cube at SiliconANGLE.tv will be streaming live coverage and... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.