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IBM Edge 2012 Recap: The Executive Plan to Drive IBM Success

IBM Edge 2012 Recap: The Executive Plan to Drive IBM Success

During IBM’s inaugural Edge conference in Orlando, FL, theCube was host to a number of executive, partner, and customer interviews conducted by SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier, Wikibon founder Dave Vellante, and Wikibon analysts John McArthur and David Floyer. This team not only conducted live video interviews during the conference, but also hit the conference sessions and show floor, noticing a lot of familiar faces, seeing a bunch of new faces, and most notably, sensing a strong IBM executive presence. IBM Edge is a whole new ball game for IBM's management. The conference is a huge step forward for them as they... more »
What to Expect at Dell Storage Forum 2012

What to Expect at Dell Storage Forum 2012

This week features the annual Dell Storage Forum, held on Monday to Wednesday, and SiliconANGLE and Wikibon will be at the event to deliver the traditional barrage of executive interviews and commentary with live broadcasts from theCube.  Kicking off this morning, the Dell Storage forum is the company's latest opportunity to present their products and services in a growing sector, as Dell seeks more relevance in the cloud than in making PCs. The company released a few details about what it has in store for the gathering. President of enterprise solutions Brad Anderson will be giving the keynote, covering the new products... more »
No Dropbox Promo for AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S III Users

No Dropbox Promo for AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S III Users

When Samsung first unveiled its new Galaxy S III smartphone, one of the perks presented by the company was the offer of 50GB of free cloud-based storage, available for two years on Dropbox, trumping a similar offer on the HTC One which only gave users 25GB of storage. Now however, it looks as if Samsung won’t be able to live up to that promise after all, following the apparent decision of US carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless decision not to play ball. The revelation first appeared on Dropbox’s support page, where the company stated that Samsung Galaxy S III users on the... more »
New OS Features, Macs and Adapters Expected at WWDC

New OS Features, Macs and Adapters Expected at WWDC

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is set to begin any moment now at the Moscone West Center and speculation about what Apple is set to unveil is at the highest levels we've seen in recent weeks. Earlier we tackled some of the rumored announcements at the event, such as updated Mac lines, the announcement of the Apple TV, new iOS, and even the possible (hopeful?) announcement of the iPhone 5. The event is just a few hours away and the web is abuzz with excitement.  Will Apple really launch the Apple TV?  Will we just get new or updated software?  Or will... more »
Samsung Denies Intent to Acquire Nokia

Samsung Denies Intent to Acquire Nokia

Today’s mobile news roundup features Android handset activations reaching over 300M in Q1 2012, while Samsung denies intent to acquire Nokia, and there's also a new app that allows internet sharing and more. Android activations still growing According to the latest report from MarketResearch, provider of global market intelligence products and services, activation of Android devices “still maintained triple figure Year-on-Year (YoY) growth of + 126 % in Q1’2012”.  The report stated that though Android device activations seems to be slowing down, they were still able to maintain their dominance over other mobile device platforms.   Android devices have “a global market share... more »
Fancy's Edge over Pinterest is Mobile, Sales Analytics

Fancy's Edge over Pinterest is Mobile, Sales Analytics

In November of 2010 a little invitation-only photo blog, TheFancy.com, made its way to the heart of the elite.  It was the first launched product of ThingD (which stands for Daemon - a computer program that runs as a background process) the parent company of Fancy. Last year, The Fancy secured a 10 million round of funding from lead investor Pinault Printemps Redoute, the $16 billion French multi-national that owns some of the world’s biggest fashion brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. "Where Google is an index of websites, and Facebook is a database of people, we want to... more »
HP and Dell Prepare to Revive Tablet Business

HP and Dell Prepare to Revive Tablet Business

Tablets have gained market traction faster than almost any other computing device. It seems everyone loves tablets. Actually it seems everyone loves Apple iPads. According to data from ABI Research, Apple’s tablet has a commanding 65 percent market share. Many of the established PC providers like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have attempted to capitalize on their manufacturing prowess to break into the tablet market, but to date the attempts have been less than successful. However, PC makers are not admitting defeat. Meg Whitman spent an entire week discussing HP’s strategy for the future in conjunction with the company’s annual HP Discover... more »
Bloom Energy's Latest Funding Round Spurs Clean Tech Data Centers

Bloom Energy's Latest Funding Round Spurs Clean Tech Data Centers

Sunnyvale, California based fuel cell maker, Bloom Energy, has raised another $150 million venture capital investment – making the clean tech firm one of the valued pure-play companies in the market. According to DowJones VentureWire, the Series G round is being marketed by Advanced Equities. Should the capital come in, Bloom Energy will have raised $800 million on a reported valuation of $2.7 billion over its 11-year history from investors that include Alberta Investment Management Corp., DAG Ventures, GSV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mobius Venture Capital, Madrone Capital, Morgan Stanley and New Enterprise Associates. Bloom Energy fuel cells produce a... more »
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This Week in Big Data: HP Makes a Move; Oracle and ClickFox Follow Suite

This week featured the usual handful of analytics updates, although one particular vendor stood out.  Hewlett-Packard, or to be more precise on of its subsidiaries, unveiled not one but two new big data solutions that correlate on certain levels. Three days ago the sixth release of the Vertica analytical database was announced, along with a few additions. For one, it now supports the increasingly popular R statistical programming language, and integration with outside data sources have been improved significantly. Officials promise that, thanks to what is referred to as Vertica’s 6.0 FlexStore architecture, data stored in Hadoop and other platforms can now... more »
Angel Caller Tops This Week's Best BYOD Apps for iPad, Android

Angel Caller Tops This Week's Best BYOD Apps for iPad, Android

This week’s top app is the new Angel Caller First Analytics client for the iPad. The mobile software supplements Angel’s other call center solutions and allows workers to access call-in data on the go.  iPad Angel Caller First Analytics Caller First is a call center analytics app that offers much more than a stripped-down means of accessing BI software remotely. Users can customize their app and choose what data to display, whether it’s usage, performance issues or the call historically of any individual customer. SugarSync SugarSync is one of the more popular personal cloud storage services out there, and that can be credited to any... more »

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- 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.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.