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Dell Converges Virtual Machine Technologies Based on Customer Needs

During theCube’s coverage of Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston today, Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org interviewed Praveen Asthana, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and Strategy for Dell (see Part I of the interview below, and Part II can be found here).  Asthana began by commenting on how Dell’s approach to storage has changed since he started with the storage group five years ago. “Previously, we primarily resold other storage solutions, but now we sell our own storage solutions and own our storage intellectual property (IP). Storage solutions used to be lower on the Dell priority list, but today they... more »
Dell's Data Protection Solutions and The Future of Back-Up

Dell's Data Protection Solutions and The Future of Back-Up

In Silicon Angle’s ongoing Dell Storage Forum coverage, Dave Vellante and Steve Miniman of Wikibon, spoke with Brett Roscoe, General Manager and Executive Director of Dell Power Vault and owner of Dell’s data management solutions.  Vellante and Roscoe discuss fluid data architecture, AppAssure, data protection strategies and replication’s pervasiveness.   For Dell, Roscoe explains that fluid data architecture more than what Vellante calls, “just great architecture,” began with exploring how to provide enhanced value and unique capabilities to customers.  This starting point evolved into a way for developers to explore new capabilities.  Roscoe states: “So, if you look at the tenets like... more »
Twitter Shows Facebook How to Make It In Mobile

Twitter Shows Facebook How to Make It In Mobile

Facebook could learn a thing or two from Twitter, it would seem. One of the major concerns being voiced by Facebook chiefs in recent weeks is how its future advertising revenues might be negatively affected as more users embrace mobile devices – but as far as Twitter are concerned, such a shift is not going to cause problems. On the contrary, as Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced in a recent interview, Twitter is “born of mobile”, and “set up for success” in the mobile arena. Speaking at a San Francisco conference, Costolo gave some fascinating insights into the workings of Twitter, revealing... more »
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Fusion-io Lands Big OEM Contract with Cisco

Fusion-io's hardware runs fast. A guest post published on SiliconANGLE not too long ago went over some of the real-life improvements that can be achieved in a storage environment using company’s flash solutions, and this value prop is exactly what got Fusion to where it is today. It’s not only customers that identified this opportunity – partners did too, most recently networking giant Cisco. This morning the two firms sent out a release stating that Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) will start shipping with Fusion ioMemory under the hood sometime fall 2012: "We are developing the next generation of fabric computing and... more »
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Apple Updates Siri, Launches New Maps App

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple’s new map and Siri update, while Intel claims Android is not ready for dual core.  T-Mobile’s celebrating Father’s Day with a special offer and more. Apple launched Maps app and Siri update Apple is starting another battle with Google as they launched their new Maps app sans the power of Google.  The Maps app will be available in the upcoming iOS 6 but will also be available for older iPhones and iPads, except the original iPad.  The move comes from the fact that Google refused to deliver their updates on iOS devices so Apple did what... more »
Dell Releases New Blade-Based EqualLogic Arrays

Dell Releases New Blade-Based EqualLogic Arrays

Server vendors have been bringing their storage game to the server market for quite a while, adding servers with ever-more storage options in an effort to tailor solutions to customers needs.  However, when one considers “server-based storage,” it’s generally assumed that such storage is of the direct-attached variety.  Even in this day and age of virtualized everything, there remains a high need for servers that can pack a dense amount of storage into the chassis. Speaking of chasses, some vendors have sold direct-attached storage as an add-on option for blade systems.  By doing so, vendors were able to sell to their... more »
Apple Continues to Expand Enterprise Power Base

Apple Continues to Expand Enterprise Power Base

Apple' expansion of its power base in the enterprise became readily apparent today at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference: According to 9 to 5 Mac Daily, Apple announced at WWDC it sold 26 million copies of Lion in only 9 months.  That is faster adoption than Windows 7. It's apparent the iPad will continue to win on price and business ease of  use. Windows RT is the new Windows 8 variation that will run on Microsoft tablets powered by ARM processors. It is expected to be priced in the $500 to $700 range. That's the price range for the iPad and $100 higher... more »
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In Infrastructure and APIs, The Next Step For The Cloud Is Openness

The cloud computing market is changing. Previously, the big concerns have ranged from "Is the cloud transformation really happening?" to "Can I afford the cloud?" to "Why would I ever use the cloud?" But Cloud Expo 2012, taken as a snapshot of the industry halfway through the year, shows that the conversation is shifting, with most of the sessions tackling questions around "how," not "why." But the number one concern that seems to be generating buzz at Cloud Expo is around the question of openness and customer choice in the cloud. This was probably best characterized by a keynote speech delivered... more »
The App Store Rivaling Facebook, Twitter at WWDC

The App Store Rivaling Facebook, Twitter at WWDC

Apple’s annual WWDC dev conference is underway, and while we can’t confirm whether or not the next iPhone is in yet, the company revealed some rather important figures concerning the App Store. Twitter has about 120 million accounts according to a recent survey, and Facebook is leading the charge with over 900 million users.  Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed today that the App Store belongs to the same list as the two social media titans: it apparently hosts no less than 400 million accounts, which accounted for 30 billion downloads to date. There is a total of 650,000 apps available right... more »
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What’s Hot at Dell Storage Forum: Analytics, Security and Automation

The Dell Storage Forum managed to attract hundreds of partners and even more customers, and this year the channel has come prepared to capitalize on the gathering. Already three Dell-related items crossed the wire, and more are continuously pouring in as the event kicks into high gear. Infrastructure analytics provider SwiftTest is releasing the latest version of its flagship platform,  which introduces a number of major improvements to the software. V2.1 can now run in two additional types of environments, and it supports IPv6 as well among other things. “Service providers and IT organizations across industries need our solution, including ones at Dell... more »

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- 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.