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Pandemics, Droughts, World Chaos, and Big Data Nightmares

Pandemics, Droughts, World Chaos, and Big Data Nightmares

Big data, T.H.E. IT topic of 2012, would seem to only come in one size – big – but in many flavors, everything we study. In every industry from autos to science and beyond, the volume of data has reached an almost epidemic scale, at least for the people who need the flow of it to power their business, their study, their music even. And speaking of epidemics and such, nowhere has the data set been more forcefully applied that in the fields of medicine, the public good, Earth science, energy, and other arenas dependent on statistics of the sheer safety... more »
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When the Economy Gets Tough, Social Change Gets Tougher

Walden University introduced a new infographic based on its 2012 Social Change Impact Report. The second in an annual series, the international study explores who is engaged in social change efforts as well as how and why they work to better social conditions. Researchers surveyed nearly 9,000 individuals across Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Germany, Jordan, Mexico and the United States. The report found that while nearly two-thirds of adults believe that social action should be taken when economic conditions are dismal, only 20% of adults, on average are more likely to donate to causes in such situations. Digital communication... more »
Post-PC Era Is Here, Don't Think So

Post-PC Era Is Here, Don't Think So

Post-PC is a phrase on the tip of every IT analyst’s tongue and on the keys of every tech writer’s keyboard. However, there is quite a bit of debate on whether it’s a real trend or just the next phrase in always continuing technology hype cycle. If it is hype, lots of technology companies like Apple certainly believe in it and a significant amount of data seems to support the theories that the age of PC dominance is over. PC sales are down for companies like Dell and you can’t look left or right without seeing humans of all ages, shapes... more »
Healthy Big Data: Predicting and Preventing the Spread of Disease

Healthy Big Data: Predicting and Preventing the Spread of Disease

Big data has many uses. Banks use it to make money and improve customer care, automobile makers are hoping it will help them to develop better production processes, and even pizza companies are using it to make sure they never run out of ingredients. These are all well and good, but what about using big data for something that’s good for you? There are few better causes than trying to save lives, so it’s good to know that scientists around the world are now applying big data to try and do just that – by predicting the spread of diseases and using... more »
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Devops – Art? Science? Hype? Can DevOps Deliver on Business Needs

Talking about DevOps can be quite conceptual in many cases.  How we integrate the Devops concept into the architecture of a company can quite literally be a blend of arts, discipline and the science of technology.  Where that line is drawn is really variable and it depends on a number of factors. At the intersection of Development and Operations is a genetically embedded business agenda that begins with some issue, followed by a root cause analysis, and the production of an answer or solution.  The solutions that have come to meet this have formed into this DevOps movement. Hard-core statisticians out there... more »
Lenovo's Still After Dell, HP and the Rest of the World's PC Makers

Lenovo's Still After Dell, HP and the Rest of the World's PC Makers

Gartner and IDC have released their preliminary figures for PC sales in the second quarter 2012 and cut forecast for growth in worldwide PC market this year due to slowing economies in Western Europe and the US, and the rise of the tablets. This is the seventh consecutive quarter with PC growth limited to a single digit increase across the industry. Gartner reported this period saw the sale of 87.5 million PCs worldwide, down 0.1 percent over the same quarter a year ago, a figure that continues to be surprising considering the success of Ultrabooks. Sales growth remains low at a time... more »
Nokia Closes Two Sales Offices In China

Nokia Closes Two Sales Offices In China

Today’s mobile news roundup features Nokia’s China units closure, Chrome mobile being sued for patent infringement, Apple’s new app category, and StealthGenie the updated cell phone tracker for Android ICS devices. Nokia closes shop in China Nokia Corp. is closing two of their regional offices in China as well as laying off workers.  The move is just a step in the company’s reorganization and restructuring in the Chinese market - currently the world’s largest mobile market. Anna Shipley, a Beijing-based Nokia spokeswoman, stated that offices in Chengdu and Shanghai will be the ones shutdown but gave no details as to how many workers... more »
VMWare Adds Oracle Support to vFabric Data Director

VMWare Adds Oracle Support to vFabric Data Director

VMWare has announced a new release of its vFabric Data Director its database-aware visualization and self-service lifecycle management solution. The company originally released the product at VMworld 2011 last August to improve the efficiency of administering databases. The solutions makes it possible automate many common database administration tasks like provisioning, backup and cloning. VMware has been expanding its portfolio and is increasingly focusing on data. In May, VMWare released vFabric 5.1, which included in-memory distributed SQL database, SQLFire. A month earlier in April the company acquired Cetas Software, a Hadoop-based analytics and business intelligence solution that runs on virtualized vSphere instances... more »
Studies Confirm Big Data as Key Business Priority, Growth Driver

Studies Confirm Big Data as Key Business Priority, Growth Driver

Oracle has released the results from its “Big Data, Bigger Opportunities: Plans and Preparedness for the Data Deluge” survey, the first in a series that will look at how utility companies are using smart meter data. The study included 151 senior executives at utility providers in North America with smart meter programs in place to analyze: perceptions of the business impact of big data readiness to deal with data growth business strategy to use big data to better engage and serve customers Energy providers with smart grids have access to new types of information and collect data much more often, which is generating exponentially... more »
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Developers: The Hubris of Front End Developers

I ran into a good post that was talking about the hottest trend in tech developer world.  Wooing front end developers. The post I am referring to was written by Allan Cheung a front end developer at Square. A colleague pointed me to an interesting article by a senior Yahoo front-end engineer. It goes through what companies need to do to hire “great FE engineers”, that A developers are attracted by other A players but more importantly, companies need to foster an environment friendly to front-end web processes, from an attention to design to respect for the profession. I agree in principle, but I believe reality... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.