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NoSQL Database Religion: Comparing Riak to Others

NoSQL Database Religion: Comparing Riak to Others

Comparing database approaches is a religious thing so I have been looking at the different uses cases and solutions available.  I'll be reporting more on them here over the next few months.  In the meantime I found a great post by the folks at Basho worthy of a highlight here on DevOpsANGLE.com. On Basho's wiki they compare Riak to the other competing choices and wanted to share it here. The NoSQL space, as well as the database space in general, is growing ever-crowded. Because of this, we often find ourselves answering very high-level questions from developers, prospects, and customers along the lines... more »
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Square Feeling Threatened by UK Rival? Sends Cease and Desist to mPowa

There’s a lot of cases being filed lately for patent infringement in the mobile space, or in layman’s terms, imitation.  And Square, the mobile payments service provider, just sent a cease and desist letter to mPowa, a UK-based startup that offers similar services as Square. The funny thing about this is that Square is not complaining about how similar their dongles are or how their services are so very much alike.  Square is complaining that mPowa is using their pictures - as in pictures of how to use their dongle. “The copying of Square’s image is clear and obvious,” Square wrote in... more »
HTML5: The Bottom Line for Marketers

HTML5: The Bottom Line for Marketers

Offering easier design, faster development and visually dynamic features, leading websites like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia and Twitter are already using HTML5 ahead of it's official 2014 release. But, what does the new language, poised to be the future of the web, mean for marketers? Mainly, greater reach at reduced cost. Uberflip's recent infographic, "HTML5: What Marketers Need to Know" explains how big brands like Financial Times, Ford and Vimeo are using the language to cut costs and reach audiences easier as well as how the language influences developer and smartphone users digital behaviors. By 2015, 80% of all mobile apps... more »
Big Data for the Data Center: iTRACS and Intel Apply Analytics

Big Data for the Data Center: iTRACS and Intel Apply Analytics

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) firm iTRACS showcased its data center power analysis software at last month’s Datacenter Dynamics Converged event in Munich, and demonstrated six different use cases. These are now available upon request from the company, whose offering is based on existing technology from chipmaker Intel. iTRACS’ product goes by the name of  iTRACS Converged Physical Infrastructure Management. Once installed the platform monitors power usage across multiple data centers and offices, aggregates all the data it collects and analyzes it. The end result is a three-dimensional navigable visualization of real-time thermal readings and other power chain components that can... more »
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Fake Android Games Went Undetected for Months: Malware Gets Smart

Security software maker, Symantec Corp., recently identified a new malware that’s been plaguing Google’s app store, Google Play. The Android malware poses as popular game titles such as “Super Mario Bros.” and “GTA 3 Moscow City”.  The titles were posted last June 24 and has already been downloaded 50,000 to 100,000 times.  The game titles are hiding a Trojan known as the Android.Dropdialer which sends SMS messages to a premium-rate phone number. The peculiar thing about this malware is that it managed to stay undetected in Google Play for months, enabling it to be downloaded by users, unknowingly risking the security of... more »
Sprint's Neck Deep in the Cloud with New Services Portfolio

Sprint's Neck Deep in the Cloud with New Services Portfolio

Sprint has entered into an exclusive agreement with CSC to deliver infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service to customers in the U.S. This is a major extension of Complete Collaboration, the carrier’s UCaaS that was debuted just earlier this year. Sprint’s IP network will act as the ‘communications backbone’ for SC's Trusted Cloud and its line-up of related services.  This is the IaaS part of the deal and the general idea is that the two firms will be able to deliver a platform that’s very simplified and tailored for SMBs. According to IDC Chief Analyst Frank Gens, "The relationship between Sprint and CSC offers great... more »
Mobile Roundup: Rovio Launches Amazing Alex for iOS and Android

Mobile Roundup: Rovio Launches Amazing Alex for iOS and Android

Today’s mobile news roundup features Rovio’s new game, new iPhone 5 cases for sale, NY’s free payphone WiFi, and more. Rovio launches Amazing Alex Rovio is hoping that their new game for iOS and Android devices will be as successful as their Angry Birds franchise.  Their follow-up game to Angry Birds, Amazing Alex, is also a brain-training game as it requires you to arrange objects on the screen to create a chain reaction in which each piece of the puzzle has an effect on another until the goal is achieved.  Like Angry Birds, this game requires strategic actions--not just a simple kid’s... more »
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400K Yahoo Voice Passwords Leaked

Information Security provider, TrustedSec, reported that hackers were able to acquire more than 400,000 unencrypted passwords believed to be from Yahoo Voices, formerly known as Paid Content. According to the report, the hackers used an SQL Injection attack to extract the sensitive information from the database.  The acquired data was then posted in the hacker site D33D Company.  Aside from posting some 453,000 login credentials were made viewable by the public.  But the alarming part about this is that the posted data showed that the passwords were unencrypted.  The hackers claim that this is a “wake-up call”, not a threat. "We hope... more »
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Got a Smartphone? You'll Probably Vote for Obama

If you are eligible to vote, there’s a greater chance that you vote President Obama over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a new poll by Velti. There is a reason for this rather broad statement.  The Romney campaign is being "ruined" by increasingly important group of voters - smartphone owners. In a survey by Harris Interactive on Velti's behalf of nearly 800 iPhone and Android smartphone owners, 49 percent of smartphone users favor to vote for Obama if the presidential election were held today, while 31 percent would support Mitt Romney. Among voters making more than $75,000 or greater and own... more »
ActiveState Stackato 2.0 PaaS Adds .NET Application Support as Cloud Market Shifts

ActiveState Stackato 2.0 PaaS Adds .NET Application Support as Cloud Market Shifts

Private, Cloud Foundry-based PaaS ActiveState Stackato has hit version 2.0, bringing virtual cluster management and better containerization. But the really notable thing in this new release is that it adds support for .NET applications - demonstrating that the market is definitely starting to respond to Microsoft's recent cloud moves. The .NET support is handled via an integration with Tier3's Iron Foundry, a fork of VMware Cloud Foundry designed to handle .NET applications. Stackato's built-in configuration management tool links with Iron Foundry, according to the press release, handling .NET within a Stackato cloud. ActiveState Stackato already supports Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, PHP, Node.JS,... 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.