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Evolution of Cloud Adoption through 2015 [Infographic]

Evolution of Cloud Adoption through 2015 [Infographic]

Sure, cloud computing may be a marketing construct that allows companies to avoid the certain disaster that would result if sales teams were forced to explain virtualization and dynamic capacity allocation to every potential customer. Yes, Larry Ellison, deep down we agree with your hatred of the term, “cloud computing”. However, even if you have disdain for the term, it is impossible to deny the impact of the cloud on the enterprise. A new infographic from software and services provider Axway illustrates that impact and makes a few predictions about how cloud adoption will evolve in the next three years. There... more »
Oracle Purchases Collective Intelligence, Pushes Against Salesforce.com/Radian6

Oracle Purchases Collective Intelligence, Pushes Against Salesforce.com/Radian6

Oracle is keeping the acquisition train rolling with the purchase of Collective Intelligence, a social analytics firm that provides similar cloud-based services to Radian6, which Salesforce.com purchased last year. And if you think that's a coincidence, I have a multi-tenant, highly scalable bridge to sell you. The rivalry between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison seem to be getting more intense. Last week, Salesforce announced the $800 million purchase of social media presence optimization service provider Buddy Media. But that came after Oracle's $300 million buy of Virtue, which offers its own services in the same arena. In... more »
IBM Acquisitions Deliver Storage for the Rest of Us

IBM Acquisitions Deliver Storage for the Rest of Us

The Edge conference in Orlando, FL is IBM’s opportunity to show off its wide range of storage solutions to the world. While IBM is typically known for its large enterprise offerings, some of its acquisitions highlighted during the conference make this year’s Edge “the storage coming-out party,” as said by Wikibon founder David Vellante. theCube is covering the IBM Edge conference live. Today, Wikibon analyst John McArthur and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante were fortunate to spend some time with IBM systems storage VP, Bob Cancilla (full video below). McArthur and Vellante prompt Cancilla to reminisce a few years back into his... more »
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AT&T Accepting Galaxy S III Preorders Tomorrow

Today’s mobile news roundup features the following: US carriers now accepting preorders for the Samsung Galaxy SIII, PlayStation gets deeper into mobile with HTC partnership while Apple waits for the Samsung injunction. Samsung Galaxy SIII preorders now open In yesterday’s mobile news roundup we mentioned that five US carriers will be selling the Samsung Galaxy SIII starting this month of June, but the release date and pricing were still a bit of a mystery.  The latest news on this matter now indicates that AT&T will start accepting preorders for Samsung's new flagship phone starting tomorrow, June 6th. The Samsung Galaxy SIII will be... more »
Oracle Comes Up Short in Detailed Comparison of Exadata vs. Best-of-Breed

Oracle Comes Up Short in Detailed Comparison of Exadata vs. Best-of-Breed

Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer is definitely not on Larry Ellison's Christmas card list this year. Not satisfied with his original exposition of the limited value of Oraclea week ago, Floyer has co-published a detailed, item-by-item examination of why it falls short with Wikibon Analyst Nick Allen. Titled “Comparing Oracle Exadata Storage with Best-of-Breed Arrays”  the Wikibon Professional Alert is built around three tables. The first lists the advanced functionality available across the board on best-of-breed Tier 1 storage not available on Exadata. These include support for numerous RAID types, consistency groups, snapshot copies, writable snapshots, clones, mix-and-match HHD types,... more »
IBM Smarter Computing Upgrades Aimed at Big Data

IBM Smarter Computing Upgrades Aimed at Big Data

So far the biggest update that that came out of the IBM Edge conference is that Big Blue has rolled out several major enhancements to the offerings in its Smart Computing portfolio, with an emphasis on data-driven efficiency. The gist of it is that several of systems are getting some big boosts. IBM is adding real-time compression to both the Storwize V7000 unified storage system and the System Storage SAN Volume Controller, and claims that the technology can shrink actively used data by up to 80 percent. This puts a new twist on the traditional approach of compressing low activity data,... more »
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Veeam Boosts Freemium Approach with Free Backup

Veeam doesn’t have any objections to creating a community of free users in exchange for a lengthy list of paying customers. Today the backup software rolled out new features to the commercial edition of its solution, and at the same time introduced the Veeam Backup Free Edition. The latter is the successor of the free Veeam FastSCPTM tool, which has been around for quite some time and has become quite popular. The main addition to the paid Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1 solution is something that’s also included in the free version: something called Veeam ZIP, a compression mechanism that automatically... more »
The Future for IBM Storage is All About Leveraging Flash

The Future for IBM Storage is All About Leveraging Flash

With its debut this week, the IBM Edge conference in Orlando, FL is Big Blue’s opportunity to trumpet its storage offerings in an increasingly competitive market.  With EMC’s acquisition of Xtreme-IO rounding out the storage giant’s own flagship event last week at EMC World, IBM is finding itself in the necessary position to better market its storage solutions.  Here to discuss IBM’s goals around increased messaging for its new and existing products is Ed Walsh, who runs Storage Portfolio Strategy for the company.  Walsh stopped by theCube today with SiliconAngle founding editor John Furrier and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante to... more »
PayAnywhere Adds Two Android SDKs

PayAnywhere Adds Two Android SDKs

PayAnywhere makes software that enables mobile commerce, and stretches the definition to cash drawers and printers as well.  Previously the company only provided software development kits for iOS, but that’s no longer the case now that it introduced two SDKs for Android. The latest additions to the PayAnyWhere library extend the service’s feature to Google’s rivaling OS – the ability to accept and process Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express transactions. The Basic kit offers this core functionality, and is relatively easy to implement, according to PayAnywhere. The Advanced kit in turn offers a few extra features, including more customization.  A developer... more »
Google Relies on Social + Local Search in Latest Ad Push

Google Relies on Social + Local Search in Latest Ad Push

There are two sectors search and advertising have yet to dominate: social and local.  But recent rumors indicate that Google's hoping to kill two birds with one stone, beating Facebook to the punch by leveraging its widespread products and building on its long-standing dominance in the search advertising space. Google in the past has tried to capture the local business ad market with several attempts, but most of them suffered from one misstep or another. The search engine giant is at it again, planning as early as July the launch of its small business services, Business Builder, to crack the local... more »

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- 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.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.