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The Best of Pat Gelsinger: VMware's New CEO Speaks on Just About Everything

The Best of Pat Gelsinger: VMware's New CEO Speaks on Just About Everything

Paul Maritz is no longer the CEO of virtualization giant VMware, and it has industry watchers asking lots of questions. Did Maritz step down voluntarily? Did EMC, which owns an 80 percent stake in VMware, drive the change? EMC officially confirmed the management changes, but didn’t explain the rationale behind the moves. Maritz is leaving the CEO role, but isn’t going far. Maritz will become chief strategist at EMC; he will also remain on the VMWare board of directors. Pat Gelsinger, EMC President and COO of Information Infrastructure Products, and frequent guest of the Cube, will be the new CEO of... more »
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Oracle Ups its Cloud Play with Skire Buy

Oracle's latest acquisition is Skire, a provider of specialized cloud based software for capital and facilities management. The platform caters to a fairly broad range of industries and supports further customization with templates that can be developed in-house according to the firm’s website. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Oracle is upping its cloud play now that competitors like SAP are making aggressive advancements in this field, also via acquisitions among other things. But the data base giant has been doing its best to avoid lagging behind the rest – Skire is Oracle’s fifth acquisition this year, and will be integrated... more »
MapR Names Kim Williams as VP of Services and Support

MapR Names Kim Williams as VP of Services and Support

MapR, which provides enterprise-grade distribution for Apache Hadoop, has announced the appointment of Kim Williams as its worldwide vice president of services and support. As the new VP, Williams will be responsible for managing MapR's professional services, support teams, and customer training. Williams joins MapR at a time when big data is big news in enterprise. Prior to joining MapR, Williams served at Blue Coat Systems as the company's vice president of worldwide technical services. According to MapR, her customer service and support experience over the course of her career makes her an ideal fit for the company. CEO and Co-founder... more »
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HTC Devices To Get Android Jelly Bean

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Android Jelly Bean prepping to roll out in some HTC devices; Sony revives Walkman multimedia players; and Apple ‘quiet’ new iPad release in China. HTC devices to get Jelly Bean Taiwanese device manufacturer HTC confirmed that three of their devices, HTC One X, One S and One XL, will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update though the exact date of the roll out hasn’t been specified yet. "We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android” HTC said in an interview with SlashGear.  “At this point in time, we... more »
Disaster Recovery in the Age of Virtualization

Disaster Recovery in the Age of Virtualization

Over the last several years, the adoption of virtualization has expanded dramatically because of its long list of potential benefits from lowering infrastructure cost to increasing agility. In March 2011, analysts at Aberdeen found that more than 50 percent of all applications are now virtualized. As the use of virtualization has increased, it has created an entire market for virtualization aware products and services like VirtualSharp’s disaster recovery solutions for virtual datacenters. This week the company revealed healthcare provider Vivum Care Group has replaced its disaster recovery (DR) software with VirtualSharp’s ReliableDR. ReliableDR is a solution that automates disaster recovery for... more »
Big Data and Social Startup 33Across Secures More Funding

Big Data and Social Startup 33Across Secures More Funding

33Across, a startup at the intersection of social and big data launched in 2008, has raised an additional $13.1 million in venture capital its third round of funding. The latest cash infusion brings 33Across’ total funding to slightly over $26 million. The company, which uses social data from 1.25 billion users across the globe to help its clients target their advertising efforts, has at least doubled its revenue annually since its founding and claims to have the largest social data graph in existence since it acquired content tracker Tynt Multimedia in January. The company claims its client roster includes more than... more »
Google Q2 Earnings Strong As Focus Shifts to Hardware, But It's Still An Advertising Company

Google Q2 Earnings Strong As Focus Shifts to Hardware, But It's Still An Advertising Company

Google reported earnings for the second quarter of 2012 - it's first earnings statement since the closure of the Motorola Mobility acquisition at the end of May- posting a very strong $2.79 billion, or $8.42 a share, on revenue of $9.61 billion (excluding the costs of traffic acquisition). The problem is that Wall Street was looking for $10.04 a share on revenue of $8.41 billion. Not that investors seem to mind terribly - Google stock has been up around four percent since Google made the announcement. "Google standalone had a strong quarter with 21% year-on-year revenue growth, and we launched a bunch of exciting new... more »
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Research Finds Intelligent Racks “No Brainer”, HP Leads the Way

A just-released Wikibon study finds that intelligent rack technology, and specifically the version supplied by Hewlett-Packard, provides compelling business value to the point that all medium-to-large enterprises should convert to the technology. In a recent alert titled “The Business Case for Intelligent Racks”, Wikibon CTO David Floyer says that several leading vendors have versions of intelligent racks. However, only the HP version identifies physical assets in a simple way and provides a framework for improved asset management, power management, equipment management and utilization, and software management. As a result in a typical enterprise with $1 million in revenues and an IT... more »
IBM Finds a New Prospect in CMOs

IBM Finds a New Prospect in CMOs

IBM plans to capitalize on the fact that marketing departments spend a bigger cut of their revenue on information technology than IT departments, a very ambitious move that can be credited to chief executive Virginia Rometty.  IBM’s first female CEO entered office in January this year. While IBM’s revenue is expected to drop by one percent in Q2, marketing departments’ spending will increase by nine. And about a third of this is going into software that helps marketers manage customer relations and predict consumer trends – an industry that was worth no less than $25 billion in 2011. “Yuchun Lee, an IBM... more »
Big Data: The Advantages Exceed Early Adoption Cons

Big Data: The Advantages Exceed Early Adoption Cons

Oracle recently released a study that found many enterprises still have a long way to go before they’re able to fully take advantage of their data. Capgemini’s latest findings supplement this view from a different angle – organizations are increasingly prioritizing big data as an asset, and once realized the bottom line improvements can indeed be very noticeable. The research firm asked execs and IT insiders about the impact of analytics on their business, and the average improvement in business improvement stands at 26 percent today. This figure is expected to grow to 41 percent in three years, and 58 percent... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- 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.