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PernixData Reaches out to Practitioners in Bid to Popularize Flash Virtualization

PernixData Reaches out to Practitioners in Bid to Popularize Flash Virtualization

PernixData, a San Jose-based provider of virtualization software, is working to put its platform in the hands of practitioners as part of an aggressive growth strategy that spans innovation and global expansion. Established by Exadata co-founder Poojan Kumar and former VMware storage CTO Satyam Vaghani, PernixData offers a tool that makes server-side flash resources accessible across all hosts in a cluster. The product is currently only available for VMware environments, but KMV- and Hyper-V-compatible versions will be rolled out within the next 18 months. The company’s newly announced PernixPro program provides storage professionals with free access to its flagship FVP solution and... more »
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Driving To A Hybrid Cloud With Dedicated Servers

Adopting the public cloud is similar to renting a car from Hertz or Avis. You pay for the days you use (or by the hour, if you rent from Car2Go or ZipCar). It’s very easy to get one anywhere anytime, you can jump in a car in minutes, the car is used by multiple customers every month (multi-tenant) and you have the flexibility in that you can rent a car in one location and drop it off in another when you’re done. Yet, if it is so convenient and inexpensive, why don’t more people drive a rental car to work each... more »
Tighter BYOD Policies Needed To Fend Off Rising Mobile Malware Risk

Tighter BYOD Policies Needed To Fend Off Rising Mobile Malware Risk

Juniper Research published a report today that claims up to 80% of all smartphones are running without having any kind of protection against malware installed, even in spite of the growing awareness of security threats and the wide availability of mobile security software. According to Juniper's researchers, of the 1.4 billion smarphones in the world, only around 325 million of those devices actually have security software installed. One of the main reasons for this low level of security software adoption is that many users are still unaware of how big a threat malware really is. In addition, Juniper Research points to... more »
Google Readies New Treats for Halloween Event

Google Readies New Treats for Halloween Event

Trick or treat?  Search giant Google is said to be prepping for an event in October 31, 2013, and reports are suggesting that a new phone, a smartwatch and the new version of Android will all be launched at the said event. Last week, a leaked Service Manual of the Nexus 5 made its way on to Scribd and it showed that the device will feature a 5.0” IPS TFT display with a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels, 32GB internal storage – it was not specified if there will be other variants. The device will also come with 2GB RAM,... more »
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HP CEO Signals Wintel Alliance May Be in Its Final Days

Hewlett Packard is no longer playing by Intel and Microsoft’s rules, CEO Meg Whitman told analysts at a meeting this week. Citing the rapid decline of the traditional PC market, the executive said that her company faces pressure to break out of the Wintel ecosystem and embrace new platforms, namely Android and Chrome OS. While Windows’ desktop monopoly has shown consistent decline in recent years, Google’s operating systems are seeing rapid growth as consumers abandon PCs in favor of more affordable mobile devices. Add to that Microsoft’s expanding hardware lineup and its acquisition of Nokia, and it’s not hard to see... more »
Yahoo Mail Finally Gets Serious About Security, Adds Default SSL Encryption

Yahoo Mail Finally Gets Serious About Security, Adds Default SSL Encryption

Yahoo has finally, and somewhat belatedly, decided to follow in the footsteps of Google, Microsoft and Facebook, announcing that it'll make SSL encryption the default setting for all Yahoo Mail users as of next January. The company confirmed the plan in a statement given to the Washington Post yesterday. This follows the introduction of SSL encryption last January, years behind the likes of competing email providers, although the feature was only enabled for those who decided to opt in. In contrast, Google's Gmail has had SSL encryption as the standard setting for all users since January 2010, and the company has been... more »
Hacking ObamaCare – Is Your Data Safe?

Hacking ObamaCare – Is Your Data Safe?

Missing on stability is one thing. Missing the scale of operations, that’s another. Poor coding, well now that list piled up rather quickly didn't it? Launching a major website with all of those things in question, that’s a whole other level. There has been some “circling the wagons” in response to an earlier article where I objectively described the ObamaCare website as a failure.  Someone please tell us about how it is successful, from a technical point of view. Now, we’re supposed to give the new fixes a chance, but as Jon Brodkin at ArsTechnica puts it: “Government IT at its... more »
NSA Collects Email Contacts and Buddy Lists from 500,000 Accounts a Day

NSA Collects Email Contacts and Buddy Lists from 500,000 Accounts a Day

Another fresh leak from the Snowden files reported in the Washington Post reveal how the NSA is collecting data, specifically the online address books of American citizens.  It’s just another of the continuing disclosures of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activity to come from the files and classified documents that were taken from Edward Snowden, the government contractor currently in self-exile in Russia.  In the report, millions of everyday citizens are caught up in this collection of email contact lists from which digital maps are created, all in an effort to find terrorist connections within this information.  The scope of... more »
HP Partners Google to Launch Low Cost Chromebook 11

HP Partners Google to Launch Low Cost Chromebook 11

After reporting in the Android world with the Slate 7 tablet, the convertible SlateBook x2 or the all-in-one 21 Slate, HP continues its allegiance to Google. Here, Google has partnered with HP to create a new notebook based on Chrome OS. Better known as the HP Chromebook 11 and has just been presented by the company in Mountain View. Value for Money Keeping the competition apart, Google has tried to realize the output of this model for wider audience and for that reason the cost of this notebook kept at $279. It offers good performance, simplicity you expect of a product of this... more »
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New Software-Based Solutions Can Boost VM Performance Without Expensive Hardware

Storage performance has become a major issue in virtual environments, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe. The normal answer -- flash server cards and arrays -- are an expensive fix, particularly when they replace perfectly good disk systems. This year several vendors have appeared offering software-only solutions that can fix the problem for some users at a fraction of the cost of hardware solutions. Lowe provides a high-level look at how three of the market leading products work. Each takes a different approach to increasing storage performance. Infinio Accelerator creates a RAM cache between the hypervisor and physical storage layer on each host... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.