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Public Networks Facing a Capacity Crisis, Warns Intel GM

Public Networks Facing a Capacity Crisis, Warns Intel GM

Just about the only thing that Intel Data Center Group General Manager Pauline Nist worries about in the future of IT is that the Internet is facing a capacity crisis. And with the huge growth in traffic from mobile devices, and the carriers promising 4G and 5G service, she only expects the problem to get worse. “It's not getting fiber to my home that concerns me, it's whose handling the backhaul and what capacity they have,” she says. The public network is already showing signs of maxing out. “Remember in March Madness when they had to cap the number of people who... more »
VMWare's New Social Enterprise Sales Strategy: Make SocialCast Free

VMWare's New Social Enterprise Sales Strategy: Make SocialCast Free

VMWare announced its enterprise social network platform, SocialCast, is now free for up to 50 users. VMWare acquired SocialCast last summer as a component of its larger strategy to drive modernization in enterprise collaboration. VMWare may still be working toward  the grand strategy, but in the interim the company has to deal with increasing competition within the enterprise social space. VMWare’s price drop for SocialCast is clearly an effort to draw attention for the platform that must compete with giants like Oracle and Salesforce, smaller pure play vendors like Jive, Yammer and Telligent as well as a growing number of social... more »
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HP's Cloud and Big Data Priorities

As part of Silicon Angle’s continuous coverage of HP Discover, Dave Vellante spoke with Chris and Greg Tinker, HP Discover Master Technologists, about trends in Cloud and Big Data. The Tinker’s noted the big issue for customers as they grow their businesses is the new options to consider in light of cloud convergence.  Clients must determine whether to stay with traditional IT departments or move into the cloud environment.  HP’s main goal with this new direction is to provide data protection. Virtualization changes the notion of data protection, making it a double-edged sword.  While it enables new process, it brings new challenges... more »
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Microsoft Windows Azure Grows Up With PaaS From AppFog and Apprenda

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers AppFog and Apprenda are teaming up with Microsoft to bridge on-premise .NET applications with the Windows Azure cloud platform. It's all part of Microsoft's master plan to win the hearts and minds of cloud application developers with an increased friendliness towards open source. But the benefits go beyond language selection. AppFog and Azure Lucas Carlson, CEO of AppFog, says that this is a match made in cloud heaven. Microsoft and the Cloud Foundry-based AppFog share a common vision of the platform-as-a-service layer being the lingua franca between developers, hosting environments and clouds - it doesn't matter the infrastructure on which... more »
Will We See an iPhone 5 at WWDC? Probably Not. Try an Apple TV.

Will We See an iPhone 5 at WWDC? Probably Not. Try an Apple TV.

The much awaited Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is set to begin next week, June 11-15 in San Francisco.  Attendees won’t even have to bring their Mi-Fis, as a Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections will be available throughout the venue.  Wi-Fi users just need to select the “WWDC2012” network and enter “wwdc2012” when prompted while Ethernet users just need to bring their USB Ethernet adapter. A WWDC 2012 app is available for download in the App Store allowing attendees to browse the conference's schedule of sessions, labs, and special events as well as mark and view favorites, get notified on the latest news,... more »
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Millennial Stands Behind WP7 with New SDK

Windows Phone 7, along with the Metro user-interface that it an elemental part of the OS and Microsoft’s broader consumer outlook, are picking up momentum. Telerik recently announced some new development tools for the software, and IDC  just released a new report that seems to concur with the uptick in adoption we’ve been seeing lately. The research firm expects that Microsoft's Windows Phone platform will take iOS’s spot as the second most popular mobile platform by 2016, and this feat would be achieved one step at a time. A lot of mileage is going to be accounted for by the ecosystem, and... more »
eHarmony Users Left Unprotected - Dating Site the Latest to Get Hacked

eHarmony Users Left Unprotected - Dating Site the Latest to Get Hacked

Yesterday news came out that 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked in a Russian forum when the alleged hacker bragged about his efforts.  It wasn’t clear though if the usernames of the acquired passwords were also taken but some believe that they have been.  LinkedIn released a statement on their blog yesterday confirming the breach and installed advanced security measures to protect uncompromised accounts, and those compromised accounts who were quick to change their passwords. The following was taken from LinkedIn Director Vicente Silveira’s post:: We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as... more »
Big Data and the Cloud – Take the Lead or Be Disrupted

Big Data and the Cloud – Take the Lead or Be Disrupted

Intel is a company driven by Moore’s law and possessing a culture that eats, drinks, and breathes innovation; they are always looking ahead, continuously moving forward, and constantly pushing itself to the next level. This doesn’t happen by accident – it is driven by the mission of a company organized and managed by leaders who embrace the mission and strive to uphold it. HP Discover is a conference that attracts some of these bright and shining stars from across the industry, and the 2012 conference held in Las Vegas this year was no different. During this year's conference, theCube, hosted by... more »
Microsoft Snubs HTC For Windows 8 Release

Microsoft Snubs HTC For Windows 8 Release

Today’s mobile roundup features Microsoft's snubbing of HTC for upcoming Windows 8 devices, a new Android app from Microsoft, and Yellow Pages goes green with a new Android app of their own. HTC left out of the Windows 8 mania According to some sources, Microsoft is not including HTC in the launch of Windows 8 devices as the software giant is not happy with the low sales of the Taiwanese company.  According to the sources who chose to remain anonymous, Microsoft is concerned that HTC is not selling enough hardware and that the company is not well-versed in producing tablets, which would... more »
Big News, Big Data and Smart Storage: IBM Edge Recap

Big News, Big Data and Smart Storage: IBM Edge Recap

IBM kicked off the inaugural year IBM Edge on Monday in Orlando, FL. It’s been a busy two days at the new conference that Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante has dubbed IBM storage’s coming out party. The conference is a strong signal that IBM is committed to transforming its storage business and possibly challenge market leader EMC. It seems everyone is optimistic about the potential for IBM to gain momentum in the storage market, but as Vellante noted in his video recap of the first day of the conference, the company will need to be more aggressive. The company needs to... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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.