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Social Media is for Girls

Social Media is for Girls

You’d be forgiven for thinking the opposite might be true, given that most guys love nothing more than to show off their latest gadgets and demonstrate their expertise with all things technical. But, from a social viewpoint at least, you might be shocked to learn that girls are streets ahead. A new infographic from the web marketing firm Digital Flash NY reveals that in the battle of the social sexes, women are in the ascendency – dominating the big three social media networks by some distance from their male counterparts. Girls account for 58% of all Twitter users, 64% of all... more »
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Kognitio Extends Platform to Amazon Web Services

Kognitio, a company that offers an in-memory big data analytics platform, made its software available on AWS this week. This opens up its product to smaller customers that may not be interested in a particularly large deployment, as well as ones that do but find the AWS model more appealing. The cloud-optimized service named Kognitio Cloud is available on AWS Cluster Compute as well as via the AWS Marketplace as an Amazon Machine Image. An AMI is a pre-configured nod that can be fired up right off the bat, and makes a lot of sense from an economic standpoint. "AWS' flexibility, coupled... more »
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Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ Gets Jelly Bean Update Today

Today’s mobile news roundup features Google’s Jelly Bean rollout, T-Mobile’s new smartphones from Huawei, a redesigned Starbucks app for Android, and Wilson Electronics’ new mobile signal booster. Jelly Bean rolls out to Galaxy Nexus In a post on their Google+ account, Nexus announced that the Android 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean will start rolling out to Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices today. Google's pretty proud of Jelly Bean, touting it as the fastest and smoothest version of Android, so far, which introduces a redesigned search experience with a new user interface and faster Voice Search.  The update is also rolling out the new feature, Google... more »
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Building Big Data: The Coming Data Spectrum Crisis Explained

Most consumers take it for granted that they can switch on their smartphones and gain instant access to a world of Tweets, Facebook friends and Google apps, but in the next couple of years, staying connected might not be as easy as all that. Apparently, the United States is bracing itself for a data crunch, and if nothing is done about it, we could soon see massive slowdowns, lost connections and sky high prices. To understand the coming crisis, we need to know a little bit about how all of that data is transferred to our smartphones in the first place. Every... more »
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Fusion-io Collaborates with Academia to Enhance DRAM

Last year Fusion-io introduced Atomic Writes, technology that reduces writes to only one process rather than two, and the company's revealed their latest innovation – Extended Memory. This subsystem is the result of a joint project with Princeton and is also available as a part of Fusion’s software development kit. The difference lies in what it does. It automatically tiers data from dynamic random-access memory or DRAM to ioMemory, creating a much more affordable alternative to storing that data in-memory. Extended Memory automatically moves frequently accessed information to memory while transferring the rest to flash. This not only makes things more cost-efficient not... more »
iPhone 5: Release Date, Price and More Rumors

iPhone 5: Release Date, Price and More Rumors

Though Apple has yet to confirm whether they're releasing a new iPhone this year, a Chinese retailer already started taking pre-orders for the upcoming iPhone. The Chinese retail store posted an iPhone 5 pre-order advertising board featuring a large scale image of the 2011 iPod Touch accompanied by a smaller image of an iPhone 5 mockup featuring a larger, edge-to-edge 4-inch display. As for the release date of the next iPhone, the Chinese retail store failed to give any information - it doesn’t seem like they know anything about it, they just wanted to get ahead of their competitors. Rumor has it Apple will... more »
Microsoft Brings Windows Azure Services to Hosting Providers, Puts VMware in Crosshairs

Microsoft Brings Windows Azure Services to Hosting Providers, Puts VMware in Crosshairs

At today's Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced that the hosted service provider community is getting access to deliver Microsoft Windows Azure-compatible cloud services from within their own data center as Redmond moves to expand its hybrid cloud strategy. But most importantly - this move takes away a key value differentiator from the VMware vCloud ecosystem. The new capabilities, available now as a Community Technology Preview (CTP), allow hosting providers who are running Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 to offer website hosting and turnkey virtual machine creation from a self-Service Management Portal, giving some overlap with the new features... more »
Chinese Hackers Break into Indian Naval Computers, Harvest Confidential Data

Chinese Hackers Break into Indian Naval Computers, Harvest Confidential Data

As the concern for cyber warfare increased more than ever, China has become a favorite flogging-horse in the security sphere. In fact, IP addresses from China and Chinese-code has been caught repeatedly part of corporate and state cyber espionage. India is the latest one to blame the Chinese hackers for breaking into the sensitive naval computer systems of India’s Eastern Naval Command. The hackers planted bugs that transmitted confidential Indian Naval data to IP addresses in China. The data is suspected to be related to INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear sub, which is being put through the paces at the... more »
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BlackBerry App World Hits 3B Downloads, New CMO Pumps Up the Faith in RIM

Research in Motion has been hit with a lot of criticism for some months now.  There's  plummeting shares that've dropped an embarrassing 90% since their peak back in 2008, and their newer devices aren’t as impressive as Apple’s or Androids.  Not to mention the release of BlackBerry 10 OS and its devices has been pushed back several times to early 2013, and most recently we learn that some of their customers are already thinking of a backup plan in case RIM’s ship continues to sink. But RIM is not letting all those negative vibes darken their sky.  They still believe that their next... more »
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How Physical Stores Can Apply Big Data Like An Amazon.com

As the Big Data technology megatrend steams ahead, we’re seeing the rapid development of Applied Big Data. Applied Big Data refers to technology platforms that use Big Data computing techniques, platforms, and tools to solve problems that would be unsolvable without massive computing power applied to massive quantities of data. Applied Big Data is differentiated from general building-block components like Hadoop. Rather, the Applied Big Data space is filled with task-specific applications aimed at concrete and highly valuable goals. In particular we’ve seen strong recent focus on Applied Big Data for the physical world.  The extreme complexity of many physical phenomena... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- 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.