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Google is Definitely in the Big Data Business and Will Be Big

Google is Definitely in the Big Data Business and Will Be Big

At  Google IO developer conference in San Francisco last month, Google introduced a slew of new products including Google Compute Engine.  What wasn't talked was Google's big data play.   Google is definitely in the Big Data business and Google will be the 800lb gorilla in the space. Google has two major things going for it.  1) Google has an amazing infrastructure and network inside their core operations; 2) Google owns lots of data lets just say about 90% of the worlds data including information and people. Google's infrastructure strength and direction with big data will shape not only applications but the enterprise business.  Why?  Because... more »
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This Week in Cloud: M&A, Services and a Couple of Blunders

This week acquisitions were announced by VMware and Sony, Xeround announced a big product to its service and – most notably - Cisco and Amazon proved once again that the cloud is not bullet-proof. A few days ago VMware acquired DynamicOps, a firm that makes software that allows customers to manage multiple cloud environments from one centralized interface. That is, one deployment could be running vSphere, another could be running Hyper-V and the third could be an AWS instance – and you can  provision them all using DynamicOps’ platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier... more »
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Enkitec's Sumneva Acquisitions Means Enhanced Big Data Solutions

When it comes to realizing the potential of Big Data, clients need new technologies, tools and approaches. After several years of collaboration, Enkitec, an Oracle-centric IT solutions consulting firm, has acquired Sumneva, an Oracle Application Express (APEX) firm to offer enhanced data solutions to clients. Two of Sumneva’s proprietary products, now called eFramework and eSERT will become part of Enkitec’s offerings. Sumneva’s proprietary software development methodology and tools are used exclusively with Oracle APEX. eFramework is an APEX-based security framework that helps manage and monitor multiple applications. eSERT assists with targeting potential weaknesses in application security and offers suggestions for mitigation. Sumneva... more »
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What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Today's Culture?

Today we are living the era of ‘permanent revolution’ thanks to the configuration of new media, entertainment and culture. Without a doubt, the technological developments that are setting up in record time are creating a new ecosystem, where leading Internet-connected devices is changing the way consumers’ access content. Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, personal navigation devices, wireless products and gaming units are among the driving factors for creating new applications, products and services that can improve people's daily lives. Internet of Things The rapid transition to new content experiences online through the latest generation of devices has been given by several factors, among which are,... more »
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Wakoopa Social Shut Down

Wakoopa, the social networking site that monitors the software used by its members, announced last month that they will be shutting down Wakoopa Social. Wakoopa Social was launched in 2007 to make software discovery as social as possible.  But in 2010, the Wakoopa team decided to switch their focus on the corporate research community and made products such as Trailspot and QD to bring online research to the next level.  This effort was successful as more clients become interested in their product, and the Wakoopa team is becoming more innovative in optimizing research solutions. But alas, the root of all their success,... more »
Google Denies Android Botnet Claims

Google Denies Android Botnet Claims

Today’s mobile news roundup features security experts’ retractions to the Android botnet, Amazon's preparations to release an iPhone and Android competitor, and Apple getting sued over Siri. No Android botnet Earlier this week, security experts from Microsoft and Sophos posted on their blogs that infected Android devices are spreading spam e-mails, but yesterday retracted their findings stating that they may have been mistaken and that there was no actual proof of an infected Android device sending the spam e-mails.  Spammers could have been using an infected computer and just stamping it to make it look like it came from an Android device. Google... more »
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Big Money Data: Three New Ways Finance is Using Big Data

The emergence of big data cannot be underestimated. Big data is becoming more important in just about every industry, but perhaps none more so than in the arena of finance. Banks, lenders, Wall Street firms and even department stores are fast embracing this new reality. In today’s Big Money Data series, we take a look at three ways in which big data is being used in finance. Customer Intimacy As expected, banks are at the forefront of efforts to apply big data to the financial sector, but not always in the way we might think. While most banks use big data to... more »
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Google Enterprise Chief to CIOs: Embrace Consumerization

Right before the entire country knocked off for fireworks and barbecues this week, Google Enterprise VP Amit Singh wrote up some of his observations from meeting with CIOs across the country. And the number one takeaway from these conversations: The consumerization of IT is accelerating, and it might just be a good thing for the enterprise. "After all, we’re the same person at home and at work, and we like having access to the same devices and tools regardless," Singh writes in his blog entry. Basically, Singh argues that at the same time that the IT pro's job really began to shift... more »
FBI Operation Ghost Click will Shut Off Internet for Thousands

FBI Operation Ghost Click will Shut Off Internet for Thousands

It is currently expected that hundreds of thousands of infected PCs will lose internet connectivity come Monday July 9 at 12:01 am.  The loss of connectivity is related to a widespread virus and massive botnet, known as the DNSChanger virus.  At one point, a reported 4 million computers around the world were estimated to have been infected by this virus, which redirected internet connectivity for the affected unbeknownst to the user.  It is currently reported that some 275,000 machines are still infected. On November 8, the FBI, the NASA-OIG and Estonian police arrested several cyber criminals in “Operation Ghost Click”. The... more »
WikiLeaks To Release Boatload Syria Files, E-mails From 2006 to 2012

WikiLeaks To Release Boatload Syria Files, E-mails From 2006 to 2012

WikiLeaks, the international not-for-profit organization responsible for publishing documents from whistleblowers, acquired more than 2.4 million e-mails between Syrian politicians, government officials and companies dating from August 2006 until March 2012.  The group said that they will soon be releasing the said e-mails soon. In a news conference from London, project analyst Sarah Harrison stated that they’ve gathered a total of 2,434,899 emails from 680 Syrian-related entities and domains.  The said e-mails allegedly contain information from the Syrian Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information and Transport and Culture. "The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the... more »

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- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.