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Memo to Wall Street: NetApp's Still Got Mojo

Memo to Wall Street: NetApp's Still Got Mojo

Wikibon Co-Founder and Chief Analyst Dave Vellante says that despite the Street’s hesitations about NetApp, the company is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the current trends in the marketplace. Management has its work cut out for it, but it’s all or nothing at this point. Wall Street is not content with the direction that NetApp has taken in recent years: the storage vendor whooshed through the rescission of 2010-2011, but did not keep this momentum for long. The company’s massive cash stockpile has also drawn criticism, but recent efforts to “share the cash love” have distracted shareholders from this particularly painful... more »
How Xbox One Can Improve Performance Thanks to Cloud Computing

How Xbox One Can Improve Performance Thanks to Cloud Computing

What would be the current hype with all the punditry and speculation about the power of next-gen consoles without the word “cloud”? The cloud that will form the basis of the new generation of Xbox One will be based on 300,000 servers, compared to 15,000 at present for Xbox Live. According to Jeff Henshaw, group program manager of Xbox Incubation & Prototyping, the Xbox One will be even more powerful by cloud support, effectively, an Xbox One, will become an "Xbox Three." For every Xbox One available in your living room, we will have three of those same devices on the... more »
Google Satellite Images Reveal Shocking Impact of Human Activity

Google Satellite Images Reveal Shocking Impact of Human Activity

If you've ever wondered about the true scale of mankind's devastating impact on the planet Earth, then these images will help to illustrate just how massive it's been. Since the 1970s and the emergence of satellites patrolling our skies, NASA, along with the US Geological Survey, has slowly been amassing images of every single inch of the planet's surface as part of its ambitious Landsat program. Over the last 30 years in particular, the collection of images its built up illustrate the dramatic transformation that many parts of the world have undergone – expanding metropolises, forests and lakes fading away... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 May 29: OKPay Turns Back on Bitcoin, BitAngels Announces $6.7 Million in Funding, Coinbase Paper Wallets

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 May 29: OKPay Turns Back on Bitcoin, BitAngels Announces $6.7 Million in Funding, Coinbase Paper Wallets

Mt. Gox hasn't been having the best month with payment sources with the freeze of its Dwolla account and now OKPay apparently withdrawing entirely from bitcoin processing and funding of exchanges. In what seemed like a surprise to everyone, the payment processor posted a one-sentence notice that it was no longer working with bitcoin and Mt. Gox released their own press on the subject. Also, Liberty Reserve has suffered a total shutdown with its website shuttered and its founder arrested in Spain. A look at the worldwide expectations of virtual currencies and semi-anonymous payment processing that continuously casts the shadow of... more »
TweetChat Today : Software-Defined Storage (#SDS) - The Next Evolution #NetAppChat

TweetChat Today : Software-Defined Storage (#SDS) - The Next Evolution #NetAppChat

Today we're teaming up with storage firm NetApp and The Wikibon Project to host a #tweetchat on the growing market of software-defined storage (SDS), and the value it brings to the enterprise space. Please join us today at 12pm PST (3pm EST), and use the hashtag #NetAppChat. NetApp is betting big on SDS, playing an integral part in the evolving architecture that's prompted a shift in thinking for the data center of the future.  Despite the challenges today's rapidly changing marketplace poses NetApp, the storage firm is known for latching onto the right trends and "[proving] naysayers wrong," according to Wikibon co-founder and... more »
Facebook to Review Hate Speech Policy, Will Ban Misogynistic Posts

Facebook to Review Hate Speech Policy, Will Ban Misogynistic Posts

Misogyny - defined as the hatred towards women and manifested through sexual discrimination, degradation of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification. They say we live in a man's world where men are the rulers and they can freely order us women to do whatever they want.  But times have changed, and women have proved that we have as much right to do what we wish as men have, and are capable of doing anything that they can do.  Unfortunately, this realization only seems to be causing more hate towards the female gender.  It seems that some men just can’t accept... more »
Surface Pro Arrives in Japan with 256GB Storage and Free Office

Surface Pro Arrives in Japan with 256GB Storage and Free Office

Microsoft's Surface Pro has had a somewhat muted reception since its US release, but that hasn't stopped the Redmond from setting its sights on the rest of the world. Today, Microsoft has launched its flagship Windows 8 device in Japan, with the added bonus of up to 256GB of internal storage and a free copy of Microsoft Office. By way of comparison, the US version of the Surface Pro offers a maximum 128GB of storage, while the Surface RT, which doesn't run the full Windows 8 OS, comes with a mere 32GB or 64GB of storage, depending on how much you... more »
Was Dell Right to Abandon its Public Cloud Aspirations?

Was Dell Right to Abandon its Public Cloud Aspirations?

Last week we reported that Dell is overhauling its cloud strategy in an effort to avoid a conflict of interest with service providers, which account for a sizable portion of its hardware revenues. The heart of this initiative is a newly launched partner program that will enable the company to offer public cloud services through the channel instead of selling its solutions directly to customers. “Dell is going through a number of significant shifts in strategy which is dangerous for customer retention," says Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman. "Dell still needs to provide a comprehensive message on how its enterprise strategy... more »
LIVE: Liberty Reserve Seizure: the Spark Regulation Demands for Bitcoin + Virtual Currencies?

LIVE: Liberty Reserve Seizure: the Spark Regulation Demands for Bitcoin + Virtual Currencies?

Updated with full video - see below. On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we continue the discussion on the U.S. government closure and seizure of Liberty Reserve, alleging that the online company acted as “a financial hub of the cyber-crime world." Yesterday, U.S. federal law enforcement agencies announced the closure and seizure of Liberty Reserve, an online, virtual currency platform that the U.S. government alleges processed more than $6 billion in criminal proceeds over the past seven years. Liberty Reserve is a well known online money exchange that uses its own virtual currency,... more »
Apple's Tim Cook Slams Google Glass + Android at D10

Apple's Tim Cook Slams Google Glass + Android at D10

At AllThingsD’s D10 event, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage as special guest speaker, and engaged in a revealing discussion about what the company has planned for its future. The CEO was of course pretty vague regarding future products, but he did hint about the existence of the rumored iWatch whilst apparently criticizing Google Glass. "I'm interested in a great product. I wear glasses because I have to. People generally want glasses to reflect their fashion, style, etc. So this is difficult from a mainstream point of view," he said. "I think the wrist is natural. I think there are other things... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.