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Automation and Easier Aggregation in Hadoop Clusters Signals Data as a Service Trend

Automation and Easier Aggregation in Hadoop Clusters Signals Data as a Service Trend

Yesterday I wrote about Cascading 2.0, an alternative to MapReduce. The application framework, managed by Concurrent, allows for developers to develop "Cascading," big data apps using high-level scripting languages. The apps then get scheduled to run across a Hadoop cluster. Also yesterday,  HP executives presented their case for integrating Hadoop with Autonomy and HP Vertica, its impressive analytics technoloogy. In both the news from HP and Concurrent, executives often referred to "aggregation," as what serves as a priority in developing big data systems. It's becoming clear why. Aggregation represents the next phase on the road to data as a service. HP executives described... more »
IBM Debuts New DevOps Software and Cloud Services @ Edge

IBM Debuts New DevOps Software and Cloud Services @ Edge

IBM Edge is making it very clear that the IT giant is angling for big data, but that’s not the only thing that ended up on the drawing board. This week Big Blue introduced several new DevOps tools, some as-a-service, looking to attract enterprise clients by facilitating better collaboration between frontend and backend engineers. The company debuted the latest release of its Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM)software, a suite of offerings that addresses synchronization in IT. It’s built on Jazz and is natively integrated with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Team Concert, and Rational Quality Manager. On top of this, a number of services... more »
Evolution of Cloud Adoption through 2015 [Infographic]

Evolution of Cloud Adoption through 2015 [Infographic]

Sure, cloud computing may be a marketing construct that allows companies to avoid the certain disaster that would result if sales teams were forced to explain virtualization and dynamic capacity allocation to every potential customer. Yes, Larry Ellison, deep down we agree with your hatred of the term, “cloud computing”. However, even if you have disdain for the term, it is impossible to deny the impact of the cloud on the enterprise. A new infographic from software and services provider Axway illustrates that impact and makes a few predictions about how cloud adoption will evolve in the next three years. There... more »
Oracle Purchases Collective Intelligence, Pushes Against Salesforce.com/Radian6

Oracle Purchases Collective Intelligence, Pushes Against Salesforce.com/Radian6

Oracle is keeping the acquisition train rolling with the purchase of Collective Intelligence, a social analytics firm that provides similar cloud-based services to Radian6, which Salesforce.com purchased last year. And if you think that's a coincidence, I have a multi-tenant, highly scalable bridge to sell you. The rivalry between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison seem to be getting more intense. Last week, Salesforce announced the $800 million purchase of social media presence optimization service provider Buddy Media. But that came after Oracle's $300 million buy of Virtue, which offers its own services in the same arena. In... more »
IBM Acquisitions Deliver Storage for the Rest of Us

IBM Acquisitions Deliver Storage for the Rest of Us

The Edge conference in Orlando, FL is IBM’s opportunity to show off its wide range of storage solutions to the world. While IBM is typically known for its large enterprise offerings, some of its acquisitions highlighted during the conference make this year’s Edge “the storage coming-out party,” as said by Wikibon founder David Vellante. theCube is covering the IBM Edge conference live. Today, Wikibon analyst John McArthur and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante were fortunate to spend some time with IBM systems storage VP, Bob Cancilla (full video below). McArthur and Vellante prompt Cancilla to reminisce a few years back into his... more »
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AT&T Accepting Galaxy S III Preorders Tomorrow

Today’s mobile news roundup features the following: US carriers now accepting preorders for the Samsung Galaxy SIII, PlayStation gets deeper into mobile with HTC partnership while Apple waits for the Samsung injunction. Samsung Galaxy SIII preorders now open In yesterday’s mobile news roundup we mentioned that five US carriers will be selling the Samsung Galaxy SIII starting this month of June, but the release date and pricing were still a bit of a mystery.  The latest news on this matter now indicates that AT&T will start accepting preorders for Samsung's new flagship phone starting tomorrow, June 6th. The Samsung Galaxy SIII will be... more »
Oracle Comes Up Short in Detailed Comparison of Exadata vs. Best-of-Breed

Oracle Comes Up Short in Detailed Comparison of Exadata vs. Best-of-Breed

Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer is definitely not on Larry Ellison's Christmas card list this year. Not satisfied with his original exposition of the limited value of Oraclea week ago, Floyer has co-published a detailed, item-by-item examination of why it falls short with Wikibon Analyst Nick Allen. Titled “Comparing Oracle Exadata Storage with Best-of-Breed Arrays”  the Wikibon Professional Alert is built around three tables. The first lists the advanced functionality available across the board on best-of-breed Tier 1 storage not available on Exadata. These include support for numerous RAID types, consistency groups, snapshot copies, writable snapshots, clones, mix-and-match HHD types,... more »
IBM Smarter Computing Upgrades Aimed at Big Data

IBM Smarter Computing Upgrades Aimed at Big Data

So far the biggest update that that came out of the IBM Edge conference is that Big Blue has rolled out several major enhancements to the offerings in its Smart Computing portfolio, with an emphasis on data-driven efficiency. The gist of it is that several of systems are getting some big boosts. IBM is adding real-time compression to both the Storwize V7000 unified storage system and the System Storage SAN Volume Controller, and claims that the technology can shrink actively used data by up to 80 percent. This puts a new twist on the traditional approach of compressing low activity data,... more »
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Veeam Boosts Freemium Approach with Free Backup

Veeam doesn’t have any objections to creating a community of free users in exchange for a lengthy list of paying customers. Today the backup software rolled out new features to the commercial edition of its solution, and at the same time introduced the Veeam Backup Free Edition. The latter is the successor of the free Veeam FastSCPTM tool, which has been around for quite some time and has become quite popular. The main addition to the paid Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1 solution is something that’s also included in the free version: something called Veeam ZIP, a compression mechanism that automatically... more »
The Future for IBM Storage is All About Leveraging Flash

The Future for IBM Storage is All About Leveraging Flash

With its debut this week, the IBM Edge conference in Orlando, FL is Big Blue’s opportunity to trumpet its storage offerings in an increasingly competitive market.  With EMC’s acquisition of Xtreme-IO rounding out the storage giant’s own flagship event last week at EMC World, IBM is finding itself in the necessary position to better market its storage solutions.  Here to discuss IBM’s goals around increased messaging for its new and existing products is Ed Walsh, who runs Storage Portfolio Strategy for the company.  Walsh stopped by theCube today with SiliconAngle founding editor John Furrier and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante 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.