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The Numbers Behind Valentine's Day: Tablets are Romantic, Lovers Procrastinate

No one really knows the real origin of Valentine’s Day. Two of the popular derivations are that of a Roman fertility festival, and the commemoration of the death of St. Valentine, a Roman clergyman who was executed on 14th of February, 270 AD for marrying couples without the authoritative order of the emperor. But regardless of where it came from, Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest seasons where gifts and love are in the air. Love is an intangible experience, expressed on Valentine's Day with the very tangible hoard of gifts, cards and romantic dinners.  But what are we really... more »
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US and EU Approves Google-MoMo Deal: China Still Thinking it Over

After months of anticipation, hair-pulling and nail-biting, the Google-Motorola Mobility deal was finally approved by the two largest obstacles in their path.  The European Union and the US Justice Department finally approved the $12.5 billion acquisition but said that they would keep an eye on Google, making sure that the search giant keeps its word that patents would be priced and licensed fairly. Google announced their intent to acquire Motorola back in August of last year after they failed to acquire Nortel's patents.   The Nortel patents were bought by an Apple-led consortium, which includes Research in Motion Ltd, Microsoft Corp., EMC... more »
Whitney Houston’s Death Sends Cyber Scams across Twitter, Facebook

Whitney Houston’s Death Sends Cyber Scams across Twitter, Facebook

The world has lost another icon as Whitney Houston dies at age 48. It’s one of the biggest topics of discussion these days across Twitter, Facebook, and digital and traditional publications alike.  On the other hand, cyberpunks fixed on using her death as bait to lure people into their petty online traps. In fact, shortly after the news of Whitney’s death went live, two web threats had already spawned. The first one’s a clickjacking attack on Facebook, and the other a malicious link circulating on Twitter, says Trend Micro. Facebook’s clickjacking scam is masked as a wall post saying “I... more »
Flash and Big Data Changing the IT Job Market: How to Stay On Top

Flash and Big Data Changing the IT Job Market: How to Stay On Top

Flash storage and big data analytics are currently two of the biggest buzzwords in the tech industry, and for a good reason: pundits agree that these two trends are playing a big role in the transformation of IT as a whole, from the technology itself to the people managing it within the enterprise. Our founding editor John Furrier has been covering this topic extensively throughout many Cube interviews, including the latest here. In his freshest post on the Wikibon blog, Dave Vellante decided to tackle this topic from the human resources angle. He discusses how the storage admin fits in it all,... more »
Coming to Grips With Multiple Versions of the Truth

Coming to Grips With Multiple Versions of the Truth

You know that multi-year project you’ve been working on trying to consolidate all your organization’s data into a central hub to establish a single version of the truth? Yeah, you can stop now. It’s not going to happen. In point of fact, there is no such thing as a single version of the truth in today’s post-modern world, and the advent of Big Data is only reinforcing this notion. As Frank Buytendijk, who teaches and writes about performance management and organizational behavior, put it during his keynote address at TDWI World Conference this morning, “We are further away from the one... more »
HP Heats Up Storage Wars with Gen8

HP Heats Up Storage Wars with Gen8

Hardware maker Hewlett-Packard is facing a lot of competition, even beyond the race for the title of most eco-friendly data center vendor. HP is facing its old rival Dell as well as others in the storage space, an area towards which the two PC manufacturers are attracted in light of the need to diversify in a market disrupted by mobile. Today, HP made its latest push with the launch of the ProLiant Generation 8 “smart” servers. The basic concept behind what was a $300 million R&D effort was to make a box that’s as automated and self-sustaining as possible, with... more »
EU Greenlight's Google-Motorola Buy, US Likely to Follow

EU Greenlight's Google-Motorola Buy, US Likely to Follow

Search giant Google has managed to transform Android into a huge success story, one that today is probably exceeding what even the creators of the OS had in mind. The ecosystem that built up around the mobile operating system suddenly became extremely profitable for advertisers, app developers and finally manufacturers – the last area that Google managed – or is more accurately hoping to manage - to get a foothold in. Google’s massive $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola, one of the largest Android OEMs out there, has not yet been cleared all the way through as can be expected from a... more »
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Teradici Unveils VDI Card Amidst VMware Partner Frenzy

Several companies announced their new partnerships with virtualization giant VMware today, including Cisco and Mitel. The latest one is Teradici, which is also deeply involved with the VDI market and just launched a new server offloading card designed for such environments. The Teradici APEX 2800 card comes equipped with PCoIP zero clients and VMware View clients, in addition to offering support for vSphere and View versions 4.6 or later.  It works by offloading the 65 most active displays from a server in order to create “virtual CPU headroom” that minimizes the impact on usability. Teradici claims that its new product can... more »
HP Unveils Idiot-Proof, Virtually Self-Managing Servers Called Gen8

HP Unveils Idiot-Proof, Virtually Self-Managing Servers Called Gen8

Today HP announced a new line of ProLiant servers dubbed ProLiant Generation 8, or Gen8 for short. The new line bakes in automation and monitoring tools and comes equipped with a sensor array for optimizing energy use. The idea is to create a new line of idiot-proof servers that "virtually manage themselves." HP is calling this "Integrated Lifecycle Automation." The new line is the fruit of a two year, $300 million R&D effort codenamed Project Voyager, which according to HP has yielded more than 900 patent filings thus far. Project Voyager is the third part of a series of R&D... more »
Anonymous Busy Over Weekend Attacking CIA, Mexico, Greece, Alabama DHS Websites

Anonymous Busy Over Weekend Attacking CIA, Mexico, Greece, Alabama DHS Websites

It’s been an extremely busy weekend for Anonymous hactivist cells who have struck out at government and police websites across the globe. On Friday, the website for the CIA was reported as having gone down. Multiple reports that it had gone down went out and even CNN verified that it had been taken offline. Asked about the outage, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said Friday night, "We are aware of the problems accessing our website, and are working to resolve them." Access to the site was returned early Saturday morning. Friday saw tweets going out celebrating the crash of the CIA website with... 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.