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HP 3PAR, StoreOnce Experience “Triple-Digit Growth,” says Scott

HP 3PAR, StoreOnce Experience “Triple-Digit Growth,” says Scott

While investors and the media focused much of its attention on HP’s decision to get out of the PC and mobile computing business, the company’s storage division is “going great guns,” according to one executive. Speaking to Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE.com Founder John Furrier live inside theCube at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, HP Storage Senior Vice President and General Manager David Scott said that both HP’s 3PAR and StoreOnce divisions achieved triple-digit growth last quarter (video clip below). He expects high growth rates to continue as HP delivers on its “storage without boundaries” strategy, he said. “Back in the... more »
Cloud Foundry Developed on a Vision of Unlimited App Development

Cloud Foundry Developed on a Vision of Unlimited App Development

Cloud Foundry and its related tool set are designed to support the needs of the new generation of application developers, who want to use whatever development language best suits the needs of their project and who often need to develop for multiple platforms, including both public and private clouds, says VMware VP of Cloud and Application Services Jerry Chen (full video recap coming soon). The problem that VMware saw with the existing development platforms is that they only supported one  language – Ruby, Java, Python – and only one cloud platform, Chen said in an interview in The Cube at VMworld... more »
Pakistan Bars Use of VPNs: A Pseudo Solution to A Real Problem?

Pakistan Bars Use of VPNs: A Pseudo Solution to A Real Problem?

What would you feel if someone or something sees all your private conversations with friends and relatives every single day? Scared is all that I will be. And the amount of stress and carefulness would increase having the idea of government authorities watching my every word. This is probably what people of Pakistan are familiar about. The prominent Middle-Eastern nation fulfills their initial plans to ban encrypted private networks or eVPN. This is a portion of their quest to pin down cyber-attacks and strengthen online security arsenals. The anonymity will no longer be available within the Internet grounds of Pakistan. However, resorting to... more »
Fraudulent Google Certificate Put Iranian Users At Risk for Two Months

Fraudulent Google Certificate Put Iranian Users At Risk for Two Months

Recently, an Iranian user uncovered a man-in-the-middle attack occurring with some of Google’s own security certificates for domains such as *.google.com. As it appears, some Iranian ISP may be involved in silently intercepting communications by Iranian citizens over the Internet by supplying a broken security certificate to them for securely accessing Google’s properties. The worst part: the compromised certificate has an issue date of July 10th, 2011. Meaning this has been going on for almost two months. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published an extensive examination of the attack and the weaknesses in the certificate authority network that protects the Internet. The encryption... more »
Salesforce.com Reportedly Acquires Assistly and Navajo Systems

Salesforce.com Reportedly Acquires Assistly and Navajo Systems

eWeek reports that Salesforce.com has acquired both security vendor Navajo Systems and hosted help desk vendor Assistly. The Navajo Systems website confirms that the company has been acquired by Salesforce.com, but the two companies aren't making statements about the acquisition yet. Navajo Systems sells a service for encrypting data stored in Salesforce.com. Assistly Assistly offers a hosted help desk and social media monitoring tool. It recently launched version 2.0 of its product, revamping the user interface and adding a freemium pricing model. Salesforce.com already offers help desk products in the form of its Service Cloud and RemedyForce services. It also acquired social... more »
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EMC’s Steve Manley Talks Backup, Dedupe at VMworld 2011

Steven Manley, CTO of EMC’s Backup and Recovery group attended VMworld and made his first appearance in theCube.  He discussed backup, where EMC stands in this market, and his take on the industry. Manley kicked of the convo with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante by talking a bit about his role in the company, following with his opinion of the major influencers in the market. He highlighted that customers haven’t been seeing as much user experience shifts as changes under the surface, driven for one by the rise of deduplication in the past decade. The latest example of that is Permabit, which announced it... more »
In the New Consumer World, VDI Must Deliver to Multiple Platforms

In the New Consumer World, VDI Must Deliver to Multiple Platforms

“We are living in a new world where Windows no longer is the only choice, it is just one choice,” says Vittorio Viarengo, vice president of end-user computing for VMworld. “Windows will be around for a long time,” he said in an interview in The Cube with Wikibon Chief Analyst David Vellante and SiliconAngle CEO John Furrier, webcast over SiliconAngle.TV from VMworld 2011. But in the new world of end-user computing we are all living in, organizations have to support a variety of end-user devices, not just Windows desktops and laptops. VMware's vision is a world in which users can work... more »
Samsung for VMware: the Rise of Virtual Mobility

Samsung for VMware: the Rise of Virtual Mobility

Mobility is sweeping the entire world off its feet.  And the influence only grows, particularly within the virtual tract.  Mobile virtualization is becoming a significant item in the industry as personal and professional lives overlap.  This phenomenon could spell collapse in performance, but we're seeing a string of products looking to address this issue. The VMware hypervisor is a tool that understands the vitality of having a system that will put a clear boundary between these two and chiefly protect corporate data being corrupted by personal files and downloads. Together with global mobile innovator Samsung, the hypervisor sets the path... more »
MapR No Longer the New Kid on the Block, Raises $20M

MapR No Longer the New Kid on the Block, Raises $20M

MapR, the startup that developed the M3 and M5 Hadoop distributions competing with Cloudera’s dominant distribution as well as the several other players currently hitting the market, has secured $20 million in venture capital. The funding round was led by Redpoint Ventures with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates. "MapR is clearly the technology leader in the hottest enterprise market space today and our investment reflects our excitement about MapR," said Satish Dharmaraj, General Partner at Redpoint Ventures. "The advantages provided by the MapR distribution expand the number of companies that can gather, understand and benefit... more »
Workplaces Mobilize As VMWare Digs Into iOS, Android

Workplaces Mobilize As VMWare Digs Into iOS, Android

As the VMworld conference in Las Vegas pushes into its second day, we recap on VMWare’s day 1 highlights around PC virtualization, as it rolls out View 5.0.  VMWare aims to integrate work to a worker’s personal device through virtualization of data, making all the applications you need available in your workstation as well as your mobile device as well as expanding coverage for its "Project Harmony" Horizon application manager. View 5.0 desktop virtualization software is based on the latest ESXi 5.0 hypervisor that is wrapped by a set of management tools called vSphere and administered by a management console called vCenter. ... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.