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Pushing Forward on Backup as a Service

Storage-as-a-Service is something we’ve been covering for years at Wikibon. In a piece we wrote way back in 2006, we said:

“The storage needs of business and application owners are simple: Give me storage when I need it. Provide services appropriate for my application in the most cost-effective manner. Charge me for what I use, don’t charge me for unnecessary waste.

Service-oriented storage has the potential to meet business needs by inherently offering the ability to:

  1. Provision storage capacity and function that meets application requirements based on performance, scalability, availability, cost and security needs of the business.
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EMC’s Move with Capgemini is a Blueprint for Competing with Amazon Web Services

It’s Amazon’s world…we just live in it.

Amazon’s aggressive push into the traditional enterprise space will place pressure on CIOs and enterprise IT suppliers alike. To release this pressure, CIOs must treat AWS as another tool in their bag, embrace the public cloud generally and help their organizations understand the right strategic fit for public cloud services; balancing convenience with compliance. Meanwhile, technology suppliers must differentiate by focusing on best-of-breed services, industry-specific capabilities and delivering business value deep within regions around the globe.

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Amazon Takes Aim – Banks on Higher Margins from Enterprise Customers

Investors have been in love with Amazon this past year, and why not? The company’s market cap has soared to over $120B since it bottomed in 2009 at just over $20B, delivering very attractive returns.

Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a report citing sources that claim Amazon’s AWS business exceeded $2B in 2012 and will generate $3.8B in 2013, an 81% growth rate. The numbers are getting crazy. Some of these same and other sources have the AWS market (unclear what this means) hitting $38B by 2015 and AWS revenue reaching $20B by the end of the decade. The Journal article cited comments from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claiming that AWS can be at least as large as the company’s retail business. By comparison, Amazon’s retail operation is expected to grow 25% this year to $73.6B.

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The Finest Shade of Blue: #theCUBE @ SAPPHIRE 2012

SAPPHIRE, SAP’s annual mega-show, is just days away. Taking place next week (May 14-16) in Orlando, expectations are high for the German software maker and (now) database player.

At last year’s show, much of the focus was on HANA, SAP’s in-memory database, which promises end-users support for lightening fast analytics against large volumes of data. As I wrote then, SAP is betting the house on HANA, with plans to migrate its entire software and application portfolio onto the new database, as well as rolling out new, HANA-optimized analytic applications. SAP also declared last year that it intended to reach #2 in the database market by 2015.

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Strata Conference: The Continuing Story of Hadoop

I’m back from Strata Conference and after three days, 16 keynote presentations, countless sessions, 20+ hours of live coverage via theCUBE, and two very long flights from Boston to Silicon Valley and back, these things I’m sure of:

  1. Big Data, namely Hadoop, is for real.
  2. It still has some maturing to do.

You know a technology is headed to the mainstream when the two “Elite” sponsors of the premier event designed to showcase that technology are Microsoft and EMC. Neither company is known for adopting and promoting emerging open source technologies, to put it mildly. But there they both were at Strata Conference, the event dedicated to open source Big Data approaches like Hadoop and NoSQL, topping the list of event sponsors. They were followed not far behind by fellow IT giants and Strata “Impact” sponsors IBM and Oracle.

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Get Ready for Project Lightning

He who shall not be named sent me this thumbnail today. At any rate, the cat was already let out of the bag last month by Dave Raffo and several folks on Twitter but it looks like the ink is dry and there’s no turning back on VF Cache as the official name for Project Lightning.

What is Known About VF Cache?

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A Preview of EMC’s Project Lightning

The storage world is getting ready for the launch of EMC’s Project Lightning. EMC has invited press, analysts and the world to an announcement on February 6th to see the unveiling of the server-based flash product and strategy to manage data using EMC automated tiering software.

EMC’s strategy with Project Lightning is to extend the storage stack closer to the server. For the past two decades, we’ve seen storage function steadily move from server/host to storage/SAN. EMC started this trend with its Symmetrix disk array, which initially connected to virtually all types of OSes and host processors. That vision extended to the SAN and the external RAID, storage network concept became the standard architecture for storing, protecting and sharing mission critical data.

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Questions for HP and its Autonomy/Vertica Big Data Analytics Platform

A crucial component of the Big Data value proposition is the ability to bring together structured and unstructured data in a single platform for business analytics and application development. That approach received further validation last week when HP announced it had “combined” Autonomy’s enterprise search platform with Vertica’s massively parallel analytic database into a single Big Data Analytics platform.

Autonomy focuses on finding and analyzing meaning in unstructured text, while Vertical specializes in quickly processing and analyzing large volumes of structured data. A perfect fit, right?

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My 5 Key Lessons Learned at Hadoop World 2011

Hadoop World 2011 was bursting at the seams last week. As Cloudera CEO Mike Olson put it, the Sheraton in New York City was “fire marshal full.” The official count was 1,400 attendees, but I suspect that number was even higher. Word is Cloudera had to turn away hundreds who just showed up at the door for the conference.

That’s a good sign for Cloudera as a company and Hadoop as a whole, which leads me to the first of my five key takeaways from Hadoop World.

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When IT Consumers Become Technology Providers—A Vertically-Led Paradigm Shift Powered by the Cloud and Big Data

The End of Monopoly Rule and the Rise of Customer-Led IT

Until the conception of the World Wide Web and commercialization of the Web browser in the mid-1990’s, the IT industry was characterized by global monopolies that dominated the technology business. Despite the amazing growth trajectory of IT in the past sixty years, there really have only been two great monopolies in the history of this business—IBM and the virtual monopoly of Microsoft and Intel.

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