Posts Tagged Wikibon

Visualizing the Universe of Big Data

Our friends at Forbes.com have put together a fantastic new infographic leveraging data from Wikibon’s Big Data Vendor Revenue and Market Forecast, 2012 – 2017 report. It provides a compelling view of the Big Data universe and illustrates the real revenue vendors are deriving from Big Data. They range from the mega-planets (if you’ll go with me on this analogy) IBM, HP and EMC to the smaller but powerful emerging planets like Hortonworks, 10gen and DataStax.

Ok, not the greatest analogy but still a great infographic:

Infographic by Forbes.com; Data by Wikibon.

Infographic by Forbes.com; Data by Wikibon.

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Thank You Wikibon Community for Great VMware Survey Participation

As a follow up to research from last year (The Value of the VMware Integration Journey), Wikibon recently ran a survey of our community to collect user experiences and preferences for storage integration with VMware. We were thrilled with the support from the community and the quality and depth of the responses that we received. The primary method of gathering results was through a direct email to the Wikibon community. In addition, I’d like to thank VMware, Dell, NetApp, HP, EMC and others for sharing the survey through various social channels.

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Best Infrastructure Technology Innovations: 2010 Wikibon CTO Awards

2010 Wikibon CTO Awards: Apple iPad

In 2010, key trends in infrastructure technology innovation included big data, cloud services, simplicity, virtualization, NAND flash, and data efficiency. We discuss these trends and core technology innovations in our Wikibon article, Best Enterprise Infrastructure Technology Innovations of 2010 and chose our Wikibon 2010 CTO award winners here.

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8 Levels of Information Technology Security

In a world of viruses, malware, and hackers, information security is a big deal. One single method of IT security cannot insure protection of mission-critical data. In the enterprise IT environment, layering multiple tactics and security processes can help close all of the gaps. A visual look at a data center provides us with the 8 levels of information technology security which work together to form a tight-knit and (hopefully) impenetrable web of safeness.

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Celebrating Positive Deviants

If there is a single constant in the world today, it is change.  The velocity of information is continuing to increase as mobile devices and cloud computing provide real-time access to more information.  There are more opportunities for greater engagement and individual creation in the internet-era than there were before.  In his new book, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, Clay Shirky discusses the means, motive and opportunity for creation of great value such as Wikipedia (created with the free time of .01% of 1 years worth of TV watching) and Ushahidi (see this TED video which explains how a website to track violence in Kenya expanded to many countries around the world).  This post is not a book review (I enjoyed the book greatly, it is the first one by Shirky that I read, Adam Thierer who recommended the book to me wrote a thorough write-up on his site), instead, I’m proposing taking one of his points into action.  Just because there are opportunities with new technology, there are few who will take advantage.  As Shirky says: “Any community has members who deviate from social norms in negative ways…Positive deviants are those who behave better than the norm, even when faced with similar limitations or challenges.”  I want to celebrate those who create a positive impact on the IT community through a collaborative process of sharing information and providing critical thinking on the business and technical challenges of the day.

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EMC Acquires Archer, Integration Next

EMC Acquires Archer

The latest acquisition of Archer Technologies fills a gap in EMCs solution ecosystem with a best-in-class GRC software platform. With the Archer acquisition, and the development of an integration layer across EMC products, EMC creates the opportunity to speak more definitively about its capability to provide GRC solutions for core IT assets and operations and across the enterprise.  The acquisition also provides a competitive play for EMC against other infrastructure technology providers including Oracle, with its GRC Manager, Microsoft with GRC Solution Accelerators and Sharepoint, CA, with its own GRC Manager, and others interested in their piece of the still-developing GRC marketplace.

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Why Microsoft’s Head is up its DAS

I’ve been doing a bunch of research on cloud-based email lately. It started when I was speaking with a  number of Wikibon members about what they’re doing with Exchange and whether Exchange 2010 is changing the way they think about deploying storage. The Exchange team in Redmond has been pushing DAS harder than I’ve ever seen. Microsoft is telling customers that it has dramatically reduced the IO load from Exchange 2003, which is true.
 
Exchange 2003 was IO bound and very ‘bursty’ meaning performance was unpredictable. I believe the technical term for this is Exchange 2003 is a pig. So SAN has been the obvious choice for many Exchange deployments. Exchange 2007 addressed much of this IO problem but many clients skipped right over 2007, waiting for Exchange 2010. Wish I’d taken that path with Vista.

Microsoft is now pulling out all the stops. It’s telling clients that I spoke with to think about maintenance expiring on Exchange 2003 (I think you can still buy an extended service plan through 2014 if you give up your third child) and that SAN is not a recommended configuration for 2010. Microsoft is telling customers to worry about complexity and SAN can be a single point of failure. The logic put forth is that if I lose a DAS device I only lose part of my storage whereas if my SAN goes out…all my data is inaccessible. Interesting logic I thought.

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Predictions 2010

Vellante: More Credible than Carnac?

 

Year end predictions are always so benign–I hate them. “Security will continue to be a barrier to cloud adoption; or Virtualization demand will be strong next year.” Riveting…I’ve never done year end predictions before so I’m probably not going to be very good at it. But everyone’s asking me to do some and I promised my wife I wouldn’t be wishy washy. 

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The BDEvent: I’ll be there– will you?

Its not working...its networking

It's not working...it's networking

Greg Duplessie contacted me just about a year ago to tell me about an idea he had. He said he was starting an event that put executives in touch with each other for one purpose: Networking. No booths. No nonsense. Very focused. Just business development. I told him: “I’m in…what can Wikibon do to help?”

As the saying goes: ‘It’s not working, it’s networking.’ And, if there’s an event in my industry where there will be a bunch of smart and connected people that understand what’s happening, what’s getting funded, who is moving and shaking—I want to be there.

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Copan may be Dead but MAID isn’t

Slow Down!

What's the Hurry?

Does Copan’s demise portend the death of MAID? Marc Farley thinks MAID is toast and recently wrote:

I suspect MAID storage will quickly become an afterthought now, except for a small number of customers and applications that will keep the technology on life support.  The problem with MAID is that there aren’t enough applications for selectively-spinning disks.  Selectively spinning disk drives are more expensive than tape for archiving and are more problematic than standard disk systems for backup.  That leaves applications such as video on demand, which is not a large enough market to float a serious startup these days. Thin provisioning for primary storage and dedupe for backup have become the technologies of choice for customers looking to increase the efficiency of storage.

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