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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Top 10 Drivers of the Storage Industry in 2011 - Part 1

Most predictions about the storage industry seem to be either in the weeds (”will FCOE take off - and what flavor?”) or driven by the most sensational news possible (”Cisco will buy EMC and Oracle will buy NetApp!”).   This list strives to take a balanced view that takes positions on the key drivers transforming our industry. With that in mind, here are the first 5 of the ten most important trends in storage with predictions about what will change in 2011: 1.  Capacity demands will continue to grow exponentially. It is amazing how little this one is mentioned.  Think about what happened to the bandwidth market when it was realized that internet usage was doubling every year.  OK - that might be a painful reminder for those of us that experienced first hand the telecom bubble.  The point is that one of the world’s largest industrieswas rad... (more)

JavaOne 2009 - Highlights Live from Day One

JavaOne 2009 officially started with the opening Keynote delivered by Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems. The keynote included several announcements and demos presented by partners and customers of Sun. Here are some highlights... Java Store to enable the java community to distribute their innovative Java solutions worldwide JavaFX 1.2 powered applications demonstrated on a consumer TV Intel and Sun collaboration to gain better performance of Java on Intel processors James Gosling - inventor of Java - giving a review of 14 years of Java Some words about Oracle and Sun by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Stay tuned with more information about the conference as it goes on.   ... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (more)

Intel Gains Market Share

With Q2 returns in Intel owns 81% of processor units, up two points sequentially. It took 89% of notebooks, up three points, 90% of servers, up 0.7% and desktop stayed at 72%, according to Mercury Research. Notebook units increased 24% quarter-over-quarter but ASPs dropped 11% for Intel and 16% for AMD. Units overall were up 13.8% quarter-over-quarter, down 2.5% year-over-year. Revenues were down 14.2% year-over-year. Oh, by the way, the Austin American-Statesman noticed that Dell is pushing an AMD-based mainstream desktop on its web site for the first time in 18 months. Apparently it's because of the graphics. ... (more)

IBM Trying to Become a Hip Agile Software Developer

At its annual user and partner Impact conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM announced a slew of new products, including new additions to its WebSphere applications family. There are also promises of better integration with software products from its recent acquisitions and a new piece of integrated hardware to its Pure line of expert hardware systems.  Today’s IBM mainframe comes inside a 19-inch rack and runs on Intel CPUs. You can read more about my coverage of IBM’s Impact 2012 conference this week in Las Vegas in Tom’s ITPro here. ... (more)

How to Secure Hadoop Without Touching It

It sounds like a parlor trick, but one of the benefits of API centric de-facto standards  such as REST and JSON is they allow relatively seamless communication between software systems. This makes it possible to combine technologies to instantly bring out new capabilities. In particular I want to talk about how an API Gateway can improve the security posture of a Hadoop installation without having to actually modify Hadoop itself. Sounds too good to be true? Read on. Hadoop and RESTful APIs Hadoop is mostly a behind the firewall affair, and APIs are generally used for exposing data or capabilities for other systems, users or mobile devices. In the case of Hadoop there are three main RESTful APIs to talk about. This list isn’t exhaustive but it covers the main APIs. WebHDFS – Offers complete control over files and directories in HDFS HBase REST API – Offers access to ... (more)

IT Architecture as Taught by Monty Python

One of my friends and mentors, Bill Vass, has consistently advised IT professionals to understand, respect and use the power of well-formed IT architecture.  Bill has often reminded me and others that architecture is design.  If you have poor design, or if you have good design that is ignored, then the architecture is worthless or even counter productive.  If you have good, actionable design that is focused on mission needs and used by enterprise decision-makers then IT is better able to deliver workable solutions.  Bill also emphasizes that well done architecture begins with the end in mind. That last point means, that before building your design you need to know what your mission requirements are.  And you need a good relationship with your customers and how they serve the mission. If there was ever any doubt of that, I’d like to point out a great example highli... (more)

Cloud Economics – Amazon, Microsoft, Google Compared

Any new technology adoption happens because of one of the three reasons: Capability: It allows us to do something which was not feasible earlier Convenience: It simplifies Cost: It significantly reduces cost of doing something What is our expectation from cloud computing? As I had stated earlier, it is all about cost saving … (1) through elastic capacity and (2) through economy of scale. So, for any CIO who is interested in moving to cloud, it is very important to understand what the cost elements are for different cloud solutions. I am going to look at 3 platforms: Amazon EC2, Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure. They are sufficiently different from each other and each of these companies is following a different cloud strategy – so we need to understand their pricing model. (A word of caution: this analysis is as per the published data on 20th January, 2010 and ... (more)

Commentary: Sun’s Oracle Merger

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer With only the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ custom to follow, the Oracle/Sun marriage (or dare I say Sun/Oracle) is now finally complete. After months of legal wrangling which has caused nothing but embarrassment and dwindled Sun’s stature within the market sphere, reports also came out that half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be made redundant. Thus initial indications are clear that Oracle, known for its past agnosticism to open source has an eye for the merger being based on maximizing profit. In the meantime Sun’s competitors are probably smiling wryly as the delay of the merger played into their immediate interests but what threats and challenges does this partnership now pose to the once great open source vendor which did so much for developing the tech and e-commerce industry. One thing which Oracle will most probably do is addres... (more)

Google vs. China, Our First Cyber War

Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war against Chinese censorship by moving its servers to Hong Kong. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this was war, declared by a private company on a nation state. Just because Google doesn’t have its own army (yet), or that no actual physical weapons were fired doesn’t make it any less of a battle. And it is only going to get worse for all of us as other private firms realize that they need to take control over their servers and intellectual property. What is curious is how few companies signed up for the cyber equivalent of the coalition of the willing – GoDaddy w... (more)