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Wikibon produced an interesting material (looks like paid by Aerospike, NoSQL database recently emerged by resurrecting failed CitrusLeaf and acquihiring AlchemyDB, which product, of course, was recommended in the end) that compares NoSQL databases based on storing data in flash-based SSD vs. storing data in DRAM. There are number of factual problems with that paper and I want to point them out. Note that Wikibon doesn’t mention GridGain in this study (we are not a NoSQL datastore per-se after all) so I don’t have any bone in this game other than annoyance with biased and factually incorrect writing. “Minimal” Performance Advantage of DRAM vs SSD The paper starts with a simple statement “The minimal performance disadvantage of flash, relative to main memory…”. Minimal? I’ve seen number of studies where performance difference between SSDs and DRAM range form 100 to... (more)

HP Takes On Cisco

Well now the fat is in the fire. A ticked-off HP is coming out against Cisco with both guns blazing. It claims it’s been working for years on the kind of all-in-one compute-storage-network-fabric-power-and-cooling convergence that Cisco says it has. HP says it’s had such a thing in mind ever since it started its adaptive infrastructure initiative. So naturally it claims that what it’s got is better than anything Cisco, a veritable server neophyte, can field and that its widgetry will “fundamentally change the way technology is used to deliver business services” while cutting infrastructure costs and data center complexity. (Where have we heard this before?) It calls the stuff Matrix and says it will automate data center processes complements of a Matrix Orchestration Environment (MOE), basically a console that can do template-based provisioning, consolidation, rec... (more)

HyTrust Buddies Up with CIA’s Venture Arm

HyTrust, the cloud automation security company, has gotten a new funding and strategic pal in In-Q-Tel (IQT), the venture arm of the CIA and other American black ops. HyTrust said the undisclosed investment, which is supposed to tickle its technology at scale, was a direct result of the need felt in the federal and intelligence sectors for greater controls and visibility over the management of virtualized data and cloud infrastructure. VMware and Cisco are also invested in HyTrust for its greater controls, Role-Based Monitoring (RBM) and the so-called "two-man rule." HyTrust helps deliver audit, enforcement and policy controls to the administrative layer, including Secondary Approval to enforce the two-man rule on key transactions and delivers cloud control, visibility and operational readiness for mission-critical workloads run by Fortune 500s and other large org... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

IBM and Cisco in Amsterdam Smart Grid Pilot

At least two big IT names, IBM and Cisco, will be headlining a trial by Dutch utility, Nuon, to put in a smart grid for 500 homes in Amsterdam. As part of the trial, 500 households in Amsterdam will get smart meters and home energy management solutions to optimise their energy usage. The pilot is being implemented by a consortium of organisations, including housing corporations Far West and Ymere, Amsterdamse Innovatie Motor, Home Automation Europe, ROC Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and Grid Operator Liander. The pilot, a part of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative, is co-funded by the European Fund for Regional Development. “Now that more than half of the global population lives in cities, we need to acknowledge that achieving a sustainable future lies in our urban centers,” said Guido Bartels, General Manager of IBM’s Global Energy & Utilities industry. “... (more)

Savvis and Cisco Deliver Private Clouds for the Enterprise

Visit Savvis Booth at Cloud Expo Savvis and Cisco announced an expanded relationship focused on the development of private clouds for the enterprise. Savvis will integrate the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) as the cornerstone of Savvis Symphony, Savvis' next-generation private clouds platform, previously dubbed Project Spirit, that will power the industry's first enterprise-class Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC) with multi-tiered security and quality of service capabilities. Cisco UCS unites computational, network, storage access, and virtualization into a scalable, modular architecture that is managed as a single system. The Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution optimally utilizes pools of resources within any given data center and applies them to any service offering as well as interconnects data center islands to further combine resources, which can si... (more)

Microsoft Brings Cloud Interoperability Down to Earth

Microsoft Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo An interoperable cloud could help companies cut costs and governments connect constituents, say Microsoft executives. Governments and businesses alike are looking at cloud services as a way to consolidate IT infrastructure, scale their IT systems for the future, and enable innovative services and activities that were not possible before. To help organizations realize the benefits of cloud services, technology vendors are investing in the hard work of identifying and solving the challenges presented by operating in mixed IT environments, and are collaborating to ensure that their products work well together. In fact, although the industry is still in the early stages of collaborating on cloud interoperability issues, there has already been considerable progress. But what does ‘cloud interoperability’ mean, and how is it benefiti... (more)

A New Bubble?

We all remember the Internet bubble back in 1999-2000 era. Start-ups were getting huge valuations. The joke then was – if you are 27 years old and not a millionaire, then you are a failure. All you needed was a sign-board saying “new internet company” and stand on Sand Hill Road. Several cars will stop and within hours, you should have a check worth millions as investment. This is an exaggeration of course. Jeff Bezos of Amazon even said – we spell profit as “prophet”. Then the bubble burst one day and the debris was huge. Hundreds of B2C and B2B companies went belly up. Now after a decade, we see a bit of a bubble again. The landscape is somewhat different. There is no rush to an IPO, which was the only way to make the founders and investors very rich. Now there is a secondary market that buys stocks off the founders and early employees (and some investors as well)... (more)

NSF Releases Cloud Computing Report

The National Science Foundation released their report on cloud computing. It can be found here. The intent of this report is to provide information that guides funding programs. The NSF used NIST’s guidance on cloud computing to inform their research and decision making. This report will be instrumental in informing Federal decision makers and cloud investment. It is important to pay attention to such documents as they can help businesses align with Federal government priorities. The NSF has identified the following areas as research areas worthy of financial support from the federal government: Computer Systems Computer Networks Security and Privacy Algorithms and data management Applications and software engineering Computer science education The report concludes with the following: “As recognized by both NIST and the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, cloud com... (more)

How Verizon Wireless is Bringing the New Normal to Life

If you've been following Cisco's Mobility story lately you've no doubt heard the expression "The New Normal" used quite frequently.  But what is the New Normal? Simply put, the New Normal refers to how mobile technologies have, in a very short time, changed the way we all live, work, play, and learn. No one knows this better than Verizon Wireless.  You could even make the case that Verizon Wireless, as the worldwide leader in deploying 4G LTE, has been largely responsible for this new mobile lifestyle. But not content with simply providing ubiquitous access to the mobile broadband network, Verizon Wireless is working to develop and deploy a complete LTE ecosystem, from the application to the device to the network.  Toward this goal, Verizon Wireless has built a state-of-the-art complex in Waltham, MA to encourage and showcase the types of advanced mobile devices and... (more)

The Six Battlefields Disrupting the Cloud Value Chain

By Wouter Belmans, Senior Manager, and Uwe Lambrette, Director, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group As cloud computing matures and hype becomes reality, uptake among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises is increasing. And although the cloud is still in its infancy, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) believes it is an appropriate time to ask: “How is the cloud value chain taking shape, and where are the battlefields I need to be concerned about?” Cisco IBSG has found that major disruptions are taking place on six battlefields across the value chain: 1. SaaS Will Further Disrupt the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Landscape Barriers to new entrants continue to decrease due to IaaS, PaaS, and cloud brokers. ISV incumbents are slowed down by cannibalization. The SaaS paradigm is already disruptive in approximately 25 perce... (more)