Research Papers

RESEARCH PAPER: Connecting with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

This paper continues the Internet of Things (IoT) market segmentation Moor Insights & Strategy started in the previous research. note, Behaviorally Segmenting the Internet of Things (IoT).  Here we compare the Industrial IoT (IIoT) and the Human IoT (HIoT) at and near their end-points.  Our comparison highlights near-term IIoT brownfield opportunities. Executive Summary                                                      The primary …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Behaviorally Segmenting the Internet of Things (IoT)

The industry needed a useful, functional model of the Internet of Things (IoT) to frame recent developments in the space.  But Moor Insights & Strategy could not find one that was sufficiently vendor-neutral, technology-neutral, and jargon-neutral, and at the same time, both simple to understand and comprehensive.  So we created our own.  Unlike previous attempts, …

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RESEARCH NOTE: Software Defined Networking and Emerging Server Form Factors

Does the answer to network complexity live in network virtualization or rethinking the server chassis? Virtualization on standardized hardware is a key IT trend that began in the late 1990’s with the consolidation and virtualization of storage using SAN and NAS technology.  Costs plummeted, customers had greater control and deploying/ reprovisioning became a more seamless …

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RESEARCH NOTE: Understanding Lenovo’s Server Position

In today’s server market, there is much focus on the big three, Dell, HP and IBM, who collectively hold approximately 70% of the unit shipments (68.4% in Q2 2013 according to IDC).  The top two, Dell and HP truly control the market volume with IBM holding a very distant third, having declined over the last …

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RESEARCH NOTE: Are Wimpy Cores Good for Brawny Storage?

When could “wimpy” cores beat brawny ones? They have potential to do so in large-scale distributed storage deployments. This paper explores performance and resiliency tradeoffs enabled by using Calxeda’s ARM-based EnergyCore processors and their fabric-based system level architecture as the underpinning for a Ceph distributed object store implementation. Calxeda, Inktank, and Penguin announced a partnership …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Battle of SDN vs. NFV

For the past 20 years there has been a slow, methodical pace of change in networking where each set of new technologies arrives, surpassing the previous generation in an orderly fashion. But today, two new technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), are poised to truly disrupt that pace by changing networking …

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RESEARCH NOTE: Intel’s Disaggregated Server Rack

Does “Disaggregation” Really Mean Anything? There’s been a lot of discussion about “disaggregated” servers, racks, and datacenters since Facebook and Intel promoted their vision for the phrase at the Open Compute Summit at the start of this year.  Haven’t we spent the last few decades disaggregating datacenter architecture?  And if so, what does disaggregation mean …

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RESEARCH PAPER: How to Intelligently Build an Internet of Things (IoT)

OVERVIEW The Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE), Big Data, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), and related concepts are all generating an increasing amount of hype. The high tech industry is looking beyond mobility to ambience:  sensor-enabled systems of systems are transparently enriching peoples’ lives within a seamless set of intelligent environments.  One good example of …

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RESEARCH NOTE- ARM Mobile GPU Compute Accelerates UX Differentiation

Executive Summary Users continue to demand more from their mobile devices and many mobile device designers are using Mali-T604-based SoC products today to meet those ever-increasing demands. Additionally, designers are starting to enable and enhance mobile device user experiences through GPU compute.  OEMs and software vendors are investing to accelerate image processing, computational photography, game …

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RESEARCH PAPER: SKAA Wireless Audio Standard

Two dominant consumer wireless audio standards exist in the installed base today, Bluetooth and Apple’s Airplay.  In spite of their popularity, neither standard was developed to deliver minimal setup, high quality audio across a myriad of different products. SKAA is an alternative wireless audio standard that could challenge both Bluetooth and AirPlay. The two primary …

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RESEARCH PAPER: AMD’s Disaggregated Servers

AMD SeaMicro’s disaggregated server enables large and small data center operators to optimize their hardware performance profile for specific applications. Today’s modular x86 servers are compute-centric, designed as a least common denominator to support a wide range of IT workloads. Those generic, virtualized IT workloads have much different resource optimization requirements than hyperscale and cloud …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HP Moonshot- An Accelerator for Hyperscale Workloads

Hyperscale data center customers have specialized workloads, and they are asking for specialized architectures and equipment to accelerate those workloads, with the goal of increasing data center density while decreasing power consumption and other costs.   In 2010, HP gave its Moonshot team a charter to break out of HP’s mainstream enterprise value propositions. Creating differentiation …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Latest Extreme Low Power, Windows Tablets Now Ready for the Enterprise

The introduction of Apple’s iPad sent shock waves through the industry as it redefined end user’s expectations on design, battery life, simplicity, content and applications. Like PC purchases driven by end users and departments in the late 1980’s, iPads first entered the enterprise through executives, departments and end users. Apple added basic enterprise features and …

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RESEARCH PAPER: NextIO Enables Multivendor Converged Datacenters

Industry standard x86 server node performance has been improving at an increased pace as core counts and memory capacities have increased. This rapidly increasing compute density is driving a commensurate increase in the costs of implementing in-rack network architectures. The challenge is how to maintain a multivendor, best-in-class datacenter. One good solution is to consolidate …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Mobility is Not PC: Technology-Driven Differentiation in a PC+ World

While having very different origins, the mobile and PC markets are starting to merge. Smartphones are an extension of the reliable, regulated and high quality feature phone purchased from mobile operators vs. the PC which comes from an open, unregulated, and price-driven beginning. Dividing the middle are media tablets that now offer features from both …

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RESEARCH PAPER: NVIDIA’s 2nd Generation Maximus

All of today’s sophisticated physical products like cars and media content like movies are designed then simulated on high-performance PCs, called workstations. Today, the design and simulation process is dictated by the technology, not the natural or most efficient way to work. Industry professionals in entertainment, media, sciences, and industrial design fields have been hindered …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HSA Foundation: Purpose and Outlook

The HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation, known as the “HSAF”, is an open, industry standard consortium founded to define and deliver open standards and tools for hardware and software to fully take advantage of high performance of parallel compute engines, and do so in the lowest possible power envelope. This new environment will enable rich …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Calxeda: Rack Trumps the Chip

Calxeda has designed an innovative rack-level network fabric architecture for these new IT Services datacenters.  Calxeda’s architecture today connects dozens of densely packed, independent server nodes, and will scale in the future to deliver greater operational efficiencies across these new service-oriented mega-datacenters. Moor Insights & Strategy analyzes the new Calxeda roadmap and technologies in the context …

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RESEARCH PAPER: NVIDIA VGX Technology

NVIDIA today launched one of the most significant initiatives in the history of the company that, if delivered as promised, could propel them into a position as a top enterprise technology player. Called “NVIDIA VGX”, NVIDIA strives to remove many of the remaining barriers that have stood in the way of full cloud VDI implementations, …

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