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RESEARCH PAPER: IBM Announces POWER8 with OpenPOWER Partners

IBM is reinforcing its newfound open processor strategy with a POWER8 processor and servers that target cloud and big data solutions. IBM typically claims that new POWER chips offer superior performance than Intel Xeon, the industry leader, and this chip is no exception. POWER8 will be well received by IBM’s traditional scale-up AIX installed base. …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Stratus Cloud Solution Beta: SDA for OpenStack Private Clouds

OpenStack has critical mass and is the de facto standard for deploying open source-based clouds. (See our OpenStack point-of-view here.) With increasing levels of investment by service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Rackspace and infrastructure vendors like Cisco, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat, OpenStack private/hybrid clouds are becoming a strong alternative to traditional …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Vidyo Disaggregates Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) to Scale Videoconferencing

Camera sensors and video-capable displays are following Moore’s Law: declining cost and increasing quality curves. Video hardware is now ubiquitous in mobile computing devices (smartphones, tablets, and notebooks). As camera module costs continue to decline, a growing range of low-cost consumer and commercial devices will be video-enabled, including many types of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Software Defined Availability (SDA)- Critical for Managing Datacenter Scale

Many people think about web and cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) as “always available”. However, these services have poor availability compared to the high availability (HA) and fault tolerant (FT) IT services that are deployed for processes that must not fail. An example of a process that must not fail—handled by FT …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) is Intel’s Future for the Datacenter

Moor Insights & Strategy believes that IT is on the cusp of a major datacenter architecture transition. This transition will be driven by 24×7 global business reach, dramatically increased use and depth of business intelligence (BI) and predictive analytics (Big Data), and pushing sensors and intelligence into our physical world in the form of the …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Are Software Defined WANs Ready For The Enterprise?

For too long, enterprises have been locked in a world where the advanced Wide Area Network (WAN) functionality that was required to help expand their businesses and make them more agile has been unattainable due to cost or complexity (or both). As the global business environment continues to speed up, and companies need to be …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Quanta’s Server Business: Can They Scale Beyond Hyperscale?

Large-scale social media, cloud and search engine providers have become increasing focused on optimizing the capital expenditures for their datacenters. While these hyperscale customers have historically relied on the leading global OEMs (Dell, HP, IBM-now Lenovo) for their server infrastructure, the largest of these companies (i.e. web giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon) have “eliminated …

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RESEARCH PAPER: CES 2014 Wearable & Fitness Tech Trends- Going Mainstream

CES has changed considerably over the past 10-15 years. As the PC is a piece but no longer the center of the universe, many new technologies touching many industries are emerging and have taken over the buzz at the show. Computerized cars, robots, drones, smart homes, and fashionable music accessories are everywhere. There were even …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Dell and Red Hat Collaborate to Deliver OpenStack for Enterprise

Highlights of the Dell – Red Hat Joint Announcement on 12/12/2013 Dell and Red Hat will expand their collaboration to co-engineer enterprise-grade OpenStack for private clouds. Dell is the first company to “OEM” Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) OpenStack Platform, containing RHEL, KVM, and OpenStack. Dell has joined the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Dell Data Center Solutions (DCS), a Strong Alternative to DIY in Hyperscale

Over the last decade, large search engine, social media, and cloud providers have built giant datacenter capacity to power their internet services, and they have found themselves needing a new type of server to support their massive scale. For these organizations, their IT infrastructure is the cost of goods sold for the services they provide. …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Fitness Wearables- Who Is Positioned To Win In This Emerging HIoT Market?

Moor Insights & Strategy recently published a paper entitled Behaviorally Segmenting the Internet of Things showing how IoT has behaviorally split into two primary segments, the Human Internet of Things (HIoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Inside the HIoT, there is a vertical industry segment, the fitness & health wearables market, which is …

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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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