IoT Will Change Everything
Jul29

IoT Will Change Everything

Depending upon your perspective, the Internet of Things (and its accomplices, Big Data and analytics) is: one of the cornerstones that tomorrow’s organizations – public and private – will rest on; the next big revenue generator for the providers of IT products and services; or a minefield that will have to be navigated too-quickly and with too-few resources by CIOs, CISOs, CTOs and their IT minions. Regardless of your perspective, IoT will change everything, and that change is already well underway. “IoT is just a new label for something that has been around for many years,” said John Whittaker, Executive Director of Product Marketing, Information Management, Dell Software. He told IT Trends & Analysis that we’ve been doing sensors and data analytics for decades, but what’s new are the scale – the growing amount of sensors, devices and data, and how they can be leveraged for business value. “It’s almost as if a flood of imagination has emerged on the playing field and things that we couldn’t even manage a year ago are totally doable.” Even before IoT showed up organizations were driving this leveraging of data, and driving the need to become even more data driven, said Whittaker. “IoT is kind of just the next wave of that.” And that wave will transform how we work, play and live, especially work. “You’re going to see it change business in a fundamental way.” The IoT numbers range from the fantastic to the unbelievable, and are trending more to the latter than the former: -the worldwide IoT market will grow from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9%; -the Industrial Controls and Factory Automation market is projected to reach $301.9 billion by 2020, from $171.2 billion in 2013, with a CAGR of 8.53%; -the Industrial Control System (ICS) security market is expected to grow to $11.29 billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 7.6% –building IoT is expected to be worth $76 billion by 2020; -telematics will continue to outperform all other M2M (machine-to-machine) markets over the next five years (over $40 billion by 2019, doubling the size of today’s market), in revenue terms, with one in five passenger vehicles connected globally by 2019; -China Mobile had over 43 million IoT/M2M SIMs at the end of 2014, making it the largest IoT/M2M player globally; -the smart transportation market to grow from $46.72 billion in 2015 to $138.76 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 24.3% from 2015 to 2020; -72.1 million wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up 173.3%, and volumes are expected to experience a CAGR...

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IBM: Solving the Cloud + Analytics Equation

IBM’s push into cloud services was sparked by its acquisition of SoftLayer in early 2013, a privately-held cloud and web SP whose 21,000+ corporate clients included a large majority of global S&P 500 companies. Combining its own data centers with SoftLayer’s gave IBM over two dozen hosting facilities worldwide, a number it has steadily grown since then (there are over 40 as of this writing, with more planned for specific overseas markets). The company uses those data centers to deliver numerous public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, including infrastructure-, platform- and software-as a service (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). Not surprisingly, last year IBM was ranked #1 in IDC’s first market research study of enterprise cloud vendors. The survey asked representatives from more than 400 companies with 1000+ employees to rank Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud vendors according to their quality of service/availability, speed of provisioning, simplicity and overall costs. IBM garnered 35% of first place votes, placing it well ahead of competitors, including Amazon, Cisco and Google. How about analytics? Over the past decade, IBM has invested over $25 billion in analytics and big data via acquisitions of key companies, like Cognos, SPSS, Coremetrics, Netezza, StoredIQ and Cloudant. Plus, the company has developed notable related projects, including its Watson Analytics systems and BlueMix development platform, and made continuing investments in analytics-related open source efforts, like Hadoop and Apache Spark. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review. Share this:MoreEmailPrintShare on...

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SDN/NVF A Work In Progress… And What Progress!
Jul28

SDN/NVF A Work In Progress… And What Progress!

The math is simple: mobility plus Big Data plus the Internet of Things/Everything plus analytics mean networks – datacenter, cloud and at the edge – must handle bigger workloads faster, and IT budgets can’t even come close to addressing these requirements with current technologies. Which brings us to this week’s OpenDaylight Summit, where software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) will be trumpeted as the technologies that can solve this equation. Whose vision(s) of SDN and NFV will prevail is still very much in question, but what isn’t is the need, and the progress that has been made so far. There are four use cases for SDN/NFV, said Neela Jacques, Executive Director, OpenDaylight, in a phone interview with IT Trends & Analysis. The first is visibility and a better level of unification and orchestration, and while it’s the ‘least sexy’, it represents the biggest opportunity over the next 3-4 years. Customers “are frustrated with existing network management”. The other three use cases are: “trying to do real time management of your network, which is closest to what we consider traditional SDN”; NFV; and the fourth is cloud. Each of these use cases bleed into each other, he said. “At the same time that SDN and NFV are coming up, you’re seeing a shift from proprietary to open-based solutions.” Which leads us to ODL. ‘OpenDaylight is a highly available, modular, extensible, scalable and multi-protocol controller infrastructure built for SDN deployments on heterogeneous multi-vendor networks. In English, instead of jargon, OpenDaylight is meant to handle any level of networking with pretty much any software or hardware. With top backers such as Brocade, Cisco, Intel, and Juniper, OpenDaylight has the business support needed to back up its technical boasts.’ Back in May Jacques stated that the networking industry has embraced open source as the right path forward for SDN, and that OpenDaylight has become the industry’s “de facto standard” open source SDN project. There are over 300 developers working across company lines to deliver a common and interoperable SDN and NFV platform that anyone can see, contribute to and use. ODL members include Brocade, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, IBM, Ericsson, Huawei, Oracle, NEC, Microsoft and VMware. A month ago ODL announced Lithium, its third open SDN software release. It also announced the OpenDaylight Advisory Group (AG), consisting of enterprise, telco and academic users who will provide technical input to the OpenDaylight developer community. Foundational members include representatives from Telefónica I+D; AT&T; Orange; CableLabs; JArizona State University; Comcast; Caltech; China Telecom; Nasdaq; Deutsche Telekom; T-Mobile; and China Mobile. According to recent numbers from IHS Infonetics: -the global NFV hardware, software and services...

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Dell Targets Windows 10-Based VDI Opportunity
Jul15

Dell Targets Windows 10-Based VDI Opportunity

Dell is looking to get a jumpstart on its VDI competitors for the upcoming release of Windows 10 on June 29, but both Gartner and IDC are pessimistic about the immediate prospects for Microsoft’s newest OS. The world’s third largest PC vendor (14% of Q2 shipments, behind Lenovo, 19.7% and HP, 17.4%) has announced: -Wyse 7000 and 5000 series thin clients with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise; -Wyse vWorkspace 8.6 software for enhanced usability and performance for Microsoft Azure; and, -Dell Unified Communications Command Suite (UCCS) enhancements, including analytics reporting for Office 365 and Cisco Unified Communications Manager. The two new enhancements are aimed at organizations looking to deploy Microsoft-based VDI, said Dan O’Farrell, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Dell Cloud Client-Computing. To be released as a free upgrade, Windows 10 is ‘the best Windows ever’, according to a blog from Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft. ‘It has new innovations like Cortana, Microsoft Edge and the Xbox app. It’s fast, more secure and compatible. It’s familiar and easy to use. It’s automatically up to date.’ While Microsoft is saying all the right things, the rest of the year is expected to be rocky for the new OS. Gartner has predicted that Windows 10 will result in delayed replacement PC purchases as enterprises and other large organizations put plans on hold as they begin evaluating the OS. IDC agreed, blaming the current decline in PC sales on a strong dollar and lots of inventory, that is now being sold off cheaply, ahead of Windows 10’s arrival. Both however are optimistic for a rebound in 2016. “Microsoft and PC vendors still need to convince users of the advantages of the new OS and new PCs, which will take some time,” said Loren Loverde, VP, Worldwide PC Trackers, IDC. “In addition to educating clients, they’ll face tough competition from other devices, and weak spending in many regions. As a result, we see PC shipments stabilizing in 2016, followed by limited growth for the next few years.” What that means as far as thin clients remains to be seen, but Windows 10 is not the only challenge for Dell’s announcements: the oft-proclaimed ‘year of VDI’ never arrived, but slowly and surely virtual desktops are showing up in more places. Both Gartner and IDC agree that there is a solid market here, one that is expected to continue to grow in the 10-11% per year range. Unlike its third-place finish in last quarter’s PC shipments, Dell is solidly in the lead in the thin and terminal client segment, with 29.7% share of shipments in Q1, followed by HP (25.3%) and NComputing...

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Big Data Can’t Fix Your Customer Service…

Many businesses today are excited about the possibilities of big data and analytics to enable them to be more responsive to their clients and prospects. Some of the promised benefits are: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE Share this:MoreEmailPrintShare on...

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