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According to 451 Research, the cloud computing market may become an oligopoly of high-volume vendors



16 July 2013 – Oligopoly: A market in which there are a limited number of providers providing the same service. Its political counterpart, oligarchy, means rule by a few. 

So starts an article by Joe McKendrick which was published in Forbes magazine last week, leading off his review of a research note by Owen Rogers, senior analyst at 451 Research, who suggests the emergence of an IT oligopoly. It’s a brilliant research note and provides a great “cloudonomics” tutorial.

Is the cloud computing marketplace becoming the domain of a few big vendors? With large players including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM coming online with similar types of services, we may be starting to see a consolidation of the primary cloud computing market into the hands of a few powerful vendors.

Actually, Owen’s report goes further to say what is emerging is both an oligopoly and monopoly at the same time. With identical services comes commoditization, and only big vendors that can deliver huge economies of scale with margins will survive in this space. He adds that perhaps the “oligopoly … Read more

EMC prepares for shift in cloud revenue model

22 November 2012 – EMC has been busy befriending cloud-service providers, as they gradually become the storage vendor’s main source of revenue in the cloud-computing segment, according to EMC Australia’s managing director Alister Dias. Through VCE, a joint venture with Cisco, EMC storage equipment forms part of a converged infrastructure offering for cloud computing. As organisations embrace the cloud into their business, they are increasingly acquiring equipment and services from cloud service providers, rather than sourcing them directly from a vendor, Dias said.

“When we look at our own business, if you’re a technology vendor, cloud is an opportunity and a threat,” he said. “For example, there is a shift from customers buying technology from us in the way they traditionally did, and just turning to cloud providers.

“The cloud providers therefore become our customers.”

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How Big Data, cloud computing, Amazon and poll quants won the U.S. election

By: Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.   Founder/CEO, The Cloud and E-Discovery

15 November 2012 –   As Daniel Honan of Big Think pointed out, just like in baseball and politics, there are winners and losers in a data-driven world. The losers in baseball, for instance, are the over-rated prospects who will never be drafted because data analysis has a way of finding them out early on in their careers. In politics, the biggest loser will be the horse race pundit, the guy who spins the polls to reinforce one side’s belief that it is winning when it’s actually losing. Sometimes this is done for partisan reasons, in the hope of creating “momentum,” and sometimes it is done to create a more compelling media narrative.

This was indeed a choice election, and the choice was between following entertainment journalism or data-based journalism. As Andrew Beaujon has pointed out, entertainment is fun, and math is hard. Well, math won.

Data analysis at its best

It is a fascinating area of data analysis.  As part of my neuroinformatics degree program, I recently had the chance … Read more

Well played, EMC

17 July 2012 – As expected, EMC shuffled the deck today. It named COO Pat Gelsinger as the new VMware CEO, replacing Paul Maritz who has moved into a new role as EMC’s chief strategist.  It had been reported that Maritz was out as VMware’s CEO and was being considered as a replacement for EMC CEO Joe Tucci, who is expected to retire by the end of next year.  Maritz was a candidate to lead Cloud Foundry, the successful open-source platform as a service (PaaS) that has the potential to become a core part of EMC’s core cloud offering.  It has been reported that Cloud Foundry will be spun out as a subsidiary of EMC. VMware is a subsidiary of EMC.

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Cisco, EMC and VMware team up for data centre training

5 April 2012 – Cisco Systems has partnered up with EMC and VMware, to provide IT professionals with technical training in a range of areas impacting the data centre, such as networking and cloud computing to storage and virtualisation.

Cisco, EMC and VMware are looking to give IT administrators the needed training to address these trends, according to Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager of Learning@Cisco: “Today’s data centre is composed of heterogeneous technologies, with the cloud blurring the lines between technology silos,” Beliveau-Dunn said in a statement. “IT organisations must cultivate new cloud architecture skills, understand how to use big data and maintain deep domain expertise with a renewed understanding of virtualisation and technology convergence. With this offering, Cisco and EMC are leading the way in transforming skills for the next generation of IT professionals.”

Those new skills will grow in importance as big data, unified networking, cloud computing and converged infrastructures transform not only what systems and technologies are put into the data centre, but also the expertise IT administrators need to install, deploy and manage … Read more

EMC to open Cloud and “Big Data” R&D Center in Russia


9 February 2012 – EMC announced yesterday its plans to establish an R&D center in the Skolkovo Foundation’s Innovation Hub in Russia that will focus on development of cloud infrastructure solutions and Big Data analytics technologies for Bioinformatics and Energy Efficiency.  EMC also plans to collaborate on research projects in these and other areas with Russian universities, government agencies, and local and multinational companies in the Skolkovo community. The new EMC facility will be located at the Skolkovo Innovation Center and will work in close cooperation with EMC’s existing R&D center in St. Petersburg.

The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on establishing an innovation hub to stimulate innovative entrepreneurship that will benefit Russia and the global economy. Skolkovo’s goal is to leverage Russia’s resources in the field of contemporary applied research and create a favorable environment for undertaking scientific developments in five priority areas of technological development: power engineering and energy efficiency, space, bioinformatics, nuclear and computer technologies.

Skolkovo is governed by a special law, which gives its resident companies special economic conditions for running their businesses. More … Read more

How the Cloud Makes Financial Data More Liquid

23 October 2011 — Marcia Metz, a web operations executive at EMC Corporation recently coined the term information liquidity, the ability to freely flow assets and adapt them to different shapes, in the context of Web content management systems. I suggest the same term can apply in the world of financial data, and will show you how key cloud technologies is making this happen.

I predict the data cloud will decimate the existing world of market data. The ability to use information liquidity to move data between collaborating partners will create a new trajectory in trading methods and analytics. This will make the current methodologies look as antiquated as the ticker tape machines of the 1930s.

Information liquidity threatens one core business of incumbents, the legacy trading exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange and their ilk. For years, these organizations charged high fees for their market data. These organizations had driven their clown cars into a gold mine. Now the party is over.

The value of financial information has become a commodity years ago, especially for

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In the world of “Big Data”, the top 12 data analytics players

               Big Data Analytics Goes … well, Big Time

18 October 2011 —  Organizations around the globe and across industries have learned that the smartest business decisions are based on fact, not gut feel. That means they’re based on analysis of data, and it goes way beyond the historical information held in internal transaction systems. Internet clickstreams, sensor data, log files, mobile data rich with geospatial information, and social-network comments are among the many forms of information now pushing information stores into the big-data league above 10 terabytes.

Trouble is, conventional data warehousing deployments can’t scale to crunch terabytes of data or support advanced in-database analytics. Over the last decade, massively parallel processing (MPP) platforms and column-store databases have started a revolution in data analysis. But technology keeps moving, and we’re starting to see upgrades that are blurring the boundaries of known architectures. What’s more, a whole movement has emerged around NoSQL (not only SQL) platforms that take on semi-structured and unstructured information.

InformationWeek has created an image gallery that presents a 2011 update on what’s available, with options including EMC’s … Read more

EMC throws lots of hardware at Hadoop

20 September 2011 — Storage giant EMC is adding more muscle to its Hadoop strategy with a 1,000-node cluster for testing new Apache Hadoop releases and a new analytics appliance combining EMC’s Hadoop distribution with the EMC Greenplum Database.

Most EMC watchers should have seen the new Data Computing Appliance coming since the company launched its Hadoop plans in May, as it’s a great way for the company to differentiate itself by offering a unified, and high-profit-margin, big data system. Hadoop and analytic databases target different workloads and data types after all, and the traditional method of integrating the two technologies involves maintaining two separate environments. As I noted recently, however, startups such as Platfora and Hadapt are trying to change this by actually integrating Hadoop processing and data warehouse queries within single software products.

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