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12 Mar 2012
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IDC Analysts Find Midrange Server Market Shrinking [25675]
Sales in all Sectors Decline in 4Q11 but Midrange Declines Most

Basing his conclusion on a recent IDC report, Timothy Prickett Morgan contends that the midrange server is endangered, increasingly outpaced in terms of adoption and revenue by both volume and high-end servers. IDC recorded revenue declines in all three segments of the server market for the last quarter of 2011, Prickett Morgan notes, but these were most pronounced in the midrange sector. For example, according to IDC's findings IBM whose market share was 64 percent high-end and 36 percent midrange some 21 years ago, has now shifted to 26 percent high-end, 62 percent volume, and less than 13 percent midrange.
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12 Mar 2012
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White Paper An ArchitectÂ’s Guide to Big Data [25575]
Authors Dr. Helen Sun and Peter Heller Focus on Old and New Aspects of Big Data and Its Integration with Current Practice

The Oracle white paper "Oracle Information Architecture: An Architect's Guide to Big Data focuses on providing an understanding of the nature of big data both in terms of how it differs from past practices and also in how it can be efficiently integrated into such legacy systems as database and BI architecture to IT tools and end user applications. The paper includes sections on big data architecture and how best to make decisions around big data architecture. A section on best practices is also included.
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05 Mar 2012
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IDC Analyzes Oracle's All Out Assault on the Big Data Market [25623]
Hardware, Software, Marketing in a Powerful Combination

The IDC analysis called "Oracle's All-Out Assault on the Big Data Market: Offering Hadoop, R, Cubes, and Scalable IMDB in Familiar Packages," describes the evolution of the market and the increasing demand for off-the-shelf solutions. The pdf considers Oracle's recent release of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle Big Data Appliance, and Oracle TimesTen in-Memory Database 11g Release 2, along with an analysis of Oracle's approach to the developing big data market. IDC describes how Oracle solutions facilitate the user through the four step process (acquire, organize, analyze, and decide) it has identified as key in adopting big data solutions.
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24 Feb 2012
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The Distinction Between a Standard and a Preferred Vendor [25509]
They Are Not the Same Thing

In his post on "The Difference Between a Standard and a Preferred Vendor" Constantin Gonzalez makes some important distinctions between the two terms. A standard is not, he contends, a processor architecture, a hypervisor implementation, nor an operating system. x86, VMware, and Linux are not standards; J2EE is. Gonzalez includes some recommendations concerning building clouds and establishing standards:

  • Standardize on one thing only: the interface between you and your service suppliers, customers, and service consumers
  • Do not accept any standardization below the level of the interface you provide
  • Distinguish between standardization and choosing a preferred vendor
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30 Jan 2012
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Exactly What Is Big Data? [25326]
Some Insights from Oracle's Sales Consulting Director Antony Wildey

In a three-minute video, Antony Wildey, Sales Consulting Director, Oracle Retail, explains just what Big Data is and how Oracle can help retailers gain actionable insight into the improvement of their business. Wildey discusses the use of data from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and of sentiment analysis to provide seamless insight on product demand.
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06 Jan 2012
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5 reasons it will be hard for Microsoft "win" the future desktop/tablet/Win8 race [25197]
by Brian Madden

Brian Madden is an opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert. He's written several books and almost 2,000 articles about desktop and application virtualization.

In a recent blog, he provides 5 reasons when he believes it will be hard for Microsoft to win the future.

Madden say can boil them down to five core areas:

1. Microsoft's platform dominance is based on apps and OSes installed onto desktop computers

2. Microsoft's core money making products are for devices with large screens, real keyboards, and precision pointing devices

3. Microsoft has to make money selling the OS and apps, and their device makers have to make money selling devices

4. Microsoft is not a "tech titan" anymore

5. Microsoft is way behind

Where will this all end up? Will Microsoft get it together? Who knows?

Check out the comments on his blog.
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