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Fitness Wearables- Who Is Positioned To Win In This Emerging HIoT Market? (November 18, 2013)
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 in its early stages and will see major growth over the next 3-5years. The winners and losers will be driven by companies that are able to establish themselves as true experts in health & fitness and become a trusted advisor on how to help their users reach personal health & fitness goals. This will require more complete tracking and a focus on Big Data analytics that turn data into meaningful insights.
Lenovo ThinkServer RD540 and RD640- Small Steps Forward (November 3, 2013)
With Lenovo’s latest server announcement on October 16th, we were hoping to see something very different, but we’re still seeing, for the most part, more of the same. The ThinkServer RD540 and RD560 announcement was Intel-leveraged with little to differentiate the Lenovo ThinkServers from the competition, and little to cause customers to move away from their current Dell, HP and IBM platforms and consider Lenovo. There were 3 key observations we recognized that we would like to point out, none of which we believe will help Lenovo break out of their current market share position.
Connecting with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) (October 29, 2013)
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.
Behaviorally Segmenting the Internet of Things (IoT) (October 23, 2013)
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, we created an IoT segmentation that is almost entirely defined by behaviors rather than by technology.
Software Defined Networking and Emerging Server Form Factors (October 14, 2013)
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/ re-provisioning became a more seamless and agile process. Then in the early 2000’s, compute became virtualized on x86 platforms, bringing those same benefits to the processing front. Today, the final step of virtualization – network virtualization – is in vogue but as this technology comes into prime time, there may be differences in how it is deployed and how quickly customers move to it. The intersection of network virtualization with changing server form factors, most notably in the largest cloud customers, may present some interesting challenges.
Understanding Lenovo’s Server Position (September 30, 2013)
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 few years to just 11% of overall server unit shipments as of Q2 2013. Talk often focuses on Cisco, who is growing quickly particularly in blade servers but off of a very small base, as they are pushing hard to get themselves into the high volume market. Rarely does the name Lenovo come up unless someone is discussing the IT market in China, but Lenovo remains one of the few players who could break out of the “other” category in the market share reports, even surpassing Cisco and Fujitsu (the current #4 and #5). However, to truly grow share, Lenovo needs to put a concerted effort on servers and has more than a few challenges to overcome.
Dell and Oracle Jointly Improve Their Cloud Ecosystem Competitiveness (September 25, 2013)
This set of partnership announcements between Dell and Oracle might seem tactical. At face value it looks like Dell is defining a new top tier category as an Oracle sales channel. The agreements give Dell some core enterprise IT database goodness and access to Oracle’s impressive enterprise accounts, and reciprocally they give Oracle access to proven high volume hyperscale infrastructure, which enables conversations with a smaller number of very high volume hyperscale customers. More importantly, these first announcements start the gears moving – they get customers thinking of Dell and Oracle in the same sentence with an initial set of projects for which both companies should find it easy to fulfill their obligations. We think that today’s announcements are the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Are Wimpy Cores Good for Brawny Storage? (August 28, 2013)
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 trade-offs 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.
Intel’s Disaggregated Server Rack (August 20, 2013)
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 now? Is it something different? Moor Insights & Strategy explains Intel’s disaggregated server rack and looks at the implications of Intel’s disaggregated server rack and the impacts on companies.
ARM Mobile GPU Compute Accelerates UX Differentiation (July 15, 2013)
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 physics, and video processing for both internal and external high-resolution displays. Moor Insights & Strategy looks at today and tomorrow’s state of mobile GPU compute and examines ARM’s new Mali- T622 and how it fits into that future.
How to Intelligently Built an Internet Of Things (June 27, 2013)
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. The current methods for managing enterprise IT infrastructure will not scale to meet the demands of IoT’s systems of systems. In this note, we take a look at how to build an IOT and take a look at competitive efforts in the space.
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 reasons for this are SKAA’s focus on ease of connection, synchronized broadcast capability and quality of service. Moor Insights & Strategy is recommending that the consumer audio ecosystem take another look at the SKAA consumer wireless audio standard for their implementations. Moor Insights & Strategy look at the pros and cons of Bluetooth, Airplay and the potential for SKAA to emerge as a premium wireless audio standard.
AMD SeaMicro: An Accelerator for Hyperscale Workloads (April 24, 2013)
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 applications. They have resulted in a “one size fits all” enterprise IT architecture that is not optimized for a specific set of IT workloads, and especially not emerging hyperscale workloads, such as web applications, big data, and object storage. Moor Insights & Strategy takes a look at AMD SeaMicro’s disaggregated servers.
HP Moonshot: An Accelerator for Hyperscale Workloads (April 8, 2013)
Datacenters are unprepared for the upcoming onslaught of future mobile connected devices. These are more than smartphones, they are a new category of connectedness called IoT, or Internet of Things. With today’s 24 year old architecture, it will be impossible to meet the datacenters needs. HP’s solution to this is HP Moonsot system, a modular and ecosystem approach, targeted at specific workloads. In this white paper, Moor Insights & Strategy examines HP’s new Moonshot system and servers in the context of the scale-out datacenter challenges, needs, megatrends and innovations.
The Apple iPad had nearly a three year head start in the enterprise in extreme low power tablets. While Windows tablets have been around for over 20 years, they never were able to crack into the enterprise in significant volumes. They were heavy, thick, fragile, expensive with limited battery life. Even though enterprise IT had to incrementally spend time and resources, they deployed iPads because there was no viable alternative. With the combination of Intel’s Clover Trail-based Atom Z2760 and Windows 8 Pro, HP, Dell and Lenovo have introduced a new breed of tablets that have the end user benefits of the iPad but with the enterprise friendliness of a Windows PC. Moor Insights & Strategy take a look at these new enterprise tablets, compare and contrast them to Apple’s iPad, and make recommendations to enterprise IT.
NextIO Enables Multivendor Converged Datacenters (January, 2013)
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 first level network and storage resources in a manner that is transparent to existing software stacks. NextIO’s vNET I/O virtualization and consolidation appliances are a well-positioned, practical solution to this challenge.
PC and mobility technologies may look similar today, but come from very different beginnings and points of differentiation. The two market’s manufacturers and technologies have been on a collision course for years, but finally intersected in 2012 with NVIDIA’s and Qualcomm’s PC attack with Windows RT, and Intel’s launch of Medfield and Clover Trail into mobile markets. This paper analyzes mobility and PC industry players, their strengths and weaknesses, history, technologies, and finally, future differentiating technologies required to win in the market.
NVIDIA’s 2nd Generation Maximus: Dawn of the “Hybrid Designer” (November, 2012)
NVIDIA is shipping their latest Kepler-based, 2nd generation Maximus solution. Maximus utilizes Quadro and Tesla cards inside workstations combining visualization with compute for manufacturing, media and entertainment, and energy markets. The 2nd generation Maximus solution enables the melding of design and simulation, resulting in substantial enterprise value but also ecosystem disruption. Moor Insights & Strategy explores NVIDIA’s vision, the challenges Maximus solves, the improvements over 1st generation Maximus, potential for a new category of designer and the ecosystem impacts.
HSA Foundation: Purpose and Outlook (November, 2012)
AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments have come together to found the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation, or the HSAF. 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 aims to enable rich new user experiences never been seen before, and done at incredibly low power. Moor Insights & Strategy looks at the HSAF goals, benefits and risks.
Calxeda: Rack Trumps the Chip (October, 2012)
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 of the needs of the largest data centers.
NVIDIA VGX Technology (May, 2012)
NVIDIA 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. NVIDIA launched VGX at their annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Moor Insights & Strategy analyzes the new NVIDIA VGX platform.