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4 Major Downsides to Cloud Computing for the Enterprise

4 Major Downsides to Cloud Computing for the Enterprise

The cloud has become an abstract but revolutionary concept for the enterprise, empowering end users with software and widespread access to the tools and information they need to do their jobs, and more productively at that.  But implementing cloud services at the enterprise level can be a frustrating maze of infrastructure requirements, interface demands and compliance.  To explore some of these obstacles, research firm Wikibon’s Scott Lowe outlined the top issues that keep organizations from making the cloud a part of their technology infrastructure in his most recent article. Downtime is the first item on his list: Amazon and Microsoft, two... more »
Near Real-time Results in Fast Data Update + Analysis: ScaleOut's Recipe for Success

Near Real-time Results in Fast Data Update + Analysis: ScaleOut's Recipe for Success

The new twist of in-memory data grids is adding a ScaleOut Analytics software that allows for "parallel data computation into the data grid."  What this does is allows you to "update fast-changing data and analyze it" within milliseconds, William Bain, Founder and CEO of ScaleOut Software explained in theCube, live from Strata 2013. In-memory data grids were originally employed "to scale access to data, to make it universally available across clusters," he added.  Currently, ScaleOut solutions offer a near real-time update, and the analysis of fast-changing data allows for new use cases that benefit businesses across numerous fields.  While this architecture... more »
Why You Should Virtualize Oracle Now

Why You Should Virtualize Oracle Now

The Oracle stance on virtualization is that it is not officially supported. As a someone with large Oracle installations, you have the option to heed these warnings or attempt to virtualize Oracle yourself. The reality is that many organizations already have, and Wikibon.org provided an enlightening look into the minds of 15 CIOs who had already talked with Oracle about virtualization and reaped its benefits. After careful analysis, the conclusion is clear. If you want to virtualize Oracle, there is no need to wait for Oracle to give an official green light with official support. You can do it now. Benefits of... more »
Tim O'Reilly's Top Predictions from Strata 2013: Black Hat Data Scientists Are Coming Soon

Tim O'Reilly's Top Predictions from Strata 2013: Black Hat Data Scientists Are Coming Soon

Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media and the organizer of the Strata conference we've been broadcasting from live this week, stopped by theCube to chat with show hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante. Strata is growing, a lot like Big Data, with bottom-up organic growth. In it's fifth year, O'Reilly wants to remind conference goers "...not to equate Strata with just Big Data. I've always thought of Strata as a data science event. How do we get value out of data? Think about, meaning..." He gave his predictions and opinions on a myriad of topics revolving around Big Data: The most interesting thing for... more »
Say What? Don't Worry About Uncontrollable Data. SiSense Will "Take Care of It."

Say What? Don't Worry About Uncontrollable Data. SiSense Will "Take Care of It."

Big Data firm SiSense’s VP of World Marketing, Bruno Aziza, sat down with SiliconAngle founder John Furrier on theCube at Strata this week.  He starts by mentioning that SiSense has over 400 customers in its 18 month existence. They have been attributed with the ability to analyze 10 terabytes of data in 10 seconds on a $10,000 machine, highlighting their efficiency and low cost. Aziza brings out that SiSense is a complete solution that covers from database to visualization. The 10 terabytes used in their data set is comprised of both structured and unstructured data, so they are able to handle a... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 28, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 28, 2013

HP Streamlines HUD Housing Complaints with New Mobile App HP Enterprise Services has announced a new mobile app for the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The application allows citizens to easily access useful information regarding housing discrimination, file complaints with HUD, and find regional contact information via their iPhones. HP developed the Housing Discrimination Complaint Application in conjunction with HUD and its Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. More   Small Online Retailer Makes Big Splash with Unique Shopping Experience LabelSneak, a small online retailer of discounted designer men's wear, is using IBM Smarter Commerce technologies to create a unique... more »
The Big Data Enigma: No Big Data? No Problem!!

The Big Data Enigma: No Big Data? No Problem!!

The potential of Big Data is no secret – we’ve all heard about it and we’d all like to tap into it and discover actionable insights. But what about those organizations that don’t actually have that much Big Data lying around to dig into? Not everyone has the capability to store up such vast quantities of information, or organize it – it’s damn expensive after all – but even so, it’d be nice to get the intelligence all the same. Enter Enigma.io, a mysterious Big Data startup from New York that’s been attracting quite a bit of attention from investors lately.... more »
EA Looks to Big Data to Level Up the Video Game Industry

EA Looks to Big Data to Level Up the Video Game Industry

Video games have grown from singular personal diversions into a market that spans not just the globe but minds. Many games, such as Battlefield and Call of Duty, serve millions of players a day and numbers close to that concurrently. As they play, they leave behind traces of themselves, behaviors, activity, and even their own personalization--all of these digitally recordable as data that tells video game companies how consumers play their games. In a speech at Stata conference 2013 yesterday EA CTO Rajat Taneja spoke to audiences about how Big Data has inspired EA to upgrade their game. The video game industry... more »
Iranian Hacker Bullies VP Joe Biden, Credibly Threaten to Commandeer US Drones, Leak IHS Jane's CBRN Documents

Iranian Hacker Bullies VP Joe Biden, Credibly Threaten to Commandeer US Drones, Leak IHS Jane's CBRN Documents

Some absolutely shocking threats and claims have emerged from a fairly new hacking group on the scene. DefCon's "y3ti" tipped us off to the group that calls themselves Parastoo that first emerged at the end of last year.  Their latest chilling release confirms their earlier claims with an incredible stash of sensitive intelligence that was announced on a series of Iranian activist sites and later found on world-wide filesharing sites. The bounty is big, the targets are bigger, and the list of items they have hacked is staggering. Among this data and the statements– nuclear intelligence, military information, satellite images,... more »
Extreme Weather Forecasting With Big Data

Extreme Weather Forecasting With Big Data

We all worry about the weather from time to time, but where business is concerned these worries are often heightened. Take the example of a ski resort operator, which is trying to determine the best location for its newest hotel. Ideally, it’d want to build its new property somewhere that receives abundant snowfall during December, so that it can charge premium rates to those that want to enjoy the privilege of shooshing down the slopes. It’s not just the hospitality industry that wants to predict the weather of course. In agriculture, farmers can make a mint by taking advantage of accurate,... more »

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