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Creating new tools to bring together the data science community | #BigDataNYC

Creating new tools to bring together the data science community | #BigDataNYC

Data science is a land with strange and shifting borders. It’s hard to say what makes a data scientist, as the skills required vary from one project, and one company, to the next. Further, the tools and technology involved are changing as quickly as anything else in the computer world. Bringing some definition and stability to the data science community is a necessary step in the evolution of the field. To gain some insight on the world of data science, Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, visited the BigDataNYC 2016 conference in... more »
Cyberbit and ETA to develop cybersecurity training range

Cyberbit and ETA to develop cybersecurity training range

Cyberdefense may not be quite as glamorous as it is portrayed in movies from the 1990s (watch Hackers with Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie anyway). But unlike the 90s, cybersecurity has become an endurance profession. Not a week goes by that yet another big company doesn't announce a security breach leaking thousands of customer records into the wild. In an effort to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity warriors, Electronic Technology Associates Inc.  (ETA) and Cyberbit Ltd. have joined to build the first live, standalone, hands-on cybersecurity training center in the U.S. The location in Baltimore, MD, places the ETA Cyber Range... more »
Shape Security raises $40M to fight cyber attacks with machine learning

Shape Security raises $40M to fight cyber attacks with machine learning

Mountain View-based cybersecurity firm Shape Security has just secured an impressive $40 million in Series D funding led by the investment arm of the Singapore government's economic development board (EDBI).  The funding round also included investments from both Google Ventures and Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) Pathfinder program. According to a statement by Singapore's EDBI, in addition to its investment in Shape Security, the agency will help the company expand in the Asian market, which has its share of struggles with cybersecurity threats. "As automated attacks on web and mobile sites become more prevalent and harder to defend against with existing solutions, we believe Shape... more »
Why should Google Analytics get all the credit? Tracing the path to purchase with martech | #BigDataNYC

Why should Google Analytics get all the credit? Tracing the path to purchase with martech | #BigDataNYC

A restaurant puts up a billboard for all-day pancakes across from a restaurant that serves pancakes until 11 a.m. The billboard shows the restaurant's name, but not its address. This restaurant asks this survey question on bills: "How did you find us?" A majority of diners who order pancakes after 11 a.m. respond, "Google." Does the restaurant get greater return from the billboard or from Google optimization? This little thought exercise illustrates a marketing model known as attribution. Increasingly, in digital marketing, reliance on last-click attribution is being targeted as a problem area. Wendi Dunlap, director of Global Agency Partnerships at Oracle Marketing... more »
Taking action on cluttered data lakes | #BigDataNYC

Taking action on cluttered data lakes | #BigDataNYC

With the development of Big Data, the importance of data governance and lineage have grown correspondingly, creating a more pressing need for IT departments to be able to quickly assess assorted aspects of data-flows in and out of their centers. At this year's BigDataNYC event, Tony Fisher, SVP of Business Development/Strategy at Zaloni Inc., and Kelly Schupp, VP of Marketing at Zaloni, sat down with Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Peter Burris (@plburris), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to discuss Big Data and the drive to improve the standard quality of data lakes. Ease of management “Management of Big Data and... more »
Networking in the cloud: Is it really cheaper? | #BigDataNYC

Networking in the cloud: Is it really cheaper? | #BigDataNYC

The cloud: Is it as cost-saving as some people claim? Though he admits it to be a controversial opinion, Bill Shields, senior marketing manager at Cisco Systems Inc., says no. While cloud does offer flexibility, it doesn’t actually save the customer as much money as it purports, he stated. “[With Amazon] you still have to manage all of the stuff … but you don’t own the infrastructure,” Shields said. Nevertheless, there are a lot of things that can be done with storage and automation with few staff members. Speaking on the operational benefits of managing networking in particular via cloud tools, Shields was... more »
A frame of mind: How one company transforms data architecture | #BigDataNYC

A frame of mind: How one company transforms data architecture | #BigDataNYC

Industry leaders want to deliver the best data management and storage solutions. From the cloud to the data center, companies want the most efficient and cost-effective infrastructure. And according to Sean McKeown, Technology Solutions architect, Data Center and Virtualization Sales, at Cisco Systems Inc., said his company provides the services and infrastructure that companies need with the efficiency they want. McKeown talked with Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick) and Dave Vellante (@dvellante), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the BigDataNYC 2016 conference about his company and how it utilizes data. Staying Current Cisco has been a major player in the industry for years, and they're currently still focused on producing... more »
Google Cloud chief: Yes, we're really serious about the enterprise

Google Cloud chief: Yes, we're really serious about the enterprise

Google Inc. is unifying all its enterprise and cloud services under a new moniker, Google Cloud, in a move that it hopes will signal to potential customers that it's all-in on cloud computing for large enterprises. Google Cloud now will include not only the current Google Cloud Platform public cloud infrastructure, but also Google Apps for Work, Chromebooks, Android devices and application programming interfaces (APIs) for machine learning and other enterprise services. Taken together, the cloud services now have 1 billion users, the eighth service of Alphabet Inc.'s main subsidiary to reach that level of users. There's also another new name for the former... more »
Cloudflare launches two new services for dealing with traffic surges

Cloudflare launches two new services for dealing with traffic surges

A few days after Akamai Technologies Inc. launched a service for speeding up media-heavy websites, CloudFlare Inc. is upping the ante by rolling out two new administrative tools to its rivaling content delivery network. The first addition is a security system called Traffic Control that promises to help companies make their online properties more resilient to distributed denial-of-service attacks. The service provides the ability to limit the number of requests that are accepted in a given time frame based on factors such as their source and purpose, which allows for more much granular filtering than before. An online retailer, for instance, could... more »
Collaboration and machine learning with Spark | #BigDataNYC

Collaboration and machine learning with Spark | #BigDataNYC

Open-source technology is paving the way to the future of affordable and flexible IT, and the Apache Spark open-source processing engine is no exception. There is even a Spark components page where users can share useful tools and technology. “Even vendors are sharing,” said Holden Karau, principal software engineer at IBM. This enables much wider collaboration throughout the community, as well as narrower collaboration between friends and colleagues. “If you have a notebook and share it with your friend, you can work together more collaboratively. A lot of companies are building notebook solutions,” added Karau. Karau was interviewed by Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Peter Burris... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.