How small businesses can succeed with their big data projects

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It’s no secret that businesses are excited about the possibilities they can gain from big data; large corporations have been tapping big data analytics for years as a way to increase revenue and improve efficiency.

Small businesses, on the other hand, may feel a bit left out of the trend. Big data, after all, sounds like a complex strategy using the latest technology to discover important insights. In other words, it’s something that feels like is out of reach. But that...

By Rick Delgado, 17 November 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Google beefs up cloud machine learning offerings with new groups and APIs

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Google has been pushing the message of machine learning as it aims to tempt more customers onto its cloud – and this push continues with the launch of a new group focused on delivering cloud-based machine learning solutions to businesses, as well as a new API.

“Building a centralised team within Google Cloud will accelerate our ability to deliver machine learning products and services to enterprise customers in every industry,” wrote Rob Craft, group lead for...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

How cloud IAM is driven by the need for secure and robust enterprise governance

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The emergence of the Internet has given birth to a number of cloud-based technologies and services to cater to a wide audience. There has been a significant rise in the number of users and enterprises who are adapting to the radical changes cloud technologies have brought about in enterprise handling and management.

The colossal volumes of data and information held by any business organisation run the sheer risk of intrusion from malicious insiders, network threats, hacking attacks,...

By Nitin Chitmalwar, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Vendors.

Why six million developers are creating big data and advanced analytics apps today

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  • 2 million developers are working on IoT applications, increasing 34% since the last year.
  • Over 50% of the developers working on IoT applications are writing software that utilizes sensors in some capacity.
  • 4m enterprise developers play decision-making roles when it comes to selecting organizational IT development resources. Another 5.2 million hold decision-making authority for selecting IT deployment resources.
  • 4m developers (26% of all developers globally) are using the cloud as a development environment today
  • The APAC region leads the world with approximately 7.4m...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Software.

How to reduce write amplification on NAND chips in a cloud storage system

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Solid-state disk (SSD) technology using integrated circuit assemblies is considered to be a readily available, drop-in replacement for discrete hard disks and is used to increase throughput in large cloud storage networks. But unfortunately, these devices introduce the problem of write amplification (WA) into a cloud storage system.

Reducing this occurrence is of paramount concern to most system administrators who use NAND chips in these situations because it reduces the lifespan of these chips and...

By Ariel Maislos, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Software, Storage.

Testing your disaster recovery plans: A best practice guide

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When is the right time to test your disaster recovery plans (DRP)?

You should test your DRP in line with any changes to your business. The plan should be updated and changed when new personnel, tech or operational systems are introduced so that it reflects the current state of your company. Whether this is once a month or once a year, the DRP should be an ever-changing document that takes into account any major business alterations as and when they occur. 

One way of ensuring your DRP is...

By Donald Bowker, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Overcoming the Achilles heel of flash storage: Making flash last longer

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More corporations than ever are taking advantage of flash storage, and you use it every day – be it in your computer, phone, wearable device, or in the USB drive you back up your data on. It’s faster, more durable, and more reliable than a spinning disk, but it still does have one weakness: it deteriorates over time.

In theory, all of the flash’s advantages eventually go out the window as its lifespan wanes, and since it’s more expensive than a spinning disk,...

By Rick Delgado, 27 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Storage, Virtualisation.

How to bridge the data analytics gap between vendors and customers

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A new whitepaper from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) argues there is a gap between data analytics services offered by vendors and the requirements of Asia Pacific organisations looking to engage them.

The findings, which appear in the paper ‘Data Analytics to Bridge Knowledge Gaps’, finds that 62% of companies surveyed use data analytics to some extent, yet less than half use analytics for making financial decisions and only 5% use it for human resources...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

Is IT resilience now something for businesses to be getting excited about?

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The provocative side of IT resilience is made up of all the threats that today have more and more people talking about it than ever before. Let’s face it, who isn’t intrigued (and worried, terrified or simply concerned) by headlines about IT failures that have triggered nationwide flight cancellations or data hostage situations or global service outages? 

That said, even less dramatic outages like ING...

By Lilac Schoenbeck, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.