Oracle chief Larry Ellison steps aside to become CTO, results miss target

Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison has stepped down from the chief exec role, with co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd appointed to steer the ship.

Ellison isn’t leaving Oracle full stop however, assuming the role of CTO and executive chairman at the software giant. In an earnings call, Ellison admitted that not much would change under the bonnet.

“I’m going to continue doing what I have been doing over the last several years, [Catz and Hurd are] going to continue what they’ve been doing over...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data, Economy.

IBM’s Watson Analytics: How it makes sales and marketing’s job easier

Yesterday IBM unveiled Watson Analytics, a freemium data science tool for businesses of all sizes utilising the power of Watson’s supercomputer technology.

As we reported, for a company which isn’t averse to bigging itself up, Watson Analytics appears to be a release of which Big Blue is particularly proud, with IBM exec Oliver Oursin calling it a ‘breakthrough’.

The main...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Analytics, Data.

IBM introduces Watson Analytics, gives data science mass appeal

IBM has launched Watson Analytics, offering what is claimed as instant access to powerful big data visualisation and analytics capabilities to anyone in the business.

Instead of using programming languages or complex algorithms on the front end, Watson interacts with the user in natural language and comprehends key questions, including ‘What are the key drivers of my product sales?’, ‘Which benefits drive employee retention the most?’...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data.

Data leaks in Hollywood: Who might be next?

By Stephen Midgley, Vice President of Global Marketing, Absolute Software

The recent iCloud hack and subsequent leak of intimate photos of Hollywood celebrities has made it clear that even the rich and famous aren’t immune to data loss. The fatal mistake these stars made was to forget that data, be it an email or photo, isn’t static. More often than not it goes straight to the cloud, where in theory it can be accessed from anywhere.

What’s happened to the stars of...

By Absolute Software, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, DisasterRec, Opinion.

100 ideas that changed the Web: Big data

© Ryoji Ikeda, data.tron [8k enhanced version], audiovisual installation, 2008-09. Photo by Liz Hingley

Every minute, 2 million searches are made, half a billion links are shared and 48 hours of footage are uploaded. That is a lot of data. And yet, in terms of how much is being produced worldwide, it barely scratches the surface. That is Big Data.

Big Data is the term used to describe data sets that are so large and complex that it takes a phenomenal amount of processing power to interrogate them....

By Jim Boulton, 01 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Data.

Harnessing the power of Google’s cloud: Google BigQuery Analytics book extract

This is an edited extract from Google BigQuery Analytics, by Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu, published August 2014 by Wiley, £30.99.

When you run your queries via BigQuery, you put a giant cluster of machines to work for you. Although the BigQuery clusters represent only a small fraction of Google’s global fleet, each query cluster is measured in the thousands of cores. When BigQuery needs to grow, there are plenty of resources that...

By Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data, Developers.

IBM looks to Canada for latest expansion, installs SoftLayer data centre

Another day, another snippet of news from IBM in its latest push for cloudy world domination: Big Blue has announced expansion plans for Canada, including a SoftLayer data centre in Toronto.

SoftLayer chose Toronto not just for its size – it’s the fourth largest city in North America – but its proximity to the tech community in Canada, as well as a litany of companies who are using the IaaS provider.

A glut of Canadian startups, including Mnubo, Epilogger and Maegan, have signed up for the...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, IaaS.

Opinion: The inverted pyramid of IT infrastructure

By Nick Razey, CEO, Next Generation Data

If we ever lose a bid for a data centre contract, it is for one of two reasons.

Either the customer insists on being close to London and is happy to pay the premium for doing so, or the customer is obsessed by paying the lowest possible price and will accept any quality of data centre service to achieve this. While I struggle to understand both points of view it is the latter approach which is totally incomprehensible in the modern world.

I see the IT infrastructure as...

By NGD, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Infrastructure.

Storage: The heart of the next generation data centre

By Jeramiah Dooley, Cloud Architect at SolidFire

Public cloud services have put huge pressures on enterprise IT to compete in a more agile way. When it can take days or even weeks for IT departments to procure and manually set-up necessary networking and storage hardware to support new applications, why wouldn’t employees turn to providers who can meet their needs within minutes?

To meet these demands, the hardware infrastructure needs to be more than fast; it needs to be...

By SolidFire, 01 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Storage, Virtualization.

VMware opens up second UK data centre, sees customer demand

Virtualisation bod VMware has opened up a second UK data centre, with a new site in Chessington, London, adding to the current data centre in Slough.

The move is evidently designed to represent UK and EMEA customers who want quicker access to their data, and comes a few months after VMware launched its hybrid disaster recovery service (vCHS), which provides a continuously available recovery platform if a data centre goes down.

Gavin Jackson, general manager and VP cloud services EMEA, said: “Our...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, VMware.