The outlook for privacy and data protection for cloud in 2014

2014 is likely to prove to be a big year in data protection for many industries - none more so that the cloud computing industry with the possible adoption of the EU’s proposed Data Protection Regulation, implementation of European cyber security strategies and moves by Germany and France to set up a European Communications Network.

In a recent weekly podcast, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a European Communications Network should be set up to avoid potential access to data by the U.S....

By William Long, 06 March 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Legal, Security.

IBM couches NoSQL strategy with Cloudant acquisition

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Information Management

IBM has taken another step to ramp up its cloud presence with the acquisition of Cloudant, a five-year-old company that offers a managed NoSQL cloud database. The acquisition adds a data layer to IBM’s growing portfolio of web/mobile application developer-oriented cloud platforms, such as WorkLight, and is a good complement to SoftLayer, the managed cloud service provider that IBM acquired last year.

The core component of the Cloudant...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 04 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, IaaS.

Informatica 9.6 aims to attract business users and lower cost

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Informatica claims to have raised the bar for data integration and quality following the release of its PowerCenter and Data Quality 9.6 platform. This release scores points with Ovum because it mirrors much of the functionality that our enterprise clients are inquiring about and looking for – notably, business-friendly governance features, seamless integration and management of data across cloud and on-premise systems, and quicker...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

Why Big Trust is Big Data’s missing DNA

Mark Little, Principal Analyst, Consumer

In the rush to monetize customer data, companies risk diminishing the trust people have in services and brands. Sustaining and growing people’s trust in services is not just about “doing the right thing,” but also makes commercial sense. Telcos and OTT players have worked to establish a satisfactory level of trust with their customers, but as Big Data creates new opportunities for monetizing customer data, even a little more aggression in its...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

The Open Compute Project gets down to business

Karen Liu, Principal Analyst, Components

Open Compute Summit V, held last week, was a birthday party for open source hardware. The movement seeks to map lessons learned from open source software to the hardware world. Open Compute Project (OCP) has grown beyond serving the unique needs of its hyperscale founders and playing in the sandbox of open source architecture.

This year’s announcements got down to business, with designs adapted to fit more traditional enterprises. The goal is no longer just to...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, OpenSource.

Microsoft introduces Power BI in the cloud

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Software – Information Management, Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Information Management

Microsoft is betting heavily on the cloud for delivering self-service BI capabilities. Power BI builds on existing Microsoft Excel building blocks, including Power Query and Power View, to provide a single self-service client based on the familiar Excel spreadsheet as the user interface. It is a welcome simplification of Microsoft’s often confusing BI product stack...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Microsoft.

In-memory stepping up to big and fast data analytic crunch

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Interest in in-memory computing platforms is rising. Until now, the primary driver has been the “need for speed,” helping companies to process relatively modest data sets more quickly.

Both traditional and newer in-memory vendors are looking to scale-up these capabilities with innovative platforms that promise to meet the increasing demand for more accelerated, operationally driven analytics against Big Data residing in Hadoop...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Why SAP believes in the "right mix" of cloud, mobile and on-premise

When SAP announced its fourth quarter financial results last month, the focus from analysts and the media was on one particular aspect.

Never mind a fourth consecutive year of double digit growth, or a 69% increase in full revenue on its HANA platform. Everyone’s eyes turned to the mid-term outlook, and specifically this titbit: the company has revised its target of between €3bn and €3.5bn revenue in cloud, as well as its 35% operating margin target, from 2015 to 2017.

“SAP anticipates...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, PaaS, SAP.

SkySQL CEO Patrik Sallner on MariaDB, MySQL and why structured data won’t go away

Patrik Sallner, the CEO of Finnish database proprietor SkySQL, wants to make something clear. His company’s latest product, MariaDB Enterprise, was not designed with a certain Redwood-based relational database provider in mind.

“We’re not specifically targeting Oracle or anybody else here,” he tells CloudTech. “We’re just making an offering available which we clearly know there’s a strong demand for.”

This appears to be the company line, although other tech outlets, from

By James Bourne, 29 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Interview, OpenSource.

IBM pumps $1.2bn into cloud and data centre offering

IBM has today announced a $1.2bn (£735m) commitment to “expand its global footprint”, building data centres to cover all geographies and financial centres.

“Today’s announcement is another major step in driving a global expansion of IBM’s cloud footprint and helping clients drive transformation,” thundered Erich Clementi, IBM global technology services SVP in a statement.

IBM plans to open 15 data centres in the coming year, to add to its 12 already deployed and the...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, IaaS.