Six of the best: CloudTech’s favourite stories from the web

January is always a strange time of year at CloudTech HQ; the Consumer Electronics Show signifies the last vestiges of the holiday break, with the industry firmly awoken from its hibernal slumber to press ahead with 2014 deliverables.

As a result there’s plenty to find across the web – here are our favourite pieces from the last fortnight:

1) Salesforce CEO...

By Cloud Tech, 14 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Editorial, Forecasts, Industry, Microsoft, SaaS .

How SAP is refining its big data strategy

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Information Management

With SAP having focused on building up the HANA platform, it has been later to the game in articulating its Big Data strategy. Over the past few months, several important pieces fell into place. SAP announced the extension of Smart Data Access, its federated query technology, from Sybase to the HANA platform, and announced OEM deals with Hadoop platform providers Hortonworks and Intel.

This is still early days for both initiatives –...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, SAP.

Box buys dLoop to intelligently secure cloud content

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Box hopes to give subscribers greater analytic insights into, and control over, the content stored in its cloud service following its acquisition of privately held dLoop for an undisclosed sum. This is a move that Ovum has been predicting for some time, and will make Box more attractive to the enterprise customers who are becoming increasingly interested in online storage and collaboration services like Box, but who also put a sharp focus on...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 13 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Trends.

Informatica unveils broad data integration strategy with Cloud Winter 2014

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Data integration continues to loom over organizations looking to move their applications and data into the cloud. With the announcement of the latest platform iteration of the cloud strategy it embarked on several years ago, Informatica continues to address the challenges facing these organizations.

Informatica Cloud Winter 2014, unveiled earlier this month and now generally available, is a major step forwards that (rightly) recognizes that...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data.

IBM’s data discovery initiatives culminate in Project Neo

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Software – Information Management

At its recent Software Analyst Insights summit in Stamford, Connecticut, IBM gave analysts an in-depth look at the products and underlying strategy of its extensive business analytics (BA) portfolio. A product that caught Ovum’s eye is IBM’s recently announced visual data discovery tool, codenamed “Project Neo.” The solution is the result of IBM Labs coalescing some of the company’s latest in-memory database,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Virtualisation.

What are the big data and predictive analytics market trends for 2014?

Senior executives have been waiting for actionable insight from the mass of information that their IT departments already gather about their customers. But many have become very impatient -- because they want to see results, now. Do you anticipate that data analytics and real-time visualization will advance next year?Ovum expects a significant wave of business technology ramp-ups in 2014, in response to the market demand. They predict a growing third-party vendor and IT services ecosystem that creates Big Data and Fast Data tools and solutions for the enterprise data warehousing and applications markets.This growing trend is occurring as SQL and Hadoop...

By David H Deans, 29 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Research.

MySQL needs to retain open source roots to keep developer base, survey shows

Nine in 10 respondents claim the primary reason their company uses the MySQL database is because of its open source nature, according to a survey from SkySQL.

And there’s bad news attached to that statement: a whopping 94% admitted they would move to MariaDB if MySQL lots its open source power.

The survey opened up some interesting thoughts on the development of MySQL, which has only been on the market since 1995. More than half (57%) of respondents have used MySQL for between three and 10 years, with...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

AWS’s elastic database cloud thickens

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a series of updates to its expanding database services portfolio at its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, reinforcing its ability to run multiple database workloads with elastic scale in the AWS cloud. While AWS offers a comprehensive menu of best-of-breed cloud services, Ovum would like to see a more integrated platform approach. AWS has disrupted the price barriers for large-scale data processing in...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Public, Virtualisation.

Object storage and the cloud: Why we’re all secretly obsessed with storage

By Kirstan Pepler, head of propositions, media sector, Easynet

Many of us are not ashamed to admit an obsession with storage solutions, probably the most visited area of a particular Swedish retailer’s website. After all, a tidy house is a tidy mind, as we are told.

For the CTO, storage is fast becoming the latest obsession – this time without a flat pack in site.

The world’s information is doubling every two years. We’re producing and sharing content at an alarming, explosive rate, in a variety of...

By Easynet G.S., 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Storage.

The reality of data security in the cloud

Data in the cloud is increasingly viewed as the reality of IT infrastructure management.

With such ubiquitous data storage on cloud-based, cloud-based is at odds with the naysayers who continue to cite security concerns as a reason not to move data to the cloud.

So we have a discrepancy – cloud data storage is widely used, yet there are concerns about the security (compliance and privacy also) of the data itself.

What gives?

The rapid rate of cloud adoption has given rise to the natural necessity to...

By Logicworks, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Infrastructure, Security.