Examining the fallacies of big data

post thumbnailThe biggest problem with software is that it doesn’t do us any good at all unless our wetware is working properly – and unfortunately, the wetware which resides between our ears is limited, fallible, and insists on a good Chianti every now and then.

Improving our information technology, alas, only exacerbates this...

By ZapThink, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry.

How big data is a key part of Intel’s data centre vision

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management, Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Solutions

Intel recently shared its long-term strategic vision of how corporate data centers will evolve. Big Data processing plays a central role, driven by a future of escalating data volumes from mobile, cloud, and “Internet of Things” sources. Intel is starting to pull together a portfolio of offerings as a foundational infrastructure for analyzing Big Data. Not surprisingly, this is a hardware-centric...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 13 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hardware, Storage.

How big data improves - and complicates - predictive analytics

By Andy Flint, FICO

Analytics depends on data — the more, the merrier. If we’re trying to model, say, the behaviour of customers responding to marketing offers or clicking through a website, we can build a far stronger model with 10,000 samples than with 100.

You would think, then, that the rise of Big Data and its seemingly inexhaustible supply of data would be every analyst’s dream. But Big Data poses its own challenges for modelling. Much of Big Data isn’t what we have historically...

By Andy Flint, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Oracle unveils faster Exalytics platform

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management

Oracle recently unveiled a faster version of its Exalytics in-memory analytics database. The company claims the X3-4 version delivers up to 25× performance improvements over its predecessor, thanks largely to pure and simple hardware upgrades – i.e. more memory. Ovum does not doubt the sheer speed of Exalytics, particularly for data analysis where ASAP is simply not quick enough. We see the most immediate applicability for such an ultra-responsive...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hardware.

Opinion on cloud services in Europe still fiercely divided

Research from Quocirca in conjunction with CA Technologies has revealed that opinion on cloud services in Europe is still fiercely divided.

The Quocirca report divides respondents into three potential categories; ‘enthusiasts’, ‘avoiders’ and ‘blockers’, and found that overall 57% of those polled were ‘cloud positive’.

In Europe, 22% were considered enthusiasts, for whom “cloud is the future for much of [their] IT requirement”, whilst a further 35%...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Migration, Security.

Mitigating the data exposure risk of cloud-based email

Of the concerns people have about cloud security today, data control and data loss rank high—just second behind BYOD according to Infonetic’s April 2013 report. No wonder the market for cloud-based security services is growing at 69%.

Despite the popularity of texting and social networking, email remains the preferred method of communication in the enterprise, transporting not only the data within the messages themselves but via the attachments they carry with them.

While most large enterprises...

By Glen Vondrick, 23 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Hybrid, Security.

How effective identity management reins shadow IT and password sprawl

By Quinton Wall, Director of Technical Platform Marketing, Salesforce.com - @quintonwall

The cloud has sped up and simplified many aspects of IT. Enterprises and end-users alike have incredibly swift and affordable access to more applications and IT resources than ever before.

This access helps cut or keep costs low and enables businesses to innovate and respond to evolving market demands. However, in other ways,...

By Salesforce.com, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Enterprise, IaaS, Mobility, Salesforce, Security.

Brocade’s Simon Pamplin: Digging deep into the future of SDN

With software defined networking (SDN), the network as we know it, along with the way businesses use computing processes, could be changed beyond all recognition.

And Brocade is at the very heart of that shift, being founder members of OpenFlow and OpenStack and pushing ahead with technologies that ensure its customers are SDN-ready.

Separating the data and control planes, SDN, as the name suggests, puts a layer of software between the components a network runs on and the network admin running them, leading...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Infrastructure, Interview, Mobility.

The hows and whys of moving your contact centre to the cloud

The key responsibility of the CIO is to ensure an organisation has the technology it needs to function cost effectively, while at the same time remain a competitive force.

Nowhere is this more relevant than in the contact centre industry. If a contact centre does not have technologies, such as interactive voice recognition (IVR), multimedia queuing or real-time speech analytics, then it risks not being able to meet customer expectations of service.

However, buying-in all of these solutions can be an large...

By Dave Paulding, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Enterprise, Migration.

One in three businesses have ‘multiple’ outages a week

Companies are failing to update their software, meaning that because of the strain being put on old data centres, they suffer debilitating network outages on a weekly basis.

That’s the verdict from Brocade, whose latest research found that one in three businesses suffer “multiple” network downtime instances per week. Further, more than nine in 10 (91%) of IT decision makers admit that they have to ‘substantially’ upgrade their infrastructure in order to keep up with the demand of...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research, SLA.