Amazon Web Services fills out its big data cloud platform

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Ovum IT Enterprise solutions, Ovum

Announcements of new data platforms were highlighted at Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) first ever “re: Invent” user conference this week. Among the headlines, AWS announced Amazon Redshift, a managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that includes technology components licensed from ParAccel. Amazon Redshift will deliver the power of massively parallel columnar databases at a commodity price for data warehousing customers.AWS also announced AWS Data...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 05 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS, PaaS, Vendors.

Cloud survey from Asigra shows data backup trends

A survey commissioned by Asigra and conducted by TechValidate has found security as the primary concern with storing data in the cloud.

Of the companies surveyed, security (21%) was the biggest concern, followed by location of company data (7%), cost (3%), cloud service provider going out of business (3%) and user error leading to data loss (3%).

There is a reason if these numbers appear particularly low – the top answer for respondents was “all of the above” (59%).

So, evidently, the...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, SaaS .

Garbage data in, garbage information out: Big data or big garbage?

Do you know the computer technology saying, garbage data in results in garbage information out?

In other words even with the best algorithms and hardware, bad, junk or garbage data put in results in garbage information delivered. Of course, you might have data analysis and cleaning software to look for, find and remove bad or garbage data, however that's for a different post on another day.

If garbage data in equals garbage information out, does garbage big data in result in big...

By Greg Schulz, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

Cloud and big data – a fusion of two innovative IT trends

As market awareness and adoption increases, so customer confidence and clarity is growing and companies are better able to evaluate the benefits and challenges that big data presents their individual organisations.

It’s not surprising to see that big data is the top IT spending priority in Gartner’s recent global forecast.  These figures correlate with Cisco’s recent CloudWatch survey, which found that Big Data will be an important aspect of IT strategy and is set to increase in...

By Ian Foddering, 22 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Cloud computing hubs will become increasingly data-centric

By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

In 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing, we show that cloud computing platforms are increasingly approached not just as technology delivery platforms but as ecosystem hubs for cloud service providers, consumers, and their respective channel partners. These hubs are increasingly data-centric.

Ecosystem services will make or break cloud service providers

From the start Ovum has emphasised that cloud computing platforms are not just technology delivery platforms but are also...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Trends.

Preventing data leakage: Proactive security from the cloud

In business, data is currency. It is the oil that keeps the commercial engine in motion and databases are the digital banks that store and retrieve this valuable information. And, according to IDC, data is doubling every two years. But as the overall amount of data grows, so does the amount of sensitive and regulated data. All this data...

By Cloud Security, 15 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security.

What is the long-term future of the data centre industry?

The world is changing faster than ever. The economic centres of power are shifting:  from West to East, and from North to South.  Economic liberalisation is one driver, as is the speed at which capital moves seamlessly around the world and the general demographic trends of people moving from insular communities in the countryside to faster paced environments in towns and cities.  But the biggest driver is technology. 

Manufacturing and IT technology is moving faster than it ever...

By Roger Keenan, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Forecasts.

Challenges of data privacy in the era of cloud computing

More than eight in ten companies are now using some form of cloud computing solution; proof that the benefits of the cloud are becoming more widely accepted amongst enterprises.

Moreover, positive steps are being made toward further boosting cloud services in the EU.

In September, Neelie Kroes, Europe's Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, released the paper, "

By Mark Dunleavy, 06 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Europe, Security.

Citrix provides evidence that its strategy is delivering

By Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, IT Software

At the recent Citrix Synergy conference in Barcelona, more than 4,000 delegates heard Citrix’s latest mobile and cloud-enabled-world message. The announcements in Mark Templeton’s keynote this year were based on evidence of what Citrix has, or will in the near term, deliver, and were less visionary in nature than previous announcements.

The four key announcements were: project Avalon, which will act as the cloud orchestration layer; storage zones,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Vendors.

Why MaaS (Model as a Service) is the emerging solution for Open Data

Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at the most, to the requirement for attributes and sharealikes (Open Software Service Definition – OSSD).

As a consequence, Open Data should create value and might have a positive impact in many different areas such as government (tax money expenditure), health (medical research, hospital acceptance by pathology), quality of life (air breathed in our city, pollution) or might influence public decisions like investments,...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Government, OpenSource.