The Cloud & Big Data Collide

Analysts in the cloud sphere think that the next few years will see an explosion of Big Data enterprise services. Due to intense competition, Hadoop development has accelerated to the point that Apache recently gave it the “enterprise ready” stamp – though it has been in production with some of the world’s largest companies for years. Combined with high market interest (a influx of new capital), many analysts expect to see a start-up Big Data explosion.

By Anthony De Monroy, 25 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, SaaS .

Should cloud storage firms be sweating over Megaupload?

With Kim Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload website still languishing in custody in New Zealand after his bail hearing was postponed, the plight of the group detained over the US government indictment of the site raises uncomfortable questions for cloud storage service providers everywhere.  

Seven men have been arrested, while a further three are still being sought by authorities in connection with the site, which is alleged to have generated over $175m in a few years through copying and distributing...

By Matt Henkes, 23 January 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Regulation, Storage.

Upgrading Backup is Too Little, Too Late

One of the big old players in backup software recently announced that they will “blur the lines between backup and archive,” by automatically aging backups to an archive. If your perspective is that of the old-school backup mindset, this probably sounds like progress.

Unfortunately, this is just a baby step towards something that already exists: a unified platform that provides continuity, disaster recovery (DR) and...

By nScaled, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Virtualisation.

Cloud And ERP Mobility Are Reordering Gartner’s Hype Cycle

A good friend of mine recently became CIO of a financial services firm and was given his first major project last month: make the complete accounting, financial, and loan provider data and applications available 24/7 on any iPad or Android-based tablet from any office, at any time.

The majority of loan provider applications are cloud-based and his company is running NetSuite.  His corporate office is in Asia and cloud-based applications made it possible for the company to launch and operate in...

By Louis Columbus, 10 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, ERP.

Garbage in the Cloud

On two occasions I have been asked,—”Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” … I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

—Charles Babbage, 1864

The long-standing computer science principle of “garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO) is so fundamental to IT that it predates digital computing by almost a century. And yet here we are in the twenty-first century,...

By ZapThink, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data.

Global Cloud Index: the Evolution of Data Center Traffic

As 2011 comes to a close, many busy executives and IT managers will be pondering the continued adoption of cloud applications within their organizations. How can a business be adequately prepared for the anticipated increase in demand for managed cloud services?

Moreover, what are the key related market indicators that are shaping the future of emerging business technology deployments? The Cisco Global Cloud Index is an ongoing effort to forecast the...

By David H Deans, 30 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Trends.

Is Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) still a “Killer” Cloud App?

Once hailed as a killer app and now simply recognized as a vital tool in the world of cloud computing, Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) is becoming one of the most important tools in a SMB or larger enterprise contemplating the cloud.

According to ComputerWorld, By 2014, almost one in three midsize businesses will be using a recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) with the ability to backup and restore virtual machines (VMs).

By VI, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Trends.

Disaster Recovery 201: An advanced course

There’s a very good piece by Esther Shein over at Computerworld today called “Disaster recovery 101: What you need to know”.

Shein does a great job of reviewing the pressing need that all businesses have for DR, and cites some scary statistics about the paltry uptake of DR among SMBs.

The most important part of her story covers the need for companies to have a DR plan. This is great advice,...

By nScaled, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.