Edward Snowden advises users to move away from Dropbox, Facebook, Google

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Edward Snowden has told an audience at the New Yorker Festival to “get rid” of Dropbox as it doesn’t support encryption or protect private files, instead opting for a service such as SpiderOak.

The whistleblower, who was taking part in a ‘virtual interview’ through Google Hangouts, also criticised Facebook and, ironically, Google, although conceded their efforts in keeping user data safe were improving.

Yet when asked what someone who...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, Security, Storage.

Salesforce unleashes Wave analytics cloud, aims to disrupt industry

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Cloudy giant Salesforce has announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, as its Dreamforce event in San Francisco. The platform is designed to make it easier than ever before to explore data, and take action from any device.

You can’t say it wasn’t coming. Last month Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted out a “top secret” version of the Dreamforce schedule, and it soon came to people’s...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Salesforce.

IBM’s Watson Analytics: How it makes sales and marketing’s job easier

Yesterday IBM unveiled Watson Analytics, a freemium data science tool for businesses of all sizes utilising the power of Watson’s supercomputer technology.

As we reported, for a company which isn’t averse to bigging itself up, Watson Analytics appears to be a release of which Big Blue is particularly proud, with IBM exec Oliver Oursin calling it a ‘breakthrough’.

The main...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

IBM introduces Watson Analytics, gives data science mass appeal

IBM has launched Watson Analytics, offering what is claimed as instant access to powerful big data visualisation and analytics capabilities to anyone in the business.

Instead of using programming languages or complex algorithms on the front end, Watson interacts with the user in natural language and comprehends key questions, including ‘What are the key drivers of my product sales?’, ‘Which benefits drive employee retention the most?’...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Harnessing the power of Google’s cloud: Google BigQuery Analytics book extract

This is an edited extract from Google BigQuery Analytics, by Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu, published August 2014 by Wiley, £30.99.

When you run your queries via BigQuery, you put a giant cluster of machines to work for you. Although the BigQuery clusters represent only a small fraction of Google’s global fleet, each query cluster is measured in the thousands of cores. When BigQuery needs to grow, there are plenty of resources that...

By Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers.

Opinion: The inverted pyramid of IT infrastructure

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If we ever lose a bid for a data centre contract, it is for one of two reasons.

Either the customer insists on being close to London and is happy to pay the premium for doing so, or the customer is obsessed by paying the lowest possible price and will accept any quality of data centre service to achieve...

By Nick Razey, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why physical security is essential to combating the ever present and growing threat to data centres

Although recognised as important, the absolute criticality of the data centre is often underestimated and this is possibly due to its relative cost in comparison to other elements of the IT stack. While a rack footprint might cost £10K pa, the hardware might cost over £50K and the managed service £100K.

However, if the data centre fails the lost business can reach millions of pounds per day. So, while the data centre is considered the least important element when it is working, it...

By Nick Razey, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Disaster Recovery.

Assessing the balance of power for data centre operators

Achieving the lowest possible power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating should not be the only objective of a data centre operator. After all, the most energy efficient data centre is one which has lost all power! Furthermore there is a considerable grey area around the method of PUE calculation.

Effectively consolidating space and power constrained legacy data centres into more energy efficient ‘PUE-friendly’ environments ultimately requires their migration into modern facilities. These can offer...

By Nick Razey, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors, Virtualisation.

IBM pumps up big data offering on its cloud marketplace with ECM

IBM has announced a new big data service available on its app-store-esque IBM Cloud Marketplace from today, called IBM Navigator on Cloud.

The service, an IBM press release boasts, “is transforming how organisations engage with business content and make it more usable and interactive across the enterprise to deliver better results and improve decision making.” In plain English, this means employees can synchronise data and content across any browser, desktop and mobile device.

“IBM is...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, IaaS.