Database drama: Relational or NoSQL? How to find the best choice for you

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Research conducted by Forrester and commissioned by EnterpriseDB (EDB) has found nearly half (42%) of respondents are struggling to manage the NoSQL solutions deployed in their environments.

The study sheds more light on the NoSQL vs relational database discussion facing companies looking to store data today. NoSQL providers will explain their technology is pivotal to deal with increasing changes in terms of processing power, scale and speed; yet according to EDB, relational database...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Frequency vs. size of cloud data breaches: Which is worse?

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Let’s face it, 2014 was a busy year for hacks and data breaches. There were the high profile Sony hacks, the record breaking fines handed out as a result of ePHI (electronic Protected Health Information) healthcare data breaches in the US, and sites such as Gmail and eBay were also targeted by hackers.

The potential for breaches to occur more frequently as businesses collect increasing amounts of consumer data was

By Aleks Szymanski, 28 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

IBM launches cloud-based technology Identity Mixer to protect personal data

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IBM has announced the launch of Identity Mixer, a cloud-based technology which aims to protect personal data by only revealing the bare minimum for transactions, on its BlueMix developer platform.

The release, which has not coincidentally been pegged for Data Privacy Day, uses a cryptographic algorithm to only reveal selected pieces of a user’s information, such as date of birth, home address, and credit card number, to third parties.

An example given of how this service works...

By James Bourne, 28 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Examining AWS' uptime in 2014: Figures show marked improvement

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Having been ranked as one of the top cloud providers for uptime, new figures show Amazon Web Services (AWS) having a 41% reduction in performance issues quarter to quarter during 2014.

The figures, from CloudEndure, see AWS with 127 errors during Q114, a greater number than the following three quarters combined, with 43 in Q2, 37 in Q3, and 26 in Q4.

AWS EC2 was the most frequent faller in 2014, with 46 errors, compared to scalable DNS provider Route 53 (24), network monitoring service...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA.

Combining the physical with the digital: Joining the data self preservation society

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As businesses continue to recognise the strategic importance of IT and data to the very existence of their businesses let alone performance, we can be under no illusion about the absolute necessity of keeping data safe and being alert to all the associated potential risks posed - from the inherent ‘fragility’ of web and cloud infrastructure, to things altogether more sinister such as cyber or even physical terror attack.

Whether your data is on your premises, stored in a...

By Simon Taylor, 23 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management.

AWS, Google, SoftLayer score highly in ranking of most reliable cloud providers

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Cloud benchmarking provider CloudHarmony has updated its metrics, and found AWS, Google and SoftLayer to be among the most reliable public cloud providers in 2014.

The figures, which can be found on its service status page here, saw Amazon’s S3 register 23 outages across nine regions resulting in a 2.69 hour downtime across the year, while Amazon EC2 clocked up 12 outages resulting in a just over two hour outage...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Google, SLA.

Verizon Cloud goes out in planned maintenance, aims for seamless updates going forward

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Updated Over the weekend, Verizon’s cloud service, Verizon Cloud, was offline as it looked to add ‘seamless upgrade functionality as well as other customer-facing updates.’

The maintenance period was put in to improve the service and to ensure further updates went ahead without any hitches to customers. The telco giant warned the fixes could take up to 48 hours, but was completed after 40, with Verizon taking the bizarre step of issuing a press release to announce the...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IBM launches first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Germany, bolsters data privacy

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IBM has announced the launch of the first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Germany, joining an ever growing list of cloud service providers (CSPs) setting up roots in the European country.

The move, to Frankfurt, had been coming, with Germany and France on Big Blue’s confirmed list of targets after launching a London data centre back in July, Paris already having been...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

On the level about data centre location: How the industry is changing

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In 1914, the Harrods Furniture Depository was completed on the banks of the Thames in leafy Barnes. It served as a warehouse for many years but in 2000 its conversion to 250 residential apartments was completed. With the penthouse flats selling for £6.5m, it is easy to understand why such prime real-estate could no longer be wasted on warehousing.

In the last 20 years, the majority of data centre development has used some of the most expensive real-estate in the UK. Given that...

By Nick Razey, 06 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives

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As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends - including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.

Cloud computing adoption has matured, with 69 percent of survey respondents stating that at least a portion of their computing infrastructure is in the cloud. However, 56 percent of companies are still identifying IT operations that could potentially

By David H Deans, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.