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.

Eliminating single points of failure from your private cloud

Eliminating Single Points of Failure From Your Private Cloud

– Brought to you by 2X Cloud Computing guest blogger Brien M. Posey –

When an organisation deploys a private cloud, that private cloud quickly becomes an indispensable, mission critical infrastructure component. That being the case, it is important to construct the private cloud in a way that avoids the potential for a single point of failure. Although it is impossible to delve into a comprehensive discussion...

By 2X Software, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Private, Scalability.

Cloud still number one IT investment priority, says report

Over the next five years, cloud computing is still the highest priority for investment, according to the latest piece of research from Compuware, alongside Research in Action.

16.5% of companies cite cloud as the most important area of their IT portfolio to strengthen, ahead of mobile IT (13.5%), business analytics, big data and in-memory (11.3%).

It’s not a surprise that cloud is pretty big news this year too. Cloud infrastructure (12.5%) is the top area of investment for IT in 2013. Renegotiation of...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration, Research.

Cloud service providers: Opportunity or threat?

It’s important to examine the current ‘state of play’ for cloud delivered solutions based on a couple of key dimensions; what is being deployed in the cloud and who is providing the IT service from the cloud.

The image conjured up by the term “cloud” is that of companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft delivering large-scale computing infrastructure that eliminate the need for on-premises IT equipment and software. Since these cloud providers build their own infrastructure...

By Phil Turner, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, SaaS , Scalability.

Cloud changes how identity management services will be consumed

Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Software – IT SolutionsIn a recent report on the impact of cloud computing and identity-as-a-service (IaaS) on the identity and access management (IAM) sector (Cloud: Transforming the IAM Industry,July 2013), Ovum highlights the issues that traditional IAM vendors are being forced to address. The report demonstrates why the cloud will be a game changer for IAM over the next two years.

The report also shows that traditional platform vendors are coming under pressure...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure.

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.

Oracle CAF targets dynamic cloud app development and deployment

Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Ovum, Software Solutions Group

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) is an out-of-the-box, pre-integrated cloud infrastructure solution built around Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS). Release 12c of Oracle CAF is now generally available and is designed for building cloud-based, dynamic enterprise applications. In addition to WLS 12c, the release comprises Oracle Coherence 12c, Oracle Tuxedo 12c, Oracle Traffic Director/Web Tier 12c, and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder, along with...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud evolving, yet most CIOs have a handle on it

Handle the hybrid cloud with care, but get to grips with it quickly to make sure you don’t miss out.

That’s according to a survey from SAP of 52 CIOs in conjunction with Wakefield Research, which comes to the conclusion that hybrid has various advantages, which even non-hybrid users can appreciate.

It’s perhaps not a surprise that SAP would be advocating this line; when CloudTech was present at its UK & Ireland Forum earlier this month,...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, SAP.

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.