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...
Analysing Google Compute Engine’s integration with RightScale
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...
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...
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...
Cloud changes how identity management services will be consumed
The report also shows that traditional platform vendors are coming under pressure...
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...
Oracle CAF targets dynamic cloud app development and deployment
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...
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,...
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...
Driving Efficiency with Converged Infrastructure
Time for a change is always now
It is often said that Europeans are more conservative in their outlook with regard to change.
There are occasions when this is a useful cultural trait, like limiting the rampant commercialisation of fine heritage sites or taking care to uphold a traditional method for creating a really good cheese. But when it comes to technology resistance to change it only brings disaster.
Nowhere is this clearer than in relation to cloud computing. The “readiness for the cloud’ debate is so bound up in what we...
People, process, technology for Cloud service providers
People, Process, Technology for Cloud Service Providers
There’s been a lot written in cloud circles about the preparations enterprises need to make to prepare for the move to cloud - but what about service providers? A lot of service providers are coming from a managed hosting, managed services or even a telco background and are now building a cloud business. The planning, provisioning, marketing & selling of cloud services can be vastly different from these more traditional IT services. Potential cloud...
The future of integration middleware is hybrid
Many organisations are struggling with integration issues created by the rapid rise of social, mobile, and cloud platforms, and given the persistent time and budget constraints, are not inclined to use traditional integration approaches for hybrid integration scenarios. IT has no other option but to combine traditional and cloud-based integration approaches to deliver the desired integration capabilities on time and within the allocated budget. The growing...
85% of SMEs struggle with cost of backing up virtual servers, says report
Nearly nine in 10 small to medium businesses have experienced “cost-related challenges” with backing up and recovering virtual servers, according to the latest industry report from virtualisation provider Veeam.
These fiscal frustrations primarily included ongoing management costs, backups requiring too much storage and expensive licensing models, according to the report.
Conducted in November and December 2012 by independent market research specialists Vanson Bourne, the report surveyed C-level...
The important questions around uptime guarantees
Some manufacturers recently have made an impact with a “five nines” uptime guarantee, so I thought I’d provide some perspective. Most recently, I’ve come in contact with Hitachi’s guarantee. I quickly checked with a few other manufacturers (e.g. Dell EqualLogic) to see if they offer that guarantee for their storage arrays, and many do…but realistically, no one can guarantee uptime because “uptime” really needs to be measured from the host or application perspective. Read below for...
Five ways VMware’s vCloud hybrid service takes your data centre to the cloud
5. The hybrid...
Why global ICT spending will reach $3.7 trillion in 2013
LogMeIn’s PaaS solution Xively ready to connect Internet of Things
LogMeIn’s Xively is ready to connect “The Internet of Things” as a brand new PaaS (platform as a service) offering APIs for interacting with real world objects, along with real-time messaging thrown into the mix for good measure.
The cloud-based service originates from Cosm, the IoT (Internet of Things) platform by Pachube, which LogMeIn purchased back in July 2011.
LogMeIn secured another huge partner for this venture, ARM, whose technology forms the basis of many popular devices including...