Exploring the journey from cloud to AI - with a few big data bumps along the way

The potential of cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) is irresistible. Cloud represents the backbone for any data initiative, and then AI technologies can be used to derive key insights for both greater business intelligence and topline revenue. Yet AI is only as good as the data strategy upon which it sits.

At the AI & Big Data Expo in Amsterdam today, delegates were able to see that the proof of the pudding was in the eating through NetApp's cloud and data fabric...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

How to get your data scientist career up and running: A guide

Note: The most common request from this blogs’ readers is how to further their careers in analytics, cloud computing, data science, and machine learning. I’ve invited Alyssa Columbus, a data scientist at Pacific Life, to share her insights and lessons learned on breaking into the field of data science and launching a career there. The following guest post is authored by her.

Earning a...

By Louis Columbus, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software.

How to prevent AIOps from becoming just another cog in the machine

Over the past few years, companies have been rapidly transitioning to dynamic, hybrid cloud environments in a bid to keep up with the constant demand to deliver something new. However, while the cloud provides the agility businesses crave, the ever-changing nature of these environments has generated unprecedented levels of complexity for IT teams to tackle.

Traditional performance management strategies have been stretched to...

Organisations need to ‘acknowledge challenges’ in not keeping 100% uptime, argues Veeam

It’s the big downtime downturn; according to a new study from Veeam, three in four organisations admit they are not able to meet users’ demands for uninterrupted access to applications and data.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Cloud Data Management Report, which surveyed more than 1,500 senior business and IT leaders across 13 countries. Ultimately, the need for more sophisticated data management...

Enterprises not seeing total fulfilment with cloud strategies – but hybrid remains the way to go

For enterprises looking to migrate to the cloud, with sprawling workloads and data, it can be a long, arduous journey. According to a new survey, more than two thirds of large enterprises are not getting the full benefits of their cloud migration journeys.

The study from Accenture, titled ‘Perspectives on Cloud Outcomes: Expectation vs. Reality” – polled 200 senior IT professionals from large global...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Migration, Research.

Google confirms network congestion as contributor to four-hour cloud outage

Google has confirmed a ‘network congestion’ issue which affected various services for more than four hours on Sunday has since been resolved.

A status update at 1225 PT noted the company was investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine, later diagnosed as high levels of network congestion across eastern USA sites. A further update arrived at 1458 to confirm engineering teams were working on the issue before the...

By James Bourne, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

Why the real multi-cloud motivator is choice - rather than lock-in

Multi-cloud is one of the biggest initiatives for enterprises today; however, if you analyse the justification for this trend, so much of it is driven by fear — fear of lock-in, fear of outages, fear of cost. And while those concerns may be valid, the enterprises that are realising the value of multi-cloud have an even more compelling reason for it: choice.

A few years ago, battle lines were drawn. For the most part you either used AWS, Azure, or GCP in addition...

Doubling down on disaster recovery-as-a-service – for business continuity and beyond

The prospect of an IT outage is one of the key issues that keeps IT professionals awake at night.  In the past two years, 93% of organisations have experienced tech-related business disruption and, as a result, one out of five experienced major reputational damage and permanent loss of customers. From natural...

Cloud providers are under attack - and sabotaged services will freeze operations

Over the next two years, cloud service providers will be systematically sabotaged by attackers aiming to disrupt critical national infrastructure (CNI) or cripple supply chains. Organisations dependent on cloud services will find their operations and supply chains undermined when key cloud services go down for extended periods of time.

Nation states that engage in a digital cold war will aim to disrupt economies and take down CNI by sabotaging cloud infrastructure through traditional physical attacks or by...

Companies' cloud security getting better - but slowly, argues SANS Institute

Cloud security best practices are improving - but there is still a long way to go, according to a new report from SANS Institute.

The study, which polled several hundred respondents across the IT spectrum, came about, as author Dave Shackleford put it, as the result of concerning news stories around the security space. IDC found back in April that worldwide IT security spending would hit $103.1 billion by the end of...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Research, Security.

Enterprise NoSQL adoption is now mainstream: What will happen from here

Over the past year, I’ve had the good fortune of sitting down with leading enterprises to speak with CIOs, enterprise architects, database engineering leaders, and more. Many of these discussions centred on the evolving world of business applications and databases and the challenges of digital transformation initiatives (customer experience, digital banking experience, data-as-a-service, real-time analytics).

By Tarun Thakur, 11 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Hybrid.

A guide for database as a service providers: How to stand your ground against AWS – or any other cloud

Last August, Redis Labs introduced a Commons Clause license for its popular in-memory database to prevent cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) from “taking advantage of the open source community for years by selling (for hundreds of millions of dollars) cloud services based on open source code they didn’t develop.”

By Deepak Jannu, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

Why IT security solutions spending will reach $133.8 billion

Cybersecurity investment continues to be a top priority for most IT organizations. Worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $103.1 billion in 2019 -- that's an increase of 9.4 percent over 2018. The pace of growth will continue as industries invest heavily in IT security solutions to meet a wide range of cyber threats.

According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on IT security solutions will achieve a...

By David H Deans, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Research, Security.

The five key things every executive needs to know about identity and access management

  • For new digital business models to succeed, customers’ privacy preferences need to be secure, and that begins by treating every identity as a new security perimeter.
  • Organisations need to recognise that perimeter-based security, which focuses on securing endpoints, firewalls, and networks, provides no protection against identity and credential-based threats. Until they start implementing identity-centric security measures, account compromise attacks will continue to provide a perfect camouflage for data breaches.
  • 74% of data breaches start with privileged credential...

By Louis Columbus, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Enterprise, Security, Software.

The cloud migration landscape: Multi-cloud and hybrid battle for supremacy as security remains key

A new study from data virtualisation provider Denodo makes for an interesting snapshot of where cloud migration trends sit today, with security remaining top of mind and hybrid and multi-cloud architectures key.

The findings of the study, which surveyed more than 200 business executives and IT professionals, would not have come as a major surprise to regular readers of this publication. Perhaps some of the figures may have...

AWS makes S3 Glacier Deep Archive available for coldest cloud storage needs

It was promised at last year’s re:Invent, and now it is here: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of S3 Glacier Deep Archive, aimed at being the lowest cost storage in the cloud.

When the company said it was the cheapest around, it wasn’t kidding; offering prices at only $0.00099 per gigabyte per month, or $1 per terabyte per month. This level, as with other cold storage, is aimed at organisations...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Software, Storage.

Addressing the concerns of data management and sovereignty in multi-cloud and edge scenarios

MWC Barcelona last month heavily focused on two fast-emerging technology trends; 5G and edge computing. Together, they will significantly impact businesses by enabling massive volumes of digital data to transfer between cloud servers located in multiple regions around the world as well as between IoT devices and edge nodes. This is due to the hyper-fast speed of 5G networks and edge computing architectures that have micro-clouds and data centres located closer to...