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Microsoft recently announced the PolyBase technology as part of SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse solution. PolyBase is a breakthrough new technology on the data processing engine in SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse designed as the simplest way to combine non-relational da...
As the proliferation of data continues, traditional networking infrastructure is struggling to keep up with the world’s influx of information and data. Legacy networking technologies are in need of an overhaul and software-defined networking (SDN) has been touted as the response and th...
We have been blogging about the same problems and problem patterns we see while working with our customers over the past few of years. There have always been the classic application performance landmines in the areas of inefficient database access, misconfigured frameworks, excessive m...
Big data helped re-elect a President, find Osama bin Laden, and contributed to the melt-down of our financial system. We are in the midst of a data revolution where social media introduces new terms like Arab Spring, Facebook Depression and Twitter anxiety that reflect a new reality: b...
Sharing personal information is central to the way people live, work and do business with each other today. And it’s only going to become more so, as the Identity Economy emerges to establish a new paradigm for commercial interactions. This raises a number of interesting questions and ...
Despite the recent flood of high profile network breaches, hacking attempts are hardly new. In 1995, I was attending school in Helsinki when I discovered a password “sniffer” attack in our university network. In response, I wrote a program called the “secure shell” to safeguard informa...
Last week I watched a presentation recorded at GigaOm Structure: Data conference featuring Gus Hunt, CTO of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In his presentation, he identified SMAC (social, mobile, big data analytics, and cloud) as the culprit for the massive increase in availab...
A/B and multivariate testing are often used to improve the conversion funnel. What these tools do is randomly place alternative change images, text or other design elements to gather statistics about how these things affect site visitors. Companies have had great success using such sol...
If you’re not convinced the hype around Big Data is entirely justified, consider the following statistics: in the time it takes an average person to read this article, 72 petabytes of data (that’s 72 x 1015 if you’re counting) will have been added to the global information pool. Each h...
The Big Data and Cloud “movements” have acted as catalysts for tremendous growth in fit-for-purpose databases. Along with this growth, we see a new set of challenges in how we access the data through our business-critical applications. Let’s take a brief look at the evolution of these ...
More and more of our lives are lived online. Our music collections, bookshelves, vacation memories and more are increasingly digitized and uploaded into the cloud, the vast network of server farms that provide the bulk of online storage today. Research firm Gartner projects that by 201...
In a constant effort to improve customers’ cloud experience and increase adoption, cloud providers are starting to introduce WAN optimization capabilities into their service offerings. This technology will allow organizations to realize significant performance improvements for cloud ap...
Recent developments in the healthcare industry have meant that patient and disease specific data is now more important than ever. This is because EMRs backed by health information exchanges across the nation have simplified the exchange of lab reports, tests, scans, prescribed medicati...
There is a backlash growing against the term "Big Data.” Some of the negativity is just because of hype; people are attaching the name to their company for any reason, absurd reasons, and/or no reason at all. I recently saw a pitch by a new venture that "creates Big Data for your busi...
Through the sheer volume of big data bombarding the human mind, a more human delivery and capture of data is coming. Google Glasses will only be one of them, as augmented reality becomes a business multiplier and brings APIs to our eyes. Augmented reality (AR) is coming, not for fla...
Big Data – a large amount of information that comes in a variety of forms and constantly changes – has generated a significant amount of buzz in the business world, mostly around the implications for marketing. But there’s little attention paid to its potential impact on risk managemen...
Big Data is all the rage. And at first glance, the Big Data variety, volume, velocity and value challenges may seem extraordinarily difficult. Proven technologies, such as data virtualization, provide proven approaches to addressing these “big” challenges. So if Big Data is on your ag...
It goes without saying that 'Big Data' is very much a hot topic right now. In fact, there doesn't seem to be a day when we're not being spoken to, about or on the subject, and when you consider the possibilities of what Big Data provides it's not hard to see why. It allows organizati...
Most people think of data virtualization as a high productivity, low cost way to integrate data for business intelligence and analytics. However, it is also very effective at legacy migration. The key to data virtualization's migration success is how it decouples source and consumin...
I love movies. There is just something about them that can teach us a lot about life. One of my favorites is “Groundhog Day.” The construct of this movie is that the main character Phil, played by Bill Murray, is trapped having to live the same day over and over again. This is what it ...
Few, if any, information technology subjects have garnered more attention over the past two years than Big Data. It’s a savior. It’s evil. It’s the killer app of killer apps. And now, according to Gartner analyst Svetlana Sicular, “Big Data Is Falling into the Trough of Disillusionment...
The Big Data Old Tail focuses on the costs inherent in maintaining archives of increasingly small, yet increasingly costly data as we struggle to deal with older and older information. True, perhaps the fact that the Old Tail data sets from a particular time period are small will compe...
I have been working for technology companies for 33 years now, so I don’t know why I’m always surprised at the technology myths that proliferate. For example, there is a popular notion running around that Solid State Drives (SSDs) will replace Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) as the dominant st...
During a recent conversation with a CIO of a multi-billion dollar enterprise and his top executives, it became apparent that amid all the new technology advancements like cloud computing and Big Data, organizations are struggling to seek the concrete advantages in applying these techno...
It’s common knowledge that the subscriber growth enjoyed by wireless Communication Service Providers (CSPs) over the last several years is tapering off. The CSPs really need new sources of revenue to deliver the required growth. Over-The-Top (OTT) players on the other hand are moving q...
The Big Data and analytics challenge that data virtualization best addresses is helping enterprises take advantage of their data. In other words, enterprises today are data rich with loads of enterprise, cloud, third party and Big Data. But they remain information poor. In this context...
The other day I was looking at a web application that was using MongoDB as its central database. We were analyzing the application for potential performance problems and inside five minutes I detected what I must consider to be a MongoDB anti pattern and had a 40% impact on response ti...
Ford Motor Company has scoured the metrics from the company’s best processes across myriad manufacturing efforts and through detailed outputs from in-use automobiles -- all to improve and help transform their business. What's different now in being able to get at this data and do this...
Server virtualization has already proven beneficial for many enterprises. Through data center consolidation, server virtualization is able to enhance efficiency and reduce operational expenses. As this technology continues to evolve, however, IT professionals are moving beyond the basi...
There are numerous applications for cost-effective data retention. Organizations can gain substantial competitive advantages when able to rely on data retention for improved decision making and trend analysis. Research enterprises can make use of large scale data sets enabling them to ...
Data is going up and data is going down. Its endless upward spiral to the cloud is being lauded as the platform and paradigm that we must now adhere to for future IT efficiency. At the same time, data is going down. It is being processed and (crucially here) it is being ‘analyzed’ at a...
So it’s the end of the year and we’ve all had about as many 2012 retrospectives and 2013 predictions as we can eat. So let’s take a different tack and see if some fanciful (but hopefully somewhat informed) conjecture can give us some pointers for future innovation roadmaps. What do ch...
Wrapping up a year of impressive growth and product innovation, Gazzang, the Linux data security company, today made its 2013 predictions covering emerging trends in big data, the cloud and open source technology adoption. “Buoyed by increasing adoption of and trust in cloud technolog...
One of the things I look forward to most at Christmastime is the seemingly endless parade of predictions and year-in-review columns. You see them everywhere: The Ten Best movies of 2012 2012: The Year in Bacon Ten Brilliant, Surefire, Can’t-Miss Business Predictions for 2013 A Crys...
Remember when being “sent to your room” was considered one the harshest punishments a parent could dole out? I certainly hated it, and I’m pretty sure my kids don’t like it much either. For whatever reason, this form of punishment – the ultimate act of isolation – seems to have stoo...


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