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A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They’re called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. Although f...
Forget the funnel. Your customers no longer adhere to that nice, neat linear purchase model. But don't worry, Communications Service Providers have the most important tool necessary to communicate effectively with customers: Big Data. Don't plan on following them around like a heartbr...
What’s Big Data without Big Compute? Basically just a large collection of unstructured information with little purpose and value. It’s not enough for data just to exist, we must derive value from it through computation – something commonly referred to as analytics. With traditional ...
Vichara Technologies in Hoboken, New Jersey is expanding its capabilities in big data from origins on Wall Street into other areas, and thereby demonstrating the growing marketplace for advanced big-data analytics services. The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case stu...
Scene scenario: 10 am in a boardroom somewhere, second round of coffees served, Danish and donuts untouched, a quiet hush settles. “Well you know what guys? (and, by the use of the term guys I mean to include both sexes here assembled) – the trouble that we have as a company is that w...
The notion of a database silo – that is, a single database that contains everything and operates in isolation – is a rapidly fading concept in most companies. Many use multiple databases to take advantage of the different range of functionality, from their transactional store, to cachi...
The pace of innovation in such big data-driven targeting technology is advancing unabated. There is so much noise in today’s omnichannel world that anything a marketer can do to get your attention is welcome – and furthermore, the more information they can collect about you, the better...
HP analyzes its own vast data warehouses to derive new insights for its global operations, extensive supply chain, sales organization, global marketing groups, and customers.
Labor market analytics firm Wanted Analytics recently assessed the market for technology professionals and found that demand for people with proficient levels of Hadoop expertise had skyrocketed by around 33% since last year – it is true, Hadoop is hard technology to master and the lab...
for storage and computing operations at scale. These capabilities allow organizations to store massive amounts of data, in disparate formats, and perform both batch and real-time analyses upon them. The forces driving Big Data into the mainstream are the ever-decreasing cost of storage...
GSN Games exploits big data to effectively uncover game-changing entertainment trends for their audience. Oh, and it changes corporate cultures, too. It's a shame when the data analysis providers inside a company get the cold shoulder from the business leaders because the data keeps p...
According to Gartner, Big Data refers to "high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets” – and, this is the key – “that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery and process optimization." While Big Data may seem like an ...
We all feel it, data use and growth is explosive. Individuals and businesses are consuming -- and generating - more data every day. The challenges are common for nearly all businesses operating in every industry: ingest all the data, analyze it as fast as possible, make good sense o...
In Part 6, we dove into the Nagle algorithm – perhaps (or hopefully) something you’ll never see. In Part VII, we get back to “pure” network and TCP roots as we examine how the TCP receive window interacts with WAN links. Each node participating in a TCP connection advertises its avail...
The telecommunication service-provider industry is gaining new business analytic value and strategic return through the better use and refinement of their big data assets. It’s no secret that communication service providers (CSPs) are under a lot of pressure as they make massive inves...
The widespread adoption of tablets and mobile devices in schools allows for tracking of key performance indicators that can help gauge the impact of specific initiatives on a student's future success. While skeptics argue against ethical concerns raised by such techniques, several coll...
The fundamental mechanics of business have changed. Well, they haven’t quite. The basic laws of supply and demand still govern the economic principles inside which firms in all industries bring goods and services to market inside a common monetary system on an international level. ...
Big Data is big - but just how big may surprise you. According to a new QuinStreet survey, 77 percent of respondents consider Big Data analytics a priority. Another 72 percent cite enhancing the speed and accuracy of business decisions as a top benefit of big-data analytics. And 71 pe...
As we know, the subject of Big Data and the ‘space race’ to produce software application development functions that will enable us to extract insight and (therefore) value from the Big Data mountain remains one of the most discussed issues in information technology today. Increasingly...
With large security breaches constantly in the news, businesses are rightly concerned about security. Thankfully, big data and machine learning can work together to help. They read like a list of horror stories for businesses big and small alike. Sony’s PlayStation Network is hacked t...
Social media of all types allows customers to share their interests and sentiments. To be successful, companies have to find ways to capture and process the information. The power of Big Data technology is being successfully applied to understanding such complex unknowns as consumer s...
Application logs contain a massive repository of events and come in many different formats. They can have valuable information, but gaining useful insight can be difficult without the assistance of machine learning to help reveal critical problems. Transaction logs can contain gigabyt...
Given the mountains of data now floating around, it is perhaps inevitable that the very function of data analytics is seen as somehow intrusive. There’s a constant glut of reports, columns and other stories bemoaning the lack of data privacy – and at times, they’re entirely justified. ...
Companies worldwide are using big data to gain ever deeper analysis and rapidly and securely making those insights available to more people on their own terms. Big data capabilities and advanced business analytics have now become essential to nearly any business development activity. ...
Big Data and its most prominent technical ingredient, Machine Learning, are all the rage these days, as IT industry is trying to convince companies technology revolution is underway. ("If you are not doing it, your competitors sure are, and by the time you realize it, it will be too la...
Data management is undergoing a major shift as more and more enterprises are discovering the benefits of Big Data and venturing headfirst into a dynamic new era of innovation and data explosion. Today, there are more opportunities for businesses to gain insights from valuable data tha...
First and by way of clarification – as all fans of archaic English colloquial language will know, ‘poppycock and bunkum’ are appealing euphemisms for a useful four letter word starting with C that rhymes with clap. Nuances of language out of the way so that we all know what we’re talk...
In the Old West, farmers and ranchers fought range wars over water access. Now, Big Data is the new Water and there is growing tension between Business Intelligence farmers and Data Science ranchers over how the new data lake should be managed and used. SoMoClo (social, mobile, cloud)...
Internet of Things known as IoT is expected to gain momentum in the year 2014 and will continue to find a mainstream adoption in the coming years. From a definition perspective, IoT is about the integration of more devices that are already prevalent using the RFID and other kinds of ma...
The Big Data and Cloud market has been growing at a staggering pace. Data is becoming unmanageable and too big to be handled by relational database systems alone and there is a need to effectively provision, manage elastic and scalable systems. Information technology is undergoing a ma...
It’s been a great 2013. Out of the global $1.2 trillion dollars’ worth of business conducted online in 2013 across the globe, SOASTA is trusted with protecting 10% of that figure – or $150 billion. Based on the hundreds of brands SOASTA worked with this year and listened to the challen...
It’s a simple fact that the better sales reps understand their prospects’ intentions, preferences and pain points during calls, the more business they’ll close. Each day, as your prospects interact with websites and social media platforms, their behavioral data profile is expanding. It...
Big Data is bandied around so much that it seems to have lost what little meaning it had in the first place. What's so special about it, anyway? Some people think it's just a lot of data, more than most companies are used to (Google doesn't count). The real definition isn't much more …...
In my previous two posts Act 1 – The What and Why and Act2 – The How and How Not I covered the main benefits of CDNs and what type of tools are needed to monitor them. Now, I want to go into some detail of why you need to consider monitoring them in the first place. Let’s face it: if t...
Whether you’ve bought into it yet or not, the Semantic Web (aka Web 3.0) is coming – and mega-companies are leading the way. Not just the Googles, Facebooks and Apples of the world, but also massive organizations with business models as diverse as Wal-Mart, The New York Times, Dow Jone...
Either you’ve outgrown your server space or you’re a brand new company that needs to find a data center. What do you do? Shopping for a data center seems like a daunting process and it really can be, but if you know what to look for, you’ll find the right place in no time. First, you ...
Analytics platforms and new healthcare-specific solutions together are offering far greater insight and intelligence into how healthcare providers are managing patient care, cost, and outcomes. Based on a number of offerings announced this week at the HP Discover Conference in Barcel...
The ability to provide fast and accurate healthcare has always depended on having the latest technology and educating the relevant staff on how to best employ these new devices and applications. Throughout 2013, a number of innovations appeared in the industry, changing the way healthc...
Enterprises are effectively harvesting data in all its forms, and creating integration that fosters better use of big data throughout the business process lifecycle. Creating big-data capabilities and becoming a data-driven organization are near the tops of surveys for the most press...
“Step right in. You will witness a show of magic and wonders, passion and trust, speed and misunderstandings.” a (slightly altered) catch phrase that keeps popping in my head when talking to companies in regards to managing Content Delivery Networks (CDN). Apart from the misconception ...