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Data quality practices 'should evolve over time'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Businesses should be looking to update their data quality practices over time to as their organisation continues to evolve, it has been suggested.

SmartData Collective blogger Jim Harris explained that companies often employ best practices when first starting data quality initiatives, but many fail to build on these standards.

He added that ensuring data quality requires continual work on the part of a company's employees.

Cloud Computing to Fuel Security Market, Forrester Says

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Brian Prince.

A new report from Forrester Research projects that the cloud security market will grow to $1.5 billion by 2015—a shift that will disrupt what Forrester calls the "security solution ecosystem."

In a report entitled "Security and the Cloud," Forrester analyst Jonathan Penn predicted that rather than reallocating portions of existing security budgets to cloud computing, organizations will allocate money to security within cloud projects—creating "a whole new category of revenue for the security market."

Dark Clouds on the Virtual Horizon

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Author Cole.

Virtualization continues to play the good-cop/bad-cop game in the enterprise, offering both tremendous promise, but with significant challenges on the road to a more efficient and effective data ecosystem. At the same time, however, the hiccups in virtual deployment are hampering that other significant IT development: cloud computing.

OpenStack Delivers First Release of Cloud Computing Tech

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author:  Michael Kerner.

After only three short months of life, the OpenStack open source cloud computing initiative is out with its first public release of production quality code.

The first OpenStack release is codenamed Austin and includes both storage and cloud compute fabric technologies that can be used by enterprises to deliver cloud services. Originally an effort kick-started by NASA and Rackspace, OpenStack is now benefiting from the support and contributions of more than 35 technology vendors.

News from the future

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.   Author: Steve Hsu

I was floored today when the director of BGI told me they would soon reach a sequencing rate of 1000 (human) genomes per day (so, 10^5 to 10^6 genomes per year is right on the horizon). According to him, they can be profitable at a price of $5k per genome! [Clarification: I later learned this might mean at 10x coverage ... not exactly sure, although I tried to get a more precise statement.]

Crowdsourcing work: Labour on demand or digital sweatshop?

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Fiona Graham.

There are not many chief executives who can boast a workforce of half a million people around the globe.

But then Lukas Biewald's workforce is not your traditional one.

As boss of San Francisco-based CrowdFlower, he says that his company offers "labour on demand".

His employees are crowdsourced - people who work from home, when needed, on specific projects.

"It doesn't make sense to build a box around people, put in internet and plumbing and everything else, make them drive to work and have managers for them," Mr Biewald says.

OpenStack to Be Production-Ready by January

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Deduplication solutions 'should be taken up by more companies'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

A large number of companies could benefit from using deduplication solutions at their businesses.

This is according to Data Storage Connection columnist Charles Butler, who explained that many organisations are reporting rapid data growth of a more complex and dispersed nature than previously seen.

He said that deduplication solutions can play a part in tackling this problem, by dramatically reducing bandwidth and storage requirements, as well as centralising backup data to make disaster recovery planning easier to manage.

GigaSpaces Integrates With Citrix OpenCloud Platform To Ease Creation Of Elastic Data Center Environments

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Mauri.

Did Cloud Computing Jump the Shark?

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author:  Any Newman.

Read the headlines and talk to some of the vendors, and it's easy to believe that there isn't an organization not deploying applications to the cloud.

IDC, long been a champion of cloud computing, certainly to believes that's where the future lies. More than 18 months ago, Senior Vice President and chief analyst Frank Gens claimed that although the adoption rate for clouds at the time was around 15 percent, it would account for 25 percent of the net growth of technology from 2011 to 2012, and 30 percent of growth from 2012 to 2013.