Big Data

BlueData Delivers Ultimate Flexibility and Choice for Big Data Deployments on Amazon Web Services

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BlueData, provider of the leading Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, today announced the general availability of its BlueData EPIC software on Amazon Web Services (AWS). BlueData EPIC on AWS delivers ultimate flexibility and choice for Big Data environments, enterprise-class security and cost controls for multi-tenant deployments, as well as the ability to tap into both Amazon S3 and on-premises storage.

BlueData is the first and only BDaaS platform with support for both on-premises and cloud environments, leveraging embedded and fully-managed Docker containers for portability across any infrastructure. BlueData EPIC provides the same self-service user experience whether running in the public cloud or a corporate data center; and the same Docker-based application images for Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data tools are portable across on-premises and cloud deployments. BlueData EPIC on AWS is generally available now -- with planned support for Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and other public cloud services in the coming months.

How Retail IT can Address Challenges and Reach Big Data Potential This Shopping Season

Article Written by David Marshall

This year, the National Retail Federation projects that 137 million consumers will shop between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday. Retailers have stocked their shelves and warehouses and are already weathering the traffic storm that comes with this time of year. 

While the profit potential of the holiday season is the upside for retailers, there are many IT challenges related to successfully managing this increase in traffic - ensuring networks stay up, servers can handle demand and data is protected should something go wrong. In store and online, Black Friday sales are dependent on a sound IT infrastructure. On the flip side, Black Friday and Cyber Monday present many opportunities for retailers to capitalize on the massive amount of data collected at this time. To stay on top in the market, it's crucial for retailers to understand and leverage data analytics tools this season. 

How is retail IT preparing for this all important weekend? Here are a few idea from some top industry experts:  

Redis Labs Leads a Discussion on Big Data Database Challenges at AWS re:Invent 2016

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Redis Labs, the home of Redis, today announced that Redis Labs' chief marketing officer, Manish Gupta, will be hosting a fireside chat at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 1st at 11:00am - noon at the Venetian, Level 1, Room Sands 102. The interactive discussion, "Solving Big Data Database Challenges with Redis," will include George Chiramattel Kunjachan, principal engineer at Intuit, Kyle Oppenheim, VP of engineering at Groupon, and Jacqueline Hufford-Jensen, senior manager, database administration at LifeLock.

With Internet Of Things And Big Data, 92% Of Everything We Do Will Be In The Cloud

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

You don’t need Sherlock Holmes to tell you that cloud computing is on the rise, and that cloud traffic keeps going up. However, it is enlightening to see the degree by which it is increasing, which is, in essence, about to quadruple in the next few years. By that time, 92% percent of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers; versus only eight percent being processed by traditional data centers.

Cisco, which does a decent job of measuring such things, just released estimates that shows cloud traffic likely to rise 3.7-fold by 2020, increasing 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 (the latest full year data for which data is available) to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020. The big data and associated Internet of Things are a big part of this growth, the study’s authors state...

BlueData Delivers Enterprise-Class Security and Networking for On-Premises Big-Data-as-a-Service With Docker Containers

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BlueData, provider of the leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, today announced the new fall release for the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software. Delivered as a flexible platform, this new release builds on the EPIC summer release to add deeper security integrations for Big Data deployments in production. It also provides networking and storage enhancements for managing Docker containers used to create Hadoop and Spark clusters in EPIC.

This new version of the BlueData EPIC software platform helps enterprises transition in their Big Data journey from initial dev/test environments to full production deployments of Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS). BlueData has implemented its EPIC software to meet enterprise customer demands for a wide variety of Big Data use cases, ranging from dev/test labs to mission-critical batch processing jobs and advanced analytics use cases.

Cloud Computing: Google and Amazon Vie for Big Inroad Into Wall Street Data Trove

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Benjamin Bain.

Trying to understand what causes flash crashes is no longer just for financial regulators and Wall Street. It’s a big deal in Silicon Valley too. Since billions of dollars were quickly erased from U.S. stocks in May 2010, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been trying to create a massive repository that would track stock and options trading from exchanges and broker-dealers on a daily basis.

That way regulators could quickly go back and find clues to what caused a market interruption. The lack of progress was highlighted last August when the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1,100 points in the first few minutes of trading, sending regulators scrambling once again to figure out what went wrong...

Cloud Computing: How Amazon is disrupting a $34bn database market

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When Amazon launched Aurora in 2014, it was presented as a clear challenge to giants in the $34 billion database market. Today it is Amazon’s fastest-growing product and has already surpassed the growth of Amazon Redshift, which is saying something. Customers of the service are among Amazon’s largest and loudest advocates.

Since the start of 2016, roughly 7,000 databases have been migrated to AWS Aurora — and the rate of adoption has tripled since March 2016. Why is Aurora gaining popularity? As we have come to expect from Amazon, Aurora provides enterprises with the performance and reliability of a commercial product at a fraction of the cost of Oracle or IBM...

VMblog's Expert Interviews: Kentik Talks Funding, SaaS & Big Data Network Visibility

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Since launching its ground-breaking SaaS-based network traffic analysis platform a year ago, Kentik has been making nice progress in the industry.  The company provides Kentik Detect, a cloud-based network visibility and analytics solution that delivers unprecedented depth of insight into any network.  Kentik processes tens of billions of data records per day, equipping service providers and enterprises network operations teams with actionable insights that enable them to make quick, cost-effective decisions.

The company just announced a Series B round of funding -- a nice sum of $23 million.  To dig in a little deeper into that funding news and to find out what they have planned going forward, I spoke with Kentik's co-founder and CEO, Avi Freedman.  

How the cloud is helping turn data catalogs into content

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Greg Otto.

It’s not enough for people like Jerry Johnston to simply publish the abundance of geospatial data that belongs to the federal government — he wants the public to be able to derive value from it. That’s where cloud computing comes in. Johnston, director of the Interior Department’s Information and Technology Management Division, is using Amazon Web Services to turn the government’s geospatial data into robust, functional content for anyone interested in using it.

Through his work with the Federal Geographic Data Committee, Johnston has leaned on AWS to support Geoplatform.gov, a repository for people to find, search for and share various geospatial data sets. “Using AWS, we built our own platform and software offerings that agencies are using right now,” Johnston said Monday during a session at Amazon Web Services’ Public Sector Summit. “It’s been a huge advancement in making things available.”...

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Managing big data in the era of cloud computing

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Company CTOs are increasingly considering more robust, holistic solutions to their company’s data management needs. With the move to cloud storage and access, there are now new challenges regarding data security, access, analytics strategies and IT service delivery. Computacenter is one company that is tackling this from the top down, with services to help companies overhaul or upgrade their backend systems for a secure front-end management by staff and customers alike.

The European General Data Protection Regulation has recently placed further responsibility on companies to meet compliance for securing personal data. This downloadable white paper explains the steps towards compliance and approach to big data management. Computacenter has assembled a team of highly experienced experts in data system design, cloud security, and analytics architecture, to ensure that a company can rely completely on IT systems to deliver their service seamlessly...