Big Data

SQL Server 2014 features enable hybrid cloud scenarios

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Basit Farooq.

Microsoft continues to improve the integration between its cloud and on-premises products and services, and SQL Server 2014 features take a big step in that direction by enabling hybrid cloud scenarios. Now you can integrate an on-premises platform with the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform (e.g., to back up data in Azure or add an AlwaysOn replica in Azure virtual machines, or VMs, for improved on-premises disaster recovery).

Let's look at the features that allow your organization to use SQL Server 2014 to create hybrid cloud scenarios and move from an on-premises data center at your own pace. SQL Server 2014 features enable native support for SQL Server database files as Microsoft Azure blobs. This feature, which lets you create and place your database data and log files as blobs in Microsoft Azure storage, works for on-premises SQL Server instances and SQL Server instances running in Azure VMs...

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Cloud Computing: Breaking Down The Big Data Top Job Skills

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Jennifer Klostermann.

For those in the tech arena – and let’s face it, we’re all in the tech arena somehow – a few abilities are topping all of the must-have skills lists. Inc. points to the growth of Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Data Virtualization as three of the six major trends we should all be keeping up with, supported by countless other industry analysts.

Data and Cloud technologies have effectively transformed both our personal and business landscapes, so skilling up in these areas is a necessity. This year, the Cloud will become the “new normal”, reports TechRadar. Dramatically cutting cost by digitizing information-intensive processes, it’s been predicted that the end of 2015 will see a world of hybrid deployments...

Cloud Computing: Machine learning and big data know it wasn't you who just swiped your credit card

Grazed from EconoTimes. Author: Jungwoo Ryoo.

You’re sitting at home minding your own business when you get a call from your credit card’s fraud detection unit asking if you’ve just made a purchase at a department store in your city. It wasn’t you who bought expensive electronics using your credit card – in fact, it’s been in your pocket all afternoon. So how did the bank know to flag this single purchase as most likely fraudulent?

Credit card companies have a vested interest in identifying financial transactions that are illegitimate and criminal in nature. The stakes are high. According to the Federal Reserve Payments Study, Americans used credit cards to pay for 26.2 billion purchases in 2012. The estimated loss due to unauthorized transactions that year was US$6.1 billion...

7 ways the cloud provides flexibility for big data

 Grazed from Dell.  Author: Brian T. Horowitz.

To manage 50 billion market events — nearly a petabyte of stored data — the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) turned to the Cloudera Enterprise big data platform along with an Amazon Web Services infrastructure.  FINRA is an independent regulator overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Apache Hadoop, an open-source framework written in Java that enables storage and processing of large data sets, powers Cloudera Enterprise.
The Cloudera platform will help FINRA adhere to the requirements for dynamic monitoring of financial markets and allow the organization to scale for future growth.  The AWS cloud service FINRA uses is compatible with applications such as Dell Cloud Manager, as well as Dell Managed Cloud Services...

ExtraHop Introduces Explore Search Appliance for Turnkey Big Data Analytics

Grazed from ExtraHop.

ExtraHop, the global leader in real-time wire data analytics for IT and business intelligence, today announced the fifth generation of its platform. The company's latest innovation positions ExtraHop as a pioneer in real-time stream analytics for all data-in-motion with market-leading dynamic discovery and universal observation capabilities. These features, when paired with the new ExtraHop Explore appliance, deliver sophisticated historical search and multi-dimensional analysis of all wire data. Extended Open Data Stream capabilities include support for Kafka and REST, delivering correlation and contextualization to extract value from a wider array of datasets.

In his October 2015 report, "Causal Analysis Makes Availability and Performance Data Actionable," Gartner Research VP Will Cappelli wrote: "Recognition that more data does not equate to availability and performance process improvement is cascading across global enterprises. As a result, users have begun to insist that any ITOA solution should focus not only on the ingestion, storage and access to data, but also on tools for making that data meaningful and actionable."

Cloud Computing: IBM's purchase of The Weather Company's digital assets is all about the data

Grazed from Mashable. Author: Andrew Freedman.

At first glance, IBM's purchase all the digital assets of The Weather Company, except the broadcast network, might seem an odd fit. Why would a company best known for its consulting business, "Smart Cities" Initiative and Watson computing division want to absorb a company filled with weather and climate geeks? Clearly, it's for the data.

Specifically, the company's computer models that analyze three billion weather forecast reference points, more than 40 million smartphones and 50,000 airplane flights per day. IBM is hoping that weather and climate data will enable the company to expand its suite of predictive tools marketed to sectors ranging from retailers, which need to decide what to stock on their shelves, to local governments that have to determine whether to evacuate citizens ahead of a hurricane...

New Software-Defined Infrastructure Summit Helps Data Centers Provide for Cloud Computing & Big Data

Grazed from EINNews. Author: PR Announcement.

Conference Concepts today announced announced its new event for data center architects and their ecosystem. The SDI Summit highlights the positive impact of SDI on Big Data, cloud computing, real-time analysis, and the storage explosion, all without busting budgets or adding staff. The Summit will be on December 1-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Registration is now open at the event website.

SDI helps data centers respond easily and rapidly to new requirements and business needs. With it, a data center can use both local and cloud resources to roll out new services and applications quickly. The center can also scale to handle ever-increasing amounts of data. The Summit begins with day-long pre-conference seminars to bring attendees up-to-date on key topics...

Oracle Unveils Oracle Cloud Platform for Big Data

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

Oracle simplified the process of unlocking business value from big data today with the announcement of Oracle Cloud Platform for Big Data. As part of the world's most complete Platform as a Service portfolio, Oracle Cloud Platform for Big Data is uniquely positioned to enable customers to maximize the value of their data and accelerate time-to-insight.

The new services, Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud Service and Oracle NoSQL Database Cloud Service, complement Oracle's Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service, forming a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for big data in the cloud that enables customers to integrate, aggregate, prepare and discover real-time insights from any and all data sources...

Adaptive Computing Deploys Converged HPC, Cloud and Big Data Solution

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Adaptive Computing, which powers many of the world’s largest private cloud and HPC environments with its Moab optimization and scheduling software, today announced that they have fully deployed Moab 8.1 at the High Performance Computing for Health Sciences, also known as HPC4Health, which today consists of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University Health Network’s (UHN) Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

HPC4Health is part of a larger vision, which also includes Compute Canada and Compute Ontario, to bring multiple organizations together to share resources dynamically, securely and equitably. Moab HPC Suite, Enterprise Edition, version 8.1 (Moab) has been deployed for its elastic computing, advanced policies and accounting capabilities to deliver on this vision...

MBA Careers: Cloud Computing, Big Data At Heart Of Accountancy Transformation

Grazed from BusinessBecause. Author: Seb Murray.

The technologies behind cloud computing and data analytics are set to alter the future of the accountancy landscape and with it the careers of future CFOs. As the big accounting firms — among them PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte — face growing challenges from disruptive tech companies like Google and SAP, their employees must master new digital tools.

Nick Frost, partner at KPMG in the UK, says: “To deal with this real threat we must become the best at accountancy-based or financial process data analytics.” The biggest growth in demand is for budding auditors who can trawl through vast quantities of big data using advanced analytics. “Big data is starting to take hold on the industry, with the Big Four leading the way,” says Alex Stremme, assistant dean at Warwick Business School...