Big Data

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...

Teradata expands market opportunity for industry-leading data warehouse on Amazon Web Services

Grazed from DQIndia. Author: Editorial Staff.

Teradata Corp. , the big data analytics and marketing applications company, announced that it is making its Teradata Database, the market’s leading data warehousing and analytic solution, available for cloud deployment on AWS to support production workloads. The initial version of Teradata Database on AWS will be offered on a variety of individual multi-terabyte virtual servers–known as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances–in supported AWS regions via a listing in the AWS Marketplace.

“Today, Teradata is adding more innovation by coupling data warehousing capabilities with public cloud convenience,” said Tony Cosentino, Vice President and Research Director at Ventana Research, a leading benchmark research and advisory services firm. “No longer is cutting-edge technology the sole domain of the upper echelon of the corporate community; soon virtually any organization on the planet can tap into – and trust – the power of Teradata.”...

Cloud Computing: The Ethics of Big Data

Grazed from Tech.Co.  Author: Alex Espenson.

 Big data generally refers to information that is either unstructured or multi-structured. Unstructured is information that is not easily interpreted or organized and it has to be micro-analyzed in order to turn that data into value for businesses and government. It can refer to content heavy websites and databases as well as metadata.
Multi-structured data can be derived from individual interactions between people across a diverse range of websites and handles such as social media, chats, comments on websites, direct human interaction with the internet and smart city data statistics. The multi-structured avenues continue to expand and evolve as internet technologies emerge and adapt keeping up with the current and foreseeable economy...

Analytics Becomes Next Great Cloud Service

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

When it comes to analytics there are primarily two types of use cases. The first generally involves fairly sophisticated end users that access analytics applications via a traditional user interface. Less conventionally, however, more users of other types of applications are starting to invoke analytics engines via an application programming interface (API).

Case in point is Salesforce, which at the recent Dreamforce 2015 conference announced that it has opened the programming model surrounding the Salesforce Wave Analytics Cloud. Anna Rosenman, senior director of product marketing for Salesforce Wave Analytics Cloud, says that while the first version of this cloud offering was aimed primarily at line of business users, Salesforce is now also focusing on recruiting independent software vendors (ISVs) to make use of Salesforce Analytics Cloud as part of applications that invoke Salesforce customer records...

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Here's Microsoft's latest big data project

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Derrick Harris.

Microsoft is hard at work on a new platform that will let developers easily build cloud computing services and mobile applications that can analyze lots of data, according to a report Tuesday in ZDNet. The platform, code-named Prajna, is built on Microsoft’s .NET programming language (which the company open sourced last March) and is inspired by the data-processing capabilities of the white-hot Apache Spark technology.

Like Spark, Hadoop and most popular big data technologies, Prajna is also an open source project. Microsoft is pushing the project to help it gain a stronger foothold in the fast-growing business of processing and analyzing large amounts of corporate data. There’s a lot of money to be made in this space, which is often called “big data,” as evidenced by the multi-billion-dollar valuations of some companies in it and the seeming ubiquity of certain technologies...

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ISC Cloud & Big Data: From Banking to Personalized Medicine

Grazed from InsideHPC. Author: Editorial Staff.

Human lives could be at risk if we get the technology of cloud computing and big data wrong in applications such as driverless cars and personalized medicine, this year’s ISC Cloud and Big Data conference will be told. The conference is moving from the picturesque setting of Heidelberg to the more pragmatic Frankfurt Marriott Hotel, located directly across the street from the Frankfurt Messe Fairgrounds.

Whereas last year’s event offered separate conferences on cloud computing and on big data, this year’s conference, which takes place from 28 to 30 September, offers parallel tracks that recognize the tight relationship between the technology of cloud computing and the scientific and business challenges of big data...