Big Data

Cloud data warehouse race heats up

 Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Andrew Brust.

The notion of running a data warehouse in the cloud was a pretty novel thing when Amazon Web Services launched its Redshift service in November of 2012. Most on-premises data warehouse (DW) platforms are appliance-based, which makes them difficult to expand, and the resulting need to leave room for growth also makes them expensive to acquire.

In the cloud though, economics are better, elasticity is realistic and logistics are streamlined. Combine that with the ability to handle "big data" volumes with the familiar SQL/relational model that Redshift uses and it's hardly surprising that the service has been one of Amazon's fastest growing since its launch...

Unifying the big content, big data divide

Grazed from CCI.  Author: Mika Javanainen.

While cloud computing is credited with offering more effective ways to utilise applications, it can also further complicate the task of document and content management with the introduction of new sets of information silos.  Many companies are encountering issues with ‘dark data’ because they maintain multiple information silos in the cloud and on-premises that contain business-critical data sets that other systems cannot leverage. These repositories often contain massive amounts of Big Data (structured data) and Big Content (unstructured content).

To effectively connect these silos and ensure information workers have fast access to all of the content they need, it’s important to first understand their differences. Structured data (Big Data) is information that resides in various databases and business systems such as CRM and ERP solutions -- much of which is often maintained by different lines of business and isolated to specific users and applications...

Embedding BI In The Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

One of the biggest limitations of most software-as-a-service (SaaS) and mobile applications is that they generally don't come with much in the way of business intelligence (BI) functionality built into the application. This usually results in end users having to fire up yet another application to analyze data inside any given application.

Now TIBCO Software is making it simpler to embed business intelligence inside a multi-tenant cloud application environment with the release of version 6.1 of TIBCO Jaspersoft BI software. Mike Boyarski, director of product marketing for TIBCO Analytics at TIBCO Software, said enhanced for support for multi-tenant clouds, coupled with support for JavaScript, application programming interfaces (APIs) and HTML5, will make it a lot easier to embed BI functionality directly into an array of mobile and SaaS application services...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing/06172015/embedding-bi-cloud

Oracle's Cloud Business Grows on Big Data: Time to Invest?

Grazed from Nasdaq.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle's third-quarter fiscal 2015 results gained significantly from the cloud business. The company's earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate, while revenues came in line. We believe that the rapid adoption of engineered systems and cloud suites will drive the top line in 2015.

Oracle commands a dominant position in the enterprise software and database management system (DBMS) software market. According to market research firm Gartner, global spending on IT infrastructure is estimated to grow 2.4% to $3.8 trillion in 2015. Among infrastructure, DBMS is expected to gain significantly driven by Big Data and digitalization initiatives. We believe Oracle is positioned well in the DBMS software market to gain from this trend...

Cloud Computing: How Amazon's DynamoDB helped reinvent databases

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Behind every great ecommerce website is a database, and in the early 2000s Amazon.com’s database was not keeping up with the company’s business. Part of the problem was that Amazon didn’t have just one database – it relied on a series of them, each with its own responsibility.

As the company headed toward becoming a $10 billion business, the number and size of its SQL databases exploded and managing them became more challenging. By the 2004 holiday shopping rush, outages became more common, caused in large part by overloaded SQL databases. Something needed to change...

Human DNA database race to the clouds

Grazed from BWorldOnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Academic institutions and health-care companies are picking sides between their cloud computing offerings -- Google Genomics or Amazon Web Services -- spurring the two to one-up each other as they win high-profile genomics business, according to interviews with researchers, industry consultants and analysts.

That growth is being propelled by, among other forces, the push for personalized medicine, which aims to base treatments on a patient’s DNA profile. Making that a reality will require enormous quantities of data to reveal how particular genetic profiles respond to different treatments...

IBM, UK to Collaborate on Big Data

Grazed from Datanami.  Author:  George Leopold.

The British government and partner IBM are investing £300 million (more than $456 million) to promote big data and cognitive computing research aimed at helping U.K. businesses engage with customers and suppliers.

Among IBM’s contributions to the big data project announced this week is a package of technology and “onsite expertise” valued at £200 million, including access to its Watson cognitive computing platform and at least 24 IBM researchers. They will work with U.K. big data scientists...

Google cloud strategy focuses on analyzing big data

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

Google may not have caught up to Amazon in the cloud market, but that's OK, according to a Google executive. The company is heading in a slightly different direction with cloud computing that involves helping customers analyze their data. "It's not about catching up to [Amazon]," said Brian Stevens, vice president of cloud platform at Google.

"It's not just about lifting and shifting servers and such. It's not about doing exactly the same thing you've been doing. It's about doing things in a new cloud way." That could change the way companies do business. It also could help Google become a cloud powerhouse. Stevens, who spoke with Computerworld during Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, said he wants the company's cloud offering to do more than simply enable enterprises to stop buying their own servers...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce Rolls Out Wave for Big Data, Expands Partner Ecosystem

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

CRM Relevant Products/Services giant Salesforce has come up with a new way to help enterprises drive more value from big data Relevant Products/Services and tap into more customer insights via its Analytics Cloud. It’s called Salesforce Wave for Big Data and it’s coming to market with an impressive partner list that includes Google, Cloudera, Hortonworks, New Relic, Informatica and Trifacta.

Salesforce Wave for Big Data aims to meet a valid -- and big -- need in the industry. According to the EMC Digital Universe Study, the digital universe is doubling in size every two years. If you can imagine it, the digital universe will multiply 10-fold between 2013 and 2020, from 4.4 trillion to 44 trillion gigabytes...

Read more from the source @ http://www.toptechnews.com/article/index.php?story_id=13100267EC52

Cloud Computing: IBM Watson gets smart in the oil refinery business

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Australian energy company Woodside Energy hopes to strike a gusher in its own backyard -- a gusher of information, that is. The company plans to improve the efficiency of its refinery plants by using IBM's Watson cognitive computing services to gather and share insights from its own engineers.

Woodside "wants to take the knowledge of their senior engineers and make it available, with the support of Watson, to a broader range of employees," said Ed Harbour, IBM vice president of the company's Watson Group. The two companies will partner to create a search engine, or "cognitive advisory service," that can be used by Woodside's engineering teams to ask complex questions about facilities management and design, according to IBM...