The who's who of Big Data were out in full force at Strata last week, and
like the fall Strata/Hadoop World event in New York, the Santa Clara showcase
did not disappoint.
Allow me to share a few thoughts, straight from the Gazzang booth, which
occupied prime real estate right by the food and beverage area:
1) The hype around big data has died down... a lot. Svetlana Sicular of
Gartner famously (or infamously) noted early last year, big data is
descending into the "Trough of Disillusionment." While that sounds awful on
the surface, it's actually a sign of a maturing market. It means all the talk
and chest-beating about big data is waning, and the actual tools and
technologies associated with the space are starting to yield results.
The sessions at this year's conference bore that out. In past events,
sessions were dominated by "how-to's" on the latest big data platf... (more)
InfoWorld's been doing a bang-up job covering the NSA spying scandal from the
get go, and this blog from David Linthicum titled, “Let the NSA spy on us -
We’re still moving to the cloud,” continues the trend.
The Cliff's notes: In an IDG News survey, high-ranking IT executives in North
America and Europe were asked about the effect the NSA snooping practices
have had on their cloud computing strategy. Despite the furor over the NSA,
these leaders are still committed to the cloud.
Linthicum talks about the dollars and cents, that efficiency and agility
benefits that the cloud pro... (more)
Who doesn't love a good zombie flick, right? Hordes of undead ambling around
in tattered clothing looking for something to eat. The low, drawn-out moans
of a once-productive member of society, who now possesses the brainpower of a
teenager on an 8-hour Call of Duty bender.
While I don't believe the zombie apocalypse is happening anytime soon (at
least not for another six months), there is another form of undead that is
very much alive and well today. I'm talking of course about... digital data.
We're at the point now where anything you do online leaves a digital
footprint, whethe... (more)
One of the dirty little secrets about security: there is simply no way to
make your company impervious to a data breach. It's almost a statistical
certainty that you will, at some point or another, be hit with a security
scenario that you're not prepared for. That's why security today is as much
about damage control as it is about breach avoidance.
Consider the following:
Most breaches aren't that hard to execute
Attacks on corporate networks and data occur at alarming frequency. You might
think that's because attackers have become more sophisticated, but that's not
necessarily t... (more)
Amid the slew of articles offering advice on Big Data, Joab
Jackson's, Five Things CIOs Should Know About Big Data. stood out because of
how absolutely spot on it was.
The five points he makes nearly always come up in our conversations with
customers and prospects:
You will need to think about big data. What we're seeing now is that the
price of entry to big data, at least from a CapEx standpoint, is pretty low.
Open source tools like Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB, MapReduce and others,
combined with the relatively low price of cloud computing, means
organizations that may not ha... (more)