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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 have been inclined to collect, store and analyze their data volumes are now more willing and able to do so. Useful data can come from anywhere. Data that used to be "dropped on the floor" is one way to categorize big data. Gazzang CEO, Larry Warnock, likens to big data to a giant fishing net t... (more)

Five Tips for Securing Student Data in the Cloud

There are a few absolutes when it comes to school. First, lunches will always be terrible. Second, your locker will be too small to fit your oversized textbooks. Finally, there's a high likelihood that some of your student data will be stored in the cloud. This student data includes demographic information, test results, transcripts, email exchanges, grades, attendance history, contact information and more. It's a sensitive mix of detail that, if exposed, could prove damaging to the affected students and the educational institution. According to privacyrights.org, more than 1.8 ... (more)

Big Data and Privacy

Remember when being “sent to your room” was considered one the harshest punishments a parent could dole out? I certainly hated it, and I’m pretty sure my kids don’t like it much either. For whatever reason, this form of punishment – the ultimate act of isolation – seems to have stood the test of time. It’s also a great way to quickly introduce your children to the seven stages of grief: Stunned silence Screaming Kicking Pouting Kicking again Wailing Acceptance But in today’s hyper-connected, always-on society, the whole notion of isolation is quickly becoming obsolete. So much so t... (more)

Sometimes No Data Is Way Cooler than Big Data

I have a pretty decent amount of data about Disney World (where to stay, when to visit, how to beat the crowds to Space Mountain, etc.), and in turn, Disney knows a lot about me (my age, where I live, how many times I’ve visited the park, etc.). This information may seem trivial, but it’s essential (or so we think) for an experience that’s optimized for our enjoyment. In fact, Disney has made a big bet on this idea. You might have seen stories about Disney’s new “vacation management system” which is designed to learn even more about park visitors and, in turn, improve upon their... (more)

Can Health Care Data Be Secure in the Cloud? (Infographic)

Health care organizations are moving infrastructure and data to the cloud at a fairly rapid pace. A recent study suggests the cloud computing market in health care is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2017. Enticing as the cloud is, when dealing with highly sensitive and regulated information, it's important to proceed with caution. The good news for pharma companies, biotech firms and research hospitals - organizations most likely to move heavy big data payloads to the cloud- is that there are some security best practices that can protect data at rest in the cloud. ... (more)