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Here Come the Cloud-Based Big Data Management Services

11 Aug 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Everyone’s well aware that the explosive growth of data is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations of all sizes across nearly every industry. A growing number of cloud service providers (CSPs) are recognizing that they can provide more than just simple storage and economical compute power to their customers who are buried in data. They also can help them manage their Big Data processing needs on an ongoing basis.big-data-318x211

Big Data wouldn’t have gotten so much attention over the past few years if it weren’t for the availability of cloud services that enable organizations to do something with all the data. Organizations have always faced challenges acquiring, analyzing and acting on data. Third-party data processing services have been a lucrative business for many years because most organizations haven’t had and didn’t want to invest in internal systems and staff to collect, collate and interpret the data themselves.

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Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?

08 Aug 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Network security has always been a near-impossible task, but the cloud era is ushering in a fundamentally new model that truly renders network security an oxymoron. How so, you ask?NetworkSecurity

In the past, organizations built and controlled their own networks. Because IT could control the flow of traffic inbound and outbound, the nodes on the network, and the users, they also controlled the network security architecture. IT was responsible for where and how to place firewalls, VPNs, IDS and IPS, load balancers, web application firewalls, and other security devices. In short, when you owned the network, you also owned securing the network.

Today, with more organizations moving to the cloud, a new approach is necessary. Three fundamental differences are driving this change:

  • Cloud providers own the network
  • Traffic flows in the cloud much differently. Interdependencies between applications and services, both internal and external, are exploding
  • Network security has historically been delivered through appliances

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SMBs Tie Cloud Computing To Increased Revenue

06 Aug 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

wordcloud5Research by Oxford Economics and Windstream Communications has found that many small and midsized businesses have a strong appetite for cloud computing and tie it to increased revenues, even though they often don’t have large IT departments to support them getting into the cloud.

Oxford Economics is the research outfit frequently tapped by members of the Fortune 500 or Federal Reserve Board to draw a picture of what’s happening in different parts of the world economy. At one time, it was made up primarily of economists from Oxford University in the UK, although time has diminished that link. To conduct its “Path To Value” cloud survey, it solicited feedback in May from 350 business executives in all regions of the US; 33% were CEOs, CTOs, or COOs, while the other 67% held other executive positions.

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Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls

04 Aug 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

If government IT professionals aren’t getting much sleep these days, it’s likely because they’re more worried than ever about catastrophic cyber-security breaches.gov

In InformationWeek’s 2014 Federal Government IT Priorities Survey, 70% of respondents said that cyber- and information security programs are “extremely important” at their agencies, making IT security the highest government IT priority. Another 24% said IT security is at least fairly important. Only 3% said security is “not important at all.”

The survey also demonstrated that security is intensifying as the top government IT priority. In last year’s survey, 67% of respondents stated that information security is extremely important.

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Avere Raises $20 Million in Series-D Round Led by Western Digital

01 Aug 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

Avere Systems, Inc. has raised an additional $20 million in venture financing, bringing the total amount invested in the company to $72 million.Avere_logo

The Series-D funding round was led by Western Digital Capital, the investment arm of Western Digital Corp., with participation from previous investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Tenaya Capital.

The funding will be used to accelerate sales, marketing and continued development of the company’s hybrid cloud storage solutions.

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Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Storage Adds Erasure Coding, Tiering

30 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

red-hat-logo-XPSORedHat Inc. today released a new 1.2 version of its Inktank Ceph Enterprise software, featuring erasure coding, cache tiering and updated tools to manage and monitor the distributed object storage cluster.

The release marks the first product update since Red Hat acquired Inktank Storage Inc. in May for about $175 million in cash. Targeted at cloud, backups and archives, Inktank Ceph Enterprise (ICE) combines open source Ceph software for object and block storage, Calamari monitoring and management tools, and product support services.

Red Hat’s ICE 1.2 software-defined storage brings the commercially supported product in line with the latest Firefly release of open source Ceph storage software, and two key new features — erasure coding and cache tiering — are already generating interest.

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Google I/O: Hello Dataflow, Goodbye MapReduce

28 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Google I/O this year was overwhelmingly dominated by consumer technology, the end user interface, and extension of the Android universe into a new class of mobile devices, the computer you wear on your wrist.Google-IO-2014

At the same time, there were one or two enterprise-scale data handling and cloud computing gems scattered among all the end user announcements.

One was Cloud Dataflow, introduced at the San Francisco event during a keynote presentation Wednesday. When it comes to handling large amounts of unstructured data, one of Google’s original contributions to the field was MapReduce. When combined with a distributed file system, it became a fundamental new type of data sorting, analyzing, and storage mechanism of the era: Hadoop.

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Cloud Platform Simplifies Spark Clusters, Big Data Deployments

25 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

In his keynote at Spark Summit 2014 in San Francisco today, Databricks CEO Ion Stoica unveiled Databricks Cloud, a cloud platform built around the Apache Spark open source processing engine for big data.spark%20summit%202014

Spark, which got its v 1.0 release just one month ago, is a cluster computing framework designed to sit on top of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) in place of Hadoop MapReduce. With support for in-memory cluster computing, Spark can achieve performance up to 100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory or 10x faster on disk.

Spark can be an excellent compute engine for data processing workflows, advanced analytics, stream processing and business intelligence/visual analytics. But Spark clusters can be difficult beasts, Stoica says. Databricks hopes to change all that with its hosted Databricks Cloud platform as a turnkey solution.

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MapR Closes $110 Million Financing Led by Google Capital

23 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the distribution for Apache Hadoop, has completed a $110 million financing.mapr

Google Capital led the $80 million equity financing. Also participating was Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures.

In addition to the equity financing, MapR completed a debt facility of $30 million led by Silicon Valley Bank.

“MapR helps companies around the world deploy Hadoop rapidly and reliably, generating significant business results,” said Gene Frantz, general partner, Google Capital. “We led this round of funding because we believe MapR has a great solution for enterprise customers, and they’ve built a strong and growing business.”

In conjunction with this investment, Frantz will join the board of directors.

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CloudPhysics Got $15 Million in Funding

21 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

CloudPhysics_logo_v6_SCloudPhysics, Inc., providi,g predictive analytics for virtual datacenter management, has secured $15 million in a series C round of funding, led by venture capital firm Jafco Ventures with participation from the company’s existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield Fund.

CloudPhysics, who has raised $27.5 million to date, will use the funding to invest further in developing its SaaS solution, which leverages big data analytics to enable IT to uncover hidden operational hazards before problems emerge and identifies radical efficiency improvements in virtualized IT operations management.

The company will also use the funding to expand go-to-market activities and scale the company’s business.

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