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Scaling the Cloud and High Availability: Two Perspectives, One Approach

August 1st, 2018 Comments Off on Scaling the Cloud and High Availability: Two Perspectives, One Approach
System administrators and database administrators have different perspectives on high availability (HA). The differences can cause problems ranging from consternation and conflict to wasted investments and excessive downtime. While the differences are reconcilable, they are not trivial. For example, ...

New Tools Bridge the Data Lake-Data Warehouse Divide

July 30th, 2018 Comments Off on New Tools Bridge the Data Lake-Data Warehouse Divide
For 30+ years, we've had the notion of a data warehouse, a single, central store of vetted data that is used for authoritative analysis. But building the data warehouse is hard work – lots of discussion and negotiation on ...

Cloud Revenue Growth at 50% Clip, Top 4 Providers Extend Dominance

July 27th, 2018 Comments Off on Cloud Revenue Growth at 50% Clip, Top 4 Providers Extend Dominance
Public cloud market growth is a steamroller on steroids. It’s also an industry that, if not winner-take-all, is increasingly dominated by the top quartet of service providers. Second quarter data, released today by Synergy Research Group, Reno, NV, and ...

Google, Iron Mountain Take on the Data Growth-Analytics Gap

July 26th, 2018 Comments Off on Google, Iron Mountain Take on the Data Growth-Analytics Gap
There’s an institutionalized, seemingly intractable and ever widening gap in enterprise IT between data growth and HPDA’s (high performance data analytics) ability to access more than a small piece of it and convert it into “actionable insight.” Sadly, there’s ...

Robotic Process Automation: Best Friend for Back-Office Workers

July 25th, 2018 Comments Off on Robotic Process Automation: Best Friend for Back-Office Workers
Robotic process automation (RPA) — a close cousin of and a first step on the way to AI — is changing the way companies work. Enterprises look to RPA to automate legacy business processes. Instead of replacing human workers, ...

Overstock.com Sparks Customer Insights from Decades of Data – ‘Fast Is Never Fast Enough’

July 20th, 2018 Comments Off on Overstock.com Sparks Customer Insights from Decades of Data – ‘Fast Is Never Fast Enough’
We often hear that online retail is among the business sectors furthest along on its digital transformation and AI journeys. Overstock.com , the giant (2017 revenues: $1.75 billion) internet retailer known mostly for furniture and home decor, is a ...

Data Security In the News: The Weight of GDPR, Widespread Retail Breaches, Cloud Worries, More Venture Investment

July 18th, 2018 Comments Off on Data Security In the News: The Weight of GDPR, Widespread Retail Breaches, Cloud Worries, More Venture Investment
News on the data security front has intensified of late, including new survey results indicating prevalent security breaches in the vulnerable retail industry, escalating cloud-based security fears, significant contract wins for security technology vendors and continued venture investment in ...

Architecting Your Network for 5G

July 16th, 2018 Comments Off on Architecting Your Network for 5G
5G has the unique challenge of enabling not only well-known services, such as mobile phone calls and ultra-broadband, but new services with very different characteristics. These services include low latency machine communications, such as autonomous vehicles, and Internet of ...

AIOps: Power Tool for Managing Systems Beyond Human Comprehension

July 12th, 2018 Comments Off on AIOps: Power Tool for Managing Systems Beyond Human Comprehension
You’re an accomplished IT manager at a financial services, retail or other data-intensive organization, and you preside over an insanely complex IT infrastructure that handles millions of roboticized transactions per hour, that sprawls globally from on-prem to the cloud ...

How to Fight the Coming Quantum Data Decryption Threat

July 12th, 2018 (1)
Is quantum computing 15 years away? Twenty? Is a nation state or threat actor secretly already using it? Are threat actors already capturing and storing your data, hoping some of it will still be useful when quantum computers enable ...
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