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A Complete Guide to Overcoming Executives’ Concerns about Hadoop

April 13, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Overcoming executives’ concerns about Hadoop.

CEOs are often critical of adopting new technology, and for good reason. New technology is expensive and all too often fails to come through and offer any real value to the company. This could present a challenge for IT managers who want to implement Apache Hadoop, the increasingly popular and cost-effective framework for large-scale, data-intensive deployments, into the company’s technology infrastructure.[read more]

New Report Reveals Portable External Hard Drive Led to Data Loss

March 27, 2014 by Vladimir Milanovic

Data loss in Ottawa.

In January of 2013 a data loss event occurred inside a Canadian federal government office involving the loss of private data of nearly half a million Canadians. A new report commissioned by interim privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier reveals that data was lost from a portable hard drive that was left unsecured for extended periods of time and lacked password protection and encryption.[read more]


6 Simple Steps to a Big Data Strategy

March 5, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

We now live in a world in which the volumes of data are exploding by the second. While some companies are leveraging these data assets very well to generate mouth-watering competitive advantages, most are completely overwhelmed by the amounts of data they are generating and are simply scratching the surface of the other, external data they could use.[read more]


When is CAPEX Coming Back?

February 17, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Companies have stockpiled cash on their balance sheets instead of spending it on upgrading and/or building new facilities or buying new equipment. Six years since the global financial crisis, long lost CAPEX still hasn’t come home. The better question is: Will it ever?[read more]


How MapR’s M7 Platform Improves NoSQL and Hadoop

January 31, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

MapR’s M7 platform.

M7 removes the trade-offs organizations typically face when looking to deploy a NoSQL solution. Here’s a look at how the M7 platform is making NoSQL and Hadoop easier, faster and more dependable. Since enterprises already have several disparate data systems, having the ability to unify NoSQL and Hadoop under a single scalable cluster eliminates data silos and provides administrative simplicity.[read more]


Giants vs. Startups: Who is the Future of Enterprise Technology?

January 26, 2014 by Rick Delgado

The future of enterprise tech.

The world of enterprise technology is largely hidden behind all of the products and services businesses provide to consumers, but enterprise technology is critical to the success of businesses, and lately there have been some huge shakeups in that space.[read more]


Now Lawyers Can Use the Cloud, Too

January 10, 2014 by Andre Bourque

A lawyer using the cloud.

I was having lunch recently with an attorney friend of mine and wanted to share a document with him. Since he already had Gmail, I suggested we just share it on Google Drive as it wasn’t sensitive data...turned out he'd never even heard of Google Drive. Storage may not be particularly glamorous, but it is what makes everything happen. And the latest cloud-on-premise, hybrid solutions can make lawyers and the like more productive with secure data.[read more]


7 Enterprise Storage Terms You Should Know

January 1, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Enterprise storage terms. 

Enterprise storage is a critical component of any large business. It varies from personal or small business storage, in that it must contain huge volumes of data that a large number of users have access to. Since enterprise storage is so critical, but also so different from the storage most of us are used to, it’s important to be familiar with the components of an enterprise system.[read more]

The Importance of Failover Connectivity in Today's Environment

September 14, 2013 by Vladimir Milanovic

Moving to the cloud means that companies are relying on their Internet link more than ever. Even though every business grade service has corresponding SLAs, these agreements specify uptime as the target, not a definite. The reason for this being, things that are out of your service provider’s control can go wrong unexpectedly, hence their inability to guarantee 100% of uptime.[read more]

Chatting with Your Computer: How the iPhone’s Siri Compares with IBM’S Watson

August 27, 2013 by Eric Siegel

Siri handles simpler language than Watson does: Users tailor requests for Siri knowing that they’re speaking to a computer, whereas Watson fields Jeopardy!’s clever, wordy, information-packed questions that have been written with only humans in mind, without regard or consideration for the possibility that a machine might be answering.[read more]

How M2M Data Will Dominate the Big Data Era

August 23, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Machine-to-Machine data is likely to increase drastically in the coming years. More and more applications are being equipped with sensors that can monitor and measure many different variables that will create vast amounts of data. M2M data is growing and 71% of companies survey by a ZDNet survey say that M2M is about developing new...[read more]

Tag, Anyone?

July 16, 2013 by Erica Driver

RFID tag

The nature of data is changing. At the moment organizations gather data from many different sources including loyalty cards, machine logs, sensor arrays, and social media sentiment analysis (even if they don’t always analyze the data enough). But what about the future?[read more]

Will Google Glass Turn Big Data into Huge Data?

June 16, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Google Glass (Joe Seer /

Will Google Glass be successful? Only time will tell. When the time comes for products like this to become mainstream, it won’t only revolutionize the consumer electronics industry, but the back-end data processing and handling industry as well.[read more]

Willow Glass: Go Ahead, Fold Your Tablet in Half

April 7, 2013 by Robert Passikoff

New tablet tech on the horizon?

Corning – the "glass company" that came up with the telescope mirror for the Palomar Observatory – has showcased their new, ultra-thin, 100-micron thick, flexible glass. And it could change the shape and form of how next-generation electronics are ultimately designed.[read more]

Digital Heirlooms: What Lasts in a Digital Age?

April 2, 2013 by John Jordan

smartphone / shutterstock

Where do our cloud-identities go when businesses fail? What will be the fate of digital personae after we die? We may well confront a paradox: we make more images than ever before, yet in the future, we could have less of a visual inheritance. What lasts in a digital world?[read more]