Tag: big data

What Exactly Is Big Data, If It’s Neither About Big Nor Data?

Aug 29, 2014 |

Many people ask us why there doesn’t seem to be an accepted definition for Big Data in view of the massive press it receives. And given the amount of marketing effort expended by the global IT vendors who are targeting this bandwagon (and the venture-funded start-ups) they can be forgiven for being confused. Just as most consumer marketing – curiously – is focused on adolescent buyers with a fraction of the purchasing power of their parents and grandparents, so it Read more…

Why Hadoop Isn’t the Big Data Solution You Think It Is

Aug 26, 2014 |

Hadoop carries a lot of promise in the IT world for the way it has democratized access to massively parallel storage and computational power. But the level of hype that surrounds Hadoop is disproportionate to its present capabilities, raising the possibility of a big data letdown of elephantine proportions. The emergence of Hadoop as a next-generation platform for parallel computing has piqued the interest of customers and investors alike. What mid-sized company looking for a big data edge wouldn’t want Read more…

How to Move 80PB Without Downtime

Aug 25, 2014 |

When the online photo company Shutterfly decided to move its entire data center recently, the possibility of downtime was a big issue. After all, the company had 80 petabytes of customer data spread across tens of thousands of spinning disks, and those disks wouldn’t be spinning while being physically moved. Months later, after the last deliver made its way to Shutterfly‘s new data center, not one piece of data was lost or even temporarily unavailable from the company’s website. How Read more…

Five Steps to Demystify Big Data Analytics

Aug 25, 2014 |

Too many big data initiatives are science projects that take months of effort, risk failure and require highly trained data scientists with scarce skills. According to a CSC survey, 55 percent of big data projects aren’t completed and many others fall short of their objectives. In “Why Most Big Data Projects Fail,” Dell General Manager Darin Bartik notes that business and IT groups are not aligned on the business problem they need to solve. Employees don’t have access to the Read more…

Most Hyped Tech: Big Data Out, IoT In

Aug 20, 2014 |

The Internet of Things (IoT) has displaced big data as the most hyped emerging technology according to the latest release of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. Big data’s drop into the “Trough of Disillusionment” and the IoT’s rise to the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” indicate continued evolution of these related concepts, but are reminders that these are early days for both, and the claims of salesmen may not match reality. For the past two years, the hype surrounding big data has been Read more…

Masters of Big Data: New Graduate Programs Debut at U.S. Universities

Aug 12, 2014 |

This fall, thousands of budding data scientists around the country will begin their march toward advanced degrees–and the near certainty of multiple job offers upon graduation. At least seven new graduate-level programs are set to fire up at colleges and universities around the country, while a handful of new undergraduate programs are also popping up to give data scientists a head start on their schooling. The demand for data scientists remains extremely high as companies across all industries race to Read more…

UK Regulators Seek to Balance Big Data, Privacy

Jul 29, 2014 |

As concerns grow over how companies collect and use personal data, a UK regulator has issued guidelines for how companies leveraging big data must operate under Britain’s data protection law. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office recently released a report on July 28 that seeks a balance between operating within Britain’s Data Protection Act of 1998 without slowing data innovation. The report acknowledges that big data analytics frequently focus on areas other than the collection and use of personal data. It Read more…

Survey: Variety, Not Volume, Stymies Data Scientists

Jul 1, 2014 |

Diverse data types, not just the volume of data, is the biggest challenge faced by data scientists, according to a new survey of big data practitioners. One consequence, warns the survey by computational database specialist Paradigm4, is that data variety is causing frustrated scientists to “leave data on the table.” Of the 111 data scientists responding to the survey, fully 71 percent said big data made analytics more difficult. Data variety rather than volume was most often cited as the Read more…

Want Net-New Revenue? Get Your Big Data Analytics to Go Real Time

Jul 1, 2014 |

Data volumes have been growing for decades, and that’s not slowing down any time soon. According to an IDG survey, it’s expected to increase 76 percent within the next 12-18 months. From the C-suite, big data first looked like just the same ol’ data, only more of it. And while growth in data volumes has its challenges, solving data management issues isn’t something to make CEOs hearts race–they’re happy to let IT take care of it. But now, with the Read more…