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‘What Is Big Data’ Question Finally Settled?

Oct 29, 2014 |

People have been debating what “big data” means ever since the term appeared in the lexicon. Researchers at Cal Berkeley recently pepper dozens of prominent data scientists and industry leader with the question in hopes of settling the big question once and for all. You’ve undoubtedly heard many definitions for big data over the years. For some, you have big data when it can’t be stored on a single computer, or it’s the combination of volume, velocity, and variety (some Read more…

Trevor Mason and Big Data: Doing What Comes Naturally

Oct 20, 2014 |

For Trevor Mason, working with Big Data just came naturally. Mason is the vice president for Technology Research at IRI, a 30 year old Chicago-based company that provides information, analytics, business intelligence and domain expertise for the world’s leading CPG, retail and healthcare companies. “I’ve always had a love of mathematics and proved to be a natural when it came to computer science,” Mason says. “So I combined both disciplines and it has been my interest ever since. I joined Read more…

Big Data-Powered Authentication Gives Security a Much-Needed Boost

Oct 1, 2014 |

Trillions of dollars are at stake in the ongoing battle against cybercriminals and fraudsters. Whether it’s Russian cybercriminals hacking into retail chains or a kid in New Jersey filing fraudulent claims, stolen credentials and user IDs often play a major role. But now, big data technologies like Hadoop are helping to prevent unauthorized access, both behind the corporate firewall and in public coffers. Technological advances are a two-way street when it comes to crime on the Internet. A gang of Read more…

Is Big Data the Next Big Civil Rights Issue?

Sep 19, 2014 |

There’s no doubt that the big data phenomenon is having a major impact on our lives. Algorithms are affecting what we buy, who we date, and how we work and play. But big data also takes a toll, including a loss of personal privacy and an increased risk of becoming victims of discrimination or unscrupulous vendors. Do these concerns make big data a civil rights issue? One group argues that it most definitely does. In a new report entitled “Civil Read more…

Tape Gets Second Wind as Big Data Mounts

Sep 16, 2014 |

Think tape is dead in our big data world? Think again. This week, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced that it bought 20PB of tape capacity to expand the world’s biggest data archive. Meanwhile, the LTO Program has plotted out a roadmap for the next decade that will eventually see a single LTO tape cartridge storing 120 TB of data. While tape is looked down upon in our speed-obsessed culture, the old standby has proven its relevance in Read more…

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…