From the Blogosphere

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means... An interesting and almost ancillary point was made during a recent #cloudtalk hosted by VMware vCloud with respect to the definition of "hybrid" cloud. Sure, it implies some level of integration, but how muc...
EMC (@EMCflash) has announced some new, enhanced, renamed and a rebrand flash solid-state device (SSD) storage portfolio around theme of XtremIO. XtremIO was the startup company with a new all flash SSD storage array that EMC announced they were buying in May 2012. Since that announcem...
A few months back, Gartner placed big data at the peak of its hype cycle for cloud computing, meaning most big data products are solutions looking for a problem. I always find this bad entrepreneurial habit to be one of the most frustrating of our industry. Having recently joined Meltw...
At IBM’s investors day meeting in San Jose, CEO Ginnie Rometty specifically talked about its focus on Big Data and Analytics business. This is what she said - IBM expects to continue its big bets on technologies like Big Data and analytics. “Data will be the basis of competitive adv...
Last summer, I was having lunch with my friend Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and we were discussing some ideas about how to better engage the Cloud Computing technology communities. As a whole, there is quite a bit of change happening in this space (technology, market dynamics, business mode...
It sounds like a parlor trick, but one of the benefits of API centric de-facto standards such as REST and JSON is they allow relatively seamless communication between software systems. This makes it possible to combine technologies to instantly bring out new capabilities. In particul...
Before you add another decimal place to security budgets, maybe it’s time you consider the how cloud-deployed security options can not only address the complexities of enterprise security ably, but do so at considerable savings. With all the talk of fiscal cliffs sequestrations, finan...
Prioritization. It's something that's built into nearly every technology, particularly that which services network traffic. Rate shaping. Queuing. Coloring bits. We do a lot of interesting gyrations with technology to ensure that some user traffic and requests are more equal than othe...
For several years now, prognosticators have insisted that cloud computing would take over the enterprise. And, for several years, we’ve seen growing adoption of cloud computing technologies, but nothing to indicate massive acceptance. A recent study from Brocade, however, suggests t...
A number of analysts are beginning to suggest 2013 will likely signal the awakening of a long night in the IT industry that started with the beginning of the third millennium with the Internet crash. And just as recovery was around the corner, the financial crisis of 2008 dried the IT ...
Or how to connect the architecture dots to support a smart connected planet. The notion of a connected planet is far from new. However, the number of connections as illustrated in figure 1 is growing at an exponential rate, and it is fast becoming a reality in which many organizations...
This month the Cloud SIG of the PCI Security Standards Council released supplemental guidelines covering cloud computing. We’re happy to see APIs included as a recognized attack surface. As this document makes clear, responsibility for compliance for cloud-hosted data and services is ...
Today, there are two main ways to use Hadoop with R and big data: 1. Use the open-source rmr package to write map-reduce tasks in R (running within the Hadoop cluster - great for data distillation!) 2. Import data from Hadoop to a server running Revolution R Enterprise, via Hbase...
This week F5 released the 2013 Performance report. This is an important report for the industry, because it is not marketing slideware. It is actual tests, performed on actual gear, with not only results, but configurations and test environment information also. By design, it is open –...
You are a regional bank who is under heavier regulation, focused on risk management, and expanding your mobile offerings. You are seeking ways to get ahead of your competition through the use of Big Data by optimizing financial decisions and yields. What if there was an easy and autom...
A week or so back I needed to put some stuff in storage as we’re moving house. Apparently my fine heirlooms are not conducive to selling the place, I was told. The storage facility I choose was pretty local and had the look of the scene from the end of the Raiders of the Lost Ark where...
Raytheon, the 5th largest defense contractor, displayed how their Rapid Information Overlay Technology could collect data a on user. RIOT was designed to search through well known social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare to gather information that could be linked ...
The growth of Big Data has, in many ways, come as a result of changes in the way we use the Internet. Today’s Internet is as much a repository of data as it is a way for individuals and organizations to connect with others. As this change has taken place, changes have also come to how ...
It's that time in the SDN hype cycle where people are beginning to lay out a more solid vision of what it means to them. Themes are beginning to emerge on the foundations laid by ONF that include the necessary separation of control and data (forwarding) planes, but some are still missi...
Think that Big Data will solve the world’s problems?  Read The Signal and The Noise first.  This interesting book talks in detail about forecasting, including the good (baseball and weather), the bad (econonomics, politics, and earthquakes), and the very difficult (long-term clim...
Last week, the cloud world seems to have received lots of new offerings and releases from various providers. There were new releases from CloudStack, Google, StackMob and MongoHQ. There was also a new feature release from Amazon. Microsoft has published an article on choosing the best ...
Not necessarily! “…data on its own is just numbers, and numbers can’t run a company…” “…the quest to assemble relatively unimportant information can actually distract us from the few relevant facts…” “…small data sets won’t always give you the full picture, but the most impactful co...
Although a lot has been talked about becoming a social business, adoption is not universal in enterprises. I have attended IBM's Lotusphere conference many times, but this year was a different experience. The long-familiar yellow Lotus branded signs were missing as the conference was ...
In an amusing article titled Thank Hillary Clinton (and leave your data too), authors Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman reveal at what lengths some organizations will go to collect and expand their data. In recent weeks, advocacy organizations have bombarded voters with requests to s...
Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, cloud bursting, cloud storming, elastic compute, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, the list of terms goes on and on ad-nauseam. Like it or not, cloud computing has taken hold as an important design consideration in companies ranging from small startups to lar...
Everyone in the IT industry knows how amazing cloud computing is – it can cut overheads, introduce flexibility and make previously unobtainable services affordable for even the smallest of businesses. But with 60 per cent of the American public claiming to have no clue at all about clo...
My working title was Big Data, Storage Dilemma. They say dilemma. I say dilemna. I’m serious. I spell it dilemna. Big Data presents something of a storage dilemma. There is no one data store to rule them all. Should different data structures be persisted to different storage mediums...
Cloud compliance is always a hot topic, but recent updates to the HIPAA and PCI regulations, have further enhanced the need to clarify some important points around cloud compliance and regulatory compliance. In this blog post, I would like to address some issues as highlighted in the v...

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Service chaining is a popular term today to describe a process in the network that's been done in the land of application integration for a long time. Service chaining in a nutshell is basically orchestration of network services. This c...

I have a pretty decent amount of data about Disney World (where to stay, when to visit, how to beat the crowds to Space Mountain, etc…), and in turn, Disney knows a lot about me (my age, where I live, how many times I’ve visited the park, etc…). This information may seem trivial, but ...
As described in the last week's post NIST defines three different cloud computing service models - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. IaaS and SaaS are really easy to grasp but I see people struggling to understand the PaaS model. As a long-time application developer though I find the PaaS model the...
It is still early in 2013, so I can make some cloud, virtualization, storage and IO related predictions, or more aptly, talk about some trends, in addition to those that I made in late 2012, looking forward and back. Common over-riding themes will continue to include convergence (peopl...
Today it is exactly two years since the weirdest Valentine's Day I have ever experienced, or indeed hope ever to experience again. February 14, 2011, in short, is etched into my diary and my brain as the day when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
IT is an acronym crazed world. So crazy that sometimes - when running out of three letter ones - we simply recycle them or add sequence numbers. Remember MRP, which used to mean Material Requirements Planning, but then became Manufacturing Resource Planning (called MRP II to avoid con...
Over the last week, the cloud world has witnessed a few important announcements from a couple of major cloud players. There were some new feature releases from Amazon and Microsoft. In addition, Amazon has announced the SAP Business Suite certification on AWS. Also, there was a ‘must r...
Ruby is an advanced language for many programmers, but it’s a powerful language used to make dynamic interfaces on the web. Dynamic web hosting shouldn’t be taken lightly because security holes still exist. A good cloud web host will offer a safe environment for development while still...
Analyst firm Forrester has just announced their top 15 technologies to watch over the next five years, and capabilities near and dear to our hearts hearts here at Revolution Analytics feature prominently. Included on the list: Big Data platforms for real-time analytics Big Data platfor...
To best capture the primary value of Cloud Computing I always recommend looking at the scenario of a new entrepreneur launching their online business. The Cloud has made entrepreneurism itself more accessible to more people, lowering the barrier to entry by lowering the costs it takes...
Unifying identity and access management has been a stretch goal for IT for nearly a decade. At first it was merely the need to have a single, authoritative source of corporate identity such that risks like orphaned or unauthorized accounts could be addressed within the enterprise. But...
The concept of single sign-on (SSO) is not a new one, and over the years it has successfully bridged the gap between security and productivity for organizations all over the globe. Allowing users to authenticate once to gain access to enterprise applications improves access security a...