Ready For Primary Cloud Storage?
Cloud storage has moved out of the experimental mode and into some form of production for many organizations. To date most of the use cases are either to backup data to the cloud or to archive data to the cloud. Now though the move is on to provide leverage the cloud for primary data storage. If successful it could change the way many businesses buy storage.
SAS' Answer to Pervasive BI: Microsoft Outlook
I recently attended the SAS BI User Connect Conference to learn about new product capabilities. One of the improvements I was most excited about is a new version of the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office that offers tight integration with Outlook... SAS appears to be ahead of the market in leveraging Outlook as a way of making BI more pervasive...
Integrating The SSD Appliance
The SSD Appliance or Memory Array applies to storage systems that are designed from the ground up to only be used with solid state storage. They are often focused on storage I/O performance and solid state integrity more so than providing storage services like snapshots or replication. In this entry we will look at when does it make sense to use these products instead of adding SSD to an existing storage system or going all out and buying a new solid state storage system.
Sociable BI: Could 'Tableau' Become a Verb?
Tableau visual data-analysis software embodies sociable BI, business intelligence that prizes accessibility, ease-of-use, and power, with a strong measure of collaboration and sharing, per Tableau Software's "Business Analytics For All" tag line. Does that mean that "Soon we'll say that we 'tableau' data the way we now say we 'google' for information"?
Six Definitions of Smart Content
Smart Content is information, typically originating in "unstructured" formats, that is findable, reusable, more profitable for the producer, and more useful for the consumer. While technology facilitates smart content, it is business value -- not analytics, semantics, or XML storage -- that is central to industry experts' definitions, and to mine...
What Solid State Form Factor Is Best - Integration
Returning to our Solid State Form factor series; this entry we are going to begin the discussion about solid state integration. There are really two parts of the integration discussion; how will you integrate solid state disk into your storage infrastructure and the other is how will your vendor integrate solid state disk into their storage system? We'll tackle the vendor issue first since it may directl
Pentagon Reopens Child Porn Investigation
We now learn that the Department of Defense, after seeming to come clean on an internal child-porn investigation, was withholding more than it was sharing. It's now time for the Pentagon to deal with this problem with openness and determination.
Giving Patients Meaningful Health Data
Healthcare providers aren't the only ones trying to achieve meaningful use of health IT. Patients are also increasingly looking to use electronic tools meaningfully for managing and tracking their own healthcare.
Thoughts on IBM Buying Netezza
As you've probably read, IBM and Netezza announced a deal Monday for IBM to buy Netezza. Naturally, I have some quick thoughts, which I've broken up into sections on "clearing underbrush," speculation about what IBM/Netezza will do, speculation about alternative acquirers, and speculation about what IBM/Netezza competitors will do.
SAP's New Analytic Apps
Much of what SAP has historically delivered has focused only on data stored in the SAP systems and then using SAP front-end technologies, whether the BW warehouse or Visual Composer, for example. The solutions announced last week take advantage of the BusinessObjects tools, Explorer, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius.
Virtual Desktops And Storage - Dealing With Boot Storms
Virtual desktop environments are different than virtual server environments when discussing performance. To the virtual desktop environment we need to be able to provide acceptable performance consistent, but moderate, performance throughout the day to a set of endpoints (desktops and laptops) that have similar I/O patterns. This is different than server virtualization which has highly random I/O patterns and needs very high performance at peak moments throughout the day.
Google Data, Statistics, and the Semanticized Web
I imagine that Google employs many hundreds of data scientists, folks whose job is to study and turn to good use the huge masses of data the search-advertising-application services giant, and its users, generate. Each document indexed, each search, each ad served, each service call creates data. This data is used to create a better Google: easier to use, faster, more accurate, effective, and functional, and yes, more profitable. Google Instant, out a couple of weeks ago, is a latest initiative
Desktop Virtualization And The Storage Challenges It Creates
As server virtualization becomes more widespread desktop virtualization is quickly becoming the next big project that IT Managers have on their white board. As with any new IT project it has the opportunity to bring added flexibility and cost savings to the organization while at the same time increasing IT efficiency. However like server virtualization before desktop virtualization brings a whole new set of storage challenges.
Enterprise Wi-Fi Survey
I'm working on a followup to my last State of Wi-Fi report, which garnered huge response. A lot has happened: This time last year, the IEEE promoted 802.11n to an official standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance quickly followed by declaring any 802.11n DRAFT 2.0 devices as "n CERTIFIED." But has any of that changed your plans for displacing copper to the desktop with a WLAN?
15 Budget Busting Technology Projects
Large-scale information technology projects can balloon to inconceivable figures very quickly with endless revisions, change orders and delays pushing budgets into the stratosphere. Sometimes the cost of an IT project can be measured simply in dollars, but just as often these projects costly in other ways -- in reputation, for example. With government projects, it's easy to look at the budget and see how much it costs -- or at least how much it's supposed to cost. In the private sector, it's not
Mobile App Downloads Rising
Social networking, music, texting, and web browsing are also gaining among cell phone subscribers, finds ComScore.
Top 15 Data Visualization Tips
This image gallery offers best-practice examples, advice, free resources and insight from experts on the best of data and information visualization.
Which Solid State Disk Is Best? Part IV
The next step in deciding which solid state storage is best for your environment is to understand how you are going to use solid state disk. I moved this ahead of how to integrate solid state disk into your environment because knowing how you are going to use solid state disk may impact how you choose to implement it.
OnStar Tests Facebook Connectivity
In-car technology branching out from safety to entertainment and information with voice-based social media, texting, and other services.