Deloitte Is the Latest Target of a Cyber Attack With Confidential Client Data at Risk

Global accountancy firm Deloitte has been hit by a sophisticated hack that resulted in a breach of confidential information and plans from some of its biggest clients, Britain’s Guardian newspaper said on Monday. Deloitte—one of the big four professional services providers—confirmed to the newspaper it had been hit by a hack, but it said only […] Read more »

The SEC Hack Shows That Not Even Top Government Data Is Safe

A major computer hack at America’s top stock market regulator is the latest sign that data stored in the highest reaches of the U.S. government remains vulnerable to cyber attacks, despite efforts across multiple presidencies to limit high-profile breaches that are so frequent many consider them routine. In recent years, nation-state and criminal hackers, as […] Read more »

Data center construction increases thanks to the cloud

A new report from a real estate firm that specializes in data center construction and leasing says data center construction in North America is up 43 percent over the same period in 2016, and industry consolidation has driven $ 10 billion in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) so far.  Jones Lang LaSalle just published its report […] Read more »

Enterprises can put Oracle’s entire public cloud in the data center

While Amazon is raking in the lion’s share of money spent by public-cloud users, Oracle is doubling down on its hybrid-cloud strategy, appealing to enterprises that want to put data and applications behind their firewall while taking advantage of cloud pricing models and technology. Oracle has greatly expanded the services available through its on-premises Cloud […] Read more »

Enterprises can put Oracle’s entire public cloud in the data center

While Amazon is raking in the lion’s share of money spent by public-cloud users, Oracle is doubling down on its hybrid-cloud strategy, appealing to enterprises that want to put data and applications behind their firewall while taking advantage of cloud pricing models and technology. Oracle has greatly expanded the services available through its on-premises Cloud […] Read more »

Amazon Positioned to Use Data to Dominate Where It Wishes

If Amazon expands into food delivery, it will obtain a treasure of consumer information that it can use for its next expansion. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:Up close with Amazon Snowball: Cloud migration for the data centerDropbox quits Amazon cloud, takes back 500 PB of dataAmazon just made it easier to get data OUT of its […] Read more »

Weathering the Data Storm – 4 Steps to Analytics Success

Finding data sources is only the first step in a successful data analytics strategy. After that, the hard work begins. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:MariaDB adds support for big data analyticsIBM grows in cloud and data analytics but overall revenue slidesSalesforce New Community Cloud Brings Big Data Analytics to Entire CRMSalesforce Expands Data Analytics to Next […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Accelerating Organizational Velocity through a Data Center Autopilot

Understanding the impact of the data center autopilot Current state of the art and my disappointment with traditional databases aside, I mentioned in my comments last week that the data center autopilot will have big consequences. It seems to me that there is not enough recognition of the likely impact. The tactical observations are that […] Read more »

How ConocoPhillips Reduced its Data Center Footprint by 80%

Scott Duplantis, Global IT Director for server, storage, and data center operations at ConocoPhillips, explains his company’s data center consolidation project at the InformationWeek News Desk at Interop ITX. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:Data center construction increases thanks to the cloudEnterprises can put Oracle’s entire public cloud in the data centerEnterprises can put Oracle’s entire public […] Read more »

Data: Lifeblood of the Internet of Things

As computing power becomes increasingly distributed into the devices and infrastructure around us, the data generated by those devices will invariably play a larger role in our businesses and everyday lives. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:MTM’s Kleyman: Embrace the Coming Internet of ThingsKii introduces its Thing Interaction Framework to simplify and speed up Internet of Things […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: How to avoid downtime and disruption when moving data

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017 is here, and hopefully it will present a fresh opportunity to review some of the cloud’s limitations in this area. Some 60 percent of all enterprise IT workloads will be run in some form of public or private cloud by as soon as next year, according to 451 Research’s latest estimate. […] Read more »

Data centers decline as users turn to rented servers

Data centers are declining worldwide both in numbers and square footage, according to IDC — a remarkable change for an industry that has seen booming growth for many years. Users are consolidating data centers and increasingly renting server power. These two trends are having a major impact on data center space. [ The cloud storage […] Read more »

Why Google BigQuery excels at BI on big data concurrency

If you’re trying to do business intelligence (BI) on big data and the capability to handle large number of concurrent queries is a key issue for you, Google BigQuery may well be the way to go, according to a new Business Intelligence Benchmark released Thursday by AtScale, a startup specializing in helping organizations enable BI […] Read more »

How much data can a fiber carry? Facebook and Nokia are pushing it

Facebook and Nokia have found a way to push a lot more data through a submarine cable across the Atlantic, which could help the social network keep up with the growth of video and virtual reality. On a 5,500-kilometer (3,400-mile) cable between Ireland and New York, the companies tested a new technique developed at Nokia […] Read more »

How IBM wants to bring blockchain from Bitcoin to your data center

At its InterConnect conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM is announcing new features for its open source cloud-hosted blockchain service in an attempt to bring this distributed database technology from its initial use of powering Bitcoin to a broader market, including the financial services industry. Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continually […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Cloud war collateral: What the rise of AWS, Azure has meant for data centers

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in the fall of 1908, he likely didn’t comprehend the full scope of events he would set in motion. Come 1914, and Ford’s production line had reduced assembly times from 12 hours to less than two and a half hours, slashed the going price of an automobile, and […] Read more »

Google Cloud Search helps enterprise users find data quickly

Google is wooing enterprise customers with the forthcoming launch of a service that will let employees find information they need from multiple sources. Cloud Search is a new service that will allow users to find content from their company email, cloud storage and directory. Directory lookup provides users not only with their colleagues’ contact details, […] Read more »

Microsoft’s standing to sue over secret US data requests in question

Microsoft’s lawsuit objecting to the indiscriminate use by U.S. law enforcement of orders that demand user data without the opportunity to inform the customer may run into questions about the software giant’s standing to raise the issue on behalf of its customers. A government motion to dismiss Microsoft’s complaint comes up for oral arguments Monday […] Read more »

Microsoft’s standing to sue over secret US data requests in question

Microsoft’s lawsuit objecting to the indiscriminate use by U.S. law enforcement of orders that demand user data without the opportunity to inform the customer may run into questions about the software giant’s standing to raise the issue on behalf of its customers. A government motion to dismiss Microsoft’s complaint comes up for oral arguments Monday […] Read more »

Killing ‘Zombies’ Achieves Greatest Gain In Data Center Efficiency

The Uptime Institute has estimated the gains from eliminating ‘zombie’ servers and implementing a data center management system versus doing nothing. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:Data center construction increases thanks to the cloudEnterprises can put Oracle’s entire public cloud in the data centerEnterprises can put Oracle’s entire public cloud in the data centerIDG Contributor Network: Accelerating […] Read more »

Businesses eye cloud for big data deployments

As 2016 draws to a close, a new study suggests big data is growing in maturity and surging in the cloud. AtScale, which specializes in BI on Hadoop using OLAP-like cubes, recently conducted a survey of more than 2,550 big data professionals at 1,400 companies across 77 countries. The survey was conducted in conjunction with […] Read more »

Businesses eye cloud for big data deployments

As 2016 draws to a close, a new study suggests big data is growing in maturity and surging in the cloud. AtScale, which specializes in BI on Hadoop using OLAP-like cubes, recently conducted a survey of more than 2,550 big data professionals at 1,400 companies across 77 countries. The survey was conducted in conjunction with […] Read more »

MariaDB adds support for big data analytics

MariaDB today moved to unite transactional and analytical processing in a single relational database with the announcement of the general availability of its open source MariaDB ColumnStore 1.0. “What we’re offering is a single SQL interface for both OLTP and analytics,” says David Thompson, vice president of Engineering at MariaDB. “MariaDB ColumnStore is the future […] Read more »

Skyhigh Networks adds threat protection and data loss prevention capabilities to the cloud  

This column is available in a weekly newsletter called IT Best Practices.  Click here to subscribe.   Every time I read the quarterly Cloud Adoption & Risk Report published by Skyhigh Networks, I come across some tidbit of information that truly surprises me. What is it in the Q4 2016 report that has me so […] Read more »

Up close with Amazon Snowball: Cloud migration for the data center

At the AWS re:Invent show, Network World’s Brandon Butler takes a closer look at the AWS Snowball offering. The ruggedized appliance helps enterprises migrate very large amounts of data to Amazon’s cloud. InfoWorld Cloud Computing Related Posts:Data center construction increases thanks to the cloudEnterprises can put Oracle’s entire public cloud in the data centerEnterprises can […] Read more »

ZoneSavvy taps big data to help SMBs find best sites for businesses

Location, location, location: As the old joke goes, those are the three keys to business success. Now, with big data analysis, corporations can be smarter than ever before about where to open up new offices or businesses. But what if you run a mom-and-pop shop, or you’re dreaming of quitting your corporate job and opening […] Read more »

ZoneSavvy taps big data to help SMBs find best sites for businesses

Location, location, location: As the old joke goes, those are the three keys to business success. Now, with big data analysis, corporations can be smarter than ever before about where to open up new offices or businesses. But what if you run a mom-and-pop shop, or you’re dreaming of quitting your corporate job and opening […] Read more »

AeroVironment’s Quantix drone is all about the data

In the age of technology, businesses are all chasing efficiency. That’s exactly what AeroVironment promises to deliver with its new Quantix drone. The technology, a combination of a drone and cloud-based analysis service, can be useful for farmers, says Steve Gitlin, vice president of corporate strategy at AeroVironment. [ InfoWorld’s quick guide: Digital Transformation and the […] Read more »

Chief Data Officers: More Report To CEO Than CIO

A Gartner survey of chief data officers found that 30% of them are now reporting to the CEO. Also, many companies are creating a new Office of the CDO with its own staff, budget, and responsibilities separate from IT. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:IDG Contributor Network: SIP trunks are more reliable than a PRI T1Microsoft: Government’s […] Read more »

IBM’s Watson to use genomic data to defeat drug-resistant cancers

IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform has joined forces with researchers at MIT and Harvard to study how thousands of cancers mutate to become resistant to drug treatments that initially worked to beat back the disease. By discovering how cancers adapt to overcome drug therapies, researchers at MIT’s and Harvard’s Broad Institute genomics research center hope […] Read more »