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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Clouducation 101

by Salvatore Poliandro III - FortressITX Director of Datacenter Operations I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself, my background and a little bit about what this blog contains. As long as I can remember I have been involved with all aspects of computing. From an enthusiast, professional, and consumer side, I have always been involved with the computing world. When I was a few years old my father owned a small computer company and he realized that I was fascinated by electronics around the time I started to speak.  He nurtured my technophilia every step of the way. For example when I was learning to count he didn’t teach me like every other normal kid, rather, I learned binary first.  When I hit kindergarten the thought of there being more then 1’s and 0’s involved and not writing out numbers using the exponential of 2 format confused me for a little ... (more)

Budget shortfalls driving CIOs priorities, Tweeting from the NSAs parking lot

By RyanKamauff Here’s today’s top cyber news and stories.  Rob Carey, deputy DoD CIO, said on Tuesday - “Security is a game of risk management. If you have that sorted out, then you should be able to derive some savings because you’ve virtualized your computing environment and hopefully you’ve standardized it because we don’t want to go from our 1,500 data centers to 1,500 clouds. We need to get to a place where there is a consistent computing infrastructure, which will enable a cloud inside dot-mil to be accessible to our workforce wherever they are and with whatever device they have.” The DoD needs a cloud infrastructure, but with thousands of independent networks, it will be hard to make it work. Via Federal News Radio, more here. Maltego, an open-source intelligence platform is showing a huge Twitter footprint - Maltego is an open source capability that searches... (more)

Docker and DevOps In An "Internet Of Things" Application

Using Docker For a Complex IoT Application Aater Suleman, CEO & Co-Founder at Flux7, is an industry veteran in performance optimization on servers and distributed systems. He earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also currently teaches computer systems design and architecture. His current interests are in optimizing DevOps and reducing cloud costs. In his @ThingsExpo presentation, Aaater Suleman will discuss DevOps, Linux containers, Docker in developing a complex Internet of Things application. The goal of any DevOps solution is to optimize multiple processes in an organization. And success does not necessarily require that in executing the strategy everything needs to be automated to produce an effective plan. Yet, it is important that processes are put in place to handle a necessary list of items. Flux7 is a consulting group with a focus ... (more)

Ricoh Canada Launches RCloud Services™: Backup & Recovery, Powered by CTERA

PALO ALTO, Calif., and PETACH TIKVAH, Israel, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CTERA Networks, the leader in cloud storage enablement, today announced that Ricoh Canada Inc., the subsidiary of the global technology leader specializing in office imaging equipment, document management and IT services, has launched a new cloud storage service for its business customers using CTERA's cloud storage platform. The Ricoh-branded service, RCloud Services: Backup & Recovery, offers hybrid cloud/local backup, mobile access to files, and secure file sync & share capabilities as a managed service, based on cloud infrastructure hosted entirely in Canada.   (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130326/AQ83157LOGO) Ricoh Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Americas Corporation with its head office located in Toronto, with over 2,100 employees nation-wide. Earlier thi... (more)

The Mobile Chimera: Three Converging Technology Trends

In the case of technology – as with mythology - the whole is often greater (and more challenging) than the sum of its parts. The chimera is a mythological beast of scary proportions. Not only is it fairly large, but it’s also got three, independent heads – traditionally a lion, a goat, and a snake. Some variations on this theme exist, but the basic principle remains: it’s a three-headed, angry beast that should not be taken lightly should one encounter it in the hallway. Individually, one might have a strategy to meet the challenge of a lion or a goat head on. But when they converge into one very angry and dangerous beast, the strategies and tactics employed to best any one of them will almost certainly not work to address all three of them simultaneously. The world of mobility is rapidly approaching its own technological chimera, one comprised of three individual te... (more)

VMware Collaborates to Deliver Secure Infrastructures for the Cloud

VMware has announced continued collaboration with its partner community to deliver secure infrastructures for the cloud. VMware is delivering a new generation of jointly integrated security and compliance solutions with a broad network of committed, trusted security partners -- including Bitdefender, Catbird, HP, Kaspersky, McAfee, RSA, Symantec and Trend Micro -- to help customers transform IT so they can take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing. "Cloud computing provides powerful new ways to manage and use digital information, requiring customers to think differently about how to tackle security and compliance within the data center," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "With the VMware cloud infrastructure suite as the foundational platform, and our VMware vShield technologies as a key security enabler, we are working c... (more)

One Year and Counting...

It isn't very often - no, wait, it is completely unique, having never happened before - that I write to each and every one of my LinkedIn contacts simultaneously. But as the proverb goes, "circumstances alter cases." The "circumstance" that causes me to risk Web-wide ire at my misuse and abuse of Reid Hoffman's gallantly unspoiled business tool is the arrival of the 365th day of survival since being operated on for pancreatic cancer. One entire year! Never has a year taken so long, never have 365 days seemed more like 1,365. But a year it is, and given the givens it deserves to be marked in some way. This is my way. Worry not, I am not going to hit you up for money. (Even though the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network could most certainly always use it.) I am not even going to hit you up for emotion. Nope. Far worse than that, I am going to hit you up - briefly - for att... (more)

Big Data and API Management

The hottest IT trends of 2012 are shaping up to be Cloud, mobile and “big data”. The links between API management, Cloud and mobile are clear. The links between API management and big data – a concept that creates capabilities for capturing and analyzing previously unimaginable amounts of unstructured data – are less obvious but no less significant. I see two key areas of synergy… First of all, in the three-tier architecture of the Web, the line was typically blurry between the presentation and logic tiers and concrete between logic and data. Big data now blurs the line between logic and data. Combine this with the fact that the mobile app development paradigm fragments the presentation platform and it is evident that the API will become the concrete and consistent border in application processing flows. In this context, API management will prove vital in enforcing... (more)

ServerCentral to Unveil Enterprise Cloud at Cloud Expo New York

ServerCentral, Chicago’s leading provider of colocation, cloud, network connectivity, and managed services, announced on Tuesday that its high performance cloud will debut on June 11 at the 10th International Cloud Expo, held June 11-14 at the Javits Center in New York City. “ServerCentral customers have voiced their frustrations with cloud offerings which may require thousands of VMs to run large workloads,” explained Jordan Lowe, ServerCentral President and CEO. “Our cloud services support real-world enterprise and content workloads, offering the CPU, network, and disk throughput of high-performance physical servers.” ServerCentral built their cloud with virtual machines as powerful as physical servers, enabling it to run enterprise workloads with ease. Each VM has dedicated CPU, a generous allocation of memory, and redundant 10-Gigabit connections to ensure data... (more)

Explaining Cloud Services in Layman’s Terms

Everywhere you look, smart IT companies all over the world are touting Cloud Computing as the future of the IT industry. But here is the thing, for all the hotness of the term, what does Cloud even mean? The term is somewhat amorphous. It has multiple meanings to different people. For one person, the Cloud might mean the process of virtualizing all of the services needed to run an office. For someone else, the Cloud means syncing their iPad with their Macbook Pro and iPod via iCloud. For someone else, the Cloud might mean saving and sharing their files via Dropbox. For a fourth person, the Cloud means a private infrastructure held securely within an IT Integrators datacenter full with dedicated firewalls and add-on’s such as dotDefender. The truth of the matter is the Cloud is all these things and more. Recently, we have been seeing ads like this. It’s a pretty ad bu... (more)