Big Data

Big Data is Cloud's Killer App

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Brad Vaughan.

It is still very difficult for a traditional enterprise to find a path from current infrastructure deployment models to a pure cloud architecture. I have discussed many times before that a very tangible "Trigger Event" needs to be identified that will get the gears in motion. The recipe for this change, often needs a second ingredient which is readily accessible technology that allows IT to create solutions with minimal upfront investment (i.e ShadowIT).

This "Trigger Event" cannot be described in abstract terms like "ROI" or "TCO" and definiely not business strategy terms like "agility" or "time-2-market". These are all good labels to frame the beginning of the discussion at executive levels, but where the rubber meets the road is real applications providing real intelligence or new services. The problem is most enterprises have a large legacy environment of applications...

Oracle builds a bridge to Salesforce.com with new adapter

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Kicking off an initiative to better bridge cloud services with its own software, Oracle has released an adapter that allows organizations to copy data between their Salesforce.com accounts and Oracle software. "We're encapsulating standard Web services calls into easier-to-use adapters," said Demed L'Her, Oracle vice president of product management.

The Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce is an extension of the Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle's software for integrating enterprise applications through the use of Web services standards. It will be the first in a number of connectors that the company plans to offer that connect cloud services with on-premises Oracle applications, L'Her said...

SAS brings Visual Analytics data exploration to the cloud

Grazed from CloudComputingIntelligence. Author: Marcus Austin.

SAS Visual Analytics on-premise data exploration tools are now available in the cloud with five different versions for public, private, and hybrid clouds SAS has launched a new cloud version of their Visual Analytics data exploration product, allowing anyone in a business to get access to SAS data visualisation on any device, with the ability to analyse over a billion rows of data in seconds.

The tool which combines data exploration and visualisation with advanced analytics was first unveiled in March 2012 and is designed to address big data challenges and use the scalability of industry-standard blade computing systems, as well as database appliances from EMC Greenplum and Teradata. SAS Visual Analytics now comes in five operational environments: an internal cloud, SAS-hosted systems, public cloud, single server on-premise, and powerful on-premise grid architectures...

OpTier Secures $8 Million in Additional Funding to Support New Cloud & Analytics Application Monitoring Solutions

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

OpTier, a pioneer in analytics-driven, SaaS-based Application Performance Management (APM) and transaction-based Big Data Analytics, announced today it has secured $8 million in additional funding from a group of venture capitalists to support its flourishing portfolio of innovative application monitoring solutions. This round of financing was led by Pitango Venture Capital and also included Viola Group and Gemini Israeli Funds.

The new funding will fuel OpTier’s continued growth in the application monitoring and data analytics space, where the company has already solidified a healthy market position and posted strong financial results for the current year, achieving a record-breaking second quarter with more than 400% quarter-over-quarter growth...

Cloud Computing, Big Data and Smart Mobile Apps will Drive IT Spending in 2014

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Saroj Kar.

Forrester released the data of its annual survey on IT spending worldwide and detects areas with higher spending, including apps and tablets. Forrester Research annual report on worldwide IT spending split the amount of 2.06 trillion dollars spent this year from businesses and governments between hardware, software and services related to information technology world. CIOs and IT decision-makers plan their biggest software spending increases in mobile applications and middleware, analytics, security, and collaboration software.

Software registered largest share of tech spending in 2013 and companies will continue to spend in this segment particularly on smart and cloud computing in 2014. While investment in legacy applications (both desktop and server) begins to languish, most investment moves towards cloud computing solutions, SaaS solutions development and towards the smart computing, i.e. Big Data and mobile application development...

BloomReach Harnesses Big Data And Machine Learning To Personalize Any Mobile App

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Josh Constine.

The shift to mobile is sucking the money out of e-commerce, but BloomReach thinks big data can save the day. Today it brings its big-data content optimization SaaS to the small screen to add smart product recommendations, predictive search, a trending section and cross-device personalization to the mobile presence of any business. BloomReach makes your app more relevant to boost sales with data science.

It’s already working on the web. The startup crawls the web learning what people search for, click on, and share. It then uses the information to improve a business’s ads, point them to personalized landing pages for each visitor, and show potential customers the products they’re most likely to buy...

IBM Adding Real-Time Business Analytics to SmartCloud

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Paul Williams.

IBM's SmartCloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) product is ramping up its speed to allow the capability for real-time business analytics. Some time during the second half of 2013, SmartCloud will implement the latest version of IBM's DB2 as its database layer. This version of DB2 includes a new technology called BLU Acceleration, which speeds up data analysis routines by a factor of 25, according to IBM.

SmartCloud now offering faster business analytics makes the IaaS offering more attractive to midsize business, allowing them to gain a competitive advantage by working more smartly and efficiently. News about this new speed enhancement to SmartCloud appeared in late May at Computerworld...

Google rolls out by-the-minute cloud billing, introduces a new NoSQL database

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Google, attempting to build its reputation as an enterprise and developer-focused cloud computing provider, today said its cloud platform is open for anyone to signup for, and can be used with a new by-the-minute billing scheme. Google Compute Engine (GCE) is a pure-play infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering that includes both virtual machine and storage pay-as-you-go resources. The service has been in limited beta – first available through invite-only, and then more recently only with a Gold Support package, which cost $400 per month. Today, GCE is open for shop in an “open preview,” meaning anyone can sign up to use it though. (Check out Google's cloud platform blog.)

In addition to the GCE news, Google also launched a cloud database for non-relational database, new security measures for its cloud, and support for a new language on its Google App Engine platform as a service (PaaS). “Over the last 14 years we have been developing some of the best infrastructure in the world to power Google’s global-scale services,” wrote Urs Hölzle, Google’s senior vice president for technical infrastructure at Google, and one of its chief cloud builders...

Engine Yard Announces General Availability of PHP on Engine Yard Cloud and Support for Riak Distributed Database

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Engine Yard, the leading Platform as a Service (PaaS), today announced general availability of PHP on Engine Yard Cloud. Building on its commitment to transform cloud application development, Engine Yard offers increased levels of choice, control and management to PHP developers and DevOps professionals. Engine Yard also introduced support for Riak, the distributed, highly available database from Basho. Both of these announcements coincide with reductions in Engine Yard pricing that make it even easier to get started and scale applications.

"As a strong advocate of open source technology, and with our acquisition of Orchestra in 2011, PHP has been a key part of our vision for a flexible application cloud, which is now a reality with our release of PHP on Engine Yard Cloud," said Bill Platt, senior vice president of operations at Engine Yard. "PHP developers will benefit from our leading commercial grade platform and world class support services, while taking advantage of the new innovative technologies that continue to be rolled into Engine Yard Cloud."...

ActiveState Connects Stackato to Oracle

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

ActiveState(R), whose software enables developers and enterprises to innovate from code to cloud, today announced the release of Stackato(R) 2.10, the next evolution of the company's groundbreaking private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology for the agile enterprise. Enterprise cloud leaders like HP, ExactTarget, and Mozilla use Stackato to get to market faster, be more productive, save money, and innovate.

Highlighting this Stackato release is a new Oracle DB add-on, allowing enterprise developers to easily create and deploy applications that depend on an Oracle back-end, without IT assistance. Additional updates include more efficient log-streaming (with Logyard), improved security, an even better web management console user interface, and upgrades to PostgreSQL, Perl, Node.js, MongoDB, uWSGI, and the Mono add-on for .NET applications...