Strata Conference + Hadoop World – Reflections on Big Data Trends

first_imgIt was a much older, more mature, and more experienced audience.  The first Strata conference I attended in Santa Clara was geared towards the startup and engineer/data scientist audiences.  There were lots of presentations and hallway discussions about over-throwing traditional data and analytics markets and leveraging a bevy of new, exotic technologies like Hadoop and MapReduce.  Very fun and very exciting!  The ambiance of this year’s NYC show was more reserved and the conversations more practical, which I think reflect that big data and Hadoop are moving into the mainstream conversation.The presence of traditional data management, data warehouse, and business intelligence vendors has grown.  The event is definitely maturing, and the traditional larger data warehouse and business intelligence vendors are demanding a larger say in the topics and agenda – which is not always to the benefit of attendees.  Too many booth presentations glossed over the real big data challenges like proof points and use cases. By the way, sticking the words “Big Data” in front of your product does not make your product big data ready.There was a constant and confusing stream of new product announcements.  Want Hadoop?  Which version?  From which vendor?  Instead of starting to settle out, the technology foundation of big data just seems to keep morphing.  How are organizations supposed to know which technologies they are going to need to invest in when there is a seemingly endless number of choices and combinations?  To be honest, I think these ever-shifting sands of big data technologies are slowing adoption as more organizations are struggling to stay on top of the latest and greatest product promises.  I’d hate to be a CIO today.Many of the same show topics were discussed in previous years.  Plus, many of those topics still focused on educating folks on the basics of big data technologies (or how yesterday’s technologies are still relevant).  I sat in a marvelous and packed presentation that discussed the differences between a data warehouse and Hadoop. The audience loved the presentation, but I saw that same presentation from different presenter two years ago.  Has big data become one of those topics everyone talks about, but no one really does much to further develop?  Or is it that they are still trying to find the best place to use big data technologies? As many people know, I love attending Strata events.  They’re always full of interesting and provocative topics for discussion and the exhibit hall has lots of new or updated products and product roadmaps.I recently attended the Strata + Hadoop World event in New York City and picked up a plethora of highly interesting and valuable information. The conference convinced me more than ever that in order to be successful in determining which technology capabilities to invest in, organizations need to take a business-led approach. If organizations take a technology-led approach with big data, the constantly changing options will just confuse IT organizations and slow the adoption of some of these game-changing technologies.Instead, we in EMC Global Services have learned that organizations need to define a targeted business initiative first.  Then let the business requirements (the decisions the business stakeholders need to make, the questions that they need to answer to support those decisions, the key performance indicators against which the business defines success) drive the technology and data requirements.Organizations need guidelines that they can use in order to make the necessary data and technology determinations. Targeting a key business initiative is a great way to start.  Organizations must ask themselves the following questions:What data, data management, and advanced analytics do I need to support that business initiative?What supporting technologies and infrastructure do I need to support the data management and advanced analytics requirements?How am I going to surface the results of the analytics in such a way that is actionable to my business stakeholders (user experience requirements)?Perhaps the most important thing about selecting a specific business initiative is that it will also tell organizations what data, data management, and advanced analytic capabilities they won’t have to worry about.The technology capabilities of the big data movement continue to amaze me. However, until we embrace a business-led approach that focuses on enabling the organization’s key business initiatives with specific data management, advanced analytics, and actionable user experience capabilities, big data will continue to look like a science experiment with confusing and questionable technology claims – lots of talk and lots of interest, but not a lot of action.last_img read more

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Prevent Being Added to the Cybercrime Shopping List

first_imgLike many other people this season, my kids’ holiday wish list is filled with IOT connected devices.  However, after counting upwards of 40 connected devices we already own – ranging from TV, gaming consoles, thermostat, printers, security cameras, and bathroom floor (don’t ask) – it made me pause to think about how much of our personal and financial information might be leaking out.During the holiday season, we all need to be on especially high alert after several mega data breaches this year. We’re all at high risk for fraud as cybercriminals are testing stolen credentials across many popular consumer websites.RSA Anti-Fraud Command Center created the 2018 Cybercriminal Shopping List this year by monitoring and investigating dozens of cybercrime forums where we saw stolen information being bought and sold for prices ranging from mere cents up to $15 per account.Whether you’ve made a purchase online this holiday season or not, follow these five quick steps help to better protect yourself from cybercrime:Closely monitor your accounts – Activate fraud alerts on all your financial and health-related accounts. Examples of alerts are: new payee, money withdrawal, high-value credit card transaction, insurance claim submitted, use of hospitality loyalty points or new healthcare record.Take inventory of every device connected to the internet – Every new device you get this holiday season, start by changing the default usernames and passwords and installing security updates and turning off devices when not in use. Chances are, you use the same password for many of your accounts so it is more important than ever to change your passwords.Resist the click – During the holiday season, we are all looking for a bargain. However, RSA’s Anti-Fraud Command Center identifies a new Phishing attack every 30 seconds and it tends to increase this time of year.  When you get a text, email or see a link to a video on social media, take caution before you click.Back it up – Many phishing attempts are now linked to ransomware, which is why it is especially important to back up data offline, so if you are a ransomware target, you will be prepared.Beware of work at home scams – If you are looking to make extra money during the holiday season, work from home jobs are appealing. Remember, criminal gangs rely on an extensive network of people to pull off their scams. Victims are often recruited by work from home job scams that involve reshipping packages or receiving funds in their bank account.  If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.Perhaps most importantly: don’t forget to demand security from the organizations you do business with!Ultimately, by doing this, it will allow you to stop fraud before it happens, reducing identity theft and account takeover.The impact of cybercrime is staggering. Check out RSA’s dynamic infographic, “The Mind-Blowing Cost of Cybercrime Every 60 Minutes,” to see the scale of the problem. Follow us on @RSASecurity to stay up to date on the latest cybercrime trends. Have a safe and happy holiday.last_img read more

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Dell Technologies Brings THE EXPERIENCE to SXSW 2018

first_imgIt’s March and here in Austin that means it’s time for SXSW the mix of interactive, film and music industry conferences, trade shows and festivals that takes over Dell’s hometown and draws crowds from around the world.“SXSW is one of the purest expressions of Austin because we thrive by being creative, providing a home to some of the biggest names in tech and film, and playing host to the best live music in the world,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.It’s more than just local pride that drives Dell Technologies to get involved with the ever-expanding event, though. Just as SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals, so does Dell. From powering five Academy Award-winning films for visual effects, to helping musicians push the boundaries of live electronic performance, to enabling an entrepreneur to create a renewal in wallpaper popularity and anything in between.And while, as I’d noted before, Michael Dell will be one of the featured speakers at SXSW, Dell Technologies will also be hosting THE EXPERIENCE at SXSW. This is a venue for attendees to see innovation in tech and hear from disruptive leaders making transformation real every day.You don’t have to be in Austin to see some of what will be there thanks to photographer Benjamin Von Wong, (who was hanging off the side of tall buildings with his Dell Rugged laptop last year). Just watch the challenges his team faced building a portal out of thousands of circuit boards:E-waste materials used in the photo shoot were collected from Dell’s recycling programs, Dell Reconnect and the Asset Resale and Recycling Services, and were recycled back into our Closed-Loop Recycling Process.He built much more than just the portal from 4,100 pounds of e-waste — the approximate amount of e-waste an American might use over their lifetime. And, the results are stunning. But, he didn’t pull this off alone.“Fifty volunteers came over the course of 10 days to help us sort through all the materials that we borrowed,” Von Wong shared in his blog post today. “We found our volunteers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some, drove from as far as 12 hours away to be a part of the project, working over 10 hours a day… including evenings and weekends!”Von Wong’s #RethinkRecycleRevive project promotes the importance of e-recycling through extraordinary art created by ordinary e-waste and he is just one of the “ARTivists” who will bring their blend of artistic skills and philanthropic passion to create inspiring pieces that increase awareness of sustainability and social good. If you’re attending SXSW, RSVP here to join them Sunday, March 11, 10:00am – noon at THE EXPERIENCE.It’s just one of 17 different events happening at THE EXPERIENCE, so be sure to click over and check out the others. They range from discussions on how we can support women entrepreneurs through public policy to the impact of artificial intelligence on cybersecurity, and from virtual reality for good to gaming. I’ve heard there will even be robot bartenders at the special Trailblazers podcast taping Saturday evening!If you can’t be there, you can follow along at #DellExperience, listen for that podcast to debut, and watch for more blog posts to come here on Direct2Dell.Read more below about events that took place at SXSW 2018, and watch replays of THE EXPERIENCE panels on demand:https://blog.dell.com/en-us/sxsw-meet-us-at-a-celebration-of-entrepreneurs/https://blog.dell.com/en-us/how-do-you-train-the-doctors-of-tomorrow-ai-machine-learning/https://blog.dell.com/en-us/innovators-use-virtual-reality-improve-world/https://blog.dell.com/en-us/content-creators-share-their-vision-future/https://blog.dell.com/en-us/artivist-shares-three-ways-you-can-add-social-impact-to-your-life/last_img read more

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Are You Running Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008?

first_img Should I upgrade infrastructure and applications at the same time?Outside of application, OS, and hypervisor refreshes, IT departments have also been evaluating software-defined storage (SDS), hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and software-defined data centers (SDDC). Now may be the perfect time to combine multiple projects and modernize your data center with SDS with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 or 2019 and Windows Server 2019.The question many IT departments wrestle with is whether they should just refresh the software or if they should upgrade the hardware, too. There are times when the hardware the EOS software is running on is so out-of-date that an upgrade of just the software won’t work. Those are the no-brainer situations, but there are other times when it’s not so clear-cut. Consider this:Moore’s law continues to play out by doubling processing power every 18 months. Servers and their key resources (compute, memory and storage), as well as applications keep finding new ways to leverage technology gains. The combination of PowerEdge, SQL Server and Windows Server produced 12X more IOPS in a vSAN cluster[1], 20.8X faster queries and reduced configuration time by 99%[2] compared to running on older serversPerformance is an obvious benefit and Dell EMC OpenManage is a powerful portfolio to simplify, automate and optimize IT. Did you know, PowerEdge servers also significantly increase security with features to lock down server configurations, secure firmware updates, and simplify the retirement/repurpose of a server with Secure Erase?Only you can decide whether to upgrade the hardware as you upgrade the operating system. You have to ensure that the hardware can reliably and adequately support the new version of Microsoft Windows Server and/or SQL Server. How can I right-size my infrastructure?Properly sizing a new infrastructure is more challenging than ever. We all know server consolidation is a given – you will not need as many servers to run the same amount of workloads. The extent in which you are consolidating and the new server configuration requirements are important concerns to address. In addition, if you are moving to a hyper-converged or software-defined storage architecture, more questions will need to be answered  You can take the guesswork out of properly sizing an environment using Live Optics.Live Optics is an online software (nothing to install) that gathers workload characteristics and resource utilization to give you all the information you need to size an infrastructure based on your needs. It often eliminates overdesign and provisioning from not understanding what resources are truly being used. How do I know I am making the right decisions?Now is the perfect time to refresh an aging infrastructure while refreshing to a newer version of Windows Server or SQL Servers. Using Live Optics, you can ensure your refresh maximizes your infrastructure resources and optimizes your socket and core-based licensing. Don’t overlook the savings you can reap from licensing. Typically, you can consolidate servers on a 5:1 basis delivering significant licensing savings.Let us help you design an infrastructure that is right-sized, delivers automated management throughout the entire server lifecycle, and increases your server security.To learn more, visit dellemc.com/servers or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.[1] Principled Technologies (PT) commissioned by Dell EMC, “Consolidate Your Data Analytics Servers with Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd,” October 2017. Full Report: http://facts.pt/rszSR7.[2] Based on Principled Technologies report, “Simplifying Systems Management with Dell OpenManage on 13G Dell PowerEdge Servers,” commissioned by Dell, testing Dell’s 13th-generation R730 with Enterprise-level Dell systems management, August 2014. Windows Servers 2008 support ends on January 14, 2020. If you are running this version of the Windows operating system, here’s what you need to be thinking about now. Is it time to move?Server upgrades are moving. No one looks forward to moving, but in almost every occasion, the end result is worth it. If your IT organization is like most, you try to combine as many IT upgrades or refreshes as possible to lessen the upheaval necessary to modernize your IT infrastructure. In IT, most refreshes are driven by an application upgrade, an OS refresh or an architecture change.Over the last six months, Microsoft has announced the EOS (end of support) of SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008. We prepared an eBook on upgrading Windows Servers 2008 to help you understand how much time is left and what you need to be considering now. The EOS announcement is important. One detail that stands out is that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates on either SQL Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008. You could be introducing a huge security risk by simply continuing to run software past EOS.Now is the perfect time to modernize your infrastructure and applications.Ensure your applications and infrastructure are secureAdd advanced analytics and get the most out of your dataConsolidate and simplify infrastructure and operationslast_img read more

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Iran state TV airs launch of new satellite-carrying rocket

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV has aired the launch of the country’s newest satellite-carrying rocket, which it said was able to reach a height of 500 kilometers (310 miles). The footage of the solid-liquid-fueled rocket showed the launch taking place during daytime in a desert environment. The report did not say when or where the launch happened. The rocket is called Zuljanah for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. It did not launch a satellite into orbit. State TV said in Monday’s report that the rocket is capable of carrying a 220-kilogram (485-pound) satellite.last_img read more

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