How big data is fueling a new age in space exploration

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author: Ilya Golubovich.

In 2018, a group of organizations from all of the world will begin construction of the largest radio telescope ever built, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).  With one million square meters of collecting area and enough optical fiber to wrap around the Earth twice, this marvel of modern engineering will be sensitive enough to detect airport radar on a planet 50 light years away.

SKA will also generate 700 terabytes of data every second, equivalent to roughly 35 times the data stored in the Library of Congress. At full capacity, the SKA’s aperture arrays are expected to produce 100 times more data than the entire Internet. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that such a deluge of information creates a big data problem, perhaps the biggest we have ever encountered...

Netuitive Secures $6.5M for Cloud-based IT Analytics Platform

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Netuitive this week said it has secured an additional $6.5 million in equity financing to accelerate the go-to-market strategy for its cloud-based IT analytics platform.

The Reston, Virginia-based technology provider that assists enterprises with managing the performance of critical business services and apps said its new product platform enables the cloud delivery of its behavior learning technology for both enterprise IT operations and the growing DevOps community...

Numerify Raises $15M in Venture Capital for Cloud-based Business Analytics

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Numerify on Wednesday said it has raised $15 million in funding to continue building out its cloud-based business analytics product portfolio. Sequoia Capital led the Series B financing round, with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners; Amit Singh, president of Google for Work; Deep Nishar, senior vice president of products and user experience at LinkedIn; and Lane Bess, former CEO of Palo Alto Networks.

The Cupertino, California-based company provides IT business analytics through Numerify360, its cloud-native platform that assists organizations with gaining visibility into IT assets through each stage of their productive use. Numerify said it will use the additional funds to expand its marketing sales and efforts, as it seeks to double the size of the company in the next year. It also plans to fill out its suite of cloud analytics applications...

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IBM introduces Watson Analytics, gives data science mass appeal

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: James Bourne.

IBM has launched Watson Analytics, offering what is claimed as instant access to powerful big data visualisation and analytics capabilities to anyone in the business. Instead of using programming languages or complex algorithms on the front end, Watson interacts with the user in natural language and comprehends key questions, including ‘What are the key drivers of my product sales?’, ‘Which benefits drive employee retention the most?’ and ‘Which deals are most likely to close?’

“Watson Analytics produces results that explain why things happened and what’s likely to happen, all in familiar business terms,” a press release explains. “And as business professionals interact with the results, they can continuously fine tune questions to get to the heart of the matter.”...

Harnessing the power of Google's cloud: Google BigQuery Analytics book extract

Grazed from CloudComputingNews. Author: Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu.

When you run your queries via BigQuery, you put a giant cluster of machines to work for you. Although the BigQuery clusters represent only a small fraction of Google’s global fleet, each query cluster is measured in the thousands of cores. When BigQuery needs to grow, there are plenty of resources that can be harnessed to meet the demand.

If you want to, you could probably figure out the size of one of BigQuery’s compute clusters by carefully controlling the size of data being scanned in your queries. The number of processor cores involved is in the thousands, the number of disks in the hundreds of thousands. Most organizations don’t have the budget to build at that kind of scale just to run some queries over their data. The benefits of the Google cloud go beyond the amount of hardware that is used, however. A massive datacenter is useless unless you can keep it running...

Software Analytics Company New Relic Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Software analytics company New Relic today announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a not-for-profit organization working to establish and promote best practices and education for security assurance in the cloud computing industry with industry leading members such as Google, Amazon Web Services, and Box among many others. As a pure SaaS application performance management (APM) solution provider, New Relic is promoting industry transparency and customer visibility into the security practices. Customers can download the CSA's STAR report that documents New Relic's network and application security controls.

The CSA membership is only the latest security advancement New Relic has taken to assure the security of its network and its service for its over 200,000 users. Not only is New Relic hosted in a secure tier 3 SSAE-16 certified data center, but it has also undergone and completed a comprehensive SOC 2 Type II audit for three consecutive years...

Zenoss Releases Analytics 4.4

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Zenoss Inc, the leading provider of unified monitoring and management solutions for physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT infrastructures, today announced the company has expanded the IT Operations Analytics capabilities of its Zenoss Service Dynamics solution.

As evidenced in the 2013 Forrester Consulting study, inadequate capacity continues to be the top reason for service performance and availability issues. With downtime costs often exceeding $100,000 per hour, there is immense focus on optimization of the capacity planning process. Unfortunately, because of the complexity and dynamic nature of today's datacenters, comprised of legacy, virtualized and cloud based infrastructure, effective capacity planning is both more challenging and more critical at the same time.

SAS expands data, analytics services to Amazon's 'cloud'

Grazed from WRAL.  Author: Editorial Staff.

SAS, the world's largest privately held software firm, already offers clients use of secure data housing and "cloud" computing services, but the company is expanding its global footprint in an agreement with Amazon.  The deal was announced Tuesday.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

However, one big customer was identified as using the new Amazon Web Service-SAS offering: Lenovo, the world's top PC manufacturer which operates its global executive headquarters in Morrisville.   SAS executives say that 'Deal will "absolutely not" affect SAS' own cloud and data hoisting services...

Big Data - The Latest Technological Phase and What IT Pros Should Do About It

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Rick Delgato.

We are in a new technological phase spurring innovation and job creation. One job, the big data architect, offers IT pros great prospects in the growing field of big data analytics. In 2013, 65 percent of IT buyers indicated cloud computing as a top area of investment for 2013. In addition, it’s predicted that by 2015, 60 percent of information workers will access their content via mobile devices.

Aaron Levie, CEO of cloud-computing company Box, described the rapid adoption of mobile and cloud computing as the next phase in technology. For those in the IT space or just the business world in general, technological phases are nothing new. As first mainframes and then PCs were adopted, companies learned to adapt. They adapt their IT infrastructure they run their business off of. They change the way they interact with the consumer, and of course, new technology requires new skills and expertise introducing new job positions in the IT industry...

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Cloud analytics apps need solid data architecture

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Hannah Pullen-Blasnik.

In a presentation at the 2014 TDWI Executive Summit in Boston, consultant and author David Linthicum discussed the impact of cloud computing on business intelligence and data analytics -- and the opportunities it presents to organizations. Describing big data analytics in particular as "the killer app for cloud computing," Linthicum offered tips and advice on designing tiered data architecture for cloud analytics uses.

According to Linthicum, who is a senior vice president at Boston-based consultancy Cloud Technology Partners Inc., a solid architecture is the key to unlocking the potential benefits of cloud platforms. Linthicum said many cloud-based BI and analytics systems lack a well-grounded architecture, which he argued isn't the fault of IT architects, but rather a result of the corporate focus on short-term -- and often shortsighted -- plans...