Performance for Big Data Apps

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5 Best Practices for Securing Your Data in NoSQL Applications

Perhaps the most compelling argument for the mass adoption of NoSQL is the general lack of buzz. Not that nobody’s writing about it or talking about it, but it’s less prominent at the trade shows and conferences, where the focus is on ‘all things new and shiny’. There, NoSQL is no longer even a big deal, which is a prime indication that it’s been widely accepted, adopted, and is no longer the new kid on the block. That means that there’s a good chance you’ve adopted — or are preparing to — and that you need to know the best practices for security. Continue Reading

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Bigstep Launches Bare-Metal Cloud for Big Data in the U.S.

Bigstep, the only provider of a full-stack bare-metal cloud built for big data, announced its launch in the U.S. From its new Chicago-based data center and U.S. headquarters, Bigstep provides companies with the security and performance of a private bare-metal infrastructure, the self-service and on-demand scalability of the public cloud, and the versatility and convenience of an integrated stack of big data applications. Continue Reading

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Why Better BI May Lie in the Cloud (But Not the One You’re Thinking)

What is the single greatest factor that affects business performance today? Do you think it’s new technologies? Maybe it’s the economy. Perhaps, it’s the labor force, or even government regulations? No, no, and no. The single greatest factor that affects business performance is: the weather. The weather determines the cost of energy. It affects the supply chain in multiple ways. It keeps employees from getting to work, and gets in the way of critical business appointments. The weather can change everything — and do so in a heartbeat. Heat waves, lightning strikes, violent storms, ice and snow — all of these affect business performance. In areas where solar energy is crucial to the power grid, even clouds can affect business performance, and we don’t mean cloud computing. Continue Reading

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Are Data Breaches Even More Common Than We Are Led to Believe?

A cursory look at some of the numbers on data breaches can be misleading. For instance, while there were just 400 reported cases of data breaches over the course of 2014, compared to 500 per year from 2010 through 2013, this is not indicative of a better cyber security environment. Experts believe that the trend is toward fewer worse incidents and more moderately severe data breaches. Furthermore, attacks are growing in terms of sophistication and funding, meaning many breaches are not even discovered, or are discovered only after the fact. Here are the realities regarding today’s data breaches. Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Use Big Data That Have Nothing to Do With Marketing

For all of the buzz about big data and analytics, most of the real world use cases you read about involve marketing. It’s true: big data is powerful for marketing, allowing them to finely tune their targeting and messaging efforts. But that’s just a tiny fraction of the potential for big data. From operational improvements to safeguarding your business against the next recession, big data has a lot to offer aside from marketing. Here are just a few of those ways. Continue Reading