What is the future of Big Data?

Posted on August 18, 2016 by

Big data has seen big growth during the past few years. But what is it? Google simply says it’s “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” But big data can never be that simple. Rather than just providing information about people’s beliefs through something such as an election vote, big data also gives insight about people’s behaviors—who they are, who they associate with, the things they …

What is shadow IT?

Posted on August 10, 2016 by

Causes of shadow IT Let’s say you’re an employee at a medium size organization, and you’re doing some internet surfing when you come across a new application that allows you to share and store your documents more easily than your current one—and you can connect it to any email account. You’ve been looking for just such a solution! You immediately download it and tell your colleagues about it, and they think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. You start …

What does the future look like to you? Does it include flying cars and meals in the form of pills? Will we no longer have diseases to worry about, or will robots be serving our every whim? Maybe it’s not quite like the Jetsons now, but thanks to the Internet of Things, that future is coming faster than you think. In a nutshell, the Internet of Things allows anything with a WiFi connection to be connected to the Internet. This …

There are three basic pillars/tenets of cloud computing: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The first two are popular models of cloud. But what about PaaS? Below are frequently asked questions about this branch of cloud. What is PaaS? Platform as a Service, or PaaS, is a model of cloud computing that allows applications to be delivered through the Internet. A PaaS provider will have all the equipment needed for …

IT Disaster recovery is all about protecting your data, and the cost of data loss can be staggering. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. As a business, you spend an enormous amount of time, planning, and money into making your organization successful. But what are you doing to protect yourself against a disaster? If it’s time for you to re-evaluate your current DR position, …

Disaster recovery is neither simple nor easy. The underpinnings of a successful disaster recovery strategy are complex and often difficult to implement and maintain. If you lead a technology department, you have a running list of disaster recovery issues that rapidly goes from manageable to overwhelming. It is a time-consuming and complicated endeavor. You know that your data systems are critical to your business. Without them, your business soon grinds to a not-so-graceful halt. The risk of losing business compounds with every …

Flash, SAS or SATA storage?

Posted on March 30, 2016 by

All-flash storage has become a big trend not only in the consumer market with phones and laptops but also in the enterprise, with companies like EMC and Pure Storage dominating the news and the market. Does this mean traditional hard disk storage is dead? Not exactly. Two big benefits of this non-volatile memory are that it does not require power to maintain stored data integrity, and it resists wear and tear better than traditional hard drives. These two combined have made it the …

Encryption is becoming more and more a part of our personal and professional lives. One could even argue that we can’t live without it. In fact, it’s become so standardized that Amazon recently announced it was bringing back encryption to its Kindle Fire tablet after removing it in a previous version and hearing customer complaints. And with all the media coverage surrounding Apple’s latest encryption fight, it’s safe to say it’s at the forefront of security-related minds. Encryption, which typically uses an …

All forms of media have been dramatically transformed by their digitization, including video, music, the classifieds, magazines and pictures. This digital transformation enabled a new business model and was an onslaught that decimated the print and analog industries as we knew them. Now data virtualization is heading for IT. Is that a bad thing? IT professionals claim they benefit from it. All of this virtualization will call for more and more of their expertise, they say. As everyone digitizes everything, the world …

What is social engineering? It’s the art of manipulation that relies heavily on human interaction and psychology to trick people into revealing sensitive information about themselves or others. Social engineering works to exploit the human inclination to trust others, and for that reason, it’s one of the most dangerous and murky threats facing organizations today. Think about it—why waste time trying to crack a password that could take hours or days, when you could get someone at the company to …

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