Big Data News – 1 Mar 2016

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Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the extent of surveillance that occurs over the Internet, there has been much attention given to encryption. Indeed, the current storm over the FBI's desire to gain access to private individuals' mobile devices would be rendered irrelevant if widespread encryption was the norm. Encryption already tends to be more common in the enterprise, but with encryption comes some questions as to what should happen with the keys that allow those files to be decrypted. Egnyte wants to answer all permutations of that question today with a deep encryption offering.

Last decade, Apple took the Smartphone market from Blackberry. This month it looks like the FBI may be inadvertently helping Blackberry take it back.

If you're looking to implement a big data project, you're probably deciding whether to go with Apache Spark SQL or Apache Drill. This article can help you decide which query tool you should use for the kinds of projects you're working on.

NTT Communications is adopting OpenStack in its public cloud, and introducing a bare-metal option to its hosted private cloud offering. It is also expanding connectivity and management tools for hybrid cloud environments. Japan will see the new Enterprise Cloud features first, followed later this year by the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, the company said Tuesday. NTT Communications is the international networking and IT services subsidiary of Japanese telecommunications giant NTT, and Enterprise Cloud is the brand it uses for a variety of hosted services.

Microsoft has lifted the lid on a new security service designed to identify and respond to "advanced" attacks on companies' networks. With Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Microsoft is looking to further bolster the security credentials in Windows 10 — its latest operating system and one that the company has long-touted for its protection against online attacks, with tools such as Enterprise Data Protection, Device Guard, Credential Guard, and Windows Hello. "Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection provides a new post-breach layer of protection to the Windows 10 security stack," explained Windows chief Terry Myerson in a blog post. "With a combination of client technology built into Windows 10 and a robust cloud service, it will help detect threats that have made it past other defenses, provide enterprises with information to investigate the breach across endpoints, and offer response recommendations."

Deep learning has usually been accessible to only the largest organizations, but that's starting to change. On Monday, an AI startup called Nervana launched a cloud offering for what it calls deep learning on demand. Nervana Cloud is a hosted platform designed to give organizations of all sizes the ability to quickly build and deploy deep-learning tools without having to invest in infrastructure equipment or a large team of experts. Based on neon, Nervana's open-source deep-learning framework, the full-stack offering is optimized to handle complex machine-learning problems at scale.

NTT Communications is adopting OpenStack in its public cloud, and introducing a bare-metal option to its hosted private cloud offering. It is also expanding connectivity and management tools for hybrid cloud environments. Japan will see the new Enterprise Cloud features first, followed later this year by the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, the company said Tuesday. NTT Communications is the international networking and IT services subsidiary of Japanese telecommunications giant NTT, and Enterprise Cloud is the brand it uses for a variety of hosted services.

News: Government looks to improve citizens lives through data sharing.

News: IoT & big data analytics expected to add ?322bn to the UK economy by 2020.

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, when 12 states hold their primary elections and caucuses in the U.S. presidential campaign. It is arguably the most important day for candidates in the battle for the Democrat and Republican nominations, a day when the most states and the most delegates are up for grabs. It's also a day when the wisdom of the crowds, a hallmark of American democracy, is put to the test. And while entering a search query is quite different than casting a vote, a look at search trends on Bing Search Wave and Google Trends offers a powerful indicator of people's support for the candidates.

Deep learning has usually been accessible to only the largest organizations, but that's starting to change. On Monday, an AI startup called Nervana launched a cloud offering for what it calls deep learning on demand. Nervana Cloud is a hosted platform designed to give organizations of all sizes the ability to quickly build and deploy deep-learning tools without having to invest in infrastructure equipment or a large team of experts. Based on neon, Nervana's open-source deep-learning framework, the full-stack offering is optimized to handle complex machine-learning problems at scale.

Caleb Barlow, vice president of IBM Security, says Resilient Systems extends IBM's security portfolio to cover protecting and detecting threats.

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach. Cloud storage revenue is forecast to grow more than 28% annually to reach $65 billion in 2020.  The driving force is the substantial economies of scale that enable cloud-based solutions to deliver more cost-effective primary and backup storage than on-premises systems can ever hope to achieve.

Should we share farmers' big data security concerns about capture, ownership, and usage? To answer that question, learn why farmers are worried.

Disaster Recovery as a Service is one option organizations should consider, especially if full-time, on-site DR staff is not an option.

With millions sold worldwide, Raspberry Pi has fueled the maker culture and has become a symbol for creativity and innovation for the Internet of Things (IoT). The IBM Watson IoT Platform is the world's most powerful Cognitive IoT Platform, and it supports the newest Raspberry Pi out of the box.

One of benefit of integrating R with PowerBI is access to rich array of data visulizations not present in the standard PowerBI loadout. R is practically unlimited in the types of graphics it can create (although the amount of programming required can vary from a few lines using an existing R package, to large custom functions for truly bespoke graphics). Some of the visualizations you can create with R include population pyramids, small multiples, annotated time series, calendar heat maps, rank plots and even emoji charts.

Strategic information analysis is one of the most important activities that your company can perform. The fruits of this labor, especially when consolidated throughout the organization, inform everything from marketing and innovation, to risk management activities. To achieve this level of performance, you'll need more than a simple monitoring or keyword recognition tool; you need software that reads and understands like an analyst.

Don't sound the death knell for brick and mortar retail just yet. Brands get a second life by teasing consumers with unique in-store experiences that marry digital, mobile and virtual components.

Information governance is meant to help mitigate this risk, but the industry is not going to pause while a company puts its strategy in place.

Expect cars to become more attractive targets for hackers, just like every other IoT device.

The idea of workforces engaging via graphic simulation is unnerving, and fraught with security, privacy, reliability and common courtesy issues.

Three years ago Hortonworks led a chorus of open source Kumbaya as it sought to differentiate itself in the rapidly growing Hadoop market. Today, Hortonworks has significantly changed its tune, embracing proprietary software as a way to improve its financials. The only shocker here is that it took so long. Last month I declared that "there's no money in open source." While open source has become essential for every business, selling open-source software is an exercise in self-hurt and business model gymnastics. Hence, the most successful open source companies aren't open source companies at all: They're companies like Facebook that liberally embrace and contribute open-source code, but don't sell it.

Esri released Drone2Map for ArcGIS, an app that extracts data from still images taken by drones to create 2D and 3D visualizations for land analysis, infrastructure inspection, and event monitoring of natural disasters and environmental changes.

EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young, released a new sensor data survey focused on insurers. They found the insurance sector vulnerable to disruption since it still primarily relies on customer self-reporting and is lagging behind in using new data sources, such as from wearables, telematics and other sensors. While insurers who move first to using new data sources can, according to EY, become the industry disruptors, they'll have to be innovative about how they get the data because most "can't build a fully functional data ecosystem on their own."

President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative is an effort to increase collaboration between precision medicine researchers, academia, government and industry leaders. Now Cloudera has joined that effort.

The job board uses AI analytics to match job seekers with jobs in data science, analytics, tech and "everything big data." The difference in this and traditional job boards is that there is no need for applicants to search for jobs using keywords. Instead, the applicant fills out a profile and the AI instantly identifies job opportunities based on skill set, experience and preferences filters.

But the digitization of airports did not end with increased security and customer service systems and analysis. It also includes the digitalizing of operations and processes as well as advanced geographic information systems aimed at maximizing physical plant improvements, air traffic flow and sustainability.

In what is perhaps the most contentious U.S. presidential election, when all previous campaign models appear broken, data-driven journalism becomes even more crucial to correctly interpreting, assessing and analyzing current events for the voting public. To aid in the endeavor, Reuters and SAP have announced a partnership to supercharge Reuters' data journalism for U.S. presidential election coverage.

The only way to effectively sort through and prioritize potential threats is to enable as much collaboration as possible among security analysts.

Check out more of our 20th anniversary of Pokemon coverage this week at GamesBeat. Microsoft today announced that it's starting to send developers invitations to preorder the $3,000 HoloLens Development Edition version of its HoloLens augmented reality headset. The kits will ship to people in the U.S. and Canada starting on March 30. Microsoft had said pre-orders would begin last month. But still, the preorder milestone is coming just over a year after Microsoft first unveiled the HoloLens during an event at company headquarters.




White box switching company Pica8 this week enhanced its operating system software to overcome limitations in OpenFlow switching. Pica8 is adding Table Type Patterns (TTP) to PicOS so it can scale to 2 million flows with Cavium's XPliant switch ASIC, and to 256,000 flows with Broadcom's StrataXGS Tomahawk switch ASIC. This will enable larger data center build-outs, Pica8 says, because typical TCAM flow capacity in the top-of-rack installed base today is between 1,000 and 2,000 flows. +MORE ON NETWORK WORLD: Crossroads for OpenFlow?+

We sat down with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during the 2016 Mobile World Congress to learn more about the company's strategic partnership with IBM. Gelsinger also opened up about how the Dell-EMC deal has been affecting VMware's business, and shared an update on partner relationships.

While MapReduce has been the mainstay of Hadoop processing, Apache Spark is now taking the throne as the way to handle distributed computation. The reasons are obvious: Spark is very fast due to its use of Resilient Distributed Datasets, or RDDs, and it has a clean programming model.

ImageAlthough every purchase that a business makes has consequences, the majority of such procurements are refundable and therefore reversible to a point if the negative outcomes outweigh the positives. Staplers, copy machines, and computer hardware equipment can all be taken back to the store with little fear of leftover penalties. Unfortunately, some modern technologies — especially the newer, less tested ones like the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics tools — come with far more risks than the typical coffee machine upgrade for the break room.

Nearly 20 years after its launch, Internet2 is quietly humming along on university campuses across the country, doing its R&D work and connecting researchers who might otherwise not be able to share information so readily.

News: Agreement between web giant and the UK's fourth biggest grocery is signed while disputed contract with tech platform supplier Ocado is amended

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