Archive for October, 2011

Alphabet Soup in the Cloud: Understanding “aaS”

31 October 2011 — There’s a new one born every minute.  We don’t mean the P.T. Barnum quote, we mean acronym. Today it seems to be Infrastructure-as-a-Platform (IaaP), to join all the other “as a” acronyms that are difficult to keep straight. If technology could just hold still for a few years, everybody could get up to speed on all the terminology. Alas, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. If you’re new, or new-ish, to cloud services you’re probably a bit muddy on what all the different “-as-a-Service” terms are. Want to know your SaaS from your PaaS and your IaaS?

Read Write Web has put together a quick primer on the differences between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Those who work in IT are likely to know what SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are. But a lot of folks who encounter the “aaS” terms have had no introduction (click here).

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Big Data, 7 zettaoctets en 2015

28 October 2011 —  L’explosion du volume de données impacte considérablement le fonctionnement des systèmes d’information d’entreprises.  Lors de la conférence IDC sur le phénomène “Big Data” organisée le 12 octobre dernier, IDC a souligné que les domaines du Big Data et de l’Information Management prennent sens avec l’apparition de la “3e plateforme industrielle”.

Depuis 2010, l’écosystème informatique a évolué de manière très significative. Nous sommes passés du mainframe et des technologies “figées” (années 60) au PC client/serveur (milieu des années 80) pour arriver, aujourd’hui, à une nouvelle manière d’exploiter les données. Cette “troisième plateforme” est apparue avec le Cloud Computing, la mobilité, les réseaux sociaux. Désormais, nous accédons de manière dynamique à un très vaste ensemble d’informations.

Le phénomène Big Data prend sa genèse dans cette orientation. Son impact est tel qu’il transforme le modèle économique de certaines industries: les médias (avec l’explosion des contenus vidéos), de la pharmacie (avec la capacité d’accélerer la découverte de nouveaux médicaments), la distribution (avec la gestion des promotions), la justice (avec l’accès plus rapide aux textes de Lois ou aux jurisprudences), mais … Read more

Solution Cisco pour le big data avec le NoSQL d’oracle

29 October 2011 — A l’occasion du récent OpenWorld d’Oracle 2011 ,  Cisco a annoncé  une solution reposant sur UCS et Nexus pour les bases de données Oracle NoSQL. Cette solution permet aux organisations de déployer des solutions « Big Data » plus rapidement grâce à des configurations UCS qui évoluent facilement et qui s’adaptent aisément à des approches de type « on demand ».

Cisco UCS est désormais certifié pour « Oracle NoSQL Database ». Cette solution est intégralement testée, certifiée et conçue pour répondre aux besoins de scalabilité .

Oracle NoSQL Database est un nouveau produit Oracle –une plateforme distribuée, à haute disponibilité pour des applications, ou des services web, manipulant de gros volumes de données et sensibles à la latence. Ce produit est basé sur  « Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition High Availability storage engine ».  Il peut fournir un stockage distribué rapide et  fiable aux applications qui doivent s’intégrer aux processus ETL (Extract,Tansfrom, load) .

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Cloud Computing Architectures: A Paradigm Shift

29 October 2011 – An interview with Joe Seibel, CFO & VP of Strategic Development at Hexagrid, who says “As more and more people become comfortable with the idea, businesses will move more workloads to Public Clouds.  I like to compare it to the history of electricity when every business had its own generator even though there was a central utility.  Eventually, as businesses saw the stability and became comfortable, they got rid of the generator. For the immediate and mid-term future, I believe private clouds, including hosted private clouds, will be the preference.”

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IBM se renforce sur le marché du Big Data

28 October 2011 — IBM annonce aujourd’hui le renforcement de son offre et de sa présence sur le marché du « Big Data ». Pour Big Blue, si le rôle de l’informatique a toujours été de stocker les données et de les transformer en informations, l’explosion sans précédent des volumes de données conduit aujourd’hui les différents acteurs de l’économie vers une rupture technologique. D’après les experts du marché, les volumes d’informations créés à l’échelle mondiale augmentent d’environ 60% par an. Tout l’enjeu pour les entreprises et les administrations consistera à ne pas passer à côté d’informations précieuses noyées dans la masse de données.

Par ailleurs, les différentes études menées par IBM pour définir les principales préoccupations des dirigeants d’entreprises ont permis de souligner une crainte unanimement partagée : celle de ne pas tirer pleinement parti du volume d’informations possédées. Selon la première CMO Study menée par IBM et publiée le 11 octobre 2011, l’explosion des données est ainsi le premier des quatre grands challenges pour lesquels les directeurs marketing se sentent le moins préparés. Ils risquent pourtant d’avoir le plus … Read more

AppliedMicro Shows Off World’s First 64-Bit ARM Chip: for next generation cloud computing

28 October 2011 – Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has introduced X-Gene, the world’s first 64-bit ARM architecture compliant processor for next-generation cloud computing, wireless infrastructure, enterprise networking, storage and security applications.  X-Gene multi-core processors based on high-performance ARMv8 compliant cores operating at up to 3.0GHz will offer compelling performance at a fraction of the power and cost of existing solutions, according to AppliedMicro.

“In offering the world’s first 64-bit ARM architecture processor, we harmonize the network with cloud computing and environmental responsibility. Our next-generation of multicore SoCs will bring in a new era of energy efficient performance that doesn’t break the bank on a limited power supply. In doing so, AppliedMicro becomes a more complete cloud computing technology provider for one of the hottest growth drivers in the industry,” said Paramesh Gopi, president and chief exec of AppliedMicro.

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How the Cloud Makes Financial Data More Liquid

23 October 2011 — Marcia Metz, a web operations executive at EMC Corporation recently coined the term information liquidity, the ability to freely flow assets and adapt them to different shapes, in the context of Web content management systems. I suggest the same term can apply in the world of financial data, and will show you how key cloud technologies is making this happen.

I predict the data cloud will decimate the existing world of market data. The ability to use information liquidity to move data between collaborating partners will create a new trajectory in trading methods and analytics. This will make the current methodologies look as antiquated as the ticker tape machines of the 1930s.

Information liquidity threatens one core business of incumbents, the legacy trading exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange and their ilk. For years, these organizations charged high fees for their market data. These organizations had driven their clown cars into a gold mine. Now the party is over.

The value of financial information has become a commodity years ago, especially for

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ETF Chart of the Day: Cloud Computing

26 October 2011 — “Cloud Computing” made its way to the exchange traded fund landscape in July of this year, with First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index (SKYY) and E-TRACS Monthly 2X Leveraged ISE Cloud Computing (LSKY), which listed earlier this month.

SKYY has gathered approximately $57 million in assets since its launch and we expect it to be even more active amidst Amazon’s earnings release last night after the closing bell, as the stock will likely be extremely active. Amazon shares were down 10% in morning trading Wednesday.

AMZN is the top holding in SKYY (4.64% weighting), as the index follows a modified equal dollar weighted methodology. Other holdings that round out the top five in the fund are BBBB (4.47%), RNOW (4.42%), CSCO (4.10%), and TDC (4.04%). Other familiar names in the index include GOOG and ORCL.

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Facebook to build server farm on edge of Arctic Circle

26 October 2011 – Facebook is to build a multi-million ‘mini town’ on the edge of the Arctic circle to house all its computer servers, which would us as much electricity as a town of 50,000 people.  The enormous server farm facility in Luleå, northern Sweden, to be announced officially on Thursday morning, is the first time that the social networking giant has chosen to locate a server farm outside the US.   “The climate will allow them to just use only air for cooling the servers,” said Mats Engman, chief executive of the Aurorum Science Park, which is leading the push to turn the city into a ‘Node Pole’, luring in other international computing giants.  “If you take the statistics, the temperature has not been above 30C [86F] for more than 24 hours since 1961. If you take the average temperature, it’s around 2C [35.6F].”   Luleå is situated at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea, just over 62 miles South of the Arctic Circle.  Taking advantage of the rock bottom temperatures, Facebook plans to build three giant server halls … Read more

Apple Pumps Sunlight Into iCloud Data Center

26 October 2011 – Behind Apple’s new cloud, there’s sunlight.   Apple’s massive new data center in Maiden, North Carolina drives the company’s sparkling new iCloud service, and according to a report from the Charlotte Observer, sunlight will provide some of the considerable power needed to run the facility.  The company is building a solar power plant across the street from the data center, the newspaper said, citing county permits that allow the company to regrade 171 acres in preparation for building a solar farm.  Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. But the investment in renewable energy clearly marks a shift for the company, which has taken heat from environmental groups for its energy practices. The company has lagged behind other cloud players, most notably Google, in going green.

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