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The Republicans scramble to learn data science to combat Democrats’ sophisticated data-analytics platform


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12 February 2014 – President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign relied on a sophisticated data-analytics platform that allowed organizers and volunteers to precisely target potential donors and voters. The centerpiece of that effort was Project Narwhal, which brought voter information—steadily accumulated since Obama’s 2008 campaign—onto a single platform accessible to a growing number of campaign-related apps.

We covered this in detail in our post How Big Data, cloud computing, Amazon and poll quants won the U.S. election (click here).

The GOP has only a few short years to prepare for the next Presidential election cycle, and the party is scrambling to build an analytics system capable of competing against whatever the Democrats deploy onto the field of battle. To that end, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has launched Para Bellum Labs, modeled after a startup, to produce digital platforms for election analytics and voter engagement.

Is this a genuine attempt to infuse the GOP’s infrastructure with data science, or merely an attempt to show that the organization hasn’t fallen behind the Democratic Party when it … Read more

How Big Data, cloud computing, Amazon and poll quants won the U.S. election

By: Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.   Founder/CEO, The Cloud and E-Discovery

15 November 2012 –   As Daniel Honan of Big Think pointed out, just like in baseball and politics, there are winners and losers in a data-driven world. The losers in baseball, for instance, are the over-rated prospects who will never be drafted because data analysis has a way of finding them out early on in their careers. In politics, the biggest loser will be the horse race pundit, the guy who spins the polls to reinforce one side’s belief that it is winning when it’s actually losing. Sometimes this is done for partisan reasons, in the hope of creating “momentum,” and sometimes it is done to create a more compelling media narrative.

This was indeed a choice election, and the choice was between following entertainment journalism or data-based journalism. As Andrew Beaujon has pointed out, entertainment is fun, and math is hard. Well, math won.

Data analysis at its best

It is a fascinating area of data analysis.  As part of my neuroinformatics degree program, I recently had the chance … Read more

How The Feds Drive Cloud Innovation

12 November 2012 – The coolest cloud computing application in the world — and in our solar system — comes from NASA. The space agency is using commercial cloud services to process the digital images being transmitted to Earth from the Curiosity rover as it searches for signs of life on Mars.

Those images, taken by 17 cameras mounted to the six-wheel, SUV-like rover, are an incredible scientific trove, stored and managed by Amazon Web Services. The most recent images show the rover’s robotic arm taking the first scoops of Martian soil for analysis. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is using a variety of Amazon services — EC2, S3, SimpleDB, Route 53, CloudFront, Relational Database Service, Simple Workflow, CloudFormation, Elastic Load Balancing–to make this happen. And the images are available not just to NASA scientists, but to you and me as well. “The public gets access as soon as we have access,” says Khawaja Shams, manager of data services at JPL.

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What Amazon S3’s 566 billion objects say about cloud use

5 October 2011 — Amazon Web Services said last night that it’s now hosting 566 billion objects in its Simple Storage Service (S3) — a high number for sure — but one that’s even more impressive in context. The volume has more than doubled since the fourth quarter of last year and actually has grown by 26 percent since the end of June this year. If that doesn’t suggest that cloud use is picking up, I don’t know what does.

Just to be clear: of the 304 million objects that S3 has added in the past nine months, 117 million have come in the last three months. The pace is picking up. Additionally, S3’s rate of transactions rate has increased 28 percent to 370,000 requests per second from 290,000 requests per second as of the second quarter’s end.

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Amazon boosts government cloud data protection with new federal security accreditation

15 September 2011 — Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s Cloud-based storage and service platform, today received Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Moderate Authorization and Accreditation from the U.S. General Services Administration, certifying it as a government approved infrastructure capable of meeting security requirements for government entities and agencies.

With its FISMA accreditation, Amazon can help federal agencies develop, document and implement data security systems for their data, extending its protection to its Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and Amazon VPC products and the infrastructure that underpins them.

Amazon already hosts more than 100 government organisations including, the Department of Treasury’s, the Federal Register 2.0 at the National Archives, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at USDA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, all of which use AWS to scale their computing needs by using the Cloud.

Amazon sees the accreditation as an opportunity to help the U.S. government reduce costs and help deliver Internet-based services quicker than traditional in-house solutions.… Read more

Amazon’s Selipsky bullish on AWS profitability

7 September 2011 – Ever since Amazon Web Services emerged as the next big thing for e-commerce giant Inc a few years ago, Wall Street has debated whether the business mints money or just breaks even.

In a recent interview with Reuters, Adam Selipsky, a vice president at the unit known as AWS, made it clear the business is solidly profitable and will be for years to come.

“We’re very happy with the economics of AWS,” he said. “It can be a strong free cash flow generating business for the company.”

AWS started offering computing power and storage remotely more than five years ago, making it a pioneer in the hot cloud-computing sector. While the business accounts for only about 2 percent of Amazon’s revenue, it is growing rapidly. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said last year it has the potential to be as big as the company’s giant online retail operation.

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Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies

26 August 2011 – Cloud computing is a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of information technology (IT). While technology is a crucial component, the real value of cloud computing lies in its ability to enable new capabilities or in the execution of current capabilities in more efficient and effective ways.

Although the current hype around cloud computing has focused on expected cost savings, the true value is really found in the mission and business enhancements these techniques can provide. When properly deployed, the cloud computing model provides greatly enhanced mission and business capability without a commensurate increase in resource (time, people or money) expenditures.

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Amazon competition to highlight cloud usage among startups

1 August 2011 – Amazon Web Services has opened the fifth annual AWS Start-Up Challenge, a contest that aims to recognize innovative uses of its cloud computing platform, the company said on Monday.

Cloud services are a good fit for startups. They have leveled the playing field as smaller companies gain the resources to compete in ways that were very expensive and often cost-prohibitive in the past, according to Amazon.

This year the competition has expanded its footprint and is open to entries from the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The first prize is $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in service credits, premium support services for and technical mentorship from Amazon Web Services for one year, as well as a possible investment offer from Amazon, the company said in a statement.

Entries will be judged on their implementation of Amazon’s cloud services; originality and creativity of the business; likelihood of long-term success and scalability; and how well the business addresses a need in the marketplace, Amazon said.

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Amazon identifies surge in cloud computing uptake in Europe

26 July 2011 – A senior figure at Amazon has asserted that cloud computing is becoming an increasingly popular IT solution for companies within Europe and that this trend will continue over the next few years.

Adam Selipsky, vice-president at Amazon Web Services, told the New York Times that there is a major change occurring in Europe’s IT landscape.

He observed that those who switch to cloud computing and abandon their own IT systems typically save up to one-quarter of their costs.

“This is a tectonic shift in computing that is going to take many years to unfold … despite the challenges, on the ground, the cloud is happening in Europe,” he asserted.

Among the companies and organisations to have switched to cloud computing solutions are the European Space Agency, the Fraunhofer Institute of Germany and UK courier service Shutl.

Last month, the European Commission and infrastructure experts selected 13 projects to invest £20 million in to conduct high bandwidth connectivity research with the aim of improving internet speeds across the continent. 

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Cloud computing: a billion dollar business

5 July 2011 – Amazon’s cloud computing unit may be its next billion-dollar business and analysts will be watching for clues on how fast this secretive unit is growing, reports Reuters, when the Internet retailer reports results next week.

Amazon doesn’t disclose results of Amazon Web Services. However, a spokeswoman said the business has hundreds of thousands of customers in more than 190 countries.

Analysts and investors get a sense of how fast AWS is growing by looking at how many pieces of data, or objects, are stored by the unit’s Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), which sells storage on off-site servers, which is known as the cloud. S3 held more than 449 billion objects, at the end of the second quarter, up 71 percent from the end of last year, according to the official AWS blog.

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