Archive for October, 2013

 

Big Data Speed May Be More Important Than Size

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by

In today’s business world, Big Data is the hottest trend under discussion in most board rooms as decision-makers around the world try to understand how they can accurately gather, manage, analyze, and use new types of information. During the past several years, executives have concentrated on the three Vs of Big Data: volume, variety, and velocity. But there are still a few risks associated with improperly deployed Big Data initiatives, regardless of how much experience an organization has with managing large volumes of digital information.

Big data speed may be more important than size

Big Data speed may be more important than size

Information Management recently highlighted some concerns that often come along with the “more is better” mantra. The truth is that companies are collecting more raw data than they can handle, sometimes introducing unexpected security, performance, and management complexities in the process. Because the volume of data under corporate control is growing so quickly, for example, organizations may need to implement advanced storage environments even if decision-makers aren’t entirely sure what information they’re collecting. In many cases, those executives are finding solace in cloud computing architectures that provide a scalable, flexible landscape with ample storage options that can keep up with the recent information explosion.

Although the issue of where and how to maintain information assets can be simplified through the use of the cloud, there’s a more important issue that should be addressed when it comes to Big Data: how to transform raw information into a business asset.

Maintaining data value
The unprecedented growth of data is not only putting pressure on storage and security resources, it’s also introducing a unique phenomenon associated with information’s rate of decomposition. Similar to the concept of supply and demand, the more resources that are supplied, the less value they inherently possess. For businesses that are aggregating massive volumes of data, this tenant means that decision-makers need to use those assets quickly before they lose their significance.

Information Management noted that the half-life of data is quickly decelerating as more resources are generated and collected. This situation has encouraged organizations to embrace analytic technologies that work in real time, or close to it, so decision-makers can convert unstructured data into useful insights as fast as possible. That process will give many firms a competitive advantage, allowing them to improve the customer experience and even predict what customers will want or do before they actually happen.

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How To Successfully Implement a Big Data Project in 8 Steps

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by

There are countless ways to incorporate Big Data to improve your company’s operations. But the hard truth is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to Big Data. Beyond understanding your infrastructure requirements, you still need to create an implementation plan to understand what each Big Data project will mean to your organization. At a minimum, that plan should include the following 8 steps.

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Step 1: Gain executive-level sponsorship

Big Data projects need to be proposed and fleshed out. They take time to scope, and without executive sponsorship and a dedicated project team, there’s a good chance they’ll fail.

Step 2: Augment rather than re-build

Start with your existing data warehouse. Your challenge is to identify and prioritize additional data sources and then determine the right hub-and-spoke technology. At this stage, you’ll want to get approval to evaluate a few options until you settle on the appropriate technology for your needs. (more…) «How To Successfully Implement a Big Data Project in 8 Steps»

Moving Apps to the Cloud Results in New Agility

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by

As the need for flexible, agile, and efficient infrastructure tops business priorities, company executives are looking to the cloud for solutions. In the past, the majority of IT architecture and mission-critical applications were maintained within in-house data centers. That isn’t the situation that exists today, however, because roughly 69 percent of organizations are planning to migrate crucial systems to the cloud by the end of 2014.

Moving apps to the cloud results in new agility

Moving apps to the cloud results in new agility

This was among the key findings in a new Virtustream survey, which also revealed that senior-level decision-makers are accepting this new cloud trend. In fact, the majority of executives now understand that implementing the cloud and migrating crucial infrastructure resources to the hosted environment delivers numerous benefits, and more than half of respondents said the cloud enables them to strengthen business agility.

Although speed and functionality were cited as the most common advantages that come with the use of cloud environments, 42 percent of decision-makers also said the solutions give them a competitive advantage, while another 40 percent stated that the technology allows employees to be more productive.

“The end of 2014 will be a pivotal moment for the enterprise cloud,” Virtustream executive Simon Aspinall said. “ERP and other mission-critical applications have mainly been deployed conventionally–the cuckoos in cloud land. The next 18 months will see these critical applications pushed out of their in-house data center nests and migrated to the cloud.”

Although some still harbor a few lingering doubts about migrating to the cloud, most decision-makers are taking these concerns with a grain of salt and taking the plunge anyway. In fact, nearly 90 percent of decision-makers said they were aware of why they should migrate applications to the cloud.

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Get on the Road to HIPAA Compliance with GoGrid’s New Solution Bundle

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by

If your company deals with protected health information (PHI), thinking about HIPAA-compliant IT is something you can’t afford not to do. But achieving HIPAA compliance requires sound security practices, robust technical solutions, and expert security support. That’s a lot to manage, even with a dedicated IT team, which is why we’ve created a turnkey solution to get you started on the road to compliance.

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Bundled Services Streamline Time to Compliance

GoGrid’s HIPAA Solution Bundle is designed to be highly available out-of-the-box and includes a recommended set of infrastructure components, managed security monitoring, and reporting. Our Solution features application and database server isolation, breach monitoring and vulnerability assessment reporting, and failover services.

We developed our new HIPAA Solution Bundle to provide a secure cloud solution to help our customers with their HIPAA compliance without requiring they spend their annual IT budget in the process. We also engaged an external HIPAA audit organization to assess the new Solution Bundle and ensure it met the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule objectives.

Naturally, any GoGrid HIPAA customer should carefully study the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule to develop and to deploy the right set of controls to safeguard PHI. Ultimately, no cloud provider can absolutely guarantee a customer’s HIPAA compliance because each organization faces unique business challenges and risks. (more…) «Get on the Road to HIPAA Compliance with GoGrid’s New Solution Bundle»

Hybrid Clouds to Follow Private Cloud’s Success

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by

As the cloud computing market expands, business decision-makers around the world are pursuing not only private or public clouds, but rather a mixture of the two, in addition to on-site environments. This hybrid cloud mantra enables organizations of all sizes to leverage the hosted solutions they need to grow or gain a competitive advantage, without going overboard with investments or burying themselves in unfamiliar territory.

Hybrid clouds to follow private cloud success path

Hybrid clouds to follow private cloud’s success path

During the past several years, the use of private cloud services in the enterprise has increased dramatically. A recent Gartner report estimates that nearly half of companies will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017 because approximately the same number of firms are currently embracing hybrid mentalities as those that were using private clouds 3 years ago. This finding suggests that the hybrid cloud movement will follow the path of private initiatives by growing beyond aspirations and becoming a reality.

Analysts highlighted how agility is often the leading driver behind cloud adoptions. For this reason, executives across the business world are considering hybrid endeavors that combine on-premise and off-site IT architectures, enabling organizations to follow through with an initiative that caters to their specific needs.

Building the right program
As Big Data, mobility, and social projects become the focus of many IT endeavors, decision-makers are charged with the responsibility of developing a strategy that uses the tools they need to meet long-term objectives. In many cases, the cloud’s natural scalable and flexible characteristics make it an adjustable and customizable platform for companies, allowing IT executives to pursue the programs that give their organization an advantage.

Gartner noted that technology is not the biggest issue when it comes to adopting the cloud. In fact, the largest problem companies usually have is developing a team that can leverage the best of the cloud. In most cases, the technology that is the foundation of the cloud doesn’t necessarily solve a company’s transformational or process issues. Experts said that organizations should build a cloud strategy that can address key challenges in the workplace. In some cases, private cloud projects will not be a panacea because they will only resolve specific types of issues.

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