Challenges of Big Data

Much hype exists about big data and the benefits it can bring, but let’s not forget that with the adoption of any new technology a thorough vetting of the opportunities and challenges is crucial. Today, let’s take a look at some of the challenges of big data. First, Mark Hoover, of Washington Technology writes from … Continue reading “Challenges of Big Data”

What is Big Data Technology?

Gartner defines “big data” technology as “high-volume, -velocity and –variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing for enhanced insight and decision making,” reports Svetlana Sicular for Forbes Magazine. Ms. Sicular further explains that “variety” can be one of the more interesting aspects as she sees the insights benefits companies can gain … Continue reading “What is Big Data Technology?”

The Future of Storage

Cloud computing, virtualization and big data all affect the future of storage. As Alan Radding of Network World reports cloud computing, for example, has turned storage from an ”array of disks to a service” and the future is predicted to bring an explosion in the amount of data that needs to be stored, “big data”. … Continue reading “The Future of Storage”

Cloud Computing in Healthcare

What role does cloud computing play in healthcare? What are the benefits? Scott Good of Forbes Magazine recently wrote an article about “Why Healthcare must embrace cloud computing.” In his article he reports that the cloud computing market in healthcare is expected to grow to $5.4 billion by 2017 spurred by requirements of HIPPA and … Continue reading “Cloud Computing in Healthcare”

Data Center Energy Efficiency

How you cool your data center affects your energy efficiency.  As the summer heat begins, let’s look at some new findings regarding data center energy efficiency as reported by James Niccolai of InfoWorld. First, a common measurement for data center energy efficiency is PUE or power usage effectiveness. PUE is a standard ratio that looks … Continue reading “Data Center Energy Efficiency”

Virtualization Best Practices

How can IT mitigate security risks from virtualization and eliminate the negative impacts it can have on storage? Jon Brodkin of Network World walks us through several virtualization best practices to get the most benefit from the technology. A Gartner survey found that 40% of virtualization projects were undertaken without the security team’s involvement. In … Continue reading “Virtualization Best Practices”

Data Center Checklist

A well thought out data center disaster recovery plan is key to recovering quickly when a disruptive event occurs. Tech Target’s Paul Kirvan provides us with several data center checklists to follow in the aftermath of an outage. Mr. Kirvan recommends reviewing these checklists to ensure your plan is comprehensive as well using them as … Continue reading “Data Center Checklist”