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  • The business case for IG investments in a post-regulatory world

    Continued calls for deregulation may sound like death knell for information governance, but IG investments may prove to be more vital than ever to businesses in 2017 and beyond. Continue Reading

  • NVM Express, NAND flash energize storage vendors

    Flash storage is the fastest-growing segment of the storage market, and there are a number of emerging drive technologies and flash standards that you should be aware of. The biggest news on the drive technology front that's happening today is the introduction of 3D NAND chips. These chips are stacked vertically to increase the density of cells on a single chip, which in turn increases overall capacity. Another key development is the use of TLC, or triple-level cell, flash in enterprise arrays, due to more sophisticated flash controllers that can balance the wear on these less expensive drives. This is becoming common today and it will further reduce flash costs, making the technology more appealing to a wider variety of organizations. It will also bring flash even closer to cost parity with hard disk drive systems, which may help to drive the popularity of all-flash arrays. As noted above, there are also a number of new flash drive standards aimed at ensuring that chips and drives from multiple vendors are compatible -- SATA Express and nonvolatile memory express. Our Drill Down on new drive technologies and standards will put these SATAe and NVM Express standards in context and explain the importance of both SATAe and NVM Express. You'll also learn about how NAND chips are evolving and possible successors to the technology. Continue Reading

  • Mobile computing in business: Reduce friction, hide security controls

    In this webcast about mobile computing in business, mobility consultant Bob Egan explains why invisible security works better than its visible counterpart. Continue Reading

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  • Compare benefits of a blade server architecture vs. hyper-convergence

    To determine if a series of blade servers is the right call for more condensed compute in your data center, evaluate its benefits compared to hyper-convergence. Continue Reading

  • Evolve IT budget planning for software-defined infrastructure

    During IT budget planning for a software-defined data center, maximize value by accounting for predictable demand spikes, and evaluate resources to avoid losing funding later on. Continue Reading

  • Big data users share their trying but winning analytics war stories

    The challenges encountered in deriving business benefits from big data are huge, but so are the rewards. Hadoop and related technologies are easing those challenges to the point where companies are willing to graduate from experimental to full-blown big data analytics deployments. Still, the march toward that goal can be long and arduous, and not just from a technological and architectural standpoint. Before taking the plunge, big data users, including data scientists, managers and evangelists, are faced with the sometimes monumental task of justifying big data's return on investment to business executives focused on competition, profit margins and allocation of funds. "For a lot of organizations like ours, big data has not yet become a core foundation of running the business," said Beata Puncevic, director of analytics, data engineering and data management at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Yet, actionable insights gained from big data analytics can be indispensable in driving revenue, reducing costs and developing new products.

    This handbook on big data analytics examines the trials and tribulations of big data users who are on the front lines, devising and implementing partial and full-blown applications. In the first feature, editor Craig Stedman interviews battle-tested IT and analytics warriors from Blue Cross, Macy's and Progressive Insurance who reveal the business challenges in justifying the worthiness of big data applications. In the second feature, Stedman explains how real-time big data analytics is helping companies like Comcast and eBay to move quickly on massive amounts of incoming information. And in the third feature, reporter Ed Burns spotlights the decisions at Neilsen and Nasdaq to run or not to run big data systems in the cloud.

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