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My and ESG Lab Analyst Aviv Kaufmann's impressions from Interop 2014.
It seems that every time a new major IT platform is delivered, backing it up is an afterthought – often exacerbated by the fact that the platform vendor didn’t create the APIs or plumbing to enable a backup ecosystem. Each time, there is a gap where the legacy folks aren’t able to adapt quickly enough and a new vendor (or small subset) start from scratch to figure it out. And for a while, perhaps a long while, they are the defacto solution until the need becomes so great that the platform vendor creates the APIs, and then everyone feverishly tries to catch up. Sometimes they do, other times, not so much.
Microsoft is finally telling a big data vision that leverages their market strengths, bringing multiple product lines together for some really powerful solutions.
Data protection and disaster recovery are underserved topics in the big data market today. ESG has some ideas on best practices to remedy this problem.
I’ve been fortunate in my role as an ESG Lab Analyst in that I’ve been able to be hands-on with a mix of companies that range from new, emerging startups to mature, proven companies. Specifically in the “Big Data” space, the exposure to the new products and technology has been just enough that I really want to wrap my head around everything there is to know. My ultimate goal at a high-level is to provide clarity where it’s needed - clarity in a cloudy (pun intended), confusing big data ecosystem. What do I need to fix my problem? Who does what? How do they do it? And the big question for me right now: Who really does what they say they do?
The Heartbleed bug is huge, but steeped in fairly technically lingo. Here's a brief, laymen-friendly summary.
There is a dizzying array of "automatic" storage management functions available to IT professionals these days. From snaps to tiering, to replication, and even integration of the cloud, much of it can be a "set and forget" policy-driven joy! Can't it!?
Changes in threat landscape and security technology demand creativity beyond vanilla cybersecurity.
An observation of the industry's biggest problem in big data - no one can succincty articulate what they actually do, why it has value, and how it fits in the greater scheme of a complete solution. The Big Data Techcon in Cambridge was a great example of this challenge.
Today the Boston Globe published an article suggesting that the great (sarcasm) state of Massachusetts should repeal a longstanding law allowing Non-Compete agreements to be enforced (though oddly, ONLY for Tech Companies - so it's totally fine for everyone else).
It specifically called out EMC as a long-standing enforcer of these agreements.
Thus, my two cents.