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By Jeremy Glesner Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and “What is its business value?”. The Internet is overloaded with definitions, characteristics, and benefits; however, few discussions synthesize all three of these topics in one place. This paper answers these questions, and proposes a total cost calculation framework for CTOs and CIOs that are evaluating solutions for their organization’s use case(s). In the text below, I examine an on-premise Hadoop ecosystem as a general purpose Big Data solution in relation to alternative commercial purpose-built storage technologies (-e.g. Oracle, Teradata, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, E... (more)

Le déploiement d’une version stable d’OpenStack à venir

Le 28 mai dernier avait lieu à Paris l’OpenStack in action 5!, un ensemble de conférences immanquables pour bon nombre de DSI (Dirigeant de Services Informatiques) et d’OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer ou fabricant d’équipement d’origine en français) sur la technologie OpenStack. Provectio était présent à cet événement avec l’espoir d’en savoir un peu plus sur les projets de la fondation dans sa capacité à proposer une version stable de sa solution. OpenStack, c’est quoi ? Pour clarifier un peu les choses, voici un petit rappel sur les bases du projet... (more)

Rackspace to Host Conference Call for Second Quarter 2014 Results

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwired - July 09, 2014) - Rackspace® Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX) will announce its second quarter 2014 financial results on Monday, August 11, 2014 starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. CT, 1:30 p.m. PT. Graham Weston, chairman and chief executive officer, Taylor Rhodes, president, and Karl Pichler, chief financial officer, will host the call. To access the live conference call, participants should dial: From United States and Canada dial: 800-786-0540 From United Kingdom dial: 0800-496-0445 From Hong Kong dial: 800-900-872 A live webcast, as well as a replay ... (more)

Samsung, Intel, Dell and More form the Open Interconnect Consortium

There’s yet another tech industry group focused on the internet of things in town. Samsung has partnered with Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel and Intel-owned Wind River to launch the Open Interconnect Consortium, an organization aiming to create engineering standards to help electronic devices ‘talk’ to one another — e.g. controlling your Samsung fridge from an Intel-powered smartphone. Consumers can already control their smart (Nest) thermostat from their phone or message their LG washing machine, but the internet of things promises to make this kind of activity possible across ... (more)

Rackspace Hosts First-Ever Rackspace::Solve Summit in San Francisco on July 28th

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwired - July 09, 2014) - Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) announces its first-ever thought leadership summit, Rackspace::Solve, taking place on July 28, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. The event is a one-day summit where customers, prospects, investors and media can hear directly from companies including Docker, CoreOS, New Relic and ObjectRocket, as well as Rackspace CTO John Engates and Robert Scoble, on how businesses are solving tough IT challenges in big data with MongoDB, Internet of Things, e-commerce, DevOps and cloud architecture. In addition,... (more)

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