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HP Targets Big Data as Part of its Converged Infrastructure Push

HP is hopping on the Big Data bandwagon. On Monday the company announced a new organization, HP Converged Systems, cobbled together from various dedicated resources “…to deliver purpose-built technology for social, cloud, mobile and big data solutions. The business unit is charged with helping accelerate the next generation of the “Converged Infrastructure concept.”  Announced last […]

Big Data Security – Not There Yet

When it comes to security, Big Data is a two-edged sword. On one hand it can be used to analyze mountains of data in order to foil intruders, head off attacks and neutralize a wide variety of other threats. But the network architecture required to support Big Data analytics is itself vulnerable to attack. Writing […]

Here’s to Your Health with Big Data

Electronic health records (EHRs) were supposed to revolutionize healthcare, saving up to up to $81 billion a year through innovative new efficiencies and the collection of massive amounts of data that could be used to help prevent as well as cure diseases. Well, it hasn’t happened.  Writing in Computerworld, Lucas Mearian reports that EHRs have […]

Cutting Big Data Down to Size

It’s always a pleasure to run across a well thought-out contrarian point of view, and Dr. Rufus Pollock provides just that in a recent blog post entitled “Forget Big Data, Small Data is the Real Revolution.” Pollock is the founder and co-director of the Open Knowledge Foundation headquartered in Cambridge England. He casts a cold […]

It’s Big Data Week Around the World

In case you weren’t aware of it, we are right in the middle of Big Data Week 2013.  This is a global event featuring a series of community-led Big Data conferences, meetings, workshops, networking events and hackathons. The event, which runs from April 22-28, has a somewhat British flavor, being produced by media 140 Worldwide […]

Creating Tomorrow’s Big Data Workforce

In an economy where jobs are still scarce, it’s good to hear that the demand for skilled workers in Big Data is on the rise. Nationwide, hiring slowed significantly in March with employers adding only 88,000 jobs, down from an average of 220,000 from November through February, according to a story in U.S. News. But […]

Big Data and the Evolving Internet

Big Data Renaissance in North Carolina

In Chapel Hill, there are big doings in Big Data these days. A new collaboration, known as the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) has been launched at RENCI, (Renaissance Computing Institute) at the University of North Carolina. The consortium has ambitious goals according to a recent RENCI press release, which states that NCDS “…aims […]

You Can’t Keep a Good god Down

In Greek mythology the Titans, known as the elder gods, ruled the earth until the Olympians tossed them out of power. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the Titans is not only still with us and doing well, but this modern day diety just got a boost that will help keep it king of […]

Arkansas Dodges the Big Data Trough of Disillusionment

With Gartner claiming that Big Data is heading for its fabled “Trough of Disillusionment,” it’s nice to run across a story that shows the technology being warmly embraced with positive outcomes forecasted. Such is the case with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), which will be using Big Data to modernize the delivery of […]