Big Data: Plenty of Jobs, Shortage of Talent

The demand for big data professionals is far outstripping the supply. There is a shortage of people trained in big data, statistics, business intelligence, and data analytics. According to Newsfactor Business Report, by 2018 the U.S. could face a shortfall at 140,000 workers. A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that “jobs tied to managing and […]

EMC VNX Storage Refresh Finally Goes Public

EMC has officially announced the refresh of the VNX line of storage technologies.

Cleversafe Raises $55M for Object Storage Aimed at Big Data

Over at VentureBeat, Sean Ludwig reports that Cleversafe, a provider of data storage products, has raised $55 million in its fourth round of funding to go after the big data and cloud business. Cleversafe is based in Chicago, and it’s notable for its dsNet object storage systems data protection system. Using what Cleversafe calls Storage Dispersal it solves […]

­­­­­­­­­­­­Intel to Customize Chips for Big Data

Agam Shah over at Computerworld reports that Intel is now tuning chips for Big Data workloads. Intel is trying to determine how chips can perform better in predictive analytics, cloud data collection and specific task processing. The company is also increasing its efforts in software, and has also released its own distribution of Hadoop, which is […]

Big Data Could Replace Your Credit Score

Startups are using Big Data analytics as a decision support tool to completely replace the traditional FICO credit score.

Smart Cities, Big Data, and Privacy

Jane Wakefield at the BBC reports that Big Data is being used in previously unthought-of ways. For example, the Advanced Computing Center at the University of Vermont is measuring both happiness and health of 180,000 people in the U.S.  The Hedonometer project used 37 million geolocated tweets from people across the U.S. It found that […]

How Big Data Could Help Government Save Money

Elena Malykhina at InformationWeek reports that Federal IT professionals have estimated that the U.S. government agencies can save $500 billion dollars or 14% of their budgets by analyzing big data. However, only 31% of these federal IT managers believe their big data strategies are sufficient to achieve this, and only a quarter of them have […]

Big Data Answers, But Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Making business decisions requires more than just Big Data analytics.

Twitter Hashtags Predicted Rising Egyptian Tensions

Hal Hodson over at The New Scientist reports that rising tensions in Egypt were predicted by analyzing Twitter feeds.  Ingmar Weber at the Qatar Computing Research Institute had created the Political Polarization Index to measure the level of tension on Twitter.  Looking at Egyptian tweets between March 2012 and June 2013, a value of 0 […]

Skyera Unveils skyEagle All-Flash Array, Breaks $2/GB Price

Last week Skyera, a make of all flash array storage announced the skyEagle Series. Available in the first half of 2014, this product is notable for breaking the $2/GB barrier for an all-flash array. The product boasts an impressive 500 TB of capacity in a 1 U form factor. In contrast, the largest capacity available […]