Five key strategies for cloud-based e-discovery management

In this tip, learn five strategies to ensure cloud-based information governance processes meet organizations' unique e-discovery management needs.
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Criteria for selecting an AWS partner

Enterprises moving to public cloud often seek the help of an experienced integration partner. But with more than 1,000 choices to filter through, do you know what to look for in an AWS partner?
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The truth about using snapshot technology as data protection

Marc Staimer discusses using snapshot technology in your data protection strategy and outlines issues you should know about before opting for this approach.
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Gushing Big Data, Streaming Analytics

To keep up with consumption, oil companies are constantly seeking fresh sources of petroleum and new ways to improve the production and efficiency of existing wells. Big Data and analytics may be new to some industries, but the oil industry has been dealing with massive amounts of data to make drilling decisions for a long time. In their pursuit to discover what lies below the surface and how to extract it, oil companies have invested in seismic software, visualization tools and other digital technologies.

STREAMING ANALYTICS IS NEW

According to Forrester Research Inc[i], “Streaming analytics is anything but a sleepy, rearview mirror analysis of data”. It’s about enabling firms to find and act on patterns in large volumes of fast-moving, real-time data coupled with historical, contextual data within microseconds in order to take advantage of opportunities, or avert potential threats. Imagine having the capability to find and act on patterns in the oil industry – in microseconds.

For an industry facing steadily increasing CAPEX and a rising cost of production, the savings could be counted in billions. According to Bain & Company[ii], analytics could improve production as much as 6% to 8%.

Well control provides an excellent example of where a streaming analytics solution coupled with process management could be implemented. Alerts can be developed to monitor drilling activity in real-time such as cementing operations, pressure tests, and other well conditions and activity – all with microsecond control.

Typically, oil companies have systems that look at historical data, which may provide insights that, at best, are an hour or more old. In an industry where applications need to respond to alerts, threats or opportunities in the moment, hour old data is simply not good enough. While traditional data management systems are still required, a new, complementary system is needed — one that lets firms use a “leave and layer” approach to their IT architecture allowing them to enhance their current operational systems.

And what does a fully integrated IT, streaming analytics and business process infrastructure generate for oil executives? Essentially, these executives gain dashboard-based insights with analytics and real-time data that better arms them with critical information that enables them to make smart decisions at the right time.  When Forrester Research completed their study of streaming analytics, they ranked Software AG’s intelligent business operation portfolio at the top[iii].

Software AG (www.softwareag.com) enables organizations to transform into Digital Enterprises allowing them to differentiate from competitors and better engage with their customers, partners, and employees.  The company offers big data, streaming analytics, integration, and business process technologies that help enterprises drive operational efficiency, modernize systems and optimize processes for smarter decisions and better service.


[i] The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Streaming Analytics Platforms, Q3 2014 – The Answer To Exploiting Perishable Insights (see: http://bit.ly/1p1dQOT)

[ii] Bain and Company Insights (see: http://bit.ly/1sJCGqt)

[iii] The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Streaming Analytics Platforms, Q3 2014 – The Answer To Exploiting Perishable Insights (see: http://bit.ly/1p1dQOT)

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Comparing the variety of all-flash storage arrays available today

Leah Schoeb of Evaluator Group outlines the all-flash storage arrays on the market, from traditional array retrofits to purpose-built flash offerings.
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Improve all-flash storage array efficiency with thin provisioning

George Crump discusses how an all-flash storage array benefits from thin provisioning and what to look for when evaluating a system's thin provisioning capability.
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NoSQL DB vendors gain recognition — more adoption next hurdle

Despite finding their way into Gartner Magic Quadrant reports, vendors of NoSQL databases are still in the early-adopter stage with users. Is there a need for NoSQL software in your organization?
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NoSQL DB vendors gain recognition — more adoption next hurdle

Despite finding their way into Gartner Magic Quadrant reports, vendors of NoSQL databases are still in the early-adopter stage with users. Is there a need for NoSQL software in your organization?
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Zetta.net performs cloud backups without appliance

Zetta.net beefs up WAN optimization in DataProtect 4.5 to back up and restore Windows Server images to and from the cloud without requiring a physical appliance.
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CommVault adds Simpana 10 bundles for VM and endpoint backup

Rather than insist on customers buying its entire Simpana 10 R2 data protection package, CommVault is selling bundles for specific needs such as VM/cloud backup.
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