Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.
The big data industry now has many markets for the various categories of products and services that make up the industry. Data Vendors are the companies that sell raw material of pure, unadulterated data for data analytics, and businesses such as Microsoft Azure Datamarket or DatastreamX act as data marketplaces, where businesses can offer their own data for sale as well as buy it in. Infrastructure and Platform Providers are the vendors that offer their installations and services based around the most popular open source big data technologies such as Hadoop and Spark. Big data consulting companies help get analytics projects up and running and make the most data available- these include Cloudera and Hortonworks with Hadoop. Other markets include: general purpose analytics vendors, specialist analytics vendors, and visualization solutions vendors.
With valentine’s day coming up the big question is- can data save your love life? Datings apps seem to think so. More than 11% of Americans have tried online dating with a large success rate. Christian Rudder, cofounder of OKCupid, found that the success of data sites and apps isn’t just about finding the right algorithm, but finding the right data, as many online daters may report inaccurate information about themselves. Online dating programs that also ask users to provide permission to scan their other accounts (such as Netflix, Spotify, or Facebook) to refine their searches tend to have higher success rates in providing matches. Other ways that data can improve relationships, at least for the data nerd, is providing insight to where one’s loved one may be spending their time and money the most online, or understand how to become more creative in the Valentines they give by viewing the data reported from major gift providers like 1800flowers.com or 123greetings.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has testified to the Senate that IoT devices could be used by unspecified intelligence agencies to perform a variety of snooping activities, including things like tracking, surveillance, and even finding targets to recruit. Previously, the Office of Personnel Management, Homeland Security, and FBI staff were hacked, revealing the personal contact details of thousands of employees. Because concerns around security are increasing, the FTC is pushing harder towards increased security in the future.
Cisco warned on Monday of serious flaws it found in an Internet-connected thermostat control, which the company said are typical among products of vendors who aren’t well-versed in network security. The flaws were found in the ComfortLink II thermostats made by Trane. The thermostats allow users to control room temperature from a mobile device, display the weather and even act as a digital photo frame. Trane was notified in April 2014. It patched two of the vulnerabilities in April 2015 and the final one on Jan. 27, a Cisco threat researcher reported.
Self Service and Enterprise
Several articles today discussed how VMware gave enterprise a BYOD boost with three new tools. Single-Sign On access will leverage Secure App Token Systems for authentication to allow employees instant self-service access to a personalized enterprise application store where they can subscrbe to virtually an mobile, cloud or Windows applications. Workspace One will include consumer-style email, calendar, contacts, content and chat applications that feature invisible security measures. Swipe and touch integrations with Web applications such as Evernote and Gmail as well as third-party tools like Atlassian Jira and GitHub will also be included. VMware also updated its Horizon and Horizon Air tools with new cloud-optimized display protocol and a new hybrid-mode capability in order to simplify application and desktop delivery. With these new tools and updates, VMware hopes to make mobility easier for enterprises to manage.
CRN did posted a slideshow of the top leaders in the data center and enterprise for 2016 based on on a number of segments, including Ethernet switch, Ethernet switch silicon, Ethernet switch operating system and SDN control. Some top leaders include Cisco, HP Enterprise, Juniper Networks, and Nuage Networks.
Timothy Prickett Morgan of The Next Platform provides a broad look into OpenStack, defining it as an an automation framework for Linux that just happens to allow Windows instances to run on KVM. Morgan highlights an interview with Mirantis, to discuss the history and current forecast for the cloud tool, noting many distributors have disappeared, including Nebula, which was founded by a NASA team, and Metacloud, which was snapped up by OpenStack. Still, he notes, some OpenStack companies that are growing include Mirantis and Rackspace.
In the trenches with OpenStack – The Next Platform