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Stories by Thor Olavsrud

Five information security trends that will dominate 2015

By Thor Olavsrud | 11 December, 2014 02:56

In information security circles, 2014 has been a year of what seems like a never-ending stream of cyberthreats and data breaches, affecting retailers, banks, gaming networks, governments and more.

Internet of Things Helps Asthma Patients Breathe Easily

By Thor Olavsrud | 26 November, 2014 05:05

With a bit of help from Microsoft and the Internet of Things (IoT), Swedish medical device company Aerocrine is helping doctors around the world diagnose and treat millions of asthma sufferers more effectively.

Yamaha Joins All-in Migration to the Public Cloud

By Thor Olavsrud | 25 November, 2014 01:51

Yamaha Corporation of America, maker of musical instruments and high-end audiovisual gear, has joined the ranks of mid-size enterprises leaving their data centers behind and going all in with public cloud infrastructure Ᾱ well, almost. Its Oracle ERP and Cisco voice system remain on-premises for now.

Why CIOs Need to Embrace New Norms of the Hybrid Cloud

By Thor Olavsrud | 20 November, 2014 07:33

Forget viewing yourself as a cloud services broker. In today's hybrid cloud enterprise the CIO's truly high value role is the creation of seamless business flows that bridge cloud and on-premisec infrastructure to help the business operate better, says Intel CIO Kim Stevenson.

Glassbeam Integrates Its IoT Analytics Platform with Spark

By Thor Olavsrud | 19 November, 2014 02:39

With an eye toward enhancing its Internet of Things (IoT) analytics platform with advanced machine learning and real-time analytics capabilities, machine data analytics specialist Glassbeam today released a new version of the platform that tightly integrates it with Apache Spark.

Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

By Thor Olavsrud | 13 November, 2014 05:21

It's no secret that many IT professionals in large enterprises look down at public clouds -- they don't consider them reliable, secure or safe. But that perception may be shifting, at least when it comes to big data workloads.

In Pictures: 10 IBM Watson-powered apps that are changing our world

By Thor Olavsrud | 07 November, 2014 08:49

IBM is investing $US1 billion in its IBM Watson Group with the aim of creating an ecosystem of startups and businesses building cognitive computing applications with Watson. Here are 10 examples that are making an impact.

Microsoft Adds IoT, Big Data Orchestration Services to Azure

By Thor Olavsrud | 31 October, 2014 02:24

Microsoft added three new big data services to its Azure cloud platform yesterday as part of its ongoing efforts to make Azure a leading platform for big data services and to make it ready to tackle the Internet of Things (IoT).

Intel turns to wearables, big data to fight Parkinson's

By Thor Olavsrud | 29 October, 2014 01:03

Intel and Parkinson's disease researchers have begun outfitting patients with devices to begin gathering data.

Microsoft Outlines Vision for Azure With New Services

By Thor Olavsrud | 22 October, 2014 03:01

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft made a series of announcements around Microsoft Azure, further cementing its position as a core of Microsoft's business going forward.

Booz Allen Takes Data Science Training Online

By Thor Olavsrud | 21 October, 2014 04:45

When it comes to big data projects, the biggest challenge most organizations face, regardless of size, is staffing, says Peter Guerra, a principal in Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategic Innovation Group.

Hadoop platform, apps represent $1 trillion opportunity

By Thor Olavsrud | 17 October, 2014 07:16

Over the past few years, Hadoop and big data have exploded onto the tech landscape, garnering attention on par with cloud and mobile. But that may all be about to change, says Mike Olson, co-founder, chairman and CSO of Hadoop distribution vendor Cloudera.

MapR Makes Its NoSQL Database Freely Available in Community Edition

By Thor Olavsrud | 16 October, 2014 00:49

At O'Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2014 in New York City today, Hadoop distribution specialist MapR Technologies announced that its MapR-DB NoSQL key-value database is now available for unlimited production use as part of its free MapR Community Edition.

Hortonworks Boosts Support for Enterprise Needs in HDP 2.2

By Thor Olavsrud | 16 October, 2014 00:43

Hadoop specialist Hortonworks today announced that the newest version of its Hadoop distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.2, will become generally available in November.

GE says industrial internet is here

By Thor Olavsrud | 10 October, 2014 08:35

"If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you're going to wake up today as a software and analytics company," Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of industrial titan GE, told the crowd this morning as he kicked off GE's third annual Minds + Machines conference on the state of the industrial Internet.