The Cloud is a critical resource for Big Data Analytics

There has been a significant growth in the use of big data analytics in recent years. There was a time not that long ago when the technology was only available and usable only by major enterprises and tech-savvy start-ups. However, things have moved on. Big data analytics is now a fact of life for many different companies from all sectors who want to use information and insight to drive business growth.

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Gamers’ glitches are major hitches

Joe Bloggs is poised; on the verge of completing a truly legendary 30-man raid on his favourite multiplayer online role-playing game. The loot – the spoils of war – is in his sights, until…the dreaded crash. Not only has this wonderful moment been spoilt, but Joe can never get it back – short of going through the whole process again. In fact, 93 per cent of online gamers experience stalling during gaming sessions, and over a third of this group encounter the problem at least once an hour, according to new research from WHIPTAIL.

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How Open Source cloud computing provides the solution to SMEs’ Big Data challenge

Currently many organisations who deal with data have amassed more information than they can easily store or manage. Unfortunately, the rate of data growth will only continue to accelerate. Data analyst, Wikibon, forecasts that on the back of a super-charged compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 58 percent between now and 2017, the big data market will top the $50 billion mark. Yet, these figures only tell part of the story. Today, rather than just amassing big data, companies increasingly want to ‘do things’ with it: they want to find ways to process, analyse and mine data to enable them to make more informed business decisions.

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WHIPTAIL supercharges VDI for 16 municipality emergency services in the Netherlands

One of the largest emergency service units in the Netherlands, Veiligheids- en gezondheidsregio Gelderland-Midden (VGGM), has chosen WHIPTAIL ACCELA storage arrays to power an existing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) project used in emergency situations for 16 municipalities within the Gelderland province. The deal marks WHIPTAIL’s first customer in the Benelux region, which will continue to be a key market in 2013 and beyond.

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Trend Micro’s 2013 Security Report: what advice is Trend Micro offering users?

Some of the predictions in Trend Micro’s Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and the Cloud report were headline-grabbing, and will have raised concerns among users. What can users do to protect their online security, and how can they ensure that the cloud computing services they access are as secure as they would like? Well, here is Trend Micro’s advice for users in the wake of its latest report.

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Sponsor Case Study – Informatics Merseyside offers healthcare staff flexible and efficient work practices using AirWatch® cloud computing

The Challenge

Healthcare providers are coming under increasing pressure to produce cost savings whilst improving patient care. Agile working and hotdesking are key concepts within many organizations trying to drive such efficiencies. Healthcare providers look to mobile initiatives to deliver savings through paperless boards, which eliminate the need to print hundreds of pages of paper and allow for greater flexibility and easier management. Electronic medical records also allow for remote viewing of patient data with online storage facilities and easy data sharing. However, devices, apps and content sharing facilities used to access sensitive patient data need to be secured. Healthcare-specific regulations, such as limitations on where data can be stored, are critically important. To meet these requirements, healthcare organizations are turning to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions, which include device, application, content and email management.

The Client

Informatics Merseyside is an Information Management and Technology (IM&T) NHS shared-service that supports 11 different Trusts, with 28,000 users, 18,000 IT devices and 750,000 patients across the Merseyside Health Economy. They were looking for an ideal MDM solution and turned to AirWatch for help and advice:

“We started to look at MDM solutions when, as a result of our paperless board, more and more mobile devices were being deployed onto the organization network,” said Steven Parker, technical innovations lead at Informatics Merseyside.

“When we first started a paperless board at Informatics Merseyside, we were using the devices’ configuration utilities to set up roles on devices, but before long, there were a lot of devices out there and we realized that we didn’t have the required security control over them, because it wasn’t possible to make any wireless changes.”

After evaluating a number of providers, Informatics Merseyside decided that AirWatch®offered the speed of deployment needed through cloud computing services and that made them the clear choice. Informatics Merseyside was managing its devices within just 40 minutes.

Today, Informatics Merseyside, through its I’M Mobile cloud computing program, moves far beyond its paperless board beginnings. The programme allows partner organizations direct, mobile access to corporate and clinical systems, and enables clinicians across the country to access patient information through their mobile devices. AirWatch helps keep information, devices and apps secure. Furthermore, NHS policies prevent NHS organizations from storing any information outside the United Kingdom, and AirWatch can manage content across the partner organizations, preventing employees from breaking the rules regarding storage and sharing.

The Solution

To secure its paperless board, Informatics Merseyside implemented AirWatch. This implementation allowed the organization to secure a fleet of devices, send updates through cloud computing and reduce the cost and time associated with printing board documents: according to Steven Parker the transition has been seamless:

“The beauty of AirWatch is the fact that our end-users haven’t noticed it. And to me, that proves what a good product it is. The remote-wipe capabilities provide peace of mind that. Should a device be lost or stolen, we now have the capabilities to remove any corporate data. We have the ability to delegate rights, deliver configurations and put restrictions in place.”

Through AirWatch’s multi-tenancy capability, Informatics Merseyside enables its 11 regional partner Trusts to implement mobile productivity strategies by leveraging the centre of excellence provided by the AirWatch administrator:

Through its I’M Mobile initiative, Informatics Merseyside enables clinicians in its partner organizations to access patient data through custom-developed apps, which are deployed to the devices and updated using AirWatch’s Mobile Application Management (MAM) functionality. Employees can now log in from home utilising cloud computing services and download their patient lists and details into a fully encrypted offline form, eliminating the need to go into the office before being able to see patients.

Informatics Merseyside are a sponsor at this year’s Whitehall Media Enterprise Cloud Computing & Virtualization conference, at the Hotel Russell, on the 7th March.

Public convenience: private confidence – automated private cloud computing for secure Saas hosting

Has Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transformed the world of IT? Well, actually it’s done more than that. The SaaS revolution has swept aside many traditional business models by offering the end-user a fully-working product: granted it might need some tweaking for each enterprise’s requirements, but generally it’s pretty much there. SaaS provides users with the ability to take immediate control of what they want, rather than have to engage a host of expensive IT consultants to interpret these needs.

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WHIPTIAL – School’s out for spinning disks as the storage revolution rises to top of the class

From the days of the BBC Micro – with its LOGO program that taught children as young as six to code as they commanded an electronic “turtle” around the classroom floor – to the recent fashion for decking out teaching rooms with Internet-connected “smart” boards that facilitate collaborative learning, schools have over the years proven themselves to be enthusiastic early adopters of new technologies, using them to explore innovative ways of teaching and learning.

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Big Data is essential to improving health care outcomes according to EMC

Big data is going through a transformation, and health care IT will be a major beneficiary of its analytics capabilities, according to Dave Dimond, chief strategist for industry solutions at EMC, a major provider of cloud computing, data backup and big data infrastructure. Mr Dimond is convinced that the health care industry can use big data analytics to better detect diseases and aid medical research.

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Big Data Analytics Conference 2012: Exhibitor Feedback

Whitehall Media, the UK’s market-leading business-to-business multi-platform media group was delighted that its recent Big Data Analytics Conference was received with critical acclaim by both leading industry sponsors and delegates from the Large Enterprise Sector. The prestigious cross-industry conference, which was held at Victoria Park Plaza, London on 6 December, 2012, proved to be the biggest and most successful Big Data Analytics event of the year. The feedback received from the 500 delegates and from the major industry sponsors attending the event was positive and encouraging, and confirmed our belief that we are providing a service that is appreciated. But, what about our exhibitors: what did they think of the recent Big Data Analytics Conference? Here is some of the feedback and reflections from 3 of our recent exhibitors, Unisys, Ixis and AirWatch. Continue reading…