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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Is Big Data a Key Technology Initiative

Computing programs all over the world have progressed rapidly over the past few years in terms of processing strength, feasibility, dependency, and user reach. There was a time in the late 1960s when students at MIT were using a complex set up to send simple one line messages to their peers across the United States of America. Decades of evolution passed, and today, almost 50 years later, we are standing on the threshold of something new and gigantic. Emerging computing technologies are changing the way we work, we govern, and most importantly the way we think.
IBM Big Data Analytics

 Big data is changing the way people within organizations work together. It is creating a culture in which business and IT leaders must join forces to realize value from all data. Insights from big data can enable all employees to make better decisions—deepening customer engagement, optimizing operations, preventing threats and fraud, and capitalizing on new sources of revenue. But escalating demand for insights requires a fundamentally new approach to architecture, tools and practices.

Big data is an evolving term that describes any voluminous amount of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data that has the potential to be mined for information. Although big data doesn't refer to any specific quantity, the term is often used when speaking about petabytes and exabytes of data.

Big data can be characterized by3Vs: the extreme volume of data, the wide variety of types of data and the velocity at which the data must be must processed. 

The advent of so-called "big data" means that companies, governments and organizations can collect, interpret and wield huge stores of data to an amazing breadth of ends. The emergence of big data has transformed the world of data into a deadly weapon for companies to manipulate. Large amounts of unaccounted data roam the cyberspace today. However, the same technology has been put to intelligent use by scientists and researchers all over the world, using huge data sums to study the changing patterns in our climate and proposing adequate changes for governments all across the globe. 

With huge amounts of data, comes huge amount of responsibility, and this is where data security comes into play. Companies are investing heavily in data security so as to safeguard themselves from cyber attacks that can potentially harm their customers and clients. Data security involves setting up of complex computing systems that enable users to process huge amount of data through filters, thus avoiding the presence of any malware. 

Because big data takes too much time and costs too much money to load into a traditional relational database for analysis, new approaches to storing and analyzing data have emerged that rely less on data schema and data quality. Instead, raw data with extended metadata is aggregated in a data lake and machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) programs use complex algorithms to look for repeatable patterns. 

Big data analytics is often associated with cloud computing because the analysis of large data sets in real-time requires a platform like Hadoop to store large data sets across a distributed cluster and MapReduce to coordinate, combine and process data from multiple sources.

Data is becoming the oil of the information age; a raw material and the foundation of new goods and services. We can tap it because society is rendering into a data format things that never were before, from our friendships (think Facebook) to our whispers (think Twitter) to the way our car engines grunt before a breakdown. It took a decade and billions of dollars to decode the first human genome ten years ago. Today, that same amount of DNA is sequenced in a day. The implications are as huge as the datasets themselves.

Chandigarh University, in collaboration with IBM, has become the first university in North India to design a program in Big Data for engineering students and professionals. The program has been cultivated under the guidance of IBM, and the program has been introduced as the modern IT sector has a surging employment potential for professionals in this field.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Microsoft Azure Webinar Series

Exclusive Webinars on Azure - Microsoft’s Cloud Platform

Microsoft is hosting a series of exclusive webinars on Azure - Microsoft’s cloud platform. Azure is a growing collection of integrated services that help you move faster, do more and increase productivity.

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Date Time Topic Name Register
20-01-2015  10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.  All about the Next-generation release of Azure SQL Database Description: Register Now
21-01-2015  03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.  Using SQL Server on an Azure VM Description: Register Now
22-01-2015  03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.  The 'Why' and 'How' of Public Cloud Description: Register Now
23-01-2015  03:00 P.M.- 04:00 P.M.  Learnings from Microsoft Technology Center on Data and Cloud platforms Description: Register Now
28-01-2015 03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M. Open Source Integration with Azure Description: Register Now
30-01-2015 03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.  Introduction to Application Insights Description: Register Now

Friday, 9 January 2015

Intel to launch compute-on-a-stick device this year

Intel has come up with a compute-on-a-stick device which is pre-installed with Windows 8.1 or with Linux. The stick is four inches long and it carries a quad-core Intel Atom processor. Call it by its name, Compute Stick, or think of it as a neat way to do your work in a pocket-sized form factor. The stick has an HDMI output, a USB port and a microSD card slot.

Intel described the Compute Stick as having "built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage." The Intel Compute Stick launches later this year and the Intel Compute Stick site said to bookmark the page for details, product specs and availability information. What is already clear is that benefits include economy and convenience, as Intel said it offered "everything you love about your desktop computer in a device that fits in the palm of your hand." This is to be a low-cost plug-and-play transforming any large display into a functional computer. The mere fact that the stick has a Linux version for some is news in and of itself.

Lee Mathews in ran through the differences between the stick's Windows 8.1 and Linux versions. With Ubuntu pre-installed, this Linux Compute Stick is to cost less. The stick will have just 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Mathews said that was still plenty of power for basic computing tasks. The Windows with Bing version has 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage, and is priced at $149. Mathews said, "The Compute Stick could be a great way for schools, public libraries and other budget-constrained organizations to stretch their technology dollars." As for mobile workers, Nate Swanner in SlashGear noted that "If you were holed up in a hotel room, the dongle would be great for productivity so long as you had a keyboard and mouse with you." As Swanner suggested, with Compute Stick "you are essentially taking the PC mobile, with an operating system "in the form of an HDMI dongle."

Brad Linder of Liliputing said he could envision "a situation where companies would provide workers with Compute Sticks that they could use at home, at the office, or when working at remote locations while carrying all of their settings and programs with them."

Intel defines its Intel Compute Stick as a new generation of computing that transforms any HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) display into a fully functional computer. Intel has a benefit message for developers too. Intel said this could be a reliable low-power solution for developers creating light digital kiosks "with no-effort installation and delivering streaming or static HD content on displays located anywhere."

Intel plans to begin shipping the Compute Stick during the first quarter of 2015.

YouTube to Soon Support 360-degree Videos

YouTube will reportedly working on adding a feature that will support 360-degree videos.

According to a Gizmodo report, this feature will allow users to upload videos taken with the special 360-degree cameras that are on their way into the market and will probably make use of virtual reality headsets, the Independent reported.

Many of those take the videos in different ways and with different results and YouTube's challenge was getting all of those different kinds of video to work on the site.

However, it's unclear whether the videos will be viewable for anyone using a computer, or if they will require a virtual reality headset to look around the scene.

It might also be available for the growing array of more high-tech goggles, including Samsung's Gear VR.