Posts Tagged ‘big data’

Not Using a Full Backup for Your Big Data? You Should Be

Alyanna Ilyadis

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Alyanna is a Product Marketing Manager at Dell EMC working in data protection. She graduated from Bryant University in 2015 and has been working at Dell EMC since then. Outside of work, she enjoys illustrating and putting too much time into video games.

Your business relies on making sure all its important information is kept safe and easily recoverable if something goes wrong. When we start talking about mission critical applications, most people can’t imagine themselves not keeping that data safe. As Big Data starts to become (and has become) mission critical, there begins a growing need to protect it.


Businesses used to understand data as being structured or neatly organized in databases found within the enterprise.  But then, an emergence of new data started to spread, data is now being gathered from many diverse sources. Web logs, ecommerce transactions and demographic information left behind by customer interactions with a company became a useful source of data for corporations. This rapid growth of new data sources that is characterized by high volumes of growth, generated at high velocities, and include both these structured and unstructured data sources could be analyzed and used to better the business. For instance, Chrysler uses data gathered from their manufacturing floor, which is then used to help boost operational efficiency. All fortune 100 companies are using Big Data analytics, and with rapid technology adoption, projects are maturing faster than ever. This Big Data holds great value to businesses by allowing them to better understand their customers and gain a competitive edge, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage and protect. (more…)

Compliance in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Jim Shook

Director, eDiscovery and Compliance Field Practice, Data Protection and Availability Division
I am a long-time “lawyer/technlogist”, having learned assembly language on a TRS-80 at age 12 and later a degree in Computer Science. But the law always fascinated me, and after being a litigator and general counsel for over 10 years, the challenges that technology brought to the law and compliance let me combine my favorite pursuits. I spend my days helping EMC’s customers understand their legal and compliance obligations, and then how to apply technology and best practices to meet them.

Big data.  Artificial intelligence.  Proprietary algorithms.  These capabilities today help drive disruption in all kinds of businesses, and are keys to a promising future.

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These technologies all help businesses to drive more decision-making processes and analysis within software.  In turn, this helps to make the business more agile and scalable  – and can also eliminate built-in human bias and guesswork.  Perhaps most important, these technologies often include the ability to learn and improve as more decisions are made, so they can improve over time.

But what happens when the inevitable disputes occur and regulators intervene or lawsuits are filed?  Normally, lawyers would dig up the facts in a process called “discovery” – obtaining information about a case from witnesses, documents and electronically stored information.  However, as we leverage these advanced technologies, more of this business activity takes place within software.  The traditional trail of emails, telephone calls, discussions and documents may be gone.  Instead, we are left with electronic pulses running through a computer, all based upon the latest version of software.  And that software itself changes on the fly as it learns, so even its original developers may have only partial information on what is taking place.

In this new paradigm, how do we guarantee justice and compliance?  There are no easy answers but it’s something that regulators, lawyers, business people and especially coders need to consider in the years to come.

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The Future’s So Bright You Gotta Wear Data Protection Shades

Jamie Doherty

Consultant Social Media Engagement Manager, Dell EMC
Jamie brings over 20 years of experience in both traditional and digital marketing and has worked for companies like Direct to Retail Advertising, The Robb Report Magazine and She joined Dell EMC over four years ago to manage the Advanced Software Division’s social media strategy, and since then has taken on the challenge of managing the social media strategy for Dell EMC's Core Technologies Division. Her newest role will be managing Digital Campaigns for the Dell EMC Data Protection Division as well as leading strategy for Social Media in both the Data Protection and Storage Divisions. Jamie is also a Beachbody Coach helping to inspire others to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. When she is not Tweeting on behalf of Dell EMC or working out to Beachbody, you can find her at a live music venue watching her favorite artist or planning her next theme party. Follow her on Twitter @MnkyGrl47 or @CoachFab40

futurebrightThis is the time of year when everyone is either talking about their New Year’s Resolutions or discussing 2016 market predictions.  And, more than anything else, it seems like the information technology sector has the most blog posts and articles discussing what they believe 2016 top trends will look like.

I’ve read through many of those predictions – and even shared some of them on the EMC Twitter handles.  Here are some of the predictions that have been capturing people’s attention in the twittersphere:

  • Cloud Tweaks published their 6 major tech predictions that will have an impact.  Those 6 predictions are:
    • The death of the password
    • Chip-to-cloud protection will be the new normal
    • New technologies and standards that enable consumer privacy and security will become a competitive differentiator
    • The evolving Internet of Things (IoT) will change the way we interact
    • Tagging data at source will multiply the value of Big Data
    • The fight to become the “Amazon” of IoT will intensify
  • Our own Core Blog predicts cloudy skies with clearing complexity through three distinct channels:  Flash, Hybrid Cloud, and the collision of the worlds of primary storage and protection storage.


Yes Virginia, The Internet of Things and Big Data are Real

Brian Heckert

Principal Content Editor, Dell EMC
My first long-term exposure to technology was the typewriter. I still love that invention, which really sparked my interest in writing. For the past 20 years, I have worked in high tech as a content development specialist, marketing writer, and documentation editor. Prior to working in the software industry, I was a journalist, photographer, photo editor, and military fire fighter. After hours, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and hiking in the mountains.

The following email recently arrived from one of our readers.

Dear EMC:

Some of my colleagues say there is no Internet of Things. Or big data. Or Santa’s workshop.

Please tell me the truth; are these things real?

—Virginia from IT

The following is our response.

Virginia, your coworkers are misinformed. The Internet of Things is real. Big data is real, too. And Santa’s workshop? Well, more on that later.

Santa Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a complex network of physical objects that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and remote connectivity. The IoT enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

Think about your favorite electronic toys. Many of them include little devices called sensors. Sensors collect data from the toys you interact and have fun with. The thermostat in your home that you adjust from your smartphone is one of those IoT toys. The IoT is comprised of all of these sensors in all of the gadgets, devices, and machines that we rely on that connect to the Internet. But collecting all of that data is just the beginning.

Once gathered, the data must be leveraged so that people like you can benefit from it—so lots of people can benefit from it. The IoT is the infrastructure that creates an infinite number of opportunities to integrate things with sensors and make our lives better. That’s not just a powerful concept, Virginia, it’s real! (more…)

Genomics – a Game Changer for Medicine and Data Lakes

Jay Livens

Director, Product Marketing
Jay’s passion is technology. It started when he was a child and used to take apart flashlights and could not remember how to put them back together. You can imagine how that turned out especially when power outages occurred. However, Jay persisted and charted a course through life that included a lengthy stop in the financial services industry. After receiving an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, his path turned towards storage and he had stints with a storage reseller, a storage startup and a couple of big storage companies. After serving in multiple roles, Jay settled on marketing as his future career-path; however, he is not your typical marketer. All things technology intrigue him and he likes to know how things work, not just the marketing stuff, but how stuff really works. At Dell EMC, Jay runs field and channel marketing for the Data Protection and Storage Divisions in the Americas and looks forward to sharing his perspectives on his division, products and life in general.

The human body is an amazing machine and yet it is made up of just 20,000 gene sequences.  Think about that, everything that makes us who we are is defined in 20,000 genes – unbelievable, really.  The importance of our genome cannot be understated and so it is no surprise that scientists have extended a massive effort to sequence our genes and understand the basic building blocks of human life.genomics

A complete sequence of the genome was accomplished at the end of 2000 and was announced by President Clinton with lots of fanfare and excitement.  Yet, when we think back to the technology used, it seems quaint and even archaic.  At the time, the Pentium was Intel’s flagship CPU and it was paired with hard drives storing a whopping 50GB!  The world of computing has evolved since then with new technologies like multi-core CPUs, massive parallel processing architectures, high capacity data analytics and significant increases in I/O bandwidth. (more…)




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