Data Center 7.0
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  hadoop sets data processing no-sql big real-time ibm analytics 974 Visits
At this point in 2011 we have all heard the term Big Data, but what is Big Data really?
There are still a lot of fragmented ideas for Big Data, best I can tell here is a nice definition.
Big Data can be defined simply as multi-terabyte datasets, typically ten or more. But Big Data also involves big complexity, namely many diverse data sources (both internal and external), data types (structured, unstructured, semi-structured), and indexing schemes (relational, distributed file systems, no-SQL). Plus, Big Data requires big processing to achieve useful analytic results.
Summary: Data + Analytics
What are the characteristics of Big Data?
· Very large data sets
· Distributed Aggregation
· Loosely Structured
· Often incomplete
Solve data issues with collaboration of Algorithms to process all the data not just subsets of data.
What are the Big Data components?
· Data at Rest
· Fast Data
Some food for thought in your enterprise:
Does Big Data mean more irrelevant data or does it require better BI tools?
Will Big Data arrive in waves?
If so, how will you accommodate the sudden spikes in requirements?
Are you feeling out of touch with the coming onslaught of Big Data even if you work in IT? No need to worry, this is just the next phase in IT expanding the IT role in an enterprise. You might explore adding some skills or adding deeper skills in / around analytics.
All the solution components are not yet in place to monetize Big Data results, will you be the next startup to exploit these results and help change IT?
In my mind Big Data will change industries and the world! Watch World here comes the next IT Wave!
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  enterprise data sets value warehouse creation bi roi 970 Visits
Most sizable, if not all enterprises have already invested in a Data Warehouse (of some order and magnitude). Not only is it a business best practice, but it helps to uncover new business opportunities if used properly. I wonder how many enterprises that have invested in a Data Warehouse are getting ROI from that Data Warehouse? I ask since, the Business Intelligence (BI) market seems to be growing faster than any other segment in the IT market.
Which leads me to the conclusion that either there hasn’t
been a whole lot of value derived from their Data Warehouse investment to this
point? Or that, I draw another conclusion
that the Data Warehouse tools are adapting to new data sets and being able to
analyze new data sets? Which is it in your enterprise?
How is your enterprise using the data retrieved out of the Data Warehouse? How has it impacted your enterprises bottom line? In this Age of Analytics you need every leg up on your competition. Which is why, I don’t anticipate many responses as most want to keep this info under wraps. Does your Data Warehouse provide a headlight view or a tail light view of your customers?
How is your enterprise going to leverage BI to lead to new business changes? Can’t you envision a time when BI is used to help make tactical and strategic decisions?
Is your enterprise getting the most out of your Data Warehouse? Isn’t it time to discuss your BI business with IBM?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  cloud center computing virtualization data storage 734 Visits
I seem to be stuck in the clouds lately, I am serious I have spent a great deal of time thinking about Cloud Computing.
For instance, with the in-depth push into virtualization across all layers in the Data Center (Storage, Networking, Servers etc….) I have gotten hung up on, at what point in the virtualization process does an enterprise cross over from a virtualized Data Center to having a Private Cloud? Do we have metrics to let us know and are there points of diminishing returns?
Another sticking point is Cloud management tools…. Where are we in the development and roll-out of these tools?
Anyone else stuck on these issues?
Wondering how many enterprises have made the switch to IPv6? Are you willing to share some of your 'gotchas'?
Also wondering how many have migrated over to DNSSEC? Are you willing to share some of your 'gotchas'?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  security compliance enterprise storage data center 838 Visits
The new data everywhere enterprise is about flexibility, which enables task savings freeing up resources to focus other critical enterprise events such as Risk, Security & Compliance.
What type of disk subsystem are we referring to that is flexible allow one to accomplish more?
Are you wondering how can it impact your enterprise?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  data unstructured structured storage 851 Visits
Everyone in IT is familiar w/ the 80 / 20 “rule”.
For networking it used for be 80% of traffic would remain local and then 20% would / could go offsite. Then the Internet Age came about and flipped that paradigm.
The data everywhere revolution is flipping the data storage model from an 80 / 20 rule. Where 80% WAS structured data and 20% was unstructured data. In the past few years, the rule has been creeping toward an equilibrium and it seems w/ the requirement to store video in-house the paradigm has shifted where 80% of the data is now unstructured (email, digital media, medical imaging, digital surveillance video, engineering / scientific data, etc) and 20% of data is structured. Are you locked into a storage offering which is built for the old paradigm? How is this going to benefit your enterprise moving forward?
How flexible is your new storage offering?
A flexible infrastructure is paramount in the new data center which enables an enterprise to quickly adapt to the changing course of the enterprise and technology while working within the realm of shrinking IT budgets.
From a networking perspective an enabler of flexibility is based around the recent 40 & 100GB (802.3ba) Ethernet ratification. This advancement is very important for the new data center not just from a speeds and feeds perspective but from the technology that will follow such as TRILL (RFC 5556) will change the game not just on the network edge (Metro Ethernet) but in emulating Ethernet services in all kinds of new connectivity offerings. From a storage perspective how does an enterprise properly move into the Petabyte age? Your business needs should dictate your storage needs not the other way around.
Or put another way how to tame the data explosion issue?
How is your enterprise preparing for this?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  enterprise fcoe security center policies convergence data 5 Comments 1,444 Visits
In response to: Data Center 7.0 & StorageI am surprised that nobody questioned the business model I referenced; questioning its validity? I believe it is NOT valid, as business is constantly adapting to the new trends and directions (successful enterprises are not rigid). I believe, in order for the new flexible business model to be followed the IT organization must be more flexible. Another component is that IT leaders need to push further into businesses to allow enterprises the ability for them continue to grow through increased productivity and automation. We also need longer term goals instead of quarter to quarter we need to take the time to plan out strategy and roll it out and being integrated tighter into an enterprise is just one way to achieve this.
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  security enterprise convergence fcoe center data policies 1 Comment 1,419 Visits
How has your enterprise been exploiting the
‘recession’ to push forward with new technology upgrades? Isn’t that what
we were taught to do in Econ. 201 & 202 (recall the businesses that
invested the most during times of economic downturn were the one’s taking the
greatest strides as the recovery came around and hence the most market share.
Think about your current data center was it built prior to 1997? If
so, your enterprise is not alone as a majority of them were built prior to then
(kind of scary knowing all the great technology created during the DOT.COM
Boom) and all that which has followed. Well, needless to say your
enterprise is NOT exploiting the most current technology initiatives that will
allow your business to continue to grow and gain market share. When did
you deploy IP phones were you early or late to deploying this technology set?
Are you ready to deploy a converged storage network? If not, why?
Is it due to lack of skills? Is it due to budget? Here are just
some of the benefits (simplified administration (are you willing to hand over
your storage network to the network team? If NO what are you doing to prevent
this coming skill absorption?)) rapid storage provisioning and roll outs,
increased cost savings). Are you skeptical that this will happen?
Think back to the early '90's and how many network protocols did the enterprise
have (DECnet, IPX/SPX, AppleTalk, Apollo domain, Named Pipes, XNS, etc) to
contend with and once IP was deemed the enterprise standard... in the end IP
won BIG. Still not convinced? Consider how many technologies
Ethernet has displaced (ATM, Token Ring, FDDI) with IP & Ethernet pushing
into the storage arena isn’t it time to put considerable thought into terms it
will impact Storage Network moving forward? Also consider how will this
impact your data center moving forward?
Until next time keep thinking about how Data Center 7.0 can help your enterprise move forward to quicker growth when this recession comes to an end.