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Recently I've been doing quite a bit of analysis work using the IBM Watson cognitive business platform. The really exciting thing about this opportunity is the way data can seem to have a conversation with you.  This got me wondering if social media data could carry on a conversation as well.  Given my almost unhealthy interest in cloud computing, we ran a one week experiment to "crowdsource the internet" in order to see if it held any interesting cloud computing insights. To narrow the volume of documents down to a reasonable number, I limited providers to those on the most recent Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant: Microsoft Amazon Web Services Google VMware IBM Rackspace Verizon CSC Interoute CenturyLink Dimension Data Fujitsu Joyent NTT Communications Virtustream Leveraging Watson, I gathered cloud computing related social media documents. According to Watson, in one ... (more)

Government Cloud Achilles Heel: The Network | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Security

Cloud computing is rewriting the books on information technology (IT) but inter-cloud networking remains a key operational issue. Layering inherently global cloud services on top of a globally fractured networking infrastructure just doesn't work. Incompatibilities abound and enterprise users are forced to use "duct-tape and baling wire" to keep their global operations limping along. The continuing gulf between IT professionals and business managers only exacerbates this sad state of affairs. IT professionals, however, bear a more significant amount of blame for the current sta... (more)

Military Tips on Business Resiliency | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BusinessIntelligence

A steel bar is resistant to stress and is capable of maintaining its form while bearing large loads. While steel is also known as one of the world's strongest metal's (Titanium, Tungsten and Iconel round out the top four), it is also susceptible to shearing and completely breaking. A rubber brick, on the other hand, will bend easily under even small loads, but it's extremely difficult to snap or break. Moreover, once the load is removed from the rubber, its flexibility returns it to its original form. This is how the rubber brick displays resiliency. Photo credit: Shutterstock ... (more)

Know Your Data: The Key to Business | @BigDataExpo #Cloud #BigData #Analytics

Last week's Strata-Hadoop conference in New York, NY was showcase of how Big Data is redefining business. Every company, every demonstration and every conversation highlighted how data is driving the exciting new business models unveiled at last week's event. I also learned quite a bit about the Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP). TAP is an open source project that Intel developed to make it easier for developers and data scientists to deploy custom big data analytics solutions in the cloud as well as reduce development costs and time to market. A few examples of how businesses ar... (more)

Surviving the Coming 'Hackerpocalypse' | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security

With all the excellent training available on television today, we are all now well prepared to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse.  Our failure as a society lies, however, in our misunderstanding of the nature of the cybersecurity challenge. This failure threatens us all and our survival will depend on society’s ability to deal with the evolution and maturation of the changing enterprise cybersecurity challenge. If you’re completely oblivious to the living dead threat, a zombie apocalypse refers to a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to human life.  The zom... (more)