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Big Data Projects are on rise in US says survey!

Big Data projects are on the rise in United States and this was confirmed by the latest survey conducted by CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) a nonprofit organization.

CompTIA surveyed 402 US business and IT professionals online in September and October 2015 to support its Big Data Insights and opportunities.  It found that 51 percent of respondents reported having a big data project in place today and another 36 percent reported they were in the project planning stage.

The survey also confirmed that a really high number of companies were seeing benefit out of it by utilizing data correctly in today’s business environment.

A significant number of respondents i.e. 31 percent said they are exactly where they want to be in managing and using data. But the sentiments varied depending on the respondent’s position in the company hierarchy. Only six percent of business unit workers felt their organizations were where it needed to be with regards to data usage, compared with 42 percent of executives and 31 percent of IT employees.

In all, 75 percent of companies agreed their business could be stronger if they could harness all their data — a percentage that has remained consistent across multiple years of this study. Further, 75 percent of companies said they should be more aware of data privacy issues, and 73 percent felt they need better real-time analysis.

The survey cited a number of factors for the increased importance of data and the reasons are as follows-

  • 63 percent rely on data for day-to-day operations
  • 61 percent cited sensitivity around data privacy
  • 60 percent use data to better understand customers
  • 59 percent rely on data to measure business objectives
  • 56 percent say they store data outside the company

CompTIA survey concluded that through improved enhanced data management and analysis, companies can make better/faster decisions and reduce costs/overhead by making strategic objectives for big data gains.

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Then approach DNF Corporation which is a one stop solution for all Big Data Analysis needs.

Mozilla to release last OS version of Firefox to smart phones

Mozilla has finally announced that its next version of 2.6 Firefox OS will be the last operating system to release from its stable. The company also added that it’s going to end life support for smart phones after the new version of OS gets released. This clearly states that FireFox OS for smart phones will no longer have staff involvement beyond May of this year.

On an additional note, Mozilla home for applications designed for devices running on Firefox OS, Firefox for Android, or Firefox for desktop will stop accepting submissions for Android, Desktop and Tablets from March 29th, 2016. This means that after the said date, Mozilla will remove all the applications which don’t support Firefox OS.

Way back in 2012, Firefox OS was designed as an alternative operating system for mobile devices. But the market was already dominated by Android OS by then and so the former struggled hard to get a foothold.

Therefore, only a handful of companies offered the OS loaded on their smart phones. The first was ZTE open, which was originally launched in Spain in 2013.

After gaining a little bit of good talk, the company decided to offer Firefox loaded smart TVs in last May. At the end of December 2015, the company revealed that FireFox OS will be powering new Panasonic UHD TVs. Also at the same time, it revealed that it plans to offer Firefox OS tablets, routers, smart TV sticks, and RaspBerry Pi keyboards.

Mozilla says that its plan to retire from smart phone OS market is confirmed, while its intentions to venture into smart TVs market are still strong.

How much data is created daily?

Can you ever imagine how much data is created on daily basis? Hard to say isn’t it? But according to 2015 big data info graphic contributed by Ben Walker of Voucher Cloud, around 2.5 quintillion Bytes of data is created every day which would fill 10 million Blu-ray discs. These discs when stacked on one another, would measure the height of 4 Eiffel Towers.

The figures suggested by the info graph of Voucher Cloud suggest that in 1992 around 100GB of data was generated on daily basis. Then in 1997 it got to 100GB data generation on hourly basis and in 2002 the same amount of data was generated on per second basis. In 2013, the estimates suggest that 28,875 GB of data was generated on per second basis.

Thus, going as per the available figures, Ben suggests that data generation by 2018 will be 50,000 GB per second.

The stats also suggest that around 216,000 Instagram posts are posted every minute, 204,000,000 emails are sent in a minute, around 12 hours of footage is uploaded to Youtube and 277,000 tweets are posted on twitter per minute.

Therefore, it clearly suggests that 90% of generated data from now on will be unstructured and this includes tweets, photos, customer purchase history and even customer service call logs.

So, there’s a lot of work to do for companies which offer big data insights, analytics and all such stuff.

Way to go guys!

How can hyper convergence help IP video surveillance environments?

Companies need to be future-ready when it comes to enterprise data storage and that can be achieved, when they surpass all the IT challenges, while tuning IT performance according to workload needs.

One such enterprise IT field which needs to get disciplined is video surveillance. According to IHS, the surveillance industry will generate about 850 Petabytes of data per day. Therefore, all IT departments in future have to face the challenge of capture, storing, and protect all the surveillance data.

Hyper Convergence, which leverages servers, storage, hypervisor and intelligent hardware agnostic software, can help in tackling this problem as it facilitates in scaling storage and compute along with addition of extra nodes.

Therefore, for companies looking to scale, hyper converged infrastructure proves as the best option that can provide flexibility to choose the amount of node density they need. Additionally, they offer the privilege of operational agility to deploy resources more rapidly. Also it helps businesses to simplify how they allocate storage and computing together.

For large surveillance environments, where IT departments need to process data streams from hundreds or thousands of cameras, it can turn quite challenging. The admin usually doesn’t know where the data is going to come from or which camera is going to generate more data when. So, having a single pool of storage that can be shared across all the application servers becomes very crucial.

This is where storage utilization becomes much more efficient, as effectively all of the cameras have access to all of the storage resources.

The key to being a future-ready organization is embracing a strategy of flexibility and choice to improve business outcomes. Companies like DNF Security provide this end-to-end flexibility with Hyper Converged solutions.

IT environments like educational institutions can consolidate servers and storage together and scale capacity as budgets with hyper converged solutions. It enables schools to deploy technology related to modern high-end video surveillance, so that data can be centralized or shared across multiple facilities and shared among law enforcement and first responders.

Mo Tahmasebi, CEO and President of DNS Security says that traditional server and storage deployments, can only offer companies get the size of their initial storage deployment right. But a decision maker should also focus on futuristic needs of a business such as computer power, memory and storage capacity.

Mr. Mo adds that companies have to find a balance between under sizing and over sizing when purchasing storage. And this is where hyper-converged systems reduce the risk with their scale out capabilities, offering a less disruptive way to add capacity as deployments grow.

DNF Security offers high-end video-surveillance technology which allows data from multiple facilities to be centralized, so that it can be shared with law enforcement and first responders, said Mo.

Getting into specifications, DNF Security Hyper Converged Unified Storage and Server appliance allows businesses to consolidate all their video management server and storage system needs into one easy to manage appliances. Additionally, leveraging of virtualized operating systems allows complete hardware utilization and considerably reduces in power/cooling costs.

USS flexibility replaces the “fixed hardware model” of the past with on-demand resource allocation (such as CPU, memory, storage, etc.) based on user’s application needs.

To know more click on DNF Security Hyper Converged appliances for video surveillance environments or call 510.265.1122

These are the 10 coolest Virtualization Technology offering Companies!

Virtualization related discussions often lead to a single question and that’s “Which company is best in offering virtualization software and services?” So, here’s a list of 10 coolest Virtualization Companies prevailing in the market.

VMware- VMware is a leader in offering virtualization software and so has its roots spread all over the world. All major data centers located in the world have VMware software propelled Virtual Machines in their IT environments and that’s how this product dominates. VMware’s prominence doesn’t end with its commercial offering VMware vSphere, but gets to the desktop level and offers VMware server product.

Microsoft- Microsoft occupies number two position in the world of virtualization and has come up with the only non-Linux hypervisor, Hyper-V. The said solution competes with VMware in the market of virtualization with easy licensing. With each Windows Server release, Hyper-V is getting strong and so all those enterprises which are looking to leverage the company’s Azure Cloud Services can use on-premises Hyper V services along with Azure.

Citrix- This Company was once considered as a lone wolf of application virtualization, but now it also owns the world’s most used cloud vendor software called Xen server. Amazon uses Xen for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) services. So, do Rackspace, Carpathai, SoftLayer and 1and1 for their cloud offerings.

Red Hat- When it comes to open source software, Red Hat happens to be a true leader since 15 years. It is already called as most successful open source company and has entered the world of virtualization in 2008 when it purchased Qumranet. It also gained access to KVM SPICE (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environment). Red Hat released the SPICE protocol as open source in December 2009. The company’s renowned Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) desktop and server virtualization platform is based on the KVM hypervisor and Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server operating system. RHEV is based on open standards and works with Linux and Windows, as well as enterprise applications like SAP, SAS and Oracle.

Oracle- This Company is already known to be a leader in enterprise database server market and on an additional note, its acquisition of Sun Microsystems has made it an impressive virtualization player as well. Oracle now owns Sun Solaris operating system, multiple virtualization software solutions like Solaris Zones, LDoms and xVM and server hardware (SPARC).

Amazon- Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) of Amazon is industry’s standard virtualization cloud platform. Ubuntu’s Cloud server supports seamless integration with Amazon EC2 services.

Google- Known as an internet juggernaut, the said web services provider also offers open source Google Ganeti Cluster virtual server management software tool. This tool is built on top of existing virtualization technologies like XEN or KVM and essentially serves as a wrapper around these hypervisors to help system admins set up clusters.

Parallels which is now Odin- Parallels is a little known company which uses its open source OpenVZ project for its commercial hosting product for Linux Virtual private servers. Users often review the platform as high density and low cost. Parallels has also developed a containerized Windows platform to maximize the number of Windows hosts for a given amount of hardware. Thus, Parallels which is best known for its desktop and application virtualization offering like Parallels Desktop and Server Products for Mac, the company’s service got rebranded as Odin on March 2015. After the rebranding, Parallels Cloud Server has been renamed as Virtuozzo and this service allows applications to run in light weight and in separate containers.

Huawei- This company is new to virtualization business and was incepted in 2011. Huawei has a strong market base with Telcos and in emerging markets and countries like China, Brazil, Russia and India. The company’s FusionSphere virtualization infrastructure software headlines Huawei’s virtualization and cloud infrastructure stack, is based on Xen and leverages OpenStack across its FusionSphere and FusionCloud solutions.

VDI- Virtual Bridges is the company that invented what’s now known as virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI. It offers a product called VEEDE which allows companies deploy Windows and Linux Desktops from any 32 bit or 34 bit Linux server infrastructure running Kernel 2.6 or above. In Feb’15, Nimboxx acquired Virtual Bridges VEEDE VDI Business.

Using Fan walls for data center cooling!

Companies are getting busy in making their data centers green and Equinix is one such company which stands tall among them. The said company which is into collocation and interconnection business is all set to try something new these days. It is planning to start deploying fan walls in its current and future data centers.

The company has already experimented with concrete slab floors integrated with over head cooling. A couple of years back, it also tried a hand on raised floor cooling in some of its facilities.

Now, Equinix is all set to mimic what Facebook is practicing in its Lulea, Sweden facility. The company is all set to install fan walls with which the entire chilly air from outside will be sucked into the facility to cool the servers.

By doing so Equinix can save overhead duct work or venting under the raised floor and it leaves more room for equipment, since the need for air conditioning units on the data center floor gets eliminated.

The other most intriguing benefit will be reduction in cooling costs and that is what Green computing means, where saving power is equal to saving renewable sources.

The only drawback in using fan walls is that it can only be used in single storey or two storey facilities.

Equinix engineers have designed a basic architecture where the outside walls will have cooling solutions and the inside will have fan installations. There will be a five-to-six-foot plenum between the two walls that will be filled with cold air. Though, the concept looks similar to that of Facebook, it has some changes in practical

The company is yet to disclose more on this new cooling architecture.

So, more details are awaited!

Motorola IP cameras security hole gets exposed!

Motorola Focus 73 outdoor security cameras are easy to get exploited by hackers and this was proved by some White Hats from Context Information Security. The security researchers were able to obtain full control of camera’s pan-tilt-zoom controls and were able to redirect the video feed and movement alerts after hacking the IoT enabled cameras.

This clearly proves that even IoT products from some biggest techs have security issues.

Motorola IP Camera is manufactured by Binatone and offers cloud connectivity via the Hubble Service, hosted by Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute. This facility allows customers to watch and control their cameras remotely as well as receive movement alerts through a free mobile application.

Security researchers found that during the set up Motorola Focus 73 Outdoor security cameras, the private Wi-Fi security key is transmitted unencrypted over an open network, using only basic HTTP Authentication with the username “camera” and password “000000”. A number of legacy web pages on the camera revealed that the device is based on the same hardware as a legacy baby monitor product.

The researchers obtained root access to the camera after discovering its password was the usual “123456”. It allowed the device users to obtain factory wireless credentials for secure test networks and even more surprisingly, credentials for the developers Gmail, Dropbox and FTP accounts.

The device logs are accessible via the open web interface and also contained the AES encryption key for the remote control messages and FTP credentials for video clip storage. The wholly insecure setup allowed context’s white hats to install their own malicious firmware because of the absence of security checks that would have questioned the validity of downloaded software.

The camera uses the STUN (Session Traversal Utilities for NAT) protocol to run communications with the Hubble server and control the camera. Armed with the AES key, Context’s boffins were able to access encrypted commands sent from the cloud to the camera and re-create them to initiate instructions such as start recording, change video server, move left and reboot.

After the security researchers owned the camera, the researchers were able to subvert and redirect the Hubble DNS configuration to receive a feed of movement alert through JPEG images and video clips which were otherwise available to Hubble’s premium customers.

All the results obtained from the security hacks were presented to Motorola Monitors in early October 2015. The company reacted immediately then and released the new firmware updates.

However, not many users of Motorola Focus 73 Outdoor security camera users have taken note of the firmware update.

So, a big disappointment!

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