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InfoWorld's been doing a bang-up job covering the NSA spying scandal from the get go, and this blog from David Linthicum titled, “Let the NSA spy on us - We’re still moving to the cloud,” continues the trend. The Cliff's notes: In an IDG News survey, high-ranking IT executives in North America and Europe were asked about the effect the NSA snooping practices have had on their cloud computing strategy. Despite the furor over the NSA, these leaders are still committed to the cloud. Linthicum talks about the dollars and cents, that efficiency and agility benefits that the cloud provides to the enterprise far outweighs any concern that the NSA might be tapping into their communications. This echoes what we hear every day from our customers, but with a little more nuance that goes beyond quantifiable business benefits. For example, while there’s been a lot of water-coole... (more)

Gazzang Brings Encryption and Key Management to Amazon EMR

We so often hear about companies putting "customers first" that the very notion can seem trite. But when it comes to innovation, listening to and learning from your customers is an absolute imperative. At Gazzang, the company I work for, we have a mantra that borders on religious fanaticism. “Customers First. Always.” It’s the reason we can claim deep expertise in securing unique, enterprise-scale big data environments. It’s the reason we know cloud encryption better than anyone else. And it’s the reason no one on our customer support team owns a bed. It was a handful of high-pr... (more)

Big Data Knows You Had Leftover Chicken for Dinner Last Night

In just the past 15 minutes, I ran across these two unrelated articles on my #bigdata Twitter feed. Big Data Knows What You're Doing Right Now Wow! Twitter can tell you when you are going to get sick. One of my favorite things about Big Data are the ridiculous blog headlines you can craft, simply by playing off the newness and lack of understanding around what Big Data is. Take the first article for example. Time Magazine posits that aggregators are collecting a boatload of sensitive information about each and every one of us. Every time we accept a privacy policy or log in to Fa... (more)

A Sixth Thing CIOs Should Know About Big Data

Amid the slew of articles offering advice on Big Data,  Joab Jackson's, Five Things CIOs Should Know About Big Data. stood out because of how absolutely spot on it was. The five points he makes nearly always come up in our conversations with customers and prospects: You will need to think about big data. What we're seeing now is that the price of entry to big data, at least from a CapEx standpoint, is pretty low. Open source tools like Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB, MapReduce and others, combined with the relatively low price of cloud computing, means organizations that may not ha... (more)

Five Tips for Securing Student Data in the Cloud

There are a few absolutes when it comes to school. First, lunches will always be terrible. Second, your locker will be too small to fit your oversized textbooks. Finally, there's a high likelihood that some of your student data will be stored in the cloud. This student data includes demographic information, test results, transcripts, email exchanges, grades, attendance history, contact information and more. It's a sensitive mix of detail that, if exposed, could prove damaging to the affected students and the educational institution. According to privacyrights.org, more than 1.8 ... (more)