03 February 2015
03 February 2015

Cloud Storage Replication Is Not Backup

The options that you need to select when setting up an Azure Storage service account allow you to specify the durability and high-availability of your data, but they don't provide for data recovery to a point-in-time. In fact, it means that some of the bad things that can happen to data are more efficiently replicated to all copies. Backup is quite a separate issue.… Read more
19 November 2014
19 November 2014

Data as a Service: The Next "As a Service" Wave?

There was a time that data seemed part of the application that maintained and used it. Now, there is increasing demand to deliver data through platform-agnostic open-standard APIs so it can be consumed in a variety of ways, whether refined, aggregated, or combined with additional information. Are we heading towards a shared understanding of applications as data-providers, feeding other services such as BI, or even in the right circumstances, publishing it?… Read more
23 September 2014
23 September 2014

Deleting Files in the Cloud

The public perception is that, when something is deleted, it no longer exists. IT in general prefers the fuzzier idea of the trashcan, where the deleted compromising documents can blow around a digital landfill site for years. The Cloud takes this further, and so the data you serve up to the cloud can be stored out there indefinitely, no matter how hard to try to delete it. Rob Sheldon investigates, and finds the cloud a worryingly public place.… Read more
04 December 2013
04 December 2013

Data Science Laboratory System – Graph Databases

Graph database are an intriguing alternative to the relational model. They apply graph theory to record the relationships between entries more naturally, and are a good fit for a range of data tasks that are difficult in SQL. Buck Woody gives an introduction to Graph databases and shows how to get Neo4J up and running to get familiar with the technology.… Read more
03 September 2013
03 September 2013

Backup to the Cloud: The Silver Lining

Offsite backups are vital to data integrity, allowing for preservation and backup of data in catastrophic circumstances. Cloud backups have been around for a while, but are now really coming into their own. Tony Davis looks at how to get set up with cloud backups for restores and disaster recovery.… Read more
21 May 2013
21 May 2013

Big Data: Are We Looking at the Wrong “V”s?

For once, business people are excited about the importance of data and are interested in the business benefits of extracting insights from the data. Perhaps this is more of a cultural rather a technical initiative, and so we in the data industry should participate by redefining the concept of the three Vs to reflect business values rather than technical challenges.… Read more