As the cloud prepares for another history-making year in its campaign to become a part of every part of our lives, a different type of history is being made. The birth of life. As we begin a new year, many around the world are celebrating new life, building on their family foundation.
“Foundations” are traditionally thought of as ground-level, or even underground; but as we ring in 2014, it’s time to start thinking of foundation in a new light. The cloud makes the possibility of sharing our lives with others more easily than before, like birth for instance. It’s enabling this connection and allowing people to access more information, more pictures, more video, and more data, with more ease than ever before. That connection doesn’t stop at content and data points- in fact, it doesn’t stop at all.
The cloud’s biggest value is in the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE brings new experiences and interactions to life, and the cloud will only broaden IoE’s breadth over our lifetime with all of the devices, communicating, and sharing information.
In photojournalist Rick Smolan’s Human Face of Big Data project, stunning facts about how big data and the world of many clouds are changing how we live our lives, from our very first day, are showcased. For example:
- During the first day of a baby’s life, the amount of data generated by humanity is equivalent to 70 times the information contained in the Library of Congress.
- One-third of children born in the United States already have an online presence before they are born. That number grows to 92 percent by the time they are two.
- In 2012, the average digital birth of children occurs at approximately six months.
- Within weeks of their birth, another one-third of all children’s photos and information are posted online.
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Tags: Big Data, cloud, data, data in motion, IoE, The Human Face of Big data
Unless you did all your Holiday shopping online this season, you no doubt experienced the nuisance of trying to find a parking spot. In San Carlos, this was becoming an issue beyond just frustration. Businesses were worried about losing customers due to the lack of parking availability. The city took action using Internet of Everything (IoE) technology and came up with “smart parking.”
The idea is simple: install sensors in each parking spot that can detect when a vehicle is present or not. Motorists who have installed the smart parking app on their smart device have visibility into available parking spots in the vicinity.
But why stop with parking? The use of sensory devices can be implemented in many other areas of city improvement as well, such as prevention in sewer problems, traffic lights, and more. Simply by detecting an issue, city maintenance crews can be dispatched to solve the issue before it becomes a bigger problem.
To see smart parking in action, watch this short video.
Tags: #IoE, Application Mobility, Unleashing IT
Due to the tremendous amount of data generated daily from fields such as business, research, and sciences, big data is everywhere and represents huge opportunities to those who can use it effectively. In the past, this information was simply ignored and opportunities were missed. Realizing the great importance of big data, organizations scramble to find hidden information buried in big data and try to make the best use of it. I have recently contributed to a reference book titled Big Data Management, Technologies, and Applications published with IGI Global that provides the most up-to-date, crucial, and practical information for big data management, technologies, and applications. My chapter contribution titled “A Review of System Benchmark Standards and a Look Ahead Towards an Industry Standard for Benchmarking Big Data Workloads”, looks into techniques to measure the effectiveness of hardware and software platforms dealing with big data.
For additional information on this chapter, including a full abstract, visit the chapter website: http://www.igi-global.com/chapter/a-review-of-system-benchmark-standards-and-a-look-ahead-towards-an-industry-standard-for-benchmarking-big-data-workloads/85466. Also see contribution from my colleague Kapil Bakshi, titled Technologies for Big Data.
As we come to the end of 2013, there is a lot to look back at, and still more to look forward to in 2014. Last year I speculated whether 2012 was the year of converged infrastructure and all indications are that it was true. I was at the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas earlier this month, where they referred to converged infrastructure as Fabric-based infrastructure, and expect it to become mainstream within 2-5 years.
As I look back at 2013, some of the big events, from a UCS and management perspective were:
- Cisco entered the ranks of the top 5 server vendors with the UCS.
- The virtual UCS community started a monthly UCS Tech talk series.
- Cloupia was renamed Cisco UCS Director, and won the Storage, Virtualization and Cloud (SVC) 2013 product of the year award
- Cisco extended the innovative concept of the UCS Service profiles and introduced Application Centric Infrastructure.
- Updated version of the Cisco UCS Manager (2.2) was released this month
Interestingly at the Gartner conference, data center automation was a topic of great interest and many sessions were dedicated to it. The Cisco UCS Management portfolio products are designed specifically to automate data center operations, increase operating efficiencies and Read More »
Tags: Cisco UCS Director, Cisco UCS Manager, cloud service brokers, enterprise class security, ITaaS, ucs management
2013 was the year I started working on SDN -- specifically in the area of devising professional services for Cisco ONE and Application Centric Infrastructure, ACI. A few months ago, I used a compendium to summarize my Cisco Domain TenSM blogs. This was well received, so I thought it would be a good idea to wrap up the year with a summary of my 2013 journey into the SDN world, and in particular the adoption challenges I learned about along the way, some of which are illustrated in the diagram below.
SDN Adoption Challenges
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Tags: ACI, architectural approach, Cisco collaboration, Cisco Services, One Platform Kit, SDN, software defined network