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Traditional to Big Data to IoT: Transaction Processing Performance Council Establishes Internet of Things Working Group (TPC-IoT)

Over the past quarter century, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has developed several industry standard benchmarks for database performance, pretty much in line with major technology trends. The two most influential benchmark standards have been TPC-C (standard for benchmarking transaction processing systems) introduced in 1991, and TPC-D and its successor TPC-H (standards for benchmarking decision support systems) introduced in 1994. These standards have been significant driving force behind the development and advancement of several database, server and storage related technologies. In addition, the TPC laid a solid foundation for complete system-level performance, and methodology for calculating total-system-price and price-performance, that have been widely adapted in the industry.

There is no doubt that industry and technology landscapes have changed and are still continue to change at a fast pace. Two of the technologies that will change the world in next 10 years are Big Data and Internet of things (IoT).

Big Data: Big Data is a popular term now that describes the exponential growth of data, often defined by the 5Vs, and the associated technologies to storage and process effectively and drive business values. The Big Data technology and services market represents one of the fast-growing, multi-billion dollar, worldwide market that is expected to grow to a $60 billion market driving $300 billion worldwide IT spending directly or indirectly by 2020.

Foreseeing the importance, in 2014  the TPC has developed TPC Express Benchmark HS (TPCx-HS)  to provide the industry with verifiable performance, price-performance, and availability metrics of hardware and software systems dealing with Big Data. This standard can be used to assess a broad range of system topologies and implementation of Hadoop systems in a technically rigorous and directly comparable, and vendor-neutral manner. This is the first major step while the TPC continues to enhance and develop new standards in this area such as TPC-DS with support for Hadoop and TPC-Big Bench.

Internet of Things (IoT): IoT  has emerged in the last few  of years, poised to transform virtually every major market segments, which contains a complex mix of technologies and products, from data collection and data curation to complex analytics exploiting the data generated by exploding number of connected devices. According to IDC the global IoT market will grow from $665 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020. To put that in perspective, it’s an absolutely enormous figure; only 16 economies in the world had gross domestic products exceeding $1 trillion in 2014.

As the IoT ecosystem evolves in the enterprises, it is eminent to have a set of standards that enable effective comparison of hardware and software systems and topologies in a technology and vendor-neutral manner. Continuing its commitment to bring relevant standards to the industry, today the TPC announced the formation TPC-IoT benchmark committee tasked with developing industry standard benchmarks for benchmarking hardware and software platforms associated with IoT.

We’d like to connect with companies, research and government institutions, to ensure holistic perspective during the benchmark development process. Anyone interested in our efforts can visit our membership page.

Thank You
Raghu Nambiar
(Chairman, TPC-IoT)

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Getting to Know Tom Powledge, Vice President of Cisco Managed Security Services

After several months leading the managed security services portfolio at Cisco, I sat down with the social media team to discuss my path to Cisco, the evolution of the security market, and the future of security. [Note: This is an abridged version of the full interview.]

Q: After nearly 20 years at Symantec, why did you decide to move to Cisco?

TP: Cisco has all of the pieces necessary to solve the biggest security problems facing businesses today and into the future. Cisco’s position in the network, its broad security product portfolio, its strong and continued investment in security, and its pivot toward driving business outcomes and solving customer problems place this company in a unique position to lead the charge toward the next generation of security. As a part of a company that builds the cloud, mobility, collaboration, and Internet of Everything technologies driving change in the security market, we have a unique opportunity to proactively build security services that enable the secure adoption of these innovations. Our ability to integrate with networking technologies and all types of connected devices allows us to feed huge amounts of data from across an entire customer network into our big data platform for detecting, investigating, and analyzing threats. I’m eager to take what I’ve learned throughout 19 years in security and put that knowledge and experience to work in building up Cisco’s resources into a next-level suite of solutions. Read More »

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ITD: Learn how to deploy ITD in 10 minutes

ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) is being deployed by a large number of customers, and it is saving them massive CAPEX and OPEX, while providing unprecedented scale and high availability.

Here is a 10 minute video that shows step by step ITD deployment.

 

ITD is shipping on Nexus 9k/7700/7k/6k/5k Series of switches. ITD won the Best of Interop 2015 in Data Center category.

Here is more information about ITD: www.cisco.com/go/itd

Please send email to nxos-itd@cisco.com if you have any questions.

 

 

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Cloudwick Selects Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud for Enterprise Big Data

Mark SchreiberGuest Blogger: Mark Schreiber, General Manager at Cloudwick

At Cloudwick we’re constantly evaluating cloud platforms to improve the efficiency of our data and analytics service. Today, we manage more than $100 million of public cloud big data and advanced analytics for the Global 1000. For several years, we’ve been evaluating OpenStack® solutions for Hadoop, Cassandra and Spark performance testing.

Our conclusion: Cisco OpenStack® Private Cloud is the industry’s best-in-class private cloud platform for Big Data and Advanced Analytic workloads. It provides us with all of the advantages that come from the public cloud but at a lower cost of service with better security options and locality of data.

As a result we’re choosing Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud for Cloudwick’s Enterprise Big-Data-as-a-Service. Why?

  1. Data LocalityCloudwick selects Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud

Cloudwick manages Petabytes of Enterprise Big Data and the majority of data we manage resides on-premise. Not having to move enterprise data from on-premise to the cloud to gain platform agility provides enormous savings to our clients.

  1. Time-to-Service

Cisco’s OpenStack Private Cloud makes it possible for enterprise IT to provision Hadoop, Cassandra, Elastic, Kafka & Spark clusters in minutes, as opposed to days, providing competitive advantage for enterprise time-to-decision and answer.

  1. Security

Cloudwick works with leading Global 1000 enterprises in Finance, Banking, Insurance, Healthcare and Retail, where consumer data security is a top priority. The security architecture and solution that Cisco’s OpenStack Private Cloud platform provides allows our enterprise clients to meet their regulatory and compliance requirements with all of the same advantages delivered by public cloud providers, but on-premises and behind their own security.

Partnering for Success

Cloudwick is excited to be working closely with Cisco, Hortonworks, Cloudera and DataStax to accelerate the adoption of Big Data and Advanced Analytics running on Hadoop, Cassandra and Spark. Additionally, we’re partnering with Cisco’s leading channel partners to architect and engineer Cisco’s OpenStack Private Cloud for Big Data and Advanced Analytics workloads.

For more information about Cloudwick’s Big Data-as-a-Service Reseller Partner program for Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud, please read the News Release, download the Data Sheet or contact mark@cloudwick.com.

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Why Are We Reinventing Our Marketing Function?

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  Reena Tiwari

 

Our customers’ expectations and buying behaviors are changing, and more brands compete for their attention. We either need to reinvent our approach to marketing or risk losing business to our competitors.

The big change in buying behavior is that most of us now research a product online before we ever meet with a salesperson. This is true whether we’re looking to buy a washing machine or IT infrastructure.
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