Thursday, January 14, 2016

Blueprint: What’s in Store for the Database in 2016?

by Roger Levy, VP of Product at MariaDB

In 2015, CIOs focused on DevOps and similar technologies such as containers as a way to improve time to value. During 2016, greater attention will be focused on data analytics and data management as a way to improve the timeliness and quality of business decisions. How best to store and manage data is on the minds of most CIOs as they kick off the New Year. It’s exciting to see that databases, which underlie every app and enterprise on the planet, are now back in the spotlight. Here’s what organizations anticipate for next year.

Securing your data at multiple layers
2015 saw every type of organization, from global retailers to the Catholic Church, experience financial losses and reputation damage from data breaches. Security has long been a concern of CIOs, but the growing frequency of high-profile attacks and new regulations make data protection a critical 2016 priority for businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations.

Organizations can no longer rely on just a firewall to protect your data. Amidst a myriad of threats, a robust security regimen requires multiple levels of protection including network access, firewalls, disk-level encryption, identity management, anti-phishing education, and so forth. Ultimately, hackers want access to the contents of an enterprise's database, so securing the database itself must be a core component of every organization’s IT strategy.


Prudent software development teams will use database technology with native encryption to protect data as it resides in the database, and SSL encryption to protect data as it moves between applications. They also will control access to the database with stronger password validation and a variety of access authorization levels based on a user’s role. Of course organizations can’t kick back and rely on software alone; they still have to hold themselves accountable via regular audits and testing.

Migrating to the cloud 
With the recent revenue announcements by public cloud providers such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, it is clear that adoption of public cloud services is becoming mainstream. But they may never fully replace on-premise data storage. While the cloud offers greater scalability and flexibility, better business continuity, disaster recovery, and capital cost savings, for economic and security reasons companies continue to optimize a mix of public and private cloud and traditional on-premise data management solutions.

Managing data across multiple environments also presents challenges. Navigating the myriad of data privacy regulations across the globe, integrating applications and data across private and public infrastructures, and managing latency issues are a few of the challenges organizations face in their migration to the cloud. Enter the hybrid cloud where IT organizations are achieving the best of today’s cloud solutions – traditional data storage, private cloud and public cloud benefits.

In 2016, we’ll likely see hybrid clouds experiencing a surge in popularity as an alternative to either a public or a private cloud solution. Greater focus will be applied to developing solutions that improve migration to hybrid cloud infrastructures for overall security and efficiency, as well as instances such as cloud bursting when bandwidth demand spikes or disaster recovery by replicating databases in the cloud as backups.

Multi-model databases 
The variety, velocity and volume of data is exploding.  Every minute we send over 200 million emails and over 300 thousand tweets. Already by 2013, 90% of the world's data had been created in two years. But size is not everything. Not only have the volume and velocity of data increased, there is also an increasing variety of formats of data that organizations are collecting, storing and processing.

While different data models have different needs in terms of insert and read rates, query rates and data set size, companies are getting tired of the complexity of juggling different databases. Next year will kick off an increased trend toward data platforms which offer “polyglot persistence” – the ability to handle multiple data models within a single database. The demand for multi-model databases is exploding as Structured Query Language (SQL) relational data from existing applications and connected devices must be processed along-side JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) documents, unstructured data, graph data, geospatial and other forms of data generated in social media, customer interactions, and machine to machine communications.

Growth in applying machine learning
With the rapid growth in the type and volume of data being created and collected comes the opportunity for enterprises to mine that data for valuable information and insights into their business and their customers. As IT recruiters know well, more and more companies are employing specialist “data scientists” to introduce and implement machine learning technologies. But the number of experts in this field simply isn’t growing fast enough, and this rarity makes hiring a data scientist cost-prohibitive for most companies. In fact, the US alone faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to understand and make decisions based on the analysis of big data, according to McKinsey & Company. In response, organizations are turning to machine learning tools that enable all of their employees to derive insights without needing to rely on specialists. Just as crucial as collecting data is the need to understand what lies in a company’s database and how it can be turned into valuable insights.

Recently the major public cloud vendors have introduced a variety of offerings to provide machine learning services. These include offers such as Azure ML Studio from Microsoft, the Google Prediction API, Amazon Machine Learning and IBM’s Watson Analytics. We can expect that 2016 will be a year when additional solutions appear and mature, and are recognized as a critical, possibly required, piece of enterprise IT operations. The growth of machine learning will place new demands on databases which store and manage the data “fuel” for such applications.  In 2016, look for a focus on database capabilities that facilitate real-time analytical processing of large data sets.

What can IT personnel do?
With the recent rise of the Chief Data Officer, the widespread adoption of new database technologies, and the acute need for better IT security, the database is back in the spotlight. A CIO’s best bet for staying on top of these new trends in 2016 will be the same strategy as in years past, laying down clear policies for who can access data and what it gets used for, all the while staying on top of new technologies and new threats targeting the integrity of a company’s data.

About the Author

Roger Levy brings extensive international, engineering and business leadership experience to his role as VP, Products, at MariaDB. He has a proven track record of growing businesses, transforming organizations and fostering innovation in the areas of data networking, security, enterprise software, cloud computing and mobile communications solutions, resulting in on-time, high-quality and cost-effective products and services. Previous roles include VP and GM of HP Public Cloud at Hewlett-Packard, SVP of Products at Engine Yard, as well as founding R.P. Levy Consulting LLC.



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US$300M SUPERNAP Thailand Aims to be First Tier IV Gold Data Center In Asia

Construction is underway of a new US$300 million (11 billion THB) SUPERNAP data center in in Thailand’s eastern province Chonburi.

The new SUPERNAP Thailand data center, which is in the Hemmaraj Industrial Estate, will cover an area of nearly 75 rai or 12 hectares and will be strategically built outside the flood zone, 110-meters above sea level and only 27 kilometers away from an international submarine cable landing station.  The facility, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017, will have capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks.

SUPERNAP Thailand will be the first Uptime Institute rated Tier IV Gold data center in Asia, as well as the largest data center in the Kingdom.

“The SUPERNAP Thailand data center is a mirror of Switch SUPERNAP U.S. facilities, which are the first Tier IV Gold carrier-neutral colocation data centers on the planet. This cutting-edge data center will meet the global demand for innovation in Asia Pacific,” said CEO of SUPERNAP International Khaled Bichara. “With the emergence of the AEC and with Thailand’s focus on digital growth, this data center will set a new precedent for quality, security and innovation in Asia Pacific. We look forward to working with Thailand to attract more investment and more growth to the Thai digital economy.”

SUPERNAP International is developing the project in partnership with a group of leading Thai organizations, including CPB Equity, Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and True IDC. Executives from Kasikorn Bank and Siam Commercial Bank say the development of the SUPERNAP Thailand data center will enhance the banks’ use of technology to better serve their customers and provide a homegrown solution for Thai companies that seek to expand their IT capabilities.

https://www.supernap.com/news/supernap-international-build-supernap-thailand-data-center-in-asia.html

VeloCloud Raises $27 Million for SD-WAN, Including Cisco Investment

VeloCloud Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, closed $27 million in Series C financing for its cloud SD-WAN solution.

VeloCloud enable enterprises to rapidly, seamlessly and economically expand their wide area networks to support application growth, network agility and simplified branch implementations, while delivering optimized access to cloud datacenters and applications. The company reports rapid adoption of its SD-WAN solution in 2015, fueled, in part, by a significantly expanded partner ecosystem which now includes BroadSoft, Cisco, Equinix, HP, IIx Console, Intel, VMware, Websense and Zscaler.

The new funding was led by March Capital Partners and two additional strategic investors, including Cisco Investments. Existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Venrock, also participated in the round. The funding will be used to expand business operations as the company accelerates new product development and customer rollouts, and ramps up sales and marketing in expanded theaters to meet growing global demand. Today’s funding brings the company’s total funding to $49 million.

“We are seeing exploding growth in global demand for VeloCloud’s Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN solutions,” said VeloCloud CEO and Co-founder Sanjay Uppal. “This new financing validates our unique cloud-delivered direction and success, and will accelerate growth in our core business of providing simplified branch WAN networking, improved performance and service delivery to mid to large enterprises and service providers.”

http://www.velocloud.com

Shaw Sells Media Assets for C$2.65 Billion to Fund Wind Mobile Acquisition

Shaw Communications agreed to sell its wholly owned broadcasting subsidiary, Shaw Media, to Corus Entertainment for C$2.65 billion.  The deal includes Shaw Media's conventional television network, Global Television, and 19 specialty channels, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase.

“This transaction represents a significant milestone for Shaw, firmly positioning the company as a leading pure-play connectivity provider with an attractive growth profile while allowing Shaw to participate in the significant upside potential resulting from the combination of Shaw Media and Corus,” said Chief Executive Officer, Brad Shaw. “With the previously announced acquisition of WIND and sale of Shaw Media, Shaw will be focused on delivering consumer and small business broadband communications supported by its best-in-class wireline, WiFi and wireless infrastructure. In combination, these transactions will also enhance Shaw’s growth profile, with approximately 25% of total revenue derived from growth services1.”

http://newsroom.shaw.ca/


Shape Security Gets $25 Million for Botwall Service

Shape Security, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced $25 million in Series D funding to accelerate deployments of its Shape Botwall Service.

The Shape Botwall Service, available in the cloud or on­-premises, stops automated web and mobile application attacks, like credential stuffing, content scraping, and application-­layer DDoS, that bypass existing defenses. The company says its ShapeShifter botwall technology disables the attack capability of malware, botnets, and scripts.

The new funding was led by Baseline Ventures, Northern Light and Epic Ventures, joining existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Venrock, Norwest Venture Partners, Google Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures and others.

"We have grown tremendously in the last year, adding customers in new industries, and demonstrating that a platform for comprehensive protection against automated attacks is the most important missing piece of security for the world's largest companies," said Derek Smith, CEO of Shape Security. "Attackers are constantly evolving, but we are able to stay ahead of them successfully. Our new funding will allow us to take our proven approach and scale it to other major markets around the world."

https://shapesecurity.com/

Source Photonics Hits Milestone for 100G: 10,000 Single Mode QSFP28 Modules Shipped

Source Photonics announced a big milestone: the shipment of its 10,000th single mode 100G QSFP28 module.

Source Photonics began production shipments of 10km QSFP28 LR4 and 2km QSFP28 LR4-Lite modules in Q1 2015 after a successful introduction and sampling program with several leading customer-partners throughout 2014. The company said major applications include cloud scale and Web 2.0 data centers worldwide.

“Potential market opportunity for 100G optics in mega data centers has been making headlines over the last 3 years, attracting many new suppliers and technologies” – commented Vladimir Kozlov, CEO and founder of LightCounting Market Research. “The early shipments data from Source Photonics clearly shows that this opportunity is real. We expect that shipments of these products will exceed 100,000 units in the first 6-9 months of 2016.”

http://www.sourcephotonics.com

Valve Upgrades to 100G for its Online Gaming Service

Valve, an online gaming company, selected Level 3 Communications to upgrade its network infrastructure to include 100 Gbps ports.

The upgrade is in response to the substantial rise in popularity of digital services and online games provided by Steam, Valve's social entertainment and gaming platform. The new ports will give Valve the bandwidth necessary to continue providing an optimal experience as Steam's audience size and usage expands. Valve's Steam gaming platform has over 100 million users, averaging more than 10 million concurrent players and over two billion minutes played logged per day. Traffic levels to Steam's servers are growing approximately 75 percent year-over-year.

http://www.level3.com

Intel Posts Growth in Data Center, IoT and Non-Volatile Memory

Intel posted Q4 revenue of $14.9 billion, operating income of $4.3 billion, net income of $3.6 billion and EPS of 74 cents.

Some highlights for full-Year 2015:
• Client Computing Group revenue of $32.2 billion, down 8 percent from 2014.
• Data Center Group revenue of $16.0 billion, up 11 percent from 2014.
• Internet of Things Group revenue of $2.3 billion, up 7 percent from 2014.
• Software and services operating segments revenue of $2.2 billion, down 2 percent from 2014.
• Non-Volatile Memory Solution Group revenue up 21 percent from 2014.

“Our results for the fourth quarter marked a strong finish to the year and were consistent with expectations,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. “Our 2015 results demonstrate that Intel is evolving and our strategy is working. This year, we’ll continue to drive growth by powering the infrastructure for an increasingly smart and connected world.”

http://www.intel.com

Ericsson and Huawei Extend Global Patent Deal

Ericsson and Huawei agreed on extending their global patent license agreement.  The deal includes a cross license that covers patents relating to both companies' wireless standard-essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards). Under the agreement, both companies are able to access and implement the other company's standard essential patents and technologies globally.

As part of the renewed agreement, Huawei will make on-going royalty payment based upon actual sales to Ericsson from 2016 and onwards. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.huawei.com
http://www.ericsson.com

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