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Big Data white papers and technology resources for implementing and optimizing Big Data strategy, solutions, Big Data products, and more.

CIOs strive to harness Big Data while keeping an eye on the bottom line

CIOs who've embraced data-driven business practices are achieving impressive top line improvements. Discover how the leading open source, software-defined storage solution eliminates the need for disparate storage platforms, enables easy storage scalability, leverages cost advantages of commodity hardware, and expands storage capacity while increasing performance.

Sponsor: Red Hat


Server and system administrators challenged to keep up with enterprise storage explosion

The rapid evolution of enterprise storage technologies, combined with external forces, like the explosion of big data, can cause Linux® and server administrators to play catch-up when it comes to storage. Running a bunch of monolithic storage devices and proprietary, disconnected technologies forces administrators to spend valuable time creating and managing complex solutions.

To reduce complexity and enable rapid deployment of new technologies and applications, server administrators need a single open and extensible data storage platform. This storage platform must span physical, virtual, and cloud resources to support the various environments they currently manage and to provide a common repository for all unstructured data. Read this whitepaper to learn how administrators are leveraging their existing skills to simplify the management of storage and servers.

Sponsor: Red Hat


A Modern Approach to the Data Deluge

Modern enterprises require I.T. organizations to become more agile to manage complex physical, virtual, and cloud technologies. I.T. leaders and their organizations must manage this complexity, keep operating costs low, and deliver on ever-increasing SLA expectations. With the rapid growth in unstructured data volumes, I.T. leaders are rethinking how storage is delivered for their organizations.

Read this whitepaper to learn how infrastructure leaders can confidently manage cost, complexity, and risk, capitalize on emerging technologies, and drive future innovation across their organizations with Red Hat Storage Server, an open, software-defined storage platform.

Sponsor: Red Hat


Architects lead the next generation of data-driven applications

Modern application architects are being asked to deliver a new era of social, mobile, and big data applications at a time when the entire application stack is shifting around them. Successful architects are taking a page out of the cloud computing playbook and turning to open, scale-out storage software running on industry-standard servers.

Read this whitepaper to find out how application architects can quickly and confidently deliver long-lasting applications that minimize cost, complexity, and risk while increasing architectural flexibility with Red Hat Storage Server, an open, software-defined storage platform.

Sponsor: Red Hat


Administrators need an agile platform to usher the new era of enterprise storage

With the increasing demand for social, mobile, and big data applications, the creation and consumption of data continues to grow. Cloud computing is changing the way services are deployed and managed.

The enterprise IT landscape is evolving rapidly and software-defined storage is critical to its successful transformation. Read this whitepaper and learn how administrators are keeping up by guiding their enterprises toward new, software-defined storage platforms that simplify and unify storage capacity across the enterprise and into the cloud.

Sponsor: Red Hat


Enterprise architects challenged to manage data explosion

Today's enterprise faces dramatic change and tremendous opportunity. Enterprise architects are finding it challenging to ensure adequate technology governance, drive transformational initiatives, and support critical business processes.

Collecting and storing unprecedented amounts of data threatens to usurp fundamental business processes and puts key initiatives at risk. Architects must take the lead in championing a future-proof data platform as digital media plays an increasingly important role in today's mobile, social, and web environments.

Read this whitepaper to find out how Red Hat Storage Server can allow enterprises to quickly and confidently deliver business applications that minimize cost, complexity, and risk while increasing architectural flexibility.

Sponsor: Red Hat


CIOs strive to harness Big Data while keeping an eye on the bottom line

As the economy improves, CIOs must lay the foundation for the next generation of enterprise business growth, and the new battleground is data. Companies focused on transforming themselves into data-driven organizations are seeing increased innovation and improved financial performance. To meet the data challenge, CIOs must create a unified information platform that is highly reliable and scalable, one that makes it easy to access and integrate all data sources across the enterprise.

Read this whitepaper to learn how Red Hat Storage Server allows CIOs to confidently support business growth, manage cost and risk, capitalize on emerging technologies, and drive future innovation across their organizations.

Sponsor: Red Hat


Getting Real About Management and "Big Data"

It's an exciting yet daunting time to be a security professional. Security threats are becoming more aggressive and voracious. Moreover, new "Big Data" technologies purport bringing advanced analytic techniques like predictive analysis and advanced statistical techniques close to the security professional.

Sponsor: EMC Corporation


The Big Data Security Analytics Era Is Here

This whitepaper is the cutting edge view on why large organizations can no longer rely on preventive security systems, point security tools, manual processes, and hardened configurations to protect them from targeted attacks and advanced malware. Henceforth, security management must be based upon continuous monitoring and data analysis for up-to-the-minute situational awareness and rapid data-driven security decisions. This means that large organizations have entered the era of big data security analytics. Use this paper as your lead in your campaign for thought leadership and lead generation.

Sponsor: EMC Corporation


Unlocking the Promise of Demand Sensing and Shaping through Big Data Analytics

Many organizations have limited insight into big data. These limitations have significant opportunity costs and can have a negative effect on identifying and understanding customer demand patterns and related supply constraints. This paper goes beyond basic demand-sensing and demand-shaping concepts and explains how the use of advanced analytical techniques (such as high-performance analytics) and big data can enhance supply chain networks through rigorous demand and supply management.

Sponsor: SAS


Managing the Complexity of Today's Hybrid IT Environments

There are many factors driving the complexity of IT today, each making it harder for organizations to get their hands around IT.
As a result IT managers, need new ways to effectively manage and secure their environment and ensure IT service and business success.
Read this whitepaper to learn how to address the 3 key factors driving change in IT today:
* Cloud Computing
* Mobility
* Big Data

Sponsor: Kaseya


What Kind of Big Data Problem Do You Have?

Everyone's still talking about big data - and for good reason. It's continuing to grow as the use of computers, mobile devices and the Internet continues to increase. It's expanding as more devices, homes and machines are outfitted with sensors, smart meters and GIS transmitters. And with the advent of low-cost storage, in-memory analytics and other computing technologies, it's possible to turn this big data into meaningful insights that empower organizations to make proactive, more informed decisions than ever before.
This paper will give you a crash course in how one company categorizes analytic problems and the best technologies to address them.

Sponsor: SAS


Tolly Test Report - How NetScaler outperforms F5

Measurable performance is a key factor when selecting an Application Delivery Controller(ADC) solution for modern data centers. In this report, Tolly evaluates the performance of several Citrix NetScaler ADC models vs. that of comparable products. Learn how NetScaler fared and provided up to 480% the performance of F5.

Sponsor: Citrix Systems


Delivering trusted information for the modern data warehouse

An agile warehouse environment helps organizations capitalize on analytics, optimize performance and uncover new insights. Learn about the capabilities and technologies required to provide trusted information for a next-generation data warehouse.

Sponsor: IBM


The Forrester Wave for Big Data Hadoop Solutions

Read this report from Forrester Research and find out why IBM InfoSphere BigInsights was named a leader among 9 companies evaluated, and how it stands in relation to other big data Hadoop vendors.

Sponsor: IBM


A Non-Geek's Big Data Playbook

This white paper is designed to be a visual playbook for the non-geek yet technically savvy business professional who is still trying to understand how big data, specifically Hadoop, impacts the enterprise data game we've all been playing for years. Specifically, this Big Data Playbook demonstrates in six common "plays" how Apache Hadoop, the open source poster child for big data technologies, supports and extends the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) ecosystem. It begins with a simple, popular play and progresses to more complex, integrated plays.

Sponsor: SAS


How to Make Apps Run More Efficiently in the Age of the Cloud

As enterprises have embraced IT trends like cloud computing and virtualization, their operational needs have evolved to make application performance more important than ever before. But operating applications at peak performance is challenging in the cloud. That's why many enterprise IT departments now have Applications Operations groups tasked with ensuring that applications run efficiently across these complex IT stacks. But, most tools designed to address these application performance management (APM) issues were never designed for this dynamic environment. To achieve smooth delivery of applications at all times, Applications Operations groups need APM solutions that can give them insight and analytics to manage their apps. This SlashGuide gives IT managers a scorecard to identify APM solutions that will deliver more efficient application performance.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


10 Steps to Application and Network Performance Nirvana

If you work on a network operations team, you know how increasingly hard it is to understand and ensure application performance for your end users. You need visibility into areas where issues may occur - end-user devices, network and infrastructure - in order to identify and diagnose problems quickly and minimize downtime. No application is perfect, even with the most stringent instrumentation. But if you follow these ten steps, your applications and underlying infrastructure can both be tuned for maximum performance.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


Federated Data Checks In

Follow Westwood Vacations' journey from a downward slump of losing revenue quarter over quarter to a record-breaking year in just over 18 months. You will quickly see how a small change in executive philosophy, a tweak to the corporate culture and the right technology allowed them to connect and understand its customers across all of its resorts and deliver an experience that exceeded all expectations - including its own.

Sponsor: SAS


Supporting Your Data Management Strategy with a Phased Approach to Master Data Management

Many organizations that embark on their MDM journey find that the typical approach focusing on data consolidation creates barriers to acceptance and integration. If the goal of master data management is to integrate business value dependencies into a long-term information strategy, it is worthwhile to rethink both the intent - and potentially the value - of the concept of "master data." Therefore, the focus must shift away from delivering master repositories.Organizations must transition the implementation from being technology-based and consolidation-focused to being value-based and consumption-focused.

Sponsor: SAS