This month the University of Amsterdam (below left showing solar panels) is starting a research project on the use of big data within companies and governmental institutions. A survey has been set up in cooperation with ORTEC Consulting Group in order to gather information about the adoption and implementation of big data applications among businesses.
UK companies looking to do business with Russia and the Baltic might consider Netnod, the Scandinavian gateway into Europe for Russia and Baltic ISPs. There is an amazing set of networks on both oil and gas pipelines across the territory.
Over 40% of accountants in the UK top 100 practices, surveyed by CaseWare (the accounting and financial reporting software provider) say that efficient broadband connections remains the greatest problem for UK accountants working away from the office, with 8% totally unable to access work files outside the office.
As KPMG and Imperial team on a combined Data Institute, the UK government is to provide £42 million, over 5 years, to fund the Alan Turing Institute and has asked the EPSRC (Engineering and physical Sciences Research Council) to act as key partner to realise this and position the UK as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data. Accordingly the EPSRC now invites UK universities to submit expressions of interest in joining the consortium to establish the Institute.
Despite the European Court of Justice overthrowing the Data Retention Directive as too broad and with too few safeguards to protect against abuse of privilege, meaning that UK mass surveillance of citizen communications lacked legality, the UK Government has subsequently introduced primary legislation to restore its powers and ISPs are to collect, store and share data on demand with public sector workers under the RIPA law.
Data Centre & Cloud specialists Onyx Group are celebrating once more as they have been named as one of the official Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Specialist Cloud Service supplier to the UK public sector. Back in May, G-Cloud 5 went live in the CloudStore and again number of suppliers and services grew. The iteration sees 1132 suppliers, up by over 10% from G-Cloud 4 applications, and 9236 new services added to the store. There has also been a great increase in SMEs, with now 87% on the G-Cloud 5 framework.
University of Glasgow and Queen’s University, Belfast, along with 12 industry partners, are creating a new CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) an initial 50 PhD students in integrative photonics and its applicability to data storage and information processing.
The public European open cloud has arrived and with CloudVPS Compute based in the Netherlands and cloud users can create and manage large networks of cloud servers, simply and on demand, within an enterprise-class infrastructure.
As the distributed management of data laboratories is becoming the norm, as in Europe's DMOD with its emphasis on mobile, ubiquitous, distributed management processing and visualisation, Scotland is riding the data wave and to have a new £11.3 million innovation centre to helping capitalise on this tsunami of market data, analytics and ‘big data’ technology . The Data Lab will opening later this year.
Embedded in the UK, though not ad-listed by Google, Vtesse offers tailor made DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) protection, just as it delivers networks and data centre services to enterprise and SMEs.
Oracle's acquisition of BlueKai announced in February is predicted as its big growth opportunity in NoSQL Despite the positives of a NoSQL database, the technology is young. NoSQL databases not gained traction with big enterprise clients despite enormous prospects for developers, because the maturity of relational database technology is so well suited to its workloads.
Recently published independent research shows overwhelming interest among IT professionals in on-premises solutions for OFS (online file sharing ) and collaboration, rather than public cloud-based methods designed for consumers and that have previously been the only option.
Intel Corporation and Cloudera enter a broad strategic technology and business collaboration, with a significant equity investment from Intel to make it Cloudera's largest strategic shareholder (which includes Google) and a member of its board of directors.
Alas poor HECToR! EPSRC's rented supercomputer has had its plugs pulled, the units packed and it is en route home to the USA, as pride of place is given to the purchased upstart, ARCHER, Cray's XC30 hardware, Intel Xeon E5-2600v2 processor series boasting ground breaking performance, scalability, and, most critical, maximised energy efficiency.
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