Big Data Advantage, part 2: “This is a very complicated case . . . You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous.”

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In my last post on big data advantages, I wrote about the potential impact of big data and the types of things companies are looking to get out of their information. However, only four percent of companies extract the full value of their information assets, while 43 percent “obtain little tangible benefit from their information," according to PwC and Iron Mountain in their report “Seizing the information advantage.” Four percent — ouch! You see, although the internet of things and big data analytics have paved the way to previously unimaginable possibilities, they have also opened a Pandora’s box of complexity. And that leads me to another famous quote from “The Big Lebowski.” “This is a very complicated case . . . You know, a lotta ins, ... [ Read More ]

Cray and Forrester Research on Agile Analytics Platform


A few weeks ago, we hosted a webinar on “The Need for an Agile Analytics Platform” with Cray’s SVP of Products, Ryan Waite, and featuring guest Mike Gualtieri, principal research analyst at Forrester Research. They looked at how analytics environments are becoming more dynamic and how a more agile platform can eliminate many challenges. I found Mike’s characterization of “perishable” insights an important reminder of how quickly some decisions need to be made and the impact of unknowingly stale information.  However, even more interesting for me were the concepts around the analytics workflows themselves becoming more sophisticated and what that means for data scientists and their productivity. Here’s a three-minute snippet where Mike ... [ Read More ]

Cray recognized by Forrester and Gartner


Cray is fortunate to have earned the recognition and loyalty of customers worldwide. We’re also honored to receive industry recognition, as is the case with two recent reports from industry analyst firms Forrester and Gartner, the top research and advisory firms providing IT-related insights. Forrester notes Cray’s commitment to analytics The recognition from Forrester comes on the heels of Cray’s highly anticipated launch of the first agile analytics platform, the Cray® Urika®-GX system. The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems, Q2 2016 report, named Cray a “Strong Performer.” In the report, Forrester defines Hadoop®-optimized systems as: Preconfigured hardware platforms comprising CPU, memory, and/or disk that ... [ Read More ]

Big Data Advantage, part 1: “It’s down there somewhere. Let me take another look.”

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Probably like many of you, the Cray team likes to debate and muse about industry trends when we meet over lunch or drinks. I enjoy our banter – it’s part of what makes it so much fun to work at Cray. In that spirit, I wanted to share some of what I’ve found most interesting in a few posts about what I call “big data advantage.” By now, we’re pretty used to hearing about the potential of big data: new breakthroughs, unforeseen opportunities and disruptive industry impact. And although there have been serious advancements, most businesses still struggle to take full advantage of big data. In fact, I’m sometimes reminded of a line from “The Big Lebowski,” where the Dude says, “It’s down there somewhere. Let me take another look.” So ... [ Read More ]

Threat Intelligence – Fool’s Errand or Holy Grail?


In recent years, we’ve seen a disturbing trend in computer network defense — attackers are innovating at a much faster pace than defenders can keep up with. We’ve seen malware evolve from primitive code used primarily by the advanced criminal element to commercialized services available to anyone with the financial means to purchase them. A variety of kits are available on the deep web and dark web for anyone looking to initiate an attack. Many attackers reuse tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP), adapting their code over time to keep ahead of both security analysts and the anti-virus and anti-malware industry. As the frequency of attacks continues to increase, so does the likelihood that an organization has seen the attack ... [ Read More ]