The Best Practices are No Longer the “Best” Practices – Part I

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There was a time when information systems security was simpler. It focused on the appropriate time frame to take a sample of a one-dimensional system log that tracked events like blocked traffic, virus detection and machines taken off-line. Reporting on routine operations is a best practice, and following best practices is always… well… a good practice. Include some metrics for the percentage of your personnel trained in cyber risk avoidance and endpoint compliance and you have a nice corporate report. But, does it really mean anything? Clearly, the continuous barrage of media reports on breaches, data theft and cybercrime are not abating. In today’s Cray blog post, I would like to take you through a few cybersecurity “best practices” ... [ Read More ]

Music and the Internet of Things at SXSW

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Every March the South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive festivals and conferences draw tens of thousands of artists, fans and techies to Austin, Texas. This year Cray was asked to join the Raptor House 2-day invitation-only music, culture and technology event, which has previously been attended by such varied guests as Deepak Chopra, Kanye West and Willie Nelson. I participated in a panel on the Internet of Things (IoT) — the network of “connected” devices such as smart cars, thermostats, electricity meters and wearables — and discussed some significant opportunities for using the large volumes of data generated by these devices. IDC estimates that by 2020 there will be 20 billion such devices on the Internet. While the ... [ Read More ]

Sport Analytics: Who is Really All-In?

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Who is the ‘Mystery' MLB Team that has a Cray Supercomputer? It is a great story, but after two decades in the U.S. Special Operations Command and another 10 years building and operating capabilities for the government as a defense contractor, I fully understand the power of a secret. My colleague, Nick Davis, recently expressed his frustrations at not being able to tell the world more about our involvement in Major League Baseball (MLB). I could not agree more, because working with our mystery team, bringing the advanced analytics capabilities of our Urika-GD™ graph discovery appliance to baseball, has been one of my most prized experiences. And now to have the writers at ESPN The Magazine mistakenly associate us with the Houston ... [ Read More ]

Spark, Spark, Spark Your Data

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We recently attended Strata+Hadoop World in San Jose, where we had some very interesting conversations with attendees. It really seemed like the Hadoop audience is beginning to get comfortable with the technologies and have settled in on at least a few of the components of this dynamic and vibrant big data community. We also attended Stata+Hadoop World in New York last October, where we officially took the wraps off the Urika-XA™ extreme analytics platform. That is when I first noticed a change in the general attitudes. To give you a feel, please allow me quote from the Zaloni Blog:  “Spark, Spark, Spark, Spark! Everyone is talking about Spark, even people that you think wouldn't care about Spark are talking about it, using it, ... [ Read More ]

Cray’s Mystery MLB Team Revealed?

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Last week, ESPN published an interesting article exploring the use, or lack thereof, of analytics in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. In the article, titled “The Great Analytics Rankings,” the researchers at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com assessed, rated and ranked each team on its overall usage of analytics. Based on their findings and assessments, teams were classified as either all-in, believers, one-foot in, skeptics or nonbelievers. Needless to say, the article caught our attention. Many devoted followers of Cray know, and now the readers of this ESPN article are quickly finding out, a Major League Baseball team is one of our customers. Yes, ... [ Read More ]