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Jnan Dash

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This phrase is new and it originated at Netflix back in 2010. I was listening to Nora Jones, a Netflix engineer at the AWS re-Invent conference few weeks back, where she talked about this. The principle of Chaos goes like this, “Chaos Engineering is the discipline of experimenting on a distributed system in order to build confidence in the system’s capability to withstand turbulent conditions in production.” Distributed systems have too many moving parts and failures can occur at various levels – hard disks can fail, the network can go down, a sudden surge in customer traffic can overload a functional component—the list goes on. All too often, these events trigger outages, poor performance, and other undesirable behaviors. Chaos Engineering is a method of experimentation on infrastructure that brings systemic weaknesses to light. This empirical process of verificati... (more)

Big Data and Analytics – What’s Ahead? | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData

Recently I read somewhere this statement – As we end 2017 and look ahead to 2018, topics that are top of mind for data professionals are the growing range of data management mandates, including the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation that is directed at personal data and privacy, the growing role of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in enterprise applications, the need for better security in light of the onslaught of hacking cases, and the ability to leverage the expanding Internet of Things. Here are the key areas as we look ahead: Business owners deman... (more)

Apple Market Value Now Exceeds $500B

Wow Apple! The market value exceeded $500B and now everyone is speculating if it will reach One Trillion, which no company has ever aspired. As I look into the valuation this morning, Apple is at $505B. Microsoft is almost at half of that at $266B. Look at the other big ones in technology sector – Oracle ($146B), Amazon($82B), Cisco ($107B), IBM ($229B), Intel ($134B), Google ($201B), and HP($50B). Other stalwarts for comparison are – Wal-Mart($202B), GE($202B), and Exxon Mobile($408B). Someone commented that if Apple was part of the Dow Jones, then the value would have exceeded... (more)

The Future of Data Management According to Doug Cutting (Father of Hadoop)

I joined 600 people last night at a session sponsored by Hive to listen to Doug Cutting, the creator of Hadoop. Currently he is the chief architect at Cloudera and a director at Apache  Software Foundation. The hall at NetApp facility was overflowing with an eager audience. Doug spoke about the future of data management. He narrated a brief history of Hadoop, how it was founded and how far it has come. As everyone knows, the pedigree of Hadoop came from Google’s GFS (Google File System, now HDFS) and Map-Reduce programming. Here are the key predictions he made: Hadoop has grow... (more)

Internet of Things, Fast Data vs. BigData

Back when we were doing DB2 at IBM, there was an important older product called IMS which brought significant revenue. With another database product coming (based on relational technology), IBM did not want any cannibalization of the existing revenue stream. Hence we coined the phrase “dual database strategy” to justify the need for both DBMS products. In a similar vain, several vendors are concocting all kinds of terms and strategies to justify newer products under the banner of Big Data. One such phrase is Fast Data. We all know the 3Vs associated with the term Big Data – volu... (more)