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Top Security Trends at RSA Conference 2018: An Uncertain Camelot

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 13:30
Since its humble origins in the early 90’s, the RSA Conference has grown to become the premier annual event of the IT security industry. Attracting more than 40k attendees to downtown San Francisco’s Moscone Center this year, attendees hear, meet, and drink with the thought leaders of cyber security.  These include security experts from the White House and the European Union (EU) all the way down to the scrappy little unknown security start-ups that cobbled together funds to get a booth at the s...
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Defining Your Data Infrastructure

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 13:30
What does it take to build data infrastructure? The answer to that question may seem simple: Disks. Yet in reality, a complete data infrastructure is a lot more complex than just disks. Here’s a look at all of the infrastructure components that power data operations. While disks (or tape drives, as the case may be) are surely one key part of data infrastructure, collecting, storing, integrating and analyzing data would not be possible without the help of a number of additional components. ...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Tobi Bosede on Using Machine Learning to Predict Trading Volumes

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to sit down with Tobi Bosede, Sr. Machine Learning Engineer. In the first part of this blog, Bosede spoke on what goes into being a Machine Learning Engineer as well as some of the projects she is currently involved with. In this part, Bosede will dive into predicting trade volumes and the correlation between volume and volatility. Roberts: Can you tell us something about what your presentation wa...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Tobi Bosede on What It Takes to Be a Machine Learning Engineer

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to sit down with Tobi Bosede, Sr Machine Learning Engineer, shortly after her presentation. In the first of this three-part blog series, Bosede explains what goes into being a Machine Learning Engineer as well as some of the projects she is currently involved with. Roberts: So, tell everyone a little about yourself. Bosede: My name is Tobi Bosede. I got my graduate degree from Johns Hopkins and my ...
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Webcast: Data Quality-Driven GDPR: Compliance with Confidence

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 13:30
If you happened to miss our recent webcast, “Data Quality-Driven GDPR: Compliance with Confidence,” it’s now available to view on demand. Explore key insights on how data quality can help you achieve your GDPR compliance with confidence, including: GDPR readiness: What companies must be prepared for Why Data Quality is so critical for GDPR compliance How to address data-related GDPR challenges through a practical, structured approach Before regulations like GDPR, enterprise-...
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Highly Available Data: Why High Availability Is Not Just for Apps

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:30
High availability is a buzzword in IT today. Usually, it refers to applications and services that are resistant to disruption. But it should also apply to your data. Here’s why. What Is High Availability? High availability refers to the ability of an application, service or other IT resources to remain constantly accessible, even in the face of unexpected disruptions. In an age when a cloud service that fails for even just a few hours can significantly impact the ability of businesses to ...
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Data Integration Challenges in a Siloed World

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:30
Modernizing your infrastructure and operations means breaking down “silos” — including those that hamper your data integration processes. Here’s a look at the silos that typically stand in the way of data integration, and what businesses can do to tear them down. “Breaking down silos” is lingo that you’ll hear if you follow the DevOps movement. Part of the point of DevOps is to eliminate the barriers that typically prevent different types of IT staff ...
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5 Big Data Integration Obstacles

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:30
Data integration is essential if you want to turn big data into something that actually drives business value. However, successful data integration doesn’t happen on its own. Here’s a guide to overcoming common data integration obstacles. What Is Data Integration? Put simply, data integration refers to the tools, processes, and strategies that enable organizations to turn large, disparate data sets into usable information. Without data integration, it can be impossible to interpret the large qu...
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Why Data Quality Makes or Breaks Your Big Data Operations

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:30
What drives big data success? Your first thought might be analytics accuracy or the amount of data you have available to process. But if you’re not thinking about data quality as well, you may be undercutting the effectiveness of your entire big data operation. Let’s take a look at how data quality can determine whether your big data operations succeed or fail. What is Data Quality? Data quality refers to the ability of a given set of data to fulfill an intended purpose. If you have quality dat...
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Video: Ironstream Version 2.1: The Data Forwarder for IBM Z

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 13:30
Ironstream has already established itself as the premier mainframe-to-Splunk data forwarding solution. The recent release of Ironstream version 2.1 added a number of key features that further distanced itself from any competition. In keeping with their track record of enabling customers to quickly extract value from their critical data, Syncsort is empowering enterprises to make better decisions by making mission-critical mainframe data available in another popular analytics platform. The relea...
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What Makes Mainframes Different? Mainframe vs. Server

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:30
What is a mainframe? One of the best ways to answer that question is to explain what makes mainframes different from other types of computers — especially servers you’d find in a data center. Toward that end, let’s take a look at the key differences between commodity servers — that is, the relatively inexpensive, usually x86-based servers that you find in large numbers in today’s data centers — and mainframe computers. Mainframes Handle Much More Data Z13 mai...
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Facing Your IBM i Security Fears Head On

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:30
As an IBM i administrator, IT manager, or security officer, you may be feeling anxiety due to escalating security threats, the ever-changing requirements of compliance regulations, and/or impending audits. You’re not alone. Most companies today are also nervous, so they’re making it a priority to improve the state of their system security. In fact, in a recent Syncsort survey, nearly half of the respondents revealed that enhancing and upgrading security on IBM Power Systems is their primary IT i...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Roni Fontaine on Her Time in Product Management and Marketing

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata San Jose Conference, Paige Roberts of Syncsort sat down to speak with Roni Fontaine, Director of Product Marketing at Hortonworks. In part one, Fontaine spoke about what’s new at Hortonworks as well as the changing landscape of Big Data. In this part, Fontaine explains some of her experiences as a woman in the tech world. Roberts:  You’re a woman in a high-tech company. How has that worked out for you? Have you had any trouble? Fontaine: I started out doing programming at o...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Roni Fontaine on Hortonworks and the Changing Landscape of Data

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata San Jose Conference, Paige Roberts of Syncsort sat down to speak with Roni Fontaine, Director of Product Marketing at Hortonworks. In the first of our two-part interview, Fontaine speaks about what’s new at Hortonworks as well as the ever-changing landscape of data. Roberts:  Can you introduce yourself for our readers. Fontaine:  Hi, I’m Roni Fontaine. I’m a director of product marketing at Hortonworks and I handle our HDP, our Cloud, and our IBM Db2 Big SQL solutions for t...
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New eBook! The Ultimate Guide to Mainframe Machine Data

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:30
Mainframe logs and data sources can provide a wealth of information about the operational health of your system while shedding light on potential security concerns. Syncsort’s latest eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Mainframe Machine Data, takes a look at the different data sources and how they can be used to best benefit your organization. Companies are looking to incorporate mainframe logs into their analytics processes to get a bigger and more complete picture of what’s happening in their ...
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6 Reasons Your Data May Become Unavailable

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:30
What stands in the way of high availability and your data? Keep reading for a list of common reasons why data may become unavailable. Highly available data means data that is accessible virtually without interruption. To be fully accessible, your data needs to be reachable in the sense that the infrastructure and software hosting it runs constantly. Highly accessible data is also high quality data that you can work with readily. Any problem that disrupts either of these two pillars of data avail...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Joey Echeverria on the Latest With Splunk, Spark, and Flink

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day in Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In part one of the blog series, Roberts and Echeverria discussed some common Hadoop security methods. Part two focused on more detail regarding different methods of fine-grained security when dealing with Hadoop. In the final installment, Echeverria describes what the latest developments are with Splunk, as well as the differences betwee...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Joey Echeverria on Alternate Methods of Hadoop Security

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day in Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of the O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In part one of this blog series, Roberts and Echeverria discussed the common Hadoop security methods. As we return for part two, Echeverria goes more into detail regarding different methods of security when dealing with Hadoop. Roberts: Have you seen some of the interaction between Atlas and Ranger to work on the authorization, wher...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Joey Echeverria on Some Common Hadoop Security Methods

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In the first of this three-part blog, Roberts and Echeverria discuss some common Hadoop security methods, and why they’re so desperately needed. Paige: Let’s start with an introduction. Tell us about yourself. Joey: My name is Joey Echeverria. I’m an architect at Splunk, working on stream processing. And I’m also the author of Hadoop Securi...
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What You Need to Know About Tracing Transactions From Mobile to Mainframe

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 13:30
Having visibility of key, up-to-date metrics from the elements within a system is incredibly valuable, but difficult to achieve without the right tooling. Syncsort’s new eBook, “What You Need to Know About Tracing Transactions From Mobile to Mainframe,” takes a look at which tools best prepare you in the case of an emergency. The situation in which a system goes down can be detrimental to an organization and the damage can vary greatly by how quick the downtime is resolved. Wi...
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