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NYI’s MigrAssist Service Helps Businesses Successfully Migrate from Existing Data Centers to NYI Facilities as Tides Shift within NYC Data Center Market


NEW YORK –NYI, a New York company specializing in customized technology infrastructure solutions, announces today the introduction of the NYI MigrAssist service, which is geared towards helping businesses successfully migrate from an existing data center into an NYI facility, utilizing a multi-phased data center migration planning approach. The launch of MigrAssist shows that NYI recognizes there can be large costs involved when making the move to a new data center. Adopting NYI’s MigrAssist service helps to simplify the transition, and offset any costs associated with a move.

According to 451 Research, there are currently about 100 data centers in the New York City market, operated by about 50 data center providers. About 80 percent of all live data center space in the metropolitan area is currently taken.

“With the growth in data center demand, colocation space in NYC and the greater metro area is more valuable than ever,” comments Phillip Koblence, Chief Operating Officer of NYI. “With the changing data center landscape in Manhattan, more and more clients are seeking viable options that are the best fit for their data infrastructure. NYI is here to assist companies who are faced with data center migration, and to make the move to our owner-occupied, state-of-the-art data centers as seamless, easy, and as inexpensive as possible.”

The benefits of NYI MigrAssist include:

  • Execution of phased data center migration project planning
  • Ability to accommodate any sized data center environment, from half cabinets to large scale private cage deployments
  • Availability of temporary cross-connect services to aid migration
  • No charge for first month of service, helping to absorb the cost of a migration
  • No setup/installation charges

NYI’s data centers, located in New York, New Jersey, Seattle and Los Angeles offer fault-tolerant network connectivity and direct access to multiple carriers with global reach. With 100% uptime, NYI facilities are SSAE-16 compliant and offer 24x7x365 onsite support.

For more information about NYI and MigrAssist, please visit www.nyi.net or contact us at salesteam@nyi.net. 

Top Honor Illustrates Spectra Logic’s Commitment to Customers and Success as an EMC Partner           

LAS VEGASSpectra Logic today announced it has received the “Technology Connect Select Partner of the Year” award from EMC. The business partner program award recognizes Spectra Logic’s contributions as a partner and ability to complement EMC data protection solutions. The prestigious honor by EMC was presented this week at EMC World 2014.

Spectra Logic joined EMC’s Technology Connect Select Program in February 2012. Spectra Logic manufacturers low-cost, massively scalable "deep storage" that allow customers to store data virtually forever – efficiently and securely. EMC resells Spectra’s entire T-Series tape library line, which offers highly reliable, high-density long-term storage and seamlessly scales to exabyte capacity levels.

“We are pleased to recognize Spectra Logic as an outstanding Technology Connect Select partner,” said Don Lamburn, director of EMC Select Program, EMC Corporation. “Spectra Logic consistently exemplifies its commitment to our customers and our partner program, including providing same day shipping when needed, delivering efficient, cost-effective solutions, and enthusiastically supporting EMC training events. Spectra Logic’s actions, along with those of our other Technology Connect partners, allow us to best serve our customers’ needs.” 

“Our alliance with EMC has expanded Spectra’s presence in dozens of countries across the globe, with a notable trend in the high performance computing (HPC), hospitality, finance, manufacturing and media & entertainment markets,” said Brian Grainger, executive vice president of worldwide sales and sales operations, Spectra Logic. “We are honored to receive EMC’s Technology Connect Select Partner of the Year award and greatly value our relationship with EMC.”

Since Spectra Logic joined the program in February 2012, EMC has sold Spectra Logic tape solutions to more than 150 customers in 20 countries across the globe, with heavy concentrations in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Thirty percent of EMC/Spectra Logic sales were into enterprise accounts with very large data sets.

About Spectra Logic Corporation
Spectra Logic is a Select member of the EMC Business Partner Program for Technology Connect Partners. At Spectra Logic we define, design and deliver innovative data protection and backup solutions through tape backup and disk-based backup, recovery and archive storage solutions. By igniting innovation we challenge expectations of the data protection market with intelligent, integrated, and simple to use backup and archive technologies. Throughout our 30-plus-year history we have delivered high-density, feature rich storage with unmatched service and support to customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.SpectraLogic.com.

NAKIVO updates the Free edition of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v4 to include Exchange objects recovery and backup verification features.

CAMPBELL, Calif. — NAKIVO Inc., the fastest-growing provider of virtualization data protection software, has announced today that it has added Microsoft Exchange objects recovery, Exchange logs truncation, and backup verification features to the Free edition of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v4.

The updated edition provides a quick and easy way to make ad-hoc backups of running VMs for operational, archival, and portability purposes. VMs can be backed up locally, remotely over WAN, or to a cloud. This enables businesses to save VMs for long term storage due to legal or regulatory requirements or in order to prevent unintentional data loss before VM decommissioning.

The new features provide the ability to:

  • Browse, search, and recover MS Exchange objects – such as emails – directly from compressed and deduplicated VMware VM backups, without the need to restore the entire VM first. This feature is purely agentless, works right out of the box, and does not require creating a special lab or run a special backup type (Exchange objects can be recovered even from existing NAKIVO backups created by previous versions of the product).
  • Truncate Exchange Server logs (which otherwise accumulate and can consume all of the available disk space) after a successful backup. This feature is also purely agentless and works right out of the box.
  • Verify VM backups in a backup repository at the block level, which ensures that the data written to the backup repository is identical to the data that was read from the source VM, thus verifying that application objects, files, and the entire VM can be recovered.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v4 Free edition is available now at no cost and with no limitations on the number of hosts and VMs.



Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NAKIVO is a privately-held software company that has been profitable since founding in 2012. With more than 2,400 customers and over 450 channel partners worldwide, NAKIVO develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for VMware virtualized environments. NAKIVO provides a fast, reliable, and affordable VM backup and replication solution for enabling SMBs and enterprises to protect and recover VM data onsite, offsite, and in the cloud. NAKIVO has also enabled over 50 hosting, managed, and cloud services providers to create and offer VM Backup-as-a-Service, Replication-as-a-Service, and DR-as-a-Service to their customers. NAKIVO was the first virtualization backup specialist to offer VM backup to public clouds such as Amazon to SMB customers and multi-tenancy to service providers and enterprise customers.  For more information, please visit www.nakivo.com.

Best availability and highest efficiency among leading rack PDU vendors

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today introduced a new family of  rack power distribution units, including the MPH2 managed rack PDU and the RPC2 communications module. Available in June in the United States and Canada, this new generation of the product offers the highest availability and efficiency of managed rack PDUs among leading vendors, according to independent testing.

The MPH2 rack PDU offers one of the highest temperature tolerances in the industry, and together with the RPC2 communications module, offers comprehensive remote management capabilities and real-time monitoring and control of connected loads. This enables the highest availability while allowing IT managers to monitor, predict and manage changes in the data center. Integration with industry standard management and authentication protocols allows the MPH2 to easily integrate with existing IT and communications networks.

“We tested several industry leading switched rack PDU solutions and found Emerson MPH2 to have the highest levels of availability and efficiency”, said Craig Hillman, CEO of DfR Solutions, an independent testing agency that compared the switched model of MPH2 managed rack PDU with RPC2 modular communications to three leading competitive rack PDUs.

The new offering enables the following benefits to the data center:

·         High availability: With the use of bistable relays and the RPC2 communications module, MPH2 rack PDU enables basic power distribution to connected loads under conditions in the event that intelligence within the units ever gets compromised. Rack PDUs are typically located in the back of the rack toward the hot-aisle, exposing them to some of the harshest temperatures found in the data center. In this location, it is fairly common to see temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius. The MPH2 rack PDU is rated to operate at temperatures up to 60 degrees Celsius, which contributes to system availability.

·         Optimized energy and capacity management: MPH2 has the lowest energy consumption of all switched rack PDU designs. Based on a comparison of switched rack PDU models for a typical 100 rack data center with a PUE of 1.9, the MPH2 could deliver an annual cost savings of $46 per rack, or $4600 for a midsize 100 rack data center.

·         Simplified integration into management tools: Savings are also achieved through consolidating user IP connections and device monitoring, with up to four MPH2 rack PDUs able to be interconnected as a Rack PDU Array.  They support all major industry standard management, authentication and encryption standards and protocols, and they fully integrate into Emerson Network Power’s industry-leading KVM, serial console and infrastructure management systems. Additionally, they integrate rack level power and environmental monitoring information from the rack PDUs with higher level data center management software provided by Emerson or third parties.

·         Easy physical and electrical integration: The rack PDUs can be delivered pre-installed in Emerson Network Power racks, allowing fast deployment and reserving data center resources for other critical tasks. They can also be installed in most industry racks without the need for any tools.

The RPC2 communications module allows fast upgradable network communications, precision sensors and a display interface that can be accessed locally or remotely via infrastructure management software. It gives data center managers the ability to more easily meter important electrical and environmental parameters; set thresholds, alarms and notifications; and control and manage individual receptacles and/or groups of loads and devices. The module’s highly accurate +/- 1 percent metering and reporting enable proactive management of connected equipment, as well as support for charge back of data center utility burden to IT customers.

“As organizations seek to create data centers that run faster, smarter and more economically, the role of intelligent rack power distribution units is becoming more critical,” said Jeff Sturgeon, president of sales for Emerson Network Power’s Data Center Solutions business. “By offering a high availability design, intelligent power metering and remote management features, Emerson Network Power’s next generation of PDUs provide the best view of IT power consumption and rack operating conditions to enable real-time, resilient data centers that optimize capacity and resources.”

All Emerson rack PDUs come with customer rebates available when purchasing them through partners who are members of the Emerson Network Power Innovative Partnership Program.

Emerson rack PDUs are featured in the Emerson Data Center Solution Tour in the United States and Canada. Check location stops at DataCenterTour.com. For more information on the MPH2 rack PDU and the RPC2 communications module, or other technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

Fast Rollout of Digital Lifestyle Services in the Tera Era with Allot Service Gateway Tera

WOKING, Surrey – Wick Hill is now shipping Allot Service Gateway Tera, a high-performance DPI-based platform built to power the deployment of Digital Lifestyle Services in fixed and mobile data networks on the path to software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud-based network services (NFV).

Ed Kidson, product sales manager at Wick Hill, commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for the channel to deliver a smooth migration path towards SDN and virtualisation, at the same time as minimising capital investment.” 

Allot Service Gateway Tera has already received multimillion dollar orders from four different mobile and fixed line operators worldwide, including a $4M deal announced earlier this year and a $5M dollar deal announced earlier this month.

Allot Service Gateway Tera provides a unified framework for both physical and virtual service deployment across any access network, serving as a single point of integration for network- and cloud-based services. The new offering includes real-time traffic management, video optimization, policy enforcement, application-based charging, and security services such as Parental Control and Anti-DDoS. 

Allot Service Gateway Tera supports Service Chaining to value-added services, with high-density 100GE and 10GE connectivity. The platform is built to manage 15 million active subscribers and provides up to 2Tbps in a Tera-cluster.

Allot Service Gateway Tera also supports breakthrough network analytics, allowing operators to collect a variety of data sets from their networks and analyze them according to application, subscriber, device, topology and context. It works with Allot ClearSee Analytics solution to turn big data into valuable business insights needed to drive service profitability and customer satisfaction.

About Wick Hill

Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure IP infrastructure solutions. The company sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access, networking, convergence, storage and hosted solutions.

Wick Hill is part of the Wick Hill Group, based in Woking, Surrey with sister offices in Hamburg. Wick Hill is particularly focused on providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners. This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme, technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage of the sales process, and extensive training facilities. For more information about Wick Hill, please visit http://www.wickhill.com/company/company-profile or www.twitter.com/wickhill

About Allot Communications

Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: ALLT) is a leading global provider of intelligent broadband solutions that put mobile, fixed and enterprise networks at the center of the digital lifestyle and workstyle. Allot’s DPI-based solutions identify and leverage the business intelligence in data networks, empowering operators to analyze, protect, improve and enrich the digital lifestyle services they deliver. Allot’s unique blend of innovative technology, proven know-how and collaborative approach to industry standards and partnerships enables network operators worldwide to elevate their role in the digital lifestyle ecosystem and to open the door to a wealth of new business opportunities. For more information, please visit www.allot.com.  

Forward Looking Statement

This release may contain forward-looking statements, which express the current beliefs and expectations of Company management. Such statements involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause our future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks relating to: our ability to compete successfully with other companies offering competing technologies; the loss of one or more significant customers; consolidation of, and strategic alliances by, our competitors, government regulation; lower demand for key value-added services; our ability to keep pace with advances in technology and to add new features and value-added services; managing lengthy sales cycles; operational risks associated with large projects; our dependence on third party channel partners for a material portion of our revenues; and other factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Tapp multi-cloud lifecycle management platform to be integrated with Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator to immediately benefit MSP’s, telcos and others

LONDON, UKFlexiant today announced its acquisition of the Tapp multi-cloud management technology and business from Besol Sl. The cash and stock acquisition includes the migration of technology, staff and customers to Flexiant. On many occasions Flexiant has stated that “this is the decade of the service provider” and the move to acquire Tapp increases the capability of Flexiant to enable managed service providers (MSPs), telcos and others to manage workloads across multiple cloud vendors and geographies. Flexiant, recognized as the leading trendsetter and provider of cloud orchestration and management, will use this acquisition to further accelerate its innovation roadmap to deliver an even broader range of solutions for the cloud service provider.

George Knox, CEO, Flexiant said, “We believe that MSP’s are uniquely placed to capture cloud revenue and opportunity and that this market has been underserved. MSPs do not have the range of enabling software solutions needed to maximize their market position.”

“With their unique customer first view of service delivery rather than technology first, MSPs have a deep understanding of their customers’ business priorities and critical SLAs. Equally MSPs are expert at managing, on behalf of their customers, multiple, competing IT vendor relationships. It is a natural extension to this customer relationship to also offer customer services to transition to the cloud and to manage multiple cloud service providers. At the moment there are limited solutions to help the MSP manage the cloud services provider. Our move to acquire Tapp technology will extend the management solutions we already provide to MSPs across multi-cloud deployments so that they can decide what infrastructure and vendor to use based on their customer’s unique business requirements,” continued Knox.

Tapp CEO Hector Rodriguez said, “I am truly excited Tapp joins forces with Flexiant. Tapp’s leading-edge automated multi cloud platform and Flexiant’s unrivalled capability in cloud orchestration will deliver second-to-none value to MSPs and global telcos. By joining a larger organization with the clout of Flexiant’s, there is a truly EU-born power play in infrastructure cloud computing in the making.”

Also a Gartner Cool Vendor alongside Flexiant, Tapp capabilities include features and functions that can be deployed across multiple clouds and consumed as-a-service afterwards. With the goal of guaranteeing consistency, independently of the chosen cloud providers, Tapp’s features are very much abstracted from the infrastructure layer. Tapp provides a comprehensive set of application-focused tools, from load balancing and auto-scaling to DNS management and File Delivery Network. One of the most interesting capabilities lies in the extensive use of Chef for application blueprinting within Tapp. This enables application blueprints to be deployable on multiple clouds, without relying too heavily on provider-specific OS images. The combination of Flexiant’s innovative technology with that of Tapp will provide service providers a range of completely unique opportunities to secure and grow existing cloud services revenue and margins as well as create and defend new revenue streams.

Flexiant will integrate the Tapp technology into its innovative and leading cloud management platform to offer multi-tenant cloud solutions so MSPs can select the right infrastructure solution for the customer – whether it is their own infrastructure or that of a trusted cloud service provider, including Amazon Web Services, Cloudstack, Google, IBM, Joyent, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, Rackspace, VMware and every cloud provider running Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator. Furthermore, Flexiant has a combined Tapp and Flexiant roadmap to generate a range of compelling sector specific services that will allow service providers using Flexiant to differentiate their offers in the battleground for cloud revenue.

Service providers can expect a new and comprehensive set of cloud services using Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and Tapp starting in summer 2014.

About Flexiant

Flexiant provides cloud orchestration software focused solely to the global service provider market. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator is a cloud management software suite that arms service providers with a customizable platform to help them turn innovative ideas into revenue generating services quickly and easily. With Flexiant, service providers can generate more revenue and accelerate growth, compete more effectively and lead the market through innovation. Vendor agnostic and supporting multiple hypervisors, Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator offers a customizable platform, a flexible interface, integrated metering and billing, reseller capabilities and application management. Flexiant gives service providers the ability to develop, launch and bill for new cloud services quickly.

Flexiant has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Management, ranked as the most innovative product in the market by Info-Tech Research Group for the second year in a row and called an industry double threat by 451 Research. Flexiant is now a Dell certified technology partner and Parallels partner. Customers include Colt Ceano, Computerlinks, ITEX, NetGroup and WeServe. Flexiant is also a key participant in the European Framework Programme. For more information visit www.flexiant.com.

About Besol

Besol, through its Tapp.in platform, provides infrastructure management across multiple cloud (IaaS) providers. Tapp makes it easy for companies to deploy their infrastructure and manage their servers in a public cloud environment with the ability to seamlessly migrate between public cloud providers. Tapp also provides a DNS administration, intelligent Auto-scaling, DR, cost control, load balancing, wizards and application performance management. Tapp is currently compatible with the largest IaaS vendors and was named 2012 Cool Vendor by Gartner in Cloud Services Brokerage Enablers and was selected finalist in 2012 Structure Europe.

BIRMINGHAM, UK — ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, the official operating partner for Suprema Inc. in the United Kingdom and Paxton, the UK market leader in access control, have announced the launch of ENTERTECH’s ‘BioConnect for Net2’, an application supporting the integration of Suprema biometric readers and Paxton’s Net2 access control solution.

Adam Stroud, CEO of Paxton Group, says: “The integration of Suprema biometric readers and Net2 access control has produced a leading solution for our customers. The simplicity of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS’ BioConnect integrates well with our high quality, straightforward systems. The ease of use and accessibility of the product means that the Suprema and Paxton system is an attractive proposition for a wide range of installers.”

Net2 is Paxton’s advanced networked access control solution. The security system offers centralised administration and control of sites ranging from one to hundreds of doors, and thousands of users. Rather than managing badge records in two different systems (Net2 for access control and another for the biometric templates), BioConnect seamlessly integrates proven biometrics into the Net2 access control solution. Using a simple enrollment window, users and badge records can be found and biometric templates added easily.

Steve Greb, UK/Ireland Managing Director of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, says: “BioConnect eliminates much of the administration normally required of users. This major advantage, coupled with simple installation and user on-boarding, means installers can have customers fully functional faster than ever.”

Rob Douglas, CEO of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, says: “Paxton’s ability to provide simple and straightforward security solutions to the installer has made them a market leader and this focus on the customer is shared by us at ENTERTECH SYSTEMS – we are excited to partner with Paxton globally.”

The Suprema line of biometric devices, which includes fingerprint detection, card and PIN readers as well as ENTERTECH SYSTEMS’ BioConnect application, is available through Norbain in the UK. Applicable Suprema readers include BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.

Visit ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, Suprema and Paxton at IFSEC International 2014 from 17-19 June at ExCel London (stand E1400 for ENTERTECH SYSTEMS and Suprema and stand G1500 for Paxton) for product demonstrations and more information on the latest technologies. For details on ENTERTECH SYSTEMS’ line of Suprema devices and applications, please visit www.entertechsystems.co.uk or call 0800-368-8123 or 020 3743 9123.

Enterprises Get End-to-End Data Migration Solution for Improved Business Efficiency


HOUSTON, Texas – Mimecast, the leading provider of cloud-based email archiving, continuity and security, announced today a global partnership with Nuix, the leader in intelligent email archive migration tools. This technology integration means Mimecast can now migrate quickly large volumes of user data from an enterprise’s legacy archive to Mimecast’s cloud platform. A faster archive migration speeds up the decommissioning of end-of-life archiving solutions, alleviates ongoing hardware and software costs, and helps customers overcome in-house scalability and performance challenges.


The Mimecast and Nuix partnership optimizes the volume of data available, and the speed at which it can be produced for critical eDiscovery and end-user productivity and mobile access requirements. Mimecast can now bypass legacy archive APIs to target data directly, allowing for multiple terabytes of data per month to be ingested to Mimecast storage. A data extraction task that once took months or years can now be completed in days or weeks.


“The vast majority of new archive implementations are in the cloud today. Yet, many organizations are still using the same migration technology that was designed years ago to move data from on-prem to on-prem,” said Rocco Seyboth, global head of Nuix’s Intelligent Migration business. “Enterprises are choosing Mimecast because of their next-generation approach to email storage management, eDiscovery and compliance. We are excited to partner with Mimecast so their customers can benefit from Nuix’s next-gen migration technology, designed specifically for the cloud.”


“For many companies, archived legacy data represents the corporate memory, so it is critical that it be preserved. However, preserving this data set in-house on solutions that are deemed end-of-life is costly, so organizations need another option,” said Julian Martin, vice president of Strategic Alliances, Mimecast.


Martin continued: “The Mimecast and Nuix partnership ensures that human-generated data is quickly migrated to the cloud under one contract. Once an organization is set up on the Mimecast platform, IT administrators and end-users can access data using any device, boosting productivity. With this end-to-end solution, organizations are no longer stuck with the scalability and performance challenges of preserving legacy archives in-house. Now they have a fast and easy migration path to the cloud.”


About Mimecast
Mimecast is a leader in enterprise cloud services for the protection and management of corporate human generated data. The company’s email security and cloud archiving services are built on Mimecast’s world-leading secure cloud platform and optimized for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. Mimecast Email Security protects against inbound and outbound email-borne threats, deliberate or accidental data leaks and email service outages. Mimecast Cloud Archive unifies email, file and Instant Messaging data to give end-users fast access to their personal archive via PC, Mac and mobile apps. Other end-user productivity tools include Large File Send which allows users to send large attachments from within email. For IT teams, Mimecast gives them a single administration console that provides centralized management of security and content protection as well as retention policies to support compliance and eDiscovery requirements. Founded in 2003, the company has over 10,000 customers, nearly 3 million users and works with over 800 channel partners worldwide. Mimecast has offices in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.


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About Nuix
Nuix enables people to make fact-based decisions from unstructured data. The patented Nuix Engine makes small work of large and complex human-generated data sets. Organizations around the world turn to Nuix software when they need fast, accurate answers for digital investigation, cybersecurity, eDiscovery, information governance, email migration, privacy and more.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 14:57

Improving Compliance with Data Science

The days when organizations talked about data in terms of megabytes and gigabytes are long gone. Today, they talk about data in terms of petabytes and zettabytes — big data with massive potential, if they know what to do with it.

Increased access to powerful analytics, combined with the maturing capabilities of open architecture, cloud computing and predictive analytics are helping more organizations get better with data. Yet, in many cases, organizations are moving too slowly to keep up, and they may not be considering all of the risks.



CIO — Organizations are increasingly focusing on building enterprise data applications on top of their Hadoop and NoSQL infrastructure. But even as that's happening, Hadoop itself is becoming much more diverse and complex. That's a potential headache for developers seeking to build applications on top of that data infrastructure, but data application platform specialist Concurrent, primary sponsor of the open source Cascading application framework, sees it as an opportunity.

While Apache Hadoop began as a combination of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) for file storage and MapReduce for compute, there are now a growing number of options for compute in Hadoop, including Apache Tez (a framework for near real-time big data processing), and the soon-to-be-released Apache Spark (a framework for in-memory cluster computing) and Apache Storm (a distributed computation framework for stream processing). Hadoop distribution vendor MapR even offers an alternative to HDFS in its distribution.