Dell™ and Quest Software yesterday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Quest, an award-winning IT management software provider offering a broad selection of solutions that solve the most common and most challenging IT problems. Dell is clearly going on a buying spree as this comes on the heals of the SonicWALL and Wyse acquisitions last quarter.
We are excited about this acquisition since BNMC is a big fan of Quest's vRangerPro and vReplicator products for business resiliency protection of our customer's VMware environments. We also like Quest's Recovery Manager for Exchange (RME) as well as their Exchange and SharePoint data migration tools.
For more information, check out the Dell press page: http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/secure/2012-07-02-dell-acquisition-quest-software.aspx
Like the term virtualization, Big Data has become part of the IT world and could mean big business for your organization.
What is Big Data?
IBM defines Big Data this way, “Everyday, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data–so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This data comes from everywhere: from sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos posted online, transaction records of online purchases, and from cell phone GPS signals to name a few. This data is Big Data.”
The phrase Big Data also refers to the tools, processes and procedures allowing an organization to create, manipulate, and manage very large data sets and storage facilities. Think about the data your organization maintains in all of its datacenters, regional offices and on all of its user-facing systems such as desktops, laptops and handheld devices? Will this mean terabytes, petabytes or even larger collections of data?
McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) wanted to know and conducted a study of Big Data in a variety of business areas and determined that Big Data can generate value for all of them. For more in-depth coverage, read the full report Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity
The MGI Big Data study research offers seven key insights
- Data is being generated in every industry and business function and are now an important factor of production, alongside labor and capital.
- There are five broad ways in which using Big Data can create value
The use of Big Data will become a key basis of competition and growth for individual firms.
Services enabled by personal-location data can allow consumers to capture $600 billion in economic surplus.
The computer and electronic products and information sectors, as well as finance and insurance, and government are poised to gain substantially from the use of Big Data.
There will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of Big Data.
Several issues will have to be addressed to capture the full potential of Big Data.
- Unlock significant value by making information much higher frequency.
- Leading companies are using data analysis to conduct controlled experiments to make better management decisions.
- Big Data allows segmentation of customers and therefore more precisely tailored products or services.
- Sophisticated analytics can substantially improve decision-making.
- Can be used to improve the development of the next generation of products and services.
- Policies related to privacy, security, intellectual property, and even liability will need to be addressed in a Big Data world.
- Organizations need to not only to put the right talent and technology in place but also structure workflows and incentives to optimize the use of Big Data.
- Access to data is critical.
For more in-depth coverage, read the full report Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity
- BNMC Engineering Team
Today’s virtual environments have your data everywhere. In addition to physical and virtual systems, there are multiple locations and even different hardware. What is an administrator to do when disaster strikes?
Symantec has launched System Recovery 2011. It provides a software solution to backup data and recovers it in minutes. Learn more and see a video about Disaster-Recovery-Backup-exec and contact BNMC Engineering to see if this solution is right for you.