May 9, 2013 § Leave a Comment
If you have a teenage son or daughter, you may be familiar with an app called ‘Snapchat’. Its claim to fame – that is, until earlier today – is that it deletes all messages (text, photo, or otherwise) within a few seconds, thus keeping sensitive information safe from the prying eyes of parents, police, marketers, and all sorts of other nefarious characters.
But lo and behold, as it turns out, Snapchat actually doesn’t delete the data after all. Instead, it’s simply moved to a hidden directory, where with proper time and tooling, it can be recovered. You can read all about it here.
Whether or not you’re prone to sharing too much information, the takeaway from this little debacle is that data never really goes away, especially once a smartphone gets involved – not to mention the cloud. Keep that in mind the next time you’re tempted to use technology to record, say, or write something that you don’t want anyone else to see or hear.
May 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
SAP asked me to write an article that summarized some of today’s most interesting database trends. Here’s what I cover in the article:
I begin by demonstrating that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ database platform isn’t a good idea given today’s complexities. Next, I describe several of the most intriguing new information management technology categories, followed by an overview of how integrated solutions such as SAP’s Real Time Data Platform can provide a logical, unified approach. Finally, I point out that despite all of the fresh breakthroughs and noteworthy new solutions, transactional databases continue to remain at the heart of the enterprise’s information processing responsibilities. This means that selecting an RDBMS will endure as a vital obligation.
March 31, 2013 § Leave a Comment
A while back, I co-authored a White paper about the various storage options offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). In that paper, I described each of the key AWS data management products (e.g. Simple Storage Service (S3), Elastic Block Storage (EBS), SimpleDB, and so on). I also provided some use cases showing how all of these services can work together.
Amazon continually upgrades and improves its offerings, and they’ve recently announced beta availability for Redshift – a cloud-based service that lets you use the AWS infrastructure to run analytics and business intelligence applications on terabytes – or even petabytes – of information that you upload to Amazon.
In future posts, I’ll be writing more about how these types of hosted solutions have the potential to level the playing field and transform the way Big Data analytics are handled by organizations of all sizes. For now, I encourage you to consider cloud-based products for even the largest business intelligence applications.
February 17, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I’ve been writing an ongoing series of blog posts on making the most of soapUI Pro. Here’s the next installment, which explores how to use the JDBC TestStep to evaluate the contents of your database. This is a very powerful capability, because it lets you use soapUI as a complete, all-encompassing quality assurance platform for testing services, Web sites, and databases.
February 16, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Recently, I blogged about a talk I’m giving in Boston at the Conference on Big Data Security. I’m happy to announce that I’ll also be teaching a comprehensive one-day workshop on Big Data. Here’s what I’ll be covering on Tuesday, July 16:
- A realistic, vendor-agnostic overview of the current Big Data security landscape
- Big Data information management categories including: in-memory databases, key/value stores, graph databases, and file/object repositories
- Examination and explanation of the most widespread technologies such as Amazon Web Services, Big Table, and Hadoop
- Understanding how all of these disparate solutions co-exist without security chaos
- Pinpointing the intrinsic non-technical security risks present in a big data environment: regulatory, legal, industry, and Service Level Agreements
- Creating a “defense-in-depth” approach to protecting Big Data for your shop
- Real-world scenarios on what works and why
If you’re interested, you can register here.
February 11, 2013 § 1 Comment
I’m looking forward to my speaking engagement at the Conference on Big Data Security this July in Boston. I’ll be talking about how to keep your Hadoop environment safe and secure. In particular, I’ll be discussing:
- The key diverse technologies contained within a typical Hadoop environment
- Current and trending security risks characteristic in Hadoop implementations
- Setting and attaining realistic goals
- Contrasting open-source vs. proprietary Hadoop security tools
- Protecting your Hadoop landscape through controlled access
- Inherent differences safeguarding data-at-rest vs. defending data while in motion
I hope you can join me there – it should be a very interesting conference.
January 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
I really enjoyed my SAP/Ziff Davis presentation the other day. If you didn’t get to see it live, you can view it at your convenience here
January 9, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Along with Neil McGovern from SAP, I’ll be presenting a Webinar hosted by Ziff Davis on January 16 at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. Here’s what we’ll be covering:
Today’s database technology landscape is more dymanic than ever before. With growing data volume, data types and data uses, many organizations are using an array of specialized information management technologies to manage their data, as opposed to relying on a single relational database management (RDBMS) platform.
Join Robert Schneider, technology consultant and author and Neil McGovern, senior director, Solutions Marketing, SAP, for an in-depth discussion on how to optimize data management technologies in your organization. During this one-hour Webcast, you’ll learn:
- How the latest trends in information management are affecting IT organizations
- Why a ‘one size fits all’ database no longer makes sense
- How integrated solutions such as the SAP Real Time Data Platform can provide a logical, unified approach to data management
You can register for this free event here.
Coming to London to talk about NewSQL and NoSQL: two different yet complementary approaches for managing information
December 22, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I’m looking forward to my upcoming visit to SkillsMatter in London on March 11 and 12. I’ll be presenting a class on soapUI Pro as well as talking about some exciting scenarios for NewSQL and NoSQL. From the SkillsMatter website:
Many of today’s data-intensive transactional applications have exposed the uncomfortable truth that traditional RDBMS architectures are reaching their limits and are no longer able to keep pace with the demands of the modern enterprise. Fortunately, the past few years have witnessed the arrival of exciting new technologies – collectively known as NewSQL and NoSQL – that both extend the lifespan of RDBMS platforms as well as offer new information management alternatives.
In this talk, Robert Schneider will portray the challenges that have led up to this moment along with introducing major NewSQL and NoSQL platforms. He’ll also describe several multi-faceted use cases that illustrate how these technologies can work together.
These sessions are always lively and fun – I hope you can join us.
December 17, 2012 § Leave a Comment
A while back I wrote about an ROI calculator that we created for Sybase at Think88. That calculator was meant to assist customers in determining the economic benefits of putting Sybase’s new compression capabilities to work in their data centers.
At WiseClouds, we help many customers design, develop, and test highly intricate distributed systems. One of the most important tools that we use is soapUI Pro. In fact, we believe in that product so much that we created a training course to help customers learn how to derive the most value from it.
During our engagements we always encourage customers to make the switch from the free version of soapUI to the professional version. After seeing the benefits of this upgrade in dozens of environments, we’ve come up with a concrete set of numbers that highlight these efficiencies from three viewpoints:
- Labor savings
- Software defect reduction perspective
We then used this information as the foundation of an ROI calculator to help showcase these advantages and thus justify the upgrade to soapUI Pro.