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Haley for Intel
Jul 20, 2018 at 18:32 UTC | Intel Corporation

How advanced is your analytics knowledge?

Advanced analytics helps businesses unlock deeper insights and value from all their data. How is your organization handling the onslaught of big data and advanced analytics? And what’s happening at other organizations?

Take this quiz here in the Community to gauge your knowledge of data analytics!

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Jul 20, 2018 at 16:07 UTC on the Intel Corporation page
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Jul 18, 2018 at 17:30 UTC | Intel Corporation

Practical Steps to Defining Your Data Strategy

Solutions for managing data are evolving along with the data itself. A dizzying array of new technologies and solutions for storing and processing data are available for IT organizations to leverage. The ability to smartly deploy IT systems and processes that turn the data deluge into a competitive advantage starts with an understanding of the data itself.

Our eGuide, A Guide to Defining Your Data Strategy, explores the environmental forces changing the face of data and provides a framework for developing a Data Strategy to help an organization deal with both the disruption and the opportunities offered by this changing world.

You can check out the eGuide here:

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Jul 17, 2018 at 15:51 UTC in Roundups
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Jul 16, 2018 at 21:01 UTC | Intel Corporation

Jump Start AI with Intel Xeon, Transfer Learning, and Open Source

In a recent episode of Intel® Chip Chat, our recurring podcast series, Dr. Bob Rogers, Chief Data Scientist for Analytics and AI, leads the portion of Intel’s business that helps customers and end users achieve their data analytics goals in this new, data-driven world. To understand where customers are in their analytics journey, Intel uses the analytics maturity curve to help customers appropriately expand their capabilities and infrastructure for what they need to solve.

Dr. Rogers shares that most enterprises do not have a lot of data at their fingertips, but most have an AI solution they need now. Dr. Rogers says the good news is many enterprises use Intel® Xeon® infrastructure, and with that, they can already run their analytics workloads. They can start with transfer learning, a leading methodology to jump start an analytics program. Intel has also invested in optimized software and AI frameworks available through open source, such as BigDL, Intel® Optimization of Caffe* and TensorFlow*, which all run on Intel Xeon.

You can listen to this Intel Chip Chat Podcast here:

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Jul 11, 2018 at 21:29 UTC | Intel Corporation

Transform Business with Hybrid Cloud

Every business today is expected to deliver results at the speed of ideas. The challenge for IT organizations is how to support this new velocity and scalability without forfeiting application compatibility and security postures, all while improving application performance and reducing the time it takes to deliver new capabilities and services. While the public cloud may make sense for some workloads, a well-executed hybrid cloud or multi-cloud strategy provides enterprises the best modern infrastructure upon which to accelerate and transform their business.

Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud have become the de facto choices for enterprises that need flexibility and scalability to optimize service delivery, balance diverse workloads, and optimize resources for greater agility. By combining services from both private and public clouds, enterprises are able to get the best of both worlds. In fact, six in ten enterprises today are already adopting a hybrid approach, and a Gartner study recently reported that by 2020, 90% of IT enterprises will adopt a hybrid cloud, further proving that is the way of the future, and something that every organization should be planning for today.

Discover how to maximize your IT infrastructure and accelerate innovation with Intel® cloud solutions in our full white paper here:

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Haley for Intel
Jul 9, 2018 at 20:08 UTC | Intel Corporation

Taming the Analytics Data Deluge

Harness the power of your data to enable deeper business insights and pave the way to AI

The world's data is doubling every two years, driving an expected 50-fold increase in data between 2010 and 2020. As these volumes grow, the variety of data types and the number of data sources are also rapidly expanding, creating more data silos and increased complexity in IT infrastructures.

A first step in bringing order to this complexity is to unite multiple data silos into a centralized data lake. However, without the right checks and balances in place this could quickly become a data swamp - impenetrable and opaque. To tame the data deluge facing your organization, you much start with a robust holistic, and well-defined data strategy for capturing, managing, sharing and understanding your increasingly complex and valuable data assets.This must be coupled with stringent data policies that govern the entire data lifecycle. 

Our recent white paper, Taming the Analytics Data Deluge, outlines ways that you can turn your data into a business advantage, delivering impactful value and opportunity across the enterprise. You can check out the full white paper here:

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Haley for Intel
Jul 3, 2018 at 16:09 UTC | Intel Corporation

Are You Storage Savvy?

From the largest mag tapes to the tiniest solid-state drives, storage has always been a critical component of the data center. But like everything IT, storage is changing fast to keep up with today’s deluge of data—and to deliver the analytics businesses rely on. Do you know what it takes to support the storage needs of the modern data center?

Test your knowledge of modern storage solutions. Do you know how to make the most of them?

Take the quiz right here in the Community to find out! 

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Jul 2, 2018 at 17:30 UTC in Roundups
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Jun 28, 2018 at 18:54 UTC | Intel Corporation

Hybrid Cloud—Know What’s Under the Hood

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Hybrid clouds are a little like hybrid cars. Hybrid cars have two operating modes that work together seamlessly to get you to a destination, but to the driver it all looks and acts the same. Similarly, hybrid clouds let you deploy applications into an on-premises private cloud or into linked public clouds—whichever best suits business needs—but to the application development team it all looks and acts the same. But just as you wouldn’t buy a hybrid car without looking under the hood, you shouldn’t subscribe to public cloud services without looking under the hood to learn how the offered services assure the performance, security, and cost your business needs.

To make sure you get the most value from your hybrid cloud environment, here are some items to discuss with your public cloud provider.

Security and Compliance
Security is a looming concern for enterprises. Public clouds share servers and networks among many customers, so the attack surface is broad. You need to be sure threats introduced in other customers’ applications or operations can’t affect yours. You not only must ensure your data is protected, you must be able to verify and demonstrate that the protections required by corporate, industry, or government regulations are in place and effective.

Because cloud service providers recognize security as a major concern of their customers, most have implemented extensive protections. Here are some questions you should explore:

  • How does the cloud service provider (CSP) ensure your virtual machines (VMs) launch on a trusted platform that hasn’t been compromised by an attack through another customer’s instance?
  • Can your data be encrypted—both in place and in transit?
  • What kind of intrusion detection and security monitoring is provided?
  • Who is responsible for keeping software up to date?
  • What security processes and tools are used, and are they compatible with your own incident response systems?
  • Does the CSP offer the ability to integrate apps in their cloud to your enterprise systems for identity management, domain name service, and IP address management?

Some of these questions go right to the bottom of the stack—the processor itself. Intel® Xeon® processors, for example, include Intel® Trusted Execution Technology, which ensures operating systems and VMs launch on a trusted platform creating a root of trust for applications. The Intel® Xeon® processor's encryption accelerators enable security at scale.

Performance and Functionality
The processors underlying the service can make a significant difference in performance and functionality. Put simply: The processor matters. Applications for analytics, machine learning, and scientific computing may be optimized for functionality built into Intel® Xeon® processors, so moving the app to another platform will result in loss of performance. And the hardware assisted virtualization support provided by Intel® Virtualization Technology makes live migration of VMs fast and efficient, but systems taking advantage of it will fail if the underlying processor lacks support.

Learn how the CSP will scale with you by offering more horsepower where needed and by scaling out when appropriate. For big data workloads, demand processors optimized for analytics and machine learning. Assess the CSP’s ability to capture the data close to where it originates, and determine if they have the bandwidth to transport it where it needs to go.

Consider whether your CSP provides the robust elasticity and scaling that makes clouds such a powerful computing environment. Are tools available to help you measure and adjust utilization, so you’re not paying for more than you need? Does the pricing structure give you flexibility to match the cost to the application’s needs? And since the power of hybrid clouds is the ability to shift apps from one cloud to another as business needs change, identify features that will lock you in to the service, and be sure you understand what challenges you would encounter moving the app back onsite or to another provider.

Powering the Cloud
The word “Intel” should resonate in the answers you hear to the questions I mention above. Increasingly, Intel® technology powers the cloud—public and private. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are a family of scalable processors optimized for the workloads of the future. Storage functions like Intel® Optane™ technology and Intel® Solid State Drives are enabling fast, efficient big data analytics in the cloud. Intel® FPGA enables specialized functions. And network technology like Intel® Silicon Photonics is making cloud data centers—public and private—faster and more powerful

Consistent infrastructure matters—especially in the cloud. Learn more about how Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors power the cloud here.

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