SN blogs: Cyber security everyone's job description

SN blogs: Research shows the end user is responsible to maintain cyber security, and an analyst says Teradata remains a key player in data management.

Aerospike's move to open source signals fundamental shift

Gartner blogger Nick Heudecker says that Aerospike's decision to make its Not Only SQL database management system available in the open source market is a signal of a fundamental shift in enterprise attitudes of open source and vendor lock-in. The primary reason behind Aerospike's move to open source is to get its software into the hands of developers. But Heudecker questions whether that's a viable strategy, particularly if only one company is developing or shipping a project. If the idea of open source is to encourage public collaboration, it won't have as great of an impact with single vendor projects.

Read more of what Heudecker says about Aerospike's switch to open source.

Cyber security should be part of everyone's job description

Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Senior Analyst Jon Oltsik says that 58% of people who responded to an ESG survey question about the No. 1 reason behind successful malware attacks is lack of user knowledge about cyber security risks. Oltsik says that this scenario isn't likely to change because it is nearly impossible for employees to keep up with the growing number of cyber threats. That said, he writes there are ways to prepare employees to handle dangerous situations. One initiative that Oltsik suggests is having an awareness program that combines basic training. Another weapon is for enterprises to mount awareness campaigns. Oltsik says these campaigns should include education, cheerleading, entertainment and incentives. Another recommendation: Every employee needs to realize that cyber security is part of everyone's job description.

Read the other ways Oltsik says you can prepare your employees to handle cyber security attacks.

GSMA says M2M in the East is growing

Current Analysis blogger Kathryn Weldon says that mobile to mobile (M2M) alliances are gaining traction in Eastern countries like Japan and China. According to the Global Social Mobile Association (GSMA), North America and Europe currently account for 46% of mobile to mobile connections worldwide. The Eastern countries account for 42%, with China alone generating 27% of global traffic. Weldon says that the GSMA estimates there was a 55% M2M growth rate in Asia-Pacific countries between 2010 and 2013. Why is this notable? Weldon says mobile to mobile alliances are important for Eastern nations where there are high levels of fragmentation, with multiple cellular air standards, geographical barriers (such as large bodies of water between countries) and varying market dynamics in each country.

Read more about the alliances that have been forming in the East.

Teradata focuses on a traditional approach to big data analytics

Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Nik Rouda says that Teradata remains a top player in data management.  While some companies are moving toward data virtualization, enterprise data warehouse vendor Teradata continues to expand on its warehouse offerings. Teradata is modernizing its offerings by creating multi-functional appliances and putting a bigger emphasis on big data and analytics, Rouda says. That said, Rouda writes that the company will have to find a way to remain relevant during a time when many enterprises are turning to virtualization to manage their data. Open source projects are another obstacle that Teradata might face, says Rouda. At this point, Teradata must prove it still has the services to remain a top contender in data management.

Read more about what Rouda says about Teradata's traditional data management approach.

This was first published in June 2014
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