Big Data

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Acronis Backup Advanced
Big Data has helped companies ‘do more with less’, but it has also put a strain on infrastructure. How can you cope when your budget remains flat? With help from Acronis. Discover the top five reasons why businesses rely on Acronis Backup Advanced.

For Finance, Is Big Data a Big Headache or a Big Opportunity?

Cyber attacks, data theft, data loss and security breaches are just a few of the worries that financial firms have to face when it comes to producing and storing their digital data. "The result of any of these could end up costing millions, or even billions of dollars," writes Marc J. Firenze, CTO at Eagle Investment Systems. However, the promise of aggregating this information and using it to improve company systems can be looked at as an opportunity that outweighs the risk. 

The NSA's Big Data Storage Challenges and BYOD Data Security: Weekly Roundup

As digital data production increases every year, so do the challenges associated with storing and securing that data. It's a lesson that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has learned the hard way. Amid the fallout from the Snowden leak, the agency has found how important it is to proactively instill sound data policies and processes. Here's a look at the top U.S. spy agency's revamped data protection policies, and other stories from around the Web this week: 

Data Is Everything: 8 Noble Truths

To help organizations better understand the challenges of backup, disaster recovery and secure access, Acronis has created the "8 Noble Truths" of data protection. To view all 8 Noble Truths, please download the whitepaper. This is the first post in an eight-part series to help you protect your data:

Do you know what the most important asset is for your business? Perhaps it's the people who lead the business, make the product or service or sell it? Or perhaps a specialized piece of machinery that makes the product?

What The 'Internet of Things' Means For Big Data Storage

The rise of connected devices, from refrigerators to thermostats and even medical devices, has created an interesting data debacle: How should users collect, monitor and store the loads of data their devices now create? Here, Joel Berman, Acronis fellow and longtime IT professional, explains the data storage implications of the "Internet of Things," why a one-size-fits-all backup policy doesn't work, and how to manage the stream of data from connected devices. 

A Hunch Doesn't Win the Super Bowl Anymore. Big Data Does.

The unsung star of Sunday's Super Bowl wasn't Seattle's dominating defense, Bruno Mars' halftime show or the flashy commercials. It was data — Big Data, to be exact. Surprised? Embedded in every NFL team's playbook these days is a massive amount of information that teams collect, manage, decipher and store to make a winning drive. Welcome to the era of "datafication" in the NFL.

In this modern computing world with multitudes of trends and innovations, we sometimes find ourselves lost in between new technologies, terminologies and words. Why do we tend to make things more difficult than they have to be? This was my thought when I started a set of blog posts simply describing new computing trends. Here is another trend that I would like to simplify – Data Protection.

Data Protection is the process of copying a file, folder or volume on a storage device for the purpose of recovery in case the original data is accidentally erased, damaged or destroyed. You might know this process under different name which is much easier to remember, that name is Backup.

Cloud-Enabled, Dual-Destination Backup

Data is the lifeblood of any business, and it’s growing at lightning speed year-over-year. In fact, it’s estimated that five exabytes of data are created every two days! But, as important as all this data is, could the majority of organizations honestly answer that they feel confident in the protection and constant availability of their mission-critical data? What about the company data employees store on personal devices like smartphones and tablets? Is it safe from security breaches, malware and malicious hacker attacks?

Without a comprehensive data protection strategy in place, the answer is most likely “no,” and it’s time for these organizations to start worrying.

Storage Challenges: Why Prices Have to Drop this Year

Storage has been one of the major IT topics for some time, and this is not likely to change in 2013. Why? Because storage demand keeps rapidly expanding and requirements are growing along multiple dimensions.

One reason is the content explosion. Just think about pictures and songs and tweets being shared and then re-shared, viewed and downloaded, and downloads being logged and analyzed. The sheer number of transactions triggered by each of these events is astounding. Driven by the proliferation of data-intensive technology across all aspects of IT, from consumer to business to industrial and government use cases, the demand for net storage capacity is bound to keep growing.