Building Data Lakes in the Real World

Nick Kirsch

Nick Kirsch

Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Emerging Technologies Division

What CIOs Need to Know to Capitalize on Business Data LakesData lakes are here to stay. In a recent lab validation brief, IDC stated “data lakes should be a part of every big data workflow in the enterprise.” And in a recent blog post, EMC’s own Hadoop champion Paul Maritz proposed three ways a business can view data lakes and offered up “What CIOs Need to Know about Data Lakes.” However, as in most things in the real world, a one size fits all approach seldom works—and implementing data lakes in your organization is no exception.

The movement towards a more elastic, service-consumption model for IT—often based on or around open source technologies—continues to expand and proliferate. IT seems to have gotten the message: it’s time to stop focusing purely on control and stability. Instead, enable rapid innovation or get out of the way! Continue reading

Companies Will Increasingly Be in the Cross-Hairs of Nation-State Cyber-Attacks 2015 Predictions

Art Coviello

Art Coviello

Executive Chairman, RSA & Executive Vice President, EMC
Art Coviello is Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman, RSA, The Security Division of EMC. He is responsible for RSA's strategy and overall operations as it delivers on a global vision of information-centric security. He was Chief Executive Officer of RSA Security, Inc. prior to its acquisition by EMC in 2006. He joined RSA in 1995 and has been a driving force in its rapid growth since that time. He is based at RSA headquarters in Bedford, Massachusetts, United States.

Nation-state cyber-attacks will continue to evolve and accelerate but the damage will be increasingly borne by the private sector – In 2014, nation states around the world increasingly pushed the boundaries of cyber assault to control their own populaces and spy on other nation-states.  With no one actively working on the development of acceptable norms of digital behavior on the global stage – a digital Hague or Geneva Convention, if you will – we can expect this covert digital warfare to continue.  Increasingly, however, companies in the private sector will be drawn into this war either as the intended victims or as unwitting pawns in attacks on other companies.

That is essentially one of the predictions I offered in my annual end of year letter published on Dec. 2, 2014.  Little did any of us know at that time that officials at Sony Pictures Entertainment and the FBI were in the midst of feverishly working to determine the full extent of an unprecedented cyber-attack that was subsequently attributed to North Korea. Continue reading

Digitization at Top of CIO Priority Lists 2015 Predictions

Vic Bhagat

Vic Bhagat

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions & Chief Information Officer
Vic Bhagat is Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions and Chief Information Officer at EMC Corporation. He joined EMC in January 2013 and is responsible for leading the information technology, global Centers of Excellence, global business services, and indirect procurement organizations. He is based at EMC’s corporate headquarters in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, United States.

Over the last three decades in this industry, I’ve seen many impressively disruptive waves of technology, but I have never witnessed as many waves hitting simultaneously as we are seeing today.

While we can and will pursue many of these, as CIOs in a hypercompetitive global environment, we have to catch the wave that makes the biggest impact on enabling the business and accelerating our revenue and business growth.  In 2015, I predict the highest priority for CIOs is digitization. Continue reading

Data Lakes Redefine Storage Infrastructure & Hybrid Clouds Come of Age 2015 Predictions

CJ Desai

CJ Desai

President, Emerging Technologies
CJ Desai is President of the Emerging Technologies Division at EMC. He oversees all aspects of the business including product development, finance, marketing, sales and product management. In addition, he is responsible for leading the investigation of additional opportunities in emerging strategic product segments that represent new addressable markets for EMC with a focus on disruptive technologies. He is based at EMC’s offices in Santa Clara, California, United States.

More than ever, I’m excited by the changes occurring in the IT landscape. This year, I see two major technology inflection points occurring simultaneously: data lakes and hybrid clouds.

The reason I believe this will hold true is because of the vast amount of data that has been and continues to be generated – driving demand across all aspects and types of storage. Specifically, unstructured data is seeing storage growth more than double every two years, while structured and semi-structured data is experiencing 20%+ annual growth.

This growth is being experienced across all industries, from financial services and life sciences to healthcare and manufacturing. And, organizations’ increasing reliance on data for intelligence-based decisions makes storage the most essential component of the infrastructure stack. Continue reading