Internet of Things and Big Data – Better Together

By: Peter Jeffcock

Big Data Product Marketing

What’s the difference between the Internet of Things and Big Data? That’s not really the best question to ask, because these two are much more alike than they are different. And they complement each other very strongly which is one reason we’ve written a white paper on the convergence.

Big data is all about enabling organizations to use more of the data around them: things customers write in social media; log files from applications and processes; sensor and device data. And there’s IoT! One way to think of it is as one of the sources for big data.

But IoT is more than that. It’s about collecting all that data, analyzing it in real time for events or patterns of interest, and making sure to integrate any new insight into the rest of your business. With you add the rest of big data to IoT, there’s much more data to work with and powerful big data analytics to come up with additional insights.

Best to look at an example. Using IoT you can track and monitor assets like trucks, engines, HVAC systems, and pumps. You can correct problems as you detect them. With big data, you can analyze all the information you have about failures and start to uncover the root causes. Combine the two and now you can not just react to problems as they occur. You can predict them, and fix them before they occur. Go from being reactive to being proactive.

Check out this infographic. The last data point, down at the bottom right hand side may be the most important one. Only 8% of businesses are fully capturing and analyzing IoT data in a timely fashion.

Nobody likes to arrive last to a party and find the food and drink all gone. This party’s just getting started. You should be asking every vendor you deal with how they can help you take advantage of IoT and big data – they really are better together, and there’s lots of opportunity. Next post will highlight 3 customers who are taking advantage of that opportunity.


Tape backups not showing in BAR

I need a solution

I noticed in the BAR when Im browsing the backups that my duplicated jobs to tape are no longer showing as a source to restore from.  I spoted this because my tape jobs have a 7 year retention and my standard backups have 1 year.  Starting in febuary none of the 7 year jobs are showing.  This is around the same time i bumped my primary backups from 3 months to 1 year in the SLP.

I ran a report on the past tape #s and images are on the tapes with the 7 year retention.

Are they not showing because vault is not working properly or am i just not understanding how this works and because my primary backup has a 1year retention the actual tape job wont show until the 1yr retention expires.



Question about FP2 upgrade

I need a solution

We have 1 CAS + 40 MMS + 60 Windows agent + 10 DB backup agent + 5 linux backup agent running BE15

1. To upgrade BE15 to FP2 , if the CAS is upgraded to FP2 first but MMS still running BE15. Can backup jobs running on CAS work normally even MMS is not upgraded?

2. To upgrade BE15 to FP2 , need to reinstall the existing windows backup agent and linux backup agent?

3. To upgrade BE15 to FP2, no server restart is required?

4. Do I have to backup the DB of CAS for jobs before upgrading to FP2?